Animal experience hosted by James

90 mins, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 7 people
Private groups available for up to 14.

What you'll do

First, I'll pick you up at the Bayfront Hilo Bus Terminal, across from Abundant Life. Then we will head to the cows in Onomea!

Our Cow Cuddle Therapy starts with a basic safety tutorial, and then we enter the paddock to meet the cows. After a brief introduction we will then:

-Pet cows
-Hug cows
-Learn all about cows and how they benefit the garden and the environment!

Afterwards, I'll drop you off in Hilo!
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Meet your host, James

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 80 Reviews
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I am the owner and main servant at Krishna Cow Sanctuary. (Narayana dasa)

For the last 9 years of my life I've been interested in and practicing organic permaculture techniques, and for the last 4 years I've been intensively working with and studying cows. I currently am working with 63 cows of all ages and sizes, and offer my support to anyone who needs advice on pasture management and cow health.

I love gardening with the dung and urine and utilizing our produce to make healthy and delicious meals!

I love cows and they are my life!
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Where you'll be

I will meet you in downtown Hilo at the main Bus Terminal on the bayfront, across from Abundant Life health food store.

We will then drive to the cows! The cow cuddle therapy will take place exclusively at our beautiful pasture located in Onomea.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 80 reviews.

Kristina
July 2021
Probablu my favorite thing that we did while on the Big Island. James was such a gracious, kind, and thoughtful host, and you can truly see and feel how much these cows are cared for and loved. We had an absolute blast and I could not have been happier. The baby cows were so sweet and friendly and curious. I would do this every time if we come visit again!
Probablu my favorite thing that we did while on the Big Island. James was such a gracious, kind, and thoughtful host, and you can truly see and feel how much these cows are cared f…
Guinevere
July 2021
Our family had a wonderful time. James was friendly, informative, and went out of his way to make this a great experience. Spending time with the calves was very special. What fun memories created on the Big Island!!
Savannah
July 2021
This experience is amazing for so many reasons! If you’re an animal lover and just want to cuddle, if you need some animal therapy, or if you’re looking to gain some knowledge about sustainable cow care. I myself am obsessed with cows, and the babies were so friendly and adorable. James had a wealth of information on sustainable farming, and animal agriculture. He does it all with the most respect and love for his cows and his land. One of the best parts was seeing how much the cows really loved him and wanted him to be close by at all times.
This experience is amazing for so many reasons! If you’re an animal lover and just want to cuddle, if you need some animal therapy, or if you’re looking to gain some knowledge abou…
Lauren
July 2021
I have loved cows since I was a baby, so getting to snuggle with James’ cows was a dream come true! If you don’t mind getting a little dirt on you (and maybe even some poo) then I guarantee you will love this experience! James was very knowledgeable about the cows he cares for and I really enjoyed getting to learn from him. But truly, snuggling up with a baby cow is about the best thing this world can offer. I highly recommend some Cuddle Cow Therapy for anyone on this side of the Big Island!
I have loved cows since I was a baby, so getting to snuggle with James’ cows was a dream come true! If you don’t mind getting a little dirt on you (and maybe even some poo) then I…
Laney
July 2021
James was extremely knowledgeable about Hawaiian history, the land, and of course, cows. He is very interesting and incredibly easy to talk to. You can tell that he really loves his cows, and is living his passion and fulfilling his calling. The farm is gorgeous; it’s atop a hill that overlooks the ocean. At one point during the trip, I thought to myself that the cows had a better life than me, and I still think that might be true. They are the most beautiful, happy, and social cows that I’ve ever seen. It took me a little while to get comfortable because I’m not used to being around big animals in this way. But once I did, I enjoyed cuddling and petting these sacred creatures, learning about them, and particularly their large, hilarious tongues.
James was extremely knowledgeable about Hawaiian history, the land, and of course, cows. He is very interesting and incredibly easy to talk to. You can tell that he really loves hi…
Madeline
July 2021
We got to play with three baby cows (5 to 8 weeks old), and then we met their moms! We listened to James's stories and cow facts while petting and playing with the animals. It was absolutely incredible--you won't believe how gentle and cute the cows are. We even got to see the baby cows nurse. This was the highlight of my Hawaii trip!
We got to play with three baby cows (5 to 8 weeks old), and then we met their moms! We listened to James's stories and cow facts while petting and playing with the animals. It was…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests ages 10 and up can attend.