Animal experience hosted by James

  1. 90 mins
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Our pasture is located in Honomu, about 20 minutes from Hilo.

Our Cow Cuddle Therapy starts with a basic safety tutorial, and then we enter the paddock to meet the cows. After a brief introduction we will then:

-Pet cows
-Hug cows
-Learn all about cows and how they benefit the garden and the environment!

Afterwards, I'll drop you off at the Honomu Buddhist Temple!
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Meet your Host, James

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 125 Reviews
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I am the owner and main servant at Krishna Cow Sanctuary. (Narayana dasa)

For the last 9 years of my life I've been interested in and practicing organic permaculture techniques, and for the last 4 years I've been intensively working with and studying cows. I currently am working with 63 cows of all ages and sizes, and offer my support to anyone who needs advice on pasture management and cow health.

I love gardening with the dung and urine and utilizing our produce to make healthy and delicious meals!

I love cows and they are my life!
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Responsible interactions

All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.

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Where you'll be

I will meet you at the Buddhist temple in Honomu town. You can park on the street and then we will all drive to the cows (just a few minute drive!)

28-1668 Old Mamalahoa Hwy,
Honomu, HI 96728

We will then drive to the cows! The cow cuddle therapy will take place exclusively at our beautiful pasture located near Akaka Falls.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 125 reviews.

January 2022
This was such a great experience-- James is so friendly and knowledgeable... and loves his cows! I'm convinced these are the happiest cows on the planet. When else are you going to get the chance to hug a cow?? Go do it!
January 2022
What a spectacular experience! So much gratitude towards James, the cows and the beautiful space. I hope to be back again and will share the experience with all of my friends!
January 2022
One day, I hope to find something in my life that James loves as much as his cows! You can't help but be swept up by his infectious energy. Wonderful experience, a trip highlight, something you will always remember.
January 2022
This experience was absolutely amazing! I sort of figured that we would just be petting cows. I never realized we could actually cuddle with them. James was very educational and taught us a lot about how he trains and raises the cows. The animals were all very gentle. I felt safe the entire time and it was so relaxing being with the animals. We got to actually sit down on the ground and lay down with the cows. I even had a cow fall asleep on my chest (sort of reclined against the cow and they laid their head across my chest/lap)! There is also a handful of calves that we also got to hang out with and cuddle/pet. We also learned a ton about the type of farming James is doing. Definitely wear shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting a bit muddy though! It is a farm after all. The meeting spot outside the Buddhist temple worked out well as there was tons of street parking. James met us there in his big farm van. I would 100% do this again.
January 2022
Great time to get away from everything and see the cows. Such a knowledgeable person we were blown away and didn't want to leave. Recommend to anyone interested!!
January 2022
Moo-tastic! James is a very passionate and loving man toward his cows. My husband and I arrived late due to a mistake on our part, and he was still kind and understanding. His excellent cow knowledge and treatment of his animals were lovely and delightful. I could get on all fours and just really lay on one of his beautiful girls. It's true hugging big lovely bovines melts away all your stress and cleanses your soul. I had a giant smile on my face the entire time and loved every second of this experience. Come prepared for mud, beautiful landscape, and cuddly cows!

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 5 and up can attend, up to 14 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.