Cinderland Eco Village

Pahoa, Hawaii, United States

  • Last updated: May 21, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: July 13, 2010

Mission Statement

Our vision is a world where everyone lives in ecological harmony. We believe in sustainable, responsible agriculture, like making sure to replenish the soil, saying no to crossbred GMOs, and living in harmony with our animal brethren as well.

Jezus’s mission is to build an eco friendly, self sustaining community starting from barren land and minimal funding. Starting with land, a dream, and many compassionate helping hands, we’ve learned as we progressed and are proud to be an example of how anyone can build a eco-friendly village or homestead like ours.

The main goal is to be completely off the grid, growing all our own food, with complete independence from the modern worlds support. We want to start from nothing and reach complete sustainability with only 20 years of perseverance to do it; and by golly we’re almost there!

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 on 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 open, love the earth and are committed to its preservation.

Come see what we’re about, we would love to have you here,


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land in the permitting or zoning stage
  • Area: 3 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses
  • Current Number of Residences: 40
  • Planned number of residences: 11
  • Planned Residence Types: Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues, Hammock
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 30
  • Child Members: 4
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Approval by owner and manager. Permanent residency after established community approval.

  • Additional Comments:

    We welcome all who come in the name of peace.


  • Decision Making: Individual with modified consensus
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $280
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    5 -20 ours weekly, Monday for deep cleaning and Tuesday for projects, mandatory unless prearranged.

    One may stay as a work trade after a one month assessment period.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Water catchment
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outdoor Kitchen, Fire pit, Yoga Studio
  • Internet Available: No
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Something’s always cooking in the Community Kitchen, plus all kinds of more individualized meals.

    With so many fruits…

    Some raw foodists, some cook meat in their own camps. Lots of vegetarians and vegans.

    Prohibited at open-invitation gatherings, otherwise — no restriction, except no public drunkenness.

    Never closed to non-smokers!

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Wiccan, Native American, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Hare Krishna, Rainbow Family, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist
  • 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.

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Beautiful Hawaiian jungle location built upon an old 1961 volcanic eruption. Everything here within the berm was planted and nurtured by the owner and all who’ve called Cinderland home.

Getting a ride into town can be easy with lots of visitors coming and going here, Puna is also one of the best hitch-hiking locals in the world, you won’t be arrested easily for it.

We’re within 20 miles of the current lava flow which is easy to get to, just bring lots of water and water good shoes. We are also within 5 miles of landmarks like: Champagne Ponds, Mermaid Ponds, Tide Pools, and Warm Ponds.

We welcome Rainbows, hippies, punks, adventurers, artists, psychics, healers, cultists, freaks, revolutionaries, citizens of the world, retired skilled folks.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Rainbow Family


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