A Group Of Hippies Went To Hawaii And Did THIS… I Can’t Believe They Got Away With It.
The 60's and 70's were troubled decades in American history. The Vietnam War was going on and protests raged everywhere, the Civil Rights movement was still struggling in its infancy, and America's youth was full of doubt and mistrust for the government. It was also the era that gave light to this compelling story.
Here's how it went down: Thirteen hippies had had enough and wanted to start a new life. They went to the island of Kauai in Hawaii and were immediately jailed for vagrancy. They were bailed out by Elizabeth Taylor's brother, Howard, who told them they could live on his beachfront land..Taylor Camp was born. It was a clothing optional commune. In that time, sex, drugs, and rock & roll seemed to be the order of the day and Taylor Camp was no exception. Over the years, the community grew and so did the tensions with the town folk. Eventually, the government intervened and took the land and torched the buildings, thus putting an end to the entire scene.
Though Taylor Camp is gone, it's definitely not forgotten - and there are even pictures to prove that it all really happened.
The "Big House" was 75 feet across and had four rooms. Two were used for bedrooms, one was a yoga room, and the other a party room.
Cherry Hamilton, holding her son, recalls "Taylor Camp is a ripple in the water of our lives still reverberating with what we found there. It was a wild serendipity experience and we’re still here, thirty-five years later."
The children of Taylor Camp rode the bus to school and were educated wth the other island children.
Teri and Debi were affectionately called the "Sin Sisters" and lived in the Big House.
Many couples lived in Taylor Camp, either to avoid the harsh realities of life or to find themselves after returning from the war.
As Suzanne ‘Bobo’ Rollin put it “You could tell the difference between the guys that had served and the guys that hadn’t. The guys that hadn’t been to Vietnam could still smile and the guys that had, we had to teach them how to smile again.”
The community ate well, gathering pineapples, coconuts, and fish. Meals were cooked over camp stoves or open fires and most "kitchens" had all the necessities of the simple life.
Richie and Diane are seen here enjoying time together in their living room. Like all the houses in Taylor Camp, there was no electricity.
When asked about her lofted house at Taylor Camp, Diane said "We purchased an old Kilauea plantation camp house that was going to be torn down and with that lumber, we built our tree house in Taylor Camp. It cost us $100 to tear the plantation house down and if you cleaned the whole lot, they would give you $50 back. So, we had a nice home in the ironwood trees right up by the beach."
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