Tropical Garden Z – Volcanic Crater and Moon Garden

The Puka Crater Garden is now filled with Lava ūüĆč

We have preserved this page in memory of our pre-volcano community
It is also still useful as a tropical plant and garden information resource.

We now welcome visitors as an online community
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Our Volcanic Crater

It's true! A large section of the Hedonisia Hawaii property consists of a huge volcanic crater. Based on the size of the Ohi'a trees located in the crater we estimate that it is at least 250 years old.

We have built a rough trail into the crater which guests are free to use to explore this natural wonder.

As you enter the crater you will notice that the air gets steamier and moister as there is very little breeze down there. Be sure to ask for the location of our "Lava Tubes" which are hollow transport tubes left by the lava as it dried and hardened hundreds of years ago.

Slowly, slowly, we have cleared the weeds, and given care to the native Ohi'a Fern (Hawaiian Tree Fern) and Kava in the crater.

In 2013 we built our most Eco-friendly structure in the crater which we call Puka Hale. 75% of the building materials used are locally sourced Bamboo and Strawberry Guava trees many of which grew right on the property.

Volcano Crater (wide shot)

Moon Garden

In many cultures around the world, when a woman is menstruating, she is shunned and ostracized by her society. Here at Hedonisia Hawaii, we celebrate the connection between woman and nature. The Moon Garden is a sacred area in the crater which we are slowly creating as an homage to women's fertility and her Monthly cycle.

Red leaf plants or trees that produce red fruit, have been planted in the moon garden to represent the natural fertility cycle. During her cycle, we invite women to the moon garden who use eco-friendly sanitation methods such as a Diva Cup or organic tampons, to bury their offerings within the red plants. It is meant as a simple symbolic and ceremonial connection between Mother Nature and the feminine.

Not Child-Friendly: A Natural Danger. Despite our attempts to 'civilize it' with trails and paths, the fact remains that our little crater is still a natural formation with dangerous cliffs, cracks, and lava tubes throughout it. As a result, we have a strict Community Children's Policy for allowing children to stay on the property on a longer-term basis than a few nights.

Featured Plant in Garden S - Kava

1) Plant History & General Information: 

  • Location on Property:¬†Garden Z,¬†Garden J,¬†Puka Hale,¬†Bamboo Hut
  • Kava Hawaii
    Kava Hawaii

    Scientific Name: Piper methysticum

  • Kava or kava-kava is a crop of the western Pacific. The name kava is from Tongan and Marquesan; other names for kava include  Ľawa, ava, yaqona, sakau, and malok or malog
  • Region of Origin:¬†Native to the South Pacific
  • General History:¬†Throughout history, Kava root has been used for its relaxing effects. Its use dates back many thousands of years in the South Pacific. Knowledge of traditional Kava distribution began in the late 18th Century with the documentation of Pacific Island cultures. The first real documentation of kava in history came from Captain James Cooke in his travels.

2) Plant Uses: 

  • As Food: The kava root can be made into tea or tonics and is used for its relaxing qualities and its strong and numbing taste. ¬†The root of the kava can be used as a dietary supplement. However, the stems and leaves may cause liver damage and are considered toxic.
  • WARNING:¬†Women who are pregnant or nursing should abstain from the consumption of kava root.
  • As Medicine: Some experts believe it has a positive effect on treating anxiety disorders.¬†Kava is said to elevate mood, well-being, and contentment, and produce a feeling of relaxation. Several studies have found that kava may be useful in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and related nervous disorders.

3) Growing Instructions:

  • Kava Plant
    Kava Plant

    History of this Plant at HedonisiaGrowing: To allow for vigorous root growth, soils should be fertile and loose but not allowed to dry out. Mulch can be used on some soils. Avoid soils that are prone to waterlogging since this can inhibit growth and cause root rot. For this reason, kava is often planted on sloping land. Provide shade and protection from the wind. Kava cuttings require moist conditions at the time of planting to develop shoots and roots. The use of sand, timber shavings, or compost in the soil can help the soil from becoming too wet.

  • Propagation:¬†Kava propagates¬†readily from mature, freshly harvested entire stems or 1‚Äď4 node sections of stems.
  • Controlling Spread:¬†N/A
  • Difficulties with this plant:¬†This plant can be very delicate in the beginning stages and does not do well when being challenged by other weeds. Make sure it is kept in a well-weeded area and watered often.



Garden Z Pre-Volcano Instructions

Lodgings and/or Facilities in areas of the Garden:

This MIXED Garden has the following plants:

  • Kava
  • Breadfruit
  • Mountain apple
  • Lychee
  • Papaya
  • Banana
  • Strawberry Guava
  • Hapu'u Ferns
  • Sugar Cane
  • Ohi'a Trees
  • Rambutan

Maintenance Activities For This Garden:

  • Main Weeds: Stink Maile, Fire Ants, Cane Grass, climbers
    • Spray Soapy Water mix before working in this area
    • Hand weed bushes on the walkway carefully, and be aware of your steps
    • Eradicate cane grass as close to the base as possible using Kama and pickax out if accessible
    • Cut down baby Albezias when you see them crop up. Verify before cutting, ask someone if you're not sure.
  • Identification and Labeling:
    • Tag and label ¬†transplanted trees with bright-colored tree ribbon
    • Date the tree with the date it was transplanted (only babies so we can see the growth process)
    • Update plant pages if any are added or deleted from the garden.
  • Borders & Maintenance:
    • Keep Kava clear - add soil - construct supports for particularly tall Kava
    • Weed and mulch around Bananas, Sugar Cane, and decoratives
    • Fill holes and depressions with/ wood and weeds; cover with cardboard to prep for planting
    • Weed around/uncover the central fallen Ohia tree in the crater
    • Plant Guava trees on the sides of trails for support railings
    • Plant coffee trees in the shaded foreground of the crater
    • Remove mud and wet soil from crater slopes for weed prevention
    • Put soil on plants and trees; replace with red cinder
  • Harvesting:
    • Harvest Bananas and Strawberry Guava regularly. Keep an eye to see how often it's needed
    • Check with the director first about topping a tree or if you have any ideas for new¬†red plants in this area.


Post-Volcano Online Community

With our model of community living, we attracted wonderful people from around the world.
Over a 14-year history, the Hedonisia community developed websites, books, and eCourses.

Virtual Volunteer ūüĆ謆Lava to Lotus Web Portfolio ūüĆ謆Hedonisia Membership