2016 Adopt-a-Beehive News
Spring Donor Event at Panaʻewa Farm
On February 26, 2016, the Adopt-a-Beehive with Alan Wong program put on its annual Spring appreciation donor event. It was a chance for our program donors to meet their student beekeepers and taste food samples made by Chef Alan Wong and Dr. Lorna Tsutsumi. They also got a chance to view educational displays, tour the bee garden and the apiary, and even create their own encaustic paintings.
We also recognized the recipients of the Adopt-a-Beehive with Alan Wong scholarship, which benefits beekeeping students at UH Hilo. This year four students were awarded scholarships.
Road to Sustainability
Doctor Lorna Tsutsumi's students showcased their work at this year's "Road to Sustainability" event on April 21, 2016. The event was held at the AG Breezeway at the College of Agriculture. Students from her Value-Added Agriculture Products class () showcased their final products, which were either created from a bee-related product (beeswax, honey, propolis) or other agricultural products. Her Advanced Beekeeping ( ) students served honey comb samples and other foods that were prepared with honey.
Unveiling the Life-Size Hive
May 6th, 2016 marked a special day for the Beekeeping Program at UH Hilo. Several students in Dr. Tsustumi's Advanced Beekeeping class built a life-size Langstroth hive complete with movable frames and a queen excluder. This hive was placed across the Bee Garden at the UH Hilo Farm and will serve as an educational tool for the community and those who tour the farm. It will allow for people to get an inside look at the home of the honeybee. Those who venture inside of the hive are able to experience the dark environment that honeybees like to work in. Dr. Tsutsumi also recognized five seniors who completed the requirements to receive the Beekeeping Certificate this Spring 2016 semester. Each student was gifted with a J-hook hive tool.
Taste of the Hawaiian Range
The Adopt-a-Beehive program participated in this years “A Taste of the Hawaiian Range” Agriculture Festival in Waikoloa on September 9th, 2016. This festival brings together food producers, processors, chefs, and consumers and encourages local food production. This year marked the 21th anniversary of the event. We gave out honey straws at the event and talked about the importance of pollination.
Keiki in the Kitchen at the Hawaiʻi Food and Wine Festival
On October 29, 2016, the Adopt-a-Beehive with Alan Wong program here hit the road to Ko Olina Resort on Oʻahu for Keiki in the Kitchen. The event is part of the Hawaiʻi Food and Wine Festival and promotes healthy food, fitness and fun for children (and adults too!). The program provided free comb honey samples and educated the public on the importance of honey bees for both their pollination services for agricultural crops and the usable products from the hive such as honey and wax. Over 1,000 attendees enjoyed the day. Also attending the day to watch his granddaughter participate in the keiki cooking contest was Mike Crowell, a cooperating farmer with program.
Trick or Treat?
On October 31, 2016, seventy-five Haili Christian Elementary students, ranging from kindergarten to 5th grade visited the UH Hilo Farm Laboratory in Panaʻewa. In addition to seeing the farm animals and planting seeds, the students got to visit the giant hive to experience feeling like a bee, toured the bee friendly garden to learn about what type of plants are needed to encourage healthy bee populations year round, and got to use beeswax crayons to color bee educational cards.