WWOOF – Dragonfruit Farm – Lahaina, Hawaii

For our first WWOOFing experience, we arrive in Lahaina, Hawaii, ready to learn all about dragonfruit and organic farming. We’re given our tents and a quick review of what needs to be done around the farm. Though it’s hard to concentrate on the weeds when you realize those are whales breeching from the ocean just below us! WOW!

All in all, it’s been a great week!

We’ve learned a little about dragonfruit and a LOT about starting a farm from scratch; as this week’s concentration was on building an outdoor kitchen and starting the “Hales” or small Hawaiian houses so the next batch of WWOOFers will have a roof over their heads instead of a tent. It all balances out, I guess, since we got the nice shower and a tent platform the boys built the week before.

We learned that dragonfruit is the fruit from a type of cactus. Prickly and hardy, these plants won’t have fruit for another several months, but once it does, there will be both pink and white varieties.

And we’ve found out just how tenacious weeds can be in this inhospitable, rocky soil. We never knew how quickly a blister could form when it’s been a LONG time since you held a shovel!

Here are a few WWOOF words of wisdom we’ve picked up on our first week…

  • A night in a tent in a rainy windstorm seems MUCH, MUCH longer than an ordinary night at home in my own bed.
  • NEVER underestimate the power of a weed. They may look innocent, but these little buggers dig deep and don’t want to let go!
  • It’s amazing what looks good to eat after you’ve been working hard on the farm all day…”A stale jelly donut? McDonald’s sausage biscuit left over from breakfast? Sure, I’ll eat that!” What is wrong with us??

But in the evening, when it’s quiet and all you can hear are the wild horses whinnying from the fields, the sun paints an incredible picture over the nearby island of Lanai, more stars fill the sky than one could imagine, and the Western Maui mountains behind us keep the clouds away.

P3180036 300x225 WWOOFing in Maui (Our first week!)It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful place…until it’s time to fold our achy, over-40 bodies into a tiny tent for the night. OUCH!

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