The WWOOFer series - Part 3 - Haiku Maui WWOOFer Week 1

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Real Estate Agent with Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers HRE# 58089 - RS

 

Previously on the WWOOFer series:

I want a WWOOFer - Where Can I Find One      What's a WWOOFer?- I got a WWOOFer!

PART 3 - We got our first WWOOFer, let's call her Karen, about 10 days ago.  I drove to Kahului Airport and picked her up.  She came from Taiwan!  We had each other's cell phone numbers and pictures.  It was perfect timing, she called me just as I was pulling up to the curb to meet her... right on time.  Her bags hadn't arrived yet so we had a little time to drive around Kahului and sister city Wailuku on a quick tour of "town"... or the "big city" around here on the of the Isle of Maui

Karen has her own little cabin down in the banana patch, by an intermittent stream on our Haiku Maui farm.  The MiniPad is a cute 2 room efficiency unit with an outdoor shower, and many people have enjoyed staying here.  The arrangements we have agreed upon will be 4 hours of farm work a day Monday thru Friday - weekends off.  In exchange, Karen has room and board.  She is independent with her own living space and meals, but we provide her with food.  In addition, because she is so well behaved, she can bring her computer by and use the wireless to check her email and BLOG (she was blogging on her first day here - on MySpace - in Chinese!)  She loves this arrangement, and we all know it's important to be connected every day!  So for a couple of hours a day she gets her internet fix too. 

The work she's doing is nothing terribly strenuous... nothing I wouldn't do myself:

  • cutting small guava bushes with long handled loppers
  • gathering and piling brush, yard work
  • picking up fallen palm fronds
  • farm building maintenance
  • feeding the chickens and geese
  • some painting projects  

It sure help us out.  She even helps with laundry and car cleaning!

She's a good worker and this is her first WWOOFing experience too.  If we can always be this fortunate we will be happy.

We got an email today from the WWOOF USA people... there's a couple of fake WWOOFers out here in the islands, a couple posing as WWOOFers!   They aren't doing a good job we hear.  I'm so glad we got the real thing!

When Karen's not WWOOFing, she's studying English at University.  Her English is already quite good and she's practicing while here. 

 

mix paint on maui

 

FIELD TRIP - Today we had to visit our tax preparer in Wailea and brought Karen along for an afternoon off the farm.  (It's hard not treating her like a visitor and guest)  We dropped her off at the Shops of Wailea for a couple of hours.  She compared the upscale shopping mall to Scottsdale Arizona!  On the way back we took a more scenic route back along South Kihei Road, and through Wailuku so we could stop at John Deere, and  Home Depot to pick up some paint.  While waiting for the paint Karen commented that in Taiwan the paint colors come already mixed up.  She was quite impressed with the paint clerk mixing up colors on the spot... she took pictures of him... maybe she will blog about it!

So all in all, it's working out just great so far.  The Maui weather has been mostly cooperating, with only a few days of showers making it a little difficult to work outdoors.  If it rains I can get her doing cleaning inside the office, and windows.  I love it!

russell the dog in haiku maui

 

And Russell likes her too! 

At this point I would recommend getting a WWOOFer, if you get the right one.

When buying on Maui, please contact a specialist in the area - Georgina M. Hunter R(S)

HAIKU LAND FOR SALESEARCH MAUI LISTINGS ~ EMAIL ~ http://www.eastmaui.com/ ~ 808 283-0635 

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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
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Georgina - This sounds like a great arrangement for both of you! If my daughter did not have the baby I would have suggested that she apply for a change of scene. This is a great deal for all involved!
Mar 27, 2008 12:36 AM #1
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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BJ - It has freed up a lot of my time.  I hope we can keep her busy enough for the next 3 weeks.
Mar 27, 2008 06:50 AM #2
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Frank Schulte-Ladbeck
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So Georgina, are you saying that I do not need to go to Hawaii? I just need to head over to Scottsdale? I can do that. I am glad this experience has been a positive one for you so far. I wonder why people would pose as Wwoofers and not join. I have been doing my own "farming". I just did a major overhaul of my vegetable beds these past few evenings. Turnips and onions last night, and peas, carrots, and herbs today from the garden. It is nice to go out to harvest then cook.
Mar 27, 2008 10:48 AM #3
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April Hayden-Munson
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Hi Georgina,

I dropped by to thank you for commenting on my Blog.  Nice that Haiku Mike answered our question. LOL.

Your post here is very nice, and I have to say looking at photos in Hawaii is a refreshing change to looking out my window at .......SNOW! We are so sick of snow here, sick sick sick of it!!! Wish I had a beach to walk thru the sand.....

Anyway, thanks for brightening my day.

 

Mar 27, 2008 11:03 AM #4
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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Frank - can you go surfing in Scottsdale?  Cheers to "living off the land"!
Mar 27, 2008 08:36 PM #5
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Hi April - thanks for dropping by and I'm glad you like it here.  Come again!
Mar 27, 2008 08:38 PM #6
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Jeffery Griffin
Jeff Griffin LLC - Wailuku, HI
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you're so amazing I learn something from you every time i read your blog. wooffers sound cool, like a great life and fun way to travel and meet culture. Mahalo for sharing

Jeffery

 

ps the password was dalison two of my favs Dali and the Sun

Mar 29, 2008 06:36 AM #7
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Georgina, nice ThemThem to Karen, she sounds like she is full of energy!
Mar 29, 2008 08:04 AM #8
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Duane - thanks!  She is doing such a good job, we are very lucky.  Maybe she'll want to come back again!
Mar 29, 2008 08:25 AM #9
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Jeffery - I wish I had known about this when I was young and restless!
Mar 29, 2008 08:27 AM #10
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Josh

Hi Georgina,

I've read your blog it sounds great.  I just received my Hawai'i WWOOF packet in the mail and I'm wondering what number you're listed as? 

 

I'd like to chat more about WWOOFing on your farm is work is still available.  I'm not sure what your schedule is like, but I'm looking for a longer stay than 9 days for sure.  I plan on WWOOFing Hawai'i from October through at least December.  I know it's early still, but . . .

 

Anyway, if you can use me for any or all of that time that would be great.  I'm about to start an online Green MBA program and I'm interested in traveling around and visiting organic farms.  I've found another on Maui that I'd like visit and work on as well because it has a lot of green energy sources and is pretty much off the grid (but has internet).  I'll need the internet for my studies so it will somewhat limit my WWOOFing capabilities, but it's not a full-time program and I can definitely work for more than a few hours a day.

 

Cheers,

Josh

Jul 01, 2008 08:16 AM #11
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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Josh - thanks for reading about our WWOOF experiences.  You should be able to find us in the directory, under Maui.. Haiku.  I think we have found someone for the month of September, but we might need someone in early 2009.  I think a 3-4 week period works for us.  You can contact us directly ... realmaui@hawaiiantel.net with more questions.

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