Honey production down, but beekeeping on Big Island remains popular

  • Hawaiian Queen Co. COE Michael Krones shows the chart kept to tally queen bees. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Hawaiian Queen Co. bees buzz around their hives in South Kona. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Hawaiian Queen Co. COE Michael Krones displays a cell cup where bee larvae are placed. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Queen bees are packaged in individual cages ready for shipment from Hawaiian Queen Co. in South Kona. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Hawaiian Queen Co. in South Kona provides queen bees for export. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Honey production across the U.S. and Hawaii dropped in 2021, however, the beekeeping industry and craft remains popular on the Big Island.