Tuesday, July 9, 2013

BIBA meeting Tuesday July 16, 2013

Aloha, everyone!
Join us for the monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 16 at 6 pm for the potluck, and 6:30 for the meeting and speaker. 

We are REALLY fortunate this month to have Lauren Rusert, the Apiary Technician for the Hawaii Apiary Program. Lauren and Danielle were responsible for the very generous grafting of VSH queen cells which benefitted many of our members last month. Lauren will talk about the VSH queen grafting program, varroa mites, hive beetles, and anything else that we can think of questions for! 

Please join us in making the meeting a big success! Everyone is invited, please bring a dish to share if you can. Come and learn about bees, see your friends, or just meet some new folks and have some fun! 
Kamana Senior Center, 127 Kamana Street in Hilo. Aloha, Carol Conner, Secretary, BIBA.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Meeting Reschedule, Honey Festival and Honey Challenge

Aloha, everyone!

1.  This Sunday's meeting (July 7) has been RESCHEDULED. 
Due to consistent low turnout at Sunday meetings, we will try going back to Tuesday evenings, at least for one or two meetings. SO...please put TUESDAY, JULY 16 on your calendar for the next BIBA meeting. There will be a potluck at 6:00 pm - please bring a dish to share. The regular meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. As usual, the meeting will be held at the Kamana Senior Center at 127 Kamana St. in Hilo.
We now have a date, and a venue, for the 2013 Honey Festival and Honey Challenge. It will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2013, from 11 am - 5 pm, at the Nani Mau Gardens, on Makalika Street in Hilo.
PLEASE consider submitting your honey for the Honey Challenge. We are trying to greatly increase the number of participants this year, and there will be many categories and MANY winners! You don't have to be a commercial beekeeper to enter the contest!

Here is a likely mockup of the stickers that winners will receive. You can place these stickers on your honey to help market your product! There will be plenty of stickers available this year for all winners.   
The Honey Challenge is open to all beekeepers in the State of Hawaii who produce natural, untreated, raw honey. It is NOT TOO EARLY to begin getting your honey ready for the Honey Challenge. Here are the rules on containers: Straight sided KERR pint jars if possible, BALL straight sided jars only if you cannot find Kerr. The honey should go just slightly above the line, but not below. One pint for liquid or solid honey; two pint jars with comb for comb honey. No liquid honey should be added to the jar in the comb category, and the comb should be a single piece that fits in the jar. (If you enter comb honey, make sure that the comb has been frozen for 24 hours to kill any wax moth or small hive beetle eggs, as recommended by the USDA.)

We have an incredible opportunity, thanks to the State Agriculture grant which we have received, to put on a festival that will make us all proud, that will be sustainable for years to come, that will help all Hawaiian honey producers, and that could ultimately become an important civic and tourism  event for Hilo and for the entire state. 

But we need the help of everyone in BIBA, as well as additional volunteers and friends of bees. PLEASE forward this email to every beekeeper you know in the State of Hawaii, to everyone who has an interest in bees, to everyone who loves honey, to farmers and growers, and to teachers, educators, and students. We can make this event a lot of fun, and a win-win for everybody!

Please feel free to contact me if you need additional information at 982-3780.

Carol Conner, Secretary
Big Island Beekeepers' Association