Bee Collective

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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Bee Collective is a nonprofit with a mission to build a supportive community of beekeepers and promote ethical methods of beekeeping in HI.

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The name, Bee Collective, was chosen with an intention in which everyone plays a role. Since most of the learning material is accessible online, monthly workshops at different venues offer exciting opportunities for participants to engage in. This type of cooperative system ties in diversity and gives established business owners, farmers, and scientists a chance to connect with others in their fields of interest.

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Operation Apiary
Description – Beelieve Hawaii became a partner of a nonprofit farm called, Hoa Aina O Makaha (HAOM) in March of 2015. An unused apiary, dedicated to educating children, in the form of a screened Bee House was given to us to restore. Gigi Cocquio, Executive Director and caretaker of HAOM, kept bees for many years until pests like the African Small Hive Beetle and Varroa Destructor Mite killed his colonies off. Our goal was to remodel the Bee House to make it more favorable for the bees and revive an educational program for children. Due to the help of exceptional volunteers and a mini-grant from Kokua Hawaii Foundation, sky lights were installed and a wooden roof was replaced with clear panels so more sunshine could come in for the bees. Direct sunlight on the beehives is important throughout the day to help maintain pests and the temperature inside the hive (around 90 degrees F).
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Past Projects:

Operation Apiary - Restoring observation house for bees at Hoa Aina O Makaha
Pollinator Program - Development of curriculum for STEM and DOE standards
Hawaiian Yellow-faced Bees - Research and habitat restoration for endemic and endangered bee
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