One of every three bites of food we eat is from a crop pollinated by bees. Yet, over the past decade, honey bee and other pollinator populations have severely declined around the world. During the winter of 2014/15, two-thirds of U.S. beekeepers experienced hive losses greater than the established acceptable winter norm, and many beekeepers continue to report above average annual losses, with some as high as 100%. Hawai’i has also experienced its share of hive losses – in the past 10 years some Hawaiian beekeepers have unofficially reported losing 100% of their hives. Bees and other pollinators are increasingly jeopardized by pesticides and other human-influenced factors.
Read the fact sheet for more information on Hawaiʻi's pollinators and what you can do to help protect them!