2nd Annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge

Media Release:

The Big Island Beekeepers Association wants to get word to beekeepers and apiaries throughout the state, alerting them to requirements for entering the 2nd Annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge. This year the honey challenge is being held in conjunction with the Western Apicultural Society Conference set for Sept. 12-15 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on the Kohala coast, according to Cary Dizon, BIBA president.

For the 2011 Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge, samples in either liquid or solid form must be collected and bottled by the contestant from hives located within the state. No heat may be applied in the extracting or bottling process and no additives, seeding or flavoring may be used. Entries also should not be processed in any way such as “creaming,” “spinning,” or “churning.” Honey may be strained through mesh no smaller than 500 microns.

The deadline for honey producers to submit completed entry forms and payment is Sept. 2. Honey samples can be mailed with entry forms and payment by Sept. 2 or the samples alone can be submitted in person between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sept. 9 at the Komohana Agriculture Research & Extension Office in Hilo or Kainaliu Extension Office in Kainaliu, Kona. Contestants may submit multiple samples for judging, with separate entry forms and a $5 entry fee for each submission.

Completed entry forms and check must be mailed to 2011 Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge, c/o Catarina Zaragoza, RR2 Box 3342, Pahoa, HI 96778. Other arrangements for submitting honey may be coordinated with Zaragoza but Sept. 9 is the absolute deadline for accepting the samples. Complete instructions, rules and entry forms are available from Zaragoza whose email is catzdodge@gmail.com or phone her at (808) 965-5387.

Official judging for the honey challenge will be held Monday, Sept. 12 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. A People’s Choice public tasting event will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the hotel, with all winners of the 2011 Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge announced at the conclusion of the Sept. 14 public tasting.

The public is also invited to participate in the Western Apicultural Society Conference, including post-conference bee-related workshops. More information about the conference is available at: http://groups.ucanr.org/WAS/ConferenceInformation/ or at http://bibahawaiibees.org/blog/.

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