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Captain Cook
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 6 Acres
Persons: 6
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 28142
Region: Hawaii

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Last Updated: February 14, 2020

Aloha HelpX Guest Workers!

Come to Hawaii and experience a working Kona Coffee and Macadamia Nut farm. We are working our farm consistent with permaculture principles, utilizing all of the waste organic matter the farm produces to improve the soil and benefit the crops. Currently we need guest workers through the next six months of 2020. We currently have openings from February through June.
The harvest peak season is September through early January for coffee, and August through February for Macadamia nuts, our two principal crops. But we harvest our various tropical fruits year round and take them to local farmers markets, to provide fresh organic goodness to local folks.

We grow avocados, citrus, mangoes, jaboticaba, papaya, lychee, mountain apples, pineapple, strawberry guava, cacao, coconuts and bananas. The availability of fresh fruit and nuts from the farm will certainly improve your diet!

The Mill House has a fully equipped kitchen, king size bed, sofa, oak dining table, four chairs,and clothes armoire. The outdoor toilet/privy and shower are clean and well maintained. The Mill House and Love Shack share a clothes washer and dryer in the Love Shack. Laundry soap and toilet paper are provided.

The Love Shack has a kitchen and dining area that seats four, with adjacent bedroom/ bath with queen size bed. There are two single bedrooms, three steps down from the main level. Surrounded by mango, avocado, coffee and banana trees, with a view of the Pacific sunset, you'll understand why it is called the Love Shack!

The housing exchange is 20 hours of hard work per week per person. Our work schedule is Monday-Thursday 8 am to 1 pm. Occasionally we share food after the work is complete. We prefer guests that can stay three to six weeks, and sometimes host guests who are able to stay longer.

Work includes harvesting coffee, Macadamia nuts, avocados, bananas, mangoes, and other tropical fruits, weed pulling, backpack spreading of fertilizer, occasional heavy lifting or miscellaneous farm chores.

Painting, light carpentry, and cleaning are also occasional farm chores. Picking coffee and macadamia nuts are the main activity through the fall, together with gathering ripe fruit. In Spring we will continue to pick Mac nuts and other ripe fruit and be working on pruning, weed pulling, composting, and fertilizing, and other needed farm practices.

Although meals are not included, we share what we grow here as available, as well as rice, beans, and flour for your kitchen. The living units are equipped with kitchens and refrigerators and there is a nearby grocery store, and a very near roadside market. A blender is provided in every kitchen to take advantage of the ripe fruit on the farm and make marvelous smoothies!

Our lush farm is located at 1,200 feet above sea-level which results in ideal temperatures and growing conditions.

We have WiFi wireless Internet connection in the Love Shack and Mill House but you need to have your own computer or devices.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Mahalo!
Patrick

reviews (28)
Helper: Corey Osak Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 30, 2019
This was my first experience with HelpX and it exceeded any expectation I had... view complete review

Helper: Nathalie Gunzle Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: December 27, 2019
What an amazing experience! I have done many Helpx but staying at Patrick's... view complete review

Helper: Julie and Emmanuel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 25, 2019
We stayed 3 weeks at Patrick’. We were comfortably installed in the love shac... view complete review

Helper: Taylor Mayeda Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 2, 2019
I had a great stay here, the property is beautiful and the work is very inter... view complete review

Helper: Stéphanie GIGLIONE Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 17, 2019
Thank you so much for my time here. It was a blast! Patrick is a very nice pe... view complete review

Helper: Melinda Jeffs Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 27, 2019
Thank you Patrick for the amazing stay. I had so much fun working on the farm... view complete review

Helper: Francesca Mason Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 20, 2019
My first helpx experience and i couldn't have asked for a better one! Patrick... view complete review

Helper: Luise Kobalz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: April 30, 2019
This was my first helpx experience and I really enjoyed it. We worked 20 ho... view complete review

Helper: Martin and Lucie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Czech Republic Date: April 23, 2019
Don´t hesitate to come here! You will experience something unforgettable . W... view complete review

Helper: Chris and Christy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 2, 2019
Kula Mana was a great place to live and work on the Big Island. Patrick was v... view complete review

Helper: Jade Prevost-Manuel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: March 3, 2019
This was my first help ex experience and my time at Kula Mana exceeded all an... view complete review

Helper: Amy and Linden Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: October 16, 2018
We absolutely loved our stay with Patrick and Kathleen.. We were on Kula Mana... view complete review

Helper: Brad and Mike Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 14, 2018
Patrick and Kathleen are two of the most interesting people I've ever had the... view complete review

Helper: Tristan and Nadia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: June 18, 2017
When we first arrived here, Larry was our host, we were there for two weeks, ... view complete review

Helper: Lina and Niklas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Sweden Date: May 22, 2016
We stayed and worked for Larry for three weeks, and we can now call ourself p... view complete review

Helper: Amélie Bachir Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 21, 2016
I stayed one month here and I would have liked to stay very much long. It was... view complete review

Helper: Gaetan and Lucie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: January 25, 2016
We are thankful to Larry for believing in our project to travel with our baby... view complete review

Helper: Rob and Bee Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: January 9, 2016
Larry was a generous, friendly, kind and helpful host. He was happy to show u... view complete review

Helper: Saija Suominen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: November 12, 2015
This was my first Helpx experience and it couldn't have been any better. Larr... view complete review

Helper: Sibylle Stoecklein Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: August 5, 2015
I stayed with Larry for 10 days. He is really nice and picked me up from the ... view complete review

Helper: Patrick and Jen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 16, 2015
We spent 3.5 weeks at Larry's farm this winter. Although it was low season w... view complete review

Helper: Anna DeBeer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 8, 2015
I spent three weeks working at this farm and it was a great experience all ar... view complete review

Helper: Saskia and Jessica Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: February 7, 2015
We stayed for six weeks at Larry's farm and we had a great time! This place i... view complete review

Helper: Dorie and Jason Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: January 21, 2015
Larry is an exceptional host.He welcomed us like Ohana. He is kind, fair, or... view complete review

Helper: Ariane ari Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: December 20, 2014
I was a delighed guest for one month while residing in the Octagon Ohana, ama... view complete review

Helper: Rakel Jefremoff Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: December 13, 2014
My time, just about two weeks here was a joyous time. I learned a lot during ... view complete review

Helper: Mimi Hill Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 22, 2014
My girlfriend and I helped here for about 3 weeks, and we had a great time. T... view complete review

Helper: Jenna and Zakaria Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: July 7, 2014
This was our first experience working on a coffee and macadamia nut farm; it ... view complete review

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