Tickets on sale for ‘The Edge of Paradise’

“The Edge of Paradise,” the Taylor Camp movie by Kauai’s John Wehrheim, will be shown twice at Kauai Community College on Jan. 11.

The Garden Island Arts Council is sponsoring the showings at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Tickets, $20, are available at and some outlets.  

The film chronicles the inner-workings of the North Shore’s hippie and surfer enclave Taylor Camp from 1969 to 1977 before it was destroyed by the state. The camp was started by actress Elizabeth Taylor’s brother, Howard.

The film features new interviews, surf footage and historical photos.

Wehrheim became acquainted with Taylor Camp in 1971 when he was living in Howard Taylor’s guest house. Campers often visited Taylor’s home to borrow tools and would be sent to retrieve them from the camp. As a photojournalist, Wehrheim said he was drawn to the beauty of the camp’s architecture and the beautiful lighting; he knew it needed to be documented.

Taylor Camp was originally released in 2011 and shot in standard definition.

“By 2015 the cost of converting to Hi Def had become affordable, so we decided to do a remake,” Wehrheim wrote.

Showings of the film in August at Anaina Hou Community Park filled every seat.


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