Experience the taste of fresh fruits as you pick them right off the tree. You will get to try a variety of in-season fruits while you walk around with our guide.
Each tour is privately guided so you can have a personalized experience. On each tour, your group will get to ask as many questions as you want to.
From young children to adults, we have a wide range of sharing’s that will make it a perfect family excursion. Children under the age of seven can come along free!
While learning about regenerative design concepts, your guide will share fresh tropical fruits right off the trees and you will experience a range of stimulating olfactive sensations sampling curry leaves, cranberry hibiscus and neem leaves, just to name a few. We offer a full hour interactive tour during which your guide will inform and interact to make sure your entire family is fully engaged with an occasional spot quiz. From young children to adults, we have a wide range of sharing’s that will make it a perfect family excursion.
Big Island Farms is spread across 64 acres of property situated 5 miles due north of Honokaa town along the breathtaking Hamakua Coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean with panoramic views from Waipio to Hilo. The farm is carved into two large sections by the historic Hamakua canal which brings water from the pristine Kohala forest preserve and provides irrigation to the lower (makai) section of the property.
The upper (Mauka) portion, which is above the canal, of the farm is planted in organically grown Macadamia nuts and Kukui nuts (candle nut). The lower portion below the canal is a diverse collection of permaculture food forests, a variety of themed gardens, coconut orchards and living spaces for our Big Island educational programs. The gardens contain over 200 unique species of edible and medicinal plants including: Coffee, Banana, Papaya, Cassava, Taro, Ginger, Turmeric, Cacao, Avocado, Breadfruit, Coconut, Sugar Can, Sweet Potatoes, Kukui, Ti (KI) and a wide variety of Bamboos just to name a few.
We are now back home in Arizona longing for more island time as you can imagine. Our family talked quite a bit about the tour, and are eager to get started on our own garden again (even though I have a black thumb, I really want to learn more, and try again & again until I can get it right). I feel after learning so much from Jon that it is so important to live as sustainable as possible in the middle of the city where we live.