November 2015  Vol 42  
Same Canoe Newsletter    Hawaii, California & Washington
Fruit Tree and Plant Talk Story & Sale . Take a Walk on the Wild Side Foraging . Grow Your Own Mushrooms

New Food Coupon Book is Happening . Chocolate Chocolate! . Fun Films & Farm Tours


One Island News
Make the Local Food Pledge
to help increase Island food security
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"I will set my intention on doubling my local food purchases, cooking and consumption by supporting Farmers' Markets, Grocers, CSA, Food Basket, or Cafe/Restaurants that make LOCAL food available."

Food Security Matters

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and be entered in drawings for rewards coupons at local merchants and special event passes.
Local Bee Hunt
Drawing Winners
'We're Going on a Bee Hunt' was the fun learning experience at the South Kona Green Market on October 11th. 13 vendors participated by showcasing their honey products, over 140 people went on the Bee Hunt, and the vendors all donated great prizes to the drawing. We had 26 prizes to give away. Lots of busy bee hunters and lots of happy winners.

Do you or anyone you know use SNAP / EBT for food purchases?

Inviting SNAP / EBT users to buy more local by enrolling for free local food coupons good at Farmers' Market and CSA partners through the Same Canoe Local Food Challenge. Plus use coupons for food classes and farm tours!

See us at Hawi, South Kona, and Kona Sunset markets to learn more. Or visit the web site.
Join the Great
Pollinator Hunt
Help us map community sightings of our pollinators. Easy to use online resource center
provides tools and data form to make reporting fun.

We need your input!

Great parent/child, senior, and outdoor active experiences. 
  Bees are returning to Kohala Organic Produce Farm, nectaring on buckwheat.  
Local Food Producers Rock! 
We love local food entrepreneurs


Malia and Don enjoying Hawaiian life
What do you get when you cross a  trial attorney with a CEO, bring them to Hawaii, and expect them  to 'retire'?

The answer is Tai Shan Farm, a dragon fruit farm in Captain Cook that began a line of jams and realized they needed to also learn beekeeping to ensure the highest quality ingredients for their Certified Naturally Grown jams and delicious baked goods.

See Tai Shan Farm online  

And at the South Kona Green Market on Sundays 
Food Security - a real challenge Hawaii faces
One Island's Food Security initiative, Same Canoe, is bringing over $52,000 directly to local farms through consumer purchases, farm tours, and food workshops. 

Sue Hansen of Black Rooster Farm receives her Same Canoe Coupon income

38 Farmers, Growers and Value Added Producers now on board.
$5,430 distributed to farmers to date! 
230 households enrolled. 
Contact: [email protected] 
"We are All in the Same Canoe. Let's paddle together."


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Squash Trellis
Happy Thanksgiving

Local Food System

Green Building

Art and Culture

Natural Resources


It's all connected.


Ask us about our film lending library for licensed showings in the classroom and related field trips.  

Who's in the Canoe?
Same Canoe Local Food Challenge project
stakeholders and sites
Da Box CSA at the Food Basket
South Kona Green Market
Adaptation's Fresh Feast CSA
Honaunau School Garden 
Kohala School Garden
Ho'opomaika'i Community Health
Hawaii Farmers Union United,
Kona Chapter
Choice Mart
Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers
Kona Sunset Market
Hawi Farmers Market
Amy B H Greenwell Garden
West Hawaii Community Health 
USDA Food & Nutrition

 One Island and Same Canoe's November Theme


about Fruit and Fungi


November celebrates growing your own food - from fruit to fungi, foraging for food and medicine in the wild, and showcases cacao growers and confectioners on the cutting edge of Hawaii's new chocolate industry.   


Coupon Book Update - Great Holiday Gift 


The NEW Same Canoe Local Food Coupon Book is now available and gives you options for over $500 in savings on dining, food, plants & wellness PLUS all proceeds benefit local non-profits working on food and wellness missions. $25 per book, $20 when buying 5 as gifts. 


