Here at Kolealea we are a family of hard workers. Our family members include trees, rocks, land, animals, all of Nature’s spirits. We honor each greatly, and equally. We offer the same to you, and expect the same from you.

We also expect openness, responsibility, and integrity: good communication skills, openness to improve, responsible behavior, consideration for others, respect and care for Self, and honesty.

To see our goals and aspirations, where we have been and where we are headed, we invite you to visit our websites:


We provide you with sleeping accommodations of our choice once you have chosen between single or shared: a room in a cottage, a tent on a platform with covered roof, etc. Hot water showers, phone, wireless Internet access for your own computer, washer/dryer, toilets, shared bathroom, communal full kitchen in a screened in area with a lounge area, a DVD and book library. Bedding and linens are provided.

In exchange you will work the agreed upon hours. Our hope is that you find it joyful and exhilarating!  Please see the Work Guidelines for more information.

You are responsible for your own personal supplies and transportation; however transportation into town to get food can be arranged. From time to time we have a community dinner in the main house, affectionately referred to as a Kolealea Family dinner, organized by everybody. We encourage you all to do some cooking and shopping together as this is the community living we understand to be nurturing, and healthy; to each other as well as to ourselves! 

Please keep living areas and common areas clean.  We are working to bring many people and many groups here to learn about organic farming and growing, and sustainable living. Our living quarters may change from time to time to accommodate larger groups – this is a good thing since it is our mission to share knowledge and experience with each other!  A tour of a potential client may be necessary at any time and we may need to briefly show your room.  

Communal kitchen hours are from 6:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.  Please have everything cleaned up and put away by 10 p.m. After 10 p.m. and before 6:30 a.m. is quiet time.

In order to prevent pests (ants, cockroaches, mice, rats, etc.) from coming in, or taking residency in our walls waiting for morsels of food to eat, dishes should be washed and kitchen cleaned up immediately after eating.

You will need to purchase your own supplies – paper towels, toilet paper, soap, laundry detergent, dish soap, hand soap, etc.  You may leave your laundry detergent with your name on it on the shelf in the laundry area.

Toilet paper goes in the trash can. No paper in toilets – it is a delicate septic system.

Please conserve utilities at all times – turn lights, fans, etc. off when not in use.  Air conditioners are not to be used, fans are available when needed.

The Center grounds and farm (past the main bridge by the Bridge House), after work hours is available between the main path and the riverbed, and the pathway down to the end of the property, on Saturday mornings until noon, and on Sundays from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., for  walking, meditating, sitting, dancing, fire ceremonies, etc.

The storage sheds may only be entered with specific authorization to do so.  

For some privacy for the residents in the Koa House, since it has all open areas, windows and screens, and open bathing areas, please come up to the house during private time to the kitchen or dining area entered from the kitchen steps.

Laundry at the Ohana House can be done from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Can also be done on weekdays off provided we are not occupying them for company use.  Laundry at the Koa House can be done from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Fridays.  As with all personal responsibilities and other personal tasks, laundry should be done during your personal time.

The Koa House amenities including the kitchen, BBQ, dining area, Meeting Room, etc.  will be available Mondays and Wednesdays (with exceptions when  sessions are being held). Other days will be announced, in particular our really fun pot luck meals and movie nights!

Office number: 572-8665. Please feel free to call this number for any additional questions you might have. If calling prior to coming, please consider Hawaii time before calling.

Emergency numbers: Sylvia: 310-567-3374, Sue: 808-214-8284. 

Please use these numbers after hours for urgent matters.

The office phone is available to our residents only, for emergency calls, and for short calls, no long-distance calls (unless using a calling card), local calls only. There is only one phone line available for everyone’s use, so calls must be short. If calls are made during your work hours, please be sure to allow for your full work time in your work day. Incoming calls from family or friends are to be received from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Hawaii time.  This will allow for quiet time for others during resting hours. The number they may reach you at is 808-572-8665. For any other use please get authorization from the management.  Again your phone time is limited, as this is a shared phone for all. We encourage you to bring a cell phone.

Our office computer is not available for checking your email (only for emergencies with manager authorization). You can visit any of the cyber cafes or use your own laptop with our wireless internet access.

Plants of any kind (fruit, flowers, herbs, vegetables, foliage, etc.) are to be harvested only with authorization. We plan our harvests, so please do not pick items until we have communicated that we are ready for that. We also plan the distribution and sharing of our harvests, so please do not eat any items unless they have been designated as a part of your food exchange, or food purchase.

Your food will be delivered to the communal kitchen once or twice a week, depending on the quantity available with the first delivery. Beyond that food, farm items are available for purchase (with work is OK), even the ones that have fallen on the ground. Everything that we can is sold to cover some of the farm operation costs.   

This is a non-smoking property. There is no smoking allowed on the property.

When groups are in, parking for us is at the Learning Center/Ohana House side.

Parking for those parking in the main parking area is to the right of the driveway as you come down the driveway.

When there is a “Private” sign at the main bridge, please do not enter the property even if it is during “open” hours. We may be having a session or ceremony that requires privacy. If you have a need to contact someone on the property you may use the office phone to call them.

Transportation: there is no public transportation where we are. Some people hitchhike as it is legal, and some buy old Maui cruisers and then sell them before they leave. Check out for used cars. We can provide transportation when anyone goes into town.

We will occasionally have a yoga class in the morning prior to the start of the work day, starting at 6:00 a.m. or 6:30 a.m. which you will be welcome to attend. Your contribution will typically be based on a donation.

What to bring beside your normal clothing: thin long-sleeve shirts and thin long pants (other than for safety, good for repelling mosquitoes), rubber boots, other boots or shoes you can work in. Flip-flops, slippers, or sandals are not safe, therefore not appropriate, for work on our farm, but are good for general island use. Rain gear, small umbrella, gardening clothes, water bottle, flash light, personal supplements/medicine. Perhaps a journal to write down what you learn in classes, from our farmers, our educators, from anyone with information you find useful, or messages received from Nature’s spirits. There are thrift shops and a Savers in Kahului for anything you might have forgotten that you would like to acquire at a very reasonable price

To receive personal mail, you may use:

Your name
 c/o Kolealea
 P.O. Box 653
 Makawao, HI 96768

Note: This address is only for personal mail. You may not use this address to open a bank account, credit cards, cell phone, auto registration or other official matters. You must open your own PO Box for these purposes.

Visitors: We can extend a special rate of $35 per night to your friends and family to visit during your stay. In partial lieu of payment we can sometimes allow for a work-exchange of 2 hours plus $20 per day/night of stay. There would have to be a special arrangement to allow for the sharing of any food from the food program – it is not included. We need advance notice of anyone coming to visit, and we thank you for advance notice of anyone coming that you would like to show the farm to.
We look forward to including you in our Community. We would love for you to share your gifts, talents, and skills with us. Please include this information on the application!

Many Blessings,

Sylvia, Rainbow, Bill, John, Maile, Carl, Christopher, and the rest of the Kolealea Family!


This Agreement is made between Kolealea Agricultural Center.   

I have completely read, accept, and agree to abide by all of the rules and guidelines stated on the Resident Guidelines, the Work Guidelines, and the Communal Kitchen Guidelines.

I will work the hours specified for the program which I am accepting, and will work according to the schedule that is requested of me.

I understand that lack of compliance with any of the rules stated are grounds for my dismissal from Kolealea.



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