- 8th Annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge 2017! A grand total of 97 entries have been received from the Big Island, O’ahu, Kaua’i, Maui and Moloka’i and will undergo formal judging on October 19th, 2017. In addition to the official judging, the Big Island Beekeeper’s Association will be holding a People’s Choice tasting and judging on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, second floor, 76 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo between 6:30pm and 8:00pm. This is a free public event, all are welcome!
- 2017 Pacific Entomology Conference taking place November 5-7, 2017 in Honolulu at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. Tentative topics to be discussed include Pollinator Health, Conservation and Management, Topics in Bio-control, Management of Palm Pests, Inter-agency Bio-security, Utilizing Molecular Tools to Combat Invasive Species, Monitoring, Detection and Control of Mosquitoes in Hawaii, Invasive Land Slugs and Snails Symposia and Workshop, and Forest Health. Deadline to register is November 10th! Click on this link for more information: http://www.pacificentconf.org/
- 2018 American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) Conference & Tradeshow is scheduled for January 9-13, 2018 in Reno, Nevada. The ABF conference is the largest meeting of beekeepers, producers, researchers, and educators in the US! It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about all things honey bees, from the latest research to most current best management practices. Please go to http://abfconference.com/ for all the details!
- American Foulbrood (AFB) recently discovered in South Point on May 9th, 2017. Colony and equipment has been burned to prevent the spread of the disease. This is the 3rd confirmed report of AFB in the state this year. Previous incidents were discovered in Kula on Maui, & Volcano on the Big Island. This brings the total number of cases reported in the last two years up to 6 on three islands. A recent news release alerted local beekeepers of the dangers of this serious brood disease. More on AFB and how to monitor and deal with this bee disease, here. Please contact the Apiary Program at 808-339-1977 if you have any concerns regarding AFB.
- Our most recent Apiary Section Chief, Lauren Rusert, has left the Hawaii Apiary Program in July 2017 to pursue her graduate studies in Apiculture. She served Hawaii’s beekeepers and honeybees for 6 years with the program and will be missed!
- New FDA Veterinary Feed Directive restricts use of antibiotics in beehives, starting in January 2017. Read more about this new FDA ruling here.
- 2017-2018 USDA National Honey Bee Health Survey (NHBS). Participating beekeepers receive a thorough inspection of 8 colonies in their apiary, including pest, disease and virus testing – all free of charge! This is a great value for participants and contributes to bee health across Hawai`i and the whole country! This year’s surveys for Hawaii are being managed by UH Manoa. If you have 8 or more colonies and would like to participate, please contact Scott Nikaido at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see FAQS page below for more detailed information about the NHBS.
- Big Island Beekeepers Association (BIBA) is continuing its Apiary Days program to provide basic beekeeping info to new and experienced beekeepers alike.
If you plan on going, please be at Komohana Ag complex on Komohana St. in Hilo by 10:00 a.m. Wear long pants, long sleeves (relatively thick jacket if possible), enclosed shoes and a hat with a brim, if you have one. Also, please bring tough gloves that extend up past the wrist.
Check their website for the next date. Questions? Contact Erick Belcher, 935-3939.
- June 20-26 is National Pollinator Week: Hawai`i has joined many other states in proclaiming pollinator week in an attempt to bring awareness to pollinator decline. This movement was initiated by Pollinator Partnership in 2007. You can see pictures of the Hawai`i signing ceremony in the Governor’s office here. (June 2102)*The Hawai`i Apiary Program does not endorse, support, represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy or reliability of any information presented at events we do not host ourselves. These postings are for informational use only.*