Taylor Camp: The Life and Death of a Hippie Community… Pictures and Film Trailer

A few weeks back, someone asked about “Taylor Camp” once again on a message board.  This is the third time that I have heard the subject brought up, so I figured I’d write a little blog about the subject.

I just did a Wikipedia search on the subject and surprisingly nothing came up on the subject.
Of course I wasn’t a part of “Taylor Camp”, but I could sure see my mom joining something like that back in her “Hippie Days” if she were on Kauai at the time.  In fact, I think about most of the people I bump into in Pahoa now a days, could be a former “Taylor Camp” resident.

So from here on out… I’m gonna take snippets of different things that I’ve googled on the subject to make one long blog.

Hang on folks, a former Taylor Camp resident could be your neighbor.

The following is from:

“Taylor Camp, Hawai’i: The life and death of a hippie community”
by Thomas J. Riley and Karma Ibsen-Riley
Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin 50(6), 1979.

As Ha‘ena State Park was coming into being with the break-up of the Hui Ku‘ai ‘Aina, actress Elisabeth Taylor’s brother purchased a parcel of coastal land in the area. As Carlos tells it, Howard Taylor went to acquire building permits to construct a home on the property. However, the State would not grant him such a permit, since they were planning to condemn the land. At the same time, however, they insisted that he still pay full taxes on the land. In disgust, Taylor turned the land over to the “flower power people.” Drifting young drop-outs from the outside world came to this piece of land and gradually came to form a makeshift community that took the name “Taylor Camp”…

…”By 1972 there were 21 permanent houses at Taylor Camp. All of them were tree houses since local authorities would not issue them permits for ground dwellings. Some of these structures were quite elaborate indeed, with large bamboo pole foundations, clapboard siding, and windows facing the sea. In addition to the houses in the camp there was a communal shower, an open air toilet, a small church, and even a cooperative store which operated on and off until the camp’s closing…

…”The large amounts of metal and glass trash, and the fact that the garden area of the camp, even during its most intense planting, couldn’t have supported even one-fourth of the residents of Taylor Camp, both suggested to us that the camp, despite its isolation, had to be dependent on a traditional American cash economy.” Pacific Worlds

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http://www.taylorcampkauai.com

It get’s much stranger…

“Many local Ha‘ena residents claimed that the economy of the camp was based on welfare support from county and state and on the production and sale of Cannabis sativa, which Hawaiians call pakalolo (“crazy weed”) and we often call marijuana…

…Their church, called the Church of the Brotherhood of the Paradise Children, welcomed Christian, Buddhist, Jew, and atheist alike. Worshippers shared experiences of God, the sun, or the mystical power of the pyramids…

…”Taylor Camp was a somewhat bizarre settlement in the eyes of local residents of Ha‘ena. Its residents often sunbathed in the nude, and some preferred to go about their daily activities without the benefit of clothing. Their church, called the Church of the Brotherhood of the Paradise Children, welcomed Christian, Buddhist, Jew, and atheist alike.

Taylor Camp Film Trailer:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlI_JgJJXsk&hl=en_US&fs=1&]

“Taylor Camp” is a feature documentary (as well as a book to be published by Serindia) that takes the viewer on a journey through the ultimate hippie fantasy – a crazy quilt community of tree houses on the beach at the end of the road on Kauai. It’s about the rejection of American values only to repaint them with long hair,  marijuana and a vegetarian “clothing-optional” lifestyle in the era of flower power, anti-war riots
and the Age of Aquarius.

Taylor Camp was born in the spring of 1969 when artist / oceanographer Howard Taylor (brother of actress Elizabeth) bailed out of jail a rag-tag band of young mainlanders arrested for vagrancy and invited them to live on his land; thus setting off immigrating waves of hippies, surfers, seekers and psychologically scarred Vietnam vets to Kauai’s North Shore.

30 years later, we relive the growth of the camp through storytelling and interviews with the campers and their local neighbors. The interviews are woven into period music, re-enactments, original footage and striking black and white images of the camp from 1971 to 1977, plus a bare-knuckle examination of Taylor Camp’s impact on the local community.

