WE ARE A WOMEN ONLY HOST....as we only have one cabin for everyone to share.
WE HAVE OPENINGS STARTING MAY 6, 2018
In our family, we believe that we are all one people regardless of race, religion or sexual preference. Our core belief is that all peoples should treat each other with respect and with honest cooperation. If you do not share this belief, this farm may not be the one for you. However, if you share these core values....Please let me know if you are available to Skype and “talk story”.
WHAT WE DO:
If you are interested in baking or are a hobby baker and can read a recipe we can help you develop your skills by teaching you what we do here. We have had a few of our helpers go on to finding jobs as bakers and prep cooks while others learn how to simply cook for themselves better.
We are located on one of the Kona Districts coffee farms. We are one of the few small farms that roast our own 100% Kona Coffee. If you have an interest in learning how to roast and about the Kona coffee industry, we welcome your questions and curiosity.
We also take part in a farmers market where we sell our 100% Kona Coffee and baked goods. We feel that everyone should take part in helping and being a part of our market community….and during your break, go for a swim in the ocean. Yes, we are that close. You’ll also need to help us load and unload, setup and breakdown from the market.
We are a partially sustainable farm so if you are interested in helping us maintain our farm and property, there are always tasks and projects…...From helping care for our chickens, feeding cats, to picking fruit, gardening and pruning. And as with all farms, there is also cleaning and maintaining.
We believe our strength as individuals is in the strength of the community we build. Working together and in some instances performing individual tasks. We believe that if you are done with a task, then we help the ones who aren’t done so we finish together.
MINIMUM STAY: is 60 days with 3 days off per week. Work week is Sunday to Wednesday (with Wednesday being our farmer’s market day). Days off: Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
WHAT OUR WORK TRADE INCLUDES: 3 meals per day, including your days off. Most of the time we cook the evening meal except for one meal which is cooked by the helpers and if need be, we assist. Lunch and breakfast everyone group cooks. On days off, we provide food for you to take to your own kitchen and a cooler if you travel around the island. No one goes hungry here.
We try to keep your own personal costs down by providing use of a washer and dryer, soap, shampoo and toothpaste that’s shared with other helpers. We also provide snorkel gear and boogie boards. Occasionally we go out on our ocean kayaks…..if you are interested in outrigger canoeing. There is an outrigger club that we provide transportation to and from. This club offers 3 free paddling opportunities per person.
Another benefit is that we also offer the opportunity for you to earn money on your days off.
Most importantly, we provide all the bedding and towels. We have a tankless water system so we never run out of hot water for showers…….we just ask that you don’t take long showers as water is expensive.
CENTRALLY LOCATED: By car, we are about 30 minutes from the airport. Keauhou Bay and the Keauhou Shopping Center are about 10 minutes from the farm. We are close to public transportation that travels around the entire island and the trolley that takes you to most tourist destinations in the immediate Kona area. If you think you might want to rent a vehicle, please bring proof of vehicle insurance. Remember you can always share the cost with the other helpers.
WHO WE ARE: We are a small family coffee farm run by 3 women. Our mama who is 91 years old (and the “Kapuna” for the Keauhou area); her oldest daughter and her hanai daughter (hanai, means adopted in Hawaiian)). Our farm is located in Keauhou-Kona, Hawaii on the Big Island of Hawaii. We have been farming coffee for 3 generations and in the last 4 years we realized that being just coffee farmers on a small farm is not sustainable. So we decided to utilize some of our other skills and start baking, selling Kona coffee and fruits from the farm at a farmers market.
Our mama’s saying that was passed down to her from her father: "Na, anu'nu oe ka aina, ai-ana ka aina ia oe. Na Malama oe ka aina, Ka aina Ha-awi ia oe, na mea ai". Roughly translates to “Take care of the land and the land will give back. Be greedy with the land and the land will eat you up".
We would like to stress that we are looking for people who share the same values that we do: honesty, trustworthiness, adaptability, cooperativeness, friendliness, fairness and interested in building a small community of women while you are on our farm.
Some important things….We do not allow smoking, drugs or hard alcohol on our property. Occasional wine and beer is okay....please remember you are a guest in our house and this is not a party house. We aren’t loud people, but we do enjoy laughter and conversation. We also like to play games like Bananagrams and card games like Tripoly; we also like to sing and play guitar. That said, if you play a stringed instrument, we encourage you to bring it. We love music.
So…. if you're interested in being part of our farm, send us a note about yourself and as it's said on the island lets "talk story". We prefer to meet all potential helpers via Skype. We do not do phone interviews as we like to see who we are talking to.
All interested persons must have their own health & medical insurance while on our farm as it is not provided. If you plan to rent a vehicle, please bring proof of vehicle insurance. We do not provide vehicles, but there are people who rent their personal vehicles on island. If you are an international traveler and want to be able to rent a vehicle, make sure your license is valid in Hawaii. You may have to apply for an international drivers licenses prior to getting here.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
1. Help with preparations for the Farmers Market
2. Help with the farmers market.
3. General maintenance and cleanup in and around our farm
4. Roasting coffee (takes a special type of person....not all people can do this)
Most of our helpers generally do a combination of 1 - 3.
HOURSING & UTILIES: We have a detached cabin that we built for people who help us on the farm. It sleeps four people (but we have found that 3 in the cabin is more comfortable), includes electricity & WI-FI. We also have a covered and netted area with a picnic table and hammock to hang out in.
Your bathroom is located a short distance from the cabin located on the back side of our house, but it includes a tankless water system so there is always a hot shower and there is a shared washer/dryer that we all use.
HELPER KITCHEN: There is a small kitchen provided that has a refrigerator, microwave, single hot stove top for light food preparation. however, most meals are prepared and eaten with us in the main kitchen. This kitchen is mainly used for days off meals and personal purchases.
MAIN KITCHEN MEALS: Work days all lunch and dinner meals are prepared together and we eat family style upstairs in the main kitchen (Monday thru Thursday....and most times Sundays). For your "days off" meals we stock your kitchen as well. You will never starve here.
Please Note: If you have a special food requirements you may need to purchase those items, but for the most part you will be eating what we eat and we have found that we can accommodate most diets.
If you like hiking, camping, swimming, snorkeling, boogey boarding, site seeing, visiting different types of farming. Hawaii has allot to offer. We have a 4 person tent, boogey boards and snorkel gear so you won't need to bring those items.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Our mam is the "Kapuna" for Keauhou area. She is not as active as she used to be, but she occasionally does a talk story with the helpers.
Mam's daughter Lily also does talk story of this area and growing up here on the Big Island.
If there is an interest in coffee, Michelle and Lily can teach you what it takes to be a coffee farmer. You will never look at a coffee bean the same.
25 hours per week
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