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.
  • Swimwear.


  • Sunhat.
  • Shades.
  • Sturdy shoes and or rain boots. Water-proof is nice on dewy mornings.
  • Sturdy sandals or Crocs. Lava rock is hard on footwear.
  • Daypack.
  • Sarong/beach towel.
  • Bath towels.
  • Headlamp.
  • 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


  • Hammock
  • Art supplies, journal
  • Camera
  • Headphones
  • Kindle/books

Hawaii Farm Tools

We recommend the following tools (Optional):

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!

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