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SAME CANOE Sustainable Living News

May 2012 Newsletter. v8. Honaunau, Hawaii
Featuring :  Aquaponics Tour,  Compost and Worm Bins, Permaculture Intro, Raised Beds and Vertical Growing, Biochar for farm and backyards,  Summer Youth Camp and more.
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Upcoming Workshops
Innovation Contest
Dog Park Day
Farmer's Market
April in Review
Aquaponics Tour
Compost and Worms
Raised Beds
Volunteer Wednesdays
Solar Ovens / Worm Bins
May Film Night
Quick Links
Local Programs


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May 5th - Aquaponics Tour

May 11th - Composting and Worms

May 19th - Permaculture Intro 

May 22nd - Bees Film Night

May 25th - Raised Beds

May 27th - Dog Park Day 

June 9-10 - Biochar

June 18-23 - Summer Camp

June 23rd  - Solfest


Local Food Workshops, Festivals and
Field Days
Mark Your Calendar 
The Same Canoe Community Garden Project presents an ala carte menu of great garden classes, special events and field trips with the island's BEST teachers:
Aquaponics Tour
Honoka'a and Waimea
May 5th


Composting and Vermiculture
 w/ Recycle Hawaii
Fri. May 11th


w/ Steve Sakala
Sat. May 19th


Raised Bed and Vertical Grow Systems
at One Island
Fri. May 23rd
Bio Char
w/ Josiah Hunt
June 9-10


YES!! Youth Summer Sustainability Camp

June 18th-23rd 


Solfest 2012
Sat. June 23rd 

solfest 3

Celebrate Sustainability!

Sustainability Innovation Award


Bamboo House

Got a great idea?

One Island is launching the SUSTAINABILITY INNOVATION AWARD Challenge. All ages are welcome to enter and the three categories for the competition are: 1. Proven, Operating Inventions, 2. Prototypes,  3.Designs and Concepts. Inventions can be physical objects or behavioral change concept models.

August 31st is the deadline  for Challenge Award applications  and the awards will be announced at the Green Living Tour on October 6th. To request an application, email    [email protected]


South Kona

Dog Park Day

~ now on Sundays ~


Bring your favorite friend for a fun romp on the farm. Next Doggie Play Day is SUNDAY, May 27th, 11am-1pm. Bring a picnic for lunch!  Email [email protected] for directions


Farmer's Market
Farmers Market
Support local farms at the One Island booth, every Sunday at the South Kona Green Market under the Same Canoe banner. Locally grown fruits and vegetables and we feature free samples of solar baked goodies. Yum!
Put your money where your heart is - Buy Local!
April was indeed "Amazing"



 Ala'a endangered Hawaii Crow



We began the month with a field trip visiting the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center on a circle trip around the island with our new intern crew that included a hike down into Waipio Valley.



Waipio Valley


Then One Island's interns began serving Ho'okena School's Garden, as well as continuing at Honaunau School.


Ho'okena Garden

  Ho'okena School gardeners


Our crew attended the Hawaii Island School Garden Network tours to learn about the magic going on at Innovations and Kona Pacific public charter schools.




Kona Pacific Garden

 Kona Pacific Charter School


 Local Food in Action!



 WHEA hydroponics

 WHEA hydroponics


We also visited the West Hawaii Explorations Academy gardens and at every location, LOCAL FOOD is a hot topic with teachers and students hard at work looking to find ways to decrease imported food dependence and increase local food independence.



Got Dirt?

 Soil Workshop


Got Dirt? was well attended with many new faces and thought expanding information about creating soil shared by Gerry Herbert and Bob Shaffer.



Gerry at Kawanui

 Kawanui Farm


Garden Volunteering workshop participants learned sometimes-startling reflections about School Garden and Hawaii Island cafeteria history shared by Nancy Redfeather. A big thanks to the lovely Kawanui Farm for opening their doors.


 Food Independence = Farming for Nutrition. As the quality of the world's soils decline, so does the nutrition available in our foods. What can we do to reverse this problem? A big thanks to Jana Bogs for her Beyond Organic workshop exploring the nutrition of our foods and how changes in our soil can create healthier foods.


April also saw the beginning of new collaborations with Donkey Mill Art Center and SKEA to find ways to add farm-based learning opportunities for our youth as part of local cultural education programming.



 Procession of the Species 2012

 1st Kona Procession of the Species


 Earth Day was a fun celebration and the premier of our first mini Procession of the Species contingent with an Ohia, Pueo, Monarch, Jackson Chameleon, Bat and more. Thanks to our artistic interns who used recycled materials to create fun costumes for kids and adults.



