This photo was made long after Taylor Camp was closed, while we were doing re-enactments for the film, The Edge of Paradise. There was a strong Town & Country relationship between Taylor Camp and the valleys of Na Pali and much of the film was shot on location in Kalalau and the waters of Na Pali.
Before the advent of the Fed’s “Green Harvest”, Kalalau was a “pakalolo” plantation for the Campers with ancient lo’i cleared, cultivated, row cropped, and drip irrigated. Kalalau also offered a respite for those Campers stressed by the close communal nature of village life and the ravages of drug and alcohol addiction. Kalalau was where Taylor Campers went to rehab and “get away from it all.”
We met this woman at a Kalalau sweat lodge gathering and the next morning took her on a hike to the 2000-foot back wall of Waimakemake Valley, a place made famous by Francis Frazier’s 2001 translation from Hawaiian ‘olelo of The True Story of Kaluaiko’olau, As Told By His Wife Pi’ilani, first published in 1906 one of the greatest love stories ever told, that goes right to the symbolic heart of the Kingdom’s tragic treatment of lepers and the ruthless overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani.
From the 2020 LA ART Show Limited Edition collection of archival digital prints signed, titled, numbered, and dated by the photographer, these wood-framed photographs are approximately 29 x 23-inches and meet all Library of Congress standards with non-glare, UV protected Museum Glass over 100% Cotton RagMat and backing board. The collection is a limited edition of twelve with several pieces already acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Stanford University as well as private galleries and collectors. Wehrheim's historic Taylor Camp photos are the most complete and evocative documentary of a sixties and seventies counter-culture community and represent "the ultimate hippie fantasy”.