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SAME CANOE Sustainable Living News

June 2012 Newsletter. v9. Honaunau, Hawaii
Featuring :  New Saturday Farmer's Market,  SolFest Celebration, Summer Youth Camp, Sustainability Contest, Biochar Workshop for farm and backyards,  and more.
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Upcoming Events
Innovation Contest
Farmer's Market
May in Review
Buying Club
Homestead Foods and Volunteer Wednesdays
Art in the Garden
Transit of Venus
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June 9-10 - Biochar Workshop

June 13 - Homestead Food Workshop

on Solar Cooking & Dehydrating

June 18-23 - Summer Youth Camp

June 23rd  - SOLFEST

June 26th - Community Potluck

on Kona's Water System





Kawanui Sunflowers 

Summer-Fall 2012
Local Food Workshops and Festivals  
Mark Your Calendar 
Bio Char Anywhere -
for Farm & Garden
w/ Josiah Hunt
June 9-10
Homestead Foods:
Solar Cooking
June 13th, 9-12


YES!! Youth Summer Sustainability Camp

June 18th-23rd 


~ SolFest 2012 ~
Sat. June 23rd
Community Potluck
Where does Kona's water really come from?
Tues. June 26th 5-7:30
Film: Blue Gold 7:30-9
Homestead Foods: Kimchi, fermantation and more!
Wed. July 11, 9-12
Raising Chicken & Duck Eggs
Saturday July 28th, 9-12
Homestead Foods: Jams and Jelly Making
Wed. August 8, 9-12
Homestead Foods: fermenting Soy Sauce and Tempeh
Wed. September 12th
Ginger and Jazz
Equinox, Fri. Sept 21st 
The Art of Tea
October 6-7th
Homestead Foods: Grow your own Mushrooms!
Wed. October 10th, 9-12
Fruit Lovers Fair
Sat. October 27th
Homestead Foods: Coffee roasting and brewing, homestyle methods
Wed. November 7th, 9-12
Harvest Fest
Sat. November 17th
Chocolate Chocolate!
and Art Fair
December 8th


Celebrate Sustainability!

Sustainability Innovation Award


solar boat

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 


Now at Two
Farmer's Markets
Farmers Market
Got Food? Local Farm and Garden Produce Wanted. Farmers and gardeners who enroll in One Island's Farmer's Market co-op can drop it off at our SKEA booth on Saturday morning and our crew will offer it for sale at both of the weekend markets as part of our new community co-op. Friday produce pick-up at your farm or garden can be arranged. Call Theo at 328-2452 to learn more.
Buy Local  Support local farms at the One Island booth, every Saturday at the new SKEA Farmer's Market and Sundays at the South Kona Green Market. Buy locally grown fruits and vegetables plus we feature Buying Club sustainability products.
SKEA Market Saturdays 9:30-2
on Mamalahoa in Honaunau
South Kona Green Market
Sundays 9-2 behind
Choice Mart in Captain Cook
Put your money where your heart is - Buy Local!
100% of sales benefit local farms and One Island programs

May was Marvelous

coffee bag garden


Gardening UP! with recycled coffee bags towers at One Island's Sustainable Living Center

Aquaponics Tour

May 5th

 Outdoor aquaponics

greenhouse aquaponics

Interior aquaponics

Friendly Aquaponics in Honoka'a and David Stark in Waimea


milolii village

Miloli'i Village Solar Survey gathering of 50 Native Hawaiian community members   May 9th


compost bins

Compost and Vermiculture

Workshop May 11th

w/ a big thanks to Recycle Hawaii for the donated large compost bins.



Permaculture Gardening

at Honaunau Farm

May 19th


trough garden  

Raised bed trough for a Mediterranean garden at

 Gardening UP!   May 25th


lilikoi arbor

Lilokoi Arbor growing WAY Up!



June is Jumping! - Celebrate the beginning of Summer at SolFest on Sat. June 23rd. We invite you to come see One Island's new educational farm, garden, and renewable energy features - and the showcase of projects completed by our student teams. Come learn and enjoy!


solfest 3Summer is
Coming !!

We are  joining in to help launch a New Farmer's Market at SKEA on Saturdays, 9:30am-2pm. Starts June 2nd.


Our YES!! Youth Camp runs June 18th-23rd and there are a few spaces available. See more at YES!! Youth Empowerment for Sustainability.


Here on the farm, One Island is launching a new learning program format we are excited to share with you.


New One Island Summer Schedule:


First and Third Wednesdays we are developing new gardens with a team of volunteers - Ancient Grains, Super Foods, Natural Farming, BioChar, Biodynamic, Permaculture Forest Gardens and more. Come help create these fun educational gardens!


Second Wednesdays will host an empowering new program: Homestead Foods - solar cooking, fermenting, canning, dehydrating and more. Old school techniques that are highly relevant today as we learn to reclaim our local food system.


Fourth Wednesdays we'll be hosting fun field trips out in the community that gather volunteers to help schools and non-profits build and care for their local gardens and sustainability projects. These mornings are a rewarding give-back to your community. 


