April 2014  Same Canoe Newsletter  Hawaii Island 

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

Watershed Field Trip, Storytelling & Hula, Thought-Provoking Films  Vol 26

One Island News
2014 Calendar
Sister Group
Earthday Celebration
Water Stories




Join Our Mailing List 

Click here to join our online  news & learning community and to receive our monthly newsletter 





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


Kohala Water Story 4 

A bird's eye view of North Kohala Water

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



Water - A Sacred Element

Garden Tour, Storytelling and Hula Gathering


     Sat. April 26th, 1:30-4:30pm.

Our tenth annual Earthday celebration.


See May and June

events below


Sister Organizations

featured presenter this month

Konea o Kukui - a tropical garden oasis
April 2014 celebrates thirteen years of dedicated garden and kalo lo'i restoration work at Konea o Kukui Garden in Keokea, North Kohala. This healing garden provides a peaceful oasis among streamside terraces and serves all ages of visitors including school children on field trips, visitors from around the world, and adults recovering from substance abuse. A haven for monarch butterflies, the garden offers the opportunity for reflection and renewal.
A volunteer work day is planned for April 25th and offers a great chance to lend a hand in support of  this non-profit award winning garden sanctuary that has touched and transformed the lives of so many.
To Volunteer on the 25th,
email  [email protected] for times and directions.


Water, Soil & Sun
April-June Programs
  Water - a Sacred Element


Saturday, April 26th, 1pm in Keokea, North Kohala
As a culminating Watershed awareness experience, we invite our readers to a very special immersion in the spirit of water as a Sacred Element. We will be gathering at Konea o Kukui, a beautiful streamside garden sanctuary in North Kohala, for an afternoon of storytelling, hula and water practice history. 
From 21st century renewable energy water technologies to ancient Hawaiian water management systems, we will see, hear, and experience a deepening of appreciation for Water in our lives, culture and hearts. Come cast your personal Earthday wish into the stream to express our hopes for a sea of change.
Join us for this very special Earthday Celebration
Please RSVP to h[email protected]  to reserve a space and receive directions and details.
Photo courtesy Randy Jay Braun
Ola I ka wai a ka opua 
Water Stories

Water Story 4
A bird's eye view on North Kohala water
Monday, April 7th

How well do you understand the geology of our island and how it influences our ability to access fresh pure water? And how does our public water system access this fresh water to deliver it to our homes?   In this final Water Story night for North Kohala we welcome three speakers, Dr. John Winter, geologist, Quirino Antonio, Jr., Manager-Chief Engineer of Hawaii County Water, and Margaret Wille, County Councilmember.

Come learn about our natural water system from the clouds above, to our fresh water surface streams, to our natural underground reservoirs. Then we'll learn how this precious fresh water is collected, stored, and conveyed to our homes by the County of Hawaii.

A question and answer session is planned to encourage public discussion.
Note revised start time: 
North Kohala Library, 6pm. Free event



Up in





Soil &






Symphony of the Soil Premier - informative 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. These are film and discussion circle showings that engage us in discovering 'what's going on down there?' beneath our feet.
Premier Big Island Showings:
  • Honaunau, Saturday, May 3rd, at One Island followed by a potluck, 3pm; 
  • Honoka'a, Sunday May 18th, 2pm followed by a potluck and presentation by Jana Bogs on Nutritional Farming at NHERC;
  • North Kohala, Saturday, May 31st, Kapa'au at Walker Hall, 1:30, followed by Community Composting workshop with Bob Shaffer.
Got Soil? three soil talks  May-June
  • Beyond Organics - Nutritional Farming, Monday May 12th, with  Jana Bogs at the North    Kohala Library, 6:30pm.
  • One Island's  'Community-Scale Composting' soils workshop with agronomist Bob Shaffer is Saturday May 31st, 3:30-6pm at Walker Hall in Kapa'au, following the Symphony of the Soil showing. Bob is an amazing internationally-renowned soil expert with practical compost system experience. We'll learn how to turn our district's green waste into a rich soil amendment to repair depleted soils.
  • A third soils presentation is Saturday June 14th with Dr. Hector Valenzuela of UH Manoa through Sustainable Kohala at the Inter-Generational Center, Kapa'au.

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 - it's amazing. Saturday, June 7th at the Hawi Farmer's Market. 9am-noon. Sunday June 15th, South Kona Green 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 certified Gold building in action, 6:30pm, followed by a residential solar power presentation by Susan Cox. Monday, May 19th. Free event