WWOOFING on the Big Island

WWOOFING on the Big Island

Ever since I was able to drive, I knew I wanted to see as much of this world as I possibly could. Having just graduated high school, I knew the opportunities were endless. I could do as I pleased and be whoever I wanted to be. My brother, Tyler, WWOOFED on a farm in Hawaii years ago, and there was not a doubt in my mind that I didn’t want to follow in his footsteps. I began the search for the “perfect farm” and after looking through what felt like hundreds, I finally came across Hala Tree. Everything on my list was checked off; the work hours were great, and the location was perfect. Moving from Washington to the Big Island with my best friend, Tanner, was a huge adjustment. I anticipated the day I would get on the plane, and it felt so surreal when I looked out the window during takeoff knowing I couldn’t go back. I had forever altered the course of my life, and I will forever thank myself for it. Once we landed in Hawaii, everything flew by. Five days a week, the mornings began with farm work. Tanner and I worked inside and outside, doing everything from packing coffee to taking care of the baby coffee trees. Hosting farm tours was a great way to meet tourists from all around the world while sharing the processes behind coffee harvesting. Every Saturday morning, we would sell the coffee and tea at a local farmer’s market. When work was done, we had the rest of our day to explore the island. We went to the beach almost every afternoon, and made an effort to visit the opposite side of the island many times. Being able to experience life in Hawaii for three months was something I will think about every day. WWOOFING is an amazing way to learn about new cultures, new ways of life, and everything that goes into harvesting the food we eat every day. I not only learned a lot about organic farming and the importance of it, but I gained new perspectives on many aspects of my life. I realized that life is beautiful wherever you are, and it is up to you to find the beauty. I will thank Danielle and Jean, who have created a fantastic environment at their farm, for the rest of my life. It truly was an adventure of a lifetime.