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Area (ha): 1
Persons: 5
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 46564
Region: Hawaii

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Last Updated: July 24, 2018

Looking for volunteers from now until the end of August that want to spend 1-3 months on the farm this summer. All meals/housing/and use of farm van for those with a clean driving record and their own insurance are provided.


Summer projects and skills needed:

*Interior/Exterior Sanding/taping/painting of second part of Farmhouse
*Tiling second bathroom downstairs
*Planting 150 Banana Trees around perimeter of the farm.
*Building a retaining wall/walkway using military storage containers
*Clearing a 500 foot long ravine of tall invasive trees, and garbage.
*Installing 500 feet of fencing and a front gate.
*Finishing repairs on a Yamaha 21 sailboat and putting it back in the water.

*Should have working knowledge of how to use, chainsaws, weed wacker, tillers, ride on lawn mower, power tools, and equipment.

The farm is 2.2 acre with a 5 bedroom/2 bathroom farmhouse on it. The house was originally built in the 1940ís. It is located on the east side of Oahu in the town of Waimanalo. This is a rustic beautiful area of the island and the back roads around Waimanalo feel like going back in time. The farm has 125 organic citrus trees that were planted last summer. We are looking for motivated, hardworking, drama free, mature professionals. Our minimum commitment is 1 month and you are welcome to stay longer if it works out for both parties. You will do a interview over the phone before being accepted. We only commit a guaranteed slot to volunteer on the farm once proof of a plane ticket has been purchased after the interview process. This is not a party farm or place for you to crash to save money, if either becomes an issue you will be asked to leave immediately. We do however enjoy life when we're not working. We go hiking, chill at the beach, go surfing, sailing, kayaking, paddling, snorkeling etc. Most days we finish in the early afternoon. Meals will be simple and prepared by the group, we are open to all lifestyles, but do not cater to individual needs. If you have a special diet that requires certain food selection/prep it will be up to you to do so individually. Finally this farm will need a lot of physical work, if you donít understand what a hard dayís work is then this is not the farm for you. We will pick you up from the airport and give you the first few days to rest and get over any jet lag you have before you start working.

The Location:

We love Waimanalo and were super happy to find farmland in this special area of the island. The East side of Oahu has amazing hikes, beaches, and Native hawaiians. The pace of life is much slower than Honolulu; this area is mostly Hawaiians and farmers and is about as close to living local as youíre going find on an island with nearly a million people on it. There is a small shopping center within walking distance of the farm. World class beaches in the area include Sandy's, Lanikai, Kailua, and Waimanalo beach parks. Snorkeling spots like hanauma bay, hikes like maunawili trail, the pill boxes, tom-tom trail, kokohead, makapuu lighthouse and many more are close by.

About Us:

I grew up on a small farm in Ireland as a kid. Moved to San Francisco as a teenager and I have lived in Hawaii for the past 18 years. I retired early at 30 from a government carrier in military special operations followed by deployments as an overseas diplomatic protection agent for American Embassies around the middle east. I love to travel and be around open minded adventure seeking people. I travel using backpacking, motorcycles, expedition vehicles and any other form of travel that seems fun at the time. I am easy going but professional and I expect that anyone that visits the farm respects the rules, the local people of Waimanalo, and the land at all time. I have lots of great ideas/goals for the farm and plan to have it for a lifetime. I grew up in a construction family and will be doing all the house repairs myself.


Youíre a well-balanced, mature, drama free, hard working person. Youíre able to act responsibly without supervision, and when you choose to drink or smoke you know your limits. We provide no additional warning on this subject. If at anytime you cause problems for the farm, or other volunteers you will be ask to leave immediately. We are not a babysitting or counseling service, we are a blue collar hard working farm. Each individual is responsible for learning to live with and respect others at all time. It's not acceptable to bring people from outside the farm back with you to the farm at any time without approval from the staff. In order to confirm your slot dates, we will need to conduct a phone interview and have you send us a copy of your plane ticket to Hawaii.

The work/lifestyle/housing:

Starting a farm from scratch is a ton of hard work, most of it not nearly as romanticized as you may think. You must be fit and willing to work hard each day at a variety of tasks; most are outdoors under the sun. We expect 5 days a week 5 hours a day from our volunteers with two full days a week and afternoons off to explore the island. Normal workdays are Monday thru Friday from 9AM-2PM. Afternoons are yours to do as you please; Breakfast and lunch are self serve and dinners are prepared by a different volunteer each night for the group. Everyone helps out with cleaning and dishes. The farm will not be producing food for at least another year so we will be doing Costco runs, eating healthy mostly organic food. Accommodation will be inside the house; it has 3 bedrooms upstairs, And 3 more downstairs that are almost finished. The concept of the farm long-term is to develop it into a community farm with organic food, yoga, meditation, sailing, hiking, surfing for combat veterans and their families to use and enjoy. As a volunteer your hard work will help create this; we are not looking for free labor and greatly appreciate and engage our volunteers as friends. Please understand Hawaii is both one of the most beautiful and expensive places to live in the world. It costs a significant amount to houses and feed volunteers here and so we ask for an honest hard days work and your passion toward making this a great place for others. We encourage your suggestions on how to make things better. Your creative ideas are what make a place like this awesome for everyone.

reviews (1)
Helper: Brian Varner Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 6, 2018
I had pleasure of working and staying with Thomas on his place in Nalo buildi... view complete review

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