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Big Island Bees, Captain Cook

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In 1971, our family started keeping bees in Hawaii. While maintaining our artisanal standards, the apiaries have grown from just a few hives in the early ‘70s, to 3,800 hives and 190,000,000 bees today. Our mission is simple: Provide the finest single-floral, artisanal honey anywhere!

Join our beekeeper for a fun and educational exploration about bees, beekeeping, and honey, where from behind a safe, screened viewing area, you can view an open beehive demonstration with our bees. Farm tours are available at 10am, 12pm and 2pm Monday to Friday and 10am and 12pm on Saturday. Reservations are strongly recommended for the beekeeping tours. Sign up at bigislandbees.com!

Don't forget to visit the museum! From 10am-4pm, and Saturday from 10am-2pm, you can sample our honeys and learn about bees, beekeeping and honey from our displays and photos. Museum admission is free. No reservations required for the museum.
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  • Upon arrival were were offered samplings of five kinds of their honey. Each was better than the last! They will ship for you also. We ended up purchasing a lot of wonderful tasting honey! 
    Upon arrival were were offered samplings of five kinds of their honey. Each was better than the last! They will ship for you also. We ended up purchasing a lot of wonderful tasting honey!  more »
  • Big Island Bees was a nice stop, and worth the time, even without taking the tour. The honey tasting was a revelation - especially if the only honey you're familiar with is the bottles you find on... 
    Big Island Bees was a nice stop, and worth the time, even without taking the tour. The honey tasting was a revelation - especially if the only honey you're familiar with is the bottles you find on...  more »
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  • The location alone is amazing. So much to learn about bees. Greg is very knowledgeable and communicates concepts exceedingly well. Had some really good ideas about how to support pollinators where we live. Everyone there seems to truly appreciate the natural world and people and work to spread that ALOHA. Would easily do again. Gift shop has lovely items for yourself or some back home. They'll also ship home for you if your total exceeds $100. Lots of various flavors of honey in different sizes to purchase. Samples are delicious. Also close to two step and place of refuge. Don't miss this stop and give yourself lots of time to visit the people, grounds and gift shop here.
  • We really enjoyed visiting here and going on the tour. Everything you would ever want to know about beekeeping will be revealed to you. Our guide was Joe: knowledgeable, quick talking with a rapid fire salesman’s patter. He is a great teacher. At the completion of the tour you taste 6 different honeys: 3 infused, 3 not infused. We prefer the ones without any additions. Highly recommend especially for children.

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