The mongoose is a common sight on Oahu but you rarely seen one for very long. They are very fast and don’t like to sit still for photographs.
The mongooses found in Hawai’i are native to India and were originally introduced in 1883 by the sugar industry to control rats in sugarcane fields on Maui, Moloka’i and O’ahu, according to state officials.
Mongooses are now considered pests that threaten endangered birds and other animals and insects. In fact, it is against state law to introduce, keep or breed any mongoose in Hawai’i except by permit.
Mongoose are now widespread on all of the main Hawaiian islands except for Lanaʻi and Kauaʻi, where there are no known populations.