Bee experts ask Hawaii residents to plant more flowersUPDATED 6:30 PM HST Mar 30, 2014Video Transcript
calling for help from homeowners. Bees are big business in the islands. Not just for making honey, but because they are productive pollinators . Experts say the health of Hawaii's bees is slowly getting better, after attacks by mites beginning about 5 years ago. But because there are now more bees, there is also a need from residents. 1:13-1:30 "OUR BIGGEST CONCERN IS THEY NEED MORE FOOD. EVERY SINGLE BEE IS GOING OUT TO FEED HER SISTERS. SO WE NEED MORE FOOD. WE WANT PEOPLE TO PLANT MORE FLOWERS AND LAY OFF THE SPRAYING. THOSE PESTICIDES CAN HARM THE HEALTH OF THE HONEY BEES WHEN THEY BRING THE FOOD BACK HOME." To learn more about how Hawaii farmers rely on bees, check out next weekend's grow Hawaiian Festival at the Bishop Museum.