This is Michael Kliks PhD.
He came to Morningstar Ranch early in 1968 and to both Wheelers and Morningstar in 1969. He is a gifted photographer as you can see in some of these photos.
Some of the photos here were published in APERTURE in about 1979.

Michael says:
"Aloha no kakou!

Srisakul and I visited the ranches on several occasions before we returned to Thailand where we taught and did research at Chiang Mai University Medical School.  She is now director of AIDS research for the UC Systems.  As I recall the last material contact I had with Bill was to offer expert testimony on some public health issues sometime in the mid 1970s while I was in graduate school at CAL. . .of course the mental images, aromas, sounds and that tingle are always with us.

Our "Love Child" Malissa Charoesiri (Miss Coco) was conceived, at least conceptually, in Coleman Valley. . .to see her wedding in Chiang Mai, where she was born, check out the Web site our family friends made at: http://www.homeshaman.com.
The most memorable visit was the night we sat in the orchard at Morningstar (June 1968?) and watched the full moon while the Apollo mission astronauts stepped out and took there first walk. We all were walking with them of course.

I have attached some promo info on our fine, raw, pure Hawaiian honeys.
 More later.
A hui hou. MMK

Here is an article about Michael
 http://www.spiritofaloha.com/herejune.html
 
 

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The Manoa Honey Company
3081 G. Paty Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822,
Tel: 988-7203; Fax: 988-5161; Email <mmkliks@hawaii.rr.com

“Beekeeper’s Reserve”

The Manoa Honey Company  “Beekeeper’s Reserve, Aged in the Hive 5 Years” is a blend of honeys produced from a wide variety of flower nectars collected by our bees in the Ko`olau Mountains from La`e`ahi Crater to Waiahole-Waikane to Kahuku.  These rich, dark honeys have been allowed to age in the hive for an average of 5 years.  Aging in the hive gives the bees additional time to dehydrate and concentrate the subtle flavor and aroma of these honeys by their continuous fanning.  As water is evaporated from each cell, the hive bees add more nectar resulting in enriched flavor and a significant increase in the density of sugars, enzymes, antioxidants, trace elements, and vitamins in our honey.  Our Beekeeper’s Reserve has a specific gravity of nearly 1.5, thus it contains about 25% more natural sugar than an equal volume of US Fancy grade commercial honeys.  We also produce pure a kiawe honey from our La`e`ahi Crater Apiary honey that is available either as a medium amber liquid “Crater Kiawe” or as a naturally crystallized, rare, premium honey we call “Crater Kiawe Cream”.  Occasionally we produce several very distinctive regional honeys such as Waikane Golden and Wai`anae Coast.
After extraction from the comb, our honeys are not filtered nor cooked: they are allowed to stand for a week and then they are warmed slightly, skimmed, and strained.  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.
Such aged honeys have always been highly regarded in Africa and the Orient as  medicines (for both topical and internal use), as topical aphrodisiacs, as wells as foods and as the sugar source for highly valued alcoholic beverages.  The first man-made alcoholic drinks were probably derived from naturally fermented honey found when hives were destroyed in storms or by fire.  Such valuable honeys were included in funeral offerings from Egypt to China and have been recovered, still edible, after 2000 years of storage.  We currently make many varieties of delicious meads (all honey wine), pyments (honey+grape wine), melomels (honey+fruit wine), and metheglins (hopped mead ales) for home consumption and as gifts.
NOTE: 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  the 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 aged honeys such as our Beekeeper’s Reserve, 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.
 


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: 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.

Michael M. Kliks, Ph.D,
Master Beekeeper
The Manoa Honey Company
3081 G. Paty Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822,
Tel: 988-7203; Fax: 988-5161; Email <mmkliks@hawaii.rr.com

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