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.
The Hedonisia Community Volunteer Programs
Based on his travels he wanted to create a community that worked the land but was also intellectually activist. We divided our work into Brain, Body and Heart work options, which allowed many kinds of visitors to come and enjoy a discount working vacation in Hawaii where they could contribute their own heart, body or brain skills and experience.
Volunteers, guests, and interns are welcome to work on any websites in our Hedonisia Entrepreneur Web Portfolio they have interest, enthusiasm, or experience with.
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.
I have moved to Portland where I continue to work on the Hedonisia EcoFeminist Web Portfolio and our Crowdfund to Rebuild. I feel hopeful about our rebuilding program. We welcome you to be part of our rebirth.