Loving Non-Attachment: The Kilauea Volcano Destruction of Hedonisia Hawaii
On May 26, 2018, lava completely covered the Hedonisia Eco-Community. Our beautiful community is now covered in lava.
One of the founding principles of the Hedonisia community is the Buddhist concept of “loving non-attachment”, the art of being totally invested in a project or person but then always being prepared in the immortal words of Sting, “If you love somebody set them free”.
Our community was located in Lava Zone 1, on Kilauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone. We always knew there was a chance that we would be wiped out. But just like all those who live along the San Andreas earthquake fault in the West Coast of America, we never thought it would happen to us.
We loved our community and worked hard improving it. 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 our loss.
Before the Eruption
Our Intern Video gives a great overview of what our community looked like before the eruption.
During the Eruption.
I was allowed one brief visit to load up a carload of personal possessions on May 10, 2018.
The day Hedonisia burned . . .
After the Eruption
My first visit after the eruption in January 2019. I’m currently working on a new video outlining our rebuilding program. But here is the raw emotional first visit.
Hawaii Volcano Information Resources:
- USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory Lava Flow Updates
- USGS Kilauea Volcano Lava Flow Map
- Official Photos & Videos of the Flow
This photo, courtesy of the USGS, shows the Hedonisia property being taken by lava on May 26, 2018.
We want to return and rebuild when it is safe to do so. In this spirit, we have set up a Rebirth Hedonisia Crowdfund. Please Support our effort to rebuild our eco-community
Mahalo for your help in our time of need.