Fall 2013  Same Canoe Newsletter  Hawaii Island 

NEW Fall Programs in South Kona and North Kohala : Forest Gardens, FiberSheds, Papermaking, and Mushrooms.
2013 Chocolate Chocolate!  Solar & Garden Projects with Neighbors & Non-Profit Partners
   Vol 22

One Island News
Fall Calendar
Chocolate Chocolate !
Sustainability Survey
Mushrooms and Forest Gardens
Handmade Papermaking
Food Buyers Survey
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~ Fall 2013 ~
One Island
Program and Community Events Calendar
Kohala Country Fair, Sat. Oct. 5th
Mauna Kea Tea Company Tour and Cupping, Sun. Oct. 13th, 9:30am-noon, $10
Farm Day tour, 2pm, free
DIY Papermaking Workshop in Kapa'au Sat. Oct. 19th
Forest Gardens and Grow Your Own Mushrooms in Honaunau, Sun. Oct 27th
Mushroom Farm Tour and
Local Foods Culinary Lunch
Laupahoehoe, Fri. November 8th
Kohala Aina Festival
'Iole, Kapa'au, Sat. November 16th
presented by the Hawaii Institute for Pacific Agriculture.
Grow Your Own Mushrooms
'Iole, Kapa'au, Sun. Nov. 17th
DIY Papermaking in Honaunau, Sat. November 23rd, with Sun. 24th add-on and camping options
Chocolate Chocolate!
Saturday, November 30th in Hawi
Upcoming in 2014:
Greywater and Aquaponics Workshops
Symphony of the Soil film,
Bioneers round table,
Midway film
How to make Soap, Cheese, Wine, Candles, Kombucha and Tempeh
Green IS a Verb - Do It !



Chocolate Chocolate!


Saturday, Nov. 30th

One Island's 5th annual Chocolate Chocolate! event comes to Hawi on Saturday, November 30th as part of a BUY LOCAL block party in North Kohala.


Come enjoy an afternoon and early evening of chocolate tastings, try the amazing pulp fresh from the pod, and discover raw cacao creations with great health benefits. Yum!!


Great time to pick up chocolate gifts for the holidays.  Find us in front of the Kohala Coffee Mill and Kava Kafe, 12-7pm.

Sample plates are $5 and you can then buy your favorites direct from the chocolate growers and makers.



Support Hawaii's cacao growers and chocolate makers - Buy Local!


Sustainability Survey


What are you curious - or concerned - about?


click the image to launch the easy community survey

Your feedback will be valued and results will be included in future newsletters
Sister Programs
Sister program underestimates the influence of Bioneers - they are a MOTHER program that has paved the way for thousands of organizations and millions of people who are coming to see, celebrate, and leverage the interconnection of nature and human thought, spirit, action and political policy.
In early 2014, One Island is bringing the Bioneers Conference program videos to the Big Island. We'll be hosting weekend gatherings to share the best speakers from the Bioneer Conference and to convene movers and shakers with local bioneering efforts right here on our own island.
Paul Hawken IS a Bioneer
Kohala Adventures
One of the best things about living on the Big Island is exploring the different faces and flavors of districts around the island. This Fall, One Island invites you to come see what North Kohala has to offer. The Kohala Country Fair is Sat. October 6th - come say hello  at our booth! And the Kohala Aina Fair - including a concert with Nahko and Medicine for the People - takes place on Sat. November 16th. Or join us at the Chocolate Chocolate! event on November 30th.

Hawaii Island  Sustainability



Fall is Full of New Programs

and New Faces in New Places



Beginning this Fall, One Island is expanding the geographic range we serve and will be hosting workshops, tours, grant projects, films, and tasting events in six communities on the west, north and south sides of the Big Island. From Waimea, Hawi and Kapa'au in the north, to Honaunau, Miloli'i and Ocean view in the south, there are fun programs joining our rural island communities in shared sustainability learning experiences.


Fall 2013 Grant Projects


GARDENS     We are continuing to serve the 16 non-profit and 120 family partners in the SAME CANOE COMMUNITY GARDEN GRANT. A recent community meeting in Ocean view drew 42 new participants and we are also working with Honaunau School families and Native Hawaiian diabetic families to increase their food self-sufficiency gardens.
SOLAR OVENS   New for the fall, we are bringing solar ovens to off grid homes in Miloli'i to save on cooking fuel costs and to help improve local health and nutrition. We are also writing grants to help them secure funding for a solar powered water desalination system. They currently have only a brackish water well and must truck-in clean water from many miles away as catchment is not a viable option in their desert-type climate and they are outside HELCO service range.
FOOD SYSTEM STUDY - One Island has been funded by the USDA to conduct a commercial Food Buyers Survey that identifies new ways to bring more local food into our island food system. See the description below  to learn more.


Fall Forest Gardens 
How to Grow Your Own Mushrooms and How to Create a Food-producing Permaculture Forest Garden
Permaculture design includes the formation of mutually enriching Forest Gardens. In Hawaii, we have many options for creating these self-replenishing food systems. Learning to design a Forest Garden will help backyard growers and farmers create beneficial ecosystems that grow more food per square foot than row crops. And mushrooms? We also have the means to grown our own local fungi delicacies using local spawn and local substrate. Last year we tried out imported kits with mixed results. This year we have Zach Mermel coming to teach us how to do it local!  Co-hosted with  Sustainable Kohala and Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture.

