Permaculture project Hawaii County, United States

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Be part of our permaculture project in Hawaii!

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Learn about sustainability
20 travelers learned about sustainability working with this host
Connect with the locals
19 travelers recommend this host to have close contact with locals
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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Animal Care
Help look after and take care of animals.
Plant crops, sow seeds and help in outside tasks.
Social Work
Help with volunteer work in local projects and communities.
Help grow plants and cultivate gardens
Additional Fee
This host charges a fee in addition to the cost of the Worldpackers annual plan.
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Private Room
You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.
Shared Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.
You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Free Hiking Tours
We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!
Pick Up
We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.
Language lessons
Take free language classes at our place.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Get help from the Worldpackers support team in case you need it, at any point of your trip.
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The Experience

Keeping the vines from overtaking the fruit trees is a big job, and they deserve it! Bananas, avocados, mountain apples, oranges, grapefruit, coconuts, starfruit, cacao and mangosteen, all full size and fruiting well when in season. Lots of coffee, lilikoi vines, taro and wild spinach. I can take you kayaking and hiking, also a weekly market. "experiencing technical difficulties, please send an email address in your first message!"

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Additional Fee Required

4 dollars per day to cover propane for hot shower and cooking. If you cannot afford this let me know as it is ok and also we can always cook with fire. ;) money is terrible.


  • Over 22 years old
  • Be from outside United States
  • Only hosts solo volunteers (doesn’t accept couples or pairs)

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
1 week

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22 Reviews


Host & Team


Hours & Tasks


Permaculture Project


Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

20 Learning about sustainability

19 Meeting locals

19 Get in touch with nature

17 Developing environmental awareness

14 Immersing in the local culture

13 Practicing English



This was my first time using Worldpackers and it was wonderful. Matt is an excellent host. He can do everything, hunt pigs, milk goats, catch fish, and plant. He makes his own jelly and harvests from the land. I had fun going on adventures with him into the woods and the ocean. We cooked really good food together. 10/10. It's a valley a half hour from a large town, I flew into Hilo airport and the buses are free but take a long time. Matt's car is broken right now and his friend came and took us for a trip. If you want to have a car all the time Matt knows some people that rent cars.

19 days ago

Matthew replied

Mahalos Allison! Thank you for visiting and really enjoying mastering some things like tying damashi hooks and for all your good help. Much Aloha!



Aloha !!! I'm overwhelmed by the experience, Matthew showed me a lot of different thing in the terms of sustainability and harvesting! He's positive energy really influenced me to adjust to the Hawaiian way of living. If you want an adventure that includes catching fish, fruits etc and eat delicious food! So if you want to leave big city life, for a moment and se things differently you have to apply ! It was mind opening, sleeping in a tent and eat all kinds of fruits ! Mahalaos

about 1 month ago

Matthew replied

Thank you Povel! I really appreciate your feedback and that you came with such a genuine enjoyment of life. Its awesome to have someone around like that, and makes everyone happier in the moment.
Enjoy getting back home after so much travel and I hope NYC is good to you.
Much Aloha Braddah!!



It has been an unforgettable experience. Matt's lifestyle is wonderful, he has taught me a lot of new things, I have learned a lot and I have experienced new things all the time. A real pleasure to have met you, I will always be completely grateful for everything. MAHALO the project, trytrytry 4ever🤙🏽

3 months ago

Matthew replied

:):):):) it was great fun Paula! Good to stop and have english class in the middle of a conversation... :)
Thank you for your time and energy, yall were really present in the moment which was special. Thank you for being wonderful and making the food you grew up with plus new experiments. A hui hou.



The best expirience in my life! Matt is awesome, his intelligent and he can do everithing. He show me his lifestyle and is was very interesting. He is very kind and a very good cooker, everything organic and from his farm, the place was amazing, in the middle of the jungle, beautiful. I am reallly missing the place, the peace, and Matt, he can teach you english and many homemade things, and many places, he show me Amazing paths and waterfalls. Hope to come back!

3 months ago

Matthew replied

Aw thank you Marta those are really nice things to say. Thank you for helping me, trying new things, adventuring in the woods and being yourself always. I appreciate it and am happy you came to visit!! Much Aloha!!! Let me know how it all goes. :)



This experience was life changing for sure. Mat is a really good person and host! Get ready to eat a lot of local and delicious food. II realized that we live with way more than we need and harvesting your own food is essential to realize that. For tasks, I helped opening coconut and extracting the meat and coconut milk. It was the best coconut ever! I also helped harvesting fruits and removing weed. Mat is open but is important to communicate with him about what he expects from you, otherwise you can feel a bit lost. Best wishes to Mat and Illeo, aloha! 💙

3 months ago

Matthew replied

:):):) Thank you Carol it was a great time. It feels wonderful to have people really get into preparing food from nature. Thank you for coming with a centered being and a happiness for life. I know I have a freeform style that is hard sometimes. I can work on putting tasks on paper, it would probably help. Much Aloha and all the best out there. Send a picture of your work anytime you feel it they were super cool. :)

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