The 2018 Kilauea Volcano Eruption

The Destruction of Hedonisia Hawaii

On May 26, 2018, lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption destroyed the Hedonisia Eco-Community. Approximately 75% of the property is now covered in lava.

One of the founding principles of Hedonisia was the Buddhist concept of "loving non-attachment". Our community was located in Lava Zone 1, on Kilauea Volcano's Lower East Rift Zone. We always knew there was a chance we could be affected by an eruption. But, like many, we never thought it would happen to us.

However, it did. We loved our community. Now it has been taken away in a flood of lava and the principle of loving non-attachment is really hitting home for us as we grieve the loss of our community.

Before the Eruption

Our Pre-Volcano Archive Memorial gives a great overview of what our community looked like before the eruption. It also shows the various projects we worked on that gave us reason to identify ourselves as the Hedonisia Hawaii EcoFeminist Community.

During the Eruption.

I was allowed one brief visit to load up a carload of personal possessions on May 10, 2018. This video documents that day when I just had 20 minutes to load up my car and see my property for the last time before it was taken by lava two weeks later.

May 26, 2018: The day Hedonisia burned . . .

Hedonisia Eco-Community being taken by lava from the Kilauea eruption
Community Director Mojo's personal home was called the Jungle Cottage. You can see it burning in the photo. Hedonisia Eco-Community being taken by the Kilauea Volcano. Photo courtesy of the US Geological Survey.

After the Kilauea Volcano Eruption

We're currently working on a new video outlining our rebuilding program. This video is of my first post-volcano visit in January 2019.

We want to return and rebuild when it is safe to do so. Please support our effort to rebuild our eco-community

Rebirth Hedonisia Hawaii Crowdfund

Mahalo for your help in our time of need.