Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance

Advocating Support for SB2274 – Sustainable Living Research Act

Currently the HSCA is dormant. We are thinking of reviving our organization to advocate for post-volcano sustainable community development. Stay tuned.

HSCA is a local Puna based organization with the following goals:

  • Improve our state disaster preparedness by researching and developing practices to alleviate impacts due to a state of emergency
  • Increase real ‘affordable’ and sustainable green housing
  • Increase employment in small business sustainable enterprises
  • Promote the growth of small locally-owned farms that educate and employ a new breed of young farmers
  • Provide additional protection for consumers from the disruptions in transport of supplies to Hawaii islands
  • Reduce dependence on imports of food and energy by promoting locally sustainable alternatives
  • Alleviate landfill problems by increasing ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle
  • Promote the development of think tanks focusing on sustainable research and development
  • Bring current zoning and land use codes into compliance with local community values

Tragically, in 2014, our bill was killed after passing through all six Senate and House committees with overwhelming supportive testimony. The purpose of the conference committee is only to resolve which amendments are adopted, and ours were simple. We have since incorporated those amendments within the body of the bill and feel a new sense of enthusiasm at this year’s passage!  Third time’s a charm!

Mahalo to everyone for helping with this initiative! Please stay continue to visit our website and remember that we are open to offers of support of any kind and always welcome new Board members.

 Making Hawaii Sustainable


Our vision is to be part of the effort to create a healthy, ecological, peaceful and economically stable world. We work toward that vision on a local level by taking action to promote, support and advocate for land based sustainable community living in Hawaii.

We were inspired by the eco-activists who are trying to legalize sustainable buildings, communities and living in other parts of America and the world. In turn, we hope the passing of this legislation will be inspirational and used as a precedent for others who are trying to achieve the same goals elsewhere on the planet.

We facilitate networking, communication, information sharing and education among those interested in the vision and goals of sustainable living in Hawaii.

Our methodology is to work closely and cooperatively with each other and with local, state and federal government to resolve issues, and to advocate for new and/or amended laws and codes.

We specifically support and encourage the State of Hawaii’s goal of self-reliance and sustainability. This lifestyle of working together, pooling resources and thereby consuming less is essential to the success of our state becoming more self-reliant on all levels.

A Solution to Global Challenges Now

Sustainable living is vital to solving life-threatening conditions facing the globe right now. We are faced with resource degradation, the breakdown of Earth’s ecological systems, the possibility of climate changes, and social issues such as crime, health and economic crises. Recent scientific and media reports regarding current economic, environmental and social conditions in Hawaii and worldwide show an immediate need to take clear and decisive action on these issues. We believe that time is of the essence, and that this lifestyle is one part of the solution.

Since 2010 we founded the HSCA as an effort to provide a legal foundation for sustainable living communities to become a permitted activity, supported by state and county agencies. We were instrumental in introducing Bill SB2274 to enable innovators and sustainable pioneers to practice and test ways of living that are ecological and sustainable. It would have complemented but would not replace existing zoning codes.

The Personal & Political Costs of Trying to Pass Legislation

Graham Ellis the former President of the HSCA paid a high personal cost in trying to pass the Sustainable Living Research Bill legislation as he noted in an article he wrote for Intentional Community.

Nevertheless he still remains a concerned resident of this island and wrote a recent article on the environmental challenges in Hawaii in the Honolulu Civil Beat.

Mojo Mustapha, the Vice President of the HSCA, continued working on a model of sustainable community living in Hawaii. However, the 2018 Kilauea eruption destroyed his home, the Hedonisia Hawaii EcoFeminist Community. Mojo is trying to rebuild after the flow and is still active in local community development.

We Invite Your Participation

SB2274 Feature Story in the Big Island Weekly

Feature Story in the Big Island Weekly

At present, HSCA is dormant. We almost succeeded in passing SB2274 – Sustainable Living Research Act. Records for this Bill and its passage through the various committees is part of the 2014 Hawaii State Legislature Archives. Sadly, the bill was killed in 2014 as noted in the Big Island Weekly cover story.

After the volcano, the County seems to be showing a tiny dose of humanity by seeming to not persecute eco-communities with the same zeal as before. However, the governmental forces that want everyone to live according the the same polluting urban and rural habitats that are deemed ‘legal’ and approved by the County will again start prosecuting eco-communities and individual land owners who wish to live in eco-friendly and sustainable ways that are not ‘approved’ by the government.

At that point, the dormant board and 600 members of the HSCA will be reactivated and we will rise up once again to lobby for changing the over zealous and environmentally damaging zoning laws that govern the way we live in Hawaii and across the USA and elsewhere in the world.

If you would like to get involved, we still welcome your help. Being dormant does not mean being dead! We are still growing and preparing for future legislative actions.

  1. Sign up more members to HSCA. Tell your friends about this site and the work we are doing. The more support we can show, the better. When time comes to send in testimony and speak with Council members we will let you know more details.
  2. Please view our Channel on Youtube. 
  3. Please sign up for our Newsletter and subscribe to our posts, or just check back here for more resources and updates.
  4. If you live in the state of Hawaii in some sort of community or plan to start one we welcome you to complete the HSCA 2014 Intentional Community Survey. This survey will help us to understand the needs of those who wish to live in a community setting in Hawaii.
  5. HSCA Membership. You can help us out by signing up as a member, (see sidebar). As we show that many people support ideas such as sustainable building techniques, building your own home from recycled and local materials, composting toilets and living in community on land.
  6. Donations of any size are also very helpful!  Just click on the Donate button to use Paypal.

We can all gain strength through visiting and networking with other sustainable projects and people throughout the islands. Please connect with us on our Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance Facebook page.