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Aloha and thank you for taking the time to review our farm. My husband and I look forward to meeting and sharing our land to open hearted and animal friendly people. Please review the following information to see if you feel our farm would be a good fit. our priorities are to book workawayers who like to start early, starting to help around 7 or 8. Please let us know if that describes you,
We are looking to host those who eat or are ok eating vegetarian ( no eggs, dairy is ok) or vegan while here. Also no smoking, drinking, or drugs while on the property.
The land was intended as a healing/spiritual place. we believe that the positive energy and support of the property, like minded people , and of course being here on the Big Island of Hawai’i will help you towards reaching your highest potential in regards to all personal growth.
We are not selling our produce right now but our aim is to be able to grow 100% of our food needs. We're on one acre of land, so we are trying to use every inch to become as self-sufficient and environmentally sound as possible. We are on solar and water catchments systems, so we try to be respectful of our resources, such as being mindful of water and electric use, getting into small habits such as short showers, plugging electronic devices in during the day, and unplugging devices when not in use.
Helpers who have a strong work ethic, like to do tasks independently and who are more in a stage of contemplation and/or meditation will be well suited here. We have a very large library that offers literature regarding spiritual paths and healing and helpers are welcome to borrow from our selection of books.
You should bring: working/garden gloves, a flash light (or two), rain poncho and/or an umbrella, bug spray and sunscreen, clothes you are willing to get dirty (we do have some old clothes for you to borrow if you like ). Any electronic devices such as laptops or phone for your use.
In order to save a spot we need flight confirmation when you book to Hilo.
PROPERTY: We are 3 miles from the coast (very rocky, not safe for swimming, but at times big enough for soaking and refreshing and very beautiful for hiking/picnic) in Hawaiian Paradise Park , Sunday farmers marker is 5 min drive and about 10 minute drive from Keaau and Pahoa for shopping, Laundromat etc, and about 25 minute drive south of Hilo and the Hilo Airport. My husband often takes helpers to a hiking area which ends at a magical secluded swimming beach which often has sea turtles. He is open to offer individual spiritual discussions and meditations for those interested.
We have a large greenhouse which needs lots of help, so hopefully we will have veggies to share soon.The property has hundreds of fruit trees such as avocado, soursop, mountain apple, rollenia, abiu, and papayas and other exotic trees. Most of the trees are still young, so produce is limited but we share when we have an abundance . Right now we have , rollenia and citrus to share.
We ask for 17 hours of help per week, with the week starting on your first night. As long as we are reserving your spot, you are responsible to help the 17 hours even if you camp or stay elsewhere for a day or more while exploring the island. We prorate to 2 hours 30 min per night if you leave before your week starting date. Most helping occurs on weekdays with times usually starting between 7 and 9am ending anytime usually by 1pm Later times for extra help can be arranged by individual requests. Weekends have a couple of hours available in the morning or by arrangement.
We provide private living spaces or tents, all with mattresses. You may borrow bedding upon request. Most helpers use their phones for media use, but you can borrow our computer/phone, for emails, facebook or emergency purposes because our wifi is not strong enough to support helper's own phones. . We can also set up a hotspot. Volunteers share an outdoor covered simple screened in kitchen, a community hang out room and shared outdoor hot shower and gravity fed toilet or basic private compost toilet.
There is life growing all the time here so helpers should be ok with at time dealing with dirt, smells , bugs, rodents, mold, rust and just overall wear and tear and old items. The elements take a toll on physical things . We try and use our things til the last bit ,so would be good for those interested in repairing and being creative in fixing things or just not being too concerned if something is on its last leg. We try to always make improvements but sometimes that may be slow or limited due to funds or time restraints. We will be trying soon to freshen and clean our community areas as they have had a lot of use and we ask helpers to clean up after themselves on a daily basis with other deeper cleaning projects getting work credit weekly or bimonthly
.We provide our volunteers with a few simple food supplies such as surplus fruit or vegetables when in season or dry fruits, oats, taro, with some sauces/spices for one meal per day. . You will need to provide the majority of your own food. There is room to store your personal foods that you have purchased.
You will experience a rustic lifestyle that may at times feel like camping! Expect all things that come with living closely with nature, including bugs, very occasional power outages, sometimes spotty cell service, and getting physically dirty.
TRANSPORTATION we are located right near a bus stop for affordable transportation. We also head into town often and sometimes we can drop you off. Hitchhiking is also a common form of transportation if you are comfortable doing so, (Big Island is very safe). There are taxis, car rentals, uber/lyft and hostels near the airport if flights arrive late. you can choose the above transport choices or I can do it for $15 for gas. If possible try to book a flight that arrives in Hilo during daylight hours.
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Hopefully helpers will accomplish projects that they can be proud of and satisfied with as they make a difference here on the land along with learning about the the joys of simple living and being content within.. We try and support all helpers in advancing in their path of reaching their highest potential. Much Aloha to all
Gardening- We are always looking for helpers who like working in our greenhouse watering transplanting weeding plus Weed whacking and trimming and fertilizing our fruit trees
Help in House- Sweeping, Dishes, periodic deep spring cleaning. organizing main house and communal areas in our home.
Building- also would like help finishing some building projects adding an extra gravity fed toilet for helpers and sinks and ongoing maintenance
General Maintenance- Rotten wood needs to be replaced, painting, making fences/gates stronger etc
Animal Care- Dogs and cats brushed/bathed
Computer Help- Family photos and documents scanned, general maintenance, clearing out old files etc
HELP NEEDED: We are looking for helpers who are flexible and willing to do different tasks which include: gardening, maintenance, cleaning, and building. We encourage you to use your skills, interests, and passions such as animal help, car maintenance and different aspects of computer work. We have bee hives which we go into about once every couple months or so therefore depending on the time of your stay there may be a little opportunity to help with them. We have cats and dogs who all love our helpers.
Remember this is not couch surfing, it is not for everyone, please read our profile carefully before deciding if you are ok with everything listed. It is very simple rustic living. Alot of the help needed is physical .We believe in the importance of putting your heart into everything you do and the help is greatly appreciated! The land, the animals, the earth, the neighborhood, yourselves and on and on benefit from selfless service. Thank you for considering us and blessings to you all!
Rooms range from a room and a loft built in the greenhouse to tenting with roofs, all with mattresses and a shared bathroom and outdoor kitchen. All is simple living.
There are many places to hike, camp, swim, snorkel, and other outdoor activities. There are 3 farmers markets (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday). Rainbow Falls, Narnia are located near Hilo along with many other activities.
if you have the funds we highly recommend you rent a car for at least 2-3 days to get the whole experience of all the Big Island has to offer. Often helpers will join forces to keep costs down.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
17 per week (food for 1 meal)
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