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