Meet The Farm Community

The Honaunau Farm ‘Ohana is a diverse collective of individuals who have contributed to the vision and daily mission of the farm as a regenerative living model and retreat.

Steve at Honaunau Farm

Steve Salaka

Steve has been a leading voice in the community with his passion for permaculture and regenerative agriculture.

Melissa at Honaunau Farm

Melinda Goossen

Melinda has been a strong lead in supporting community wellness, guest infrastructure and retreat programs.

Maria at Honaunau Farm

Dana Marie Mitchell

Dana Marie Mitchell, a founding member, has brought her passion for food, hospitality, and farm-to-table chef skills to the community.

Shimyrre at Honaunau Farm

Shimyrre Britt

Shimyrre Britt has contributed her wealth of herbal knowledge to help build and refine the medicinal gardens and future offerings of the land.

Rachel at Honaunau Farm

Rachel Matias

Rachel Matias brings an open heart and a welcoming smile to the farm, greeting guests from all around the world to share the fruits of the farm.

Janis at Honaunau Farm

Janice Godfrey

Janice Godfrey has contributed her eye for beauty and talent for documenting, capturing the farm and sharing its story through photography.

Community from a Distance

(PAST RESIDENTS, STUDENTS, CARETAKERS, ARTISANS)

ASHLEY & JEREMIAH

Ashley at Honaunau Farm

​Ashley and Jeremiah moved to Hawaii and Hoanunau Farm from New York to further their knowledge and experience in permaculture, wilderness survival and eco-villages. Both having a passion for helping people become resilient, responsible for themselves and the environment, Permaculture was the perfect match. Ashley and Jeremiah completed a Permaculture Design Course in 2017. They strive to have a farm/eco-village one day where they can help strengthen their community and beyond, by demonstrating to people that they can survive economically via non-traditional means. They would like to spend more time traveling to learn more about plant medicine and farming techniques from other cultures.

SILVANA

silvana at Hoanunau Farm

Silvana is thrilled to be part of the Honaunau Farm community. She has worked in the health & wellness field for over 20 years. She holds BAs in Physical Education and in Psychology and certificates in Massage Therapy and Personal Training. Originally from Brazil, she lived in the Bay area, CA for 17 years before moving to Hawaii. One of her main pursuits in life has been cultivating self-awareness and greater understanding about the connection between our general health and our mental, emotional and energetic states.

ZAIANNA

Zaianna at Hoanunau Farm

Zaianna was drawn to Honaunau Farm by her strong pull to visit Hawaii. As a full time traveler for two years in Asia, Zaianna was a volunteer and member of several intentional communities centered around principles of permaculture and eastern spiritual philosophies including her time spent at The Mindfulness Project, a community organized within a buddhist monastery. She completed a permaculture design course (PDC) at Panya Project in northern Thailand as well.

GREG & HEATHER

Greg and Heather at Hoanunau Farm

Greg and Heather came to Hawaii from the northeast hoping to escape the cold, grey winters and to deepen their understanding of Permaculture and Regenerative Living. They bring much agricultural experience to the farm, having worked with the soil in a variety of places including North Carolina, New Mexico, St. Croix, and Belize. They even met on Farmersonly.com! Both are also massage therapists and enjoy nourishing the body as much as nourishing the land. “We are feeling deeply grateful for the abundant opportunity Hawaii and Honaunau Farm have offered us, as we witness our dreams becoming our reality. Aloha!”

EMILY

Emily was Honaunau Farms retreat cocreater, yoga instructor and retreat chef.  She is a vibrant soul with a zest for life and a curious mind that loves engaging in creative projects!  She thrives in community and is cultivated deep connections with those around her on the farm and in the local community. 

Emily has been exploring organic farming and natural wellness for several years.  She had a very impactful and transformative time as an organic farming and medicinal herb intern at Innisfree Farm, on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.  From there she went on to become a certified yoga teacher and was a chef at a raw vegan eco retreat on the Big Island. 

BORIS

boris at Hoanunau Farm

Boris came to the farm to learn about sustainable living and community. Originally from Russia, Boris served with the US Air Force before attending the widely influential Creative Circus, an advertising/design portfolio school in Atlanta. Currently freelancing as a graphic designer (orangemonkey.co), his approach is centered on clarity and objectives-based construction. He has a love for all things sustainable, mobile, and highly functional and is often experimenting with building and woodworking. Boris believes that travel and exploration are amongst the best ways to learn about ourselves and enhance our ability to relate to one another, that’s what being human is all about.

