Saving honeybees Ho’ola rescues scores of hives

  • At 6 years old, Lukana has been on many hive removals and can actually do some of the work himself at this point. (Pekuna Hong/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Kailin, Kai, Lukana and Nake’u all participate in the family bee business, Ho’ola. (Pekuna Hong/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Lukana and Nake’u are beekeepers in training and often help with saving and maintaining hives. (Pekuna Hong/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Saving a hive involves many steps to ensure that the colony will accept their new home. (Perrin Jones/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Removing bee hives can be challenging when the bees are living inside walls. (Kailin Kim/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Ho’ola means to heal and that is the name that Kailin and Kai chose for their business when they started rescuing bees. In the last six years, they have rescued nearly 150 bee colonies. Many have been placed on properties in Kohala as pollinators. They are currently maintaining about 50 hives on their farm in Kapa’au. The pair are highly motivated to heal the colonies they rescue and help the bees to thrive. They consider their work a valuable service to their community.