Hedonisia Hawaii Sustainable Community

Pahoa, Hawaii, United States

  • Last updated: July 10, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: September 18, 2005

Mission Statement

Our community is based on sustainable tourism, eco-feminism and community oriented activist enterprise. In addition to our eco-friendly lodgings, our volunteer and intern programs allow you to work with your Heart, doing creative work, with your Body doing physical work and with your Brain doing tech, writing and/or research!

In other words, you can enjoy a community oriented working and educational vacation in Hawaii at a much lower cost than a traditional tourist staying in a hotel.

As one of the few feminist oriented communities in the world we have a number of programs both on the property and with our EcoFeminist Entrepreneur websites, which work towards gender equality through a philosophy of female empowerment rather than victimization.

As a result, our community is increasingly popular with women and progressive men around the world!

Community Description

Hedonisia Hawaii is a sustainable community of volunteers, interns and eco-tourists from around the world. We are located in the rainforest region of the ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii.

We define ourselves as an eco-feminist ‘community of individuals’. So even though we are active on a number of feminist, social and environmental causes, visitors can enjoy a vacation at our community without even know about some of our community projects!

For travelers who wish to enjoy a socially progressive working vacation, Hedonisia Hawaii offers a Fair-Trade Volunteer Program as well as a Sustainable Community Manager Internship where you can learn by actually living in and helping to manage an ecotourist community in Hawaii!

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events, Eco-Feminist Entrepreneur Web Projects
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 4 acres
  • Current Residence Types: 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, Lots to build on, 2-person dorm spaces
  • Current Number of Residences: 13
  • Planned number of residences: 2
  • Planned Residence Types: Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    We offer many different styles of rustic ecotourist lodgings. From private Camping to eco-friendly ‘jungle shacks’ which are cute, unique and very quirky rustic huts! Our lodgings are private or dorm style.

    However, they are only shared between a maximum of two people of the same gender unless otherwise agreed!

Membership

  • Adult Members: 13
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 7
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    If you want to visit Hedonisia contact us to arrange an appointment to visit. Call at 808-269-2825 or 808-430-9903

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Our community in Hawaii is welcomes Eco-Tourist Guest, Intern Community Managers & Fair-Trade Volunteers who wish to enjoy a idealistic working vacation in paradise!

    All applicants must visit our website at Hedonisia.com for the latest info on our various programs and to apply online.

  • Additional Comments:

    We call ourselves a community of individuals. Community activities are not ‘pushed’ on any individuals. By the same token no individual dominates the community. Community Members tend to be eco-friendly and socially progressive.

    At Hedonisia we do a lot of social and feminist activist work but it is mainly through our web projects because we also host ecotourists who often have no idea of our online work!

    Our community respects individual beliefs as long as the respect is reciprocated. However, we are open to honest respectful debate as we are strong believers in free speech!

    To get an idea of the web projects we work on please visit some of the Community Activist Feminist & Eco (CAFE Entrepreneur) sites in our community portfolio:

    – FeministEntrepreneur.com
    – EthicalEropreneur.com
    – EcoSensual.org
    – NaturalMiscarriage.org

Government

  • Decision Making: By an individual community leader
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Mojo Mustapha is the owner of the property and Founding Community Director. His partner Linda Talarico is the Director of Bookings. However, the Hedonisia Community Intern Team also has managerial authority in his absence and when they are on duty.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Depending on the programs they are in, community participants contribute through volunteer work and a small financial contribution that covers utilities and some community expenses.

    – Fair-Trade Volunteers: 12 hours per week. $120 for 1st Week Tryout & then $60 per week afterwards)
    – Community Management Interns: 2 full shifts per week up to one year. ($695 one-time training fee)
    – Weekly/Monthly Guests: 3 hours per week. (Fees vary depending on lodging)

    Fair-Trade Volunteer Program, Intern Manager & Weekly/Monthly Guests all have affordable fees. Please see website for latest prices.

    Community Manager Interns do not pay to stay after their initial Training Fee. Guests and Volunteers pay low weekly/monthly rates till they wish to depart.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Geothermal
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Outdoor Kitchen, Fire pit, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • 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, Raw or Mostly Raw, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    As a community of individuals, each Community Guest, Volunteer or Intern is responsible for their own food and preparation. However, members may decide on a communal meal with each person contributing what they can. This is spontaneous and not compulsory!

    Volunteers, guests and interns may freely harvest any of the many crops growing on the property. However, they are responsible for the rest of their food needs.

    We welcome all diet types but we ask that you respect the individual diet choices of other Members. In a community of individuals as long as no member imposes their food choices on others we respect everyone’s dietary needs.

    We allow drinking but not drunkenness which we define as any behavior under the influence of alcohol that causes another community member to feel uncomfortable.

    Vehicles create a far deadlier form of secondhand smoke so we tolerate smoking in designated areas.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Humanist, Pleasurable Activism!
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    Clean up after yourself and obey rules of personal hygiene as you are living and working with others!

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    Aside from our LGBT friendly policies and the fact that we are a practicing eco-feminist community, we also are welcoming to those who are poly or ‘Ethically Non-Monogamous’.

Additional Comments

Hedonisia Hawaii is a socially progressive community based company that has a quadruple bottom line! People, Planet, Profit and Pleasure!

Our Social Business Plan places great emphasis on Pleasurable Activism! We believe that it is possible make a living working for a better planet and to have fun doing it!

Aside from the green projects and farming which we do on the property, we also manage a number of Feminist Entrepreneur web projects through feministentrepreneur.com.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Utopian EcoVillage Network Federation, Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance

Community Affiliations

SPACE – Hawaii Volcano’s Circus, Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance

Keywords

ecotourism, social enterprise, tantra, ecofeminist, jungle, hawaii feminist entrepreneur, yoga, poly