Jan 2014  Same Canoe Newsletter  Hawaii Island 

Winter and Spring Programs in North Kohala and South Kona : Watershed Awareness, Grey Water Workshops,

Watershed Field Trips, Art Classes & Thought-Provoking Film Nights  Vol 22 

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2014 Calendar
Grey Water Workshop
Watershed Stories
Field Trips
Watershed Festival




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January-April 2014
One Island
Program and Community Events Calendar
Water ... the source of life
Wiamea Ocean Film Festival
Kohala and Kona Coast venues
incl. Filmmaker Angela Sun with 'Plastic Paradise - the Great Pacific Garbage Patch'  January 2nd-10th
Kohala Watershed Stories
The Course of Water History
with Boyd Bond and Margaret Wille
Mon. January 13th, Free, 6:45pm
at the Old Courthouse, Kapa'au
Papermaking Workshop
wit Susan O'Malley in Kapa'au
         Jan. 25th and/or 26th, 10-4,       $75 incl materials per day; $140 2 days
Film Night: Blue Gold - world water wars. Eye opening film hosted by Lani Bowman at Walker Hall, 54-3801 Akone Pule Hwy. Free event cosponsored by Green Faith, St. Augustine's Sat. Jan 25th  6:30pm. Free
Introduction to Home-scale Greywater Systems with Anna Birkas of Mendocino, Calif. 
Sat. February 1st, 10am-noon at
One Island in Honaunau
Kohala Watershed Stories
What's Up with the Ditch?
presented by the Kohala Ditch Foundation, North Kohala Library,
Mon. February 3rd, Free, 6:30pm
How To Build Your Own Greywater System Hands-on Workshop with Anna Birkas
Sat. February 8th, 'Iole, Kapa'au, 1-5pm. Co-sponsored by Sustainable Kohala and 'Iole. Sliding scale donation for workshop $55-$75 (no cost for Sustainable Kohala, One Island and
'Iole volunteers and members)

Papermaking Workshop
with Susan O'Malley at One Island in Honaunau, Feb 8th and/or 9th, 10-4.
$75 incl materials per day; $140 2 days

Film Night: The Island President
Climate change impacts on front line islands, hosted by Gail Byrne Baber at Walker Hall, 54-3801 Akone Pule Hwy. Free event cosponsored by Green Faith, 
 St. Augustine's Church
Sat. February 22nd, 6:30 pm

FIELD TRIP - Water Systems:

the Kohala Ditch and Star Seed  

        Ranch Hydro Power         

Sat. March 8th 9am-2pm.

Donations benefit the Kohala Ditch Foundation. Bring a lunch, water and sturdy, protective clothing


Kohala Watershed Stories  Bringing Water Back to Kohala with Melora Purell of the Kohala Watershed Partnership,

 Mon. March 10th at the North Kohala Library, Free, 6pm



FILM NIGHTS - 'Into the Gyre', hosted by Susan Lehner

Walker Hall,

54-3801 Akone Pule Hwy. Free event cosponsored by Green Faith, St. Augustine's

Sat. March 22nd, 6:30 pm




Kohala Watershed Stories

Follow the Water - Climate Impacts Happening in Hawaii Today with Hawaii hydrologists,

Mon. April 7th at the North Kohala Library, 6pm


kuaiwi taro


 Malama pono i Ka Wai


Tour Nani's Place with local elder talk story, Sat. April 26th, 1:30-4:30pm.

 Followed by potluck at Keokea Beach.


Mauka to Makai

Watershed Celebration

Sat. Apr. 26th 2-9pm

at Keokea Beach, North Kohala


 Sister Programs 

Our Watershed programming is possible only through the collaboration of inspiring non-profit partners. We'll feature them monthly. 


January Feature:

Kohala Watershed Partnership


"A Hawaiian proverb says "Hahai no ka ua i ka ululāʻau". Without forests on our mountain slopes, there is no rain. Without rain, there in no life."


 click image to learn about this

great stewardship-in-action organization

Papermaking is a great way to get your hands wet and make beautiful natural fiber papers and sculptural objects. Students will dip frames and forms into vats of paper pulp and take home a great collection of their own beautiful work.
Instructor Susan O'Malley is a Fine Arts master of this magical medium and is hosting her second series of Papermaking workshops with One Island as our Winter 2014 Artist in Residence.
Saturday January 25th and/or 26th, 10am-4pm at One Island in Kapa'au
Saturday February 8th and/or 9th 10am-4pm at One Island in Honaunau
Course is $55 with a $20 materials daily fee. Click here to sign up online
See the At Home Magazine coverage of this fun workshop at One Island


the Source of Life


For the New Year, One Island invites you to start exploring the health of your watershed, the availability of clean, local water sources, and the impacts that global climate change is already having on our local water systems.


