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Friday, August 29, 1997

The Capitol’s Abuzzzz

By Kathryn Bender, Star-Bulletin

A colony of honey bees took up quarters in a potted plumeria
tree on the makai side of the state Capitol yesterday, forming
a writhing cluster about 1-1/2 feet long and several inches thick
on one of the upper branches. Hundreds of other bees swarmed
around the tree, causing passers-by to give it a wide berth.
The bees were noticed at 2:25 p.m. swarming from the Queen
Liliuokalani statue to the southwest plumeria planter. The
vector control branch of the state Health Department was
summoned, and Capitol security taped and coned off the
area to prevent pedestrian access. The Department of Land
and Natural Resources looks after the Capitol grounds.
Officials said the bees were expected to be removed by today.

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