Saturdays Celebrate Local Food   Once a month there will be a chance to attend more of our great local food and gardening workshops with guest presenters from around the island. And on other Saturdays there will be a local food tasting or celebration. All fun and rewarding community programs for all ages.


Fourth Tuesdays we continue hosting the Community Potlucks that may have a film showing or topical community resource discussion pertinent to our region.


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


Biochar - Anywhere
for backyard gardeners, farmers, and reforestation projects including in-ground and container char pits
with Josiah Hunt
June 9th-10th
Biochar Introduction, Sat. June 9th 9-noon
morning intro open to all
Biochar Hands-on, Sat June 9th 2-5
and Sun. June 10th 10-4
hands-on for learning-by-doing

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. 
solfest kidsSolFest is Saturday June 23rd
Our second annual SolFest is a morning gathering to honor the beginning of Summer - join us for this multi-generation celebration of nature, human ingenuity, and summer solstice.


Pancake Breakfast - served with local fruit, choice of toppings and scrambled eggs or tofu. Kona coffee or local herbal tea. For all ages.
Ticket prices benefits the youth program. $12 adult, $6 kids. Please reserve in advance by emailing


Student Showcase - come see the special accomplishments acheived by our interns and students during the YES!! Youth Empowerment fo Sustainability Camp. Student presentations 10-11am. Families & friends welcome.
recylced barrel garden

3 pallet garden 

Recycled barrel and pallet Z
vertical gardens 
Sustainability Tour - if you've been to One Island before - or this will be a first visit - LOTS of new things have been going on and we'd love to have you come see, learn and get inspried. Tours 11am and noon.
ipu trellisghouse
mobile solarpallet H garden
  Bamboo Ipu Gourd Trellis, 4,500 sq ft Greenhouse Ark,
Mobile Solar Cart, Pallet H Garden
SLC Entry
Come discover our Sustainable Living Center with
Renewable Energy, Farm & Garden Exhibits !
YES!! Summer Youth Camp
June 18-23 with Family Day the 23rd
Open house June 3rd 11-1, Applications due June 6th
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
See the YES!! web site or
Email  for information

One Island Buying Club    


gaias gardenNEW at the Buying Club: Worm Compost Systems for tea and castings, selected books, plus an online shopping site where retailers make a percent-of-purchase donation back to One Island to help fund local programs.


Click Here to learn more about the Buying Club features  

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 or at the 
Day on the Farm
Homestead Food Workshops
and Volunteer Gardening Wednesdays
DehydratingJune 12th launches our new Homestead Foods workshop series where we learn to prepare and preserve local foods. First up is a Solar Cooking and Dehydrating Workshop, on Wed. the 12th, 9-noon. We will bake and dehydrate, and get to take home samples of solar cooked and dried products.
$10 adults;  $5 kids. All ages welcome. RSVP to


1st and 3rd Wednesdays 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.


WHEA volunteer dayJune Focus: Expanding the Ancient Grain and Seed Garden, and Building out the new Super Foods garden for nutrient rich plants high in anti-oxidants.


Volunteer work projects 8:30-11:30, tour 11:30, Lunch 12:30.
Many thanks to our great volunteers!


To participate, please email

One Island's Interns are intrepid troopers!
interns at onomea
One Island is a living learning laboratory that provides unique educational experiences for all ages.
Our guest volunteers, ages 19-72, join us for an average of 3 months. They work hard to bring our community great farm-based learning resources and programs, they volunteer in our local community, and they play hard - all as a team.
A BIG THANKS to our Winter/ Spring 2012 cohort for their services to One Island, to West Hawaii, and to Honaunau and Ho'okena Schools. 
Thumbs up for Theo, Mandy, Laura, Cris, Kyle and Howard!  
Art in the Garden

One Island is hosting guest artists year round who offer community arts workshops and complete a garden art or music project while visiting.

Earth Goddess MuralThis is a 9'x12' Earth Goddess mural project lead by Mandy Brown with assistance from Laura Casselli. The mural is a backdrop for our stage at special events.

Mahalo Mandy and Laura! 
Transit of Venus
transit of venus 
On June 5, 2012, the Earth, Sun, and the planet Venus will briefly line up, and the Venus will slowly move across the Sun's face, like a tiny eclipse. This is in fact the rarest eclipse visible from Earth, called a Transit of Venus. This June American astronomers are flocking to Hawaii's observatories from which the entire transit can be observed (it's only partially visible in the lower 48 states.)
 This will join a long tradition in which the islands of Polynesia are linked to astronomy. It was a Transit of Venus that prompted Captain Cook's first voyage into the Pacific in 1769, specifically to observe the phenomenon. At the next Transit of Venus in 1874, King David Kalakaua, the "Merrie Monarch" invited British astronomers to observe from Honolulu as well as from the Hulihee Palace in Kailua-Kona.

Our neighbor non-profit garden on Painted Church Rd.
is hosting events May 31-June 5th
Let them know One Island sent you and ask for a free pair of protective veiwing glasses.  Do NOT look at the sun directly.






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!