Cinderland Ecovillage

Last updated: November 21, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: July 13, 2010

Cinderland Ecovillage

(Pahoa, Hawaii, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2000  Established: 2000
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Eugene Andrews
  • Phone: 808-769-2595
  • Address:
    RR2 Box 3316
    Pahoa, Hawaii, 96778
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please visit our website:
    then contact us by phone 808-935-5875
    or e-mail
    to arrange a visit or your stay.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    Permanent Membership by vote

Mission Statement:

Sustainability commune happy

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, lava flow “ecstatic dance” (now called sundance), health food store, and farmer’s markets.

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 give us a visit! Mahalo!


  • Adult Members: 40
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


  • Decision Making: By a Community Leader
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Elders and long-term members

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

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 3 acres
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit
  • Current number of residences: 15

Labor and Money

  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: 5 hours weekly on fun Work Tuesdays.


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • 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 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!


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