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Hawaii Beekeeping Makes a Comeback

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When Small Hive Beetles Were First Found on Each Island

It is illegal to transport bees or used beekeeping equipment between Islands without a Hawaii Department of Agriculture inspection and permit, but pests still spread. Fortunately, so far, varroa mites have been found only on Oahu and Hawaii Island.

The current number of managed bee colonies listed on each island is an estimate by Danielle Downey.


Learn More

State apiary program:
Big Island Beekeepers Association:
Jen Rasmussen’s website:
Michael Kliks’ website:

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Jun 23, 2013 10:00 am
 Posted by  peacegecko

The varroa mites are also on Molokai as of last year. They showed up just a short while after the inspectors came from the big island to inspect if they were present on Molokai! Everyone on the island thinks they brought them with them.

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