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Paradise Lost: Taylor Camp, Hawaii’s Legendary Hippie Haven [18+]

  • A kid name Bok runs to the beach with his surfboard
    A kid name Bok runs to the beach with his surfboard
  • A young boy named Jesse sits in front of a treehouse
    A young boy named Jesse sits in front of a treehouse
  • Alpin Hamilton Noble standing at the door
    Alpin Hamilton Noble standing at the door
  • Andy and Patricia Leo, who are still together more than 30 years later, pose
    Andy and Patricia Leo, who are still together more than 30 years later, pose
  • Baby Moses, Paolo Baricchi, and Sailor DeCamp set-up the net
    Baby Moses, Paolo Baricchi, and Sailor DeCamp set-up the net
  • Bobo making lunch
    Bobo making lunch
  • Bok, Jeannie and Gary
    Bok, Jeannie and Gary
  • Cherry with Moses upstairs after nursing
    Cherry with Moses upstairs after nursing
  • Dana Mitsui and Karma in front of Big House
    Dana Mitsui and Karma in front of Big House
  • Debi Green in the garden
    Debi Green in the garden
  • Diane Patalano and Richie Palumbo
    Diane Patalano and Richie Palumbo
  • Diane upstairs in the bedroom
    Diane upstairs in the bedroom
  • Hawk Hamilton with his marijuana plants
    Hawk Hamilton with his marijuana plants
  • Hawk, Cherry and Moses Hamilton
    Hawk, Cherry and Moses Hamilton
  • Jeannies sunset dance
    Jeannie's sunset dance
  • John and Marie Calangas home
    John and Marie Calanga's home
  • John and Marie inside their home
    John and Marie inside their home
  • John Emee Erson in front of his house
    John "Emee" Erson in front of his house
  • Kailio Point, Haena
    Kailio Point, Haena
  • Limahuli Stream Sunrise
    Limahuli Stream Sunrise
  • Minka and Alpin in their Room
    Minka and Alpin in their Room
  • nude beach volleyball
    Nude beach volleyball
  • Om circle
    Om circle
  • Paulo, Sharon, and Roberto at the kitchen table
    Paulo, Sharon, and Roberto at the kitchen table
  • Roberto in front of Sharon and Karmas House
    Roberto in front of Sharon and Karma's House
  • Striegel in her treehouses kitchen
    Striegel in her treehouses kitchen
  • Teri and Emma
    Teri and Emma
  • Teri Green and Rosey Rosenthal
    Teri Green and Rosey Rosenthal
  • Teri Green rocking the cradle
    Teri Green rocking the cradle
  • the church
    The church
  • The School Teachers House
    The School Teacher's House

Taylor Camp was a tropical utopia without rules, politics or bills to pay. The camp began in the Spring of 1969, when thirteen hippies sought refuge from the ongoing campus riots in America and police brutality. The group camp out on the beach in Kauai, and over the next several years, built a community of treehouses known as Taylor Camp. The camp was named for its benefactor — Howard Taylor, the brother of Elizabeth Taylor. The community didn’t have any specific rules. They preferred to go nude and smoked a lot of weed. Although none of the first 13 people lasted the year, new people were joining the community. At its peak, about 120 people were living on the camp. Over the time, there were lots of complaints about the nudity, drugs, sanitation and even theft. In 1977, the Hawaiian government run out of patience for the band hippies living rent-free on one of the island’s most beautiful spots.  With the tourism industry on the rise, the government evicted  the residents and burned down the camp. After eight years of living in a somewhat functional community, the story of Taylor Camp came to an end.

During a visit in 1971, photographer John Wehrheim documented the life at Taylor Camp. The community did not trust the newcomer at first. Everyone disappeared except Debi Green and her sister Teri. When Wehrheim returned a week later with some prints for the sisters, suddenly everyone wanted to be photographed. Below

Warning! This post contains nudity.

More info: Finding Utopia | Wikipedia | Taylor Camp

Andy and Patricia Leo, who are still together more than 30 years later, pose

Andy and Patricia Leo, who are still together more than 30 years later, pose

A kid name Bok runs to the beach with his surfboard

A kid name Bok runs to the beach with his surfboard

A young boy named Jesse sits in front of a treehouse

A young boy named Jesse sits in front of a treehouse

Alpin Hamilton Noble standing at the door

Alpin Hamilton Noble standing at the door

Bobo making lunch

Bobo making lunch

Bok, Jeannie and Gary

Bok, Jeannie and Gary

Hawk, Cherry and Moses Hamilton

Hawk, Cherry and Moses Hamilton

Cherry with Moses upstairs after nursing

Cherry with Moses upstairs after nursing

Dana Mitsui and Karma in front of Big House

Dana Mitsui and Karma in front of Big House

Debi Green in the garden

Debi Green in the garden

Diane Patalano and Richie Palumbo

Diane Patalano and Richie Palumbo

Diane upstairs in the bedroom

Diane upstairs in the bedroom

Hawk Hamilton with his marijuana plants

Hawk Hamilton with his marijuana plants

Jeannie's sunset dance

Jeannie’s sunset dance

John and Marie Calanga's home

John and Marie Calanga’s home

John and Marie inside their home

John and Marie inside their home

John "Emee" Erson in front of his house

John “Emee” Erson in front of his house

Kailio Point, Haena

Kailio Point, Haena

Limahuli Stream Sunrise

Limahuli Stream Sunrise

Minka and Alpin in their Room

Minka and Alpin in their Room

Baby Moses, Paolo Baricchi, and Sailor DeCamp set-up the net

Baby Moses, Paolo Baricchi, and Sailor DeCamp set-up the net

Nude beach volleyball

Nude beach volleyball

Om circle

Om circle

Paulo, Sharon, and Roberto at the kitchen table

Paulo, Sharon, and Roberto at the kitchen table

Roberto in front of Sharon and Karma's House

Roberto in front of Sharon and Karma’s House

Striegel in her treehouses kitchen

Striegel in her treehouses kitchen

Teri and Emma

Teri and Emma

Teri Green and Rosey Rosenthal

Teri Green and Rosey Rosenthal

Teri Green rocking the cradle

Teri Green rocking the cradle

The church

The church

The School Teacher's House

The School Teacher’s House

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