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Update 8/3: looking for one single gal Asap to room with another gal already here. Cool opportunity, a little more independent. Exchange hours more focused on outdoor yard work, errands, some cleaning. Vehicle for use, must drive.
Aloha! We are Matt and Noelle with five month old Serene, 3 year old Micah and three daughters age 10,8,6. Matt grew up in the Philippines so felt at home when he moved to big island. Noelle was born and raised on Kauai, got her degree in California and travelled abroad, living in Italy 6 months, new Zealand 6 months and other places) before moving to the big island. We have a family bakery cafe business in town ( inspired by living in Europe with fresh organic sourdough, croissants, coffee...), but we are not asking for work at our business, rather an exchange on the home front. :)
We are a homeschooling family. Our kiddos are super sweet and just wonderful (no bias!) And our baby girl Serene brings us so much joy! We love living as creatures in God's beautiful jungle here in Puna on the big island. We enjoy music, singing, community, cooking (and baking of course), natural health, Lego creations, reading good living literature, napping, dancing and practice martial arts (Kung Fu, jiu jitsu).
We have very much enjoyed hosting people from around the world in the past and look forward to welcoming you!
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
If time allows and you ask me, we can show you sourdough baking as well as other natural fermenting like kim Chee. Practical herbalism and knowledge of local Hawaiian plants. Please don't be shy to ask!
Experience the blessing of joyful children and funny kid conversation. We are musical and sing and play guitar.
We are very busy and value our individual family space, but will be happy to help you in everyway we can!
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are busy building our family business (bakery cafe) and more importantly, investing in and raising our five children. We are not available to be tour guides everyday (as our lives are very full) but we hope be good hosts while you enjoy our island and look forward to getting to know you and share life together during your stay.
There will be food available in the kitchen in your place for you to eat and cook for yourself. Specifically, organic eggs, organic sourdough bread from our bakery, butter,jelly, organic peanut butter, bean,rice, some veggies, some fruit, salt, pepper, local honey, coffee and tea. Of course you can also buy other food items you may need. Our location is right in pahoa downtown, 10 min drive from the coast cliffs (note, not water access). Hilo (bigger) town with several good ocean swimming areas is 30 min away. Ideal experience for someone interested in exploring hawaii (note: consider renting a car) while having a home to do so from!
Some days we will need help with housework help with maintaining and expanding our garden beds, permaculture food forest landscaping , composting, some help with animal care, help cleaning house, some meal prep, run errands, various household tasks.
Experience the beautiful hawaiian green jungle (note: rainy, but warm) in our Puna district of Hawaii, close to the newest lava flow on earth!
Your own bedroom or shared bedroom
Our house is right in pahoa town with a spacious yard. Our house is about a ten min drive to the coastal mini beach at uncle Roberts (they have awesome local music wednesday nights for a cover charge) 15 minutes to Stunning black sand beach (clothing optional). 20 min drive to the newest lava beach on Earth (!!!!) and geothermal pond. Our house is a few minute walk to a health food store, shops, kava kombucha bar, organic sourdough bakery, live music dinners, Thai, Hawaiian, italian and more.
Hilo is 30min. Kona 2 hours. Volcano town 1hour.
Hitch hiking is common here, but obviously unpredictable way to travel, and there is a bus that picks up close and goes around island, but does not come frequently and requires walking to places of interest. There are so many things to see! Volcano national park, Kona beach camping, Mauna kea, old time cowboy country of waimea, South point. We may have a spare tent to lend you.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
20 hours a week
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