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SAME CANOE Sustainable Living News

Fall 2011 Newsletter, v1,  Honaunau, Hawaii
Featuring New Events: A Taste of Paradise series, Mauka to Makai Field Trips, Grant News and more
What's New at One Island
Local Food Tastings
Mauka to Makai Field Trips
Potlucks and Sustainable Saturdays
Quick Links
Local Programs

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October 16th - The Art of Tea w/ Field Trip Oct 23.

October 22nd - NEW Mauka to Makai Field Trip.

October 29th - Sustainable Saturday - 3 Sisters.

November 1st - Days of the Dead tamale making.

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Great News! 

One Island will be sponsoring a new PEOPLE'S GARDEN project thanks to support from the National
Institute for Food and Agriculture  and the USDA.


The new garden project is called:


We will be convening 12 non-profit organizatioins and 120 neighhborhood groups to come learn about innovative zero-mile food gardens  (including aquaponics, natural farming, orchards, container gardening, biochar and more), plus classes will be offered on improving wildlife habitat and reforestation. 


Each invitee can become eligible to apply for a mini-grant to implement and plant a project at their own location.


Our proposal ranked 4th out of 356 nationwide and we are delighted to have this opportunity to connect innovative growers and educators with our local commuity to help materialize new garden projects as part of One Island's 'Reclaiming our Local Food System' initiative.

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One Island has been the home of the West Hawaii Sustainable Energy Project since 2008 and we just received notification that we are being re-funded to expand our services. The first grant allows us to offer 160 $5,000/average grants for solar energy to residents, farms, non-profits and small businesses in West Hawaii and all seats are filled.


The next grant period, 2012-2014,  will allow us to serve small, rural communities in Northeastern Hawaii, Kauai's Northshore, and more of West and South Hawaii for grants of $500 - $5,000. More news will be available in early January 2012. 

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A BIG Mahalo!
to the USDA for their continued support, and to HUD for previous support that allowed us to build Hawaii's first Sustainable Living Center.


Aloha Friends of Hawaii Sustainability, 

Welcome to our First Newsletter! One Island's programs are growing and we are launching a newsletter to help keep you up-to-date and to invite you to upcoming events. This will help cut down on the number of emails we send out - and - allow you to easily see upcoming events over a full season. We will also be adding news from special events to share community capacity building accomplishments.
New Grants & Volunteer Guest Opportunities   We are pleased to announce two new grants that One Island will be bringing to Hawaii 2011-2014. Learn more in the left side bar about our new People's Garden award and the continuation of our Sustainable Energy Project. A huge thanks to the USDA! We will be hosting guest volunteers who'd like to join us in launching these projects. Please email [email protected] to learn more about potential assignments and tent, BnB, or local vacation rental housing options. Youth and experienced volunteers welcome!
Green is a Verb - Do it!
UPCOMING Fall Events
Art of TeaA Taste Of Paradise:
The Art of Tea
October 16th

You are invited to join us at One Island for an afternoon immersed in the growing, preparation and enjoyment of Hawaii-grown tea.

From 2-5pm on Sunday, October 16th we will be honored to have certified tea instructor Taka and Kimberly Ino from Mauna Kea Tea at our sustainable living center for a not-to-be-missed Art of Tea class. To make it even better, Kimberly will bring samples of baked goods she makes using their tea - and - they are opening their farm to us in Ahualoa (near Honoka'a) the following Sunday, October 23rd for a tour, 1-3pm. Class fee is $15 per person ($25 with the tour) or $25 per couple ($40 with tour). Carpooling options are available for the tour on the 23rd. 

To Register for this event: Click here 

A Taste of Paradise:
Chocolate Chocolate!
November 5th 
Chocolate Chocolate!
Our third Chocolate  Chocolate! event with  delicious chocolate tastings, music, and art
returns to One Island's sustainable living center for a delightful sunset experience of locally grown, locally made, and innovative chocolate-inspired products. 4-7pm overlooking Kealakekua Bay. $12 tickets provide 2 servings (including a savory entree option with beverage, or sweet treats) with additional $6 tickets available to purchase gifts items for friends and family. These are delightful, magical events that definitely twinkle! Mayan spiced hot chocolate will be a special new feature for this fall event.


