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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 2-4
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 14917
Region: Hawaii

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Last Updated: December 16, 2019

*Looking to start mid December and stay through at least the new year*

In 2012 we did 6 months of HelpXing around western Europe. We know what it's like to HelpX :) You can see our Helper profile here:

In the past years when we lived in Texas HelpXers have helped: build an aquaponics system, build a chicken coup, paint murals, trim trees, install wood flooring, build a hay bale swimming pool, install water collection system, build a pergola, watch dogs, cook any specialities you like, and plenty more.

Since moving to Hawaii we have hosted some awesome volunteers who have done amazing things to improve our homestead. They have built a lanai, cleared jungle, built a volunteer structure, built chicken coups, harvested crops and experimented with chocolate making from raw cacao, and the list goes on and on!

We currently need help with building an outdoor shower, composting toilet and outdoor kitchen for helpXers. We have very basic versions of all these now, but want to improve them. Other work can include hand clearing land, gardening, and other handyman work. We have a 4x4 van that can enable some great island adventures. Someone handy with cars, or interested in a van interior remodel would be fantastic!

On really rainy days I may occasionally ask for assistance in housework/interior/cooking projects to help break it up.

If you are comfortable with hand tools, power tools, and lawn equipment you will get on well. If you have any special skills, let us know!

We aim for 20 hours a week in exchange for 2 meals and wifi access. Our house is accessible for showers/bathroom/projects during several windows of time per day, sleeping would be in our out door structure (full sized bed) or your own tents.

**If tent camping you would need to bring your own camping gear/tents. It can be rainy on this side of the island so make sure it is durable!**

You will be living in a thriving fruit forest. You will be able to pick and enjoy daily things like bananas, avocado,star fruit, oranges, grapefruits, lemons, coconut, guava, passion fruit, surinam cherries, cocoa pods and many other things.

Meals are typically:

Breakfast is: Homemade granola, oatmeal or cold cereal/coconut milk/coffee home-brew kombucha and whatever fruits are in season.

- lunch We eat a lot of beans, lentils, soups, avocados, salad and enjoy pasta. We occasionally eat meat/chicken/dairy but it isn't a daily thing. If you are vegan we can still provide an option on those rare occasions.

- Workdays I will cook lunch. Basic sandwich lunch staples and leftovers will be provided for non work-day lunches.

- You will be responsible for cooking Dinner and snacks for most days.

We can pick you up from the Hilo Airport (we are only 20 minutes away) or from the bus stop in Hilo if coming in from the Kona side. Hitchhiking culture is big here so you shouldn't have any problems getting around once you arrive. Occasionally we can give you a lift too when we go in to town a couple times a week:)

Pahoa is 10 minutes away and is a charming hippy village. Lots of great music, bars (affordably priced!) and an open air market. Occasionally on Wednesday nights we will take you to Uncle Roberts. A fantastic place to dance to local bands, shop local wears, and really get a feel for the vibe of the area.

Hilo is 20 minutes away and is great for night life, shopping, surfing (more advanced).

We live 10 minutes from Shipman's Beach. A fairly secluded beautiful black sand beach and sea turtle sanctuary. You will be able to swim with the majestic creatures on demand any time you make the hike there!

Kahena Beach (stunning black sand beach (clothing optional) It is like you went back in time to Woodstock, but at the beach. Drum circle Sunday is a popular local attraction.

We are so happy to live in such a gorgeous place and will do our best to show you a good time on the Big Island! So much to do and see here! We want you to have a great time.

We generally host couples and groups (2-6). When we have a mass of inquiries we can accommodate singles. We don't like people to be working alone, we want it to feel like community.

We have a Helper agreement/waiver that we will e-mail you upon consideration. It will go over more specific details/house rules so there will be less surprises. We ask you also have some form of health insurance/travel insurance protection. While we haven't had any accidents things can happen when you are working in the jungle we want to make sure both ourselves and our helpers are protected (hence waiver).

If you're interested in HelpXing with us out, send a message!

reviews (12)
Helper: Heather and Shane Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 11, 2019
Jody and Patrick are the most accommodating hosts we’ve ever had. My partner ... view complete review

Helper: Andrew Kern Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 7, 2018
Pat and Jody are excellent hosts! They making volunteering a fun experience. ... view complete review

Helper: Hélène Chevallier Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France, Metropolitan Date: March 12, 2018
I've been lucky enough to be the first helper of Jody and Patrick in their ne... view complete review

Helper: Allen Flint Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 19, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Patrick and Jody. Having been helpers thems... view complete review

Helper: Stephen Chan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 22, 2015
Patrick and Jody are incredibly enthusiastic and welcoming people who exceede... view complete review

Helper: Julian and Greg Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 15, 2015
Warm, kind, lovable, understanding, cool, professional, organized, successful... view complete review

Helper: Michael Marshall Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 14, 2015
Pat and Jody are absolutely awesome. I had come to their place after they had... view complete review

Helper: Stephanie and Kameron Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 27, 2015
If we had been searching for the pinnacle of Helpx experiences, I think we fo... view complete review

Helper: Ricky and Matthew Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 10, 2014
We had such a great time at Pat and Jody's, an experience we won't forget. Th... view complete review

Helper: Steven Olson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 2, 2014
Patrick and Jody were the most welcoming, genuine individuals who hate to be ... view complete review

Helper: Lee Hale Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 6, 2013
My stay HelpX'ing here was great! Patrick & Jody know what the HelpX organiza... view complete review

Helper: Phil Gibbs Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 31, 2013
Patrick and Jody are great people and hosts, they are welcoming and make you ... view complete review

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