Swarm of bees lands in Waipahu neighborhood

Published On: Apr 29 2014 10:30:51 PM HST   Updated On: Apr 30 2014 01:23:08 PM HST

Thousands of honey bees were seen swarming in a Waipahu neighborhood Tuesday.

Howard McGinnis isn't your ordinary superhero. He doesn't wear a fancy suit and the glasses he wears aren't for X-ray vision. But believe it or not, McGinnnis has a superpower and he's coming to the rescue.

"I got scared, too many bees," said Raul Ruiz, Pupupuhi Street resident.

Residents watched as around 9,000 honey bees swarmed around a tree on Pupupuhi street. Some said watching the event unfold was more entertaining than anything on TV.

McGinnis says the swarm landed in this Waipahu neighborhood while trying to find a new home.

"Either the hive got confused about where they were going or maybe the queen's tired, but they just started to land here," said McGinnis, a bee keeper at Nalo Meli.

That's where Mcginnis's powers come in handy, but the bee keepers knack for nabbing these buzzing insects wasn't always this smooth.

"How many times you've been stung? I don't know," said McGinnis.

McGinnis used to keep a log until it got too full.

"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 threw it away," said McGinnis.

So how did he go from that to rarely being stung at all?

"Now it's like I move a lot more fluidly," said McGinnis.

Maybe being calm and patient isn't quite a superpower, but in the Howard McGinnis story, those traits always save the day.

McGinnis managed to get most of the swarming bees into a box. He then took the box to Aloun Farms where the bees can help pollinate it's plants. 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 bees rather than kill them.


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