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My husband Patrick and I are now living out our dream of sustainable off grid living in paradise! Putting into practice what we have leaned from being helpers on our own travels. We traveled Europe for almost a year in work programs so WE KNOW what it is like to be a volunteer and we try to make our volunteer experience how we would have liked it. Work hard play hard. We love to interact and share adventures in the off times. We love to hike, surf, have campfires, snorkel with turtles, and go dancing and local events. We will make sure you have a well rounded experience.
We came to Hawaii from Texas over 3 years ago and we have hosted some awesome volunteers who have done amazing things to improve our homestead. They have helped us build a lanai, clear jungle, built a volunteer structure, built chicken coups, painted murals, harvested crops and experimented with chocolate making from raw cacao, and the list goes on and on!
We are new with WorkAway (we were referred to it by other hosts) and excited to use this platform! We can also provide you many past worker reviews.
We generally host couples and groups (2-6). When we have a mass of inquiries we can accommodate singles. We don't like people to be helping alone, we want it to feel like community.
We have a Helper agreement/waiver that we will e-mail you upon consideration. It will go over more specific details/house rules so there will be less surprises. We ask you also have some form of health insurance/travel insurance protection. While we haven't had any accidents things can happen when you are helping in the jungle we want to make sure both ourselves and our helpers are protected (hence waiver).
If you're interested in volunteering with us out, send a message! We would love schedule a video call to you to see if it would be a good fit.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
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You will be living in a thriving fruit forest. You will be able to pick and enjoy daily things like bananas, avocado, star fruit, oranges, grapefruits, lemons, coconut, guava, passion fruit, jaboticaba, surinam cherries, cocoa pods and many other things depending on the season. You will learn how to live more sustainably off grid learn gardening practices and we will do our best to expose you to local culture.
Jan-April you may get to learn how to ferment cacao from our own tree!
We currently need help with finishing touches on a small cabin (for use by our guests and helpers when not occupied by friends). Other tasks can include hand clearing land, gardening, fence building, deck building and other handyman work. One of our top projects will be to renovate a 4x4 van. Interior and some body work. We are looking for somebody with mechanical/carpentry skills. Someone mechanical experience with cars, and ability to remodel the interior of a van is on the wish list of projects. This van will be used for adventures around the island for all of us to enjoy:)
On really rainy days I may occasionally ask for assistance in housework/interior/cooking projects to help break it up. But you will have to be prepared to also work in the rain when needed.
Right now we are only looking for a people who have strong building/construction experience and capability to work alone with basic guidance. Must be able to use power tools and understand basics in construction.
***THINGS TO NOTE*** We are in the jungle. Hawaii is blessed with NO snakes but there are geckos, rats, roaches, mosquitos and wild pigs out there. Geckos find their way in your hut no matter what... but they are super cute IMO. It also can be rainy (especially during rainy season) and you will need to be prepared to work in it.
KOQUI FROGS! Nighttime is a symphony of nature. Coqui frogs are quite loud and you will be open air. I love it and it is like a sound of nature soundtrack when I sleep. Patrick finds them too loud and sleeps in earplugs.
Things to bring/know to be prepared for Hawaii jungle living:
Good rain work books/hiking shoes
light sweater (mornings can be a chili 65 degrees)
REEF SAFE sunscreen (Its not all rain I promise!!)
EARPLUGS for nighttime Coqui frogs if sensitive
Leather doesn't do well here. I wouldn't bring a leather jacket/purse per se... humidity might get it! Also, mildew can happen so I wouldn't bring designer expensive clothes unless you wanna risk it!
If you like to surf:
Wetsuit top/rash guard
surf booties/water shoes especially if a beginner (sharp reef)
TIP! Southwest Airline lets you bring a surfboard as a second bag for FREE to Hawaii(two free checked bags FYI)
We have a Wavestorm to share if you prefer to use ours
If you like to backpack:
BRING YOUR BACKPACKING GEAR! So many awesome trails!!
We aim for 25 hours a week in exchange for accommodations, food and GOOD wifi access especially for the area(we have fiber! NO ILLEGAL DOWNLOADING THO). Most people get good phone signal as well here. Sleeping would be in an out door jungle hut (full sized bed with basics) or a tent on a platform with a large covered tarp awning. We also have a newly built cabin that is also up for grabs when not in use by visiting family/friends. This will also have a full kitchen.Wifi and solar electric (must conserve). Hut and tent provide some privacy BUT you most be prepared to share common areas and be comfortable with communal life and some rules to keep the areas clean/tidy. It is open air living. Bathroom is its own structure. There is a nice camp shower and a composting toilet.
We travel at times and when gone helpers can stay in our main home.
Breakfast is typically self serve. Homemade granola, smoothies, coffee and coconut milk made from our coconuts will always be available.
Occasionally I will prepare meals to share at our place but when the cabin is available with the full kitchen helpers will generally prepare their own meals.
Staples provided/available and replenished:
honey (limited supply replenished)
Amy's Organic Mac and Cheese
Amy's Organic soups
coconut oil/veg oil/olive oil
eggs (when the chickens are laying and you can find them!)
whatever is in season growing in the trees (some items you must ask first to harvest)
whatever is in the garden (usually sweet potato and sweet potato greens)
whatever you want to grow in the garden (we can provide you a plot to tend)
wild pig to process (we will show you)
occasional wild chicken to process (will show you)
coconut (you will learn to make your own coconut milk!)
frozen homegrown fruits for smoothies (passion fruit, guava, lemon, banana)
vegetarian protein powder for smoothies
Please note that groceries are VERY expensive in Hawaii... most Workaways here do not provide food.
We do NOT provide alcohol (if of age we may occasionally offer some home brew fruit wine:)
***COVID19 UPDATE***: You must be able to keep local guidelines and we will have some strict house rules requiring very limited outside socializing. We will for the most part be each-others company for adventures etc.
We can pick you up from the Hilo Airport (we are only 20 minutes away) or from the bus stop in Hilo if coming in from the Kona side. Hitchhiking culture is big here so you shouldn't have any problems getting around once you arrive (this is not currently relevant during COVID19).
Occasionally we can give you a lift too when we go in to town but we are not a taxi:)
We have two bikes for helper use and 1 1/2 miles away is a few stores and a cafe you can bike or walk to safely
Pahoa is 10 minutes away and is a charming hippy village. Lots of great music, bars (affordably priced!) and an open air market. Occasionally on Wednesday nights we will take you to Uncle Roberts. A fantastic place to dance to local bands, shop local wears, and really get a feel for the vibe of the area.
Hilo is 20 minutes away and is great for night life, shopping, surfing (more advanced).
We live 10 minutes from Shipman's Beach. A fairly secluded beautiful black sand beach (two mile hike to get there) and sea turtle sanctuary. You will be able to swim with the majestic creatures on demand any time you make the hike there!
Kahena Beach (stunning black sand beach (clothing optional) It is like you went back in time to Woodstock, but at the beach. Drum circle Sunday is a popular local attraction.
We are so happy to live in such a gorgeous place and will do our best to show you a good time on the Big Island! So much to do and see here! We want you to have a great time.
We generally host couples and groups (2-6). When we have a mass of inquiries we can accommodate singles. We don't like people to be working alone, we want it to feel like community.
We have a Helper agreement/waiver that we will e-mail you upon consideration. It will go over more specific details/house rules so there will be less surprises. We ask you also have some form of health insurance/travel insurance protection. While we haven't had any accidents things can happen when you are working in the jungle we want to make sure both ourselves and our helpers are protected (hence waiver).
If you're interested in volunteering with us out, send a message! We like to do some type of video call.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
25 hours a week
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