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 (under construction), multiple Food Forests, 8 Cabanas, 2 classrooms 4 showers, 2 composting toilets and a kitchen with common area.
Each cabana is screened in 360º with a skylight, two bunkbeds (sleeps 4), air mattresses, (B.Y.O Sleeping Bag/Pillows) shelves, clothes lines on outside and lockable doors (B.Y.O locks). 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.
If you would like to join us for a meal we offer $15 meals/person. Meals are vegan, farm to table and prepared on site by one of our extremely talented chefs. Please give us a days notice if you are interested!
We also offer morning Breakfast Basket options:
Small basket $5 - 2 Papyas, 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
We do have a very strict no drinking policy since we are a school. Unfortunately if this rule is broken you will be asked to leave with no refund. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you would like to have a drink we recommend "The Last Call Saloon" is the local bar in Honoka'a.
In order to preserve water we utilize clean non-smelling composting toilets. We also have 4 hot water showers (2 currently under construction) 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 message Mary!
Hope to see you soon!
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Banana Cabanas
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It's hard to know where to begin with how incredible this place is. We were only able to stay one night and I was so sad to leave! This site is a permaculture based farm that hosts interns from every corner of the world. The crew that was there to greet us (preparing for students to arrive in a few short weeks) was so incredibly inviting and fun to be around. You are just a short distance from the adorable town of Honakaa and there are endless activities and sites to see in this area. We were asked to park at the entrance to the farm which is just a short distance walk up to the main property. There were ADORABLE grazing goats at the entrance that we had a really hard time leaving alone. They loved to be loved!
The grounds themselves are SO gorgeous. We were lucky enough to get a tour from one of the seasonal volunteers who educated us on permaculture farming and sustainability practices. We got a few insider tips on what the next "kale" will be! We even got to enjoy a plate of edible plants that we picked on our tour.
We were incredibly comfortable in our Cabana. It was clean and even had an air mattress! Our sleeping bags and pillows were barely needed. The Cabanas are screened so you can fall asleep peacefully listening to incredible jungle sounds all night.
There is a covered deck and kitchen area that has a cooking stove, utensils, coffee maker and really anything you may need to cook up your own food. Just next to the kitchen area is an adorable building that has showers and sinks for cleaning up. My shower was hot! The composting toilets on site were also very clean and comfortable to use.
Do yourself a favor and stay at the Banana Cabanas! You will not regret it. I truly hope to return someday.