Category Archives: Honey

Yesterday, I took a walk out to the lava field at the back of our property to visit the beehives and to see if I could find the bees working the lehua blossoms. Sure enough, the Ohia trees were covered in lehua blossoms, covered in honey bees. Success! One of our most popular honey products is our Creamed Lehua Honey. It’s so good!

The Ohia trees are the first plants to come up in a lava field.

From its humble beginnings on a barren flow, ohia lehua, or ohia, becomes the dominant tree of the Hawaiian rain forest. This keystone species, which holds the entire forest ecosystem together, evolved in complete isolation, and occurs nowhere else in the world. The tree’s original relatives are likely from New Zealand, with the wind-borne seeds making their way to Hawaii by way of the Marquesas Islands. (Hawaii Today)

One of the things I learned today is that there are almost always some Ohia Trees in flower, all year long, so the bees in the hives on our lava field have many opportunities to work those blossoms. It’s not as seasonal as it is for most flowering trees.

Wanting a pretty blossom to go nicely next to some of our creamed honey, I picked a blossom and carried it up to the farm stand. No less than four people I passed on the short walk back said “oh, now it’s going to rain today” and I was a bit confused, totally not understanding what anyone was talking about. (I’m new!  Just two weeks!)

Then I remembered the legend of Ohia Lehua and the Jealousy of Pele.

The legend says that one day Pele met a handsome warrior named Ohia and she asked him to marry her. Ohia, however, had already pledged his love to Lehua.  Pele was furious when Ohia turned down her marriage proposal, so she turned Ohia into a twisted tree.  Lehua was heartbroken, of course. The gods took pity on Lehua and decided it was an injustice to have Ohia and Lehua separated.  So, they turned Lehua into a flower on the Ohia tree so that the two lovers would be forever joined together.

So, if you pick a blossom like I did, you are separating the lovers, and when it rains that day, it’s Lehua crying.

To be honest, it rains almost every day on the farm, at least since I’ve been here. Everyone says that it doesn’t rain every day, just almost every day. That’s good for all of our coffee trees, macadamia trees, avocado trees, etc.!

 

 

Hawaiian Myths You Should Know Before You Visit Big Island

The Hawaiian islands have a rich and unique culture, and there are several ancient legends that you’ll want to be aware of, and respectful of, when you visit. The Menehune According to myth, the Menehune were people who lived on the Hawaiian islands before the Polynesians. They are tiny people (described as being anywhere from 6 […]

Does Fake Honey Save Bees?

Here at Paradise Meadows, home of Hawaii’s Local Buzz, we enjoy watching the ABC TV show Shark Tank. It’s a show that celebrates entrepreneurs, and we can easily identify with the folks who appear on Shark Tank hoping for an investment to help take their business to the next level. We especially applaud those who […]

How Honey Helps to Keep Your Gut Healthy

Your gut is home to a large population of beneficial bacteria known as bifidobacteria, which help you break down your food and absorb certain nutrients. In order to keep your gut healthy (and enjoy overall good health), it is necessary to keep these bifidobacteria healthy. That can be achieved by providing these bacteria with non-digestible […]

A Fascinating TED Video Shows the Early Life of a Bee

Bees are remarkable little creatures with a complex social dynamic and amazing ability to produce delicious honey. Bee colonies are quite vulnerable to environmental change and habitat destruction. Looking closely at exactly what happens during a bee’s first days of life reveals just how magical and amazing their development process is. This fascinating video footage […]

How Much Work Do the Bees Put Into Your Delicious Hawaiian Honey?

how honey is made

Our delicious raw honey from Hawaii is truly a labor of love — on the part of the bees. It’s truly amazing that these buzzing insects are capable of producing such vast quantities of this sticky, sweet liquid. Thousands of bees work together to create each unique blend. A single honey bee can carry about […]

Cool Off With Honey Mint Lemonade This Summer

If you love a cold glass of lemonade in the summer, take your indulgence to the next level with this Honey Mint Lemonade recipe. Made with raw honey from Hawaii, fresh mint leaves, and freshly squeezed lemon juice, it’s absolutely delicious and a healthy alternative to store-bought, artificially sweetened lemonade. Ingredients: 1/2 cup white sugar […]

Make Healthy Food More Palatable With Delicious Honey

cooking with honey

You know that eating more vegetables will improve your health, but vegetables are not always the tastiest foods on the planet. If you’ve been struggling to include more veggies in your meals because you’re not a big fan of their flavors, we have the perfect solution: dress them up with some raw honey from Hawaii. […]

Studies Indicate That Honey is Good for Your Blood

health benefits of eating honey

Whether you have high blood pressure and are trying to reduce it, or your blood pressure is within normal limits and you’re trying to keep it that way, the foods you eat can have a profound effect. Studies show that including honey in your diet could help keep blood pressure under control. A study published […]

This Honeylicious Ice Cream is the Perfect Way to Cool Off This Summer

When the summer heat strikes, few things taste as good as a cool bowl of ice cream. This summer, serve up bowls of this delicious Salty Honey Ice Cream. The recipe is simple to follow and results in a treat that will have everyone asking for seconds. You’ll love how the saltiness balances out the […]