Cinderland Ecovillage

Last updated: July 24, 2015 (4 months ago)

Listing created on: July 13, 2010

Cinderland Ecovillage

(Pahoa, Hawaii, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2000
  • Start Living Together: 2000
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Eugene Andrews
  • Phone: 808-769-2595
  • Address:
    RR2 Box 3316
    14-4610 Cinder Road
    Pahoa, Hawaii, 96778
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please visit our website:
    then contact us by phone (808) 747-5142 or (808) 769-2595
    or e-mail
    to arrange a visit or your stay.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    Permanent Membership by vote

Mission Statement:

Sustainable, happy commune!

Community Description:

Cinderland is an ecovillage located in a beautiful, jungle-like landscape on the Big Island of Hawaii about 20 miles southeast of Hilo near the shoreline. We are a community focused on self-sustainability, organic gardening and permaculture. We share the dream of a simple, healthy, natural way of life.

We are minutes away from the black sands beach, tide pools, volcano steam vents, warm ponds, Green Lake, “ecstatic dance”, health food store and many farmer’s markets.

As a community, we have Monday Stone Soup night, Tuesday potluck, there are communal meals and music almost every day.

We welcome people of all backgrounds and nationalities, particularly those that are friendly, open, conscientious, love the earth and are committed to its preservation.

Food from our many fruit trees and vegetable gardens are available to our residents.

We are very welcoming…come for a visit visit! Mahalo!


  • Adult Members: 40
  • Child Members: 12
  • Non-member Residents: 30
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Not a particularly spiritual or religious Community, Rainbow Family, Jedi, Other
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Type: Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability.), Shared Housing (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling.)
  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Managed by the owner of the land and appointed managers.

    Occasionally, the community will make the decision by majority rule.

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 3= acres
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit
  • Current Number of Residences: 15
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: 5


  • Additional Comments: 5 hours weekly on fun Work Tuesdays.



  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%


  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Raw or Mostly Raw


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Additional comments: Something’s always cooking in the Common Kitchen, plus all kinds of more individualized meals.

    With so many fruits…

    Many raw foodists, some cook non-veg in their own camps.

    Prohibited at open-invitation gatherings, otherwise — no restriction, except no public drunkedness.

    Never close to non-smokers!


Additional Comments

Luscious Hawaiian jungle!

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


ecovillage, the big island, hawaii, puna, near hilo

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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge