Big Island “Tiny Farm” in Honokaa, Hawaii


United States

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    Please read our entire post before emailing us – especially our calendar / availability, thx.

    Big Island, “Tiny Farm!”.

    “Big Island Tiny Farm” was a name given our place by a neighbor-friend, with tongue in cheek, because I’m always outside tending to our trees, bushes, and plants. We share what we harvest with neighbors and friends, but we’re not a business or “commercial” grower.

    Also, we’re not a commercial yoga studio.Yoga is simply part of our daily way of living.

    We built a sweet 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. 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 very fertile – so we are growing an “Edible Landscape” that will provide much of our diet.

    We have 3 mature mac nut trees, bananas, guavas (3 varieties), mangoes, avocados (3 varieties), lemons, cara cara and Valencia oranges, rollinia deliciosa, Brazilian cherries, coffee, dragon fruit, green tea, and more - and they’re doing great!

    I’ve drawn up plans to build a small outbuilding, and we’re also ready to build several raised beds for veggies. We’re also interested in creating an island-specific compost setup that won’t attract rodents and undesirable pests (roaches).

    Our studio is quite open, with lots of glass (and screens). It is simple, clean, and safe.
    We also have a small tent and a large tent to offer. We built our studio with an extra outside shower, which is pretty cool.

    When we get the out-building (120 sf. space) finished, we'll also be able to offer it for simple 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’ve watched an agri-cultural renaissance evolve here for the past dozen-plus years. We love it so much we put down roots!

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

    We only host 1 Workaway guest-worker at a time.

    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 - best to search for a host on the west side.

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    Please read on our feedback / reviews ...!

    Aloha, Peace, Love, & Music

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Honokaa is an old-world Hawaiian community - not the touristy experience that some travelers limit themselves to.
    There is an awesome Agri-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 guest helpers have enjoyed many natural and cultural wonders of our area - and beach time.

    You’re welcomed to join us with daily meditation and /or yoga practice if you like.

    I (David) am vegetarian - mostly vegan now. My past veggie, vegan (and celiac) workaway guests have been quite happy with my meal prep.
    Shing is an awesome chef and when she’s on-island I acquiesce!

    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.

  • Help


    1. Organic Gardening (cultivating, weeding, fertilizing, edging, integrated / organic pest management, creating new 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

    English: Fluent
    Chinese (Mandarin): Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    * Your tent
    * Our new (small) 2 person tent.
    * Our HUGE 10X16 tent.
    * Possibly Soon: A tiny-bunk-house.
    * Our home is described here. Sleeping space in our studio-home is a possibility for one guest - but please us ask about that.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We're close to the amazing Waipio Valley.

    Honokaa is alive & thriving and there is often something going on in town. (Movies, concerts, & dance at our “Honokaa People’s Theatre”, the local pub, several restaurants with music, etc.

    Kamuela / Waimea is a 15 minute drive. Hilo is 45 minutes, Kona is 1 hour. We have some amazing back roads and trails for running & biking - just out our door. (We have a guest bike). There is much to see and do on our beautiful Hamakua Coast and the Big Island.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have good wifi and it covers much of our property.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have space for a tent or a camper-van.

  • 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. We’re pretty flexible.

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Host ref number: 448592393922