 Earthday Hula

Hula at the Earth and Ocean Festival 2012  









May is about Multiplying - the garden workshops are expanding, solar surveys are reaching into remote Hawaiian fishing villages to help develop services, the Buying Club is adding worm bins, and fun youth programs are emerging in time for summer activities.


Kawanui FarmWest Hawaii now has seventeen schools and non-profits joining in the Same Canoe Community Garden Project. Our goal was 12 so reaching 17 is great!


Looking ahead, this summer we will be multiplying the impact of this innovative program by expanding our 'how to grow' food system offerings to also include 'how to make' soy sauce, tempeh and tofu, pickled vegetables, solar baked foods, smoked fish, and dehydrated foods. PLUS we are hosting our first YES!! Youth Empowerment for Sustainability Summer Camp in June. 



Green IS a Verb - Let's Do It, Together! 


Aquaponics Tour 

Saturday, May 5th

10am-4pm, Honoka'a and Waimea


Growing delicious greens and vegetables with no fertilizer, pesticide or herbicide costs - or dangers? Aquaponics is an innovative growing system that learns from ancient Hawaiian agriculture practices and introduces fish into the garden as a source of fertilizer to grow healthy, delicious foods. It is a water saving and soil saving technology that is adding great new foods to our local Hawaii food system.

friendly aquaponicsCome see how this growing method is being accomplished at backyard and large commercial scales. One Island's Aquaponics Tour will meet up at the Friendly's Aquaponics Farm in Honoka'a at 10am and then visit the ingenious, compact backyard systems at David Stark's in Waimea at 2pm. Throw in a little vermiculture and fermentation on the side and this eye-opening tour will give you an abundance of ideas to take home and try out. Carpooling is encouraged. 

RSVP (including any carpooling offers/needs) to [email protected] .

$10 donation for tour will go to One Island's Summer Youth Camp scholarship fund.


Composting and Vermiculture

Friday, May 11th

9am-noon, One Island

with Recycle Hawaii


compostTwo people can generate 1500 pounds of easily compostable kitchen scrap waste a year - enough material to create great soil for the following year's garden. As a component of our Soil Building series, next up is a how-to composting workshop with a vermiculture - worm bin - feature. Recycle Hawaii will be bringing participants a FREE compost bin (value $80) and ideas for innovative tiered worm composting bins as well.


RSVP to [email protected] .  Workshop fee is $15 and will go to One Island's Summer Youth Camp scholarship fund. Each participant can take home a brand new compost bin (value $80). Optional purchase of a 3-tier worm post bin system is available through One Island. (see Buying Club info below)

Permaculture Intro

Saturday, May 19th

9am-noon, One Island and Honaunau Farm

with Steve Sakala


Permaculture - is it a way to garden? A movement? A lifestyle? What does it really mean? We hear a lot about Permaculture practices in Hawaii and here is a chance to learn the basic foundation principles of Permaculture and to see them applied on two different farms. Self-reliance is one of the goals of a Permaculture farm or backyard garden - but how do we achieve that? In our garden, on our table, as a way of living? Join One Island and Steve Sakala of Honaunau Farm for an introduction to Permaculture and suggestions for ways you can incorporate more self-reliance practices in your own life, today.


gaias gardenRSVP to [email protected] . Workshop donation is $10 and will go to One Island's Summer Youth Camp scholarship fund. Optional advance purchase of 'Gaia's Garden' backyard-scale permaculture book is recommended ($25 book order must be made by May 7th).

Location: Start at One Island Sustainable Living Center, Honaunau on Painted Church Rd. Conclude at Honaunau Farm behind Honaunau School.



Gardening 'Up' - raised beds and vertical growing for all ages and abilities
Friday May 25th
9am-noon at One Island

Gardening is great food for the body and soul for everyone. How can we create nourishing gardens when we have little soil? Or need a raised bed for back health and accessibility? Come see some clever ideas for gardening 'up'. Using recycled materials and low cost solutions, we'll show you how to make four different above ground gardening growing spaces. All ages and abilities welcome.

RSVP to [email protected] .Workshop donation is $10 and will go to One Island's Summer Youth Camp scholarship fund.


Biochar - Anywhere
with Josiah Hunt
June 9th-10th
Biochar Introduction, Sat. June 9th 9-noon
Biochar Hands-on, Sat June 9th 2-5
and Sun. June 10th 10-4

Biochar soil


Soil health and fertility is the key to healthy foods and healthy forests.

