Post-Volcano Kipuka Rewilding Hawaii
It will take time as roads are built again through the vast area that was covered by lava, including our property in the 2018 Kilauea volcano eruption. Of the nearly 4 acres that comprised Hedonisia, about 3 acres are covered in lava and is 50 – 120 feet higher than before.
However, there remains a large patch of green of about 1-acre in a beautiful C-shaped ‘kipuka’. Our new green oasis is approximately 1 acre in size. It would allow us to still grow plants for our agriculture needs.
The Kipuka that remains is a perfect isolated patch of green surrounded by lava fields. This creates a potential biodiversity hotspot for rewilding Hawaii. We plan to reintroduce native plants and if we receive support and funding, native animals.
Hawaii has suffered one of the greatest native species loss of any state in America. There are very few native insects, reptiles, mammals or birds left on the land.
Due to the special nature of our Kipuka, we can host native plants and animals in a protected zone free from predators like mongoose or cats who do not like to run around on lava.
“Rewilding is a conservation strategy that allows nature to take over a landscape, with the ultimate goal of minimum human intervention – direct or indirect – to allow wild spaces to thrive.”
In the tradition of Rewilding Projects around the World, we would take the steps necessary to ensure our Kipuka remains free from pests and invasive species.
Until we can fully return and rebuld on our original land we are offering a mini-version of our pre-volcano Intern and Volunteer working and educational discount stays in Hawaii.
Depending on the dates you would like to arrive, you can choose to stay at Hedonisia under our Pioneer or Solitude programs.