Back in 2015, I was offered a job on the Big Island of Hawai’i. After turning the position down several times it finally came to my attention that there might be something wrong with me. Who turns down a job in Hawai’i? No one. Especially not me.
Living on a permaculture farm in Kohala was probably the best way to experience life on the Big Island. Here are some of the things I loved about living in this magical place.
Hawi Farmer’s Market
I have always loved local farmer’s markets. You can head over to my other page The Farmer’s Kitchen to learn more about that obsession. The Hawi farmer’s market is held every Saturday and hosts a wide variety of offerings from fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs to delicious food and drinks. There are also many vendors selling handmade clothing and jewelry.
The Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture is located in Kapaa’u and is an incredible center for learning on the island. With programs in local schools to teach students about food sovereignty and farming as well as their own abundant food forest, co-op program, and table at the Hawi market, this institute shares their knowledge and passion with all who cross their path. Hip Ag also hosts the biggest music festival on the island each year. The ‘Aina Fest is in its 9th year. This powerful & unique day-long event features a packed schedule of world-renowned and local musicians, performing artists, hands-on land-based education, Hawaiian cultural activities, keiki activities, yoga, arts & crafts vendors and an abundance of organically grown farm fresh food.
Pololū Valley is located on the northern side of Kohala Mountain at the head of the Kohala coast. This lush valley is the oldest part of the island with deep valleys, rugged coastline, and picturesque beaches. Pololū Overlook is located at the end of Highway 270. Hiking down to the valley floor is a must. The ironwood forest and sprawling beaches make you feel as if you have entered the land before time. Make sure to leave room in your pack to take some rubbish with you when you go.
Kua Bay Beach
This white sand beach is located in the much drier and sunnier part of the island just north of the Kona Airport. Crystal clear water, powerful waves, and impeccable beaches surround you as far as the eye can see. Very often this was my last stop before getting on a plane back to the mainland.