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Hello Workaway Community! We are a family of 4, my husband and I, and our two beautiful boys age 5 and 2. Our family home is located off the grid in rural Pahoa, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Our property is 10 acres of grass, fruit trees, animals and forest. We have sheep, chickens, dogs, and one fat kitty cat. This area is known as the Kaohe Homesteads, Kaohe means Bamboo in Hawaiian. Previously dominated by commercial Sugar Cane up until the 70s, this fertile pocket has been subdivided into private homestead acreage.
Many of the families here have horses and cattle. Our vision for the property is anchored in sustainability; we would like to see our land produce the food we eat. We also see an opportunity for the revival of native species such as Koa trees, Mamaki and others. We have worked to maintain the grass, harvest and process the fruit, plant new food gardens, make new soil through mulching and compost practices, and care for a growing number of animals.
We are seeking collaborative help to build the infrastructure we need to grow more food. Hawaii struggles with food security, as a majority of the consumed produce is imported. As a state, farmers have a vested interest in collectively working to increase yield and variety. Our farm is strictly for personal consumption, sharing with friends and family and those in need. We are working to secure a federal grant that will help us actualize this vision. Supreme stokage!!
We are a family that loves to travel and meet people from all walks of life. Both Tanner (husband) and I have been on the receiving end of beautiful and unexpected generosity while traveling abroad. These interactions with kind strangers have shaped our view of the world and our deep belief in human kindness, ALL-ONE!! My husband and I speak pretty good Spanish. But we are fabulous pantomimes. Our goal is to receive foreigners here in this jungle paradise and provide them with a safe and loving space! We want our farm to act as a home base for further exploration of the island. We also want to be creative and fun in how we grow our farm, whimsical, interactive, edible! Come play!
***Our current availability only includes camping space! But we desperately need weedwackers! You are welcome to stay as long as you are willing to battle the grass! We have make shift provisions for the construction of camping platforms or tarped coverage. If your willing to rough it a little, we are a welcoming loving family, kinda goofy, ok super goofy, looking turn this land into food producing/income generating/treehouse housing...you get the idea***
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
I was born and raised here in Puna on the Big Island. I can provide visitors with a unique perspective of the islands, and offer suggestions for exploring. My husband is a skilled gardener and has a ton of valuable information about growing your own food, building and maintaining garden beds, soil generation and compost, tractor operation and maintenance, etc. He is a wealth of knowledge and also a pleasant, kind-hearted human. Hopefully visitors leave as friends! We are a unique example of an American family. We want to be part of a new way of farming, one that is not solely focused on individual gain but rather on collective benefit and generosity.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Yard care is our number one need, but we also would like to focus on creating: new garden beds, duck coop, solar installation, water irrigation, etc. General farm experience is great but nothing beats a good work ethic! We ourselves have only been farming for a few years and learn new things everyday. More than experience in specific areas, we are looking for individuals with positive attitude, tenacious work ethic, and above all enthusiasm for creating enchanting outdoor space!! We ask for 20 hours a week of help in exchange for room and general staples. If you have not visited the East Side of Hawaii it should be noted it is quite rainy here. Workawayers need to be able to handle a wet environment and be comfortable working in a reasonable amount of wet weather. We do our best to do tasks when the sun is out and the birds are singing ! A good set of waterproof boots is a must. Our farm is strictly for personal consumption, sharing with friends and family and those in need.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
We offer a 400 square foot studio that is located about 150 meters away from our home. It is a one room one bath studio with bed, toilet/shower/bath, cooking supplies, gas stove, table and chairs. It is an off grid studio with limited power and water. Water is catchment system and power is generator only (though with some workaway help we may be able to install some solar panels!!).
Travelers are welcome to negotiate hours always, we are open to input and always willing to compromise. This island holds many secrets and we encourage travelers to immerse themselves in the Hawaiian jungle experience. Take chances! Make mistakes! Get messy!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We are off grid so power is generated both through solar and gasoline powered generator. We have a catchment system for rain collection that totals 233 gallons, specifically for workaway use.
Basically willing to accept any type of pet, though we do have our own "wild" pack of animals, including 4 dogs.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week