JED & LEANNA

Jed and Leanna at Hoanunau Farm

Jed and Leanna came to Honaunau Farm in the summer of 2015 from Austin Texas to work as caretakers. With intentions of setting down roots in Hawaii, they felt incredibly blessed to have landed on such an amazing farm and into a thriving and loving community.  Jed and Leanna are both passionate about sustainability and preserving the land and its resources for the next generations. Living close to nature was a big draw for them in their move to Hawaii – a land rich in food, medicine, and beauty.  Jed is an adventure seeker who loves to swim and run, keep bees, climb coconut trees, fix and create things. Leanna is passionate about holistic natural medicine, education and empowerment for youth, cooking delicious meals, and connecting with the hearts of others. Both Jed and Leanna are Certified Medical Biomagnetism Practitioners.

TEO

Teo at Honaunau Farm

Teo is an eclectic artist, builder, gardener, stoneworker, and instructor using natural materials.  He has studied with master artisans from around the world.  He designs and builds structures and creates spaces that are in synergy with nature and promote life and beauty.  Teo did an artisan exchange on the farm, consulting on future designs and building an organic lava rock wall in front of the Community house.

HANNAH

Hannah at Honaunau Farm

Hannah was an intern and then renter on the farm.  She was born in upstate NY and moved to the Big Island several years ago.  Since arriving she has flourished and catalyzed her photography business.  Since the creation of Hannah C’s Photography’s, her love of photography has only grown as she learns more about different techniques and styles, as well as more about herself. Something she continues to notice that sets her a part from other photographers is her ability to find the interesting in what most would find ordinary. She has an eye for beauty and composition that most people would just pass by.

Hannah’s time on the farm was one she will never forget. Her photography continued to be nourished as she had endless photo ops while she milked the goats and sheep, tended the garden, and pulled more weeds than she cares to remember 🙂 the farm work is never done!

JESSICA

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Jessica Naudziunas is a video journalist who currently lives in New York and works for ABC News as the Head of Digital Video for Good Morning America. She spent the summer of 2012 on the farm after two years as an agricultural journalist on the Mainland’s Midwest. She wanted to test the theories, stories, and lessons she learned as an ag reporter, in addition to practicing vegetarianism on a working farm. The time on the farm was transformative for Jessica, and she will always remember bonding with the goats and caring for the other beautiful animals on the farm.

THERESA

Theresa at Honaunau Farm

Theresa moved onto the farm with her family with hopes of helping grow the community.  On the farm she assisted with office work and management of interns as well as caring for guests and other community members. She thrives in community and works to promote more connection and growth through cooking meals and hosting gatherings.  She studied History and Religious Studies in depth throughout her collegiate education in order to gain a broader understanding of people and cultures so that she can more deeply engage with others.

TONY

Tony at Honaunau Farm

Tony helped oversea and tend the farm and animals.  He is a plant ecologist from UC Santa Cruz where he focused in agroecology, natural history, land stewardship and community living. He has worked as a core leader in the Kresge Garden Coop, an intern with the Chadwick Garden, a farm hand at Hale Akua, and a member in several intentional communities. As an ecologist, his land management centers around soil building and biomimicry.

 

He has a deep love of plants and growing and sharing food.  He is a naturalist who is very at home in nature and living close to the land.  He is a lover of community and enjoys exploring the abundance that island life has to offer with friends, community members and travelers.

CHAUNTELLE & PEIJ

Chauntelle and Peij at Honaunau Farm

Peij and Chauntelle are from upstate New York and Alabama and interned on the farm for 6 months. Both having interests in sustainable agriculture and gardening.  They met at a permaculture design course and decided to further their education by moving to Hawaii and exchanging on the farm. They are both travelers and adventures passionate about improving the soil wherever they go. Their interests include mycology mulching herbalism and edible land design.

BETHANN

Bethann at Honaunau Farm

Anjani is a vibrational health practitioner. She is a body therapist and offers specialized body therapy and healings. She shares various modalities including Chi Nei Tsang, Karsai, Jin Shin Jyutsu Acupressure, Hawaiian Lomilomi, Hawaiian Breathwork, A’e and Thai Massage. These forms are deeply corrective and therapeutic. She works intuitively and integratively. Over the past 15 years, She has taken many classes and is honored and humbled to share the lineages that have been passed down to her, with you.

SASHA & OLENA

Sasha and olena at Honaunau Farm

Sasha is a talented cook, herbalist, wildcrafter, medicine woman and mother.  She has lived on Hawaii for the last 8 years working on several farms, growing food and cooking for several communities.  She is a retreat chef and loves growing, harvesting, preparing and using herbal medicines.  Her beautiful and sassy daughter Olena was a bright light on the farm and in the larger community.  She is curious, talkative, creative and silly.  She loved playing with the ducks and baby goats and just tagging along for any farm adventures.

SUZIE

Suzie at Honaunau Farm

Susie is a licensed master esthetician and that brings 15 years of organic and vegan skincare training to Hawaii. She creates farm fresh skincare products and facials that are tailored and created fresh for each client using herbs, fruits, and veggies from the garden. Her joy and passion is creating a relaxing one of a kind experience that clients never forget. She is also a vegan chef and holistic health counselor.

