Live off-grid and lead a simple lifestyle in Hawaii, USA


United States

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  • Description


    Aloha! I am a teacher, artist, linguist, former exchange student and lover of Nature (sort of a pan-animist). I lived with host families in Argentina for a year during high school, and in Japan for a year during college. I have lived in and worked with Latinx communities for most of my adult life. I love to dance, play and listen to music, swim, and cook.

    So, what am I doing in Hawai’i?
    Well, first and foremost learning about Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiians) and doing my best to honor their land and lives and follow their lead. I’m completely off-grid and live a simple lifestyle.

    My paternal grandparents (a librarian and a forester) lived in Hilo in the 1970s and bought this acre of land that I fell in love with when I first saw it as a teenager and am now blessed to care for. I was raised in the Pacific Northwest in a Quaker family of activists/advocates and still identify a lot with the values. I am passionately committed to racial, economic, social and environmental justice and strive to live in a way that supports this lifelong work.

    I am slowly building a more sustainable place to host people here, (Island-willing), and share, learn, grow and heal together as part of a larger, global community.

    I am in the process of bringing my Brazilian fiancé here to live with me. I welcome your stories and experiences with immigration and cross-cultural relationships and families!

    I play and teach capoeira (a Brazilian martial art) and am a working potter (both endeavors which I hope to build spaces for here on my land but currently practice nearby). I’m also building my own online business around teaching language through nature, art and music and am happy to work with you if you’re interested.

    I substitute teach in local schools and stay quite busy as you can tell! but I love (and long for) being home with my kitty cat just listening to the waves crashing (especially at night), birds chirping and roosters crowing.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Language practice
    Art Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I am a perpetual exchange student :-) I’m fluent in English (my native language), Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese, and I love learning about other languages, as well.
    I have a Bachelors degree in Foreign Languages and a Masters in Teaching (Art and English as a second language).
    I love learning about and participating in different cultures and sharing experiences, “talking story” as they say here in Hawai’i :-)

  • Help


    Right now I’m looking for help building/preparing and tending to a sizeable vegetable garden, and potentially help with some building projects if you have some knowledge and experience with construction.

    Help moving a’a lava rocks around (by hand and/or with a wheel borrow) is also a need.

    There is a lot of weeding to do always around the land, as well as tending to trees, spreading dirt and mulch, that sort of thing.

    Help would be 3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Japanese: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Small “ohana” 8x8ft guesthouse suitable for one, maximum two people w/small lockable space for valuables (no lock on door; please bring your own pad lock/ key lock), small space for clothes, foldable table, foldable thin single futon mattress and/or single blow up mattress (on tiled floor), drinking water. Linens provided (sheets, blankets, pillow).

    Fully screened, rain protected, painted, but unfinished. Small kitchenette w/sink, small stove and cooler (no fridge) in guesthouse. Battery powered lantern provided. There is no electricity to the guesthouse at this time.

    Large private outdoor area to enjoy tea/coffee, meals or just relax.

    Shared meals are offered on lanai of host’s cabin (personal preferences in regard to food and eating can be negotiated directly with host).

    Private outdoor shower and compost toilet. Parking space for one car.

    Space to lock a bike if you have one (transportation not provided).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Big Island is an incredibly beautiful and wild place to explore!

    The bus service is not great, but you can catch one at the activities center up the road, about a 30 minute walk.

    The beach (steep cliffs, not for swimming) is a 10 minute walk!

    Swimmable beaches are about 25 minutes away (Richardson’s, Onekahakaha, Kehena, Shipman, and others) by car.

    Maku’u farmers market is a 10 minute drive by car. Downtown Hilo is about 30 minutes by car.

    Prince Kuhio Plaza mall area in Hilo (20mins by car) has just about every amenity you could need/want.

    There is a bus that goes across to Kona side (doesn’t run on Sundays) that you can catch for a weekend getaway.

    Volcanoes National Park is a 40 minute drive.

    Ask me more about activities and adventures that you might be into!

    I like my privacy and autonomy and respect yours, but I am also very social and open. Just ask! :-)

  • 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

    I recently added wi-fi to my land, which is the first and only connection “on the grid”. My solar system is small and unfortunately cannot handle much electricity use at night besides lights, so at this time wi-fi is only available during the sunlight hours. The space I have prepared for volunteers is comfortable and private, and someone could easily work from their own computer during the day and set up a professional backdrop for meetings and things like that. There is only a water connection to it at this time, however, not electricity to the guest cabin. Battery powered lanterns work well for light at night. Again, charging things like a computer would have to be in the daytime hours, as well. Guests should prepare to bring a portable battery power bank (such as pocket juice) for cell phone or other charging at night and on the go.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    I have ample space to park a camper van or motorhome. My systems (water and electricity) are very limited, however, so I would not be able to support guests who wish to hook up their own appliances.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 885883154747