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Rebirth Hedonisia Hawaii Community!

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Raised by 32 people in 2 months
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.

With all the eco-lodgings  we built, it 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 it's income and assets and vanishing as a physical location.

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 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.

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 volunteeers liked the opportunity to work on our EcoFeminist Entrepreneur Web Portfolio.

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. 

I have been interested in gender equality since I took Women's Studies in university. 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 the Hedonisia Portfolio of EcoFeminist Entrepreneur Web Projects .

These sites addressed issues like reproductive rights , natural birth control  and female economic empowerment .

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. 

Hedonisia Hawaii Rebirth 2.0! 

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.

This crowdfund 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!

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).

Hedonisia 2.0! Advantages of the new location!

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

With the tragedy still unfolding it's too hurtful to live in Hawaii. So I moved to Portland to live in the 'Hedonisia  Apartment Micro-Community'!

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

We even wrote a Hedonisia Handbook for Sustainable Community Management!

Now we need funding to do it again!

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.

Thank you and aloha.

Mojo Mustapha
Hedonisia Hawaii Community Director

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March 27, 2018. Volunteer & Jungle Queen Builder Beulah 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 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.  We invite you to help us in this effort.

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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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