Grow, Learn, and Connect, helping on a small organic farm and healing center on the Big Island of Hawaii

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  • Description

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    Aloha and thank you for taking the time to review our farm. My husband and I look forward to meeting and sharing our land to open hearted and animal friendly people. Please review the following information to see if you feel our farm would be a good fit. , Our priorities are to book workawayers who like to start early, starting to help around 6:30-7:30 am or for those who at least dont mind morning noise as we start work at 6:30am. Please let us know if that describes you,

    BUILDING SKILLS are on our priority list for the next couple months so anyone who has experience building a small cabin would be greatly appreciated

    Helpers who have a strong work ethic, like to work independently and who are more in a stage of contemplation and/or meditation will be well suited here. We have a very large library that offers literature regarding spiritual paths and healing and helpers are welcome to borrow from our selection of books.

    HELP NEEDED: We are looking for helpers who are flexible and willing to do different tasks which include: gardening, music promotion,maintenance, cleaning, and building. We encourage you to use your skills, interests, and passions such as elder care, animal help, car maintenance and different aspects of computer work. We have two bee hives which we go into about once every month or so therefore depending on the time of your stay there may be a little opportunity to work with them. We have a goat that we need help with simple care and cats and dogs who all love our helpers. We just got a rescue dairy cow so we are going to need a lot of help to make her more tame and help with feeding perhaps milking and spreading manure to fertilize everything on the farm
    We are looking to host those who eat vegetarian ( no eggs, dairy is ok) or vegan.. Also no smoking, drinking, or drugs while on the property.

    You should bring: working/garden gloves, a flash light (or two), rain poncho and/or an umbrella, bug spray and sunscreen, clothes you are willing to get dirty (we do have some old clothes for use to borrow if you like ). Any electronic devices such as laptops or phone for your use.

    In order to save a spot we need flight confirmation when you book to Hilo.

    PROPERTY: We are 3 miles from the coast (very rocky, not safe for swimming, but big enough for soaking and refreshing and very beautiful for hiking/picnic) in Hawaiian Paradise Park , about 10 miles from Keaau and Pahoa, and about 25 minutes south of Hilo and the Hilo Airport. My husband often bikes and hikes nearby to a hiking area which ends at a magical secluded swimming beach which often has sea turtles. You may borrow our bike to accompany him.

    The land was intended as a healing/spiritual center. Though we are not currently practicing healing methods professionally at this time, we believe that the positive energy and support of the property, and of course being here on the Big Island of Hawai’i will help support you to reach your highest potential in regards to all personal growth.

    We're on one acre of land, so we are trying to use every inch to become as self-sufficient and environmentally sound as possible. We are on solar and water catchments systems, so we try to be respectful of our resources, such as being mindful of water and electric use, getting into small habits such as short showers, plugging electronic devices in during the day, and unplugging devices when not in use.

    We have a large greenhouse which needs lots of help, so hopefully we will have veggies to share soon.The property has hundreds of fruit trees such as avocado, soursop, mountain apple, rollenia, abiu, and papayas and other exotic trees. Most of the trees are still young, so produce is limited but we share when we have an abundance on the produce we do not use as our main cash/trade crops.


    We ask for 18 hours of help per week, with the week starting on your first night. You can also help overtime to accommodate with travel plans which take you off the land. As long as we are reserving your spot, you are responsible to help the 18 hours even if you camp or stay elsewhere for a day or more while exploring the island. We prorate to 2 hours 45 min per night if you leave before your week starting date. Most helping occurs on weekdays with times usually starting between 7 and 9am ending anytime usually by 12pm Later times for extra help can be arranged by individual requests. Weekends have a couple of hours available in the morning or by arrangement.


    We provide private living spaces or tents, all with mattresses. You may borrow bedding upon request. Most helpers use their phones for media use, but you can borrow our computer/phone, for emails, facebook or emergency purposes because our wifi is not strong enough to support helper's own phones. . Volunteers share an outdoor covered simple screened in kitchen, a community hang out room and a compost toilet (most helpers will use their own which consists of a toilet seat on a wooden frame over a bucket which needs to be emptied every couple of days). This is not for everyone. There is life growing all the time here so helpers should be ok with at time dealing with dirt, smells , bugs, rodents, mold, rust and just overall wear and tear and old items. The elements take a toll on physical things . We try and use our things til the last bit ,so would be good for those interested in repairing and being creative in fixing things or just not being too concerned if something is on its last leg. We try to always make improvements but sometimes that may be slow or limited due to funds or time restraints. We will be trying soon to freshen and clean our community areas as they have had a lot of use and we ask helpers to clean up after themselves on a daily basis with other deeper clean projects getting work credit weekly or bimonthly.We have 2 outdoor hot shower, one for males and one for females. We provide our volunteers with a couple of simple food supplies such as surplus fruit or vegetables when in season or dry fruits/goods. You will need to provide the majority of your own food. There is room to store your personal foods that you have purchased.

    You will experience a rustic lifestyle that may at times feel like camping! Expect all things that come with living closely with nature, including bugs, very occasional power outages, sometimes spotty cell service, and getting physically dirty.

    TRANSPORTATION we are located right near a bus stop for affordable transportation. We also head into town often and sometimes we can drop you off. Hitchhiking is also a common form of transportation if you are comfortable doing so, (Big Island is very safe). There are taxis, car rentals, uber/lyft and hostels near the airport if flights arrive late. you can choose the above transport choices or I can do it for $10 for gas. If possible try to book a flight that arrives in Hilo during daylight hours.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Elderly Companion
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Hopefully helpers will accomplish projects that they can be proud of and satisfied with as they make a difference here on the land along with learning about the the joys of simple living and being content within.. We try and support all helpers in advancing in their path of reaching their highest potential. Much Aloha to all

  • Help

    Help

    Remember this is not couch surfing, it is not for everyone, please read our profile carefully before deciding if you are ok with everything listed. It is very simple rustic living. Alot of the help needed is physical .We believe in the importance of putting your heart into everything you do and the help is greatly appreciated! The land, the animals, the earth, the neighborhood, yourselves and on and on benefit from selfless service. Thank you for considering us and blessings to you all!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Rooms range from a room and a loft built in the greenhouse to tenting with roofs, all with mattresses and a shared bathroom and outdoor kitchen. All is simple living.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are many places to hike, camp, swim, snorkel, and other outdoor activities. There are 3 farmers markets (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday). Rainbow Falls is located near Hilo along with many other activities.

    if you have the funds we highly recommend you rent a car for at least 2-3 days to get the whole experience of all the Big Island has to offer. Often helpers will join forces to keep costs down.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    18 per week

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