Busy bee's swarm Waipahu neighborhoodUPDATED 10:30 PM HST Apr 29, 2014Video Transcript
What's yellow and black and can leave a nasty sting? Honey Bee's! Thousands of them swarmed through a Waipahu neighborhood today. KITV4's Brenton Awa reports. WIDE SHOT - Pulling in With a ride like this... NATS - TIGHT SHOT Tires stopping "...noise of tire running over gravel." MEDIUM getting out of car It's clear Howard McGinnis isn't your ordinary superhero... NATS - MEDIUM getting out of car door shuts "...door shutting." He doesn't wear a fancy suit -- and those specs aren't for X-ray vision. But believe it or not -- McGinnnis has a superpower -- and he's coming to the rescue. 3215 - Raul Ruiz - Resident "I GOT SCARED TOO MANY BEES." How many? ...around 9-thousand in this swarm. Some residents watched the event unfold saying the sight was better than anything on HBO. 3519 "SO WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE BEES? DO YOU LIKE THEM?" This kid was left speechless... McGinnis says the swarm landed in this Waipahu neighborhood while trying to find a new home. 1929 "EITHER THE HIVE GOT CONFUSED ABOUT WHERE THEY WERE GOING OR MAYBE THE QUEENS TIRED BUT THEY JUST STARTED TO LAND HERE." And that's where Mcginnis's powers come in handy. He's a bee keeper -- but his knack for nabbing these buzzing insects wasn't always this smooth. 1520 "HOW MANY TIMES YOU'VE BEEN STUNG? I DON'T KNOW." He used to keep a log -- until it got too full. 1530 "MY THIRD MONTH I GOT STUNG LIKE 70 TIMES IN 10 MINUTES, REALLY MEAN BEES AND THEN I JUST TOOK THE LITTLE BOOK AND I JUST THROUGH IT AWAY." So how did he go from that -- to rarely being stung at all? SOT "NOW IT'S LIKE I MOVE A LOT MORE FLUIDLY... ...I'LL COME BACK LATER." Alright -- so maybe being calm and patient isn't quite a superpower... But in the Howard McGinness story -- those traits always save the day. McGinnis managed to get most of those swarming bees into that box you just saw. He then took the box to Aloun Farms where the bees can help pollinate it's plants. And a quick stat -- it's reported that without bees to pollinate our crops we'd have a third less variety to eat. That's why McGinnis says it's so important to catch the bees rather than killing them.