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K-12 & beyond

We offer classroom visits, school classes, University courses, workshops, and apprenticeships.


Honey Bee Education

Hands-on learning that's something to buzz about.

Educator & Bee Guardian, Jen Rasmussen enjoys sharing her time, knowledge, bees, and sweet hive treats with others.  Jen loves nature and all its many wonders and spends her time learning and practicing how to care for it.  Honey bees initiated Jen in 2008 and since then she has been caring for bees and teaching others how to do so without the use of treatments, antibiotics, etc..  Jen began her carrier in beekeeping by becoming an independent contractor for Island Princess Macadamia Nut Company and establishing over 30 Top Bar and Langstroth hives in a year during the time of the small hive arrival and massacre in the Paneawa area.  Honey bee losses were incredibly devastating at this time in 2010.  After struggling to get back on her feet and finally feeling a sense of success, Jen decided to share what she learned with others and help them have a more graceful experience than her own.  

She began formal workshops and classes in 2011, beginning with teaching middle & high school students for two years at the Hawaii Acadmy of Arts & Science, in Pahoa, Hawaii. 

Jen enjoys teaching people of all ages and has a curriculum to offer for all age groups.  Custom curriculum may be made for any course desired.  Pricing varies depending on the structure of the course offered and the number of students attending. 

Workshops are offered at Paradise Nectar Apiaries every Saturday through AirBnB or by appointment.  Check out our schedule for openings and book your private lesson today!

Courses are also offered through the University of Hawaii, Hilo.  Courses are seasonal and require a minimum number of students.   

To register for UH courses:

Contact the Center for Community Engagement
 (808) 932-7830
 (808) 932-7831
 UH Hilo Main Campus, PB-5
Center for Community Engagement
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
200 W. Kāwili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091

For class overview click on the following link.  



How to Build a Top Bar Hive

Instructed by John Lair

Instructor John Lair is a skilled carpenter who spends his time building homes for bees, people, cows, sheep, you get the idea.. he likes to build stuff.  He also spends his time growing food to feed his family and others.  John's masterful skills are matched by his high standards for quality work.  His desire to see quality hives for bees to live in be a more affordable option for people, inspired him to start teaching people how to build the hives themselves.  John has taught several hive building workshops on the Big Island and continues to offer them when he has the time. 

  If you are interested in attending a hive building workshop, send John an email at the link below.  You may also purchase a pdf copy John's Top Bar Hive building plans for only $1.99!


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Hilo, HI 96720, USA


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