Big Island Bees

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 in SOQ Companies

Big Island Bees 
P.O. Box 1777
Kealakekua, HI 96750

Contact: Whendi Grad
Phone: (808) 324-0295
E-mail: whendi@bigislandbees.com
Website: www.bigislandbees.com 

In 1972, Garnett Puett’s family started beekeeping with a few hives in Kealakekua, Hawaii. After decades of beekeeping, Garnett, the family’s 4th generation beekeeper, is now taking care of 3,800 hives and home to 190 million bees.  The family founded Big Island Bees in 2004 to market some of the world’s finest single-floral, artisanal honey.

Big Island Bees offers pure and organic single blossom Hawaiian honeys, produced from rare Hawaiian blossoms grown on different parts of the island at different times of the year. The hives are moved around the island based on the blooming season of each of the blossoms.  Accordingly, each honey has a different color, taste, and texture.

In Culinary Trends Magazine, Eliza Ward, co-owner of ChefShop.com said, “All the more rare, only certain locations around the world have the ability to produce honeys derived from bees fed off a single floral type.”

The three varieties of honey are made from the Ohia Lehua Blossom, Wilelaiki Blossom, and Macadamia Nut Blossom. The Ohia Lehua blossom is endemic to Hawaii, while the Wilelaiki blossom, which means Christmasberry in Hawaiian, was introduced to Hawaii from Brazil. And Hawaii is one of the world’s few locations where Macadamia trees are grown.

“The husband and wife team of Garnett and Whendi view each jar of pure honey as a beautiful, artfully crafted work of art and their passion for their product is evident in every spoonful”, says Tim Mar, co-owner of Chefshop.com. Beautiful packaging add further sophistication and elegance to their artistic product, and attract many customers locally and internationally, especially in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan.  Their business continues to grow as the company was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce with an Export Achievement Certificate in 2008 and also won Hawaii Business Magazine’s “SmallBiz Success” Awards in 2009.  

Big Island Bees products can be found in local stores, farmers’ markets and online. International shipping can be arranged upon request.