Local Food Savings  

Coupon Books available at the Hawi, Kona Sunset  and South Kona Farmers' Markets, Local Dish and Ha Apothecary in Hawi, Healthways in Waimea, Under the Bodhi Tree in Mauna Lani, Daylight Mind in Kona, and Gypsea Gelato in Kainaliu.
Or purchase online and receive in the mail. 

Eat Local . Buy Local . Live Local



November Highlights

Six Ways to Celebrate Fruit

Guest experts will be at two Farmers' Markets this month to Talk Story about growing fruit. Two Fruit Tree and Plant sales are happening, plus we are hosting the premier showing of the Fruit Hunters at the North Kohala Public Library with a fruit tasting. And to top it all off, we are hosting our 7th yummy 'Chocolate Chocolate!' event.


Two Ways to Bring
Mushrooms into Your Life
What IS a mushroom anyway?
It isn't a vegetable, it isn't an animal. It is actually the visible above-ground fruit of an amazing mycellium fungi colony that can span miles of area and that is essential to building the fertility of our soil and health of our plants.
Full of protein, they make delicious sautes, including this tropical mushroom taco. AND they help clean up toxic waste!

DIY Workshop   See details below about our popular Grow Your Own Mushrooms workshops being led by Zach Mermel in Hawi (Nov 21) and South Kona (Nov 22) this month.
Sign up online.


Take a Walk on the Wild Side
One Fun Morning of Wild Food Foraging

Join author and television show host Sunny Savage for a Walk on the Wild Side in North Kohala. She will lead a walk/talk on identifying the wild edible foods in our landscape, some of which also have medicinal uses.

Celebrating the publication of her new book Wild Food Plants of Hawaii, Sunny lives on Maui and is visiting the Big Island on a special tour. She will share her knowledge with the class, plus make her book available at a discounted cost.

Sign up for these events in One Island's Tool Shop

North Kohala : November
Wild about Fruit & Fungi 
Ingredients : Hawaii meets Squash and Awe
Monday, November 2nd 
Join us for a morning exploration of Hawaii's food movement with the showing of Ingredients:Hawaii complemented by news of the amazing pumpkins Anna Peach is testing in Kohala.
Senior Center, Kapa'au 9-11am. Free  

Fruit Tree and Plant Sale 
Saturday, November 7th
Learn to select and plant a fruit  tree, food and medicinal plants with an expert nurseryman and herbalists. Trees and plants for sale, including pre-orders.
See more information here.
Hawi Farmers' Market, 8-noon. 
Can use Same Canoe EBT coupons to purchase a seedling or tree.

Take a Walk on the
Wild Side
Sunday, November 8th, 9am-noon at a private farm in Niuli'i 
Join author Sunny Savage for a walk and talk on foraging wild foods in Hawaii. Her beautiful book 'Wild Food Plants of Hawaii' has recently been published and offers a health conscious look at wild foraging and feral fruit. $15 for the walk, $40 with signed book. Sign up online  

Same Canoe Farm Tour to the Algood Farm 
Thursday, November 12th, 2:30-4:30
North Kohala. Aquaponics greens, local honey, and more.
Suggest a $10-20 farm fresh produce share. 
Can use Same Canoe EBT coupons to attend and make purchases this day only.
Chocolate Chocolate! 
at the Kohala Block Party
Saturday, November 14th 

Featuring the International Award Winning Hawi Chocolate Bar! First US bar to win this distinction. 
Local community celebration, 4-10pm in downtown Hawi. See you there for the 7th Island wide Chocolate Chocolate!  A cacao growers and confection makers showcase.

Pre-order limited edition chocolates here. 
Discounts when ordered with a Local Food Coupon Book. 
Film Night: Fruit Hunters
Monday, November 16th 
North Kohala Library, 6pm, local fruit pupu potluck and film showing with island locales. Free.
Workshop: Grow Your Own Mushrooms 
with Zach Mermel 
Saturday, November 21st, 2-5pm  
at Kokolulu Farm in North Kohala 
Can use Same Canoe EBT coupons to attend and receive the seedling kit.

