In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Alan Wong and UH Hilo team up to save the bees with Adopt-A-Beehive program

Explaining the vital role honey bees have in Hawaii agriculture

Sponsored by Hawaii Gas

Bees are responsible for over 90 percent of the world’s food supply directly and indirectly. Since food security is an important global issue critical to Hawaii, Chef Alan Wong has teamed up with the University of Hawaii at Hilo to build awareness of the critical plight of honey bees and to promote local solutions to sustaining the industry.

Now in its ninth season, the Adopt-A-Beehive program has grown and has been able to support students in a variety of ways. Over the years, the program has awarded 25 students with scholarships totaling $24,000. It has also placed two hives at Wailea Agricultural Group to assist in pollination services contributing to an increase in production, adopted elementary school classes to get younger students interested in bees, and supported the greater University of Hilo student body by contributing to Hale Pai’ai, a food pantry for students facing food insecurity.

Adopt-a-Beehive Program Options: September 2019 – May 2020 Season

$300 – Worker Bee: Your donation of $300 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 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 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.

You can help by adopting a beehive at UH Hilo and supporting the research and development of healthy beehive practices in Hawaii! As the adopter of a beehive, you’ll receive periodic reports and photos of your assigned bee colony from the UH Hilo student taking care of your hive. You’ll also receive your own personal supply of honey and honey products along with invitations to join Chef Alan Wong at bee and agriculture-related activities held on campus or at the UH Hilo Laboratory Farm in PanaŹ»ewa.

For more information: uhfoundation.org/give/giving-opportunity/sweet-sustainability, Instagram: @alanwongs,
Instagram: @adoptabeehivewithalan