Last updated: September 7, 2012 (2 years ago)
Listing created on: May 14, 2006

Ahupuaa Village

(Kapaa, Hawaii, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1996  Established: 1996
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Contact Name: Hedda Schmutz
  • Phone: 808-823-9872
  • Address:
    PO Box 978
    Kapaa, Hawaii, 96746
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please email, write, or call. We have rustic accommodations for visitors when available.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Health, Happiness and Longevit

Community Description:

Ahupuaa Village is in Kapaa, on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Each of us pursues our own artistic and intellectual interests–an architect, musicians, hardware/software techies, artists, a carpenter, and various kinds of teachers. The place is conducive to art and garden projects, and healthful living with fresh local food readily available. We are open to skilled individuals doing part-time work here after an initial “getting to know each other” period.

The site has passive solar and several experimental architectural designs. The focus is on a healthy, drug-free environment. Once in a while we invite other artists and artisans from the entire island to share art and food (preferrably live) with us.

Ahupuaa Village has a banana forest, a jungle, hiking trails, and permaculture gardens with some 60 or so edible plant varieties. If you’re interested in visiting and staying for a while, please contact us.
As of December 2009: We receive many inquiries, most of whom are not clear as to desired type and length of stay and the skills of the person(s) wishing to join us. We apologize in advance if not everyone receives a reply. We make an effort of responding to serious inquiries with resume and detailed data. wishing t


  • Adult Members: 24
  • Child Members: 4
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: currently partial zen buddhist

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: We have leaders for special tasks.

    consensusand move-in agreement

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Small Town, Small Town
  • Area: 3 acres
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Current number of residences: 5
  • Additional Comments: to some extent

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Fruits and produce from the garden



  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: Mostly raw and vegetarian

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Raw food. Sustainability.

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.