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UH Students Win Adopt-A-Beehive Awards

March 18, 2014, 1:14 PM HST
* Updated March 25, 4:40 PM
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Three students at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo were awarded the “Adopt-A-Beehive with Alan Wong” Scholarship March 8 at the UH Hilo Farm Laboratory in Panaewa.

The “Adopt-A-Beehive with Alan Wong” program is a partnership between Chef Wong and UH Hilo to bring greater awareness to the importance of honey bees and support educational beekeeping activities at UH Hilo.

This year’s scholarship recipients are Stephen Zilch, Kawehi Lopez and Kirsti Vedenoja. Chancellor Don Straney and Marketing Director for Alan Wongs, Nicole Ng, presented each a check for $1,000 each.

The “Bee-coming Sustainable” event showcased advanced beekeeping students who presented walking tours through Mapuhonehone, the university’s bee garden, van tours to the apiaries, educational demonstrations and displays of honey extraction, honey sampling, frames and a live observation hive.

Chef Wong’s staff treated adopters to food samplings made with honey, such as pizza, pulled pork sliders, ice cream and salad dressing with Hawai`i Community College-grown greens.

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