STEPHEN

Stephen at Honaunau Farm

Stephen is a self trained chef, and was blessed to work at The Curious Palate a farm-to-table kitchen in LA where they pursued the muse of curious food with only the most delicious, fresh, seasonal and organic ingredients sourced from local, year-round farmer’s.  He was one of the resident chef’s on the farm and worked at Holuakoa, a local award winning slow food movement restaurant sourcing only local meats.  Stephen raised ducks and chickens as part of the Holuakoa supply here on the farm.

FRANK, SHIVANNI & JULIEN

Frank, Shivanni and Julienat Honaunau Farm

Frank, Julien, and Shivanii came to the farm from Colorado to live a more holistic life in supportive community.  They love spending time together. They enjoy time with friends and family sharing good food and experiences. A healthy relationship with nature is extremely important to them, as well as a life filled with exploration, creativity and play.

GABRIELLA & MATIAS

Gabriella and Matias at Honaunau Farm

Gaberiella & Matias came to the farm to learn about sustainable community living from Argentina.  They brought so much fun, creativity, beauty and depth to the farm, sharing their passion for life, friends and cooking!  They have gone on to do work exchanges at other farms and are now creating their own eco-retreat on the coast in Argentina!

NICK & CATE

Nick and Cate at Honaunau Farm

Nick and Cate joined us from Washington State as part of an extended year long honeymoon adventure.  They came to learn about permaculture and sustainable living practices.  Nick and Cate brought so much thoughtfulness, hard work and positive energy to the farm.  After their 4 month stay, they went on to travel in South East Asia and to caretake other farms.

CALEB, ANKEA & ARUN

Caleb, Ankea and arun at Honaunau Farm

Caleb and Ankea moved to the farm while pregnant with Arun.  They had a home birth on the farm and blessed us all.  Ankea and Caleb are world travelers with incredible visions and vibrant energy.  Caleb is from the Big Island and has a knack for marketing.  He is a Thai massage therapist and instructor as well as a mentor for men’s groups.  Ankea works in the NGO world and has done projects in Vietnam and Cambodia.  She is a strong feminine role model, a wonderful mother and an excellent cook!

CLAIRE & DARRAGH

Claire and Darragh at Honaunau Farm

Claire and Darragh came to the farm as a young couple exploring the world from Ireland.  They expanded their horizons in many ways during their stay on the farm and have moved out into the world with new skills and a zest for holistic living.  They have gone on to do work exchanges at other farms and to share what they learned with friends and family back home.

JUAN & INDIA

Juan and India at Honaunau Farm

Juan & India were a hardworking fun loving addition to the farm during their 6 month stay.  India was an incredible cook and Juan a tireless helping hand.  They had an amazing love for animals and showered all our furry four legged friends with so much warmth and care.  John went on to work for an organic food company and India now shares her passion teaching kids.

Steve Salaka

Founder and Owner


Steve Sakala is founder and owner of Honaunau Farm. He has educated hundreds of students from all over the world at the farm on regenerative agriculture and a wide variety of sustainability issues. Steve has been a sustainability consultant for 19 years including several years in W. Africa where he served in the Peace Corps. He has been living and working in Hawaii for the past 13 years and has worked on a diversity of projects including renewable energy, permaculture, green building, animal husbandry and soil health.

His agriculture experience includes over 20 years of experience working with medical cannabis. The last 7 of those years he has focused on medicinal hemp with high cannabinoid content and its potent and diverse health benefits. He is the founder and CEO of Mana Artisan Botanics and co-founder of Wholistic Research & Education Foundation. Steve, as part of his other company Green Hawaii Genetics, was contracted to grow Hawaii’s first hemp seed varieties for Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture Pilot Hemp Program. He has been working for many years to support sustainable agriculture and hemp legislation in the state of Hawaii both on the ground and at the policy level.

Steve was also the President of the local chapter of Hawaii Farmers Union United, which is part of the oldest agriculture organization in the country. In this position he has spent time in Washington D.C. and the Hawaii State Legislature lobbying for a stronger voice in regenerative agriculture. He also served as the Chair of the Democratic Party for much of West Hawaii. Steve graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.S in Natural Resources and City Planning with an emphasis in Appropriate Technology. Steve’s priorities are to support, design and help implement thriving social, environmental, cultural and economic models.

