Thursday, January 22, 2009

Pangaia Off-Grid in Hawaii

This is a tour of Pangaia's permaculture property on the Big Island of Hawaii. Note how they have a dry toilet and they "grow" the toilet paper next to it, which is a bush with wide leaves!

I can't say they are truly "off grid" since they need all that technology to support the solar and electricity.. What happens if it breaks? But it surely makes for more luxuries - like a washing machine, internet, refrigeration and night-time lighting. But I suppose I could live without those if I had, I wear just shorts and hand wash them (or go naked!) in paradise, spend time learning and receive entertainment from living with nature and working with community instead of needing the internet, we could have a community kitchen where we share cooking responsibilities and all the food is fresh or dig a hole 3-6 ft into the ground or find a shady stream or spring to keep things cool instead of a refrigerator and go to bed when it's dark instead of needing electricity at night!

I suppose living without the internet would be very hard since it is so damn convenient for communication to the outside world! Ahh, let us hope for technological innovations for us to keep this going.. For example, there is a way to eliminate the need for silicon in solar panels from blueberries. And scientists are working on artificial photosynthesis which could turn CO2 into Ethanol! Maybe there is some hope after all?

More videos and information on Pangaia (including tours) can be found on their website.


TheOrganicSister said...

This is great! Thanks for sharing. Love the toilet/paper system. I'll def have to think on that one more.


Leon Basin said...

Hey, how are you doing? Hope all is well.

Anonymous said...

A pack of thieves lives her. They are paraqsites who let the fruit drop and rot. they are rud and invasive to the neighbors. the program charging fees to visit is illegal and the county code does not allow for the unpermitted buildings, the federal law mandates septic systems this close to the water. Do not believe this stuff. It is gag me wrong.

Zachary Stowasser said...

hey anon ! thanks for the post. I visited them last year and the place definitely had a weird vibe for sure!!

Dano's farm on Molokai is the real-deal permaculture...... that is a place worth visiting but he doesnt advertise for tours that I know of! I got lucky.

Ed DeBolt said...

Did it ever sell? I think it was offered for about 500K. It's definitely a flawed situation but I had a good time doing a retreat there. Bunch of girls doing topless yoga. can't complain but it was very political. Hope Mannis is doing well.