Hawaii Honey Festival

Hawaii Honey Festival


WHERENani Mau Gardens, 421 Makalika Street, Hilo, HI 96720, USAWHEN Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm SHARE

First Annual Hawaii Honey Festival, which includes the Fourth Annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge. Beekeepers from throughout the State of Hawaii will submit their best comb, liquid and solid honeys to be blind-tasted and judged by a panel of experts. Winning apiaries receive recognition and award seals for their honey.

The event will take place amid the 22 acres of tropical plants and flowers of the Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo, Hawaii. Other festivities include the "People’s Choice" Honey Tasting, live Hawaiian and pop music and hula, crafts and honey vendors, "ono" food, many children’s activities, beekeeping demonstrations and observation hives, other bee and agricultural exhibits, lectures and demonstrations, and bee-friendly plant sales.

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“Why in the world are they spraying” Saturday 8/25/12


“Why in the World are They Spraying?(2012) Produced by the Originator and Co-Producer of “What in the World are They Spraying?”(2010) Michael J. Murphy Co-Produced by Barry Kolsky is an investigative documentary into one of the many agendas associated with chemtrail/geoengineering programs, “weather control”.
What: view film Saturday August 25th 2012 11am to 1pm
When: Hawaiian Acres Community Center/corner 8th (Moho) & C RD Kurtistown
Why: The spraying has an impact on the Hawaiian Islands: strange weather patterns, contaminated soil/water. Cost: Free/Free lunch will be served.

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Honey Bee Appreciation followup

Thank you for attending Saturday’s Honey Bee Appreciation Brunch & caring about our Nalo Meli. If any questions have come to mind since the gathering please feel feel to e-mail.
Here are some interesting links for more research:










As an invasive species, feral honey bees have become a significant environmental problem in places where they are not native. Imported bees may compete with and displace native bees and birds, and may also promote the reproduction of invasive plants that native pollinators do not visit. Also, unlike native bees, they do not properly extract or transfer pollen from plants with poricidal anthers (anthers that only release pollen through tiny apical pores), as this requires buzz pollination, a behavior which honey bees rarely exhibit. For example, honey bees reduce fruiting in Melastoma affine (a plant with poricidal anthers) by robbing stigmas of previously deposited pollen.[14 (wikipedia)


Benefit(s): Varroa mites could possibly be used as a biological control mechanism for introduced honeybees, and are already decimating feral populations in the Americas. However, some of the more worrisome strains, such as the Africanized “killer” bee, show resistance to varroa infestation

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Bee Brunch Saturday

Date: Aug 15, 2012 6:43 AM
Subject: Bee Brunch Saturday
To: "leo" <leobarnett>

Honey Bee Appreciation Brunch
Drones & Queen Bees welcome!
Let’s talk Bees! All Bee Culture! Apitherapy: Honey elixirs, pollen, propolis & venom. Bring your Honey Bee products to trade or sell: smokers, hives,Bee suits, honey, pollen, Bees wax, etc..
Honey/elixir tasting from local Bees.
How we can help the Nalo Meli re-populate to keep our flowers pollinated.
Watch: “Tales from the Hive” (NOVA)
When: Saturday 8/18/12 11am-1pm
Where: Hawaiian Acres Comm.Ctr.
Corner 8th (Moho) & C Rd. Kurtistwn
What: Bring local grinds to share.
217-2925 Leo B (Queen Attendant)

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Michael Hale

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Hive Beetle and Veroa Mite Video

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Colony Life

Unlike a bumble bee colony or a paper wasp colony, the life of a honey bee colony is perennial. There are three castes of honey bees:queens, which produce eggs; drones or males, which mate with new queens and have no stinger; and workers, which are all non-reproducing females. The queen lays eggs singly in cells of the comb. Larvae hatch from eggs in three to four days. They are then fed by worker bees and develop through several stages in the cells. Cells are capped by worker bees when the larva pupates. Queens and drones are larger than workers and so require larger cells to develop. A colony may typically consist of tens of thousands of individuals.
While some colonies live in hives provided by humans, so-called “wild” colonies (although all honey bees remain wild, even when cultivated and managed by humans) typically prefer a nest site that is clean, dry, protected from the weather, about 20 liters in volume with a 4 to 6 cm² entrance about 3 m above the ground, and preferably facing south or south-east (in the northern hemisphere) or north or north-east (in the southern hemisphere

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Colony Collapse Disorder

Colony collapse disorder (CCD) or sometimes honey bee depopulation syndrome is a phenomenon in which worker bees from a beehive or European honey bee colony abruptly disappear. While such disappearances have occurred throughout the history of apiculture, the term colony collapse disorder was first applied to a drastic rise in the number of disappearances of Western honey bee colonies in North America in late 2006. Colony collapse is economically significant because many agricultural crops worldwide are pollinated by bees.

Ref. Wikipedia

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Bee Communication

Honey bees are known to communicate through many different chemicals and odors, as is common in insects, but also using specific behaviors that give information about the quality and type of resources in the environment, and where these resources are located. The details of the signalling being used vary from species to species; for example, the two smallest species, Apis andreniformis and Apis florea, dance on the upper surface of the comb, which is horizontal (not vertical, as in other species), and worker bees orient the dance in the actual compass direction of the resource to which they are recruiting.

Referenced from wikipedia

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Bees collect pollen in the pollen basket and carry it back to the hive. In the hive, pollen is used as a protein source necessary during brood-rearing. In certain environments, excess pollen can be collected from the hives of A. mellifera and A. cerana. It is often eaten as a health supplement

As referenced from wikipedia

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