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State apiarist to speak at two N. Kohala events

On Monday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m., Danielle Downey, Hawaii State apiarist with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, and beekeeper Michael Domeier of Volcano Island Honey will offer a talk story at the North Kohala Public Library, on “The Challenges of Beekeeping in Hawaii” along with samples of local honeys. On Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m., Downey will conduct a workshop at ‘Iole, where Volcano Island Honey’s bees pollinate blossoms in Hawaii’s largest organic macadamia nut orchard, creating signature macadamia nut honey.

Downey is tasked with creating, developing, and managing the state’s honey bees. Through her work, the Hawaii Apiary Program is now well established and expanding its regulatory, research, and education capacities across the state’s beekeeping related industries. Both events are free to the public. For more information, call the Library 889-6655 or ‘Iole 889-5151.