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Last updated: June 1, 2011 (3 years ago)
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One Island Sustainable Living Center

(Honaunau, Hawaii, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2004  Established: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.one-island.org/hawaii
  • Contact Name: One Island Crew
  • Phone: 8083282452
  • Address:
    PO Box 865
    Honaunau, Hawaii, 96726
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please cotnact us by email at hawaii at one-island.org

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Collaborative Community

Community Description:

One Island is an intentional community sited on an organic farm on the west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Our neighborhood is a lush green pocket where papaya, mango, banana and many tropical and subtropical fruits flourish. Nearby are Kealakekua Bay, the National Park’s Place of Refuge, and small beaches.

We operate a non-profit sustainable living education center and our facility serves as a community commons for other like-minded eco-farms and sustainability supporters in our immediate area. Since Hawaii does not allow multi-residential dwellings on ag land, we are developing a distributed eco-village model in Honaunau, heart of the Kona coffee belt, where diversified agriculture and solar energy offers us an opportunity to walk-the-talk of sustainability, farm by farm, household by household.

At One Island we grow a diversity of organic fruits and vegetables, breed butterflies and host a pollinator habitat, have native and canoe plant gardens, demonstrate and use renewable energy (we are 90% off grid) and host education programs on sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, arts & culture, and health & wellness – four cornerstones of sustainable living.

We also are fostering green business and cooperative incubation and local economic development programs with a new GREEN WALK eco/ag/tourism program launching this year.

One Island’s home base has 2 permanent resident/owners, 2 resident managers, and welcomes 3mo-2yr residencies for interns interested in learning from and assisting with our education programs and farm. We are also developing partnerships in the Pacific Northwest and the American Southwest.

Population

  • Adult Members: -4
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

Government

  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 11 acres
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Current number of residences: 2

Labor and Money

Diet

  • 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 seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Keywords

eco village, organic, farm, sustainable, renewable nergy, solar, health, wellness, art, culture, you

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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.
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