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A Few Camping Tents and Campsites Nestled on a Lush Tropical Permaculture Farmstead

The emphasis at Evening Rain Farm is not on beautifying structures, but instead to minimize their presence in order to maximize our awareness and appreciation of the ‘aina (land). The roof of our tent structures rise and fall with the breath of our gentle Kapoho trade winds. You are surrounded by a thin veil of screen and an abundance of beautiful tropical plants. You can be dry and protected from most (but not all!) insects while feeling the breeze, hearing the birds and enjoying the beauty of the surrounding jungle and orchards. The lush aesthetics also provide ample privacy and seclusion.We invite you to immerse yourself in the exceptional beauty of Hawaii while exercising care and respect for the environment surrounding you. You have three choices for accommodations:

  1. You can bring your own tent and share our intern kitchen/dining tent, solar shower and composting toilet.
  2. You can stay in one of our private tent structures and share our intern kitchen/dining tent, solar shower and composting toilet.
  3. You can reserve our Bamboo Grove efficiency tent with private kitchenette, private composting outhouse and shared solar shower.

Enjoy showering with rainwater heated only by the sun, using lighting powered by solar panels, gathering fresh perennial greens for your dinner and recycling your human waste in our composting toilets as a way to return the precious nutrients back to the earth.

Our 22-acre farm is interspersed with wide varieties of ethno-botanically important plants including fruit and nut trees, palms, bamboos, medicinals, spices, vegetables and herbs. You will be among our truly free ranging chickens and can visit our sheep pasture. You can expect a gecko to share your tent and coqui frogs to serenade you at night. We do not mono  crop or use row planting methods, but rather a guerrilla-style permaculture technique so you will see cacao (chocolate) trees amongst coffee, beneath peach palms and vanilla orchid vines.We chose to offer agro-tourist camping based on the number of requests for short term farm visits without worktrade / WWOOF ing.  Once here, you can participate in farm activities as you feel comfortable. You will have a realistic experience of our young, subsistence, off-grid farmstead experiment and we hope you will return home inspired.

Stay in one of Our Private Tent Structures and Share Our Intern Kitchen

Occupancy: 2 maximum per tent structure, no children under age ten.

These lighted tent structures are tucked away from general foot traffic among palms, banana patches and fruit trees. Each tent structure has a queen mattress. Please bring your own bedding. Guests here will have access to our shared kitchen, solar hot shower and ferro-cement compost toilet.

Prices
1 Person:

  • $20/night
  • $100/week
  • $235/month

2 Persons:

  • $30/night
  • $150/week
  • $350/month

We will reserve a space for you with a $20 deposit. Otherwise, availability is first come/ first serve. For directions and availability please email info@eveningRainfarm.com or call 1(808) 965-5387.

Pitch Your Own Tent in a Covered  Camp Site

Occupancy: 4 maximum per site, no children under age ten.

Camp amongst edible perennial greens, fruit and nut trees. Guests here will have access to our shared kitchen, solar hot shower and ferro-cement composting toilet.

Prices
1 Person:

  • $10/night
  • $50/week

For each additional person:

  • $5/night
  • $25/week

We will reserve a space for you with a $20 deposit. Otherwise, availability is first come/ first serve. For directions and availability please email info@eveningRainfarm.com or call 1(808) 965-5387.

Reserve Our Bamboo Grove Efficiency Tent

Occupancy: 2 maximum, no children under age ten.

This lighted tent structure offers the most seclusion. You are hidden within banana patches, a citrus orchard and surrounded by fruit trees and clumping bamboos. This tent includes 1 queen bed (please bring your own bedding), private kitchenette (kitchen sink with cold water, two burner propane cook top, propane refrigerator, carbon/ceramic water filter for drinking water, minimal cookware and dishes). Nearby is a private composting outhouse. You are welcome to share our solar hot water shower.

Prices
1 Person:

  • $25/night
  • $130/week
  • $370/month

2 Persons:

  • $35/night
  • $150/week
  • $450/month

We will reserve a space for you with a $20 deposit. Otherwise, availability is first come/ first serve. For directions and availability please email info@eveningRainfarm.com or call 1(808) 965-5387.

More Details and Things To Do

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Shared intern kitchen tent includes a 2-burner propane stove, sink with carbon/ceramic filter, refrigerator, basic cookware, dishes, dining table and chairs, sofa, books and magazines.  We do not have internet access. Some cell phone services reache us. Ferro-cement composting toilet and solar hot (mostly) shower. All the farm’s grey water runs to fruit trees and taro patches, so please bring only organic bath and personal hygiene products.  Also, be mindful of the farm’s limited solar power. We can charge your cell phone batteries during daylight hours and provide tent lighting but we can not power hair dryers, coffee makers or ANY other electric devices.

Composting toilet Shower Path along land

Packing Recommendations to Make Your Stay More Enjoyable

  • Bed linens or sleeping bag and pillow
  • Flashlight (there are no street lights here and the parking area is purposely separated from the living areas)
  • Rain gear (this is the rain forest and you can expect rain most every evening)
  • Fleece or sweater (you might be surprised how chilly it can get with the trade winds blowing through the screens)
  • Natural bug repellent (everything is big in the tropics, including the mosquitoes)

Services Available at Our Farm

  • Hilo airport pickup (includes stops for groceries)………$45
  • Bed linen rental…………………………………………………….…$10/wk
  • Portable DVD player (includes selection of movies)…..$5/night
  • Seasonal farm produce……………………………………………..prices vary
  • Weekly meal……………………………………………………………$10/plate
  • Snorkeling mask and fins………………………………………….$15/set
  • Clunker bike rentals…………………………………… $5/day w/$15 deposit

Nearby Activities and Points of Interest

  • Kalapana (coastal lava flow viewing, hiking) –  appx 25 miles
  • Tide Pool (snorkeling) – appx 2 miles
  • Warm Ponds (swimming, life guard, concessions) – appx 5 miles
  • Kalapana Beach (swimming, concessions Sundays) – appx 15 miles
  • Green Mountain / Lake (fresh water swimming, fishing, hiking, requires reservation and nominal fee) – appx 3 miles
  • Kalani Beach Resort (ecstatic dance requires nominal fee,  community drum circle Sundays) – appx 15 miles
  • Lava Tree State Park (hiking) – appx 6 miles
  • Champagne Ponds (swimming, snorkeling) – appx 3 miles
  • Japanese Cemetery (1960’s lava flow site)– appx 2.5 miles
  • Volcano National Park (hiking, fee) – appx 40 miles
  • Josanna’s Organics Fruit Stand (local produce) – appx .5 mile
  • Isaac Hale Park / Pohiki (surfing, boat launch, consessions, showers) – appx 7 miles

Weekly Farmer’s Markets

  • Pahoa downtown on Sundays – appx 15 miles
  • Moku’u market between Kea’au and Pahoa on Sundays – appx 20 miles
  • Hilo at the bayfront on Wednesdays and Saturdays – appx 30 miles
  • SPACE (a circus community center) at Seaview on Saturday mornings – appx 15 miles

2 Responses

  1. cheryl sanderhill
    Commented on January 15th, 2010


    Oh this is a wonderful website. I can’t wait to visit in person – making reservation for Bamboo Grove today! You are well on your way down the path we want to travel. It is an attractive lifestyle. I love the simplicity, and making your own chocolate. Clearly you’ve learned much, adapted and flexed lots, and grown leaps and bounds.

  2. marketing ebooks
    Commented on August 17th, 2010


    excellent writing .

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