Rebirth Hedonisia Hawaii Community!

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Raised by 27 people in 26 days
On May 27, 2018 the Hedonisia Hawaii Eco-Community was destroyed by the Kilauea volcano lava flow.

After 14 years of existence in paradise, our community was completely erased by an ocean of lava. It is as though Hedonisia never existed except for the photos and the memories and the website.

My name is Mojo Mustapha and I was the owner and Community Director of Hedonisia Hawaii.

The police allowed me to visit the property twice, on May 10 and when we were evacuated on May 4. As a result, I was only able to salvage the bare minimum of belongings. 

Imagine losing most of your sentimental and valuable possessions that you've gathered over a whole life of travels. A lifetime of memories gone.

And then add the loss of a vibrant working international community that was painstakingly created over 14 years with the support of hundreds of volunteers, guests and interns. It hurts.

Hedonisia went from a successful Ecofeminist Community hosting visitors from around the world to losing 92% of it's income and assets and vanishing as a physical location.

The address on my Hawaii driver's license literally does not exist anymore.

Hedonisia Hawaii was nearly 4 acres in size. With all the eco-lodgings we built, it was valued at more than $750,000. Now as a field of smoldering rock, it is worth almost nothing. 

President Trump has not declared a full state of emergency for Hawaii so I have received no aid or FEMA money. Besides, I don't think he'd want to support an ecofeminist community!

Lava destruction is not covered by insurance. So our loss is pretty total.

There are strong feelings of despair in me as I deal with this loss. I sometimes just want to give up.

But then I look at the Hedonisia Facebook page and see hundreds of warm, loving messages from many former guests who were positively affected by our community. I get encouragement to try to continue on.

Hedonisia Hawaii 2.0!

This fundraising campaign is to create a new physical home for Hedonisia Hawaii.

Visitors often talked about lifelong connections forged at Hedonisia. Many wondered how so many fantastic people were consistently attracted to stay in our little community.

One reason is idealism. EcoTourists liked our green philosophy. Interns and volunteeers liked the opportunity to work on our EcoFeminist Entrepreneur Web Portfolio.

Idealistic people often tend to be interesting because they care for causes and ideas to make the world a better place.
This led to many wonderful friendships and relationships were formed at the community. 

Hedonisia was the only EcoFeminist community in the world!
(As far as we can tell!)

I have been interested in gender equality since I took Women's Studies in university in Canada. Living, working and traveling to 36 countries around the world also gave me an international perspective regarding the global inequality of women.

I put my liberal arts education to use and started a number of ecofeminist web projects in the field of reproductive rights, natural birth control and female physical and economic empowerment.

Our community was small, but our Portfolio of EcoFeminist Entrepreneur Web Projects has a global reach.

We did this on a relatively small budget.  We never took charity because we wanted to show that a community business could be idealistic and profitable. Many interns, volunteers and guests gave it as a reason why they booked a stay with us. 

We seek funding to rebuild a smaller, cozy and more efficient version of Hedonisia.

In 2005 I bought 2/5 of an acre in Hawaii. If this land survives it could be a potential location for a new mini Hedonisia! 

Currently, the land is covered in a guava forest. This gives it an intimate enchanted look. We would try to preserve and work with it when building our eco-huts. 

Hedonisia was funded by eco-tourism. We had a population of up to 18 persons on a 4 acre property.

If we can start a Hedonisia Micro-community, we will still offer volunteer , intern and guest programs.  However, they will be for a community with a maximum population of 6 - 12 persons in 5 eco-huts and two camping spots.

All of our tools and building materials were lost in the lava flow. So we would be starting from a completely blank slate!

This crowdfund campaign is to purchase the materials needed to rebuild:

- Solar panels
- gps survey to mark property boundaries
- Building materials (lumber, roofing, screws, screens)
- Power and hand tools
- kitchen appliances
- laundry appliances
- new toilet and setup
- permits for at least one story building
- jungle style shower/kitchen/toilet
- 6 single beds
- 3 queen beds
- related bedding
- recycling and compost shed
- catchment tank for water setup
- solar water heater
- propane stove 
- 2 refrigerators

If we exceed our goal we could buy one thing most requested at the old Hedonisia. And that would be an outdoor hot tub!

Donate for your future vacation!

We've set up the Reward Perks so your crowdfunding donation is basically an advance investment in your future vacation! 

Any donation no matter how small will add up. Even if we don't get to our funding goal we can still start the rebuilding process (land surveys, brush clearing etc).

If you can't afford to donate please make some noise!

Blog, Facebook, Tweet, Instagram, link to our site! Share it with people you think our story might resonate with.

If you stayed with us before, perhaps you can write a post talking about your experience!

We are trying to let the world know about our situation. Somewhere out there might be that angel supporter or investor who helps to save our community!

Businesses can donate too! We will list all donations from businesses on our website with links to their services.

Hedonisia 2.0! Advantages of the new location!

We will never be able to recreate Hedonisia Hawaii. As those of you who visited can attest, it was such a unique piece of land. 

However, we can take the ideas and inspiration we learned in those 14 years and reproduce a different kind of eco-community.

1) There are no fire ants, few mosquitos and much less rain and mould!

2) With a smaller land space, there will be less strenuous hard work than there was on our 4-acre jungle! So both the volunteer and intern programs will be lighter and easier :)

3) The community will be more cozy with less distance to walk to the bathroom at night :) 

4) There will hopefully be an outdoor hot-tub :)

Moving Forward

I'm back in Portland where I was living part-time in my 'apartment micro-community'. I would often joke that Portland was my Plan B, if the volcano took Hedonisia away. That joke is now painfully true.

With the tragedy still unfolding it's too hurtful to live in Hawaii. 

I want to make this a story of hope.  Hedonisia will transition yet hold the same ideals of sustainable community living, pleasurable activism and promoting gender equality through female empowerment. We even wrote a Hedonisia Handbook for Sustainable Community Management!

We have a proven concept for attracting idealistic people in a community setting which then makes for a wonderful place to make lifelong friends!

Now we need funding to do it again!

Thank you and aloha.

Mojo Mustapha
Hedonisia Hawaii Community Director
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On May 10, 2018 I was allowed by the National Guard to have a final visit to the property. This is our video memorial of that last day. it also shows the nearby lava vents which expanded and took the property. It is sad but I try to end on a message of hope.
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Aloha Everyone,
Thank you so much for all these messages and donations. They did much to lift my spirits and keep me motivated.

Now I'm going through the surreal process of closing down electricity accounts and water bills for a property that doesn't exist anymore.

Many of you also posted pictures of your times at Hedonisia. That was so nice to see the property at different times in its history! :)

Feel free to post more photos and videos! Having a memorable past is a solid foundation to rebuild on!

In Portland, I'm often at the Apple store learning to make movies! I'm making historical movies to memorialize Hedonisia. I've also been recommended to do so for publicity and press releases as I continue the process getting our campaign to the world.

This picture I took on my last visit to the property. One of our Eco-Huts with a Viking Queen mural. Many of our lodgings and facilities had murals of empowered women in warrior poses. They were both popular and motivational!

Rollinia House May 10, 2018. RIP
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