Why we located here. A Community of Communities!
This is the land of Pele, ka wahine ʻai honua — the woman who eats the land. When we purchased the land that became Hedonisia, we knew there was always the possibility of a lava flow affecting us. After all, our location is officially designated as Lava Zone One!
The intentional communities of the Puna region provide most of the green jobs and sustainable development in the Puna area. They are protected by the volcano but always with the possibility that everything built can be taken away in molten lava!
However, one of the strange benefits of living on an active volcano is that nobody can build a 5-star hotel here! Insurance rates and bank financing are very difficult to obtain in high lava zone areas.
As a result, high rise buildings, strip malls and other big development that have ruined much of Hawaii’s natural beauty, is simply not feasible here. Property values are relatively low. This encourages idealistic people from around the world to move to Hawaii, buy land and start a community! (We would include ourselves in this category!)
Like most of the communities in Lower Puna, living in a high lava zone area gives us a little less interference from county officials. This can perhaps explain why more intentional communities are located here than in much of the USA, Europe and the world in general.
The lava flow has now destroyed or closed nearly all of the intentional communities in the region. However, this area is so special that we will return and rebuild even better in the future
A Brief Community History of our Rainforest Home in Hawaii!
When we purchased the land in 2004, it was a junkyard with rusted vehicles strewn around the property.
Jungle foliage had grown over much of the junk. It was only when we began to clean up the land that we realized what a gigantic polluted mess we had bought!
Slowly, over the years, and with the enthusiastic help of many Volunteers and Interns, we began to restore the land to its natural beauty. We removed 18 junked vehicles left by the previous owner. We also took out 7 truckloads of industrial garbage and over 50 tires from our Jungle Volcanic Crater which was filled with garbage, tires and scrap metal.
You can see the evolution of Hedonisia in our Community Photo History.
Our environmental work did not stop on the property. We were active in local politics supporting legislation that protects communities such as ours that face government persecution.
An EcoFeminist Community
Hedonisia was founded by a man and welcomes those who identify as male. However, we define ourselves as an ‘eco-feminist‘ community. We specialize in female empowering Mind, Body and Heart work, bringing a more gender equality focus to our community.
However, Hedonisia approaches feminism from an empowered point of view. Men get the opportunity to be part of a community that is working for female equality through its various projects.
Sadly, Hedonisia was destroyed by the Kilauea volcanic eruption in May 2018.
The community in Hawaii is now closed until we can return and rebuild. With that goal in mind, we have set up a Rebirth Hedonisia Community 2.0 Crowdfund Campaign.