Richard Spiegel's Volcano Island Honey Company is based here, producing the best-tasting honey in the world. The Hawaii Island Goat Dairy is here, making delicious natural chevre and feta varieties of goat cheese. You can also read an article about them, the Hog Farm, and other folks doing diversified agriculture here. Anusara yoga teachers Jim and Ruthie Bernaert teach classes both in Waimea and in their Ahualoa home. The Hawaii Lowline Cattle Co. was started by Rick and Haleakala Sakata and Dwayne and Tammie Cypriano, advancing Hawaii’s food self-sufficiency by building a herd of Lowline Angus cattle. Barefoot Farms is owned by Stephen and Kimber-Lee Erb. Besides making "Big Jerky" beef jerky, they raise gamefowl chickens, goats, sheep, racing pigeons and their own macnuts. The Ahualoa Egg Farm / Ahualoa Tea Farm produces fresh, local, gass-fed organic eggs (in season) and tea (year-round). Wendell and Netta Branco's Long Ears Coffee Company is here producing gourmet coffee. Kona coffee might be more famous, but Hamakua grew coffee first, and it's just as good. Christopher Jaeckle is an artist from Ahualoa. He has a site with a lot of his art, www.chrisjaeckle.com. Eric and Hillery Gunther's Hawaiian Cloud Forest Coffee which is organically grown, single-estate, involved in enriching habitat for endangered Nene and Koloa, using ponds and Koa trees around their coffee plantation. Loren Everly is from Ahualoa. He has lots of pictures of Hawai'i and other interesting travels and obsessions on his personal website. Takahiro Ino's Mauna Kea Tea is here, producing fine green tea. Taka approaches this by energizing the soil life while maintaining the highest quality, relying solely on in-farm organic matter, in harmony with nature. Ahualoa resident Ben Discoe runs the Virtual Terrain Project, an open-source software for terrain visualization, as well as providing sustainable food consulting. He's also the webmaster for this site (ahualoa.net). Rita and Robert Holden of Holden & Holden Designs work and live here, woodcarving with sculptural and classical design using Hawaiian hardwoods to achieve a kaleidoscope of colors. Origami teacher Deb Pun Discoe lives here. She has a separate site for her Origami Teaching. Peter and Judy Rosenstern are owners of the Star of Roses Organic Farm which produces a variety of herbal products. Ahualoa Alpacas are developing a herd of alpacas that will "flourish in Hawaii’s climate, grow marvelous fine fleece well into its adulthood, and create a sustainable industry for ranchers." Unless you're coming here for a personal visit, there are several places to stay, including the mid-priced Log Cabin, Skandia Cottage, Mountain Meadow Ranch, Ahualoa Country Cottage, and the luxurious Waianuhea ($$$).
The closest town are Honokaa (6 miles northeast, downhill) and Waimea (13 miles west).
Here are a few Honokaa sites: