In 1969, 13 young college students, dropouts and Vietnam vets fled to Kauai to escape campus riots and police brutality in the states. While in Kauai they were arrested for squatting and sentenced to 90 days in jail. Howard Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor's brother, bailed the group out and allowed them to camp on his vacant ocean front property. They were left alone without any restrictions whatsoever.
The Taylor Camp commune began in a clothing optional tree-house village at the end of the road on the island's North Shore. The camp grew exponentially with new ex-patriots, more vets and more nature seeking nudists.
In 1977 the government condemned the village to make way for a state park.
John Wehrheim's 1970's photographs document the the community that created order without rules...or clothes.