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OUR BEES

BRED, BORN, AND RAISED IN HAWAII

THE HUM OF BEES IS THE VOICE OF THE GARDEN

ELIZABETH LAWRENCE

Our bees are all descended from locally-bred queens acquired from Scott Nelson at Raw Hawaiian Honey Company (aka Hamakua Apiaries). We keep only a small number of hives, which we manage through natural and organic means only. This allows us to dedicate most of our beekeeping activities to the specialized care for and work with our bees during the labor-intensive task of producing surplus reserves of the highest quality artisanal honey varietals as well as the specialtly product of circular-shaped comb honey

Only the strongest and healthiest honeybee colonies can accomplish the architectural feat of building in the round. We encourage our bees to do this with the aid of uniquely designed frames with circular forms, called Ross Rounds, that are kept in the honey supers (the wooden boxes used for honey harvesting) during strong nectar flows. The final result is a round comb of hexagon-shaped cells that completely encase fresh reserves of 100% raw Hawaiian honey. The success of Pualani's bees in completing these culinary treats is a testament to the genetic quality of our locally-bred queen bees and their ever-industrious royal descendants.

The Bees at Pualani Bee Farm
The Bees at Pualani Bee Farm

Bees busy producing comb honey rounds.

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The Bees at Pualani Bee Farm
The Bees at Pualani Bee Farm

A honeybee guards the precious reserves of honey.

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The Bees at Pualani Bee Farm
The Bees at Pualani Bee Farm

Bees communicate with each other through movement and odor cues (pheromones).

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The Bees at Pualani Bee Farm
The Bees at Pualani Bee Farm

Bees busy producing comb honey rounds.

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Comb honey production

Untouched, unmanipulated, and unfiltered by human hands, Pualani comb honey rounds are the epitome of the direct hive-to-table experience and, thus, highly prized by discerning gourmets. This rare and limited-edition Pualani product honors the nostalgic enjoyment of honey in its purest form, recalling memories of by-gone days when comb honey was the norm rather than the exception. Imbued with the unique geographic, climatic, and floral characteristics of the Big Island's eastern coast, Pualani comb honey rounds, and other hive products, such as 100% raw Hawaiian Tropical Wildflower, Ohia Lehua, and Christmas Berry honey varietals; fresh bee pollen; propolis, and beeswax candles, all delivering the sweetness of Hawaii's paradise embodied in its very own "liquid gold." 

On rare occasions, we receive requests from local members of the broader Puna District community to remove feral bee colonies residing in their homes, We are always grateful to neighbors who value the humane extraction of these bees over extermination. Hence, we approach the back-breaking process of removing wild honeybees as a blessing in disguise.

 

Using specially-designed equipment, we remove the wild colonies from their complexly-layered honeycomb structures that are usually hidden inside ceilings, walls, soffits, or other dark, warm hiding places in homes, garages, or sheds. This "sticky" task allows us to extract the rare, rich, and molasses-colored honey from mature comb. Moreover, by transferring feral colonies to Pualani Bee Farm, the feral queen can continue laying her eggs in a newly established managed hive.

Studies have shown that feral bees exhibit a higher genetic diversity than domesticated bees. With more genetic variance, they have greater immune responses toward pests and pathogens. So, introducing feral genetics into a managed apiary can help strengthen bees' waning immunity. Furthermore, by raising a sufficient number of drones (male bees), the newly housed feral colony can pass on their valuable genetics to other hives in the local area through the natural process of mating. It's a win-win solution!

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