Hawaiian Honey is unique! There are so many types of micro-climates with specially adapted plants that grow here, our bees have a vast array of nectar sources to make honey with. You may think honey is honey and not know about the variety of flavors you will not get from grocery store honey. The Honey Challenge is our way of exposing people to this amazing variety of Hawaiian honey flavors.
The purpose of the Hawaiian Honey Challenge is twofold. First, is to help our State of Hawai’i beekeepers in presenting a quality product in a neutral pleasing presentation showcase. Second, we can increase the public’s awareness of what bees and beekeepers do to create the wide variety of honey's available in our local areas. Hopefully to create some appreciation for both, in recognition of their work, and how people can help the honeybees.
The Challenge is open to all beekeepers in the State of Hawai’i, regardless of size of operation, who follow the rules of this contest. Honey samples submitted for entry in the Challenge must be harvested and bottled by the contestant from their own apiary located in the State of Hawai’i during 2018. No heat may be used in the extracting or bottling process. No additives, seeding, flavoring or blending of honeys may be used. Honey may be “strained” (strainer mesh size no smaller than 200 microns). The honey should not be processed in any way such as “creaming”, “spinning”, “churning”, “blending” or other manipulations.