Big Island Tiny Farm in Honokaa, Hawaii


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    PLEASE: Read our entire posting before emailing us – especially our calendar / availability!

    We had an awesome 2018/19 winter season with our 6 guest helpers. Our guest helper season is now over until November 2019. I will begin screening and booking in September / October.

    Big Island, Tiny Farm! We built our studio home on a lovely half acre lot in Honoka’a. It is sort of like a live-aboard Yoga studio with an open kitchen, a large private bathroom, (and a second outside shower). Our studio home is our sanctuary, and we live a simple, mindful life here. We’re in a small neighborhood on the edge of Honoka’a with good neighbors and an awesome view of Maui on clear days. Our property is only a half acre, but it is large enough and fertile – so we are growing!

    We'd like to build a 120 sf. out-building - multiple use as a guest space and storage soon. We've planted bananas, special guavas, mangoes, avocados, citrus, berries, and coffee already - and all of them are doing great! We'd love a hand with the outbuilding if you're interested. We'd also like to share some plot prep, cultivating, weeding, maintenance and planting.

    Our studio is quite open, with lots of glass - but we also have a small and a large tent and a 10 X 20 temporary to offer. We built our studio with an extra outside shower.

    If/when the 120 sf. space is finished, we'll also be able to offer it for lodging.

    Honoka'a is our favorite place in all of the islands... Lots of beauty and community. The Hamakua Coast is alive, awake, and thriving in many ways. We love it so much we put down roots!

    Our season to welcome guest volunteers is generally November to March.

    The Hele-On Bus passes right through Honoka'a.

    Please note - Honokaa is not Kona - it is a wonderful small town on the beautiful green (windward) side of the island, and like all of the Hawaiian Eastern / Windward shores we get life-giving rain. If you want touristy night life, big city buzz and hanging on the beach every day - we’re not a good match 😉.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ In general, We prefer to host one volunteer guest-helper at a time for one to three weeks (possibly longer for a compatible, positive, healthy person.)

    LAST year - Our first Workaway was in November - originally scheduled for 1 or 2 weeks, but he was great and wanted to stay for 3. We all had a great experience. We also hosted a very bright young woman from Vienna (whom we assisted with her Bach. in Ag. Internship) for 3 weeks, which was awesome. Our third Workaway guest was a meditation & yoga trainer from Taiwan who was like family. We had a great season!!

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Our sweet new studio home is our sanctuary and extremely clean and tidy - especially the kitchen -and bathroom - and we have had NO bug or mildew problems (which are common on tropical islands). We ask our guests to be mindful and follow our simple house rules - to help us maintain a clean, healthy environment.

    You’re welcome to check - or we can share our reviews from our past volunteering platform guests if you like.

    Aloha, Peace, Love, & Music

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Honokaa is an old-world Hawaiian community - not the touristy experience many travelers and vacationers are limited to. There is an awesome agricultural and cultural renaissance underway on this beautiful Hamakua Coast. The Hamakua Harvest / Honokaa Sunday Market is more than a typical farmers market ♥️.

    We have ensured that our first guest helpers have enjoyed many natural and cultural wonders of our area.

  • Help


    1. Gardening (planting, weeding, mowing, cultivating, creating new beds and raised beds).
    2. Help building / decorating a tiny-bunk-house.
    3. Picking / processing mac-nuts, coffee...
    4. Designing & building a new composter suitable for our area.
    5. Help with house maintenance & projects

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    David: English, French, Spanish. Shing: English, Mandarin

  • Accommodation


    Your tent
    Our new 2 person tent.
    Our HUGE 10X16 tent.
    Our 10X20 Costco tarp-garage shelter.
    (Our 10X16 stand-up tent is currently pitched (on good ground cover) INSIDE our 10X20 Costco tarp-garage-shelter and it is quite cozy, dry, and comfortable!
    Possibly Soon: A shed/ tiny-bunk-house!

    Our home is described here. Sleeping space in our studio-home is a possibility for one guest - but please ask about that.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We're close to the amazing Waipio Valley.
    Honokaa is alive & there is often something going on in town. Waimea is a 10 minute drive. Hilo is 45 minutes, Kona is 1 hour. We have some amazing back roads and trails for biking - just out our door. There is much to see and do on our beautiful Hamakua Coast and the Big Island.

    If you plan to extend your time in the islands, we're happy to help with local knowledge, must-see's, and less costly options & opportunities.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    About 16 to 20 hours a week divided over 3 to 5 days

Host ref number: 448592393922

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