Help with projects and enjoy a cultural exchange at my homestead on the Big Island of Hawaii (Keaau) USA

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  • Description

    Description

    Come live on our Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii!

    Looking for fun, healthy, and creative individuals who will fit well with the free-spirit vibe of the property. My beautiful (but slightly overgrown) small ranch in the Orchildland area of Puna, is currently home to chickens, and Sr. Fabuloso (World's Coolest Cat). It's a small homesteading property that features a main house (Internship Cabin), Yoga Studio/Gym, Detached Bathroom, and a small woodworking space.

    Plenty of opportunity for travelers to live in their own house while they get involved in local culture such as food, volcanoes national park, dance, beach life, yoga, ceremony, surfing, and music. I live alone, and could use a little help with basic home and garden projects.

    My garden projects are can vary from simple to complex. Mostly you will be asked to clear space to increase the space for our gardens, help me build outdoor spaces such as a gazebo or other interesting community areas, clear brush, or build a nursery. I am especially interested in workawayers with carpentry skills as I am considering building an open air shelter to act as an outdoor gym/movie screen.

    I am a 40 year old male that works as a counseling psychologist. I live alone, but enjoy hosting and occasionally the girlfriend stops by.

    This experience is perfect for the traveler who is looking to spend some time in the morning helping on the land in exchange for accommodation, beauty, and independant adventure! Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Puna is a thriving and unique cultural experience, that has a feel somewhat like the parking lot of a Grateful Dead concert. Here on the windward side (eastern side) of the island there are many yoga retreats, beaches, and places for dance and visual arts. Local craftsmen offer opportunities to get involved in their projects and teachers can help refine music, carpentry, painting/visual art, dance, surfing, yoga, and all other types of skills. There is something for everyone out here in our warm and accepting community. We are close enough to easily hike out in Volcanoes National Park, head to Uncle Robert's Farmer's Market, head to Kahena or Issac Hale beach, check out the new warm ponds, or take day trips out to black sand or green sand beaches, over to Kona or up to Hawi.

  • Help

    Help

    I am asking for 15hr/week of Aloha Aina (service to the land). This will include clearing brush/ground cover and converting space into gardening space. There will be a lot of weeding, clearing paths, and yard maintenance. There are beautification projects that involve spreading gravel, garden maintenance, planting trees/flowers, trimming and caring for bamboo. You might be asked to work with tools such as a lawnmower, chainsaw, chop saw, table saw, weed wacker, flame thrower, or pressure washer. I will teach you how to use each of these before use. You may also be asked to help with simple animal care projects such as changing hay for the chickens. Woodworking/building skills are a plus. I could use some help, building steps, pouring cement, and other simple projects which are all scheduled for the property.

    *Carpentry skills are desired
    *Motivated applicants will get preferential treatment
    *Some arts and crafts side projects may be available during your stay as well.
    *Some cooking/cleaning projects may come up as well
    *This may be a stretch but any massage therapist that is willing to exchange massage for stay will be warmly welcomed!

    Helping hours are 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday. You are asked to be ready to go at 9am, whatever that means for you. During that 3 hour block you are expected to be off your phone, sober, and focused on the project. I will give direction about what projects to focus on during that 3 hour window.

    Note - I will not be working alongside you during your service hours. I will have other professional responsibilites and will be either working from home or at my job. I am looking for people to help take care of the land projects that I don't have the time/energy to get to. Thanks!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will live in your own guest house! There are 2 guest houses

    Ohana House: This space has 2 queen size beds and can accommodate up to 4 people. The space is small but private, you sleep in a loft-style bed on a queen size mattress, and have your own closet and seating area. There is a kitchen area/working sink that is shared by all workawayers in this space.

    Yoga Studio: 1 Bedroom yoga space with a king size bed. There are cooking accommodations in this space, but it does not have running water.

    All spaces have plenty of hot water and electricity. You have a very nice private detached bathroom to use with a beautiful tub and indoor/outdoor shower. There is no wifi, but you may get online by using a 'hotspot' on your phone. You will have a hot plate, fridge, and silverware for cooking and eating.

    I will provide a very simple pantry capable of accommodating some light meals. Included will be beans, eggs, noodles, oatmeal, canned chicken, and lentils. You will need to budget for purchasing meals while you are here.

    For the most part our lives will be pretty separate, living like neighbors to each other. I respect your space while you're here and make sure to protect your independence and privacy.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The ranch is in the ideal spot for staying on the East Side of the island. I am 20 min. from Hilo, 20 minutes from Uncle Roberts and the Puna coastline, and just a quick drive to sites like, Shipman's beach, the Keaau Shopping Center, and Pahoa.

    Internet access is limited at the Ranch. You will be best served by accessing the internet from your phone through a hotspot.

    Transportation will be an issue for anyone coming to the Big Island. Having a car is or other access to transportation will be important if you plan to stay at the ranch. You are welcome to discuss transportation options with me before your arrival, but understand that I will not be able to provide rides to my workaway guests.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    15 hours/week

Sam and Aurille, some of the amazing people that we've been lucky enough to host on the ranch! We miss you!
We try to maintain a calm, peaceful, and connected life on the ranch. It's my goal to help support the people that come to donate their effort to this land. Thank you for your interest and your devotion.
Our garden beds.
Exterior picture of Yoga Studio living space.
Yoga Studio living space. You will live in your own private structure.
Yoga Studio living space. King size bed for single person or couple. Such a beautiful and peaceful place to live.
Exterior picture of Ohana House living quarters. There are two rooms each with their own door.
Ohana house living space (side 1). Notice the kitchen in the background.
Ohana House living space (side 2). Loft style bed and a little fine living space :) The other room has the same style bed.
Exterior image of Workaway bathroom
Outdoor Bathroom sink and shower.
Your new tub!
Outdoor Bathroom sink, shower, tub, and living wall.
Small outdoor woodworking space.




Host ref number: 138784162899