Cinderland EcoVillage

Last updated: September 16, 2016 (1 week ago)

Listing created on: July 13, 2010

Cinderland EcoVillage

(Pahoa, Hawaii, United States)

Mission Statement:


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


  • Status: We have land in the permitting or zoning stage
  • Area: 3.4 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Current Number of Residences: 40
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit


  • 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 (808) 646-0365 or (808) 769-2595
    or e-mail [email protected]
    to arrange a visit or your stay.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Approval by owner, or manager. Permanent residency after established community approval.
  • Additional Comments: No addicts, please, and if you’re afraid of a background check then don’t come.

    We welcome all who come in the name of peace and healing. <3


  • Decision Making: By an individual community leader
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Managed by arbitrary owner’s 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.

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: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outdoor Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Gym or sports area
  • Internet Available: No
  • Internet Fast?: There is no internet access at our community.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • 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 non-veg in their own camps.

    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)
  • 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!

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Rainbow Family


ecovillage, the big island, hawaii, puna, near hilo, pahoa, kapoho, 501-(c) (3)

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.