I got this brief email from an old friend in Kahala. We’ve been friends since our days at Kahala Elementary School.
He dropped a bag with a few mangoes for us over the weekend. We were in Kaaawa, but he left them by the front door. When I emailed to thank him, I mentioned our meager mango crop this year. We only got a handful of mangoes from one tree, none from the other.
This was his reply:
This was a weird mango year. Tree full of blossoms and not a single honey bee. Used to be that you could hear the buzzing, but this year nothing. So smaller crop.
I called the bee hotline and was informed that the wild hives have been eradicated. Guess we took wild bees for granted.
Yes, we certainly did.