Friday, November 29, 2013

BIBA December 17, 2013 meeting


Aloha, BIBA members and friends,

Our last BIBA meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6 pm at the Kamana Senior Center, 121 Kamana Street in Hilo. The meeting will begin with a potluck, so please bring a dish to share.

The meeting is very important, because it is also will be the annual election of the Board of Directors. The following positions are available:
President
Vice-President
Secretary 
Treasurer

Please give some thought to running for office! We tried to make some positive changes this year, our membership numbers have increased greatly, and we want to continue down this path. 

Feel free to bring friends to the meeting! If you haven't renewed your membership recently, you will be able to do that at the meeting. We will need a quorum of 25% of the membership in order to hold the election, so please try to come.

If you would like to run for office, and would like to prepare any kind of statement for the membership, you may send it to me and I would be happy to forward it to everyone. 

The 2013 Honey Challenge and Hawaii Honey Festival is now over. We believe that at least 2,000 people attended the event! Hopefully you were able to be there. It seemed like a good time was had by all, and beautiful ribbons were awarded to beekeepers in many categories of honey. If you were a winner, congratulations! The competition was very stiff, we had over 130 honey entries this year (as compared to 43 last year!)

Thank you for a great 2013. Happy Thanksgiving, and see you in December.

Aloha,
Carol Conner, Secretary
Big Island Beekeepers Association

Main 2013 Hawai'i Natural Honey Challenge Awards

PEOPLES CHOICE
AWARD Class
Award District
Public Tasting #
ENTRY
F Name
L Name
AApiary
Stated Varietal
BEST IN SHOW
BEST IN SHOW COMB HONEY
BEST IN SHOW
Table  11
C5
Callie
McNew
Beekeeper
Wildflower - Kalapana

Comb Honey
Puna
Table  10
B3
47836
Vanessa
Magallanes
Island Princess
Albezia
People's Choice - COMB
Comb Honey
Kauai
Table  11
C1
72024
Joyce
Takahashi
Miki Macs LLC, Kauai
Macadamia, Citrus, wild forage

Comb Honey
Hamakua Coast
Table  11
C3
85848
William
Kennedy
Fire Mountain Farm
Coffee, Guava, Loquat

Comb Honey
North - South Hilo
Table  10
B2
69487
Rod
Vanderhoef
Apiary Arts Hawai'i
Tropical Multifloral

Comb Honey
Molokai
Table  11
C9
62964
Marshall
Joy
Molokai Gold
Keawe

Liquid Honey - Tropical Multifloral - Light
North - South Hilo
Table  1
A3
17797
Paul
Takehiro
Beekeeper
Albezia, Macadamia, Palm

Liquid Honey - Tropical Multifloral - Light
Kau
Table  1
A1
8421
Erik
Belcher
Aina Meli
Christmas Berry, Lehua

Liquid Honey - Tropical Multifloral - Light**
Lower Puna
Table  1
A7
26056
Ruby
Piano
Hansons Hawaiian Honey Bee Farms
Citrus, Mango, Noni

Liquid Honey - Tropical Multifloral - Light
Upper Puna
Table  1
A13
27816
Larry
Reiss
Parsantha Apiary
Lehua, Citrus

Liquid Honey - Albezia
Puna
Table  7
G7
43367
Vanessa
Magallanes
Island Princess
Albezia

Liquid Honey - Macadamia
Hamakua Coast
Sampler Table 
S2
73190
Shannon
Schultz
Beeing Aloha Honey Company
Macadamia

Liquid Honey - Tropical Multifloral - Medium Amber
Lower Puna
Table  2
K12
41807
Callie
McNew
Beekeeper
Wildflower - Kalapana
People's Choice - LIQUID HONEY
Liquid Honey - Eucalyptus
Hamakua Coast
Table  6
F1
95592
Fred
Solomon
Paauilo Mauka Products
Eucalyptus

Liquid Honey - Macadamia
Puna
Table  6
F8
61762
John
Hanson
Hansons Hawaiian Honey Bee Farms
Macadamia

Liquid Honey - Christmas Berry
Hamakua Coast
Table  7
G2
94322
Shannon
Schultz
Beeing Aloha Honey Company
Christmas Berry

Liquid Honey - Macadamia  *High Point Macadamia*
North - South Hilo
Table  7
G4
82425
Oksana
Kozinskiy
Beekeeper
Macadamia

