Cinderland Eco Village

Last updated: October 22, 2016 (5 days ago)

Listing created on: July 13, 2010

Cinderland Eco Village

(Pahoa, Hawaii, United States)

Mission Statement:

Our vision is a world where everyone lives in ecological harmony. We believe in sustainable, responsible agriculture, like making sure to replenish the soil, saying no to crossbred GMOs, and living in harmony with our animal brethren as well.

Jezus’s mission is to build an eco friendly, self sustaining community starting from barren land and minimal funding. Starting with land, a dream, and many compassionate helping hands, we’ve learned as we progressed and are proud to be an example of how anyone can build a eco-friendly village or homestead like ours.

The main goal is to be completely off the grid, growing all our own food, with complete independence from the modern worlds support. We want to start from nothing and reach complete sustainability with only 20 years of perseverance to do it; and by golly we’re almost there!

Community Description:

Cinderland is an ecovillage located in a beautiful, jungle-like landscape on the Big Island of Hawai’i. About 20 miles southeast of Hilo, and about 2 miles from the easternmost tip of the island, just a mile and a half from the coastline it lies. We are a community building a life founded 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, and neighbors ready to trade produce just around the corner on Papaya Farms Road.

Residents and neighbors gather in our kitchen for shared meals and music daily, as well as for Monday Stone Soup night, our infamous Taco Tuesday potluck, and various other shindigs and drum jams. Our community kitchen also features an in ground fire pit, piano, and bunk beds.

All of our residents are at home in an all-you-can-eat buffet, you can eat whatever you like that grows on the land, we will teach you how to harvest sustainably and trade with the neighbors to keep the cycle going too. The gardens, greenhouse, solar oven, and solar dehydrator are also free for use to anyone who wants to learn.

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

Come see what we’re about, we would love to have you here,

Raven, M&D of CV


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land in the permitting or zoning stage
  • Area: 3.4 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues
  • Current Number of Residences: 40
  • Planned number of residences: 11
  • Planned Residence Types: Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 25
  • Child Members: 15
  • Non-member Residents: 30
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please contact us by phone or email: Manager- Nicole (808) 936-3983 or Owner- Jezus (808) 769-2595
    E-mail: [email protected]
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Approval by owner and manager. Permanent residency after established community approval.
  • Additional Comments: We welcome all who come in the name of peace and healing. <3


  • Decision Making: By an individual community leader
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Managed by arbitrary owners decisions.

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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $200
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 5
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments: 5 hours weekly, Monday for cleaning and Tuesday for projects, mandatory unless prearranged.

    One may stay as a WOOFER at 20hrs/week after a one month assessment period.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outdoor Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Gym or sports area, Yoga Studio
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Something’s always cooking in the Common Kitchen, plus all kinds of more individualized meals.

    With so many fruits…

    Some raw foodists, some cook meat in their own camps. Lots of vegetarians and vegans.

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

    Never close to non-smokers!

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Christian, Buddhist, Wiccan, Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Hare Krishna, Rainbow Family, Atheist, Agnostic, Luciferianism
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices: Wash body with soap every day and change sheets regularly. Quarantine self when contagious, keep open wounds covered. Notify community when you have contagions promptly.

Additional Comments

Luscious Hawaiian jungle!
Rainbows, hippies, punks, beatniks, adventurers, artists, psychics, healers, cultists, freaks, revolutionaries, citizens of the world, you are all welcome here!
Getting a ride into town is easy, lots of visitors coming and going here, Puna is also one of the best hitch-hiking locals in the world!
On the easternmost tip of the easternmost isle, with the wind sweeping off the Pacific ocean, we have some of the cleanest, freshest air in the world!

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Rainbow Family


ecovillage, big island, hawaii, puna, hilo, pahoa, kapoho, farm, hostle, nonproffit, vegetarian

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