This was the year of our birth! And it was a messy birth! The land was a polluted junkyard. Rusting machinery and vehicles were strewn everywhere and often covered by jungle vegetation. The more we cleared, the more junk we saw. After 7 truckloads of trash from the crater and removing 18 junk vehicles, we began to change it slowly over to a more gentle ecofriendly place! And we ended the year with a wedding!
The day we purchased the property The way the land looked before it was Hedonisia! The previous owner’s left behind opala. Our driveway to paradise in its first iteration More opala from the previous owner! We cleaned up trash like this to create an island paradise! The lower level of the junkyard that became Hedonisia Teepee Toilet Landscape We would eventually turn this garbage trail left by the previous owner into a walkable path into the crater The path into our jungle hideaway when we first moved in The Pre-Mural Barn Entrance Structures yet to come: The bathroom, recycling area, smoking temple, compost area and Bamboo Hut. Cars left behind by the previous owner Jungle Cottage in Its Original State Junk left on the lanai by the original owner Jungle Cottage, perched on the edge of our very own black lava rock crater! The side of the crater before we built it up We inherited these items on the lanai, some of which we still use today! That’s our current chicken coop to the right Our jungle gym the first year we lived in Jungle Cottage View of Yoga Barn from Ocean View The Yoga Barn before it had the Haka Hou Mana Mana Missing: the bathroom, Smoking Temple, and toolshed Our Yoga Barn before we painted it! The first structure we built on the property The Jungle Cottage Office, with Althea in the doorway We built our first shower on the side of what would become Yoga Barn Barn Tents; Original Community Lodgings! Our first accommodation, with some pieces of junk we weren’t able to move yet The heart of the community today was part of the driveway of yesterday From Bamboo Hut, looking towards Hinalo St. Mojo’s father playing the tabla drums in front of the Jungle Cottage. Walk like a Mogyptian! Putting da lime in da coconut Leah in her wedding dress in front of Yoga Barn Leah, Althea and Mojo on the wedding day Someone waving from down in Puka The earliest trail into puka Clay climbing out of puka on Hedonisia Althea, Leah and Mojo on their wedding day Our former neighbors across the street The Yoga Barn on the wedding way Moving bamboo in the early days of Hedonisia Mojo and Leah on their wedding day Mojo and Leah’s wedding vows Althea, Leah and Mojo Leah, Mojo and Clay on the wedding day. Mojo, Althea and Leah in the front of Hedonisia Mojo and Leah on their wedding day Mojo and Leah in front of Hedonisia with the wedding retinue’s cars parked behind Mojo smiles as Leah and Adil share a moment The young Punatic couple with the father of the groom The bride and father of the groom outside the newlyweds’ home Leah and Mojo perform a traditional wedding walk The wedding couple and best friends Mojo and Leah’s wedding kiss Wedding retinue gathered for ceremony Mojo helping build Bamboo Hut The site that would become Hedonisia’s recycling zone Hawaiian pig in Hedonisia’s driveway Mojo talking to the original owner Looking towards the street from within the Hedonisia property. The original state of puka when Hedonisia was bought View to the hill where we built Kahuna Cabin at Hedonisia The site for Kahuna Cabin before construction Leah near the edge of the crater by Jungle Cottage Downtown Hilo with baby Althea Mojo posing outside Jungle Cottage near the crater The Yoga Barn at Hedonisia before we made it green with plants Mojo’s Ford F150 in the driveway at Hedonisia The original site for the eco toilet at Hedonisia The original site for the eco toilet at Hedonisia Yoga Barn with crater in the background Construction of the frame of Bamboo Hut The original site of Bamboo Hut Althea & Clay during construction of Bamboo Hut Young Althea working on the property in the early days Althea playing with a broom on her parents’ Hawaiian paradise Mojo and Althea relaxing outside Jungle Cottage Mojo with Althea at the corner of Hinalo and Pohoiki in 2004 Our dirty Jungle Cottage that we transformed into a studio in paradise The original chicken coop outside of Jungle Cottage The Jungle Cottage Office, with Althea in the doorway View of Jungle Cottage from the street Jungle Cottage with its chicken coop from the early days Trash in the driveway left by the former owner The father of the bride inspects the volcanic crater! Jungle Cottage with the crater slope behind it Leah and her family pose outside Jungle Cottage Hedo Crater Side View Driveway at Hedonisia Althea playing in the property driveway Old machinery left around the property outside of Bamboo Hut