Forming Formed: 2006 Established: 2006
This page last updated:3/1/2010
Optimum Living Alliance
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The Optimum Living Alliance is a community that began forming in August 2009 on Maui, dedicated to Light Footprint Living. We seek to allow health and happiness to all life while being attentive to the impact our lifestyles and choices have on our Selves and the Earth. For this reason we embrace and promote ahimsa (veganism), intentional harmlessness or the ethic of minimal harm to others. Community outreach and education, optimum health, organic agriculture, personal and community integrity, and conscious evolution are among the primary focuses of our work. This is a foundational sustainable community that has the intention of supporting visionaries and generating leaders in the creation of future sustainable intentional communities with similar light footprint aspirations. In addition to the 14-acre Hawaiian Homestead parcel on which we hold a 99-year lease, we have just leased an additional 20 acres with its own waterfall (see pictures). We will be moving onto the land over the next few months. Please read our description, visit our website, and contact us. We will have the visitor/resident agreement drawn up soon. We will be happy to provide the present version of our vision/mission statement as well.
Our website is primarily a resource for those who wish to learn more about Light Footprint Living and the benefits of a plant-based diet and lifestyle. Please feel free to browse the site and provide us with any feedback that you think would be helpful to this cause. We have already begun prospecting for more land to expand onto and there are a couple of strong candidates. With the exception of Komolani, they all have access to gorgeous waterfalls and pools. Our main need right now is a strong membership with which to begin developing community outreach programs and to populate the main center and its soon-to-be-sprouting satellites.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
This page last updated:3/1/2010
(We are now physically on our land!!! YeeeHA!!!)
Visitor Process: Please contact us (try email first) and let us know what your interest is, the time frame of your visit, growth/support that you would like to offer the Optimum Living Alliance, and what you hope to receive from us while you are here.
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Comment: Thank you for working to support fair housing policies.
Members(adults and children):
Open to new members:
(integrity is a must)
By a group of elders or other leaders
(we are open to all ideas and suggestions and have a policy to live up to/implement the highest standard revealed)
(the founders and board of directors)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(community expenses are shared)
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(Depending on money management history)
(with inspiration, integrity and alacrity - it's fun to work together!)
(We presently require support for basic operating costs)
Land and Buildings
20 acres (8.1 hectares)
(14 additional acres in a very remote setting for vapasana and other cleansing opportunities)
Land Owned By:
(We hold a lease on both parcels)
Number of Residences:
(We are just starting to build structures on the land)
(All cohousing situations will ideally be temporary. More likely will be individuals and couples in their own 'pods' in remote locations with a central gathering/food facility.)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(Will expand to 90 and ideally 100% eventually)
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all dinners
(and most breakfasts)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
We all share a common diet
(100% Vegan, 90-100% Organic and 80-95% Raw Living Food)
(Raw is promoted but not obligatory where as Vegan, we feel, is a cornerstone and an important part of living a light footprint lifestyle; being vegan on the community grounds is a must.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(Ahimsa, Abundance & Appreciation, The practice of evolving further into harmlessness and Living life to the fullest!)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
(There is no greater wisdom or Truer religion than Kindness?)
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