My husband and I have a 3 acre farm on the rural East side of the island of Maui in Hana. We are blessed to be the custodians to this special part of the 'last Hawaiian place' rich with cultural and spiritual significance. The farm consists of a sampling of trees such as papaya, banana, avocado, lychee, rambutan, jackfruit, surinam cherry, fig, star-apple, mountain apple and coconut. As we expand to growing vegetables and maintain the gardens already planted, we're looking for hard working couples traveling together who will appreciate their experience in paradise.
We have some chickens and ducks for ambiance, eggs and companionship. The 'clubhouse' for helping guests is solar powered with an indoor-outdoor living space along a stream. Couples traveling together have proven to be the best match for our farm as it is located near the town but in an isolated part of the island of Maui. That way in spare time there is companionship for exploring the area and enjoying the beaches and also someone to work alongside in the garden and maintaining the farm. Helpers with construction skills or specialized expertise such as painting, repairing machines, plumbing and electric are especially valuable for the projects we have in mind. Mature couples 21 or over are preferred. A minimum of three weeks is required for a workaway so as to really absorb the mana of the place as well as to utilize the knowledge and skills acquired. A facetime interview and references are helpful for being considered for the opportunity to enjoy a special win/win workaway experience at our little piece of paradise.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Hana is a beautiful enclave of refuge from the busy world of modern America. There is so much to learn about organic farming and how to be in touch with the earth and nature. The significance of the area is rich in cultural history and those with an open mind to the Hawaiian way of life will come away with a life-changing experience. The peace and quiet provides a gift that can not be adequately described. We will share the mo'olelo (stories of the place) with guests and provide books and other reading material in the cabin to enhance the experience and knowledge of what is known as 'the last Hawaiian place'.
Cutting down banana trees and drying bananas in the food dryer. Papayas, pineapple, and jackfruit also can be dried. There is always weeding and mowing as the jungle persists in growing into the garden areas and taking over. Living in the tropics also requires maintenance on buildings with some painting, fixing, and other projects. Opening up coconuts for the ducks and chickens and making sure there is a water supply and watering new plantings are all part of the daily tasks assignment. Any carpentry, plumbing, or electrical experience is always a plus.
English and some Hawaiian words
Private cabin with propane stove, electric refrigerator, solar power, gas operated shower, composting toilet. Enclosed sleeping room and open air covered patio and kitchen fronting a stream. Couples over 21 years of age are preferred as they can work together on the farm and also explore the neighboring beaches and hiking trails together. As a result, two people occupying the cabin are given priority over singles requesting a working stay at our place.
I provide breakfast items and can accommodate for vegan or vegetarian. All coffee, tea, spices, butter, peanut butter, jam, mayo, condiments are provided along with bread, rolls, muffins, pancake mix, cereal etc. No meat or milk provided. Lunch and dinner are on one's own from plate food trucks in town or making meals from products in season found on the land such as fruits and vegetables. (seasonal: avocado, starfruit, banana, pineapple, lemons, oranges, coconut)
We are half mile away from Koki Beach and one mile from Hamoa beach and Hana Bay. Good snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, boogieboarding etc. There are many waterfalls and natural pools in the area plus hiking trails. There are historic sites such a Pi'ilani Heiau at Kahanu Gardens and the National Park at Haleakala. The location is convenient to the food trucks and stores of Hana town and central to the community while bordering the Hana Ranch.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week