The Shire

Pahoa, Hawaii, United States

  • Last updated: May 30, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 15, 2007

Mission Statement

garden, health, community, art

Community Description

The Shire is located on 90 acres in Hawaii. The community infrastructure includes dry spaces, hot showers, and kitchen facilities.

15 hours a week of WWOOFing as well as support for propane and other costs is appreciated. The Shire is a bio-intensive farm with permaculture and agroforestry.

Honest communication is the foundation for our community life. We also explore construction of farm infrastructure using local and recycled materials.

We encourage craftspeople, artisans, and other cultural creatives to come and participate as artists in residence. We encourage ownership participation in our community to support infrastructure development. We are seeking grant funding for development of an agriculturally based Hawaiian Healing Retreat.


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  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 1999
  • Start Living Together: 2003
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address:
  • Community Address:
    13-1367 Nunulu Road
    Pahoa, Hawaii, 96778
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 90 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 0
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Additional Comments:

    farm structures only


  • Adult Members: 6
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact us to schedule a visit, tour, or farm-stay.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Mutual affinity after trial period.

  • Additional Comments:

    Living beings seeking the Truth with gratitude

    Spirit follows individual paths toward the unity of One Truth in One Love, One Source and One Center.

    Determined by parents


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


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

    60 hours a month

    $21 Life membership at 1st level

    $150 to $300 per month depending on work and accommodations

Sustainability Practices


  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Goal: over 50% within the year

    Health is paramount

    Raw and local foods are encouraged

    Restricted in common areas

    Prohibited in common areas

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Partial, Special, or Limited Community Plan

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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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