Saturday, July 18, 2015

2015 Hawai'i Honey Festival & Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge

2015 Hawai'i Honey Festival 

&  Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge

The Big Island Beekeepers Association is happy to present the 3rd annual Hawai'i Honey Festival on Saturday September 26, 2015 at Nani Mau Gardens, in Hilo, Hawai'i, from 10 am - 4 pm.

This year's new highlight is a Honey Cooking Contest by Sonia Martinez. It will be a day of the event submission and we will post the instructions as a separate item here.

We are gathering vendor applications, are working on the entertainment which we are hoping will look like 'Smack Dab' (confirmed), 'Mary Isis' and 'Terrapin Station'. Confirmations on the latter two being worked on.

The 6th annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge submissions are due between August 10 - 14, 2015 this year. The formal judging will be on September 1, 2015 and the winners announced at the Festival.

The American Beekeeper Federation again will be sending the American  Honey Queen to the Islands, to visit schools, do public interviews and appearances and bring her expertise to us on honey bees and honey through education venues. If you are interested in having her visit your school class or public group, please let us know. She will be on the Big Island September 22 - 27 afternoon and on Oahu the evening of the 27th - 29th. We'd love to hear your requests.

We will be expanding our keiki activities and look forward to lots of participation.

For Vendor Information: Jen Rasmussen - 808-747-2944 or
For Cooking Contest information: Sonia Martinez -
Festival & Challenge Chair: Peggy Beckett - 808-965-0000 or

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sonia Martinez Blog about the judging

November 06, 2014

Meeting agenda and information Tuesday 11/11/14

Dear Members,
Our next meeting will be Tuesday November 11 at 6:30 in the Kamana Senior Center. The meeting itself will be short, mainly a report on the Honey Festival and the upcoming Honey Queen's visit. Then we will watch a movie, or part of it, called "More Than Honey", which is a German film about the aspects of European bee raising, but also covers bees in California, Australia, and China. As usual, pot luck at 6:00, meeting at 6:30. Board meeting at 5:00.

This will also be an opportunity to purchase your tickets for the Gala Dinner to be held November 19, at Nani Mau Gardens. Tickets are $40 each and will get you a wonderful gourmet dinner of honey-based dishes, with live music, a silent auction, a presentation by the Honey Queen, a no-host bar, and the opportunity to stroll the grounds of the beautiful Nani Mau Gardens. If you can't make the meeting, contact me or Peggy ( and we will get your tickets to you. Please join your friends and support your club by attending this event, it will be a lot of fun!
Elaine Partlow
Golden Feather Jewelry

2014 Hawai'i Honey Festival

We are getting excited for our upcoming Hawai'i Honey Festival this month.
Nani Mau Gardens, Makalika Street, Hilo Hawai'i, 10 am - 4 pm 

Our vendor spaces are being finalized - lots of great applications - list will come out soon.

We have 2 great bands playing in the pavilion area.

The Master Gardeners will again conduct a couple garden tours through Nani Mau's beautiful property.

We will announce the winners of the Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge.

Educational booths will include, among others, the Department of Agricuture Apiary Division, the Hawai'i Master Food Preservers program, the Master Gardeners Fruit Fly booth, Big Island Beekeepers Association booth.

There will be some educational presentations regarding beekeeping and any of the roaming beekeepers will be happy to stop, answer questions and share with you their knowledge. Look for those name tags hanging on them.

Don't forget this is your opportunity to taste many varieties of honey from the Islands of Hawai'i and vote for your favorite. The Beekeepers all hope it will be their very own special honey that will win the coveted People's Choice Award.

Come back often over the next couple weeks and see what we will continue to add to the mix.

Mahalo. See you at the Festival.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Western Apicultural Society Bulletin

Items of interest to beekeepers July 15, 2014

CLUBS - please forward to your members

My apologies for the long silence. We have been scrambling to get the summer edition of the WAS Journal finished and finalize the conference information it must contain. It has been a bit of a marathon, with Jerry dealing with family health issues and the double load of organizing not only the usual WAS conference but also the 2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring. 

This year's conference is composed of three sections:
• The 2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring on Wednesday, September 17,
• WAS Conference Speakers, Thursday and Friday, September 18 and 19,
• Saturday Morning Workshops covering a variety of practical topics of interest to beekeepers and geared especially for those folks who cannot get away to attend the earlier events.

The 2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring involves several speakers from far distant parts -- New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Italy etc. It kicks off the "Week of the Bee" at the University of Montana in Missoula and contains a candy shop of technological goodies for all those so inclined.

Keynote speaker on Thursday of the WAS conference is our own Dr. Eric Mussen, now retired from UC-Davis but still the bee guru of choice for half the world. He'll be talking about what has changed in beekeeping during his professional lifetime. You know him - entertaining, informative, plain spoken and easy for anyone to understand, be they beginner beekeepers or ones with decades of experience.

The Friday keynote is something different, and something of enormous interest to all of us. G. Philip Hughes, Senior Director of the White House Writers Group of Washington, D.C.; Former Ambassador and White House National Security Aide for Presidents Robert Reagan and George H.W. Bush, will address the neonicotinoid pesticides and bees debate, giving a play-by-play of how this issue has been and is being played out. He will highlight the issues being ignored, misstated or oversimplified along the way by the media and politicians. He will also address the role of journalists in ‘muddying’ rather than clarifying the waters, as well as the recent involvement of the White House in honey bee and pollinator health and protection.

Attached is a registration form and a tee-shirt order form (you don't have to be at the conference to order a tee-shirt).

The WAS website will be updated in the next few days with all the information you need to get to Missoula in September - speaker program, registration form,   accommodations, instructions and maps on how to find your way around Missoula and the university campus, and a glittering collection of extra events to make this a week to remember. Check it out at and plan to join us.

Shortly, I will get back to normal delivery of Items of interest to beekeepers. Apologies for the interruption. First things first.

Regards, Fran Bach
WAS Communications Director & Journal Editor