We are currently in the process of cocreating
the Pua Mana community on the island of Hawaii. We are together celebrating the
expression of art, music, poetry, dance, sacred ceremonies, and giving voice to
the joys of our hearts. Our community is a growing number of like-minded souls
and we are currently accepting new members who are attuned to our visions and
goals. We adhere to the principles of permaculture and ecovillage
development, working with the nature spirits and devas of the land, as well as
enhanced interaction of our collective embodiment as a consciously co-creating community.
We have recently purchased 89 acres of beautiful land
in the heart of the Puna district on the island of Hawaii. There are currently
8 owners who have contributed to pay off the land which
is now mortgage-free. We intend to have, in the very near future, a total of 17
owners giving us a population density of approximately 5 acres per
owner/household. The land is actually owned by the LLC we have recently formed
and registered in the state of Hawaii. We're talking about ecologically
developed living dwellings and communal structures. We are in the planning
stages of creating the communal center before beginning the construction. This
will be a building that will house a kitchen, laundry area, composting toilets,
hot tub, sinks, and showers. Our plans include a walk-in refrigerator and
freezer. In addition, there will be communal office space, a large gathering
area, rooms for meeting, doing yoga, workshops, etc. This will enable us to
build our living spaces free of the necessity and expense of water and sewage
hookup. We also intend to keep the personal dwellings "off the grid",
that is, free of electric company hook-up. One of the modest shelters we have
been researching is something called a "starplate"
- a pentagonal framework of lumber, wrapped in shadecloth.
A small solar powered setup could suffice in providing all the power that is
needed. Other alternatives include the possibility of wind generation of power.
We are currently studying these other power generating sources and hope to
implement them sometime in our future. Also in the plans are a small waterfall
and swimming pool, a large capacity catchment pond, and a lookout tower.
Currently we have built a 24' x
36' yoga studio and a 20' x 34' community kitchen. We have several camping areas and the
beginnings of a fruit orchard. We are also accepting at this time those who
would like to come and help build and grow this conscious community. There is also a garden with lots of fresh foods
- various greens, asparagus, eggplant, tomato, and more.
With a rare abundance of
rich black soil, plenty of rainfall and sunshine, and the guiding hands of our
master organic gardener, the Pua Mana community has managed to already give
away over 200 heads of lettuce to our extended community. If you like to grow
plants and get your hands in the dirt, come join us for the bountiful harvest
we have already begun to cocreate with Mother Nature.
So far we've managed to get coconut palms into the ground and are gearing up to
start a massive orchard planting this coming winter season. In addition, there
are lots of fruit trees getting into the ground, including such favorites as
oranges, bananas, rambutan, lychee, rolinia, mamey sapote, black sapote, surinam cherries, jackfruit,
miracle fruit, jamaican lilikoi,
passionfruit, abiu, and
more. We're also planting ornamentals, (lots of which I've forgotten the names
of) all over the property. Two years after we bought the property we discovered
we had a banyan tree in the woods in the back that's
as old and as big as any banyan tree I've seen on Banyan Drive in Hilo. There
are still areas of the property we haven't walked or even seen yet, being that
the back is quite jungly (is that a word?).
about ten miles inland from the rugged lava coast there is a magnificent view
of Mauna Kea in the west in the quietude of this ohia
tree, uluhe fern and guava forest. We are co-creating
a community of light and talking about the possibility of having a free
university, healing sanctuary, growing tropical fruits and medicinal herbs,
building a recording studio, pottery studio, glass shop, farmer's market
outlet, and many other creative ideas. We are a growing family of friends
living close to the land and soon to be in alternative sheltering structures.
We are also planning an outdoor kitchen which will be
part of a large open air dance floor/performance space. We all look forward to
the communal fire at night, shared meals, and gatherings and rituals with our
extended community. It has been a real blessing in our lives to have
accomplished all that we have so far.
If you'd like to visit our community, you can contact us via email, or
telephone us at: 808-430-5528, or mail to:
Pua Mana Intentional
P.O. Box 1608
Pahoa, HI 96778
Please let us know if you intend to come only for a day visit or if you will
need overnight accomodations. Longer stays can be
arranged. Our policy at the community is to ask that you help us in ongoing
projects if you plan an extended visit. We look forward to meeting new potential
members who feel drawn to our growing "family".
Here's the official Federation
of Intentional Communities website.
a very informative book entitled Creating
A Life Together
that I'd recommend reading if you're at all interested in living in community
and would like to know what it entails to live this lifestyle.