Hawaii Beekeeper Resources

State Beekeeping Ordinances by County:

  • Honolulu C&C allows keeping bees- ordinances about animals and fowl– the bee info is highlighted on page 2. Sec. 7-2.5 (b) states:
    • Honeybees: There shall be no more than eight honeybee hives per zoning lot and the keeping of honeybees shall be in accordance with the following:
      1. Colonies shall be maintained in movable frame hives, constructed to meet the specifications for “beehives” set by the American Beekeepers Federation;
      2. Hives shall be properly shaded from adjacent night lighting on adjoining properties;
      3. Hives shall not be located within 25 feet of any property line, public street, sidewalk or alley except:
        • When situated behind a solid fence or hedge at least six feet in height, parallel to the property line, and extending at least 15 feet beyond the hive in both directions, or
        • When located at least eight feet or more above adjacent ground level.
  • Hawai`i County lists beekeeping as a permitted use only in the ‘A’ (Agricultural) District – you can find the ordinance- see Chapter 25 Zoning, Section 25-5-72, top of page 25-92 (Livestock production…), stating that “piggeries, apiaries, and pen feeding of livestock shall only be located on sites approved by the State department of
    health and the director, and must be located no closer than one thousand feet away from any major public street or from any other zoning district.”
  • Maui County’s rules are a little more complicated – you may require a permit depending on your lot size/location – please contact the County of Maui Zoning Administration and Enforcement Division at 808-270-7253 for all the details.
  • Kaua`i County generally allows beekeeping in the Agricultural District but requires a Use Permit in the Residential District. Contact the Kaua`i County Planning Department at 808-241-4050 for more information.

Beekeeper’s Associations and Other Beekeeping Resources:

Bee Removals:

Contact the Hawaii Apiary Program to report your issue and to receive a list of beekeepers in your area who are capable of assisting with your bee removal contact HDOA at (808) 973-9530.  We are available Monday-Friday during normal business hours. For assistance on the weekends or after hours, you could try contacting one of the contacts listed below if you are located on the Big Island or Oahu. *The Hawaii Apiary Program does not endorse any particular entities. These are just a few of the bee removal companies who agreed to have their information shared on this website as a resource to homeowners and businesses in need of bee removals.*

If you are a beekeeper qualified to conduct either structural or swarm removals and would like to be added to this list, please contact Becky Azama at (808) 973-9530. We can also be reached by email at [email protected].

  • Hoʻōla Honey– swarm and structural removal on Big Island.
  • Beelieve Hawaii– education, removals, & swarms catch services on O’ahu.
  • Hawaiian Meli– bee removals, trap outs, and swarm catch services on O’ahu.
  • Hawaii Honeybee Coop – Kim Falinski – (808) 206-6565 email: [email protected] – swarm removal – O`ahu.

Video links:

Do it yourself beekeeping guides:

A list of books recommended by the New York City Beekeepers Association:

  • The Beekeeper’s Handbook by Alphonse Avitabile & Diana Sammataro (2006)
  • Beekeeping for Dummies by Howland Blackiston (2009)
  • First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith S. Delaplane (2007)
  • Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture by Ross Conrad (2007)
  • The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture: An Encyclopedia Pertaining to the Scientific and Practical Culture of Honey Bees
  • The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide by Kim Flottum (2010)
  • Beekeeping: A Practical Guide by Richard E. Bonney (1993)
  • The Hive and the Honey Bee by L.L. Langstroth (1853)
  • Biology of the Honey Bee by Mark L. Winston (1991)
  • Honey Plants of North America by John H. Lovell (1926)

Archives of Hawai`i Bee, our Apiary Program’s quarterly newsletter

Random stuff we are enjoying lately / bee news of the world


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