Kalani Permaculture Series: Bee Biology & Ecology with Jen Rasmussen

Kalani Permaculture Series: Bee Biology & Ecology with Jen Rasmussen

Event Info:

  • Sep 16, 2017
  • 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • $35 Guests, $30 Kama'aina, $10 Kalani Volunteers


Many of us know that bees are amazing.  They pollinate flowers and help provide us with delicious fruits and vegetables.  They make yummy honey and pollen, and their hive products can be used to create many beautiful and useful products such candles & salves.

A bee hive is made up of wax cells.  These cells are home to all the baby bees and provide storage for all the pollen, nectar, and honey.  Bees use these wax cells to create the life and food that sustains them.  Just like us, bees need clean food, air, water, and shelter.  By providing them with the basic tools they need to survive they do it very well on their own.

Over many years of interactive learning with honeybees Jen Rasmussen has discovered that there are some basic management techniques that if applied keep bees healthy without the use of treatments.  Many of you may not be aware of the chemicals used in bee hives, that may also be in the honey you consume.  There is another way!

Jen Rasmussen started learning about bees about eight years ago here on the Big Island.  After a few months working with bees, several pests & diseases made their way to the Big Island.  The learning curve was rough for many bees & their keepers.  Several beekeepers lost their bees and struggled to recover.  At this time Jen Rasmussen began her journey learning how to care for bees with these new pests & diseases without the use of chemical treatments.

Over the years the bees have grown strong and capable of protecting and sustaining their hives.  It may be witnessed at Paradise Nectar Apiaries, even after many losses, the strong bees survive, and create the new hives that will repopulate the apiary.  Jen Rasmussen encourages strong hygienic behavior in the hives and teaches how to provide preventative hive management that will keep the bees healthy and strong.

To learn more about intuitive treatment-free beekeeping visit www.paradisenectar.com and like the Paradise Nectar Apiaries facebook page.

~All proceeds will benefit the bee-keeping efforts at Kalani~

Location: Kalani. 12-6860 Kalapana Kapoho Road, Pahoa, HI 96778
$35 Guests, $30 Kama’aina, $10 Kalani Volunteers
Reservations: Call Tony at 808-965-0468 ext. 108 or [email protected]. You may also contact our Guest Services team at 808-965-7828 to register.