PC: Anianiku chong

PC: Anianiku chong


Hoʻōla. to save , to heal , to thrive

Aloha! We are your local beekeeping ʻohana (family) from the Big Island of Hawaiʻi.

Hoʻōla started with a vision of Hawaiʻi and a world where our keiki (children) and nalo meli (honey bees) have a safe, clean, and healthy environment necessary to thrive.

Our Story

We relocated our first colony of honey bees from a water meter box near our home in 2016, and have since grown our Kohala apiary to 70+ hives rescued from across the island. Our bees are happy and busy pollinating local farms & gardens while we couldn't be more excited for the positive impact and connections we are creating within our community.

We believe that with hard work and a conscious mindset, we can all work together to hoʻōla our honey bees for the well-being of our families now and for future generations.

Meet the Beekeepers

Born and raised in Waimea, Kai has been perfecting his skills in the carpentry industry for over 15 years. He worked for many years building high-end homes and can do everything in the building process from start to finish. He specializes in locating and accessing bee colonies for our live bee removals and performs all repair work. He believes that helping the bees is the most satisfying work he has ever done and a true investment in our future. 


Kailin grew up on Oʻahu and came to Hawaiʻi Island to attend University. Here she graduated with degrees in Hawaiian Studies & Agriculture and took her first introduction to beekeeping course. She has been fascinated with honey bees ever since and loves the constant learning that comes from working with them. She strives to promote responsible & sustainable beekeeping practices in our community.

youngest beekeeper at 2 years old

Our littlest beekeeper loves helping with the bees and has the best job as our official honey taster. He's already caught numerous swarms and he's the reason we do what we do.