Tuesday, April 3, 2018

BIBA Monthly Meeting - How and When to split a hive

Big Island Beekeepers Association (BIBA) monthly meeting
Kamana Senior Center, 127 Kamana St. Hilo HI
Tuesday April 10th, 2018

6:00 pm Potluck Pupus,  6:30 PM short business meeting followed by presentation
Discussion Topic: How and When to split a hive - prevent swarming.
Open to the public.  Come and learn about Bees, beekeeping, pollination and
how important bees are to our food production.

Contact Name: Jim Klyman
Contact Email: bigislandbeekeepers@gmail.com
Contact Phone Number: 805-339-2422

Monday, March 5, 2018

Monthly Meeting Tue Mar 13 6:00 pm - Formic Pro pest treatment info

Tom Nolan - Sales rep. for NOD Apiary Products Ltd. in Ontario, Canada will be stopping by to talk about their new Formic Pro varroa mite pest product treatment.  He will have a short video presentation and open discussion about our bee problems here in Hawaii.  Tom will share his experiences working with his bees and what he has seen as a sales rep. for North America territory.

Meeting at Kamana Senior Center, 127 Kamana St, Hilo HI

6:00 PM for Pupu Potluck, followed by our meeting at 6:30.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Are Managed hives helping to decrease wild bee populations?

Link to article in Bee Culture the online magazine of American Beekeeping.  A consideration about over competition and disease transfer from managed hives may be affecting wild pollinators.


Friday, February 9, 2018

How to make Honey Mead @ BIBA monthly meeting

Where: Kamana Senior Center,  124 Kamana St.   Hilo  HI
When: Feb 13, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm
Discussion Topic: Honey Mead – how to make it.
Open to the public.  Come and learn about Bees, beekeeping, and
how important bees are to our food supply.

Pupu potluck starts at 6:00 PM followed by a brief business meeting at 6:30 PM.
The evenings presentation will follow our tending to the short business details for the association.
Tonight’s presentation & discussion will be about how Mead is prepared.  Members can arrange for an offsite sampling of Mead.

Contacts Name: Jim Klyman
Contacts Ph. No.: 805-339-BIBA (2422)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

American Foul Brood; a cure on the horizon

Dear Hawaiian Beekeepers, Our conference March 16, 17, and 18, 2018 in Cheyenne, Wyoming is a long distance from you, but may have topics of interest.

One of those topics is, American Foul Brood; a cure on the horizon, no more bonfires.
The instructor for this topic, Dr. Hope is doing research on a new treatment for American Foulbrood that kills the infectious bacteria using phages.  Phages are a type of virus that can only infect bacteria.  Dr. Hope has isolated specific phages that kill Paenibacillus larvae, the bacteria responsible for American Foulbrood.  She studies the phages in lab cultures from hive samples and has worked with beekeepers with infected hives to determine the efficacy of the phages to prevent spread or cure a hive from infection.  Her data is exciting and she is in the process of getting FDA approval to make the phages available to the general public.  Dr. Hope will share information about phages and her current research.

See schedule at: 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Beekeeping in Hilo ? Councilwoman E. O'Hara at Dec 12 meeting

Councilwoman Eileen O'Hara, who represents the fourth district in Puna, will be a guest speaker at our December 12 Christmas potluck meeting next Tuesday

She will be addressing the current county zoning code and ordinance that determine on this island where we can and cannot keep bees.

She will also share information on how we can effect legislative change should we want to do this. 

As most of us know, many beekeepers in Hilo must keep bees under the radar (and by the good graces of their neighbors!)  It would be great if everybody could come out in the open, to be able to practice bee husbandry without fear of repercussions. 

Please join in on our Christmas potluck to learn what we can do to improve the life of our island beekeepers. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Holiday Potluck & Meeting on Dec. 12th

BIBA Holiday Potluck Meeting
Where: Kamana Senior Center - 124 Kamana St. Hilo HI
Topic: When and How to split your hive.
Who: All are welcome...
When: 6:00 PM starts our Holiday Potluck

Open to the public. Come and learn about Bees, beekeeping, starting your own hive, plant pollination, and honey harvesting tips.