Kauai Bee Keepers Association

SUBHEAD: Kauai beekeepers association comes together to protect the Garden Island

 By Jimmy Trujillo on 12 March 2009 in Island Breath - 
Image above: Bees swarm on Norfolk pine sap at Banana Joe's on Kauai

Kauai Beekeeper's Association (KBEE) was formed in January of 2009 after a series of community meetings were convened and hosted by Jimmy Torio, an Anahola beekeeper. Election of KBEE's executive committee occurred at a community meeting on January 17 in Niumalu. KBEE was formed as a proactive effort to rally Kaua'i beekeepers, community members and government officials to take action and prevent the spread of the varoaa mite to Kauai from infested areas on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii. 

Contact: Jimmy Trujillo (808) 346 7725 jtluvmw@lava.net
Jose Bulatao (808) 337 9135 mrb@hawaiilink.net
Chris Kobayahsi (808) 639 1971 waioli2@hawaiiantel.net
Jimmy Torio (808) 652 0921 jktorio@hawaiilink.net

Website: http://kauaibuzz.blogspot.com/
KBEE-Board Of Directors  
Chris Kobayashi Debbie Erickson Jose Bulatao Francis Takahashi Amanda Oden George Costa COK Ex-Officio Matt Stevenson USDA Ex-Officio  
Executive Committee: Jimmy Trujillo Chair Erik Coppersmith Vice Chair Susan Zollinger Treasurer Ryan Wooton Secretary  
A note from Jose Bulatao: 
Honey Bees ...Perhaps nothing on our list of disappearing America is so dire; plummeting so enormously; and so necessary to the survival of our food supply as the honey bee. Very scary. 'Colony Collapse Disorder,' or CCD, has spread throughout the U.S. and Europe over the past few years, wiping out 50% to 90% of the colonies of many beekeepers -- and along with it, their livelihood. If this does not ring bells among ALL of us here in Hawaii, think about what will happen when the natural pollination "changes" drastically...
a. what will happen to the flowers to make leis to greet our visitors? b. how will our agricultural activities be affected? c. in which ways will our local economy be impacted?
Is this reason enough to make every attempt to collabortively work together to address the "plight of the honeybees" here in the State of Hawaii? 


Anonymous said...

If you are a bee keeper on Kauai and would like a huge hive, please call and come get it now! Thank you. Kapua Chandler 6396248

Anonymous said...

Are there any beekeepers out there who would like to sell some beeswax? I would like to make candles and hope to purchase my supplies locally.

Thanks so much,

Angel 212-1863

Carla said...

Aloha.. wanting to learn how to raise and take care of bees..and was wanting to know if you folks offer a course/worktrade situation.. I have ived here on kauaŹ»i for 9 years..so i am not just passing through:)...much love and aloha...carla daniels

email at zacaru1@gmail.com or number 808.631.1475

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me why there are so many honey bees on the beach sand? Are they missing something in their diet or is there another explanation? Just curious. Mahalo.

Anonymous said...

Aloha, I was wondering that myself, as I see many drowned or near drowned at water's edge, (I scoop them up and move them far up the beach :)....I used to think maybe they had been flying over the water and would land exhausted as soon as they hit sand, but a friend advised me that they're actually thirsty, and are drawn to the water for drinking, so that might be the answer.....Jen

Anonymous said...

Visiting from the mainland,in Princeville. Beekeeper from Marin County (SF area) California and member of Marin County Beekeepers Association. Would like to see how it is done in Kauai!

Anyone close by keeping bees? Must bee, I see thousands on the blooming trees here.


Mike Turner

Moo Monkey said...

I want answers to basically all of the questions given above. I have an interest in bees, bee keeping and the products they produce. Also, I'll add one more question of my own:
How does one label a jar of honey per the type of flower the bees have used to make their honey, I mean how can one tell out side of taste? Do bees prefer the same type of flowers?

Anonymous said...

Anyone know of any beekeepers who will remove a colony from my house so that I don't have to kill them. Mike (808) 652-3446

Unknown said...

Did anyone answer that last question posted June 14, 2012

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