Bee research to get funding


Gov. Neil Abercrombie was set to sign into law late Monday afternoon a bill that would provide funding for University of Hawaii beehive research statewide.

House Bill 2100, sponsored by state Rep. Clift Tsuji, D-South Hilo, Puna, appropriates $30,000 for UH bee research programs on Hawaii Island, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai during the 2012-13 fiscal year. Half of that amount is targeted specifically at UH bee hive research on the Big Island.

In addition to signing the bill, Abercrombie was anticipated to proclaim June18-24 as “Hawaii Pollinator Week,” in an effort to raise awareness of declining bee populations.