Biochar is an important, low cost technique for increasing the availability of minerals and water needed for all living plants. Plus, we can make it right here in Hawaii with no importation costs. Come learn how to make biochar wherever you live. We will build and demonstrate a large scale garden or farm biochar system, and see a portable backyard system in action. The slow-burn method of turning tree waste into a valuable nutrient accelerator has roots in indigenous cultures and recent University of Hawaii research is helping us reclaim this process and develop methods that increase sustainability in Hawaii today.

You have the option to participate in both lecture and/or hands-on building activities. Introduction is Saturday 9-12 and construction activities will be Saturday 2-5 and Sunday 10-4. BYO Lunch and wear outdoor clothing with gloves.

Workshop donation is $35, includes a biochar sampler for use in your own garden, and will help support One Island's Summer Youth Camp scholarship fund. 
Day on the Farm
Volunteer Wednesdays


KavaWednesdays are Volunteer Days at One Island and both island residents and visiting guests from around the world lend a hand for educational work projects, take the farm tour, and then enjoy a community lunch.

Lead by Farm Project Manager, Raven Bolas, we've been revitalizing the edible landscape and butterfly exhibits - and making great progress getting the greenhouse irrigation installed. More local food and improved wildlife habitats are the result of these valuable efforts. Work projects 8:30-11:30, tour 11:30, Lunch 12:30.
Many thanks to our volunteers!


To participate, please email [email protected]

One Island Buying Club    


NEW at the Buying Club: Worm     Compost Systems for tea and castings

 Worm BinTurn your kitchen waste and paper scraps into nutrient- rich compost and fertilizer with worm farming. A couple can generate 1500 pounds of kitchen waste a year - turn that into dirt! Worms are happy to eat up your food scraps and leave you their castings that make excellent compost for your garden. Spigot allows you to collect a rich liquid fertilizer too. Discount Club price is $75.00. 
Solar Oven Orders
Delicious foods with NO propane or electric costs?
You bet!


solar ovenOne Island has formed a Buying Club for the best sustainability products. Our group buying power helps us bring you great products at a reduced price. Save up to $50!

A. Solar Oven, shipped to your address - $325
B. Solar Oven with 3 rack food dehydration kit and 4 cooking pans - $399 delivered to your door.
Each Farmer's Market we showcase new food products prepared in the Solar Oven - chocolate brownies, granola, fruit crisp, kabocha squash spice bread, banana chocolate brownies, dried mango, dried banana - we keep trying new things and LOVE this oven. Stop by the Sunday South Kona Green Market to see it in action. Sign up for the Buying Club by emailing [email protected] or at the Market Booth.






Film Nights with Potlucks 


queen of the sunFilm Nights offer us a chance to enjoy a thought
provoking film after sharing in a community potluck. Don't have time to cook? $10 meal donation welcome. Films start at 7pm. Dinner 6-7, Farm tour 5-6.


  May Film Night:

Tuesday, May 22nd

Film: Queen of the Sun - what are the bees really telling us?  




Looking Ahead ...
Summer Youth Camp is Coming!
June 18-23 with Family Day the 23rd
YES!! Camp
One Island's facility is a year-round, hands-on, living laboratory for learners of all ages. This summer we are organizing a Youth Sustainability Camp: June 18-23 (ages 10-18). M-F are day camp activities, 9-5, and Friday night is a camp over with music and a firecircle. Saturday, we open our gates to friends and families to come see the Camper's accomplishments and to celebrate SolFest, 10-2pm.
YES!! = Youth Empowerment for Sustainability 

Renewable Energy
Organic Gardening
Soil Science
Health and Nutrition
Hawaiian Plants
Watershed Studies
Environmental Stewardship
Arts and Crafts
Music and Performance

Email [email protected]  for information






One Island is focused on expanding its South Kona Ag Park facility and Programs.  To help us better serve more local families, farms, small businesses and non-profits, we are seeking support for the following assistance: 
Gleaners  to help our community capture abundant foods that would otherwise go to waste
Volunteer Coordinator to help school students and local families be of service
Adminitrative Assistants with experience in community capacity building for Agriculture, Energy, Health and Wellness, Youth and Family, Art and Culture and Natural Resource programs
Videographer to help us capture and share talk story from our participant's perspective
Commercial kitchen facility to help local growers and  producers make better use of their produce
Mobile kitchen that can travel to reach remote farm locations to help struggling farmers to create value-added products for market
Solar  More funding  to help serve the 300 solar grant participants on our waiting list and hundreds more in our service areas
GIS Mapping assistance to document the accomplishments and findings of our projects
Driveway installer to improve access to the farm-based facility
Artists-in-Residence are invited to come for a personal retreat on the farm and bring their music, performace or visual art to our community on the One Island stage and lawn 
  Help us raise this Sustainability 'Barn' in 2012!