UH Hilo offers beekeeping series

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Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo offers The Benefits of Beekeeping, a series designed for anyone new to bees as well as those who have bees and are interested in new ways to relate to and care for them.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays, September 18 - October 23, from 4:30 – 7:30 pm in UH Hilo's Kanaka`ole Hall, Room 108. There will be field days at Paradise Nectar Apiaries in Kaiwiki on October 6 and 27 from 9 am – 3 pm. Cost is $150 and includes the required textbook. Students will need long pants, shoes, long sleeve shirt, hat, and gloves for the field days.

Participants will learn treatment-free beekeeping practices based on bee biology and developing a relationship and understanding of bees. Topics include Hawaiian honeybee history, pests and diseases, pollination, hygienic hive management, and more. Field days will give participants an opportunity to visit a thriving apiary, observe effective hive management techniques, get hands-on experience, and develop a relationship with bees.

Instructor Jen Rasmussen has been caring for honeybees on Hawaiʻi Island since 2008. She has developed various methods of maintaining her hives without the use of chemicals or treatments.

For more information and to register, contact CCE at 932-7830 or visit https://hilo.hawaii.edu/cce/.

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