Hawaii Community Activism

Hedonisia Political History

Prior to the eruption we were founding board member of the Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance (HSCA). This grassroots organization, active from 2011 - 2014, worked to support legislation in Hawaii to allow for more eco-friendly building practices and communities. Bamboo, a fast growing eco-friendly wood that has been used as a building material for thousands of years in Asia. Yet the vast majority of bamboo species are illegal to use as a construction material in Hawaii.

The HSCA, at its peak had over 600 members. Our grassroots local political lobbying group effort, almost succeeded in its third attempt at passing landmark legislation to create a legal precedent for alternative housing and eco-community living in America and around the world.

We invite visitors to sign up the mailing list on the site. You may be asked to phone or write in testimony to the Hawaii State Legislature where you can create your own account and be part of the political process to give testimony on laws that are going to affect our beautiful state.

Education & Activism through Socially Conscious Business Practices

HSCA display stand at Puna Pono Alliance meeting in Pahoa
Mojo representing HSCA at meeting - Dec 2013

We started Hedonisia Hawaii in 2004 as a simple eco-hostel. We had no politics in mind at that time.

We just wanted to offer a more affordable eco-friendly vacation than the ‘concrete tourism’ in the over developed resort areas of Waikiki, Kona or Lahaina.

However, we found it can be quite difficult to create a sustainable community not only in Hawaii but in most of the USA and Europe due to excessive government zoning and planning regulations.

For big corporations it is much easier to create an environmentally destructive 5-star resort than it is for a small community to go through the cumbersome, expensive and very bureaucratic process to offer services that are outside of the realm of 'traditional tourism'. As a result of our frustration with existing legislation, we had to be part of the political process. And that is what we have done with our local political activism!

We also practice social sustainability globally through our Socially Responsible & EcoFeminist Entrepreneur Web Projects.

Social & Environmental Goals We Address in Our Community Enterprise:

  1. EcoTourism Prototype. We want to demonstrate that true, low-impact eco-tourism is possible in Hawaii and involves inspiration, education, and enjoyment.
  2. Environmentally Friendly Building Permits and Legislation. We want to change zoning laws in Hawaii, to give intentional communities with a social enterprise focus, the ability to legally exist with government incentives—rather than sanction.
  3. Sustainable Community Management Internship. We want to educate intern managers so they can create and manage a sustainable community in Hawaii or elsewhere in the world.
  4. Community, Activist, Feminist or Environmental Entrepreneur Business Incubator. When an intern has an idea for their own social entrepreneur business, we act as an inspirational and practical incubator for them to develop their idea while interning at the community.
  5. To develop sustainable principles, prototypes and practices: Community resource exchanges, natural or recycling building materials, thermal and solar heating/cooling systems, renewable power generation, water harvesting, contained sewage treatment systems and food production.
  6. Eco-Hut Prototypes. At Hedonisia we build small huts like Puka Hale, from recycled and renewable materials as affordable eco-tourist lodgings and to present to the government as prototypes for sustainable low cost housing.

Hawaii Local Politics

Micro issues like building, cleaning, community relations, and maintenance are important for the survival of a community. Hedonisia will always try to be politically active as part of our policy of entrepreneur activism. So interns are welcome to choose this as part of their focus activities.

As a local sustainable community based on ecotourism, part of our community effort is creating local awareness and lobbying the county and government directly to allow for more eco-friendly zoning for homes and communities in Hawaii.

Hedonisia Activist Entrepreneur eBook Access

Activist Entrepreneur eCourseSign up as a Hedonisia Virtual Community Member and receive access to The Activist Entrepreneur. This is a video eCourse on how to create a business which is working through the political system to promote a socially progressive, feminist or environmental cause.

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