Aloha! Joy and Kaleb here. Prior to COVID, we were travelling around the world trying to find a place call home. And finally we found a home closer to home, Hawaii. We moved to Hawaii about 16 months ago. And bought a home near the coast (within 1 mile away) in Pahoa, Big Island. The home is in a very nice, safe, and quiet neighborhood. The home is surrounded by nature and native plants. It is a smoke free environment and we would like to keep it that way. Some morning, you can hear the sound of the waves crashing into shores. Watch the rainbow after it rains. On a clear day, you can see the top of Mauna Kea in a distance while heading up to Hilo.
Although the home was completely abandoned for 10+ years and was taken over by the jungle, we were able to bring it back to life. We uncovered the base landscape that was buried with the jungle 10 years ago. The back of the house has a beautiful rock staircase that leads to the uphill where you can stargaze at night. We planted some herbs and fruit trees around the house, where you can harvest and enjoy them. Everything grows so fast here due to the climate, so yard work is a must with consistency. Our chickens are cage-free and depending on their mood, they will grant us with eggs. We feed them 2-3 times per day. We plan to build a tiny home in our back yard, so we need some muscles to help us with heavy items. We also need help with DIY construction projects, planting food garden, house-sitting when we are gone, and general maintenance. We, of course, will be working along side the workaway up to 4-5 hours per day, 5 days per week.
During our spare time, we love dipping in the hot ponds, snorkeling, hiking, attending game nights and Hula classes, and enjoying other outdoor ventures. You are more than welcome to participate in any of these activities. We would love to learn more about you, your language, and cultures during your stay. In return, we will give you a Hawaiian living experience.
***There are two different airports on Big Island; Kona and Hilo (ITO). Kona is over 2 hours drive (100 miles). Hilo is a 45 minute drive. There is a bus that you can take from the airport to our road. Here is the link with bus schedule and information: heleonbus.org/schedules-and-maps. The fare is about $2 (cash) one-way. You can also ask for a transfer.
***COVID protocols as of February 2022. Link to Hawaii COVID protocols: . For international travelers (with international passport), you MUST show proof of vaccination AND negative test result through Hawaiian approved partners. You must register and upload information onto "Safe Travels" If you are not vaccinated, you must quarantine. Do let us know your situation prior to coming.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
We live on Big Island where you will experience 11 different climate zones. Big Island has a green sand beach which is 1 out of 4 places in the world! We are located within a mile to the coast and are 45 minutes drive from the Volcano National Park. On a clear day, you can see Mauna Kea with the snow cap (depending on the weather). On Big Island, you can go hiking, snorkeling, dipping in hot ponds, camping, kayaking, enjoying the beautiful rainbows and waterfalls, swimming at the beach, and more!
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
DIY help and knowledge, feeding chickens, building a chicken coop, yard work, food garden, general maintenance, trash run. You will be working about 4-5 hours per day, about 20-25 hours per week. We are early risers. The earlier we get up, more work can be done and you will have the time to enjoy the rest of your day.
This host offers a language exchange
Both Kaleb and Joy are fluent in English and can help those who are willing to learn English. While Kaleb is fluent in Spanish, Joy is learning Spanish and would love to practice this with her workaway. Joy is also fluent in Thai.
A private bedroom with a shared bathroom. We cook at least twice per day. We can include you in our meals (2 meals per day) on working days. Other food, snacks, and drinks will be under your own expenses.
Besides working around the house, we play sports or venture off in outdoor activities, or have a game night with our ohana. You are more than welcome to join us in these activities if you choose. We will make sure you won't regret being in Hawaii.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have a reliable internet connection inside the home. We have a spacious living/dining area, where an individual can work remotely on their devices or in their private bedroom.
There are two car spaces that could fit any size vehicle not bigger than a camper van.
4-5 hours per day, 5 days per week.
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