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'Quite a buzz': Bees swarm shopping plaza at Kapolei mall

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KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Kapolei's newest shopping plaza was temporarily home to a new – and potentially painful – tenant Monday morning.

Video taken on one of the outdoor plazas at Ka Makana Ali'i showed a large swarm of honeybees hiving on a palm tree, forcing mall authorities to close a small section of the shopping center to keep shoppers and sellers safe.  

The hive was reported to management by a pair of mall tenants who had voiced concerns about customer safety.

Mall authorities say they called in an animal control expert to deal with the swarm.

"We have a beekeeper who is here on the property, getting ready to make preparations to remove the hive and re-home it," said Stephanie England, the mall's general manager.

The hive was present for roughly two hours before it was taken from the tree and transported to a different location.

"The safety and security of our guests and our tenants is the paramount priority for us," England said. 

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