Preface - Home Page
Part I: History & Legends
Part II: The Vision
Different Streams Come Together
Part III: Structure & Plans
The Preliminary Permaculture Design
Projects And People
The Intentional Community
Building Intentional Community
The Physical Structure
1. Structures (Prioritized A-C)
2. People On The Land
Activities Within The Structure
Part IV: Community Integration
Cultural Heritage Recuperation
Part V: Finances & Legal Structure
Progression of Planning/Completion Phases
Part VI: Contact Info. & Appendix
Letters Of Intention
East Hawaii has an enormous potential for a sustainable future by committing itself to an ecological orientation in every decision. Kahumana Sanctuary will have a positive influence on the community and might point the way to other community based sustainable projects.
The economy of the Big Island, historically based on agriculture but now more dependent on tourism, has not yet recovered from the statewide slump that began in 1991. In addition to drops in tourism and foreign investment, the sugar industry began its rapid collapse after a century of dominating the islandss economy.
East Hawaiis economy presents a different picture. With the domino-like failure of the sugar plantations in East Hawaii, roughly a thousand former workers were left with few economic options. Almost 60,000 acres were taken out of production. The closing of Ka`u Sugar in 1996 marked the end of the sugar plantation era on the Big Island.
Today, County and State government, the University of Hawaii at Hilo, several astronomy bases, and diversified agriculture anchor the economy. Timber operations - particularly those using fiber trees - are being developed on former sugar lands.
East Hawaii is noted for its lush tropical agriculture: anthurium, papaya, orchid, foliage, banana, and ginger, among others. While such farms may sometimes be lucrative, the constant battle against invading pests has sapped much of the profit from these ventures.
Developing sustainable agricultural practice can lead to a natural regulation and avoidance of these problems while at the same time avoiding toxic contamination of the environment.
Another main resources for a sustainable future of this island could be Ecotourism
Throughout the developing tropics, protected area managers and local communities are struggling to balance the need for economic growth with the preservation of natural resources. Ecotourism may offer one way of striking this critical balance. Well-planned ecotourism can benefit both protected areas and residents of surrounding communities by linking long-term biodiversity conservation with local social and economic development.
In the beginning we give importance to giving the surrounding population information on the establishment of our community. We engage in a program of divulging our existence to the local population through flyers, local radio talks and direct invitations.
Our concern for the environment and the community will lead us to the establishment of several programs. We can divide our programs as follows:
- Cultural Heritage Recuperation
In the area of conservation, we engage in two main activities:
First we establish an "Environmental Education Program" aimed at understanding the interaction between humans an their environment specifically adapted to the study of our surrounding area.
This program is offered to members, visitors and the surrounding community. It is hoped that by educating the younger generations and the surrounding population in the use of environmental friendly practices, we are contributing to the future preservation of the area.
Secondly we have a "Restoration Program". This program is established from the beginning. We will utilize only native species, and hope to continue the program in conjunction with the surrounding communities.
We believe that education and the access to knowledge contributes to the improvement of social conditions. We start from the beginning a series of programs. The school serves the community and is open to any person wishing to attend. We offer a series of workshops on specific skills such as, carpentry, art crafts, painting, music and physical education. We also impart a series of seminars in the following areas:
Medicinal plants 30hrs
Martial arts 72hrs
Formation of environment promoters 72hrs
Survival skills 30hrs
Basic search and rescue techniques 22hrs
Identification and characterization of wild orchids 26hrs
Reforestation techniques 21hrs
Forest fire prevention and control 21hrs
Bird identification 6 hrs
Organic agriculture 26hrs
Nutrition and vegetarian cooking 21hrs
Cultural Heritage Recuperation