Ka’ilio Point, Taylor Camp, 1976

In the spring of 1969, the treehouses that sprung up on a rural plot of land on Kauai emerged as a safe zone for those in search of perfect surf and “good vibes” in a world gone crazy.  Rising on the stone terraces of an ancient Hawaiian village at the mouth of Limahuli Stream, Taylor Camp may not have heralded the Age of Aquarius, but many young visitors from around the globe arriving in the late 1960s and 70s, remember the treehouse community as “the best days of their lives.”

Rejecting the values of their parents, then re-inventing them with long hair, marijuana, and a vegetarian, “clothing-optional” lifestyle, the flower-power Campers developed a whimsical experiment, ostensibly living a back-to-the-land ethos of fishing and farming, while propped up with food stamps and welfare.

Lehua Island, an uninhabited bird sanctuary, can be seen in the middle of the horizon.

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