2018 Kilauea Volcano Eruption Destruction of Hedonisia Hawaii

The Destruction of Hedonisia Hawaii

On May 26, 2018, lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption destroyed the Hedonisia Hawaii Eco-Community after 14 years of operation. Approximately 75% of the property is now covered in lava.

The Buddhist concept of “loving non-attachment” has been a hard lesson to swallow. Our community was located in Lava Zone 1, on Kilauea Volcano’s Lower East Rift Zone. We always knew there was a chance we could be affected by an eruption. But, like many, we never really thought it would happen to us. But it did.

Before the Kilauea Eruption

To give a little taste of what our community was like before the 2018 eruption, I kept our archive Home Page of the Pre-Volcano Hedonisia Hawaii EcoFeminist Community.

During the Eruption.

I was allowed one brief visit to load up a carload of personal possessions on May 10, 2018. This video documents that day. I had 20 minutes to load up my car and see my property for the last time before it was taken by lava two weeks later.

May 26, 2018: The day Hedonisia burned . . .

May 26, 2018: Hedonisia Burning. Photo courtesy of USGS
Hedonisia Burning. Photo courtesy of the US Geological Survey. 

Community Director Mojo’s home was called the Jungle Cottage. You can see it burning in the photo. My home for 14 years, the Hedonisia Eco-Community was taken by the Kilauea Volcano. 75% of the property is now covered but there is a beautiful Kipuka of green land remaining.

After the Kilauea Volcano Eruption

We’re currently working on a new video outlining our rebuilding program. This video was the first I made in early 2019 on my first visit after the eruption destroyed Hedonisia.


Hedonisia and East Rift Eruption Line Post-Volcano Helicopter View
Helicopter View of Post-Volcano  Hedonisia Hawaii and Steam from East Rift Eruption Line