SPECIAL NOTICE RE COVID-19:
Gentle World regrets to inform our readers that we have been forced to suspend our visitor program for the foreseeable future. This is true in both our New Zealand and our Hawaii locations. We will update this page again when the situation has changed. Thank you for your understanding.
Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, in the beautiful and peaceful area of North Kohala, Camelot is Gentle World’s Hawaii educational center, and is a model of veganic growing, practical conservation, and cooperative living.
Our member-volunteers use this location to provide educational services free of charge, including seminars, private consultations, cooking classes, and delicious meals to those who are interested in learning more about how to eliminate the products of animal exploitation from their lives.
Camelot is also Gentle World’s publishing house and nonprofit headquarters, from which we broadcast our message to the world via our publications, our website and newsletter, our social media, and our YouTube channel. With a vegan publishing legacy that spans four decades, Gentle World’s books are a piece of vegan history.
In 1981, we produced the first full-length vegan cookbook in the US – The Cookbook for People Who Love Animals, which has since sold over 100,000 copies and has become a classic of the vegan movement. We also published two (now out of print) books by Michael A. Klaper M.D, who was a pioneer in promoting a plant-based diet. In 2000, we produced a 500-recipe resource guide, entitled Incredibly Delicious: Recipes for a New Paradigm.
Since 2010, we have been expanding our publishing power by focusing on our website and newsletter, as well as the development of a YouTube channel and our social media, which continue to reach a growing audience with information and inspiration intended to awaken the vegan in everyone.
Five Steps to Vegan invites you to take your vegan future into your own hands, by coming to a clear understanding of what veganism is all about, gaining confidence about your nutritional needs, learning to navigate the consumer world, anticipating social situations, and finding assurance that you will have no problem providing for yourself and your family with ease and enjoyment.
Visitors to our Hawaii center have the opportunity to observe and participate in our veganic growing operation, which feeds our guests and volunteers, and even allows us to share our veganic produce with the wider community when we are able.
Meadow is Camelot’s head veganic grower and educator. With over 40 years of experience in veganic growing, he has become a self-taught authority on the subject of veganic soil amendments such as EM Bokashi, ag-grade spirulina, and biochar. With Meadow’s hard work and dedication, our gardens provide an ongoing supply of fresh leafy greens, as well as our own veganic cabbages, green beans, beets, radishes, and even sweet corn.
We also have a whole section of our website dedicated to veganic gardening, and we’ve published a number of articles describing some of the non-vegan aspects of traditional organic farming, including the concerning relationship between organic growing and the animal industry, and some of the very troubling ingredients that can be found in traditional organic fertilizers.
It’s always a joy to give people the opportunity to reconnect with where the food we eat comes from, especially since the veganic cultivation of plant foods is a truly beautiful thing to witness and take part in.
Our Visitor Program
Those who are interested in experiencing the Gentle World lifestyle are invited to participate in our visitor program as volunteers. Enthusiastic individuals are welcome to join us to learn about the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of veganism in a positive and supportive environment.
Throughout the decades, we have welcomed the assistance of those who are inspired by our vision. People from all over the world are invited to learn alongside us as we work together toward achieving our goal of a more ecological, collaborative, self-sufficient lifestyle, with respect for the natural world, other animals, and one another.
By participating in the day-to-day workings of the center, visitors have the opportunity to deepen their educational experience by helping us to help others. You can read some of what our visitors have said about their experiences here.
All our educational events are 100% free, and guests are always invited to enjoy an incredibly delicious lunch made from Gentle World classic recipes, as well as trying out samples from companies providing vegan alternatives that can be found on local store shelves or online.
We tend to find that when people experience really good vegan food, their hearts and minds are more open to learning about the reasons for being vegan.
Kohala Country Fair
For nine straight years from 2003 to 2012, Gentle World volunteers set up a ‘vegan restaurant for a day’, in the middle of an event where almost every other booth was serving ‘Standard American Fair Food’.
This event gave us an excellent opportunity to serve delicious food to hundreds of people, many of whom were unfamiliar with vegan food and the philosophy behind the practice of veganism.
Because we have learned over the years that ‘a taste is worth a thousand words’, we take great care in providing a beautiful selection of lovingly-prepared, wholesome, incredibly delicious food. The result is that our booth attracts not only vegetarians and vegans, and those who want to eat more consciously, but even folks with a standard diet who come simply because they have heard about how good the food is, and they want to see whether it’s true.
Gentle World has a multi-decade history of catering healthy, delicious vegan food. We are always open to opportunities for continuing that tradition, and we enjoy demonstrating how scrumptious and satisfying vegan food can be.
Gentle World events have become famous in our local area for the vegan banquets we serve, to help spread the word that vegan living requires no sacrifice. From film screenings to health seminars and cooking classes, we always make a point of providing an introduction to various vegan products that are available for purchase at the supermarkets and health food stores, showing that it’s easier than ever to be vegan.
Poof the Magic Rabbit found a home in Gentle World when he was taken to a local kill shelter after being abandoned by our neighbors. Prince Valiant became our beloved Great Dane mix after being found by our caretakers, starving and dehydrated. We learned how to nurse baby birds when little sparrow Phoenix Rising was brought to us, struggling to survive after falling from the nest.
And now, we are proud family to Freedom and Fawn (pictured here), who had no chance of being rehomed as a pair, so they crept into our hearts instead, and stayed there.
For many years, Gentle World volunteers have been searching for the ideal location for the expansion of our vegan educational program in Hawaii. During this time, we have been limited by our two acres of space, even as the number of visitors seeking to participate in our program increases year by year.
Now, we are elated to announce that thanks to a generous loan from an anonymous vegan benefactor, Gentle World is the proud owner of 34 acres of magnificent countryside, in the foothills of the Kohala Mountain on the Big Island of Hawaii.
This extraordinary land has stunning mountain and ocean views, a temperate climate all year round, the deepest soil in the state, and enough room, water, sunshine and just the right elevation to grow everything from coconuts to soybeans.
Here is where we hope to realize our vision of VeganLand: an oasis of peace for the vegan in everyone, in the international hub that is Hawaii.
Thank you, as always, for your support. We look forward to sharing the news of our progress with you all!
Gentle World Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) educational organization,
incorporated in Florida in 1979, and based in Hawaii since 1989.
In 2000, the organization was also granted charitable trust status in New Zealand.