One Island Sustainable Living Center

Last updated: June 1, 2011 (4 years ago)
Listing created on: June 1, 2011

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:
  • 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

  • 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.


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

Social Factors


    • 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


      • 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)


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

      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