The Kilauea Volcano & how it affects Hedonisia
The Hedonisia Eco-Community was evacuated on Thursday May 4, 2018 due the closeness of the lava flow which threatens the property.
We are now closed until further notice. For those with prior bookings please contact us for cancelation details.
We are struggling to pay the bills and stay afloat. As the world’s first and as far as we can tell, only Eco-Feminist Community, we have set up a Donation Fund:
We appreciate the support of anyone who would like to make a contribution, no matter how small to help keep Hedonisia alive.
Any person who donates will receive a 10-50% Discount on a future stay at our community for being a supporter in our time of need. Mahalo!
Hawaii Volcano Information Resources:
- USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory Lava Flow Updates
- USGS Latest Lava Flow Map
- Hawaii County Volcano Alerts
- Official Photos & Videos of the Flow
- Maps showing flow paths
Loving Non-Attachment & Living on an Active Volcano
One of the founding principles of the Hedonisia community is the Buddhist concept of "loving non-attachment".
We live in Lava Zone 1, on Kilauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone. This is the area now erupting!
We love our community and worked hard improving it. However, we know it can be consumed by fire at any time!
We try to live and love without attachment. For it can all be taken away in a flash of volcanic lava!
That is why we started using the principle of Loving Non-Attachment as a core part of our Activist Entrepreneur business model
The Hawai'ian Goddess Pele of Kilauea Volcano
Why we located here. A Community of Communities!
This is the land of Pele, ka wahine ʻai honua — the woman who eats the land. When we purchased the land that became Hedonisia, we knew there was always the possibility of a lava flow affecting us. After all, our location is officially designated as Lava Zone One!
The intentional communities of the Puna region provide most of the green jobs and sustainable development in the Puna area. They are protected by the volcano but always with the possibility that everything built can be taken away in molten lava!
However, one of the strange benefits of living under an active volcano is that nobody can build a 5-star hotel here! Insurance rates and bank financing are very difficult to obtain in high lava zone areas.
As a result, high rise buildings, strip malls and other big development that have ruined much of Hawaii's natural beauty, is simply not feasible here. Property values are relatively low. This encourages idealistic people from around the world to move to Hawaii, buy land and start a community! (We would include ourselves in this category!)
Like most of the communities in Lower Puna, living in a high lava zone area gives us a little less interference from county officials. This can perhaps explain why more intentional communities are located here than in much of the USA, Europe and the world in general.
Update: As of May 4, 2018 the lava flow has destroyed or closed nearly all of the intentional communities in the region.