Mahalo, for your interest in visiting Big Island Farms located half way between the Historic Town of Honoka'a and the beautiful Waipi'o Valley. We are a permaculture based farm that hosts students from all over the world interested in learning more about sustainability, permaculture farming, Hawaiian culture and much more. During our off season, we open up th
Mahalo, for your interest in visiting Big Island Farms located half way between the Historic Town of Honoka'a and the beautiful Waipi'o Valley. We are a permaculture based farm that hosts students from all over the world interested in learning more about sustainability, permaculture farming, Hawaiian culture and much more. During our off season, we open up the farm for you to visit and enjoy the beautiful Aina (land) and facilities.
Your stay with us could vary, from relaxing and reading a good book on one of our many decks or hiking through our upper orchards to find the on property waterfall that runs most of the year.
Our property is 65 acres with 50 acres of Macadamia Nut orchards and free roaming sheep and cows. The lower 15 acres consist of many different gardens, a green house (please do not enter), multiple Food Forests, 8 Cabanas, 2 classrooms 4 showers, 3 composting toilets and a kitchen with common area.
Each cabana is screened in 360º with views, two bunkbeds (sleeps 4), air mattresses, (Bring your own Sleeping Bag/Pillows) shelves, clothes lines on outside and lockable doors. There is no electricity in the cabanas but there are power strips available in the common area.
The common area consists of a large deck with picnic tables, Wifi access (pw: pickalltheweeds), power strips for charging electronics, canopies for when it rains, a 2-burner hotplate for cooking, pots, pans, plates, utensils, cups, dry food storage and a full sized fridge with freezer. Please keep the area clean.
We also offer morning Breakfast Basket options:
Small basket $5 - 2 Papayas, 6 bananas, 2 cups of coffee.
Large basket $10 - 4 papayas, 10 bananas, morning coffee during your stay.
Please keep in mind the fruit may vary depending on what is ripe.
Coffee $1/ cup
In order to preserve water we utilize clean non-smelling composting toilets. We also have 4 hot water showers, 2 sinks and vanity areas. Please keep showers to 5 min or less, Mahalo.
If you come with a 4-wheel drive vehicle you are welcome to drive farther up on to the property and park closer to your cabana, just follow the Parking signs. We do not recommend you drive up with cars or low vehicles as the terrain is a bit rough, instead please park down in front in one of the parking spaces.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to send us a message!
Hope to see you soon!
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
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The place is green and beautiful, hosts were amazing and welcoming, facilities were on point - off grid, yet you have access to warm water when showering, nice kitchen, and you’re very close to Waipio Valley!
Could’ve been better...
This place is overpriced considering the messy facilities, broken amenities (no power) and lack of hospitality. I love rustic camping, but this wasn’t priced accordingly. Sorry, but we didn’t get good vibes here. No one was there to greet us when we arrived and the few farm interns who were around weren’t friendly or really helpful. The place has great potential and looks like it may have at one point been run smoothly- but it’s now quite rundown.
Overall, we loved our stay at the farm as it was a great rainforest experience. Spending time with the woofers (very nice people), living the reality of tropical forest, wet, sunny and flowered all at the same time was a great moment. We don't regret it.
But, there are several things we didn't like.
We were surprised not seeing hosts at all, even for a small greating. We had a nice welcome from the woofers, but we didn't heard about Annick or Baxter. Perhaps just walk by to say "hi" would have been a good idea. There were not even enough mattresses in the cabana : not sure someone cared about us coming that day.
I sent a message few days before to order a basket, but I had no answer... and no basket. I told Annick one of the things that triggered my booking was the picture of Baxter on the swing with a nice cup of coffee. Without woofers, I couldn't even have smelt coffee.
Regarding the cabanas, it does the job. I guess we were not in the high mosquito season because we didn't see many. Looking at holes and open space around the roof and the door, not sure the bug screen would stop anything anyway. Living in Québec - with lot of mosquitoes too - such screens would be a nightmare. Could be a good idea to improve the finish : pretty sure workers and hipcampers would appreciate. Bulkbeds are far from beeing comfortable too (and yes, I compare to other basic bulkbeds, as you can see in WMCA (Kauai), parks or other dorms). Ladders are not easy to use : please add a step. Bulkbeds are not even safe : no fence on the upper level : a simple plank would help. Mattresses are strange too. Green ones were not even even : a big bump on one side makes it almost impossible to use. Blue ones are much better, but barely fits the bed. If it would have been a plain wood plank under, we could have used our camping mattresses instead, it would have been almost more confortable and definitely cleaner.
And last but not least, cleaning fees added over booking fees : 10$. It's a joke. I'm curious to understand what it's intended for.
Showers were with a lot of hairs, sand and leaves. Sinks also with hairs. Composting toilets had no more sawdust or ashes left, and bowl was not clean. Let's be clear, we have no issues with dry toilets - we used such toilets half our stay in Hi - but ones you provide are not exactly "clean non-smelling composting toilets". And mattresses were covered of dust or stains, both sides. 10$ is not much compared to the price of the booking, but in our case, looks like a fraud.
If it wasn't for the woofers, we definitely wouldn't have liked our stay as much. As mentioned earlier, we loved our experience, but considering all the "areas of improvements" above, we considered it overpriced. Our overall experience wasn't even half friendly as we felt it looking at the website and that was highly disapointing.
This place had horrible sleeping accommodations, we were provided with only 2 air mattresses for 3 people, one was not even functional. Good thing we had our own pads. The kitchen area was filthy and it was extremely difficult to find dishes to cook with though it was advertised that there was a complete kitchen. The showers were dark and dirty. There were no private areas for urinating, the composting toilets we were told were for number 2 only. So you were expected to pee out in the open. I will not recommend this place to anyone!
Does not meet website description.
Rustic cabanas and group kitchen left much to be desired. Slept on our own camp mats, as only one air mattress was functional for three people. Little privacy for peeing, composting toilets for #2 were fine. Shared kitchen area for hipcampers not stocked with dishes/utensils/pots as advertised on website. Unsanitary.
I booked the site last minute, but the host was very accommodating. The site was beautiful. They prepared a cabin for us, but I stayed in my van. The site is an operating teaching farm with wwoofers, yogis, and other peaceful people staying on it. Great facilities including a kitchen. Iy was very peaceful.
Could have stayed a long while...
What a magnificent spot. 3 great nights of quiet time here. I did Waipio one day and Hilo/Mauna Kea my other full day.
I somewhat agree that $50/night feels expensive, but especially if you're loading multiple people into the cabana its a great deal. Air mattresses, personal room, screened in, roof. It's better than camping so priced higher than a campsite.
I wish I would have more of the hosts, but it was over the winter holiday which is probably their quiet time of year.
Good potential - lacks attention
The site has a lot of potential, well located, beautiful orchard, nice cabins, good internet, well equipped kitchen, clean toilets and nice staff. More then you can hope from a camping site!!
The main problem is that it looks like they don’t have enough workers. The inflatable mattresses were VERY dirty, we had to wash it with our own washing cloth and many wipes to keep our sleeping bag/pillow clean. The kitchen was well equipped but dirty and was a mess.