In early March 2022, we were contacted by residents from a neighboring community, where an older, well-established feral bee colony had been living in the soffit of their house. The residence is located just off Papaya Farms Rd, a nearby agricultural zone that is bordered by ancient Hawaiian lands, called Halepua'a, in the lush and majestic Nanawale Forest Reserve. Feasting off the floral diversity of the forest, the colony had grown too large for the safety of the human residents sharing their house with the bees. So they asked if we could remove the hive and give the bees a new home at Pualani Bee Farm. The residents were quick to put on a bee suit and lend a helping hand!

 

Embracing this rare opportunity to acquire bees with the genetic strength of established feral colonies, Barbara "deputized" Pam, one of the property residents (see the image above), to help her remove the comb, bees, and honey. As was already apparent while removing the mature comb, the extracted honey has a dark, molasses-like color, a smooth consistency, and a subtle but complex bouquet that reflects the floral array of the ancient Halepua'a forest. 

 

To denote the unique character of this mature Tropical Wildflower Honey made by these local feral bees, we have jarred the honey in our usual hexagon jars but with silver lids, setting this varietal apart from Pualani Bee Farm's estate honey.

Feral Bee Tropical Wildflower Honey / Winter - 2022 - Halepua'a Forest

$19.25Price
  • All 100% raw Hawaiian honey can naturally solidify or crystalize. To reliquify, place jar in warm water.

     

    WARNING: Bee products should not be given to children under 12 months of age or to persons with allergies to bee stings.