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We have completed our interviews and sent out offers. At this time our intern program is full. We will post available openings as we get notice of vacancies. Mahalo for your interest in Tai Shan Farms.
Aloha and mahalo for reading our Farms host profile. We are a small family dragon fruit and bee farm on the big island of Hawaii. We are located at 2,800 ft on the side of Mauna Loa on the boarder of a Ohia forest near the very southern tip of the island. Our small community is far from city life as we are 50 miles (1 hour) South of Kona and about 70 miles from Hilo, the two larger cities on the big island of Hawaii. Our town, Ocean View, is a small town; it has 3 gas stations, 2 grocery stores, a couple little restaurants, a vet and an Ace Hardware. We are 30 minutes from the nearest beach, either north or south. We are in the middle of no where, in the middle of the ocean. If you're looking for a peaceful and lovely place to live and work, look no further.
During your stay you will learn about organic farming, bee keeping, building projects and maintaining farm equipment. We complete tasks for about 5 hours a day, five days a week with 2 days off. We require a minimum of a 2 month stay with priority given to interns looking for long term placement. We're looking for individuals who posses a positive attitude, who are curious about life and works/plays well with others. No experience necessary, we can teach you skills and give you a platform to practice what you've learned in a positive and nurturing environment.
You're accommodations will be a private room in our home and a shared bath with 1-2 other interns or a private ohana. We will provide all your food, a clean room, clean water, intern training and a car for occasional personal use.
If your initial email to us is addressed as: "Aloha Kevin and Esther" we'll know you've read our profile are not just sending out email blasts to dozens of hosts to see what sticks. By addressing your email this way you'll have a much better chance of receiving a quick and personalized response.
Kevin and Esther
Help with Eco project
Interns will be mentored on how to farm, home repair, auto repair, gardening, working with our bees, small business and entrepreneurship.
After 2 weeks interning at the farm we'll have an evaluation to ensure that the arrangement is working for both parties.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
We raise Dragon Fruit, citrus and bees. The help is standard farm tasks; fertilizing, pruning, harvesting and processing, adding soil to the bases of the cactus, mulching, repairing things, etc. Dragon Fruit is a cactus and it has thorns...lots of them! The farm is 3 acres and on a slope and the ground is rocky lava, so good work boots are needed. We grow organically and use only bee friendly protocols. Helping with the bees is optional.
Singles will have a private room in the main house with a shared bath will be provided. Couples will most likely be in the guest house/ohana. WIFI is available. Our property has a fantastic view of the ocean and our fields. The private room in the main house is comfortable, clean and you'll have access to the kitchen, a shared bath (with possible guests and/or other interns) and living space in our home. We usually cook dinner for my guests and/or interns 5-6 nights a week. All food and meals at my home and farm are completely gluten free.
Aloha is probably the most ubiquitous Hawaiian word. Most people think it's just a greeting or salutation but for some of us it's more. It's a life force that defines what we're about and why we're here. Aloha has a deeper meaning and understanding. Here are the 5 principles of ALOHA.
Akahai, meaning kindness (grace), to be expressed with tenderness;
Lôkahi, meaning unity (unbroken), to be expressed with harmony;
`Olu`olu, meaning agreeable (gentle), to be expressed with pleasantness;
Ha`aha`a, meaning humility (empty), to be expressed with modesty;
Ahonui, meaning patience (waiting for the moment), to be expressed with perseverance.
A secret of “Aloha” is that a person cannot do one of the principles without truly doing all and if you are not doing one you are not doing any. So, to be “Living Aloha” is to live all of the principles. ALOHA is an overarching principle. Like most Hawaiian words, it has many meanings. It can be a noun, verb, adjective and adverb. It is prescriptive, descriptive and subscript. Aloha is more than a greeting or salutation. It is a condition, a way of life, a mind set and an attitude.
Aloha is an action, not a reaction. It is a natural response of respect, love and reciprocity, and not a contrived series of motions or expressions that have been rehearsed and perfected for a commercial expectation. Aloha is to be in the presence of life, to share the essence of one’s being with openness, honesty and humility. It is a way of being, a way of behaving, a way of life. It is a commitment to being real. It is a commitment to accepting others and giving dignity to who they are and what they have to offer. Aloha is not a slogan, pitch line or monogram. It is a spiritual principle that conveys the deepest expression of one’s relationship with oneself, the creative and life‐giving forces, one’s family and community, and with one’s friends and strangers. We live our lives and run our business with aloha. Our goal is to plant seeds of aloha with every intern that comes to our farm, to spread aloha around the country and the world to make it a better place for everyone.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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