Review of Hippie Paradise: A Vegan Ecofeminist’s Rant on Hawaii’s Kauai Island


What do you get when you take an eco-anarchist, half-brilliant, half-rambling lunatic, give her a pen and a pad of paper, and ship her off to Kauai Island to spend some time taking in the sights? You get a half-brilliant, half-rambling manuscript that later gets published as Hippie Paradise.
As the title suggests Ria, accompanied by her gypsy nomad son Brian, travels to Kauai in search of a bastion of un-civilization; a place where nature still reigns supreme. Still reeling from her brother’s murder and needing a healing dose of unspoiled Mother Earth, what she finds instead is a bit troubling, and maybe even more depressing.
As she wanders she takes note of civilization’s seemingly unceasing encroachment into everything wild. The commercialization of the Earth itself is portrayed anecdotally through encounters with natives and tourists, by bearing witness to the exploitation of the land and native culture, and through…

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