Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Varroa mites -- have genetic holes in their armor

August 14, 2017
Michigan State University
Michigan State University scientists have found genetic holes in Varroa mites' armor that could potentially reduce or eliminate the marauding invaders.
Credit: Zachary Huang
Full Story at:

Monday, August 14, 2017

The 2017 Hawaii Honey Challenge is ON !

For contest rules and entry forms - see the instructions at:

This year we are looking at 5 categories of Honey,  1 solid form, 1 Comb, and 3 liquid in a dark, medium, light color classification.  See the website for details, or drop us a line for more information.  or  call to leave a message at (805) 399-2422

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


From the Pollinator Partnership -


The first annual Mite-A-Thon will take place Saturday, September 9 to Saturday, September 16, 2017 and we invite you to participate!

FORWARD THIS NOTICE - Local beekeeping clubs and associations are key to making Mite-A-Thon a success!

The Mite-A-Thon is a national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America within a one week window.  All beekeepers will be asked to participate, creating a rich distribution of sampling sites in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.  Their varroa monitoring data will be uploaded to

OBJECTIVE: 1) Raise awareness about honey bee colony varroa infestations in North America through effective monitoring methods. 2) Management strategies will be made available for discussion within bee organizations utilizing Mite-A-Thon partner developed information and outreach materials.

PARTICIPANTS: All beekeepers are welcome to participate – we need bee associations to help lead this effort!


   1. Encourage your members to participate in September, through meetings, newsletters, emails, social media etc. -
   2. Teach new beekeepers how to monitor for mites in August.
   3. Help your members prepare their monitoring materials.
   4. Support your members in making sure they are able to monitor mites effectively and report their data.

DATA COLLECTION: Participants will monitor the level of mites (number of mites per 100 bees) using a standardized protocol utilizing two common methods of assessment (powdered sugar roll or alcohol wash) and then enter data, including location, total number of hives, number of hives tested, local habitat, and the number of varroa mites counted from each hive. The published information will not identify individual participants.

COST: There is no cost. You can create your own test materials or kits can be purchased online. Some scholarships are available (

CONTACT: or 415-362-1137. Learn more and stay up to date at!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Change of the guard....

Please welcome Jim Klyman, the BIBA  media person for 2017. He is promising great things for the websites and social media platforms I have been using in not such a terribly reliable manner.
Looking forward to what his creativity brings us.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BIBA meeting 8/8/2017

Hi All,

This month’s Big Island Beekeepers Association meeting will be sharing a particular “thing” that you find useful when dealing with your bees and/or hive.    Do you have a particular tool, pick, grabber, holder, cleaning method  that you use and find it saves time or effort ?   If so bring it down to the meeting to share.
We will also have updates about the “Honey Challenge” scheduled for Mid-October 2017 (rules, entry forms, categories).

Where: Kaumana Senior Center,  124 Kamana St.   Hilo  HI
When: Aug. 08,  2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Pupu potluck starts at 6:00 PM followed by a brief business meeting at 6:30 PM.
bee related presentation after the Biz meeting.
Aug 2017 topic:  Bring your favorite tool / tip / trick  you use for bees.

Contacts Name: Jim Klyman
Contacts email:
Contacts Ph. No.: 808-982-7292

Jim Klyman – BIBA Media person.

Friday, July 7, 2017

BIBA July Meeting

Subject:    Big Island Beekeepers Association (BIBA) monthly meeting
Location:    Kaumana Senior Center,  124 Kamana St.   Hilo  HI
When:        Second Tuesday of each month - Tue. July 11, 2017
Time:        6:00 PM
Open to the public.  Come and learn about Bees, beekeeping, pollination and how important bees are to food production and survival of our planet.   Pupu potluck starts at 6:00 PM followed by a brief business meeting at 6:30 PM.  There is usually a bee related presentation.
July 2017 topic:  Cleaning tips, to prevent disease transfer between hives 
         (AFB transfer prevention).
Contact:    Jim Klyman
Phone:        808-982-7292,

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

June BIBA meeting Tuesday June 13, 2017

Monthly meeting.
6 pm potluck~ 6:30 pm meeting

Meeting will include discussion and voting on bylaw changes sent out to membership by email.

Topic of discussion:
Swarm catching, bee vacuums, swarm traps.
I am going to bring my bucket head bee vacuum (kind of funky) for show and tell and if any of you have bee vacuums you would like to show, please bring them. I particularly would like to see the store bought one Michele spoke of last meeting.
Also any techniques you use to trap swarms or lure them to the traps.


Everyone welcome

Kamana Senior Center
127 Kamana St, Hilo, Hawaii 96720


Saturday, April 8, 2017

April Meeting Tuesday 4/11/17

Aloha kakahiaka,

It is that time again, where we have our monthly get together on the second Tuesday.

BIBA meeting Tuesday April 11, 2017, 6 pm potluck/networking, 6:30 pm meeting.

Meetings are held at the Kamana Senior Center on Kamana St (mauka of Hilo Island Naturals) in Hilo.

This month we have a couple of presentations as a part of things.

First, Noe and Mitra, apiarists with the State Department of Agriculture will be attending and will give a brief presentation on the current issues with American Foulbrood.

Secondly, we also have Furniture maker, Gregg Menino and Glenn Viera with the Dept. Of Correction Kulani Furniture shop making a presentation of the langstroth type bee boxes. they want to make and sell in Hawaii. These boxes are being built with Pine trees being removed by the county on Stainback Hwy. All local stuff.

Please remember, you don't need to be a member or even a beekeeper to attend. Come on down and join the group. They are eager to share their experience and experiences with you.