Come and learn about organic farming and how to be in touch with the Earth and nature in Hawaii, United States

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  • Description

    Description

    My husband and I have a 3 acre farm on the rural East side of the island of Maui in Hana. We are blessed to be the custodians to this special part of the 'last Hawaiian place' rich with cultural and spiritual significance. The farm consists of a sampling of trees such as papaya, banana, cacao, coffee, inga, soursop, avocado, lychee, rambutan, jackfruit, surinam cherry, fig, star-apple, mountain apple and coconut. As we expand to growing vegetables and maintain the gardens already planted, we're looking for hard working mature couples traveling together who will appreciate their experience in paradise.
    We have some chickens and ducks for ambiance, eggs and companionship. The 'bunkhouse' for visiting guests is solar powered with a composting toilet and an indoor-outdoor living space along a stream. Couples traveling together have proven to be the best match for our farm as it is located near the town but in an isolated part of the island of Maui. The location is great because of cell phone and internet access with the right carrier and proximity to the amenities of the town such as food trucks, gift shops, bank, post office etc. In their spare time, couples traveling together have companionship for exploring the beaches and hiking trails and also someone to work alongside in the garden and maintaining the farm. Helpers with construction skills or specialized expertise such as painting, repairing machines, plumbing and electric are especially valuable for the projects we have in mind. Mature couples 22 or over are preferred. A minimum of a month is usually required for a workaway so as to really absorb the mana of the place as well as to utilize the knowledge and skills acquired. However, exceptions are made for someone with mechanical skills to work on repairs and maintenance for the truck, mowers, and other equipment. A facetime or what's app interview and references are helpful for being considered for the opportunity to enjoy a special win/win workaway experience at our little piece of paradise.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Hana is a beautiful enclave of refuge from the busy world of modern America. There is so much to learn about organic farming and how to be in touch with the earth and nature. Travelers will grow strong physically as well as spiritually by working the land (aina) over the time spent being in touch with the sound of the ocean, wind, rain and the birds. The significance of the area is rich in cultural history and those with an open mind to the Hawaiian way of life will come away with a life-changing experience. The peace and quiet provides a gift that can not be adequately described. We will share the mo'olelo (stories of the place) with guests and provide books and other reading material in the cabin to enhance the experience and knowledge of what is known as 'the last Hawaiian place'.

  • Help

    Help

    Cutting down banana trees and drying bananas, pineapple, and jackfruit in the food dryer. There is always weeding and mowing as the jungle persists in growing into the garden areas and taking over. Living in the tropics also requires maintenance on buildings with some painting, fixing, and other projects. Opening up coconuts for the ducks and chickens and making sure there is a water supply and watering new plantings during the dry season are all part of the daily tasks assignment. Any carpentry, plumbing, or electrical experience is always a plus and priority is given to those who have these skill sets.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and some Hawaiian words

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Private cabin with propane stove, electric refrigerator, solar power, gas operated shower, composting toilet. Enclosed sleeping room and open air covered patio and kitchen fronting a stream. Couples over 22 years of age are preferred as they can work together on the farm and also explore the neighboring beaches and hiking trails together. As a result, two people occupying the cabin are given priority over singles requesting a working stay at our place.

    I provide breakfast items and can accommodate for vegan or vegetarian. All coffee, tea, spices, butter, peanut butter, jam, mayo, condiments are provided along with bread, muffins, pancake mix, cereal etc. No meat or milk provided. Lunch and dinner are on one's own from plate food trucks in town or making meals from products in season found on the land such as fruits and vegetables. (seasonal: avocado, starfruit, banana, pineapple, lemons, oranges, coconut)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are half mile away from Koki Beach and one mile from Hamoa beach and Hana Bay. Good snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, boogieboarding etc. There are many waterfalls and natural pools in the area plus hiking trails. There are historic sites such a Pi'ilani Heiau at Kahanu Gardens and the National Park at Haleakala. The location is convenient to the food trucks and stores of Hana town and central to the community while bordering the Hana Ranch.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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