Become one with nature by WWOOFing on your Kaua'i vacation. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a world-wide program that offers room and board on organic farms in trade for volunteer work. Visit www.wwoofhawaii.org to sign up for the program. It's only $25 a year per person, or $40 a year for a couple. There are around 20 farms on Kaua'i alone, and more throughout the islands. They usually ask for a certain amount of hours of volunteer work in exchange for a place to stay and meals.
Accommodations can vary from a place to pitch your tent on the property to a basic cabin or a room in a house. It's a good idea to try and book a couple of months in advance as the spots available often fill up quickly. Check out the website for information on varying hosts.
Taro farm in Hanalei — Photo courtesy of edboyden.org
Examples of Kaua'i WWOOFing farms include a 38-acre farm on the east side of the island. They run a nursery focused on fragrant and ornamental foliage. Over in Moloa`a bordering the east and north sides, a 28-acre farm boasts four acres of organic vegetables. There are farms on Kaua'i that are just steps from the beach or up in the lush interior with a variety of crops like nitrogen fixing trees, fruits, vegetables, flowers, tropical hardwoods and plenty of organic vegetable farms.