Puna District has a rich history. It is the youngest land in all the Hawaiian Islands thanks to the ongoing eruption of the volcano, Kilauea. Ancient Hawaiian tales place Puna District as the home of the Hawaiian Goddess Pele.
After western occupation, native Hawaiian trees were commercially logged out of the area to be used as railroad ties and shipped off-island. The land was then converted to commercial sugar cane production here in Kaohe Homesteads, as was most of Puna.
Goat With The Flow Farm sits at 1100 ft. elevation in the upper Hawaiian rainforest. Our average rainfall is over 100 inches per year. We are uniquely situated a mere .5 miles from the infamous “June 27 Flow” active lava breakout that threatened Pahoa Town in 2014. The active lava flow made its way through Kaohe Homesteads, prompting most of the farms and homes in the area to evacuate. Our property, which was for sale at the time, sat vacant while everyone waited to see when (or if) the flow would cease. The flow DID stop and the National Guard left in February 2015.
We purchased the land in November 2015. Goat With The Flow Farm is now a developing 6.25 acre homestead and goat farm. We use goats for milk, packing/hiking, pets, jungle control, sales and ethically-raised meat. Other than goats, we grow many local staples: taro/kalo, sweet potato/uala, cassava, sugar cane, squash, beans, greens, and the list continues to grow. Our fruit trees are still young but (in season) wild guava of both the yellow and red variety are plentiful as is the lilikoi (Hawaiian passionfruit). We regularly make goat cheese, yogurt, kefir, mac-nut pralines, caramels, lilikoi syrup, lilikoi cajeta & fudge with milk from our goats. We believe in regenerative, permaculture-inspired methods of land stewardship and the ethical and humane care of livestock.
We support small Hawaii farms through our ongoing support of HFUU (Hawaii Farmer’s Union United) & HSGA (Hawaii Sheep & Goat Association) as well as through a network of interdependence with other small farms and locally owned businesses. We serve local keiki through farm tours and hands-on experiences.
Old sugar cane roads are now the foundation of GWTF’s grassy trail system and forested fence lines. On a clear day, you can see Mauna Kea. If you stand on the top of the barn (not recommended) you can see the ocean. Sunsets on the farm are often breathtaking. Ohia trees gather in the landscape and we, in hopes to preserve this beloved native tree, are thankful for every new sprout.