Registration open for beekeeping series

The University of Hawaii Maui College Edventure and the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui are offering a beekeeping series in partnership with the Maui Master Gardener Program at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and the Cooperative Extension.

Danielle Downey, the apiculture specialist for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, will teach the series of three classes on the UH-MC campus. Each session is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hands-on work with the hives is included. The classes are limited to 15 participants each, and the cost is $79 for each class.

Beginning Beekeeping on May 17 will offer an introduction focusing on bee biology, hive equipment and what is required to care for bees.

Intermediate Beekeeping on July 18 is focused on bee health issues and will cover identifying and managing bee diseases and parasites and keeping hives healthy for greater honey production.

Queen Rearing on May 19 is for experienced beekeepers who want to rear their own queen bees. The training will cover the selection of breeders and the grafting process. Lauren Rusert, apiculture technician, will co-teach this training.

Hives for these trainings are in the newly established apiary in the Maui Master Gardener garden at CTAHR and the Cooperative Extension on the UH-Maui College campus. These have been donated by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and the UH-Manoa UH Honeybee Project.

To register, call Edventure at 984-3231. For a 10 percent discount, register through Tuition assistance may be available for eligible applicants. Email with questions.