Map of Taylor Camp

  • 1. Richie and Diane's House - Front and back
  • 2. Diane's House
  • 2. Diane's Kitchen
  • 2. Diane's House - Interior
  • 3. The Big House
  • 3. The Big House - Sideview
  • 3. The Big House - Beachside
  • 4. Sharon's House - Roberto in front
  • 4. Sharon's House - Interior
  • 5. Sauna
  • 6. The Canadian House
  • 7. John James and Kung Fu Bill's House
  • 8. Kung Fu Bill's Loft
  • 9. Allan Kroll's House
  • 10. Emee's House
  • 11. Pat and Andy's House
  • 12. The Hamilton's House - Back
  • 12. The Hamilton's House - Picnic Table
  • 12. The Hamilton's House - Door
  • 12. The Hamilton's House - Upstairs
  • 13. Tony's Loft
  • 14. The Free Store
  • 14. The Free Store - Other View
  • 15. David Pearson's House
  • 16. Alpert and Rose's House
  • 17-18. Mark's House, Ray and Steve's Behind
  • 19. Sailor and Paulo, Roberto's Duplex
  • 20. Sailor and Paulo, Roberto's Duplex
  • 21. The Shower
  • 22. The Shitter
  • 24-25. John and Marie's House, Buffalo Bill's Loft
  • 25. John and Marie's House - Interior
  • 27. Jay and Debra's House
  • 28. Fran's House
  • 28. Fran's House - Interior
  • 28. Fran's House - Interior 2
  • 29. Church Guest House
  • 31. Church - Interior
  • 30-32. Church House and Don's Loft
  • 33. The Nino's House

Map Artist

Former Taylor Camp resident, now Big Island artist, Patricia Leo, originally created this map in 1976. A snapshot of the village in its last years, the map captures the time that I made the photographs in the book. The authenticity of Pat’s village map, combined with the historic record of the photos, gives us a mind’s-eye walking tour of Taylor Camp.

Island Style Map Compass

Pat drew the map “Island style” with the ocean to the bottom of the page and the top toward the mountains. Island people don’t orient north, south, east and west. Traditional Hawaiian directions are mauka [toward the mountains] and makai [toward the sea]. Directions around the ever-turning coastline are called out by the nearest landmarks up and down the coast, which for Taylor Campers were Ke‘e [west] and Ha‘ena [east].

The camp’s beachfront houses faced due north, looking out over the ocean, so Pat’s map has north [makai] to the bottom and south [mauka] to the top. The due north exposure to the towering cumulus clouds marching across the ocean’s horizon, combined with sun filtered through a high forest canopy, then diffused with translucent plastic roofing and walls, gave the whole of Taylor Camp perfect lighting for photography.

Beachfront Properties

Every neighborhood has its “better” section, its prime real estate. Taylor Camp was no exception. Like ocean communities everywhere, beachfront was prime. So, let’s enter from the ocean as traditional voyagers, come in across the sand, and begin the map sequence with the beachfront houses.