March 2014  Same Canoe Newsletter  Hawaii Island 

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

Watershed Field Trips, Storytelling & Hula, Thought-Provoking Film Nights  Vol 25 

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Water Stories
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March-June 2014
One Island
Program and Community Events Calendar
Water ... the source of life

FIELD TRIP - Water Systems:

Kumau Ranch and Star Seed  

    Ranch water system innovations with a stop  at    the Kohala Ditch and County Water System.  

 Sat. March 8th, 9am-2pm.

donations welcome 



Water - The Source of Life

with Lanakila Mangaiul

at the North Kohala Library

Mon. March 10th, 6:30pm


FILM NIGHT - hosted by Ocean Warriors, Walker Hall,

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

Sat. March 22nd, 6:30 pm




Kohala Watershed Story 4 

Local to Global - a bird's eye view of North Kohala Water and Impacts Happening in Hawaii Today with invited Hawaii Island Department of Water and State hydrology engineers. 

Mon. April 7th at the North Kohala Library, 6:30pm




 Malama pono i Ka Wai


Tour Nani's Place with 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


See May and June events below


Sister Organizations

featured presenter this month

Malama Kai Foundation

Ocean Warriors is an experiential youth program developed to engage local K-12 students in coastal stewardship and protection. The Ocean Warriors program is weaving together culture, science, service learning, youth mentorship, and community involvement in a way that is both fun and relevant.
Learn more at the next Film Night and at their web site.
Featured Partner

Hawaii Rural Water Association
HRWA is working with One Island to help improve water access in the traditional Native Hawaiian fishing village of Miloli'i on the Big Island. HRWA works on Pacific islands to help improve water access and quality in rural communities.
A big Mahalo to Jim and Jason for coming over from Maui to help Miloli'i repair its water system!



Water, Soil & Sun
March-June Programs
  Watershed Field Trips in Kohala

Field Trip  1 - Saturday, March 8th 
Managing Our Water Wisely
Water is a sensitive issue. Everywhere. And so it should be as all life depends upon it. How can we manage our water more wisely?
This mauka field trip will start with a visit to a state-of-the-art water catchment and management system at Kumau Ranch. Next stop will be a look at the Kohala Ditch and County Water site. The third stop is at Starseed Ranch to see a micro hydro power system that generates electricity from mountain waters.
Saturday, March 8th, 9am-2pm. Bring your own lunch, sturdy walking shoes, and protective clothing. RSVP to hawaii and meet-up details will be sent out.  Donations appreciated and can be made online
Field Trip 2 - Saturday April 26th, 1:30-4:30pm
Malama pono i Ka Wai

Visit the lower makai Keokea Watershed and learn about the impacts changes in our stream flows are having. Gathering is at Nani's Place in Keokea.
RSVP to for directions. 1:30-4:30pm.
Followed by potluck at Keokea Beach Park.
 Green is a Verb - a lot of fun when we do it together!
New Speaker
Water -
the Source
of Life
Sacred Water Talk Story and Hula Presentation
Mon., March 10th
Water Story 3

Hawaiian cultural practitioner and educator Lanakila Mangaiul from the Hamakua Coast will be presenting a moving evening of Native Hawaiian water practices, traditions, and sacred regard for Water through hula. Delving into the heart of our relationship to Water as a sacred element, this will be a beautiful cultural gift for our sustainable living community. 

Photo courtesy Randy Jay Braun
Ola I ka wai a ka opua

Water Story 4
Local to Global - a bird's eye view on Hawaii and North Kohala water
Mon., April 7th

Come see the maps and learn about the conveyance routes and safeguards in place for delivery of County water to North Kohala residents. And then lets 'zoom out' and see water issues from a state and climate change perspective. Invited speakers are Jeremy Kimura with the State of Hawaii Commission on Water Resource Management on Oahu, and Manager-Chief Engineer, Quirino Antonio, Jr., is with the County of Hawaii Water Department.   North Kohala Library, 6:30pm. Free event



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   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.
This reduce/reuse/recycle event is non-smoking and drug/alchohol free 
Keokea View painting by Ed Cahill

Soil &






Symphony of the Soil - captivating new film about the challenges our soils are facing and the people who are champions for soil recovery and protection. Filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia (The Future of Food) has brought us another thought provoking film. Saturday, May 3rd, Honaunau at One Island 6pm; Honoka'a, Saturday May 17th; Friday, June 13th, Kapa'au at 6:30pm.
Soil Talks  Monday May 12th, 6pm with Jana Bogs at the North Kohala Library, includes showing of the film 'Dirt'.  See 'Community-Scale Composting' below on June 15th.
Soil Celebration Weekend    Saturday June 14th with Dr. Hector Valenzuela through Sustainable Kohala.  Then One Island's  'Community-Scale Composting' soils workshop with agronomist Bob Shaffer is Sunday afternoon, 1-5pm, on June 15th. Bob is an amazing internationally-renowned soil expert with practical compost system experience. Plus Symphony of the Soil film Friday night - a whole weekend of soil education and celebration!

Solar Cook Off - we now have three different types of solar cookers and are eager to test them out, side by side. Come see them cooking in action - all from the power of the sun. No propane, no electric - its amazing. Saturday, May 31st at the Hawi Farmer's Market. 9am-noon. Plus special solar electric bike and micro solar systems on exhibit.
Solar, Wind and Water Catchment Tour at the North Kohala Library. Come see a LEED cetified building in action. 6:30 pm, followed by a residential solar power presentation by Susan Cox. Monday, May 19th, 6:30pm. Free event