Just a few impressions that caught our attention during the Honey Festival this past Saturday, November 23rd at the Nani Mau Gardens...
Lots of people...we had to park on the lower forties and stand in line a bit before we were able to go in... We were pleased to see quite a few friends there.
Lots and lots and lots of honey for general public tasting to select "People's Choice". This was the first year I did not participate as a judge for the honey contest. A good thing, since there were over 100 different honeys to taste and judge this time!
I should mention that the contest is open to all beekeepers in the state of Hawai'i, but the honey submitted has to be 'natural'. No heating or alterations of any kind.
Above seen on a T-shirt made by our friend Erin Rose
Above - Bee friendly plant seeds were being sold
There were 27 exhibitors and vendors, presenters, music, exhibition bee hives, food and tours of the garden, tastings, activities for the keiki and much more going on all over the gardens.
Above - beeswax candles, samples of propilis, honey comb, royal jelly and other products.
We spotted several people walking around with 'Bees in their Bonnets' ... quite cute...
...more 'Bee Bonnets'...
We attended an excellent presentation on "Apitherapy" by Kate McWiggins, an apitherapist member of the American Apitherapy Society, Inc from Washington State. Kate spoke about the benefits of the different products and byproducts...besides honey and beeswax there is propolis, pollen and royal jelly..and she expounded on the bee sting/venom therapy to cure or alleviate symptoms due to several different illnesses.
Since at this time we do not have any apitherapists in Hawai'i, several people expressed an interest in having her return for consultations... If you're interested in seeing it happen, contact the Big Island Beekeepers Association (information below)
To support the Big Island beekeepers and honey producers read labels when shopping and search for local honey. You can find them in supermarkets and gift shops throughout the island.
The Big Island Beekeepers Association (BIBA) holds open monthly meetings at the Kamana Senior Center in Hilo and welcomes new members. BIBA is an invaluable source for information, classes, workshops, swarm removals, equipment and other supplies as well as honey and bees. See information below:
To read more about bees and honey in Hawai'i click on the following