Friday, August 1, 2014

2014 Hawaii Honey Festival, American Honey Queen & Hawaii Natural Honey Challenge


The Big Island Beekeeper's Association is pleased to announce that the Hawai'i Honey Festival for 2014 is scheduled for Saturday November 22, 2014 between 10 am - 4 pm at Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo, Hawai'i.

After last years astonishing attendance, we are looking forward to providing the public this year with yet another great day of natural, raw Hawai'ian honey tasting, the results of the associated Hawai'i Natural Honey Challenge, and fun educational information about bees and honey in the State of Hawai'i.

We are happy to say that the American Honey Queen will visit the Big Island of Hawai'i again this year. Her visit will be prior to and coincide with our Hawai'i Honey Festival. Keep your ears open for her visit details.

We are hoping you will join us.

If you have questions or are interested in participating in this year's event, please contact Peggy Beckett, 808-963-6361 or

More information regarding the Challenge will be posted soon.

A hui hou.

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

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Next meeting - Tuesday July 8, 2014

Greetings BIBA members,

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 8.  This is a very important meeting as we will be signing up volunteers for the various committees to put on the Honey Festival.  We need to have enough volunteers to share the responsibilities, so that a few people don't end up doing all the work.  

I will send you a list of the committees in a couple of days, so that you can begin thinking of which ones you would like to be on.  And I will confirm that the speaker who had to cancel last month will be able to join us.

Board meeting is at 5:00 pm, Potluck at 6:00, and meeting at 6:30.

See you there!
Elaine Partlow

Sunday, June 8, 2014

presentation postponement

Due to unforeseen circumstances the presentation by Danielle Downey and Russell Molyneux has been postponed. The meeting on Tuesday at the Kamana Senior Center is still scheduled for 6 pm.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Meeting announcement for June and May minutes, to be approved

Greetings Members

   The next meeting will be on June 10, at the Kamana Senior Center, in Hilo.  Board meeting at 5:00 pm, pot luck at 6:00 pm, meeting at 6:30 pm.

   Meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, so you can put them on your calendar, and not have to rely on my irregular reminders.

   We will be discussing the Honey Challenge and other pertinent business, then Danielle Downey and chemist Russell Molyneux will present findings on the invasive fireweed effects on bees and honey.

       See you all there!

Elaine Partlow


 Minutes -  BIBA Meeting    May 13, 2014

Meeting was called to order at 6:30 by President Rod Vanderhoef.  Fifteen members were present, eight required for a quorum.

Treasurer Eric Belcher reported we have $122 in checking and $722 in savings.  Will have to pay bills when the final grant check arrives.
Chuck made a motion, and Pat seconded, to accept the treasurer's report.  Passed.

Secretary Elaine Partlow read the minutes of the April meeting.  Larry made a motion, and Pat seconded, to accept the minutes.  Passed

Old Business
The final grant check has arrived in the state office, we are waiting for it to work its way through the system, which should happen by the end of the week.

Honey Challenge:  needs grants to do a proper event.  Since we are not a non-profit, we could perhaps partner with a group like 4H, Boy Scouts, or Girl Scouts.  That entity would be the fiscal sponsor, the grant would be under their name, they would take a percentage.  More discussion was held on 501(c)3 status and paperwork.
June made a motion, and Pat seconded, that BIBA become a 501(c)3.  Passed.  Chuck will contact  Jane Simons, to see if she has the needed paperwork.

Komohana hives:  Eric put out Andro with peanut butter, which has reduced the fire ant population.

New Business
Rod suggested a fund raiser:  To have an occasional silent auction or sale of members' unwanted items during an association meeting.  Proceeds could be donated entirely, or split between seller and association.  There was no further discussion.

There was some conversation about two state-sponsored programs, "First to Work", and "SEES", that pay or reimburse wages for workers who work for and are trained by non-profits or other businesses.

Eric motioned to adjourn, Ruby seconded.  Meeting was adjourned at 7:10 pm.

A very interesting talk and slide show was presented by a representative of the Tropical Fruit Growers Association.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

April minutes (not yet approved)

BIBA    Minutes April 8, 2014
Meeting called to order at 6:40pm by Rod Vanderhoef.
Minutes: Secretary forgot to bring print-out of minutes from Feb and March meetings. Larry Reiss made motion to have both sets of minutes approved at next meeting. Erik Belcher seconded. Passed.
Treasurer’s Report:  per Erik Belcher    $879.33   checking   $722.00    savings
Larry motioned and Tanya seconded to accept treasurer’s report. Passed.
Old Business:
            Grant:  Final $4500.00 grant installment expected in one month approx.
Accounting software has not been purchased yet- purchase is pending on $4500                   installment. Erik says new software will be needed for future grant proposals
Komohana has 5 hives- 2 top bar, 3 langstroth. No honey was harvested. Fire ant infestation noted. Concerns re Fire Weed in area- Danielle to speak re fire weed possibly.
New Business:
            Grants: Vince Wilson  spoke to group.  We missed deadline for 2014 large grant. Several smaller grants are available. Sharon has been encouraging us to make proposals per Ruby and Vince.
10k County Market Development grant deadline 4/20- Vince will meet w/Larry, Erik, and Rod at Komohana Sat April 12th w/draft of grant proposal for approval. Larry motioned for 4/20 meeting, Erik seconded. Passed
10k Educational grant also available – deadline unknown- specific to outreach educ/ schools.
Crop Specialty Grant also avail again per Vince’s conversation w/Sharon.
Questions raised whether Honey Challenge could be held again this year given limited funds avail.  Sharon suggested to Vince that perhaps the honey challenge be broken down into districts as well as varietals.
Adjournment:  Larry motioned to adjourn meeting. Erik seconded. Passed at 7:45pm.
Ruby gave a presentation on the many uses of beeswax.

                                 ( Minutes submitted by Tanya Chuoke)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Meeting speaker


Please be informed that next week's BIBA meeting speaker is David Longacre from Hawai'i Fruit Growers Association.

Happy BEES for Happy Trees.


Ruby Piano
Program Coordinator