Condemned by the State in 1977, government workers torched the camp before the last resident moved out, leaving behind ashes and magical memories of “the best days of our lives”.

Image Galleries Courtesy of the press materials . Click photo for larger view. (Warning some photos may contain nudity)


70 Responses

  1. I passed through the area in the 70’s and I was basically a runaway from home, long hair, broke, etc.,etc. & the people at Taylor Camp looked at me, with a attitude of like I should hit the road, there’s nothing for you here. They didn’t even want to say hello. That’s a fact of the situation. I hear all of this stuff that they were such great people and I lived on Kauai for about five years and not one time did I have any good thing to do with them. Those are facts. I hiked the trails on the North Shore and I would see them bathing on a steam with shampoo which is full of detergents that destroy the life in the water. It is what it is. I have lived on the Islands most of my adult life and I don’t want to hear comments that I don’t know what’s going on. I have an open mind and look at both sides. The locals and I know them by first name wanted to down some bad things and did. I think they, the people at Taylor Camp made things worse for others that came from other places. What about the one at Secret Beach that was molesting all the children and the cops went down there with guns to get him out. I can’t remember his hippy name anymore, but,it was something like the Wind. There were a couple at the most that I would talk with. The one guy that was associated with them that worked at the radio station and drove the blue vw rabbit was a nice guy.

  2. There’s a Taylor Camp Facebook Group with 700 members – A good place to re-connect! https://www.facebook.com/groups/58022604068/ Peace and Blessings, Robert C. Stone

  3. I knew Howard and Mara Taylor, as well as their kids, very well during this time. Howard bought the land in good faith to build his dream home for his family only to have the state tell him NO! He chose to allow the camp to both give some folks a place to live and to show his disgust with the state. The state of Hawaii couldn’t afford to buy the 7 acres of beachfront land, possibly for several years, but wouldn’t allow him to build and wanted him to pay full taxes. Sorry, by anyone’s standards – that is just wrong. He made the state squirm and finally find the money to pay him for the land. Good on him! Howard, Mara and their kids Simileki,Tommy, Chris, Allyn and Leighton were maybe the best folks I have ever met. Certainly among the most honest. I knew some of the folks at the camp and while they were certainly “hippies” I liked them all.

  4. “It was the best of times it was the worst of times”. The first ones who lived there were people with high ideals but as time past and others followed on to replace them; those high ideals gave way to welfare fraud, travelers check scams,increased drug use, coke smuggling and pot growing. Many who came there fling the materialism of the times or in an effort to escape drug addiction.finely were consumed by those things. Anyone who was there knows of the ultimate tragic end of more than a few loved ones. It was truly “a garden of good and evil”.

    • I was one of the 13 who started the camp. It was so beautiful. Only the Coco Palms existed. We ate off the land. Lived in tents at the end of the road. There were no structures of any kind at that time. We were gentle souls. We also were the first hippies that Kauai folks had ever had there. Prior to getting the land from Howard Taylor we lived at the parks. They stopped issuing us permits and threw us in jail. It wasn’t until the ACLU got involved that we were set free and then Howard read about us and donated the land~Teri

  5. I was there…1969…1970

  6. Come on, get real. “Kill a Haole day” existed in the Hawaii public schools, long before taylor camp earned its reputation. We got hassled on at the west side of Oahu hippy camps, before we traveled to TC.

    • Good morning, I have an original painting by a resident of Taylor Camp his name is Francois Boschard. I am seeking to find out more about him and the value of this artwork. A friend of mine gave it to me. I would be happy to email you an image. Thanks Bruce – brroyer@cox.net

      • At one time he was a well known artist in Hawaii I saw his work exhibited in down town Honolulu. I also remember him and his art from my time at TC. It was not painting but Batik made with wax and dye process

    • kelly lacy died on the big island from being murdered and thrown under the bus .Dylan aqnd his ol man are still there

  7. your right the whiteman screwed you the locals did like the tc hippies , the first 13, they came and visited and said things like you are living the way we used to , many years ago, the police gave us rides to town we lived clean and showed respect for the locals they gave use food and friendship then charles manson front page of news paper it was never the same again we left, i loved ever day i was in Hawaii the people were great

  8. the hawaiin people ran around naked for alot of years, had sex with their sisters, mothers and now its the white man who was wrong, when they ran around naked whats wrong with this picture? come on lighten up

  9. Maybe, it was just the nudity that caused the problems. since, traditional Hawaii people are long term beach campers in those days, too. Some of the TC hippies were immature, and lived in their fantasy land. They lacked empathy for the conventional Kauai community. Yet, a lack of empathy worked both ways, because many in the Kauai community had no empathy for the TC Hippies. Coexist, eh? Problems between the Hawaiians and the Haoles went way back. The powerful Hawaiian Society was destroyed by disease epidemics in the 1800s. The Haoles filled the power vacuum, getting control of the land, economy, and government. White racism and christian bias directed at the Hawaiians and later immigrant ethnic groups was sometimes a problem in Hawaii. The many immigrant groups, that make up Hawaii came to Hawaii to work the fields for the white landowners, and resented them. So, ethic struggle has always been a problem in Hawaii, right?

  10. Maybe, it was just the nudity that caused the problems. since, traditional Hawaii people are long term beach campers in those days, too. Some of the TC hippies were immature, and lived in their fantasy land. They lacked empathy for the conventional Kauai community. Yet, a lack of empathy worked both ways, because many in the Kauai community had no empathy for the TC Hippies. Coexist, eh?

  11. I remember camping with family at the end of the road Haena in ’68, ’69 and had great times there. my dad was a fisherman and threw net in the area near the camp. he caught alot of fish there. we mostly stayed weekends while my dad fished, and we kids swam and ran around up and down the beach. One day I walked all the way to where he was tossing his net and found naked people and children lying around the beach. needless to say I was shocked to see naked people and the makeshift huts in the trees. It was very strange and uncomfortable seeing naked folks. We had been camping weekends there at the end of the road, way before TC began, and after that we didn’t come as much. I am sure many of the local people felt the same way too. Personally, I think that if TCampers had worn clothes outdoors, the place might have existed longer? who knows..but it was too much.

  12. taylor camp screwed things up for everyone. Pissed off the local people for bringing in diseases for filthy living conditions. If you showed up on the island later, the locals literally went out of their way to give you a hard time. Thanks a lot.
    I walked on the beach once and saw this taylor camp woman whose name I won’t put out, sitting on a rock with flies buzzing around her privates. I wouldn’t go near that place!

  13. april 69 it all stared , Easter the first day was like a dream you felt free i was a marine in viet nam i knew how to live out doors in the jungle it helped it was wonderful love and peace george

  14. Easter 69 it all stared my skill at living out doors, in jungle Marine , viet nam 66 helped. it was wonderful being thier on the first day , love it peace and love george

  15. The saddest thing for me was the way the island changed after Hurricane Iniki. Several important social opportunities were gone with the loss of the Roxy Theater in Kapaa and Club Jetty in Nawiliwili.
    For a long time , tourism was gone except for the timeshare people. Women were scarce or well guarded , leading to the summary that they were “newly wed or nearly dead” Economics played a part in creating too many homeless. Today the Blue Lagoon is more like a hobo camp . The freedom to cruise the island is lost.

  16. After a time on the mainland, I went back to Kauai in about 2004. I was on the lam from a divorce and had lost everything. I bought an old Lincoln and lived in it for awhile often going from Ke’e Beach to the old Taylor Camp spot. It was a muddy Jeep trail and once I got stuck in a puddle for 3 days.
    I camped all along the North Shore especially Lumahai, Kalaihiwai , Anini Beach and Black Pot Beach in Hanalei. I was glad to be there when it was still possible. My last visit to Kauai was a sad one as the last days of the illusion of a Hawaiian paradise faded away. That was it for me and now I am happy to be in Las Vegas. Plenty of Tiki culture here if you want it.

  17. Most of the stories I heard were from John Harder of Tree House Drafting Service in the Roxy Theater.
    I found the spot where the camp had been and there was no trace aside from the natural beauty.
    I used to pitch a tent on the weekends and take my girlfriends there. On Sundays the campers at Secret Beach would go to the Hari Khrisna commune in Kilauea for a vegetarian feast. That was from 1978 to 80. Then there was a killing at Secret Beach .There was a thug shot by one of the hippies with his own rifle for trying to bully his way into control of the pakalolo . He set fire to some tents with the occupants inside and got a bullet in the head.

  18. I got to Kauai in 1978 and the scene had moved to Secret Beach near the lighthouse.

  19. I am amazed at all of this… somehow I havent researched any of it until now, and yet a photo of me @ 6 months with my mother Clara Spielman in the background inside our treehouse has always been part of my decor. I have taken this photo everywhere I’ve gone, and I cant remember life with out it. My mother died from the crazy times, and I wish that someone could have helped her. As so many speak of the amazing times in Taylor Camp, others speak of the overwhelming freedom, that became too much for some. Sadly my mother was one of them, and her drug use led to her death. She died in 1975 in LA, but I can only imagine that her brilliant mind was lost in drugs through all of those years of hallucination. We lived in Taylor camp with my dad Michael off and on until 1973. I cant wait to see the film, and I plan to write an autobiography in the future and study and learn more about this amazing place that brought both peace and sadness to my life.

    • Hi….i lived at camp around that time….Did your Mom have really short brown hair? I remember a Clare that shared a house with a lady named Nan, and one named Sharon. If that is your Mom, she was a trememdous artist. I remember watching her paint/drawer (not sure which) an awesome picture of a bird in Hanekapeii Valley. This lady was very independent and creative. Thought you might like this info….if this sounds like your Mom.

    • I was very young but remember meeting your mother. My mom has a picture of her in an old photo album.

      • So you were there in the day, do you have any stories to tell?

        • Do you remember, who started the food coop? that was one of the best things that happened. and who organized the potlucks?

          • The idea for the food co-op was a community effort as I remember but Mike Spielman, the unofficial mayor of T C did all the leg work. He filled out all the forms and filed all the applications, made all the trips to the state and county offices, and worked out everything with the bank. The potlucks were a good thing he was probably the one who started that also

    • If you have any questions I have some answers and i would love to speak to you about those days. I was friends with both of your parents and used to watch you, ( baby sit you on the beach when your dad had to go to town ) I cried like a baby when your mom died. I can put you in touch with others who were there.

    • At the time you and your mother were there there wasn’t alot of drugs, weed was smoked but that was pretty much the extent of it, not any worse than anywhere else. At that time Clara was on a natural high.

      • TC was not a drug scene in 1971, that was before pot was grown in Hawaii. Some people used magic mushrooms.

    • i knew your mom at TC – an amazing woman. she used to like to stand on her head – said something like life was upside down. sorry to hear about her death – i always figured she would be one of the survivors – as we were all a bunch of lost puppies.

    • Well i did not know your mom or dad but i am educated person who visited the camp alot during my college breaks. I may have an amuzing point of view for you. When i had convinced a college girlfriend to come with me to kauai, i asked her if i should stay in tc and just live and be happy/ she said:” NO ARE YOU CRAZY? This is not real. Those people couldnt live for one minute without taxpayers money / charity. They do drugs they have no values they are irresponsibley raising children ~You are NOT going to like it when you have a child and you have complications and everyone is casually saying se la vie as you birth a kid who gets brain damage from lack of oxygen cuz you selfishly chose to live like you dont need modern medicine/ to work” . Anyway, people in tc were very kind were often just escaping jobs/ working/… most seemed to be collecting welfare from the kind state of hawaii. Many were experimenting with drugs and had damaged brains from them it was before the long term bad effects of drugs was widely published. I needed my friend to give me a reality check because it looked like utopia!. Sadly many people stayed and did not have a friend like i did to tell me that as lovely as the dream was it would not last and i would wake up one day with regrets at tossing my life away…good luck if you write book . I have some memories of those days i could share. Sorry your mom got caught up in there, i am sure she was a lovely young woman. I pretty much liked all the people i met from tc/ kind souls . confusing times. In retrospect- without value system and work ethic well short term – fun, long term- regrets. We were all trying to be happy in paradise…we loved it there the beauty the love the sureal happyness not a care in the world…friends around us everyday was a joy…

  20. I lived in the ‘Canadian House’ with Patty, Maggie, Lynn, Darcy and lots of visitors…..the view was like living in the middle of a postcard….so many wonderful , highly evolved people . The wonderful Green sisters….Teri and Debbie, Lee Sutter, Barbara, MaryAnn, Laurel, Denise, Bobo, Fran and David, and my oldest buddy from LaJolla, Gary Whitecotton…..think of you all often and send a smile each time I do……Susan from Cape Cod, MA. :)

    • Did you guys know my mom Clara Spielman?

      • Clara was like the wind, no one knew when or where she went or when she would magicly re-appear. You would wake up and there she was after an absence of a few days or a few weeks. She usually came the knight before and would be up early in the morning. She was a great judge of character and had a good sense of humor. She really enjoied tormenting certain people with type A personalities.I can remember her disrupting many a peaceful morning by knowing just how to push some idiots buttons as we gathered for breakfast, leaving them agrevated and in fits, usrually screaming and cursing as she fiendishly skipped away in an elef like manner, laughing all the way. She would totally eat their cookies and run away, This would go on for a few days and then she would be gone to parts unknown again

    • Hey Susan, Lynn here, How’s it? I am Lynn Dixon now….. friend me on face book ! Wow, a surprise to see you here…..

  21. I lived in taylor camp during 1971. it was small, not too many tree houses. we lived in a bamboo plastic house, built on a deck. we surfed at cannons and tunnels, hiked to kalalau valley along the pali. big problem was dysentary. i helped build the big latrine. I remember we found a huge boulder that was very hard to remove. someone started a communal coop store. we baked bread in an outdoor wood fired oven. it rained a lot in the winter. people were eating magic mushrooms. a pregnant hippy girl did yoga on the beach. I lost lots of weight eating only brown rice and oatmeal, living on about $10/month. it was a hippy fantasy. kauai`s north shore was completely undeveloped, no princeville, just a few small house. hanalei had three small businesses. One business was the cool hippy restuarant called the rice mill. we ate homemade yogurt and listened to van morrison records

    • STEVE, You and I were there at the same time. I also was in on digging the latrine. I vividly remember the giant rock we ran into. Somewhere I have photos my brother took of the operation. Didn’t we try pulling it out with a Land Rover ? There was a whole crew of us that came from Cocoa Beach Florida. I have many photos of the Camp from that time.. Canons and Tunnels.. Wow. Wish we had that kinda surf here in Florida.

      • Yes, we were there at the same time. we all tried to pull the big rock out of the new septic pit with a mini land rover. It was so awesome to surf Cannons in those days with no crowds. Andy Irons surfed Cannons a lot, later, that one reason he was so good. I dont remember the cocoa beach surfer guys, unless you were the guys that played the allman brothers. I remember a group of three california surfers. we were a group of texas surfers, probably with accents. some of my friends left early after getting the runs, really bad. i remember seeing dick brewer surfing at cannons, too.

      • I thought about it for a while and remembered you guys from florida. i remember a muscular surfer guy with blonde hair was that you? or your friend. COOL, spread the Aloha

      • Ookay. I am remembering a blonde haired guy named bj who had a ¿white mini landrover? Small jeeplike vehicle he called it the mule?… Lived in newer treehouse nearer to road. One of only people with a car. He liked to go shrooming. Nice. My only friend in tc. Ring any bells? Memories fuzzy, but it was an amazing time. I lived in kalalau during college breaks . I had friend lived in camper right by taylors camp, dave, surfer from california/ van nuys area, Ate only guacamole, into light and love. Did a little too much lsd before i met him…wow hadnt thot of this stuff for YEARS. It all comes back as happy times.

        • Jan. yes, i remember that well. everyone was getting sick from drinking the water out of the stream. one of my companions got so sick that he had to return home. we started treating our drinking water with clorox. then the health department said that we had to build a latrine, so it was a big community activity with potlucks dinners. we started to dig the latrine, but the big rock was too much for us, it was in the bottom of the latrine pit. the guy had a mini jeep, and drove it into the camp, then we tied a bunch of ropes to the rock and tried to pull it out, but it was too big for the little jeep too. I would like to see those photos from the latrine project. i have only one photo from my time at taylor camp. we lived in the back away from the beach, and spent most of our time, cooking, hiking and surfing, or hitch hiking to the south side, because it rained so much in winter at Haena

        • hey, Jan. do you remember when they got the food coop going at TC, and brought fresh food into the camp? it was just before the latrine was built. i remember a really cool woman who got the food coop organized. Before that we were living on brown rice and oat meal, and gathered coconuts and guavas. we lost a lot of weight, ha! after the food coop, we had flour and baked a lot of whole wheat bread in a home made wood fired oven

      • mark. yes, i remember all that. including the shrooms, and tripping in the hanging valleys of the napali coast. i remember a surfer from california, whose name was Dave, but he was from garden grove, not van nuys. he was a great surfer, and was with two other guys

  22. Kauai has been destroyed by princeville & now poipu. Stop building!

    Keep Maui & Oahu for the loud mouth, disrespectful tourists!

  23. Check out our NEW trailer on YouTube for our TAYLOR CAMP film. Also located on the website – http://TaylorCampKauai.com We’re starting to plan Hawaiian screenings in April and a summer tour of the west coast, starting in Santa Cruz and heading on up to Canada. Tell your friends – Thanks!

    • Greetings from the Kenai Peninsula,
      Just saw Taylor Camp film at my friend’s home.
      Marvelous piece. It did take me back to that time that I was also a part of. Tempted but unable to actually get there was the Woodstock, NY happening. I was a student at Franconia College in Franconia, NH from 1965-1970. So glad to have been a part of that time.
      S

  24. I was 19 when I was ‘stranded’ on Kauai with my 3 year old son and very little money. I bought a Taylor Camp house for $25 from a young guy in the airport who approached me because I looked like a flower child and he thought I would do well at camp. I hitch-hiked out to Taylor Camp, found the bamboo and plastic hut, and lived there for about a two months or so. Everyone at Taylor Camp assisted me with getting settled and tried to make me a part of the community, but I was very – I mean extremely – shy. I didn’t do drugs and soon discovered that life around Taylor Camp involved getting high (a lot!) and enjoying life. They ventured out all over the island enjoying the natural attractions. It is true, the only requirement was that you had your shit together, which I didn’t, and a few people talked to me about that! In retrospect, I wish I had stayed and become part of the gardening group or helped with the kids–which I believed Rosie suggested. After a couple of weeks in camp an intense rainy period started–It rained for days…stopped…then rained for another two weeks. We’re talking heavy rain!! Everyone took it in stride and moved the parties indoors but I had a small 1 room house and it became smaller each day that it rained! Great sense of community, really nice people having a great time, very real people trying to live a real life. I also moved to the Big Island but never ran into anyone as I moved to the more conservative Hilo side.

  25. Bobo still lives on Kaua’i and now drives a car. When she was riding her bike everywhere (30 yrs ago), if it was raining, she would take her clothes off and ride to the store down the road nude. Then when she got to her destination, she would put her clothes back on and go shopping. She also had a goat.
    That was one of my favorite childhood stories on Kaua’i.

  26. Wow – What memories. Bobo hooked me up in TC for a few months in the winter of ’74. I then moved into “Taro Shack” up the valley (if anyone remembers that hut). Surfing Cannons and Tunnels…those were the days. I recognize some of the people in the photos. Great stuff from a bygone era. Anyone who was there, could never forget how special it really was. I hope to see the film. Aloha – BK

  27. Just got word the “Taylor Camp” DVD is available for 25 bucks.

    If you want this DVD, make out a check to John Wehrheim. Write on the check “FOR: Donation,Taylor Camp Oral History Project”

    Mail $25 to:

