Hawaii Apiary Program

 

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Hawaii Apiary Program

The mission of Hawaii Apiary Program is to safeguard the beekeeping industries of Hawaii through the application of science-based regulations, regular monitoring and prevention of invasive honey bee pests, interactive educational opportunities, and open communication with beekeepers throughout the state.

Our program was officially established in 2011. Honey bees are not native to Hawai`i, but they have been here for over 150 years, providing a variety of excellent honey and, most importantly, pollination for many plants. Local agriculture depends heavily on honey bee pollination. Beekeeping industries in Hawai`i include honey production and queen bee rearing for export. Three apiary specialists based in Hilo, are dedicated full time to bio security, honey bee health, and pollinator education, statewide.

CONTACT US!– WHO WE ARE AND WHERE WE’RE AT

Hawai`i Department of Agriculture
16 East Lanikaula Street
Hilo, HI 96720

Lauren Rusert, lauren.m.rusert@hawaii.gov, 808-352-3010

Noelani Waters, noelani.waters@hawaii.gov, 808-339-1977

Mitra Heffron, mitra.heffron@hawaii.gov, 808-225-6334

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