The Kaua’i Beekeepers Association (KBee) in partnership with the KCC Apiary Program invite the public to an evening discussion with Hawaii State Apiary Specialist Danielle Downey this Friday, May 4, 2012, at 6:00pm in the Technology Building’s Multi-Purpose Rm114. Beekeepers, wanna beekeepers, and anyone interested in beekeeping is encouraged to attend the free event.
Ms. Downey will be focusing her discussion on updates from the statewide effort to manage, control, and eliminate common honeybee diseases and how to identify, treat, and prevent them from becoming problematic for beekeepers. A brief legislative update on the state's plan for assisting local beekeepers and helping Kaua'i keep the small hive beetle and varroa mite off the Garden Island will also bee included in the discussion. Following the discussion the KCC Apiary Program’s Bee Lab will bee open for a tour and honey samples.
The KCC Apiary Program, in partnership with the Kauai Beekeepers Association and Garden Island Resource Conservation and Development, has also received funding from the County of Kauai Office of Economic Development to provide services and training for Kauai beekeepers. Support for Kaua’i beekeepers may also come from the state legislature with the recent passing of SB 2100 for Governor Neil Ambercrombie to sign into law. This bill provides money to the UH system for honeybee research and apiary development.
While visiting Kaua’i, Ms. Downey will also bee assisting KCC Apiary Program instructors Francis Takahashi and Jimmy Trujillo with technical training to increase the capacity of the KCC Apiary Program. The KCC Apiary Program has been offering beekeeping courses to interested community members through the Office of Continuing Education and Training (OCET) and the Ho’ouluwehi Program’s Sustainable Agriculture Program with funding from a federal Rural Development Program grant. For more information about upcoming courses or to enroll in the next apiary course on Saturday, May 5, 2012, contact KCC OCET staff at 245- 8318 or Apiary Program Instructor Jimmy Trujillo at 245 8380.