My husband, Ferlin, and I have a small homestead in Lower Puna, the jungle side of Hawaii Island. Ferlin has been here over twenty years, working as a tour guide, bartender, and all around jack of all trades while he built our house and cleared the jungle. Nine years ago, after finishing my M.A. in anthropology, I met Ferlin on a spontaneous visit to the Big Island and have never left. We joke that I fell in love with him the moment I heard his cow mooing in the distance, because for some reason, while I was contemplating my career in academia, I kept daydreaming of a garden and a cow. The cow won, with Ferlin's help, of course.
Now our days are full of taking care of a large garden, cows, sheep, goats, chickens, bees, horse, dogs, and cats. Our preteen son and toddler daughter are quite the farm helpers, especially when it comes to taming the baby goats.
We work really hard to walk lightly on our planet and live a sustainable lifestyle, which we roughly define as being part of a community, growing our own food, and supporting a local economy. Strange thing is, none of it feels like work! We love hosting big farm style dinners for our friends and neighbors, picnicking at the beach, playing with our kids, preparing and eating LOTS of really good food. And we like to share our little bit of paradise, showing people around, giving them a break from the rat race, so we were hosting friends and family and friends of friends quite often. Hosting through airbnb was a natural extension of that.
We both have worked in local restaurants for years, so we know what's good to eat! We are also happy to share our favorite spots for enjoying this gorgeous island, and if you like, our experience living here, just ask us!