JOHN WEHRHEIM || TAYLOR CAMP
"TAYLOR CAMP is a brilliant job, lovely to look at, a joy to read...a true book, accurate history, with a human face, and the last word on this amazing episode of joyful 60's and 70's spontaneity." -Paul Theroux
In 1969, thirteen young mainlanders (refugees from campus riots, Vietnam War protests and police brutality) fled to Kauai.
Before long, this little tribe of men, women and children were arrested and sentenced to ninety days hard labor for having no money and no home.
Island resident Howard Taylor, brother of actress Elizabeth Taylor, bailed out the group and invited them to camp on his vacant ocean front land.
Howard then left them on their own, without restrictions, regulations or supervision. Soon waves of hippies, surfers and troubled Vietnam vets found their way to this clothing optional, pot friendly tree house village at the end of the road on the Island's North Shore.
In 1977, the government condmned the village to make way for a state park. Within a few years the jungle reclaimed Taylor Camp, leaving little but memories of "the best days of our lives..."
Taylor Camp reveals a community that created order without rules, rejecting materialism for the healing power of nature. We come to understand the significance that Taylor Camp's eight year existence through interviews made 30 years later after the film makers tracked down the campers, their neighbors and the government officials who finally got rid of them.
By John Wehrheim