Mojo Mustapha – Community Director & Founder of Hedonisia
Mojo was born in England with parents who immigrated from Trinidad. He studied Sociology and Women’s Studies in Canada. After university, he started traveling. He has been to 35 countries with the latest being Iceland where he attended the 2019 #MeToo International Conference in Reykjavik.
Mojo has lived in many community settings around the world. A Kibbutz in Israel, a Japanese ‘Gaijin House’, a tantric community near Amsterdam and an Ashram in India were among the many alternative communities he was a participated in.
When Mojo started Hedonisia Hawaii in 2004, it was a challenge to clean up the, rusting cars junk and trash on the land left by the previous owner who was a mechanic. Nevertheless, his approach to community-based eco-tourism was an immediate success with visitors coming from around the world.
As the Community Director, Mojo was not satisfied with simply creating an eco-hostel in paradise. Over the years, Hedonisia slowly evolved into an ecofeminist community.
Post-Volcano Mojo in his own words:
Hedonisia Hawaii was the culmination of my life’s work. So the loss of Hedonisia to the Kilauea volcano has been devastating on a personal as well as economic level.
To lose 90% of your assets and income in one day is one of the most stressful things that can happen to a person.
It has been a painful adjustment. However, we have only one life. So, despite the great sadness, I feel inside, I try to keep a smile on my face and focus on rebuilding.
My community of friends in Portland have been greatly supportive and now I feel pretty confident about our rebuilding program starting in December 2019. We welcome you to be part of our rebirth!