Hedonisia Hawaii Sustainable Community
Pahoa, Hawaii, United States
- Last updated: July 10, 2018 (1 second ago)
- Listing created on: September 18, 2005
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!
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!
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 2004
- Start Living Together: 2004
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
- Website address: https://www.hedonisia.com/
- Business, Project, or Organization: https://www.hedonisia.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hedonisiahawaii
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/hedonisia
- Contact Name: Hedonisia Hawaii Sustainable Community
- Phone: 808-269-2825
- Community Address:
13-657 Hinalo St
Pahoa, Hawaii, 96778
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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%
- 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’.
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Utopian EcoVillage Network Federation, Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance
SPACE – Hawaii Volcano’s Circus, Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance
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