September 2014
  Same Canoe Newsletter  Hawaii Island vol. 30 

Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary, BeetCoin Ag Funding, Green School Events, Green Think Tours Begin!

Hawaii Farmers Union United News, Green Tool Shed 

One Island News
Fall Events
Beet Coin
Green Tools
On the Road
Green School Classes
Green Think Tours
Solar Power


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Fall Events
Hawaii Farmers Union United 
North Kohala Chapter Meeting
 Thursday, Sept. 15th
6pm, Hawi
Kohala Country Fair
I'ole in Kapa'au, Sat. Oct. 4th
Natural Handmade Paper Collage
One Island in Honaunau
Saturday, Oct. 11th

Hawaii Farmers Union United 
Kona Chapter Meeting
 Tuesday, Oct. 21st
Queen Emma Center, Kealakekua
Bio Char Workshop
Hawi, North Kohala
Thursday October 30th
Green Think Tours and Culinary Fun
Hi'iani EcoHouse, Honoka'a
Sunday, November 2nd
The Wave Bamboo Building, Holualoa
Sunday, December 7th
Reservations: [email protected]


 Want to invest in sustainable agriculture?

And vote for inspired entrepreneurs?


Slow Food's sister program, Slow Money, is sponsoring BeetCoin so any scale of food activist can have a vote for positive change. Learn more here.



"Is this a philanthropic non-currency? Is it an imaginary currency that's more real than digital currency? I don't know, but I do know this is a great next step

for all of us."

Woody Tasch, Slow Money


 Visit our
Green Tool Shed
The Best Water Filter


Clean water at home, on the go, or

at work, this is an excellent 

Green Think product.

Inspired Life 
Early September saw One Island on the road meeting with sister sites in California. Here are our best finds:

Ocean Song Garden run by the Bohemian Farmers Co-op in Occidental



Ceres Garden youth progam that grows, prepares, and serves fresh food to cancer patients in Sebastopol



Point Reyes affordable housing and Farmers Market

The Barlow - hip new foodie and design complex in Sebastopol: "Home to food producers, wine makers, brewers, distillers, and artists, The Barlow is the first business community in the U.S. to focus on connecting customers not only with products and the people who make them, but also with the production itself."


  Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act


"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the

human spirit." Edward Abbey




September marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, legislation that now permanently protects over 109 million acres of pristine wilderness lands in the United States. With wilderness designation, wild lands, plants and animals are protected - this means no roads, no mining, no buildings, and minimized impacts from mechanical equipment or motorized vehicles. In Wilderness, nature and wild life are the dominant control, not man. There are four federal jurisdictions that oversee wilderness areas: National Parks, National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and Fish and Wildlife.

Where is your favorite wilderness?


"A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain."

Definition from the Wilderness Act of 1964 



Learning programs for all ages


Natural Handmade Paper Collage

October 11th    

Our next Green School workshop is a collage making class using natural, wild crafted, and farm grown handmade paper materials to create easy-to-make cards and small collages works.

Come learn with master papermaker Susan O'Malley on Saturday, October 11th, 8:30am-noon at One Island's Kona Green School.

Adults and children welcome. Individuals $10, Families $15 including instruction and materials. Green School Families rate $10. Susan is generously donating her time as a fundraiser for Green School youth scholarships. Reserve space by emailing [email protected]


Bio Char Workshop

Thursday, October 30th

bio  char

We are presenting our third biochar workshop, this time in North Kohala, on Thursday, October 30th with researcher and biochar producer Josiah Hunt of Pacific Biochar.

Course is for gardeners, farmers, ecologists and others interested in regenerative soil restoration. 9am-3pm course includes the how and why of creating and implementing biochar practices, with a viewing of the excellent film Symphony of the Soil while the biochar 'cooks'.   $45 for the full day, including your own biochar sample bag. $35 for members of Hawaii Farmers Union United, Hawaii Organic Farmers Association, Sustainable Kohala, One Island, and the Green School. BYO lunch. Hosted at Kokolulu Farm.

RSVP for a space and directions to [email protected].


Green School Youth Program

2014-2015 events

Homeschool families interested in Green School enrollment for bi-weekly classes in Kona and Kohala are welcomed to learn more about these programs at the Green School web site or email [email protected] 

Next experiential learning session opens in January 2015. Weekend youth activities for students and families will be announced year round. Come to the Natural Handmade Paper Collage workshop to learn more!


The Green School is now a registered trademark program developing on site and online learning resources for learners of all ages. 


Green IS a Verb - Do It!


Green Think Tours

Green Living Innovation Discoveries first Sunday afternoons starting in November, fascinating tour locations with a fun culinary experience.




November 2nd


We are launching One Island's Green Think Tours and our first stop is the remarkable carbon neutral Hi'ilani Eco House in Honoka'a, 2-4pm on Sunday afternoon, November 2nd. This home is worth a journey from around the island to see its innovative materials, structural design, interior finishing, energy efficiency, and green living concepts. Plus we have a culinary experience to share! See their web site for more details about the house.




Bamboo Structure The Light


Bamboo Building

December 7th,  Sunday 2-4pm



Green Think Tours visit The Light Wave, a dynamic bamboo structure in Holualoa designed and built by Leimana Pelton, winner of One Island's top Sustainability Innovation Challenge Award. This dramatic structure uses a patented joinery system that allows for large scale stability and longevity of materials with bamboo structural and translucent Lexan roofing. Bamboo building courses with master builder Leimana Pelton are coming up and we hope to whet the appetite with this inspiring green building design.


Pelton, wave


Got Solar? 
Solar News One Island recommends looking into the Pure Energies net-metered solar program that will lower your monthly electric costs to less than half HELCO's current rates. Plus, they lock-in the price for years to come.  


As HELCO's rates inevitably rise, yours remain

at about $.20 a KwH.


This is a nationwide program with proven results.

Plus we have a local on-island representative, Susan Cox, a.k.a. Green Power Girl

ready to help you learn more about this great cost saving technology.


Green Think in Action!


Email h[email protected] to learn more