Cinderland EcoVillage

Last updated: April 4, 2016 (4 months ago)

Listing created on: July 13, 2010

Cinderland EcoVillage

(Pahoa, Hawaii, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2000
  • Start Living Together: 2000
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Eugene Andrews
  • Phone: 808-747-5142
  • Community Address:
    RR2 Box 3316
    14-4610 Cinder Road
    Pahoa, Hawaii, 96778
    United States

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 will feel very welcomed here… come for a visit visit! Mahalo!


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We do not have land
  • Area: 3 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Current Number of Residences: 35
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit


  • Adult Members: 25
  • Child Members: 12
  • Non-member Residents: 30
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please visit our website:
    then contact us by phone (808) 747-5142 or (808) 769-2595
    or e-mail [email protected]
    to arrange a visit or your stay.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Permanent Membership by vote


  • 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.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 5
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: 5 hours weekly on fun Work Tuesdays.

Sustainability Practices

  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


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

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Rainbow Family
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling

Additional Comments

Luscious Hawaiian jungle!

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Rainbow Family


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.