Liquid Honey - Coffee
Hamakua Coast
Sampler Table 
S3
4470
Shannon
Schultz
Beeing Aloha Honey
Coffee

Liquid Honey - Tropical Multifloral - Medium Amber
Upper Puna
Table  3
L8
14459
Mary Ann
Smiles
Beekeeper
Lehua, Paperbark, Mango

Liquid Honey - Tropical Multifloral - Medium Amber**
North - South Hilo
Table  3
L4
35964
Rod
Vanderhoef
Apiary Arts Hawai'i
Avocado, Mountain Apple
Best in Show -  LIQUID
BEST IN SHOW LIQUID HONEY
BEST IN SHOW
Table  4
D3
55588
Peggy
Beckett
Beekeeper
Wild Forage

Liquid Honey - Tropical Multifloral- Medium Dark Amber
Upper Puna
Table  4
L8
14459
Mary Ann
Smiles
Beekeeper
Lehua, Paperbark, Mango

Liquid Honey - Tropical Multifloral - Medium Dark Amber
Hamakua Coast
Table  4
D9
81486
Dennis
Allessio
Beekeeper
Longan, Macadamia, Wild Forage

Liquid Honey - Tropical Multifloral - Medium Dark Amber
Island of Kauai
Table  4
D1
68417
Joyce
Takahashi
Miki Macs LLC, Kauai
Macadamia, Citrus, Wild Forage

Liquid Honey - Tropical Multifloral - Medium Dark Amber
North - South Hilo
Table  4
D9
95034
Pattie
Rechtman
Apiary Arts Hawai'i
Basil, wildflower

Liquid Honey  - Tropical Multifloral - Dark
Hamakua Coast
Sampler Table 
S5
19664
Dennis
Alessio
Beekeeper
Longan, Macnut, Eucalyptus

Liquid Honey  - Tropical Multifloral - Dark
Island of Oahu
Table  5
E6
54580
Malcolm
Yorkston
Beekeeper
Mango, Avocado, Lychee

Liquid Honey  - Tropical Multifloral - Dark
Island of Maui
Sampler Table 
S1
59335
Michael
McCoy
Beekeeper
Jacaranda, Avocado, Jasmine

Liquid Honey  - **Tropical Multifloral - Dark**
Island of Kauai
Table  5
E2
45467
Carol Ann
Davis
Beekeeper
Mango, Orange, lemon
People's Choice - SOLiD
Solid Honey  *High Point Keawe*
North - South Kohala
Table  8
H2
77684
Michael
Domeier
Rare Hawaiian Honey Company
Kiawe
Best In Show - SOLID
BEST IN SHOW SOLID HONEY
BEST IN SHOW
Table  9
J5
7118
Michael
Domeier
Rare Hawaiian Honey Company
Kiawe, unknown

Solid Honey
Puna
Table  8
H4
53791
Patrick
Weder
Lotus Buddhist Monastery
Tropical Multifloral

Solid Honey  (Tie with 15689)
Molokai
Table  9
J11
72829
Marshall
Joy
Molokai Gold
Keawe

Solid Honey
Hamakua Coast
Table  7
G1
87664
Shannon
Schultz
Beeing Aloha Honey Company
Lehua

Solid Honey *High Point Lehua*
North - South Hilo
Table  8
H1
76668
Henry
Iuker
Daddy's Stolen Honey
Lehua

Solid Honey (Tie with 72829)
Molokai
Table  9
J10
15689
Marshall
Joy
Molokai Gold
Wildflower, Citrus, Keawe

Thursday, November 21, 2013

2013 Hawaii Honey Festival PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES


2013 Hawaii Honey Festival
PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES


MUSIC – The Gazebo

11 a.m.    Kunswanana Marimba Ensemble
12 p.m.    Cyril Pahinui & Connections School
                  U’kulele & Slack Key Students
 1   p.m.    Mary Isis
 2   p.m.    Tina Garber
 3   p.m.    Smack Dab
 4   p.m.    Terrapin Station

KIDS’ ACTIVITIES  - Main Lanai

1:30 – 2       Hiccup Circus
2:30 – 3       Hiccup Circus
1 – 1:30       Creative Bee Waggle Dancing
2 – 2:30       Creative Bee Waggle Dancing

ONGOING:  Balloon creations, Face painting,
                      Beehive painting with the “Bee
                      Buddies”, and more!


EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES & PRESENTATIONS
Main Lanai or Pupu Pavilion (PP)

                       Mead Making Demos – Diki Short
 12 – 1:00         for Beginners  (PP)
   2 – 3:00         for Experienced Mead Makers (PP)
   1 -  2:00      Apitherapy – Kate McWiggins  (see
                            Bios)  - Main Lanai
1:30 – 2:30    Candle making demo – Jen Rasmussen
11:30, 1:30    Nani Mau Garden Tours (sign up at
                         BIBA booth; meet at Main Lanai)

BIOS OF PRESENTERS

Cyril Pahinui Cyril Pahinui needs no introduction to Hawaiian music lovers. Cyril is a master slack key guitarist, and is the son of Gabby “Pop” Pahinui, who is considered the “Godfather” of Hawaiian slack key guitar. Cyril is also the u’kulele and slack key guitar instructor for the fortunate students of the Connections Charter School!

Richard (“Diki”) Short – Univ. of Hawaii, College of Ag, Forestry & Nat. Resource Mgmt. – Diki is the manager of UH’s Research Farm, and a beekeeper since his youthful days growing up on Oahu. Diki went to work at UH Manoa in 1979, and then to UH Hilo in 1983, where he developed the UH Research Farm in Panaewa, and which he currently manages. Locally, Diki is widely known as a mead brewer extraordinaire, and he will share his knowledge and experience.

Kate McWiggins – American Apitherapy Society – presenting “Apitherapy: the Use of Hive Products for Health, Including Honey, Pollen, Propolis, Royal Jelly and Bee Venom.” We are privileged to have Kate, who is a Board member of AAS from Issaquah, Washington. Kate is a trained botanist, who has kept bees for many years, and became interested in apitherapy after experiencing its healing effects personally. She now is a helper and a healer to others, and will discuss her knowledge and experience with apitherapy.

 Jen Rasmussen – Paradise Nectar Apiary, Pahoa -
Jen is a long-time, experienced Top Bar Beekeeper who is known for her chemical and treatment-free beekeeping. Jen’s apiary produces natural honey, wax, candles, salves, ointments, tinctures, propolis, pollen, and more. She regularly teaches workshops on beekeeping.    



HONEY TASTING & VOTING BY THE PUPU PAVILION!

HONEY-LUSCIOUS PUPUS
The Pupu Pavilion

Honeyed Pork Loin Sliders
Shrimp Skewers with Honey-Mustard Sauce
Ginger Honey Chicken Wings w/Asian Soy Reduction
Honey Corn Dogs
Honey Pumpkin Tarts w/Caramelized Mac Nuts
Honey Tea Lemonade, Honey Wines, Beer




BLUE RIBBONS AWARDED ON THE
TASTING TABLES AT 3 PM!

The Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge

The Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge began four years ago, with the idea that our wonderful honeys should be recognized, and that hard-working Hawaiian beekeepers could take advantage of the marketing opportunities that would be created by having a juried, professionally judged honey competition.

To be eligible, the beekeeper must use ONLY natural means to produce and process honey - organic livestock management, no chemicals or pesticides to treat the bees or the hives, no heating, churning, or “seeding” of the honey. beekeepers that follow these rules are invited to enter their honeys into the competition. These honeys may be liquid, solid (crystallized and spreadable), or still in the honeycomb itself! They are all delicious, and totally natural and healthy!

Honey “varietals” that may be found here include the rare white Kiawe, Macadamia Blossom, Coffee Blossom, Coconut Blossom, Dragon Fruit, Eucalyptus and Citrus Honeys. Some of these wonderful honeys have been entered into the Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge, and you may taste them at the People’s Choice Public Tasting Competition today and vote for your favorites today!


VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE HONEYS!



OBSERVATION BEEHIVES
Safely watch the bees working behind glass!

Bee Mo’ Bettah Honey Vendor Booth
Paradise Bee Ranch Vendor Booth
Paradise Nectar Vendor Booth


VENDORS & EXHIBITORS
(at time of publication)

Aloha Honey Company & Paradise Bee Ranch
Apothecary Boutique
Bee Mo’ Bettah Honey
Big Island Plants
Coconut Husker
E.M. Awareness
Hawai’I Reforestation Program
Honey Girl Farms
Honey’s Wood Art
Hot Rocks Hawai’i
Kitchen of Creation
Koa’e 4H Club
Komohana Apiary (Big Island Beekeepers Association)
Korean Bee Venom Extraction System
Linda Brooks Stained Glass
Luscious Sustainable Products
Master Gardeners Association
Mite Gone Varroa Mite Treatment System
Moonstruck Farms Kona Coffee
One Heart Coffee Farm, Hamakua
Parsantha Honey
Paradise Nectar
Recycle Hawai’i
Rare Hawaiian Honey
Sassy Wahine Designs
Tropsicles Tropical Popsicles
UH Dept. of Agriculture, Forestry & Nat.
    Resources Management


PARTICIPATING BEEKEEPERS & APIARIES


“If the bees disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man”                  --Albert Einstein


A huge MAHALO to the beekeepers of the State of Hawaii, who keep our bees healthy & productive!

Aina Meli - Erik Belcher, Beekeeper - Hilo
Apiary Arts Hawaii – Rod Vanderhoef & Pattie Rechtman,    
     Beekeepers – Papaikou
Bee Mo’ Bettah Honey – Ron Hanson, Beekeeper – Pahoa
Daddy’s Stolen Honey – Henry Iucker, Beekeeper – Volcano
Fire Mountain Ranch – Wm. Kennedy, Beekeeper – Pauuilo
Hawaiian Rainbow Bees – M. Yorkston, B’keeper – Honolulu
HI Dept. of Ag – Danielle Downey, State Apiarist  – Hilo
HHH Bee Farm – John Hanson, Beekeeper – Pahoa
Honey Bees Forever – Ruby Piano, Beekeeper – Hilo
Island Princess Macadamia Nut Farm – Devin Magellanes &  
    Vanessa Houle, Beekeepers – Keaau
Komohana Apiary – Big Island Beekeepers Association, - Hilo
La’akea Community LLC – Donna Willoughby, Beekeeper – Pahoa
Lotus Buddhist Monastery – P. Weder, B’kpr – Mountain View
Miki Macs LLC – Joyce Takahashi, Beekeeper – Lihue
Moloka’I Gold – Marshall Joy, Beekeeper - Kaunakakai, HI
Paauilo Mauka Products – Fred Solomon, B’keeper –     Kamuela
Paradise Bee Ranch – James Severtson, Beekeeper – Keaau
Paradise Nectar – Jen Rasmussen, Beekeeper – Pahoa
Paraiso Orchards LLC – Saturnio Doctor, Beekeeper – Pepeekeo
Parsantha Apiary – Larry Reiss, Beekeeper, Mountain View
Rare Hawaiian Honey Company – Dr. Michael Domeir,
     Beekeeper –  Kamuela
Steelgrass Farm – Tony Lydgate, Beekeeper – Kapaa
U of H, CAFNRM – Dr. Lorna Tsutsumi, Professor – Hilo
Callie McNew, Pahoa                          Paul Takehiro, Hilo
Mary Anne Smiles, Kurtistown          Peggy Beckett, Hakalau
Chuck Sorenson, Hakalau                   Michael McCoy, Makawao
Michael McCoy, Makawao                 Dennis Alessio, Papaikou
Oksana Kozinsky, Papaaloa                Gerry Silver, Honomu
Dr. Bob Sumner-Mack, Hilo               Linda Jensen, Honomu
Greg Johnson, Pahoa                          Don Reeser
Carol Ann Davis, Koloa



SPONSORS

Big Island Beekeepers Association
State of Hawai’I Dept. of Agriculture
Nani Mau Gardens
Connections Charter School
State of Hawai’I Apiary Program
Univ. of Hawai’I/Hilo, College of Agriculture,
   Forestry, and Natural Resources Mgmt.

American Apitherapy Society
Apiary Arts Hawaii
Bee Culture Magazine/A.I. Root Company
Big Island Weekly
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
Cyril Pahinui
Hawai’I Master Gardeners
Hilo Municipal Golf Course
Ka’u Calendar
Kadota’s Liquor
KAPA Radio
Kilauea Lodge
Kui & I Florist
Mann Lake Beekeeping Supplies
One Heart Farm Coffee Company
The OrchidWorks
Paradise Bee Ranch
Paradise Nectar
Parsantha Apiary
Rare Hawaiian Honey Company
Recycle Hawai’i
Rusty’s Ka’u Coffee
Southern Wine & Spirits
Sustainable Hawai’i
The Wave Radio