Big Island Intentional Community Guide

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Big Island Intentional Community Information

Many Hands Make Light Work

Properly speaking, global thinking is not possible... Look at one of those photographs of half the earth taken from outer space, and see if you recognize your neighborhood. The right local questions and answers will be the right global ones. The Amish question, what will this do to our community? tends toward the right answer for the world.

- Wendell Berry

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Big Island Intentional Community - Putting It Together.

Welcome to the Big Island Intentional Community guide, we seek to help connect you and the various intentional community offers from around the island.

The Puna region of the Big Island is unique in all of Hawaii for its prominent off grid, back to the land attitude.  Along with that attitude comes people who desire intentional community opportunities.

You will find a substantial number of communities throughout the east side of the Big Island.

Establishing a functional & flourishing intentional community is an accomplishment that many are unable to claim.

Sharing space within a community requires heightened awareness, an accountability for individual actions, choice of words, and a solid commitment to improving the quality of life for all involved.

Below we have a list of some of the active communities on the Big Island.  There is also the International Communities directory which is a great resource for intentional communities around the world.

Our Big Island intentional Community listing:

Aorista / Dragon's Eye Learning Center

Dragon's Eye Learning Center FB Page

Dragon’s Eye Learning Center is located at a lush, expansive, off-grid farm in rural east Hawaii.  The site offers a large studio, a kitchen, gardens, classrooms, a library, computers, musical instruments, a wood shop, solar power, orchards, sewing machines, an aquaponics system, orchards, and a Community Supported Agriculture business.  The learning center is guided and land is stewarded by Aorista, an egalitarian intentional community.

Asante' Gardens

The mission of Asanté Gardens is to live sustainably and joyfully as a tribal group in a permaculture-based, tropical food forest environment.  Our goal is to create a place of refuge, rejuvenation, and holistic education, and to become a model for emerging ecovillages around the world.

As an ecovillage, we intend to:

  • live harmoniously, joyfully, and in deep gratitude of one another
  • become economically and environmentally sustainable, with a minimal ecological impact
  • be a model for intensive tropical food farming, producing an abundance and surplus of food year round, while using natural and organic farming methods, and permaculture
  • use eco-friendly alternatives for power, water, transportation, and waste systems
  • use and promote eco-friendly natural building techniques, using local and low-cost materials
  • become largely car-free and petroleum-free
  • achieve a state of zero landfill waste produced
  • cultivate a tribal, village lifestyle, where each person is accessing and expressing their highest creative potential
  • cultivate an economy of giving,  sharing, and thoughtful consideration of needs
  • promote compassionate, cooperative, and mindful living, as a way forward for human settlements on the planet, and to preserve and support ecosystems and the natural world


Bellyacres FB Page

(808) 965-8756

Bellyacres Internship Video

SPACE has existed since its opening in November 2007 to continue the work of Hawaii’s Volcano Circus building ‘social capital’ in Puna.
It aims to provide a place where connections between people and groups are made, renewed and strengthened for the purpose of developing a united, flourishing community. This includes :

  • Providing opportunities for individuals of all ages to develop and share their gifts and talents in a hands-on experiential and exploratory learning environment
  • Encouraging a sense of pride in the local environment, improving access to positive and prominent cultural and recreational activities like the HICCUP Circus
  • Creating opportunities to celebrate and delight in life together, forging real collaborations within the community, with all participants actively involved in developing, planning, and implementing programs and activities
  • Modeling and promoting sustainable living research in the development of local community.

Gaia Yoga

Gaia Yoga Gardens FB Page

We think GaiaYoga is more than just a good idea. We're convinced that living holistically and sustainably is an essential part of our human nature. What that means is that we all need the living integration of Spirit, self, community, and Earth if we're going to be truly fulfilled and happy.

Here's how we came to this understanding. For many years, we engaged in cutting-edge philosophies and alternative ways of living. In the process, we learned and grew and healed tremendously. But even so, we never hit upon a way of living that wholly satisfied us. Over time, this became quite discouraging and caused us to take a deep look at what was missing.

Eventually, we came to see that the foundation of where we were coming from was fragmented. We were focusing on one part of life (such as spirituality, diet, agriculture, communication, etc.) as if it was ALL of life. It was like we were treating one or two spokes of a wheel as if they were the hub, and then wondering why the ride was so bumpy. This didn't mean anything was "wrong" with those spokes - we just couldn't use them as a hub.

That understanding was the birth of GaiaYoga. We realized that we absolutely needed a hub, and that it consisted of making holism our central focus. In other words, we needed all the facets of human life to be present in a balanced, sustainable, and sustaining way. And we defined those primary facets as Spirit, self, community, and Earth.

Gentle World

We hope to inspire others to understand the vegan ideal so that we may create a more peaceful world together - not in some distant tomorrow when the lion lies down with the lamb… But today, when we do.

Kalani Oceanside Retreat

Kalani Oceanside Retreat FB Page

Kalani Video

(800) 800-6886 (toll-free reservations in USA and Canada)
(808) 965 7828 (reservations worldwide)
(808) 965 0468 (main office)

Kalani is more than a place to vacation or take a workshop. We are a thriving community of individuals who have made Kalani our home. Kalani community is actively engaged in sustainable agriculture, as well as operating an educational retreat, is an important contributor to the Big Island’s eco-tourism economy and is closely connected to the surrounding Pahoa and Puna area as well as the entire Hawai’i Island.

Kulana Artist Sanctuary

Kumukoa House

Kumukoa House FB Page

The Kumukoa House is a living-learning center adjacent to UH Hilo grounded in     principals of permaculture, aloha aina, and thrivability. The community promotes living  consciously in community, harmoniously in the dawn of the 21st century.  Yes, our civilization faces an unprecedented amount of challenges in our modern age. The aim of the Kumukoa House is to be a living example of a response/ solution to those challenges.

La'akea Community

La'akea Community FB Page

La'akea Video


We are a small, family style, egalitarian, intentional permaculture community on the big island of Hawai’i. Staying with us is a vibrant immersion in our community lifestyle, and many visitors find it transformative and life changing.

We are a committed group of people working together closely as a means to health, relationship vitality, economic stability, personal and spiritual growth. We integrate the social aspects of sustainability into daily life: how to live together with honesty, love and peace, and share power and leadership.

Malu 'Aina

Malu ‘Aina (Land of Peace) is the Hawaiian name given to the Center for Non-Violent Education and Action, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization

Malu ‘Aina located ten miles south of the city of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Malu ‘Aina is a spiritual community based on peace, justice and sustainable organic farming.

The seed to establish Malu ‘Aina was a donation of 22 acres of land in 1979.  At Malu ‘Aina we work cooperatively, seeking through aloha ‘aina(love for the land) a deeper understanding of non-violence as a way of life.


New Culture Hawaii

New Culture Hawaii FB Page

New Culture comes out of examining every aspect of our existing cultures and experimenting to find out how to create a world based on love and freedom, rather than fear and violence.

 In our explorations we have looked at everything from inner aspects of one's self-experience to global consequences of our societal choices.


PeleAina FB Page

Aloha, From the tropical rain forests of Hawaii.  This cooperative living experience, Stewarded by Jeffree Be. offers a focus on highly activated living and artistry of  life.  Featuring:  Grand Xyst (Gym) thick carpeted community play area; designed for exploring Body Movement and Aerial Fabrics!  We also offer and share Yoga, Sewing and Sound Recording Studios.

As a culture, PeleAina grows to become ever more Inclusive; offering gallery space to our extended community artists of all breeds.  Come enjoy this open air environment enriched with favorite Pele art creations.

The land features a Banyan Faerie Sanctuary, Zen Bamboo Land, and an Elemental Guava Playland, along with an outdoor fire heated tub.  We live on approximately 3 Acres of the ten Acre land  we now know as PeleAina.

Pi`ilani Farms


Polestar Gardens

Polestar Gardens FB Page

(808) 430-8009

Polestar is a spiritual community on the Big Island of Hawaii that offers year-round, hands-on experience in cooperative living based on the universal teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

We offer an energizing life-style of daily yoga and meditation, karma yoga or service projects, and outdoor-adventure opportunities for apprentices, guests on vacation or personal retreat, and families and youth. People of all faiths are welcome.

Popai Hawaii Eco Beachfront Homestead

The Permaculture Foundation of Hawaii

The Permaculture Foundation of Hawaii FB Page

The Permaculture Foundation of Hawaii Video


The foundation’s mission is to apply, promote, and advance the principles of Permaculture through research and development, education, demonstration projects, and preservation of ecological, artistic and cultural diversity.”

Anawaiwela Farm grew out of a desire to contribute to food security for Hawaii, to create a self-reliant and abundant future, and to meet times of uncertainty with joy and creativity.

Permaculture is a design system rooted in a set of core values, which orient us through an endless variety of circumstances.

  • Respect for the Earth.  Create a mutually beneficial relationship between humans and the environment.
  • Nourish the people.  Support and help each other to change to healthy ways of living that do not harm the planet.
  • Fair share.  Use limited resources in ways that are equitable and wise.