Please enjoy getting to know us, and our beautiful land, by watching our videos!

Introduction to La’akea Community Slideshow

La’akea Intentional community is a small family of friends doing organic permaculture on our 24 acres of rainforest on the Big Island of Hawaii. We value emotional intelligence, communication skills, low impact living, and openness to alternative lifestyles. Take a tour with our members Tracy and Amara! This was part of an Virtual Tour of Intentional Communities hosted through the Foundation for Intentional Community, June 2021

An experimental method of treating the infestation of the Queensland Longhorn Beetle, which bores inside trees, lays eggs and the grubs eat the inner bark, eventually killing the tree. Currently there is no recommended way to treat them, so we tried using a fungus that is used to kill the coffee borer. It was successful at killing almost all of the grubs after one month of repeated applications, and a 95% reduction after two months. Michael Holwell outlines and demonstrates his process. The beetle infests citrus, avocado, Norfolk pine, kukui, cacao and many more. It is currently only found on the east side of the Big Island. Filmed in Pahoa, Big Island, Hawaii, ©2024 by Amara Karuna. Feel free to share.

Sharing Lives

What is it like living in community on our Hawaiian Permaculture farm? This video overview includes interviews with members and gives you an idea of the culture and activities we share together at La’akea Community, on the Big Island. Music by Musasa Marimba Ensemble.

a vew of our organic greenhouseHome in the Jungle -Hawaii Permaculture Farm

Come take a land tour of our Hawaiian Permaculture farm, and check out the tropical gardens, pond, animals and people! It will give you a peek at what happens here on the land at La’akea Community, on the Big Island. Music by Musasa Marimba Ensemble.

Permaculture Education Programs

A short introduction to the permaculture training programs offered at La’akea community, with teacher Tracy Matfin. Get a look at our gardens and systems, and how we use permaculture principles in our organic farm in Hawaii.

Laakea Interns Interview

What is life like as an intern or farm supporter on our permaculture farm in Hawaii?  Hear what some of our former interns have to say about their experience in our intentional community for a month.

Visitors Sharing
Listen to what a couple of visitors say about staying at La’akea community for a few days, while they were in Hawaii.

Watch our video of the 2011 Seed Exchange!  La’akea Permaculture Community sometimes hosts a Seed Exchange, where local farmers and gardeners can come to share seeds and information about local food growing techniques.  That year we also had a local foods cooking contest!  Share the fun.


How can we make yummy breadlike foods living in a tropical rainforest, where growing grains is difficult? Join Tracy Matfin in a short exploration of making flour from tapioca root (cassava), peach palms, and taro root. A talk given at the 2014 Equinox East Side Seed Exchange, at La’akea Community near Pahoa, Hawaii.

Learn how to make delicious and healthy raw milk yogurt yourself in this step by step outline of a simple process. With Diga Kern, at the East Side Seed Exchange 2013, Big Island, Hawaii.

Intro to Peer counseling

If you would like a short introduction to Holistic Peer Support counseling, giving some of the basic ideas about emotions and emotional healing, check out this little video with Amara Karuna teaching in Hawaii.





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