Community Director

Mojo Mustapha – Founder of Hedonisia Hawaii

Mojo was born in England with parents who immigrated from Trinidad. He studied Sociology, Political Science 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 Hedonisia Community Director
Mojo Hedonisia Community Director

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, he had to clean up the, 18 rusting cars junk and trash on the land left by the previous owner who was a mechanic who left his "work" all over the property.

Nevertheless, his approach to community-based eco-tourism was a 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.

Mojo wanted to create a community that grew food and also practiced the idea of pleasurable activism, having fun while working on meaningful projects. As part of the Hedonisia mission statement,  work at the community was divided into BrainBody and Heart options. This allowed visitors to come and enjoy a discount working vacation in Hawaii where they could contribute their experience to projects that resonated with them.

Mojo Hedonisia Post-Volcano Kipuka
Mojo Hedonisia Post-Volcano Kipuka

Post-Volcano Mojo in his own words

Hedonisia Hawai Eco-Feminist Community took a single day to be inundated in the 2018 Kilauea eruption. The community was supposed to be the culmination of my life’s work. Instead, almost everything I owned and worked for, was covered by lava.

Our beautiful community now only exists in our memories and our website. It was much more than a community on a piece of land. It was a very personal relationship. I felt married to this land for 14 years. Sometimes, I feel like the widower whose partner died in a tragic accident.

To lose 90% of your assets and income in one day is one of the most stressful things that can happen to a person. Losing my community to the volcano was devastating on a personal as well as economic level.

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. The volcano was the most traumatic period of my life. And then came Covid 19. Two apocalypses in two years!

Turning these experiences into something useful gave me fuel to continue work on the Hedonisia Lava to Lotus Web Projects.

Shit to Sugar

Here are some tips on how I survived my first apocalypse. They might help you to stay positive in these challenging times.

  1. Let yourself cry. From the moment two years ago on the morning of May 27, 2018, when I discovered the lava had taken my property, I let the tears flow. I did not try to be a macho male type and hold it all in. I just let it flow. It was very cleansing. I would often smile and feel strangely relieved after a good cry.
  2. Take stock of your life. When you are in crisis, it’s a great time to really take a hard look at your life. A crisis is a time of danger and opportunity. It is a great time to make major changes in the direction of your life. 
  3. Use the downtime to work on other dreams. I did exactly that with the Hedonisia Lava to Lotus Web Portfolio . Working on passion projects keeps me busy and engaged with the added benefit of keeping me in a more positive frame of mind.
  4. See the Positives in a Crisis. Nature is returning. All the Covid lockdowns across the world gave a much needed break for Mother Nature. Pollution was down, wildlife roamed around as ‘tourists’ in many cities. One could argue that Mother Nature put the human race under house arrest for the crimes committed against the environment.

Wishing you all much aloha.

Mojo Mustapha
Hedonisia Hawaii Community Director