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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1.2
Persons: 1 - 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 44909
Region: Hawaii

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Last Updated: June 19, 2019

We are caretakers of sacred and special land. You are invited to stay with us in paradise and help with our mission to revitalize the land by removing invasive species, growing food, honoring Hawaiian culture, and perpetuating goodness in this place.

We offer meals and accommodations in exchange for 26 hours of work per week. We look forward to getting to know you and are grateful that you are willing to share your talents, time, and energy. We genuinely hope that you have an a wonderful time here with us and enjoy this amazing land and surrounding area while doing good work and being a positive addition to our community.

Our totally off the grid fruit tree farm is on a three acre parcel in Honolua Valley and is just a seven minute walk to the bay. The bay has amazing snorkeling and is one of the best surfing waves in the world during certain times of the winter. Honolua also has great Hawaiian cultural significance.

While we have been operating for over 5 years, we are still in the growing phase and are clearing land, planting new trees, and creating infrastructure. We operate a solar powered mobile kitchen at our roadside stand. We have chickens. We are not yet certified organic but we operate as an organic farm. We grow banana, papaya, ‘ulu (breadfruit), coconut, avocado, and noni. There is a beautiful stream bed on the property that is often flowing.

Our immediate community consists of us the owners, a family of four living in a yurt, and a full time caretaker living in a separate structure. We like to have 1 to 3 work exchange workers here at a time. Our workers share a 8x20 foot open air covered structure with kitchen (stove, sink, bbq & fridge), bathroom (flushing toilet & shower w/ hot water) and sofa lounge. Near to the common area are 3 raised platforms that have a canopy built over a tent so that it is not directly in the rain or sun. We can do laundry for you once or twice a week.

We prefer having our workers stay for a 6 weeks but some have stayed for much longer than that. Typically, we need help with weed whacking, weeding, pond cleaning, painting, moving wood and brush, irrigation, and construction. Most people prefer to work mornings and late afternoons to avoid the hottest part of the day and take one day off a week.

We require that you show proof of adequate health insurance that would cover doctor visits, emergency room, hospitalization, lab work, ambulance service, and any other medical costs in Hawaii. We highly recommend that you get the travel/health insurance through the website. It is inexpensive and you get lots of different types of coverage.

We offer regular, vegetarian, or vegan meals while staying with us. Breakfast is oatmeal, eggs, cereal etc.(self serve). Lunch is from our food truck. Dinner is either sometimes at our house and the rest of the time you cook for yourself in the common area kitchen.

If you are flying in from other islands, try to fly into Kapalua Airport (JHM) on or Hawaiian Airlines Ohana flights. That airport is only 6 miles from us whereas the main airport in Kahului (OGG) is over an hour drive or a 3.5 hour bus ride w/ several transfers. If you absolutely have to fly into OGG it is likely that we would not be able to pick you up although we do have to drive there a couple of times a week so we could try to work something out. UBER from OGG is about $70.

The nearest market is about 4 miles away in Napili. People often hitch rides or take UBER there for about $6.50. There is a bus station there where you can travel to just about anywhere on the island (except Hana).
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As far as communication goes while on the farm, Verizon has best coverage and you can expect to have normal voice service and reduced data service. T Mobile, Sprint, and ATT are iffy at best. i have found that txt msg is the best form of communication if you have those. We offer wifi but it is very limited because it is satellite. So no streaming video, no software updates, no facetime, etc. It is really just for email w/o large attachments and websites.

reviews (11)
Helper: Frances Carroll Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 12, 2018
I spent just over a month yet it felt like a year (in a good way) The peop... view complete review

Helper: Rebecca Moore Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 1, 2018
The previous review I just wrote that took me forever to get to writing and a... view complete review

Helper: Sandy Walsh Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: October 21, 2017
I stayed with John and his wonderful family for three weeks and i absolutely ... view complete review

Helper: Daysen and Talon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 8, 2017
John, Lynn, Josephine, and Wailanni are possibly the most amazing people we ... view complete review

Helper: Lizz White Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 19, 2016
Staying at John and family's place was my first experience of helpx and overa... view complete review

Helper: Haley Peck Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 23, 2016
My experience at Honolua Farms exceeded all of my expectations as a first t... view complete review

Helper: Jiffy Robertson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: June 20, 2016
Honolua farm is located in a beautiful corner of Maui, tucked away from all t... view complete review

Helper: Simon Decarie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: June 2, 2016
What a wonderful place to be, to learn and grow! They are the sweetest family... view complete review

Helper: Nikolay Kitsina Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Russia Date: May 29, 2016
Honolua farm is really magical place and it has a lot of advantages to spend ... view complete review

Helper: Bec Stafford Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: May 24, 2016
I stayed at Honolua farm for two weeks and thoroughly enjoyed my time with Jo... view complete review

Helper: Rogan Lastauskas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: March 28, 2016
Simply put, Honalua Farm is a beautiful place. John and his family were beyon... view complete review

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