A partnership with the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Chef Alan Wong has teamed up with UH Hilo to build awareness of the critical plight of honey bees and to promote local solutions to sustaining the honey bee industry. You can help by adopting a beehive at UH Hilo and supporting the research and development of healthy beehive practices in Hawaiʻi! As the adopter of a beehive, you’ll receive periodic reports and photos of your assigned bee colony from the UH Hilo student taking care of your hive. You’ll also receive your own personal supply of honey/honey products, along with invitations to join Chef Alan Wong at bee- and agriculture-related activities held on campus or at the UH Hilo Laboratory Farm in Panaʻewa.
1 Educate the public about local food production and the need to reduce Hawaiʻi’s dependency on imports, as well as about issues threatening honey bees’ role in sustainable agriculture.
2 Support research and development of healthy beehive practices, increase the number of successfully managed beehive colonies in Hawaiʻi, and produce a steady pipeline of educated and experienced bee keepers, both professionals and hobbyists.
3 Foster model entrepreneurial business opportunities involving honey and its by-products.
4 Support students in an educational setting in order to develop the next generation of innovative and progressive farmers.
All proceeds from Adopt-a-Beehive with Alan Wong are accepted by the UH Foundation and used to support the priority needs of the UH Hilo Beekeeping Program, including student support as well as supplies and materials.
Convinced already? Has this one page told you all you need to know? Send in your beehive adoption papers on the UH Foundation site today!
In March of 2007, Varroa mite (a serious pest to honey bees) was discovered on Oʻahu and in 2008, the mite was found on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi.