Frequently asked questions

Do I have to be fully raw while staying at Kanekiki?


The short answer is, no. Though we request that only raw foods be brought onto and eaten on the property, you are otherwise free eat as raw or cooked as you like. If you’re interested in trying on a completely raw diet for a period of time, Kanekiki is a great place to start. However this is not the desire of all to make this commitment for their stay. We enjoy encouraging healthy eating habits while respecting the unique path of each person. We do ask all of our visitors to be willing to consume a plant based diet, whether raw or not, for the duration of their stay with us.




Do you accept families with children?


Though we have accepted families in the past, the answer varies based on our availability and the dynamics of the family. Feel free to reach out to us through our website with your specific situation and we will be able to determine whether we have the resources to accommodate you. When filling out an application as a family, please fill out one application for each adult over the age of 18.




Can I bring my cat, dog or other pet with me?


Because there is no rabies virus in Hawaii, bringing your pets to the islands can be a lengthy and expensive process. Most animals need to go through a series of vaccinations and sometimes a quarantine process before being allowed entry. Plane travel can be a traumatic experience for our furry friends. If you do go through the process to get your pet here, then there is still no guarantee that our cats and dogs will get along well with your animal companion. For these reasons we do not recommend you bring a pet with you on your trip to Kanekiki or the islands. We don’t want to take the risk of any harm coming to your friend, so we kindly ask you leave your pets at home with a loving caretaker while you visit.




What kinds of social activities are available at Kanekiki and in the area?


We organize various weekly activities on the farm depending on the interests of our visitors. We have weekly Community Dinners, Game Nights, “Speak Easy” and sometimes other meetings including Non-Violent Communication Principles and Practice, “Meeting of the Masters” and yoga or dance. There are many communities in the area with their own weekly traditions from “Taco Tuesday” to Open Mic Night to Ecstatic Dance.




How often does the community eat together?


We usually have a community potluck style dinner once a week. We plan a theme for the dinner and build our dishes around that theme to make a delicious and cohesive feast. We’ll often team up in twos or threes to collaborate recipes and we share gratitude together before the meal. Otherwise, people often spontaneously plan to make meals together throughout the week, and sometimes we all gather around the same table to share gratitude and meal time together.




Why do I need to budget for food?


Though Kanekiki is working on being more self sustained when it comes to food, we know we have some growing to do in this area. Depending on the season and number of people on the farm we will have more or less fruit to share. There are also certain things we are not currently growing, such as greens and vegetables that require a greenhouse. The recommended food budget is to allow you to purchase all the greens, extra fruit and goodies you may want while staying with us. You are of course offered a portion of what we harvest from the land, and when that is not enough to sustain you fully, you will want to purchase produce and snacks from our local farmers markets or grocery stores. Since the eruption and hurricane our focus has been mostly on improving structures and uncovering overgrown parts of the land. However once we catch up, we intend to put more energy into propagation, pruning and feeding our currently fruiting trees.




Can I do a water or juice fast during my stay?


At Kanekiki we acknowledge the potential health benefits of short term water and juice fasting. Depending on your position at the farm, a fast of some kind may be appropriate and beneficial or inappropriate and difficult. For instance, because of the physical nature of the work on the farm we do not recommend that our Work Traders or Trainee Work Traders do extended water or juice fasting. As an Intern or Guest Trader you may have more options for a short term fast. We encourage all of our visitors who desire to do any kind of fasting of any length to speak to one of our managers before commencing.




How close is Kanekiki from the recent 2018 lava flow?


The Big Island recently experienced one of its most stunning and destructive lava flows in the last 100 years. About 700 homes were destroyed and over 2,000 people evacuated from Leilani Estates and Kapoho. We were luckily spared, and no part of our land was taken by the lava. We are about 1 mile from where the lava covered highway 137, the road we used to regularly take into town. A short walk will take you to where a great pile of cooling a'a lava rock has swallowed the road. If you carefully climb to the top of that pile, you will see the same rocky landscape for miles. That area was not so long ago green and blue coastline featuring some of our favorite swimming spots, now forever changed with strange new land to explore.




What kinds of fruits will I be able to try?


Kanekiki grows banana, papaya, avocado, coconut, jackfruit, champejak, champedek, breadfruit (called ulu), mamey sapote, chocolate sapote, chico sapote, white sapote, rolinia, soursop, star apple, abiu, rambutan, lychee, mangosteen, durian, marang, oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes, tangelos, pineapple, starfruit, passionfruit (called lilikoi), jaboticaba, mulberries, surinam cherries, akee, macnut and more. Many of these fruits have several seasons a year, while others are fruiting almost all year round. Chances are you’ll get to try enough new fruits to satisfy your curiosity.




When is the harvest season?


In Hawaii, harvest happens all year round. Our main staple fruits like bananas, papayas, avocados and coconuts fruit almost all year round. Our other exotic varieties fruit 2-3 times yearly.




To be a Work Trader, do I need 5+ years full-time work experience in farming?


No, you do not need to have farm specific work experience to be eligible for a Work Trade position. You do need 5+ years accumulative full time work experience in some professional field.




Why do I need to have 5+ years full-time work experience to be considered for a Work Trade position?


A role of Work Trader requires commitment, initiative and strong work ethic. Through experience we have found that those who have more full time working experience tend to be more ready and able to jump into a Work Trader role with an attitude that is adapted to harder, more tedious work. We realize that professional work experience does not always determine the strength of your work ethic or passion for hands on achievement. If you feel you may be an exception, feel free to contact us through our website and we may consider your case.




Are there any risks associated with staying on Kanekiki?


Kanekiki is an earthy farm experience in the jungle. We have lots of creepy crawlies and critters! We do our best to keep the critters outside but it is nearly impossible to keep them all out in the jungle. If you have a phobia or particularly strong reaction to things like mosquitoes, cockroaches, spiders, lizards/geckos or rats, Kanekiki may be a little too much for you!

We advise all people coming to Hawaii and the Big Island to research an issue that affects some people here in Hawaii. This is a health concern that is in many tropical areas around the world.

Rat Lungworm Disease, or Angiostrongulus, is a parasitic nematode that can cause severe gastrointestinal or central nervous system disease in humans. Angiostrongulus has been present in Hawaii since the 1950’s and there have recently been cases in our area.
During our orientation we do give advice and information on how to reduce the likelihood of contracting this disease while you are in Hawaii. However, it is your responsibility to use safe practices with your food and water.
We suggest that medical insurance is a good idea.




What is the Internship Cancelation Policy?


All but the non-refundable deposit of $250.00 is fully refundable up until 30 days before the agreed upon arrival date. If within 30 days of the agreed upon arrival date you cancel your stay, your fee will not be refunded but may be applied at a later date at the discretion of Kanekiki management. The remaining payment will be due within 60 days of the agreed upon arrival date. There will be no refunds offered if Kanekiki, by an Act of God or Natural disaster, is temporarily or permanently unable to accept Work Traders, Guest Traders, Trainee Work Traders, Interns or Guests to the Visitor Program.




What is the Guest Trade Cancelation Policy?


All but the non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total cost is refundable up until 30 days before the agreed upon arrival date. If within 30 days of the agreed upon arrival date you cancel your stay, your fee will not be refunded but may be applied at a later date at the discretion of Kanekiki management. There will be no refunds offered if Kanekiki, by an Act of God or Natural disaster, is temporarily or permanently unable to accept Work Traders, Guest Traders, Trainee Work Traders, Interns or Guests to the Visitor Program.




What is the Work Trade Cancelation Policy?


Work Traders pay a refundable deposit of $100 which will be repaid to the Work Trader within two weeks of their arrival date. If within 60 days of your agreed arrival date you cancel your stay, your Surety Bond will not be refunded but may be applied at a later date at the discretion of Kanekiki management. There will be no refunds offered if Kanekiki, by an Act of God or Natural disaster, is temporarily or permanently unable to accept Work Traders, Guest Traders, Trainee Work Traders, Interns or Guests to the Visitor Program.





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