Opihikao Ecovillage and Kipuka Temple

Last updated: November 6, 2015 (3 weeks ago)

Listing created on: October 4, 2009

Opihikao Ecovillage and Kipuka Temple

(Pahoa, Hawaii, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2012
  • Start Living Together: 2012
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Address:
    [none given]
    Pahoa, Hawaii, 96778
    United States
  • Location

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  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    contact us by email

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

permaculture, sensuality

Community Description:

In March we purchased 25 acres near the beach that had been a farm with macadamia, avocado, mango, and other fruit trees. We have filed for subdivision and are selling five 3-acre lots within the ecovillage to like-minded friends into personal growth and sustainability and holding an 8 acre parcel in the back for the training center.

We are now offering the Conscious Sensuality Leadership Training Program July 1 – August 31. The idea is for people to have an extended opportunity to live the practices of conscious sensuality and permaculture on a daily basis. You can see more at

We are located near Kehena Beach, a clothing optional black sand beach and is an awesome place for yoga, swimming, snorkeling, and often frequented by dolphins who love to swim with people. We are a 20 minute drive from our local town of Pahoa and 45 minutes from the city of Hilo and the airport. We have enough bicycles for everyone in the program. The biking along the Puna coast on the red road is wonderful.

The idea behind this program is for people to living daily life with an inspired community and to gradually re-pattern our experience of ourselves, each other and our sensuality/sexuality. Rather than one week of intensity and then back out in the “real world” we are taking a holistic approach and taking the time to create a different way of living and learning powerful tools, rituals and approaches that are useful for those who are, or are seeking to be practitioners and teachers.

Because we are responsible for our own needs around food, cleaning, etc. and working together, we have brought the price of the course below what is normally offered for training courses. Additionally, we share space and sleeping areas so there is not much privacy but an opportunity to realize our true nature in the reflection of others. There is plenty of space in nature around here for times of solitude, reflection and grounding. There is also time to make money teaching, doing sessions, web design, and other types of work.

contact us at or call 808 965 2382.


  • Adult Members: 7
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: people follow differnent paths, nothing dogmatic, but sprituality is encouraged

    influences from native american, hawai’ian, pagan, buddhist, UU, and others including Tantra

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Buddhist
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Type: Other
  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Additional Comments: Everyone is encouraged to be a leader and take repsonsibility for areas/subjects they have passion for

    people that have been here longer have more input, but feedback from all is valued

    sociocracy with a lead facilitator

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 25 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: and next to hundreds of acres of vacant land that we are working to lease for agriculture

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: encouraged but not required, possibly in the future

    People start with a one month training course



  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.


  • Additional comments: we plan to grow 75% or more of our own food within a few years

    primarily veg, but some fish, lots of raw

    discouraged but not prohibited due to interference with emotional availability and communication

    no smoking on the property


Additional Comments

near the coast, 10 miles from town, adjacent to thousands of acres of open space

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Community Affiliations

GaiaYoga Gardens


permaculture, nvc, massage, polyamory, tantra, yoga, sensual, sex-positive

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