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  • Manoa Honey Company

    The Manoa Honey Company is owned by Michael Kliks, Ph.D., who also serves as president of the Hawaii Beekeepers Association. Kliks, like many producers, is quite passionate about his honey and is working to revise honey labeling requirements inHawaii.

    According to a bill introduced to the 2007 Legislature, “…producers of very high quality raw, unprocessed honey in Hawaii have been losing significant market share to preternaturally cheap, adulterated, imported sweeteners mislabeled as ‘honey’ and as products of the United States of America.” If passed into law, the honey labeling laws will require, among other things, the country (or countries) of origin and the percent of Hawaii-produced honey used. These new labeling requirements would help companies like Manoa Honey Company compete in the marketplace.

    The Manoa Honey Company oversees apiaries across Oahu and Hawaii island, including the remote uplands of Waikane Valley, the coastal forests of Nanakuli and Kalaeloa, the upland forests of Mauna Loa and remote Kau, and the Waianae and Koolau mountains. Honeys include: Waikane Golden, a light amber honey with a floral flavor; Crater Kiawe and Kiawe Cream, smooth amber honeys that naturally tend to “cream” after they have been processed by the bees; Ohia Lehua and Ohia Lehua Crème, full-bodied, rich honeys with a buttery-floral flavor; and Pele’s Gold, unfiltered, unheated honey that retains the biological activity of its natural enzymes, yeasts, pollens, waxes, antioxidants, trace elements and vitamins.

    These honeys are available at Executive Chef, The Compleat Kitchen, Down to Earth stores, R. Field Wine Co. at Foodland Beretania, Umeke Market, Kokua Market, the Source Natural Foods, Shirokiya, Longs Moiliili and Manoa and the Waioli Tea Room.

    Courtesy the Hawaii Dept of Agriculture.

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