Upon arrival, you will check in at our tea and coffee garden. Your guide will share a tasting platter which includes edible flowers, medicinal plants, raw macadamia nuts and rare bananas freshly harvested from our farm. After your nutritive and palatable introduction, you will start your privately guided adventure around our food forests.
While learning about regenerative design concepts, your guide will share information’s about tropical fruits and food forest design. Throughout your journey on our farm, you will experience a range of stimulating olfactive sensations sampling curry leaves, shampoo ginger 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 and 5 miles south of Waipio Valley lookout 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.
Visit our store after your tour where you can find our farm raw honey, herbal tinctures, healing salves, farm hot sauces, fresh cold and hot tonics and vegan baked goods.
For local resident, please send us an email to book your private tour, as we include plant clipping to our local community. We believe everyone should be growing their own food forest. Grow food not grass.