December 2014
  Same Canoe Newsletter  Hawaii Island vol. 32

Winter Solstice, Green Think Tours,  Bamboo Building Workshops, Electric Bicycles
Green House Barn Raising,  
Upcoming Green School Classes 

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      Food News!              

Barn Raising
Greenhouse Style
One Island's flagship organic farm is celebrating the addition of a new 1,440 sq ft greenhouse thanks to the help of a neighborhood crew and lead builders from Hilo.
The Greenhouse is a joint effort towards reclaiming our local food system and is funded by HUD,  the USDA and Heritage Ranch, Inc. Growing goal is to supply fresh nutritious foods for local CSA boxes.
Green is a Verb!
 Visit our
Green Tool Shed
Electric Bicycles
What fun to get to try out green innovations! Our latest is a snazzy electric bike that is a sturdy transportation solution with a cleverly built-in lithium battery that can be charged by your solar array, wall socket or generator. Easy rider, road warrior, and cargo options.
It's a winner!


Visit the One Island Tool Shed for more

Green Think products


Building Workshops

starting Jan 17th


Pelton, bamboo shelter


Ready to build a Gazebo? Gateway? Garden Trellis?Storage Shed? House? or Graceful Lanai?

Bamboo is a multipurpose renewable agricultural resource that has been grown and used on our island for many years. Various species of bamboos can be used for construction of buildings, furniture, crafts, and tools.  

One Island recommends attending
Jan-April workshops hosted by the
Institute for Sustainable Futures

This "Shoot to Shelter" series, led by Leimana Pelton, offers classes to demonstrate techniques in the management of bamboo clumps, harvesting of bamboo, treatment and curing of bamboo, and finishing of bamboo to supply an end product ready for multiple uses.
We will work with bamboo experts on building and joinery, which take advantage of the physical characteristics of bamboo to create a strong and beautiful product.
There will be three one day workshops held in Kona on January 17, February 28, April 4, and a two day workshop
April 18 & 19, 2015


As  The Green School grows to embrace all ages of learners, here is a preview of what is coming up:

2015 holds some great local food and garden learning activities that will be hosted by One Island's Green School with special guest instructors. We'll host workshops ad classes about: Bio-Char soil amendment, Build your own Pollinator Habitat, and a new

Myco-Remediation feature

(using mushroom mycelium to regenerate our soils).


We are sharing methods that reclaim our local food system from deep in the soil up to the hovering butterflies and bees that pollinate our crops.


It's all connected

  Happy Winter Solstice

from One Island


Handmade paper lanterns are a 'Pacific Rim style' means to celebrate the year's longest night and welcome back the return of the sun. Use a balloon, tissue paper, leaves, rechargeable tea lights, and a white glue binder for this easy green living glowing orb. If you made Hawaii-grown handmade paper in one of our workshops, what a

great way to see it illuminated!


As we close out 2014 and look forward to 2015, let's hold gratitude for the wonderful joys and warm hearted people in our lives.  


To all of the talented instructors, generous tour guides, and eager learners who took part in One Island's education programs during the last six years - a huge Thank-You for your curiosity, ingenuity, and passion for creative sustainable living.

Your curiosity lights up our lives!



2015 Green Think Tours with

Cultural and Culinary Experiences


Green Living Innovation Discoveries, second Sunday afternoons starting in January. Join us at fascinating tour locations with a fun cultural or culinary experience option. If you know of a green built project on the Island of Hawaii that would be valuable to visit, or a special film or speaker, lets us know as we are now planning April-June.


Register online for the Green Think Tours and/or Art and Food Workshops



Bamboo Structure Light




January 11th






First Stop: We'll be touring the breathtaking Lightwave bamboo structure in Holualoa on January 11th, and also invite you to sign up for a new, in-depth, bamboo building workshop series with a variety of top instructors (see details to left).  Tour is 2-3pm and music will be 3-4pm. Let's whet the appetite for the full Bamboo Building workshop series runing January - April.


Tour: Second Sunday of January, 2-4pm.

Suggested tour donation $25

Register here

 For information or register by check, email




Green Building and Book Art Workshop

Hawi, February 8th






Green Rural Life with a spectacular ocean view: Multiple green built materials and structures grace 32 acres at The Algood Farm. The designer/ owners describe their farmstead as "a sustainable oasis on the northern tip of the island. Our buildings are made of environmentally friendly materials and we create all our own electric energy. We raise organic chickens, bananas, herbs and vegetables and have planted over 500 coconut and other trees on our land."               The ocean and Maui-view farm uses interior and exterior natural and green materials in some very exciting ways. February 8th Tour is 2-3pm.


ART Fun in the Bamboo Barn!  We are adding an optional hands-on bookmaking art experience in a mini workshop with Susan O'Malley, 3-5 pm, following the tour. Individual workshop fee is $20, family rate is $35. Each participant will make 4 handmade paper covered sketch books or writing journals to take home or give a gifts. Susan is fresh back from an Italian artist residency in Assisi and leads very rewarding workshops.




Second Sunday of February, Tour 2-3, Art 3-5pm

Suggested tour donation $25

Bookmaking Workshop is $20 / $35 for families

 Register here 




Hi'ilani EcoHouse

Honoka'a, March 8th

Tour 2-4pm

Culinary workshop      12-2pm






The fascinating Hi'ilani EcoHouse is our tour site on March 8th in Honoka'a. Built by two sustainability-minded couples who joined forces with an inventive designer and special green building material manufacturers to conceive and build a dramatic perch overlooking the Pacific. This 4,000 square foot carbon-neutral home is worth a journey from around the island to see its innovative materials, structural design, interior finishing, energy efficiency, and green living concepts.


Tamale Magic    We have a culinary experience to share! We'll be hosting a tamale making workshop using organic grains and foods from noon-2pm preceding the workshop. Yum! Workshop fee is $25 and includes all ingredients to take home four tamales. And if you can't join us for the workshop, we'll be selling tamales as a Greenshool fundraiser during the tour.


See the Hi'ilani web site for more details about the house.


Second Sunday of March, Tour 2-4pm

Culinary Workshop 12-2pm $25

Suggested Tour donation $25

Register here



       Green Think - Tickle Your Brain!

Green Think Tours are fundraisers for

the Kona and Kohala Green Schools

serving learners of all ages.


Watch for Green Think Tour features in the At Home magazine in the WHT newspaper end of the month.


One Island is promoting green technologies through multiple partners and invites your support of their important efforts.