One Island

Captain Cook, Hawaii, United States

  • Last updated: February 17, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: June 1, 2011

Mission Statement

To practice being compassionately responsive toward others in our daily path as we work together growing food and engaging with service to the wider community.

For those of us who are ‘too old’, or not strong enough to farm 32 hours a week, we offer the option to fund a Mesa Steward ( to farm in your stead. If this notion interests you we can tell you more when you apply.

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. Two of our current Steward are from other countries.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Spiritual or Religious Community, Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events, Grant funded projects
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 11 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Planned number of residences: 5
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    The lease will renew for another 35 years in 30 months. The lessee may be changed to a co-op at that point. The lot can be subdivided into 2 five acre+ ag lots, which would allow up to 4 residential buildings and 10, non-permitted, 1000 square foot ag buildings for processing, etc.

    Meanwhile, we live in a 400 sq ft tent cabin. Common spaces include 2 kitchens, solar hot water, a 2500 sq ft open air barn, 6000 sq ft of greenhouses, county water as well as a 32,000 gallon catchment tank. Much of the irrigation is installed.

    Out lot includes a 1200 square foot home used to help pay full-time-farm-worker stipends.


  • Adult Members: 5
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 5
  • Percent Women: 71-80%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Come visit.

    Come live and work with us on the farm.

    Possibly help us with a project being managed by the 501c3 non-profit, doing rural economic development and education projects, operating from the farm (see website).

    Demonstrate leadership skills in a domain of business, farming and/or community service.

    After a suitable amount engagement it will be evident if we are matches. Then we can talk about mechanical stuff, money etc.

  • Additional Comments:

    “Our” farm is held as self-healing space. We are a community of practice; most of are walking a path, informed by the green natural world, of service to those around us, including one another.


  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Join Fee: $50000
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $350
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 32
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    The 32 hours/week ag-labor requirement is a minimum per 2-adult household.

    When you become a member you will build your own ag building as ‘your’ center on the land.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Outdoor Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Green Faith Fellowship
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Green Faith Fellowship

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].


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