Richard Spiegel & Candice Choy from Volcano Island Honey went to Oahu this week to see the Hawaii premiere of The Last Beekeeper as a part of the Hawaii International Film Festival. Beekeepers from Maui, Oahu and the Big Island all gathered to watch the film and share their honey at a tasting afterward. Whole Foods sponsored the event to help raise awareness about Colony Collapse Disorder and the many problems facing bees and beekeepers right now.
The film was powerful. The film used the compelling personal stories of a few beekeepers to tell the story of the challenges that bees and beekeepers face today. Here on the Big Island beekeepers are facing their own challenges. While we don’t have Colony Collapse Disorder, we now have the varroa mite which seems to be spreading rapidly around the island. Beekeepers, Volcano Island Honey among them, are scrambling to adjust to this new hive management reality. Volcano Island Honey does not have the mite, but is monitoring the hives closely.
Posted by Andrea Dean