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.



Should Bee Sweet !

Should Bee Sweet !

Honey Lovers Will Bee There!

Should Bee Sweet (continued)

Some more information on the 2nd Annual Kaua’i Honey Tasting at the KCFB Fair.

If you are a honey producer and would like to have your honey showcased and for sale at the August 23 event you will need to provide the following labeling information on each bottle for sale:

         (A)  The name and address of the producer;

         (B)  The net weight and or volume of the honey, by standard measure;

         (C)  The date the honey was produced; and

         (D)  The statement, “This product is home-produced and processed.”

The above was from this website which also included this information:

  A home-based agricultural producer of honey shall not be required to process honey in a certified honey house or food processing establishment, or be required to obtain a permit from the department of health, if the producer:

     (1)  Sells less than fifty gallons of honey a year;Image

     (2)  Sells the honey directly to consumers; and

     (3)  Labels each container of honey sold with:

         (A)  The name and address of the producer;

         (B)  The net weight and volume of the honey, by standard measure;

         (C)  The date the honey was produced; and

         (D)  The statement, “This product is home-produced and processed.” in clear and conspicuous print.

The useful things one can find on the web : )

Should Bee Sweet…….

The Kaua’i Beekeepers Association  ( KBEE ) and the KCC Apiary Program in a collaborative fashion with the Kaua’i County Farm Bureau will host the 2nd Annual Kaua’i Honey Tasting on opening night of the KCFB Fair, Thursday August 23, from 6:00 – 8:30pm.

The tasting will feature local honey from Kaua’i apiaries and will offer participants the chance to sample select choices of current and early season harvests as well as aged honey from a variety of local sources. The tasting offers consumers an opportunity to learn a little bit more about the honey products available from local apiaries and purchase directly from Kaua’i honey producers.

Honey from local apiaries will bee on sale during the tasting as well as during the remainder of the Fair at the KBEE informational booth. For more information about the tasting or to submit a honey sample please contact KBEE Chair Jimmy Trujillo at 346 7725. For more information about this event and other Kaua’i beekeeping activity please visit

We Bee Wet Today

That’s the scene up here in Kapahi this morning. It wasn’t wet in Kapaa town earlier today but it bee wet right now.  I had planned to visit a friend in Wailua where we were going to install some beetle traps and harvest some honey. We inspected the boxes earlier this week and did not see much evidence of beetle; although there was a hive that had been recently abandoned and was hosting plenty of larval matter. We could identify wax month cocoons but were not sure of the other wrigglers in the abandoned comb. There were very few bees in the hive, probably robbers and no sign of queen activity or capped brood. My friend collected the frames and put them in his freezer to kill whatever was in the comb. This was a small colony that survived being relocated from a wall last fall. They looked good the last time we had opened it up but they weren’t ready for a super just yet. When we discovered that the hive had been abandoned last week it was kind of a surprise because my friend thought that it had swarmed earlier this season so we were expecting to find bee activity and spent queen cells. No such luck and in the fading light of the day we discovered wax month cocoon and larval matter. We did see a couple of small hive beetles and killed them as fast as we could crush them with our hive tools. Very bummmed that this will bee a continued experience but like wax month infestations we just need to bee diligent in managing our bees.

Well, it may not bee the best day for bee work but not too bad for some Sunday bee bloggin’. Check back for more information about the upcoming KCFB Farm Fair.  KBee will again bee hosting a honey tasting on opening night  like last year. Also coming up are the Hive Box Building class at KCC this week and an Introduction to Beekeeping class in early August. Unfortunately the Feral Hive & Swarm Removal class has been postponed due to low enrollment.  Contact the Office of Continuing Education and Training at 245 8318 to enroll in the upcoming apiary classes.

checking comb for brood, honey or parasites

Bee Aware….

straight from the HDOA Apiary Program team:

Aloha HI Beekeepers!

The Kaua‘i Beekeepers Association (KBEE) is hosting Danielle Downey, HDOA’s Apiary Specialist, for a public talk about pest and disease management for Kaua‘i beekeepers on July 09, 2012.  This event will take place from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Kaua‘i Community College, ETRO Multipurpose Rm 114.  Ms. Downey will be talking about pest and disease management in beekeeping, a timely topic given the discovery of small hive beetle (SHB) on Kaua‘i in May and the recent detection of American foulbrood disease in other areas of the state.

If you have questions about the talk, please contact Jimmy Trujillo of KBEE at 808-346-7725.  Contact information for the Hawai‘i Apiary Program can be found on our website,, or by calling 808-352-3010 (Big Island) or 808-339-1977 (O‘ahu).

SHB update for Kaua`i:  We now have reliable reports of SHB from Po`ipu to Kilauea areas.  Unfortunately, infected colonies were moved just before the beetle was initially detected.  Although spread of this pest cannot be attributed only to this movement, it is a reminder that monitoring for pests on a regular basis is a good idea.  Moving colonies with unknown health status can spread any number of pests and diseases, not just SHB.  If you are the giver or receiver of any bees or equipment, it is prudent to thoroughly examine the material prior to movement – early detection is always best!  

Just a reminder that varroa mite is so far only found on O`ahu and the Big Island – if you notice anything suspicious in your colonies or would like information on varroa monitoring tools and techniques, please contact us.

Jacquie Robson
Apiary Planner
Hawai`i Department of Agriculture/
RCUH Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit
1428 South King Street
Honolulu, HI  96814

Hope you will bee there……

Just a quick post about an upcoming meeting on Monday, July 9 at KCC. KBEE and the KCC Apiary Program in partnership with the HDOA’s State Apiary Program invite you to attend a presentation by HI State Apiarist Danielle Downey. Ms Downey will address the current efforts to mitigate the harmful impacts of small hive beetle. In addition, Danielle will also share information about American Foul Brood, a very serious and harmful brood disease responsible for decimating Hawaii’s honeybee population in the early part of the 20th century. Small Hive Beetle was recently found on Kaua’i and evidence of AFB was found on Maui during recent inspections by HDOA Apiary Program staff. The presentation will begin at 6pm in the ETRO Multipurpose Room (ETRO Rm114) located in the Electronic Technology Building at Kaua’i Community College. A question and answer session will follow Ms. Downey’s presentation. For more information about this upcoming meeting contact Jimmy Trujillo @ 346 7725.