Where ever you live, water is the Blue Gold of our time, a precious resource that may appear illusive to control, but is indeed directly impacted by human choices and behaviors.


During the first four months of 2014, we'll be exploring water histories - and futures - and invite you to do the same in your local watershed. There are many benefits to cultivating watershed stewardship.


January-April Programs


Field Trips     Over the last few years, curious learners of all ages have been joining One Island on Mauka to Makai Field trips. We've explored Kau, South Kona, and this year are hosting fields trips in North Kohala. Expert guides help us learn about the characteristics that make up a watershed system and raise awareness of the natural events and human impacts that are challenging the integrity of our watersheds.
Guest Speakers   Keepers of our water knowledge are gathering to make presentations about the history of local water, the access and appropriation challenges being faced today, and the climate change impacts already hitting our islands.
Grey Water How-To  Conserving water as a precious resource and wise reuse of our waste water are important Green Living choices. One Island is pleased to bring Anna Birkas from Mendocino, California to Hawaii for two Grey Water learning events in early February.
Art and Film Nights  Our relationship to water is as primal as life itself. How we think of it, relate to it, apply it, and steward our water are skill sets everyone can improve upon. To help us expand our thinking and deepen our connection to this life sustaining resource, One Island is hosting water-themed Art and Film events each month. The arts can empower positive change in the human behaviors that threaten out watersheds.
See calendar at left and event descriptions below to learn more.
      Kohala Coast Watercolor by Carolyn Lancaster



How to Build Your Own
Grey Water System
Landscape with Grey Water

Diverting your grey water to landscape plants is a great way to conserve water, cut down on the hidden fuel costs to bring water to your home, and create a lush, beautiful garden even in the driest conditions.

Anna Birkas is a grey water designer who teaches at the Solar Living Institute in California and we are fortunate to have her joining us for two sessions in early February. She is One Island's Winter 2014 Designer in Residence and is hosting two classes. Come learn!

Introduction to Grey Water Systems
Saturday, February 1st, 10am-noon
at One Island in Honaunau, South Kona

This two hour class includes a slide show presentation and discussion that will share design options for managing your grey water and diverting it in to your garden to grow healthy plants. Class is free to One Island Volunteers and Members and open to the public with a $15 donation requested. Reserve space online.

Hands-on How to Build Your Own
Grey Water Workshop
with Anna Birkas
Saturday February 8th, 1-5pm
at ''Iole in Kapa'au, North Kohala

A full afternoon of how-to information and hands-on projects will demonstrate how you can easily build a grey water system in your own yard. Capture washing machine, bath room sink and shower water to create a lush green garden. Also provides a system design to use catchment rain water for irrigation. Submersed capture and dispersal system can work in all types of soils, even loose lava rock. Anna offers this as a two-day workshop at Solar Living and has streamlined it to create an affordable module for Big Island residents. Free to Sustainable Kohala, 'Iole and One Island Volunteers and Members; sliding scale donation $55-$75 for the public. Reserve space online.
North Kohala Watershed Stories
free community presentations

Kohala Watershed Stories 1:       

Water - The Course of History

with Boyd Bond on Kohala Water History, Margaret Wille and Ken Melrose on water history and current water challenges. Mon. January 13th, 6:45pm at the Old courthouse, Kapa'au


 Kohala Watershed Stories 2:

What's Up with the Ditch? 

News from the Kohala Ditch Foundation, Mon. February 3rd at the North Kohala Library, Kapa'au, 6pm


Kohala Watershed Stories 3: Bringing Water Back to Kohala

with Melora Purell of the Kohala Watershed Partnership

Mon. March 10th at the North Kohala Library, Kapa'au, 6pm


Kohala Watershed Stories 4:  Follow the Water - Climate Impacts Happening in Hawaii TODAY and Tomrrow with Hawaii hydrologists  Mon. April 7th at the North Kohala Library, Kapa'au, 6pm


  Watershed Field Trips in Kohala
Field Trip 1 - Saturday March 8th 
Where Does North Hawaii's Water Come From?
A bird's eye view of the North Kohala Mountains shows a stark contrast between the wet windward and dry leeward slopes. But it hasn't always been this way. Deforestation has changed the landscape and altered the native flora and fauna. Invasive species are also changing the watersheds.
Come learn about these remarkable natural and man-made sugar cane era water systems. We'll also discover ingenious residential scale technologies turning water into hydro-power.
Field Trip provides rare access to educational Kohala Ditch and Star Seed Ranch sites. Proceeds from sliding scale donations  go to the Kohala Ditch Foundation. Suggested donation $15-$25. Must RSVP for directions.
Saturday, March 8th, 9am-2pm. Bring your own lunch, sturdy walking shoes, and protective clothing. RSVP to hawaii @oneisland.org and meet-up details will be sent out.
Field Trip 2 - Saturday April 26th, 1:30-4:30pm
Malama pono i Ka Wai

Visit the lower Keokea Watershed and learn about local water access and resulting agriculture and marine impacts. Gathering is at Nani's Place in Keokea.
RSVP to [email protected] for directions. 1:30-4:30pm.
Followed by potluck.
 Green is a Verb - a lot of fun when we do it together!

