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Bee smokeout

June 7, 2013
The Maui News

First photo: Emil Lynch of Maui's Best Honey removes a honeycomb from a hive along Piilani Highway on Thursday morning while helpers Ayoub Kirresh (left) and Abra Quinn confuse the bees with wood smoke. Lynch said he is carrying on the tradition started by Maui "bee whisperer" John Bejenaru, who died in April. He said that Bejenaru, who was born in Romania, had been keeping bees for 65 years. "I tell people, I'm not taking over anything, I'm carrying on a legacy." He said bees have evolved with forest fires, so the smoke tricks them into evacuating the hive rather than defending it.

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