Join us for fun, informative and empowering classes, farm tours and workshops that
celebrate local foods and food security

Have a Great Thanksgiving! 
West Hawaii : November
Local Food Events, Tours & Make-It-Yourself Workshops
Wild About Fruit and Fungi
Plant a Fruit Tree 
Sunday, November 8th, 9-2pm  
Learn to select and plant a fruit tree with UH Extension.
South Kona Green Market. Trees and shrubs for sale by pre-order and on site. Special Guest Presenter: Ty McDonald UH Extension Agent, 11-1.
See more information here. 
Can use Same Canoe EBT coupons to purchase fruit seedlings & trees.

Wild Food Plants of Hawaii
with author Sunny Savage
Monday, November 9th
Evening talk at Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers meeting, Captain Cook, 7pm
Workshop: Grow Your Own Mushrooms 
with Zach Mermel 

Sunday November 22nd, 2-5pm

At Amy B H Greenwell Garden, $20 workshop and material fee.
Meet up to left of visitor center. Sign up online  
Can use Same Canoe EBT coupons to attend and receive mushroom seedling kit. Email to reserve space, [email protected]

Have a Great Thanksgiving! 

Fermented Foods Series
begins November 29th at the South Kona Green Market.
Ever considered Green Papaya Sauerkraut? Beet Kvaas?
Come learn about making your own probiotic foods with
Margaret Stokes.

Green is a Verb!  Do it! 

October was a BEE-utiful month full of
busy bees, butterflies returning, and community eco-activists concerned about our pollinators.

Pollinators are essential for over 33% of the foods we eat: 
Join the Great Pollinator Hunt and contribute your sightings.
Go Take a Walk!

Thanks to One Island Green School's affiliation with the Jane Goodall Institute's Roots N Shoots program, with help from  Xerces Society and the Center for Food Safety resources, we are creating the first ever pollinator study and mapping project on the Island of Hawaii. We need YOU as a citizen scientist to report on your findings

South Kona Green Market
- On Sunday, October 11th, we had a crew of young students working like busy bees helping the Bee Hunt and Honey Showcase to be a LOT of fun. Plus we hosted the first Keiki Tent at the market. 13 Vendors participated, highlighted their honey, wax or bee themed products, and donated $248 in products for the drawing. A BIG THANKS to Big Island Bees, Lotus Express, Leona's, Ohana Family Farm, Tai Shan Farm, Akaka Falls Farm, Cook's Bounty, Hawaii Island Bees, Dr. Paulo's, Big Island Booch, Francene Hart, and Luana Farms. Fun was had by all - especially the 140 folks who joined in the bee hunt!

Hawi Farmers' Market - Beekeepers of North Kohala brought honey, baked goods, bee bread (ask around for what that is - not a baked good), a real hive, bee keeper equipment, candles and generous expertise. Mahalo BONK! October 24th, what a beautiful day that was humming with community appreciation for your work protecting and restoring our pollinators. Thanks to the many who joined the Great Pollinator Hunt and took home seeds and seedling to welcome pollinators to your gardens.

Pollinator Workshop - on Sunday, October 18th we had Zach Mermel leading a Welcome Pollinator's Workshop and learned about planting methods, land management, plants, and easy-to-build structures that are all valuable ways to help our pollinators recover and return. Thanks to the Kohala Elementary School Garden and Kala Sinotte of Food Corps for co-hosting this interesting workshop. 





Local Art Celebrating Island Pollinators
View the Bee and Butterfly Mosaic Panels in Hawi at the Kohala Coffee Mill and Kava Bar
by artists Karen Rosen and Carol Laramee, medium is reused ceramics, 4' diameter each

Join the Great Pollinator Hunt here

And see us at the Coffee Mill on 11/14 for the Block Party and your chocolate fix!