Forest Gardens and Grow-Your-Own Mushrooms Workshops plus a Mushroom Farm Tour
Mushrooms are an excellent source of vegetarian protein and nutrition that are easy to grow. Gain hands-on experience inoculating your own mushroom kits as well as logs, which you can take home at the end of the workshop. We will also discuss how mushrooms can help repair damaged ecosystems and enhance the diversity and resilience of your farm, garden, and home. 
RSVPs required for all programs below
Forest Gardening and Grow Your Own Mushrooms Workshop, South Kona, Sunday, October 27th at One Island in Honaunau.  Morning Forest Garden Design and Practicum with Steve Sakala 10am-noon, BYO potluck lunch, Mushroom Workshop with Zach Mermel, 1-5pm.  Workshop fee is $40 plus a $25 materials fee for your take home mushroom log and kit. 
Please RSVP by Mon. October 14th to ensure materials kit.
Local Hawaii Mushroom Farm Tour, Fri. November 8th       Meet up at the Hamakua Mushroom Farm in Laupahoehoe for a fascinating commercial-scale mushroom tour on how they are grown, cooked, and tasted (by you!). Meet up at 11:15, tour starts at 11:30am. Optional mushroom-themed lunch and dessert. Special group rate for Mushroom tour $10.00, Lunch $15;
$25 for full local foods culinary event. Please RSVP by Mon. Nov 4th (and specify vegetarian or pork pizza).
Grow Your Own Mushrooms Workshop, North Kohala, Sunday, November 17th at 'Iole in Kapa'au.  Mushroom Workshop with Zach Mermel, 1-5pm. Workshop fee is $40 plus a $25 materials fee for your take home mushroom log and kit. 
Please RSVP Mon. Nov. 4th to ensure materials kit.
Learn more about Forest Gardens as a solution to ag-dependency on unsustainable oil energy by watching this excellent
BBC  video about a family farm's transformation in England.
   food forest design
  Permaculture Food Forest Design and Practicum
Learn to Make Paper Sustainably
Local Plants
Handmade paper is a great way to incorporate locally grown plants and flowers into beautiful, useful and artistic products
Ever heard about a FiberShed?
Much like the water sources  that define your watershed, local plants are part of your local FiberShed. We import nearly 100% of our fibers to the island yet we have an abundance of plants that could be meeting some of our fiber-needs with much less fossil fuel involved. Clothing, paper, rope, building materials, furniture, baskets, shoes, lampshades, napkins - even toilet paper - all count  as fiber products. Where DO they come from? And at what environmental cost? Come learn how to meet some of our paper fiber needs more sustainably.
What are your lowest carbon footprint options for fiber? LOCAL plants!
Turning locally grown banana, kukui, wauke, cotton, dried flowers - even coffee beans - into paper is a whole lot of fun. And a wonderful way to recycle creatively. You can make cards, book marks, masks, dolls, sculptural reliefs and stretch your imagination  at these fun workshops. Great for all ages. Artist-in-Residence Susan O'Malley is our guest instructor and her own work includes locally sourced plant fibers and beautiful local plant dyes. Recently returned from a prestigious Artist-in- Residence at the Anderson Center in Minnesota, we'll also have a chance to learn about her gallery exhibitions and unique dimensional pieces.
Papermaking FiberShed Workshops
North Kohala, Saturday October 19th at One Island's solar powered teaching space on a 20 acre ranch in Kapa'au, 2-6pm. Materials prep option takes place 10am-1pm. Workshop fee is $25 plus a $20 materials fee for projects you will make and take home. RSVP by Oct. 12th.
South Kona, Saturday and Sunday, November 23-24 at One Island in Honaunau. Saturday 10am-noon is optional plant materials preparation and the Papermaking Workshop is Saturday 2-6pm. Overnight camping option Saturday night with optional Sunday papermaking 10-2pm. RSVP by November 16th.
Sat. workshop fee is $25 plus a $20 materials fee for projects you will make and take home. If you opt to camp-over, an add-on fee of $35 includes more papermaking on Sunday.

Local Food System Survey

500,000 plates a day,

15 million plates a month!


Food Survey Web Link


photo: sonia martinez
Meeting Local Demand
As the final component in our Farm-to-Market project, One Island is inviting local chefs, restaurants, grocers, school cafeterias, caterers, food distributors, bakeries, and value-added producers to let us know what fruits and vegetables they need. We have an online survey that captures buyer's responses and we need volunteers to help get the word out.
Learn more on our web site.
Intentional Agriculture
Food Buyer respondents can specify what foods they import in what quantity, what they currently buy from island growers, and what imports they would be willing to buy from local farms if reliably available. The outcomes of this survey will then be shared with island farmers to help foster small cooperative grower projects designed to work together to meet local demands for locally grown foods.
Each Hawaii grown food product served on the island supports a local small farm AND lessens the carbon foot print of bringing food to the millions of plates served on our island, every month.


 To participate in the Food Buyers Survey         

 email: [email protected]  

and see the online introduction  


photo courtesy Sonia Martinez                       

The Good Works, Summer 2013 


This past summer One Island completed two important solar energy projects with community partners. The Arc of Kona, a great organization serving the high-need disabled population, received a $15,000 grant from One Island and the West Hawaii Sustainable Energy Project for grid-tie solar power that will be reducing their monthly operating costs. The Arc also invested in new Tier 3 highly efficient refrigerators and energy efficient lighting as a project match to cut their costs even more.
In Miloli'i Village, One Island/WHSEP brought brand new solar power to their community pavilion that serves as a halau for their new charter school, a branch library, and central solar fridgescommunity meeting space. We installed two solar refrigerator/ freezers and nine solar panels under their $18,595 grant from One Island. A BIG Mahalo to the USA Rural Utility Service for supporting these great energy and cost saving installations.  Empowering rural communities!         miloli'i solar
Mahalo to Affordable Solar Resources for their technical expertise
and donations towards the Miloli'i Project.

Sustainability starts at home - right in your own local community -   
               any size, any place, great changes can happen.