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Ho'okena
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 7 acres
Persons: 1 or couple
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 39717
Region: Hawaii

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Last Updated: February 19, 2020

Primarily a banana farm, but also coffee and avocados. We are mostly concentrating on our banana business as demand is very strong and we are having a hard time keeping up! Our dried banana is sold on 4 islands as well as internet sales and we need helpers to help us keep it going!

Remote, exotically beautiful location on an old Hawaiian Kuleana garden land surrounded by jungle forrest. We are a small family with thriving farm businesses that require a lot of work. We are long time farmers here with lots to share about Kona style permaculture if you are interested. We live off grid, on water catchment, at the end of a 4wd road on the mountain above Ho'okena Beach and work long days as our dried banana business is growing beyond our wildest expectations. We also have won the Kona Coffee Cupping Competition (2004) and we ship avocados directly to Honolulu health food stores. We are full time farmers and this is a real farm, so if you want to experience life on a busy organic farm, please be ready to immerse yourself into our work bubble. We love our job but realize it's not for everybody! lol (!!!)
Depending on season, you might be required to harvest/feed bananas, pick/process coffee, harvest/pack avocados, lots of machete work and always wash and peel bananas until you see them in your dreams. It can be very physical and guys would need to be able to lift and carry 50 pounds.
We are remote and it its not easy to leave here and get back quickly, but we can give you rides when we go. We are directly above Ho'okena Beach, about a one hour walk, although once on the little road to the beach, people will often offer you a ride.
If you can't handle spiders, geckos, rats, wild pigs, wild cattle, jungle mold, rain, or mosquitos, try somewhere else. There are plenty of more accessible, civilized farms where nature won't overwhelm you. No tobacco smoke please, thank you.
We are willing to share what we've learned so far, everything from basic to advanced organic fertilizing, grafting trees to solar electric, tropical fruit culture and off grid living. How to partner with the laws of nature to make farming easier, and more than you ever hoped to know about bananas and joy of making a living off the land. I also have exciting construction projects coming up in the near future.
We speak English, Japanese and Spanish and welcome all others.
If you are serious about hunkering down on a beautifully remote, out of control weed-wise, (I made peace with the weeds long ago:) thriving organic farm with a small family, then we would love to hear from you.
We are not interested in overly religious people, super extreme diets, (vegetarian/vegan is fine) or people looking for ''host'' families to base a Hawaiian vacation. If you focus on working with us, you'll find that adventures happen in due time. We eat healthy and encourage helpers to harvest and eat from the land. We love the ocean also and make time to get there.
We offer a private shack with hot water kitchen and bathroom/hot shower with wifi. We need helpers who can cook their own food. We ask 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. We pay $100 per week for food. Sorry, but if you are a couple, we can still only pay $100 per week per couple. As you will have the opportunity to work extra hours, it is pretty easy to save up hours and take extra days off to explore the island. Looking for the rare woofer type who is highly motivated, outdoorsy, rugged and loves being into the flow of the land.. Someone like that might find this to be an excellent win/win worktrade/adventure/experience.
Thanks for reading our profile and best of luck!
Andy Kazune Kaito & Shogo
Also: Please have some sort of insurance, as your main tool is a very sharp machete. Mahalo!

reviews (9)
Helper: Julien Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 7, 2019
Kazune and Andy are wonderful, Shogo's also the boss of the farm are really g... view complete review

Helper: Thomas and Brianna Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 9, 2019
Where to start? If you’re looking for an easy job where you can do minimal wo... view complete review

Helper: Tomas and Nicola Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Czech Republic Date: November 5, 2018
We spent with Andy and his family almost one month and it was just a wonderfu... view complete review

Helper: Nicolette and John Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 7, 2017
Andy and Kozune were wonderful hosts during our stay at Shogo's Banana Patch.... view complete review

Helper: Cherrelle and Jack Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 9, 2017
Firstly we would like to thank shogo (farm manager) for letting us stay in hi... view complete review

Helper: Miles Madison Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 2, 2017
This place is paradise in all areas. Andy and his family were so welcoming an... view complete review

Helper: Jan Kocourek Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Czech Republic Date: June 12, 2016
Very special place,full of fruits and nature. I enjoyed my stay and felt welc... view complete review

Helper: Brittany Smith Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 4, 2016
Our stay with Andy, Kazune and the boys was fantastic. The work was reasonabl... view complete review

Helper: Veronica and Jose Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 11, 2015
Andy and Kazune were great to work for and their twin boys are awesome kids. ... view complete review

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