The band called izness recently launched a Kickstarter project that aims to build a green community on purchased land on the north shore of Kauai, one of the chain of Hawaiian islands. Headed up by band conductor Scott Franklin Manning, whose Hawaiian name is DJ Selekta Obaday, the green community (dare we say commune?) wants to create an “off-grid consciousness” place where people of like minds can grow their own food, get holistic medical treatment and/or midwife services at a health center, build an open-air amphitheater with composting toilets, and generate enough clean, renewable energy from solar and wind to power an open-air concert.
Izness, which Manning and crew describe as the ultimate improv jam band (“We don’t know what we are doing until we do it!), recently released its first album, also called izness. The eventual goal of the community is to offer a weekly Sunday concert featuring the izness band as well as special guests who may be visiting Kauai and can be encouraged to perform. The band says it’s already in talks to host the Neville Brothers this summer.
The land is five acres with a freshwater river running through it. The community comprises farmers, healers, craftsmen and musicians, all wanting to demonstrate to the world how easily and quickly one can get off the grid and live in greater harmony with nature. Manning, who says in 2003 he unwittingly brought together Jews, Arabs and Christians in the nightclub music scene in Tel Aviv on the very day (March 19) the Iraq War began, now hopes to use his talents to raise money for California school gardens and teaching kids about earth-friendly agriculture. According to Manning, these students will be adept enough in seventh grade to run a small farm.
Manning’s goal is $13,000, with a deadline of Friday, June 1, at 5:11 a.m. (EDT). Manning’s proposed community is clearly a lot more structured and defined than the Drake Landing Solar Community we wrote last year, which aggregated itself simply on the use of solar thermal energy. As did the University Park Community Solar LLC, which is described as the nation’s first community-initiated solar electric system.