To Register for this event: Click here 

Getting to know our Watersheds:
Mauka to Makai Field Trips
Saturday, October 22nd
Mauka to Makai Bird 

One Island is launching its first Natural History programming by hosting educational weekend field trips to Hawaii's fascinating and hard-to-reach locations.

This fall, on October 22nd, John Replogle of the Nature Conservancy is leading a rare tour to both mountain and sea sites and will help us understand the inter-relationships of our watersheds - and our human impacts on the environment.

We'll meet up at One Island in Honaunau on Painted Church Rd. at 7:00am -or Ace Hardware in Ocean view at 8:15am - and carpool to the field trip sites. BYOLunch, water and protective clothing for mountain and seashore.

Donation is $25 per person; $40 per couple; $50 per family.

Partial scholarships are available.

To register for this event: click here

Potlucks with a Purpose


Tuesday evenings every week, One Island opens up its Center in Honaunau for fun, free, and friendly community potlucks. Each event features a new learning topic and highlights an intriguing film, a wellness or cultural practice, or a special speaker and, of course, a delicious potluck that features locally grown foods. See our web site for current news on these events. RSVP to [email protected] for directions.
Tues. Oct 11th - WELLNESS potluck with Qi Gong 5-6 and dinner 6-8. Tues. October 18th - FILM Night - King Corn., dinner 6-7 / film 7-9. 
Tues. October 25th - ART potluck - Mask Making, dinner 6-7, bring mask making materials and use our plant-based resources, 7-9pm.


Next International Foods Potluck: Days of the Dead, Tues. November 1st, we will all join in to learn to make organic masa tamales! Bring something with a Mexican theme as your dish or drink, and something to add to our traditional altar for honoring the dead.


Sustainable Saturdays & Sundays
Saturday, October 29th


Planting Corn











We are all in the same canoe - grab a paddle!


Once a month we open the farm and gardens to a crew of delightful volunteers who come lend a hand to restore our gardens and build new garden and farm features. October 29th we will be clearing and re-planting our THREE SISTERS corn, beans and squash zero-mile fall garden. Your help is welcome and you'll find the conversation and camaraderie a great way to meet new neighbors and help One Island's non-profit demonstration gardens. We call these work parties our Sustainable SatSuns and all ages are welcome.


Event is 8:30am-noon, followed by a free lunch for our volunteers.


RSVP to [email protected] for directions.
solar oven
Solar oven brownies!
Green Living Fair and
Solar Tours 

 On October 1st, One Island joined with hundreds of communities across the United States to celebrate Solar Energy and Green Living. We had over 50 guests at the Living Center and they enjoyed walking tours of our Green Living and Solar Displays, took part in a Qi Gong class, listened to lively music by Kona Celtic Connections, learned about gourd art, enjoyed the sunny morning, and discovered local, smart, living green options. Solar baked brownies were an extra treat for this great day of community knowledge building and connections.

Thanks to our vendors, musicians, volunteers and supporters! 
 As a  non-profit 501c3 organization, One Island's accomplishments are a reflection of the community we serve - and of those who serve our community. One Island is fortunate to have a crew of staff and volunteers who are personally committed to learning to 'walk the talk' and 'sing the song' of sustainability. We whole heartedly thank and honor this crew for their passionate desire to be a part of the sustainability solution and for putting their hearts and hands together to help us explore practices that we can implement TODAY and tomorrow. Our sincere thanks to Raven, Eli, Cody, Maggie, Morgana, Elena, Markus, Bree, Michael, Casey, Kally and all of our teachers, advisors, and volunteers who have shared their vision and passion for a better world with us in very real, tangible ways. We ARE the change we know must come.
All sizes welcome!

One Island welcomes YOUR participation
our community's betterment. If you'd enjoy participating in a community service project, of any size, please let us know at [email protected] .

Finanical contributions to our non-profit educational organization are tax deductible and you can learn more here.

   A big thanks for the generosity of the
Rob Schouten Gallery on Whidbey Island for use of Rob's provocative art work that captures the precious quality of life on earth.



The next event in the A TASTE OF PARADISE local food series will be a lively COFFEE JAM featuring bean-to-cup experiences including hot and cold brewing methods and barista tricks of the trade. This coffee and music celebration of local farmers and artisans will be held on December 10th. Plus it includes local coffee farm tour options.      Learn More Here !