Gov. Abercrombie signs bill vital to local beekeeping operations

State Apiary Specialist Danielle Downey and Gov. Neil Abercrombie display the Hawaii Pollinator Week proclamation.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill into law on Monday aimed at encouraging and supporting Hawaii’s beekeepers.

The law exempts home-based agricultural honey producers from a requirement that they process honey in a certified honey house and obtain a permit.

The exemption is limited to producers who sell less than 500 gallons of honey a year.

Only those who sell directly to consumers or directly to a retailer that sells directly to consumers, may take advantage of the exemption.

The governor also proclaimed June 17 to 23 “Hawaii Pollinator Week” to recognize the vital role that bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and beetles play in the ecosystem.

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