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Rebirth Hedonisia Hawaii Community!

$3,415 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 6 months
Created May 27, 2018
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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.

Our property was valued at more than $750,000. Now as 4 acres of black rock, it is worth almost nothing. Lava destruction is not covered by insurance. 

Hedonisia went from a successful Ecofeminist Community hosting visitors from around the world to losing 90% of its income and assets and vanishing as a physical location.

There are strong feelings of despair in me as I deal with this loss. But then I look at our Facebook page and see the warm, loving messages from many former guests who were positively affected by our community.

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

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

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

One reason is idealism. EcoTourists liked our green philosophy. Interns and volunteers liked the opportunity to work on the Hedonisia Portfolio of EcoFeminist Entrepreneur Projects.

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. 

Moving Forward: Hedonisia Hawaii Community Rebirth! 

In 2005, I bought 2/5 of an acre of guava forest about 10 miles from Hedonisia. If the land survives it could be a potential location for a new mini Hedonisia! The land has an intimate enchanted look. We would try to preserve and work with it when building our eco-huts. 

There is also possible government land swap legislation in the works that would allow us to rebuild on State land while giving up our old land. We might also still return to our original land.

This crowdfunding campaign is to purchase the materials needed to rebuild at this location which I already own or at a future location TBD. All of our tools and building materials were lost in the lava flow. As can be seen from our Eco-Community Purchase List, we would be starting from a completely blank slate!

Donate for 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).

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

Hedonisia will change but we will hold the same ideals of sustainable community living, pleasurable activism and promoting gender equality through female empowerment. 

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 either on the original land or at our other piece of land! 

If you can't afford to donate please post on your Social Media!

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

If you stayed with us before, perhaps 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 us to rebuild our community!

Thank you and aloha.

Mojo Mustapha

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March 27, 2018. Beulah: Jungle Queen volunteer builder fixing the Eco-Toilet Roof exactly 2 months before it was destroyed in the eruption. 

We will never be able to recreate Hedonisia Hawaii. As those of you who visited can attest, it was 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.  We invite you to help us in this effort.

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Today is the 3rd month anniversary since Hedonisia Hawaii was taken by the Kilauea eruption. It is a good time to give everyone an update.

With the loss of my community Hedonisia, which represented much of what I’ve worked for in my life, I have been diagnosed with PTSD. I now see a therapist in Portland to help me process a loss which still invades my sleeping and waking hours.

It has been challenging for me to manage this crowdfund while dealing with grief and working on our other projects. I attempted to make a memorial video for the crowdfund but I keep getting stalled because sorting through the photos and videos of our community causes the tears to well up again.

I have always believed in being a social entrepreneur. The concept of begging which is what crowdfunding is, made me nauseous. I didn’t realize I had to post regularly for a crowdfund to keep people interested. Posting made me guilty because I didn’t want to ‘bother’ anyone!

However, one good idea which I learned in therapy was to relate what happened, and how we are dealing with it, as a story. Telling the story of our destruction and our effort to rebuild is a way to process PTSD because it externalizes an internal pain by making it educational and inspirational.

Plus people are continuously following up to check in on me and Hedonisia! Though there are definitely days when I don’t want to leave bed, I am still motivated.

I have decided to use the crowdfund as a way of telling my and the Hedonisia story.

It feels better to tell our story than to ‘beg’ for a crowdfund. People are more inclined to support or talk about an entertaining story. So I will try to put out a weekly or monthly Newsletter through the crowdfund or by email that describes how we are continuing as a virtual and micro-community as well as the logistics of preparing for the Return, Rebuild and Rebirth of a new Hedonisia!

CURRENT UPDATE:

Though the lava has paused, we just got hit by Hurricane Lane. The property is still in the evacuation zone.

I do have two lots of land in the Black Sands Subdivision which are still intact. My current plan is to build moveable wooden eco-huts on that property and have a ‘mini-Hedonisia’ until it is feasible to either return to our original property or on nearby state land, if the government approves land swap legislation.

I’m hoping to return for an assessment visit to Hawaii after the November election. I may not have a home anymore but I’ve already voted!

Thank you all for your interest and support.
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Many people have asked me what do we mean by ecofeminism and how do we practice female empowerment at Hedonisia Hawaii.

And so, in the spirit of Independence Day, I want to share a video about our EcoFeminist Community.

This video, by the women staying at Hedonisia, was completed just before the lava flow. It describes in their own words, our Jungle Queen program and the EcoFeminist Entrepreneur projects managed by Hedonisia that support female empowerment world wide.

Happy 4th of July!
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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.

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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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Raised by 37 people in 6 months
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