Buzz in the air: Bees are back with the help of the Barnetts of Kapaau

  • Dawn and Mariah Barnett inspect their hives regularly for pests and diseases. (Photos by Diana Duff / Special to West Hawaii Today)
  • The Barnetts have built some unique features into their top frame hives.
  • Dawn is happy to show off a frame of bees from one of her healthy hives.
  • Newer top bar hives have trays of diatomaceous earth at the bottom to catch and kill beetles that attack the hives.
  • The Bee Divine logo conveys the beautiful and divine nature of honeybees.
  • Bee Divine has many products to offer including molded beeswax candles as well as honey and skin care products. (Photo courtesy /Dawn Barnett)

KAPAAU — Thanks to the small operations of beekeepers like Dawn Barnett and her daughter Mariah, Hawaii is having a small bee revival. New ways of maintaining hives and fighting the pests plaguing Hawaii’s bees have made it possible to maintain healthy hives using treatment free techniques.