Hawaii 2015

So I’ve moved to Hawaii, does that mean I hit it big and rich? Nope. I moved to an EcoVillage to life off grid and have a less damaging effect on the earth and heal myself. I live in Pahoa, HI in the Puna Didtrict which is the poorest part of Hawaii. Tourism comes through to go to Volcano National Park and other unique sites. Like; black sand beaches and a thermal pond. There is a large community of homesteaders here. But most of the people have water catchment systems on or off grid. This is an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and desalination isn’t environmentally sound quite yet.

I run out of money quick as food is 30%+ more than on the mainland, especially dairy and meats. I’ve asked on Twitter for donations but it falls flat as this isn’t the vision of Hawaii most people have. Anyone whose traveled around the world in social justice work knows this. Hawaii being so far from the mainland and price prohibiting the vision gets lost. I mean there’s a real drought going on and El NiƱo has churned and shifted Tropical storms and Hurricanes towards the island when usually the Tradewinds have been a great defense. This part of the islands, still hasn’t recovered from Hurricane Isle from last summer 2014. Shortly before this (June 27) a lava tube opened from Kilauea and lava flowed towards town threatening to cut the town of Pahoa off as lava inched ever closer to downtown and Route 130. This is the only road that leads to anywhere to and from this side of the Big Island. But the lava flow stopped in October 2014. There was panic even though it was a slow flow, businesses still had to shut down and wait. In a poor community that could mean death.
I arrived here June 2, 2015, to a community trying to pick up the pieces.
There are 2 grocery stores, One a natural foods store with prices to put both Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to shame but with much less options. The other grocery store is ok, small with a small selections.
I live on a non productive farm, the owner was on a project for 9 months and things got out of hand and neglected. We’re trying to fix it. It’s off grid, solar power to electrify the night and charge gadgets. Composting toilets to use humanuare (?) as fertilizer for trees.
This farm is situated within the 1961 eruption that took over the town of Kapoho. It to Jezus 15 years to get Cinderland to where it is now.
So, I say this, if you plan a vacation to Hawaii spend money and visit the Puna District to see the real Hawaii.
Also Donations would be appreciated.

4 thoughts on “Hawaii 2015

  1. Hey Cherie! I just came across your web page for the first time in years. You worked with me on a lot of issues at occupy Boston. How would you compare the reality of the homeless population in Hawaii to the one in Boston? I’m so glad that you found a better situation for your health and for the planet. I got so sick, on so many levels, when I was homeless in Boston. Right now I’m housed and I’m letting a homeless friend who is really sick to stay with me. Maybe Hawaii is the next move for some of my friends. Is it better there in a lot of ways, other than the cost of food?

  2. If you’re looking for a new start I live in Michigan and things sound much better here than they do in your current situation. I would be willing to help.

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