Kalani Permaculture Series: Top Bar Hive Building Workshop with John Lair

Kalani Permaculture Series: Top Bar Hive Building Workshop with John Lair

Event Info:

  • Jul 15, 2017
  • 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • $35 Guests, $30 Kama'aina, $10 Kalani Volunteers


Top bar hives have been growing more popular over the last several years because they are a more affordable and simple hive design that can be built at home and maintained sustainability without the use of chemicals or treatments.  More farmers and backyard beekeepers are taking an interest in top bar hives.  At Paradise Nectar Apiaries we have created a hive design based on the plans that may be found on biobees.com.  We made some adjustments to make the hive more suitable for Hawaii’s tropical climate and the many pests and diseases that like to live in bee hives.

If you would like to learn how to build your own top bar hive, join John Lair of Paradise Nectar Apiaries for a full demonstration on hive building.  He will offer step by step instructions so you may build your own hive to take home!

John will pre-cut, sand and drill all boards and prepare other materials and hardware for easy assembly using a screwdriver. If you’d like to leave the workshop with a hive, materials may be pre-ordered for $189.72. All requests for pre-ordered materials must be made by Saturday, July 8th.

To pre-order materials, please register with Kalani for the workshop first.  Next make payment through PayPal of $189.72 to [email protected] All material orders will be confirmed and prepared for assembly on July 15th.


John Lair has been a bee guardian at Paradise Nectar Apiaries since August 2015.  John started learning about beekeeping with Jen Rasmussen, owner of Paradise Nectar Apiaries.  During the apprenticeship John learned how to care for bees without the use of chemicals or treatments as well as how to build top bar hives and manage them.

Over time John and Jen’s work experiences and love for bees blossomed into a family homestead and the co-creation of Paradise Nectar Apiaries new forever home.
John is currently expanding and managing Paradise Nectar Apiaries hive building department.  He offers custom hives at an affordable price.  As well as nuc boxes and swarm bait hives.

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.

For more information about treatment-free honey bee care check out www.paradisenectar.com and like the Paradise Nectar Apiaries Facebook page.

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

Admission: $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.