Whenever we visit the Big Island we try to do something we’ve never done before. On this last trip we did something that not only involved food but was FREE. Awww yeah. I love free stuff.
We drove out to the Big Island Bees Honey Farm near Kealakekua Bay (Captain Cook) on a gorgeously sunny day. It’s about a half an hour drive from Kona town. The road winds a bit, with some elevation changes, but the view from the farm is beautiful.
The first thing we did on our tour was watch an informational video about how the honey is harvested. Then our tour guide took us outside to demonstrate what a beekeeper does and how the bees live. This area is screened off so you don’t have to really worry about getting stung. One thing of note: You will be standing for quite a while during this tour, so if you aren’t able to stay on your feet for long periods of time I’d suggest just going for the honey tasting.
Shortly after this we moved back to the museum/store and tasted four different types of honey. If you live in Hawaii, three of these honeys can be bought at Costco from time to time. You can sign up to be notified when it becomes available in the store.
If you’re looking for something different to do on your next trip to the Big Island, I recommend checking out Big Island Bees. The tour guides are lovely and the honey (raw and organic) is delectable.
Big Island Bees | 82-1140 Meli Road, Suite 102 Captain Cook, Hawaii 96704 | 808.328.1315
Hours: Museum & Tasting Room Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-2pm
Beekeeping Tours Monday-Friday 10am, 12pm, 2pm and Saturday 10am & 12pm
Reservations recommended, weather permitting
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Photos by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili