Bloggin' About Bees on Kaua'i and Beeyond : )

Bee Informed….

The KCC Apiary Program in partnership with the Kaua’i Beekeeper’s Association and the HDOA Hawaii Apiary Program invites the public to participate in two upcoming events at Kaua’i Community College. Lauren Russert from the HDOA Hawaii Apiary Program will bee presenting information about small hive beetle and varroa mite detection on Friday October 19 at 6:30pm in ETRO Room114 of the Electronic & Technology Program building.  Ms Russert will also update Kaua’i beekeepers on the status of House Bill 2100, a legislative act signed into law by Gov. Abercrombie in June. HB2100 appropriates $30,000 to the University of Hawai’i (UH) system for bee hive research done in consultation with the Hawai’i Department of Agriculture on Hawai’i Island, Maui, O’ahu and Kaua’i.

Kaua’i’s research project is being headed up by KCC Instructor of Integrated Farming, Sharad Maharadtha. The Kaua’i research project will focus on control methods of small hive beetles, Aethina tumida, and look at comparative studies of two types of in-hive beetle traps .  Additional information about the specific outcomes of the KCC led research project will bee discussed at Friday evenings presentation

Small hive beetles (SHB), originally from sub-Saharan Africa, have been spreading into temperate and tropical areas since first being detected in the gulf coast region of North America in 1996. SHB was first detected in Hawaii near Hilo in 2010.  With the detection of SHB on Kaua’i in May 2012 the spread of the harmful pest has been confirmed on all the major Hawaiian islands. Local beekeepers are being sought to help gather data about the range and intensity of the SHB population on Kaua’i. Beekeepers interested in participating in the research project may contact KCC Apiary Program research intern Jin Wah Lau via e.mail at: or KCC Apiary Program instructor Jimmy Trujillo at: or 346 7725

Ms Russert will also lead a demonstration the following morning on Saturday, October 20 at 9:30am at the KCC Bee Lab. The hands on 2 hour workshop will also focus on small hive beetle and varroa mite detection. Participants will meet in the KCC Bee Lab and venture out for some field work and hive inspection in the adjacent KCC apiary. Participants are asked to bring water and appropriate clothing for working with bees. For more information about the workshop please contact Jimmy Trujillo.

Additionally, the KCC Apiary  Program will offer the final series of beekeeping courses for the year starting on Saturday, October 27. Courses will offer participants the opportunity to learn how to get started in beekeeping, harvest honey and expand your apiary thru the Saturday series of courses. For more information please visit  or call 245 8318 to register for the upcoming classes. The next round of course will take place early next spring; for course details information please contact KCC Apiary Program instructor Jimmy Trujillo via the above listed contact information.


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