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Captain Cook
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2 (5 acres)
Persons: up to 6
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 20055
Region: Hawaii

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Last Updated: February 11, 2020

Availability Calendar:

We're getting ready to say Aloha to a fantastic couple about mid March and will need folks to help at that time. Thank you for all of the responses.

This is a great place for couples or good friends. If two or more of you are interested please send us an email.

If you are travelling on a tourist Visa we can no longer schedule stays for you. US Customs is really cracking down.

Aloha,

Our mission: To establish, maintain and grow a tropical park-like sustainable garden.

This is a five acre macadamia nut farm in the Honaunau District just South of Captain Cook, Hawaii.

Grounds that are maintained without the use of harsh chemicals require a lot of hands-on. That's where you come in. Don't for a moment think this is a no-brainer process. Some people want to do big heavy lifting whilst making grunting sounds while others just want to master nut picking or garden bed beautification. Intellectuals are welcome but expect physical exertion much of the time. Pick nuts or pull weeds for four hours and tell me it isn't meditative. If it isn’t then you’re not doing it right.

We are not a jobs program or a place to work displacing American labor. If you're traveling on a tourist visa you cannot work or have a job. US Customs will cancel your visa at that moment they find out.

Growth is a personal choice. If you want to learn about landscape machinery, housing maintenance and repair, alternative energy programs or maybe easier gardening we will endeavor to help you become more competent through self study. Our insurance does not allow hands on applications. If you are not interested in the farming / gardening process then we get it but still expect good focused work.

You will have a shared apartment that can accommodate up to two couples. It has two bedrooms (one for each person(s)), shared full bath, wireless network and a limited outside kitchen. It's fairly easy to keep clean (this is a hint) as pests are a reality in the tropics and a bit of a learning challenge in themselves. Meals and groceries are mostly up to you with the exceptions noted below. Joan and I live a private quiet life and just aren't interested in coordinating meals or groceries with others. We do go shopping weekly and you are welcome to ride with us or we'll pick up a few items you may want to purchase. You're welcome to eat most of what we grow on the farm and we keep bags of beans, brown rice, onions, oatmeal and occasionally market bought fruits and vegetables available for your consumption. Macadamia nuts can only carry you so far. Farm products that generate income are mostly reserved to pay for farming practices, utilities, taxes and other such distractions. Some things like papaya, avocado and ginger to mention the most available are shared. We rarely sell the bananas so when a bunch comes in we are sometimes rationed to at least six bananas a day. This January has given us more tangerines and tangelos than a football team could use.

Stuff we need to share: We regard our emails as a contract. If you write that you speak "OK" English and then when you arrive from Russia and we have to do sign language or rely on my sixteen word español vocabulary to get your bags in the back of the truck we just may have a problem. If you write that your English is "OK" and you're coming to the farm to expand your language skills then we'd expect new words each week supported by flash cards or some such study system. If we can't teach you how to use a pick (forwards tool) or a shovel (backwards tool) we won't try to teach you about powered machinery. Whether you're a native speaker of English or not you will need to learn some 15 or more plant varieties and their names in the first couple of weeks.

Farming at our level is not brain science or rocket surgery but it does require strenuous focused physical effort. We offer comfortable amenities with lots of time off to explore and enjoy the big island of Hawaii. Please be ready to give as you receive.

Joan and Casey

FAQs:

Are there places and things to do within walking distance? It is the big island. The beach is two miles away and uphill all the way back. Most other adventures are at least five miles away and mass transit is something they have in Honolulu. (Different island.) The twice a week-day bus stop is about 2.5 miles away. Hitching often works but requires basic skills ~ Nice smile, Clean Clothes, Eye Contact and maybe a Sign.

We've come to realize that a month is the minimum stay because of training times.

Does everyone have to work? Yes. On farms, everyone contributes.

Alcohol and Tobacco Abuse? Drugs are not welcome on the farm. Tobacco is not welcome inside.

This is a great place for couples or good friends. If two or more of you are interested please send us an email.

reviews (10)
Helper: Richard Jenkins Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 13, 2018
Very late review, but working with Casey and Joan was brilliant. They know wh... view complete review

Helper: Judy Chang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: May 31, 2017
I had stayed here for a month in March and it was one of the best experiences... view complete review

Helper: Karen and David Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: May 14, 2017
My husband and I stayed with Casey and Joan for a month. They have a wonderf... view complete review

Helper: Caroline and Constantin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: February 7, 2017
Awesome experience! We Caroline & Constantin are a couple from Germany and st... view complete review

Helper: Haiyan Cardwell Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 13, 2016
This is a review that I should have written after I left Camp Aloha 2 months ... view complete review

Helper: Taylor and Raphael Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 8, 2015
Joan and Casey are amazing hosts and such kind people, they are a blessing to... view complete review

Helper: William Schroeder Rigdon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 12, 2015
I was unusually lucky and ended up staying here for just short of six months.... view complete review

Helper: Lloyd beere Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 29, 2015
This was my first helpx experience and it could not have been better.Joan and... view complete review

Helper: Hanna Dose Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: April 24, 2014
beautiful farm and great hosts! they really appreciate good work. there are ... view complete review

Helper: Petr Michenka Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Czech Republic Date: February 28, 2014
I stayed on Casey's farm for two weeks and it was definitely an amazing exper... view complete review

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