Help us and learn about sustainability and permaculture on the beautiful Puna coast, Hawaii


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    I live on the beautiful Puna coast, on the Hilo side of the Big Island.
    This is a 20 acre homestead.

    When I moved here, in 1991, most of the property was a barren lava flow. Now the whole property is an edible permaculture jungle!

    Originally , I had the ideal of avoiding gas powered machines, and storebought amendments. Machete was my favorite tool! That was easier to maintain back when the only fertility was where I put it. (No weeds in between plantings)

    Now, there is fertility everywhere!
    (And now I have a bobcat😂)

    They call this 'Sunny Kapoho'.
    I live 1 mile from a fresh water crater lake, 3 miles from the geothermal warm springs, and 4 miles to the surf spot.

    UPDATE: the newest lava flow 2 years ago took out the fresh water lake, the warm ponds, and the surf break.
    There still is some ocean access within walking, or biking distance, but they are just medium sized tidal pools... enough to get wet, and float around, but not really any swimming within walking/biking distance.

    The weather here is ideal for growing most tropical plants... we have plenty of rain and sun.

    I live in an off-grid neighborhood. All of us here live from solar power, and our water comes from the rain.

    There is very comfortable camping, with privacy,access to hot water shower, outhouse style toilets, and dry kitchen space with electrical access. AT&T has good reception for anyone with a data plan with them. Otherwise, I can make a hotspot available for limited times.

    Most of the help I need is hand work, caring for food and medicinal plants and fruit trees.
    Also, there is always a need to help with organization and cleaning around.

    There may also be building projects.
    I have a lot of experience and knowledge to share, and pass on...

    My life has radically changed in the past two years.
    I’m now married. My wife is from Japan. She has a girl who is 11, a boy who is about to turn 8, and our baby girl, who was born last November.

    Since I originally set this profile, there are 6 long term people that have settled on the property.
    Three of them are elders (80,79, and 68).
    Everything has shifted since I set up this profile.
    My available time to facilitate others is greatly reduced.

    At this point, we are much more specific on who we can host.
    Japanese speaking people, and especially those who have children are welcome, in general. 😇

    The main projects that we are welcoming help with is still weeding, mowing, and weedwacking.
    Beyond that, we have desire to build at least a couple of other structures, for this growing family.
    Harmonious minded people with good building skill are highly welcome.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I have a lot to share about sustainability and permaculture. I also have experience with medicinal plants that I can share.

  • Help


    I have much need for general help on the land, mostly hand work, weeding and caring for trees and plants. I have a lot of knowledge to share about permaculture and low impact living in the tropics.
    I may have alternative building projects to take part in also, at times...

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Japanese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Mostly, I offer comfortable camping, with access to basic amenities and facilities.
    I can provide at least a solid meal/day and whatever fruits of the land.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are LOTS of social opportunities nearby, as well as incredible nature spots within walking or biking distance. I have 2 bikes available for people to use. Hitchhiking locally is easy and safe.
    This is a great (and diverse)neighborhood.

  • 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

  • ...

    Hours expected

    as I am just getting started with this, I was imagining that 2-4hours a day, up to 5 days a week would be really helpful. Sometimes there might be projects that could use more concerted effort.

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