AGRITOURISM: Pre-Volcano Eco-Community Jungle Gardens

RIP: August 2004 - May 26, 2018

This page is part of the Pre-Volcano Hedonisia Community Memorial.
The 2018 Kilauea volcanic eruption destroyed our community in Hawaii.

We are still waiting for the government to restore road access to our volcano home.

Hedonisia Post-Volcano Volunteer Program

Lava to Lotus Web Portfolio
Lava to Lotus

We have evolved into an online community based on interest and support for the projects in the Hedonisia Lava to Lotus Web Portfolio.

These projects were either born or developed in our pre-volcano community. 

We invite you to be a part of our online community:

  1. Become a Virtual Volunteer
  2. Become a Hedonisia Member

 

Agritourism: Loving the land

Hedonisia's property consists of 4 acres of lush eco-community jungle gardens. We created a garden system maintained by interns, fair-trade volunteers, and weekly or monthly guests. The jungle grows fast, and our biggest job is simply to keep the gardens from being overgrown.

Our farming model is to mimic Mother Nature. We find the plants that like to grow in our volcanic rainforest environment so much that they will grow like a weed with minimal maintenance! It allows us to grow many edibles on the property without the need for energy-intensive labor as with traditional farming.

As part of our agricultural tourism program, we have devised a unique classification system by dividing our property into 26 'gardens' of edible or decorative plants. This gives us a very efficient way to utilize eco-tourist volunteer labor as well as offering an intuitive way for Guests to easily find and harvest edible plants and fruits on the property.

Hedonisia Jungle Community Gardens

We have a featured plant in each garden. Though all the gardens were destroyed in the eruption, each page contains lots of useful information on the plant:

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Tropical Fruit Trees on Property

Tropical Tree Farming

We are more of a tree-farming community. With eco-tourists who only stay for a short time, we simply don't have the continual labor to do 'normal' farming. Trees need a lot of attention in the beginning but once they start growing up they do their thing. A perfect symbol for a 'community of individuals.

Each tree that was on the property before the eruption is listed here along with the gardens where it was planted: