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Dates Set for Taylor Camp the Movie

I previously blogged about Taylor Camp here, I just realized that the film is coming to the Big Island soon as well as a few screenings on other islands as well.



Book signing at the Hawaii Book and Music Festival
May 15, 2010 to May 16, 2010


Honolulu, Hawaii, Downtown on the Civic grounds of Honolulu Hale


Aloha Theatre
May 29, 2010 | SATURDAY 7:30 PM
Kailua-Kona, Kainaliu – Hawaii

Film starts at 7:30 PM – Don’t be late, you don’t want to miss your transportation back to the 60s! Q&A with director Robert C. Stone after the screening.

Hawaii Theatre
May 30, 2010 | SUNDAY 2:00 PM
Honolulu, Hawaii

Producer John Wehrheim will be present to answer questions and sign books.

Palace Theater
May 30, 2010 | SUNDAY 5PM, 7:30PM
Hilo, Hawaii

Film starts on time – Don’t be late, you don’t want to miss your transportation back to the 60s! Q&A with director Robert C. Stone after the screening.

Kalani Oceanside Retreat

June 01, 2010 | TUESDAY 6-7:30 Dinner, 8PM Screening  Pahoa, Big Island, Hawaii

Q&A with director Robert C. Stone after the screening.


Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Castle Theater
June 02, 2010 | WEDNESDAY 7:00PM
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
Film starts on time – Don’t be late, you don’t want to miss your transportation back to the 60s! Q&A with director Robert C. Stone after the screening.

Hawaii Screenings of Taylor Camp Coming in April

Just noticed the following comment from filmmaker Robert Stone on my blog:

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


We’re starting to schedule Taylor Camp screenings for Maui, Big Island and Oahu starting in April. Check back for details or join our Facebook group – Taylor Camp Kauai – or enter your information on the contact page and we’ll add you to our email list for updates.

Thanks for supporting independent filmmakers!

More on “Taylor Camp”… Honolulu Weekly Editor Tweets In

Earlier I posted a blog about the residents of “Taylor Camp” that got quite a bit of interest from a few people.

Rosie Rosenthal Back in the Days

Rosie Rosenthal Back in the Days

I just checked a few of my back tweets and Ragnar Carlson Editor of the Honolulu Weekly, left me this tweet:

@damontucker our Taylor Camp piece from last summer, FYI http://tinyurl.com/c4b4gj

I moved back to the Big Island and didn’t even know this existed, so I’m gonna quote a few more things from this excellent piece that I missed because I moved back to the Big Island:

From the Honolulu Weekly article “Dwelling On It” (July 9th, 2008):

To outsiders, it was an eyesore. To residents, it was heaven on Earth.

Sorry Ragnar, I would have posted something about your guys article had I seen it.

Mahalo for letting me know about it.

I’m really disappointed that I didn’t learn about this viewing of the show on the Big Island that happened in July until after the event was over

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



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:


“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)