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Free Beekeeping Advice From Florida Expert

NR12-03 - February 10, 2012


The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture’s Apiary Program is hosting a bee specialist from Florida who will give a series of free public talks in Kona, Hilo, Lihu`e and Honolulu beginning next week.


The meetings will feature Dr. Jamie Ellis, apiculture extension specialist with the University of Florida, who has worked with small hive beetle in Florida and Africa (its native home).  He has also studied interactions between varroa mite and small hive beetle, two bee pests that are relatively new to Hawai`i.

Dr. Ellis' Hawai`i talks include:

  • Friday, Feb. 17 - 6 p.m. at Konawaena High School, 81-1043 Konawaena School Rd, Kealakekua 

  • Saturday, Feb. 18 - 6 p.m. at the Komohana Extension Office, 875 Komohana St., Hilo (in cooperation with the Big Island Beekeepers Association)

  • Monday, Feb. 20 - 6 p.m. at Kaua`i Community College, Room MPC 114 (Electronics Building), Lihu`e (in cooperation with Kaua`i Beekeepers Association)

  • Friday, Feb. 24 - 6 p.m. at the HDOA Conference Room, 1428 South King St., Honolulu (free parking onsite) - Dr. Ethel Villalobos of the University of Hawai`i Honeybee Project will also be making a presentation.

While the discussions are geared more toward beekeepers, interested members of the public are also invited to attend.  For more information on Dr. Ellis’ program, go to:




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