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Hawaiian Honey and Bee Products Manoa Honey Company

The Manoa Honey Company

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Michael M. Kliks, Beekeeper
3081 G. Paty Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822,
Tel: 988-7203; Fax: 988-5161; Email mmkliks@hawaii.rr.com

PRODUCTS:

Crater Kiawe and Kiawe Crème

The Manoa Honey Company's Crater Kiawe, Premium Amber Honey is produced by our bees located in pristine coastal forests at Nanakuli and Kala`eloa on O`ahu. They gather nectar almost exclusively from flowers of kiawe trees (Prosopis juliflora), also known as mesquite or algarroba in its homeland in the American Southwest. This nectar yields a rich, amber honey with a very pleasing floral flavor that is much sought after everywhere it occurs. In Hawai'i, kiawe honey naturally tends to "cream" or form very fine crystals after it has been processed by the bees and harvested from the honeycombs, resulting in a delightfully smooth, golden to cream-colored, honey that is semisolid and can be spread like butter. Because of its amber color and rich flavor Sam Choy's Microbrewery uses this honey in its Porter and Stout beers. Our honeys have been featured on Roy Yamaguchi's Hawai`i Cooks show, and both Ko`olau Condiments and Spadero's Sausage Factory use this fine Hawai`i piha honey as a sweetener and flavor enhancer in their gourmet food products.

Manoa Meli and Manoa Meli Crème

The Manoa Honey Company's Manoa Meli, Premium Light Amber Honey is a produced by our bees located in the remote uplands of sacred Manoa Valley on the Leeward Side of O`ahu. They gather nectar from a variety of wild flowers including several types of lilikoi (passionfruit), Java plum, Christmasberry, mango, avocado, Octopus tree, lehua `ohi`a and hau (hibiscus). This blend of nectar consistently yields a rich, golden amber honey with a very pleasing floral flavor reminiscent of the delicious fruits of Manoa Valley. Because of its striking golden color and full flavor this honey is excellent for use in tea, for making meads and honey-based beers and is recognized by the State's "Seal of Quality" program.

`Ohi`a Lehua and `Ohi`a Lehua Crème

The Manoa Honey Company's `Ohi`a Lehua, Premium Amber Honey is produced by our bees located in the upland native forests of the volcano Mauna Loa in the remote Ka`u district on the Island of Hawai`i. They gather nectar almost exclusively from the lovely and delicate lehua flowers of the endemic `ohi`a trees (Metrosideros polymorpha) that are the abode of the powerful gods of creation Ku and Kane. The bright red lehua are symbols of erotic love and are sacred to Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes. Their nectar is much favored by the endemic `i`iwi and apapane birds and when worked by our bees yields an extraordinarily full bodied, rich honey with a very pleasing buttery-floral flavor reminiscent of English toffee. `Ohi`a Lehua is produced only in Hawai`i and is very much sought after by knowing kama`aina whenever it is available. It naturally forms very fine, almost white crystals after bottling.

Christmas Berry and CB Crème

The Manoa Honey Company's Christmas Berry, Premium Amber Honey is produced by our bees located in shoreline and lowland native forests of the islands of O`ahu and Hawai`i and has a uniquely bold flavor of perfume on the pallet and a pleasing crème caramel finish.

Pele's Gold FAMOUS VIRGIN HONEY

is a blend of 100% Hawaiian, 100% raw, US Choice, honeys produced from a wide variety of flower nectars collected by our bees in the Wai`anae and Ko`olau Mountains from Maunawili to Ma`ili. Thick and creamy at room temperature Pele's Gold is derived from kiawe, Java plum, Christmas berry, koa haole, eucalyptus and other forest flowers. It is unfiltered and unheated and has retained the rich biological activity of its natural enzymes, yeasts, pollens, waxes, antioxidants, trace elements, and vitamins. This golden elixir is a product of love and hard work.

NOTE: After extraction from the comb, our honeys are not filtered or cooked: rather, they are allowed to stand for several days and then skimmed at room temperature. This gentle processing retains our honeys' volatile flavor and taste elements and preserves a high level of natural pollen proteins, antioxidants, enzymes and vitamins contributed by the bees themselves. Nectar is a dilute sucrose sugar solution produced as an adjunct to sexual reproduction in flowering plants. It is ingested by foraging bees and delivered to the hive where the hive bees add enzymes that convert nectar to fructose and glucose and deposit it in comb cells. Within the cells it is continuously being dehydrated by the fanning action of the bees' wings. The longer the honey is stored in the hive the more water is lost.

Nectar is a dilute sucrose sugar solution produced as an adjunct to sexual reproduction in flowering plants. It is ingested by foraging bees and delivered to the hive where the hive bees add enzymes that convert nectar to fructose and glucose and deposit it in comb cells. Within the cells it is continuously being dehydrated by the fanning action of the bees' wings. The longer the honey is stored in the hive the more water is lost. In mature honeys such as ours, the sugar content becomes so high that the honey is hygroscopic, that is, it is actually dryer than air, and will absorb moisture when exposed. In so doing an equivalent amount of heat is released, resulting in a distinct warming sensation when applied to the lips or other sensitive tissues. This effect, and their soothing sweetness, is undoubtedly related to the reputation of aged honeys as medicines and aphrodisiacs.



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