Melinda Goossen

Co-Founder

Melinda has helped co-create Honaunau Farm over the last 12 years, bringing her love of community, beautiful spaces and wholesome living to the project. She has worked in the health, wellness and environmental fields for over 25 years and intimately understands the inter-connection between the health of our bodies and our environment as well as our mental, emotional and spiritual state of being. She has a BSE in Environmental Engineering with a focus on sustainable systems and green building. She is a certified qigong instructor and spent many years as a massage therapist. She is also a Gene Keys Guide offering mentorship sessions based on a synthesis of astrology, the Gene Keys, and conversational inquiry.

She is a long time student of metaphysics and is dedicated to walking a path of deep awareness, expanded perspective, and personal integrity. Her journey is infused with light hearted humor and a constant desire to spiral things up. She is passionate about creating beautiful spaces, synergizing projects and groups, and inspiring others to their highest potential through playful engagement, deep listening, and at times comic relief.

Dana Marie

Founding Member

Dana Marie is an original investor and long-term community member of the land that hosts Honaunau Farm. A private chef for over 15 years now, serving families and communities in Hawai’i and all over the US, she has cultivated a well-respected and loved business and clientele, and brings forth a Farm-to-Fork experience that reflects the land, the seasons, and the region’s finest organic farms and farmers. Having grown up in the San Francisco Bay Area (Marin County) in the 80s and 90s, Dana learned early how some of today’s most iconic chefs have been at the forefront of cultivating the slow and organic food movement as a way to protect our natural resources, sustainability, health, and wellness and our ability to share and experience nourishment. Her culinary work draws from these important principles and values and is deeply intuitive, custom, creative, and prayerful. Dana brings many years of study and practice from varying spiritual traditions and lineages, metaphysical teachings and is also a long-time massage therapist.

Dana’s passions and callings have taken her all around the world from South & Central America, India, Nepal, Africa, and Europe from the age of 15 having engaged in Cultural/Anthropological Studies, Eco-Tourism, Wildlife Management, Yoga, Meditation, and Humanitarian Services in a variety of capacities. After a road well-traversed, she now finds herself deeply grateful and dedicated to the Sant Mat meditation path. She is deep lover and reveler of nature, wildlife, music, the arts, and community and is most proud to be the mother to her 16-year-old son, Eyera. She currently lives in Ashland, Oregon with her family, traveling to the island regularly for work and play.

Shimyrre Britt

Head Herbalist and Director of Product for Mana Artisan Botanics

Shimyrre came to the farm to explore living a more healthy lifestyle, to expand her knowledge of growing medicinal plants and to cultivate connections and community.  She has a love for getting people excited about plant medicine. After receiving her degree as a Holistic Health Practitioner at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, she worked alongside Naturopathic physicians and wellness consultants in a variety of settings. She has since found her niche in medicine making and guiding others to make more educated choices in incorporating botanicals into their lifestyle. Shimyrre is now based in Phoenix, AZ and returns to the farm quarterly as part of her role as Head Herbalist and Director of Product for Mana Artisan Botanics.

Rachel Matias

Onsite Hospitality & Land Steward

Rachel felt called to move to the Big Island of Hawaii after spending a few weeks at Honaunau Farm. What was scheduled to be a 40-day farm retreat has become a longer-term stay and a growing love for community and wellness. Honaunau Farm has become her playground, experiencing herbal medicine, organic regenerative agriculture, and sustainability every day. Prior to her time at the farm, she was deeply impacted by living at Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh India.  It was there that she began to notice the importance and the powerful impact conscious living and community can have on one’s life.  She believes that one can reawaken the soul and the powers within by reconnecting with the soil, our food, and the land.

She is a certified yoga instructor with a focus on meditation and pranayama practices. She brings an open heart and a welcoming smile to the farm, greeting guests from all around the world to share the fruits of love from this land. She enjoys making delicious medicinal beverages, herbal extracts, and nourishing meals all sourced from Honaunau Farm. Living on the farm has inspired her to create her own herbal remedy line, in hopes to help others reawaken to their power by reconnecting with the land and its medicine.  Rachels mission in this life is to heal, love, experience, and serve.

Janice Godfrey

Collaborator

Janice is a long time friend of Melinda and brings her love of nature, food, photo documenting, storytelling and sharing tea to the farm.

Janice has a deep desire to help reconnect humans with nature. This passion to bridge the two together is offered through her nature-based services at Sacred Wander. As a certified Mindful Outdoor Leader and soon to be a certified Shinrin Yoku Guide, she offers mindful nature walks, using the elements as a source for healing & awakening. Having committed over two decades to the Taoist Arts (living simply and honestly and in harmony with nature), she shares nature wisdom by virtue of tea ceremonies. If you see her, don’t be surprised to find a camera & drone within close range. Her intention to capture all of nature’s beauty & abundance through the lens is to create a window for those who need “to heal, to escape or simply to feel inspired…. simply to tune into the heartbeat of their soul.”

Janice is a wanderer of the universe and an inspired Content Creator. You can find more information about Janice & her offerings at Sacred Wander.