What to Bring
We recommend minimalist packing for your time here on the Big Island. No one wants to lug around a
ton of luggage. A carry-on backpack and a large check-in duffel would be most efficient.
For your Hawaii Farm experience, we recommend you bring:
- Plenty of work clothes. Both the soil and the bananas stain fabric a light brown color. We recommend long-sleeve lightweight, breathable clothes. Expect to change shirts regularly.
- T-shirts and tank tops
- Underwear, socks, and sports bras for women.
- Pants. (Yes, it’s hot here, but you’ll want to wear pants as protection from spiky grasses and biting insects.)
- Sweatshirt, sweatpants, beanie, etc. (For chilly evenings/mornings or excursions to the cooler mountain microclimates.
- Workout / yoga wear.
- Bath towels.
- Sturdy shoes and or rain boots. Water-proof is nice on dewy mornings.
- Sturdy sandals or Crocs. Lava rock is hard on footwear.
- Sarong/beach towel.
- Laptop and chargers
- Biodegradable toothpaste, deodorant, soaps and
- shampoo / conditioner.
- Non-toxic insect repellent.
- Non-toxic mosquito coils or citronella candles.
- Water bottle.
- Tampons, pads or diva cup for women
- Art supplies, journal
Hawaii Farm Tools
We recommend the following tools:
Machete with Scabbard
We like the Tramontina 12 -16 inch version. My personal preference is 14″ with a wooden handle. We advise a scabbard as well. Other brands will also serve you well. But we recommend one with a sharp tip as opposed to other shapes. Remember that the bolo styles will be hard to fit in a scabbard. Here in Hawaii, Lowes sells an 14inch version with a nylon scabbard for $20. It can also be found on Amazon. Click Here for the link.
Pruners with carrying case.
You can pay as much as $50 for a Felco version but our friend Antonio said he’s had his Felcos for 17 years and has never sharpened them once. I like these Japanese pruners for the price:
They are a great deal at around $30 and come in three sizes. Click Here for link.
I have had a pair of these Japanese ARS for the past two years and they have also served me well. They are very comfortable to use. About $50 – $60. Click Here for link.
Don’t forget to get a carrying case with a clip for your belt or you will be losing them in the grass!