Archive Page: Hedonisia Hawaii EcoFeminist Community
RIP: August 2004 - May 4, 2018. (Evacuation date)
The 2018 Kilauea volcanic eruption destroyed our community in Hawaii.
This page will remain part of the Archive of Pre-Volcano Hedonisia.
We plan to start rebuilding in 2021. Until then, we continue to work on the Hedonisia EcoFeminist Web Portfolio.
With our approach to community living based on ecotourism and ecofeminism, we attracted amazing people from around the world. We hope to be able to continue doing so in the future.
Hedonisia Post-Volcano Volunteer, Intern & Guest Programs
We are still waiting for the county to restore road access. If that happens, the Hedonisia Post-Volcano Property will be available March 2023. Until then, we offer scaled down versions of our Intern, Volunteer or Guest programs at the following nearby locations:
- Hedonisia Guava Land. Until we can return to our post-volcano land, we are building a sustainable tiny home using locally sourced wood. This will be a temporary base for Hedonisia until we can return to our volcano home.
- Kamaili Forest Farm. We are working with the owners of this property to provide lodgings and volunteer opportunities under many of the pre-volcano Hedonisia community guidelines.
Women in our Eco-Community: Interns, Volunteers, or Guests
More and more female travelers in Hawaii are traveling by themselves and would like to go to a place that feels safe and female-friendly.
Because of the work we do both in the community and on the web, we define ourselves as a 'feminist community' with a number of programs and policies for female travelers in Hawaii to feel 'at home'.
Female travelers in Hawaii might also like our “community of individuals” philosophy. While visitors on the property may do things together as a community such as sharing meals or going on trips together; this is not obligatory. In other words, for female travelers in Hawaii, we provide choice based residential vacation options.
As long as you follow our community rules, you can do your own thing! In other words, you can be as “social” as you want to! This policy means a female traveler in Hawaii can arrive either with a friend or alone, and be assured of safety, privacy, security and friendly people.
Female Travelers in Hawaii: Feminine Empowerment & Enterprise
Here are some of the policies and practices that make ours an eco-feminist community.
1) Dating and Sexual Harassment
Our sustainable community is called “Hedonisia” and it is a very social place! Dating can and does happen.
We do not tolerate sexual harassment yet at the same time we did not want to live in the sterile dating atmosphere of the typical American workplace.
Our community is relatively small which allows visitors to get to know each other very quickly and on a much deeper level.
And so, we developed the Hedonisia Hawaii Consent Culture Guidelines which allows for socialization but with protection for personal space, boundaries, and privacy.
2) Affordable Private or Same Gender Dorm Lodgings
We designed and located most Hedonisia accommodations to offer a fair amount of privacy so that you are able to retreat into your own space whenever you want. Our dorm spaces have only two beds and are the same gender. So if you choose a dorm space, at max you would only have to share with another female.
3) EcoFeminist Entrepreneur Writing & Research
In addition to our ecotourist services, Hedonisia Hawaii is also very active with women’s causes on the web through our portfolio of eco-feminist web projects.
Interested volunteers with writing and research skills may work on the various research and writing projects as part of their work exchange under the Hedonisia Fair-Trade Volunteer Program or as Intern Community Managers.
4) Activist & EcoFeminist Entrepreneur Course
We offer a Feminist Enterprise Business Coaching Sessions based on our Activist Entrepreneur approach to business which is designed especially for those who wish to create businesses that further the cause of female equality.
5) Female Physical Empowerment: Self-Defense for Women
In our interpretation of feminist philosophy, we focus on female empowerment as opposed to victimization. So we invite prospective volunteers, interns, and guests who are knowledgeable about female self-defense to come to Hedonisia to teach self-defense classes for women.
If you have skills or experience in self-defense you are welcome to offer them as part of your volunteer or intern work.
6) Female Environmental Empowerment: Jungle Queens
'Real women' live in the Jungle! The lush rainforest can be mysterious and a little scary. However, women of different ages can overcome their urban fears of the natural world. To be able to live in the jungle can be very empowering especially for women who are often viewed as less able to fend for themselves in nature. As far as jungles go, our Hawaiian rain forest is about as safe as it gets. There are no poisonous or dangerous animals here.
We have tried to make our eco-community cleaner, comfortable and a little more 'civilized'. However, there are natural challenges. That is why we want 'eco-feminists', women who can step a little out of their comfort zone to enjoy being part of this effort to protect and preserve Mother Nature. We encourage (but do not require), females to do so-called 'guys stuff', volunteering on the land doing physical or 'body work'.