Mauka to Makai

a Watershed Stewardship Celebration



Saturday April 26th

Music, Potluck, Films and Speakers

at Keokea Beach Park, 2-9pm


Raising Hawaii Island Watershed Awareness
All Ages Welcome
Join us for this free afternoon and evening celebration to learn about the challenges our Big Island watersheds face. What can we each do to lessen our impacts, prepare for climate change, and Malama pono i Ka Wai to be better water stewards? Come learn from local watershed heroes.
Booths - if you'd like to host an information booth at this event, please email   [email protected]   or call 808.328.2452. 
Mauka to Makai is an Earth Day Celebration open to all ages concerned about the health and wellbeing of our watersheds.
Co-sponsored by One Island and HIP Agiculture
This reduce/reuse/recycle event is non-smoking and drug/alchohol free 
Keokea View painting by Ed Cahill
The Good Works, 2013 in Review


WHEA Campers at OI
2013 was a year when One Island opened its heart, hands and doors to include new collaborative projects
and we are very thankful for the opportunity to expand our work with sister organizations, schools, farmers, homeowners, families, healers, and artists on our island. It takes a village to build a thriving community and partnerships are a critical foundation to achieve improved sustainability.
One Islands projects during 2013 served hundreds of households, schools and non-profits in North, West, and South Hawaii Island districts. Educational highlights were a Qi Gong class with Hallie Iglehart in January, a medicinal plants workshop with Momi Subiono
New Arts Programs
and a Health and Wellness Fair with ten practitioners in February, a Mauka to Makai watershed field trip in March, Cacao Journey and Kombucha Making workshops in April, Nature Printing workshop with Andrea Pro and Photography Composition workshop with Kathy Carr in May, Art in the
Grow-Your-Own Workshops
Garden exhibition in May, WHEA Youth Camp in June, solar installations at the Arc of Kona and Miloli'i Village through the summer, two Grow Your Own Mushroom Workshops with Zach Mermel in the Fall, our first papermaking workshops with Susan O'Malley, and to top the year off, the 5th annual Chocolate Chocolate! was a huge success that ushered in the winter holiday season.
Ongoing programs included permaculture, soil and compost, recycling, vermiculture, organic 
Local Ag Ed for All Ages
gardening, watersheds, botany, and aquaponics tours and workshops that filled the year up with great learning experiences through out our Hawaii Island community. A Big Mahalo to our wonderful instructors!
We'd like to acknowledge and thank our most active non-profit collaborative partners: Honaunau School Garden, Miloli'i Village Water and Solar Improvement Association, the Miloli'i Hipu'u Charter School, SKEA Society for Kona Education and the Arts, Sustainble Kohala, The Arc of Kona, and the West Hawaii Explorations Academy for their pursuit of excellence and the gratification we found in our joint collaborations.
One Island is bringing solar power, solar ovens - and soil for the school garden - to Miloli'i Village
2013 Grant Project Highlights
Happy Solar Adopters
The West Hawaii Solar Energy Project wrapped up after five years of services and has brought $500-$18,000 in individual grants to over 150 homes, farms, small businesses, and non-profits. From solar ovens to solar electric, from solar hot water to solar water pumping and purification, these USDA funds have had a huge impact by lowering fuel costs and increasing energy independence.
Mahalo to the USDA Rural Utility Service!
Same Canoe Learning by Doing
The Same Canoe Community Garden Project provided education, networking, materials and support to 18 community gardens and 120 households by way of $25 to $1,500 grants to increase local food production, protect wildlife habitat and encourage reforestation. Over 5,000 pounds of food was generated by these partner efforts. Mahalo to the NIFA People's Garden Program!
Reclaiming our local food system
The Farmers' Market Food System grant saw One Island participating at the local South Kona Green Market, Avocado and Mango Festivals, hosted Youth Ag Camp Programs, and launched the big hearted No Fruit Left Behind campaign. We are also continuing our efforts at conducting a Local Foods Survey to help connect buyers to farmers in real, measurable ways.
Mahalo to the USDA Farmer's Market Promotion Program!
 Thank-you for your interest in One Island's Sustainability Programs and we invite your participation at educational events or through membership in 2014.
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