Help on our upcountry homestead with gardening and DIY in Kula, Hawaii



 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks



  • Description



    Our project is on a 10 acre property located in the Keokea neighborhood of Kula, Maui. Since buying the property in 2014, we have been clearing invasive species and creating new spaces for farming and gardening. We have had Workawayers since September of 2020 and it has been a great experience. Over the past year we’ve cleared new hiking trails, expanded our sheep pastures, built and planted new succulent walls, and planted fruit trees and native species all over the property. Some of our current projects include trail maintenance and expansion, native species planting, landscape maintenance, and succulent wall care. Organic farming comes with a lot of weeding as well!

    We are a personally owned agricultural land. We are not selling any products from the property. The land is in early stages of being overtaken by invasive species. There is no commercial farming or construction being done on this land.

    Workawayers most likely to succeed are motivated, eager-to-learn individuals who are comfortable receiving and following directions as well as taking initiative. Workawayers should expect to work Monday through Friday from 8am-1pm (25 hours/week). We can be flexible with scheduling and will occasionally ask for Workawayers to help with one longer work day over the weekend, but prefer to work the same hours as a team to complete projects throughout the week. We ask that Workawayers be flexible and communicate scheduling needs in advance. We are happy to work with you to accommodate as best as possible.

    PLEASE REMEMBER! If traveling from out of the country you need to have the proper work visas in place to travel into the US.

    If interested in Workawaying with us, please send us the following:
    1. Your background related to farming/landscaping/home care
    2. Any previous Workawayers experience
    3. Any experience you have using power tools (weed whackers, lawn mowers, chainsaws, etc.)
    4. What you hope to gain from Workawaying with us
    5. Anything else you’d like to share

    We’d love to share our beautiful ‘aina (and one of the best sunset spots on Maui!) with you!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    Workawayers will have the opportunity to experience a lesser-seen side of Maui on the gorgeous upcountry slopes of Haleakala Mountain away from the typical hustle and bustle of the more ‘touristy’ Maui. In addition to teaching new skills and techniques related to farming and property care, your host is more than happy to share any insight into Maui and general Hawaiian culture.

  • Help


    We have anywhere from two to six Workawayers at a time on the ‘Mountain,’ but opposed to the other Workawayers tasks (mainly involving gardening, sheep and chicken care, and small projects around the property) we are ideally searching for a couple or two friends to focus on lawn mowing and general landscaping, minor DIY projects and help around the house, etc. The individuals for this position should be okay with less diversity in their work tasks but instead spend most time specifically with lawn care and home maintenance.

    There is no commercial farming or construction being done on this land.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Japanese: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    The couple/two friends will stay in an RV trailer with a queen size bed and a futon-style couch. Our renovated shipping container can host up to four trade workers with openable windows and a storage shelf. Workawayers have full access to communal living accommodations, which include an outdoor kitchen/living space, two burner camping stove, grill (which also has its own stove), stainless steel sink, picnic table, hammock, and concrete floor. This space is connected to the bathroom area which includes a flushable toilet, bathroom sink, and hot water shower.

    Each week, we place an order for staple goods (proteins including eggs, tofu, beans, nut butters, etc.; grains including pasta, rice, breads, and oats; dairy and alternative dairy products; fruits and vegetables), but Workawayers are encouraged to eat as much from the garden as possible! We are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences, but please be aware that we can not completely prevent cross-contamination for those with severe allergies.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The bus stop is a 15 minute walk downhill (if you take the shortcut) and steep uphill on the way back. The Maui bus system is great for traveling all around the island, but is usually an all day excursion since the bus only comes every 3 hours. The nearest beach from the property is 35 minutes away, so Workawayers should be okay with spending most of their time upcountry or renting a car/taking the bus to be able to get down and around other areas of Maui.

  • 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 do have a mobile hotspot on the property that is shared between work traders. Verizon reception is the best.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    25 hours/week

Host ref number: 631764246156

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