Chef Alan Wong teamed up with UH Hilo in 2011 to build awareness of the critical plight of honey bees through the successful launch of the inaugural Adopt-a-Beehive with Alan Wong program. Now offered for a second year, this innovative program supports the education of student beekeepers, promotes research and development of healthy beehive practices in Hawai'i, and educates the public about the vital role that honey bees play in sustaining agriculture.
You can participate by adopting a beehive for the 2013-2014 season at UH Hilo's Farm Laboratory in Pana'ewa. You will receive an official certificate of adoption, as well as periodic reports and photos of your assigned bee colony from the UH Hilo student taking care of your hive.
Other program benefits include a personal supply of honey/honey products, along with invitations to join Chef Alan Wong at bee- and agriculture-related activities held at UH Hilo and elsewhere.
Make a direct impact on the sustainability and health of Hawaiʻi's honey bee industry by joining Chef Alan Wong to:
- Promote research and development of healthy beehive practices, increase the number of successfully managed beehive colonies in Hawaiʻi, and produce a steady pipeline of educated and experienced beekeepers, both professionals and hobbyists.
- Support students in an educational setting in order to develop the next generation of innovative and progressive farmers.
- Train student entrepreneurs in developing business opportunities using honey and honey by-products.
- Educate the public about local food production and the need to reduce Hawaiʻi's dependency on imports, as well as about issues threatening honey bees' role in sustainable agriculture.
September 2013 - May 2014 Season
$300 - WORKER BEE: Your donation of $300 (all but $20 tax-deductible) will support the adoption of a beehive at the UH Hilo Farm Laboratory for one season, and entitle you to receive regular reports and invitations, plus 1 quart of honey from the UH Hilo apiary.
$500 - DRONE BEE: Your donation of $500 (all but $50 tax-deductible) will support the adoption of a beehive at the UH Hilo Farm Laboratory for one season and entitle you to have your name placed on the hive. In addition to regular reports and invitations, you'll receive 2.5 quarts of honey from the UH Hilo apiary.
$1,000 - QUEEN BEE: Your donation of $1,000 (all but $100 tax-deductible) will support the exclusive adoption of a single beehive at the UH Hilo Farm Laboratory for one season and entitle you to have your name (and company logo, if applicable) placed on the hive. In addition to regular reports and invitations, you'll receive 1 gallon of honey, plus value added products from the UH Hilo apiary.
Adoptions may be made in your own name, or you may designate another person to receive a gift adoption along with all the program benefits. Adopting a beehive for a child or a classroom is a great lesson in sustainability for the next generation!
Note: Weather and other factors will dictate honey distribution dates, based on availability. Sign up early!
All proceeds from Adopt-a-Beehive with Alan Wong are accepted by the UH Foundation and used to support the priority needs of the UH Hilo Beekeeping Program, including student support as well as supplies and materials.
- More than 80% of our food supply is directly or indirectly associated with honey bee pollination.
- Honey bee populations around the globe are rapidly declining due to parasites, pathogens, pesticides and other potentially urban-related factors.
- In the U.S. alone, nearly 40% of managed honey bee colonies are disappearing every year, posing a threat to the nation's entire food chain.
- Across Hawaiʻi-where honey bees have helped to sustain agriculture for over 150 years-bee colonies began collapsing in 2007 due to the invasion of the varroa mite.
- UH Hilo's College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management has been training undergraduate students in practical beekeeping skills for more than 30 years.