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Adopt-A-Beehive donors party

Chef Alan Wong and head of the University of Hawaii Hilo apiary program, Dr. Lorna Tsutsumi, welcomed donors to The Pineapple Room

Posted October 29, 2012 by Ed Morita

Chef Alan Wong and head of the University of Hawaii Hilo apiary program, Dr. Lorna Tsutsumi, welcomed Adopt-A-Beehive program donors to The Pineapple Room for a party Sunday evening.

Donors sampled dishes made with honey from the beehives their donations made possible. We were even able to taste honeycomb that was flown in from Hilo that morning.

Tsutsumi reported that the Adopt-a-Beehive program in its second year has enabled the college’s apiary program to double the number of beehives to 40, and may have as many as 50 beehives by the end of the growing season. Another milestone for the program is that this year, they have transported their first hive to another farm to assist with pollination of crops.

You can join the Adopt-A-Beehive program by making a donation to the University of Hawaii Foundation.

Here are photos from Sunday’s party.

Honey Party (1 of 23)

Honey Party

Alan Wong's wine director Mark Shishido had a selection of drinks available like Alan Wong's honey ginger ice tea, "The Whole Kitchen Sink" red wine, Daiginjo sake, German Riesling and the restaurant's new blanc de blanc Champagne.

Here, Shishido muddles ginger for a honey whiskey mash cocktail.


  1. KevinSOshiro
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    i love this blog / article about the bees and Chef Alan Wong. Instead of adopting a highway, or a Humane Society dog or cat, people can adopt beehives.

  2. lihinggirl
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Great blog entry and awesome pictures @edmorita !

About Ed Morita

Ed Morita spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu. After a near-career-ending injury forced him out of the kitchen, he embarked on a new career as a food writer, photographer and blogger for Metromix Honolulu and Nonstop Honolulu (, where he now writes the Baker's Hours blog. He's also entered the realm of politics, serving as the photography captain for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign in 2010, then becoming Gov. Abercrombie's official photographer until 2012 when he became the Social Media Director for the Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate campaign. He's excited and honored to be the official blogger for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. You can follow Ed's adventures online at

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