    John Wehrheim
    2749 Kapena St.
    Lihue, Kauai
    HI 96766

  28. I THOUGHT TAYLOR CAMP WAS A LOVELY PLACE. I WAS A 22 YEAR OLD SURFER, WE WERE SURFING NEARBY AND WALKED OVER TO TALK. WE WERE SHOWN THE TREE HOUSE OF A NICE COUPLE AND EXPLAINED THE SITUATION WITH ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S BROTHER. WE OURSELVES WE CAMPING AT STATE BEACHES, WHICH YOU COULD DO A LOT IN THOSE DAYS.
    THERE WAS A STORM THAT HIT SO HARD ONCE (YOU COULDN’T SEE 5 FEET BECAUSE OF THE RAIN) IT FLOODED THE VALLEY NEAR THE BRIDGE AND THERE WERE WATERFALLS EVERYWHERE ON THE SIDES OF THE MOUNTAINS. I HAVE PHOTOS OF ALL THE WATERFALLS. TO BE IN A TREE HOUSE DURING THAT STORM WOULD TAKE SOME FAITH AND COURAGE. INCREDIBLY NICE PEOPLE, VERY ADVENTUROUS.

  29. beautiful photos! just went sailing down the napali coast with a guy from hanalei–his mother was a member of the community–he had great stories to tell.

  30. The Taylor Camp film will also be showing in the mainland this week! The filmmakers and several stars will be there too. If you live in Santa Monica/Los Angeles, here are the details:

    Date: TUESDAY – June 23, 2009
    Times: 5:00 & 7:30 pm
    Where: Laemmle’s Monica 4-PLEX | 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica CA
    http://www.laemmle.com/viewtheatre.php?date=06232009&thid=3

    More Details: http://www.TaylorCampFilm.com

  31. I lived in Taylor Camp for 2 years. It was wonderful.

  32. Nah Damon,

    In 72-75, I was back in college, you were at a Co-op Daycare run by us hippies. I was organizing things like a 45-child sit in at the Dean’s Office to keep the daycare open, starting Domestic Violence Shelters, Women’s Empowerment Groups, and the After School Daycare at the Y.

    In 1976 was when I first got “terminal” cancer and started volunteering at the Crisis Center. From 77, I was being an upstanding, employed citizen, going to nude beaches and bringing a paycheck that only allowed about $25 a month to go into savings.

    And yes, a lot of us hippies learned that we couldn’t change the whole world, but we could try to change lives for the better, one person at a time.

    Love, Mom

  33. Hi thanks for a great post. I’ll be back :)

  34. Anyone else think they know the guy at 2:15 in the YouTube video? (I think I do…)

    *Damon* You would be surprised at how many people you probably actually do know.

  35. You’d be amazed at all of the old “Taylor Campers” living on Hawai’i Island who are now “upstanding members of the community”!
    Would have been hysterical to see Rosie naked in the film!

  36. A few of them are my neighbors on Kauai…

    • anyone know what happened to jimmy broach. we lived there 70-71 with his brother george and wife candy. gave my tree
      house to bobo and alpin when i left.

      • I knew a guy named Jim Broach when I lived in Hawaii, in the early 90’s. Jim was about mid 40’s then. I have a picture of him with my ex-husband holding my son who was just a couple days old. Jim died surfing a big wave about a week after that. I could find the picture and show you if you want to know if it’s the same Jim. I’m certain it is though because I remember hearing of a brother named George. I’m sorry to break the news so matter of factly. We had a big house and he rented a room from my ex-mother-in-law and Jim and my ex-husband were good friends. It’s about the anniversary of his death and it got me thinking about him and I googled his name and found this blog.

        • I’m sorry, I failed to mention when this happened. It was 19 years ago. I believe he disappeared in Velzyland (definitely North Shore Oahu, if not V-land, near by) around January 29 and they found him about 48 hours later. He was a kind, gentle soul.

        • Jim was one of my best friend. He used to spend winters with Michael Roberts, Trevor Sifton and Myself Michael C, renting a room from Michael Roberts up in the cliffs in Irenes compound of houses above Rockpiles. I miss him very much. Is there a way you could send me a copy of that picture because I don’t have any of him. luanaelery@att.net

          • Damon can you please edit my previous reply and remove my last name from it so I don’t have the giant beast the internet tracking me please. BTW are you the Damon I know as well?

          • Hi Mike,
            I sent the 2 pictures of Jim that I have to your email address. Please let me know if you received them, if not I will resend.

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