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Bee Alert:

2015 Hawai'i Honey Festival September 26, 2015

Gazebo Stage: 10:30 pm - 12 noon  Bethany Trio

                             12:00 - 12:15 pm Honey Challenge Awards

                             12:15 pm - 1:45 pm Smack Dab

                              1:45 pm - 2:00 pm More Honey Challenge Awards

                              2:00 - 3:30 pm  Terrapin Station

                              3:30 pm - 3:45 pm People's Choice Honey Awards

About the Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge

We are very fortunate in Hawai’I that our bees gather tropical nectars and create some of the most delicious honeys in the world. To make honey, a tiny female worker bee gathers nectar for most of her life – which is less than one month in total! In a lifetime, each worker bee will create 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey. So in each jar of honey which you see in your stores, you can imagine how many little bees have worked their entire life to produce one jar.  

Honey 20141The Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge began four years ago, with the idea that our wonderful honeys should be recognized, and that hard-working Hawaiian beekeepers could take advantage of the marketing opportunities that would be created by having a juried, professionally judged honey competition. This idea led to the Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge.

In order to be eligible, the beekeeper must use ONLY natural means to produce and process their honey  - organic livestock management, no chemicals or pesticides to treat the bees or the hives, and no heating, churning, or “seeding” of the honey (to make it artificially crystallize.”) Beekeepers that follow these rules are invited to enter their honeys into the competition. These honeys may be liquid, solid (crystallized and spreadable), or still in the honeycomb itself!

We are also fortunate in Hawai’I to have several unique single-floral source varietal honeys, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. The two unique honeys are the Lehua honey (from the blossoms of the Ohia trees which are found only in the state of Hawaii), and the rare and delicate white crystalline Kiawe honey, from the unique species of mesquite found in the dry sections of the Hawaiian Islands.

Other varietals that may be found here include Macadamia Blossom, Coffee Blossom, Coconut Blossom, Dragon Fruit, Eucalyptus and Citrus Honeys. Some of these wonderful honeys will be entered into the Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge, and you may taste them at the People’s Choice Public Tasting Competition. To produce these varietals involves much work and planning by the beekeeper. Hives full of bees, but without honey, must be moved into a dense orchard area – where the bees will gather only that one nectar – when the plants start flowering. Then the hives must be immediately moved when the nectar flow has ended, so that the bees do not start foraging and mixing in different kinds of nectars.

And, since we humans do not control our bees and where they collect their nectar, we ALSO have the very popular Tropical Blend honeys – all unique and different, “designer” blends custom-created by the bees! These honeys range in color from very light to very dark, and might contain nectar from mango, palms, albizia, lychee, rambutan, longan – all crops that produce delicious nectar and that are in return pollinated by our honey bees to give harvests to our farmers. These honeys frequently have a tropical and exotic taste, and are always guaranteed to be delicious!

Results of the Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge will be announced at at the Honey Festival. Winning beekeepers will receive special awards.

Honey Challenge Entry period is now closed for 2015.     Honey Vendor applications available below

Please correct mailing address in vendor application to read: Jen Rasmussen PO Box 3351, Pahoa, HI 96778 and her phone number to 808-747-2944

  • Thank you to the following for receiving Honeys as a drop off point:
  • Locovore Store  at Bayfront in Hilo, Monday 8/10 - Friday 8/14
  • Soul Center at Kona Brewhouse Block, Thursday 8/13 & Friday 8/14, 11 am - 4 pm 

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