Beekeeping in Hawaii: New Insights into Old Questions
Mark your calendars for mid-October 2016 and the 2016 WAS Conference, planned for the Ala Moana Hotel in beautiful Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii!
The Ala Moana is situated at the end of Waikiki Beach and just two blocks from the famous Ala Moana Beach Park. The hotel is a local favorite with over 1000 newly renovated guestrooms. It was chosen for its central location with lots of things to do, and for being adjacent to the Ala Moana Center, the largest shopping center in Hawaii.
The 77-acre Ala Moana Beach Park offers jogging trails, picnic areas, tennis courts, ample sandy area and is great for swimming. Hotel amenities include a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, sauna and steam room; three restaurants (including a newly opened Starbucks), a nightclub on the property and close to 100 places to dine, from fast food to fine dining in the immediate vicinity; a Business Center equipped with computers, a printer, fax machine and accessible 24 hours; and an outdoor pool.
The conference theme announced in November is “Beekeeping in Hawaii: New Insights into Old Questions.” The distinct islands, each with their own set of pests and parasites, provide researchers with natural laboratories in which to study the effects of the mite on colony health. The work conducted in Hawaii has opened the doors to new perspectives with respect to virus evolution, varroa’s impact, and colony management.
The program will include professionals and students who are working on these research programs, many unique to Hawaii’s beekeeping experience; a look at the effect of honey bee problems on other pollinators; and a teaching component to help elementary and high school teachers provide their students with learning opportunities related to pollinators – “teach the teachers”!
Hawaii sunset Saturday workshops and tours will combine visits to tropical farms, apiaries, and a look at the gorgeous island scenery.
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