January 2016  Vol 44  
Same Canoe Newsletter    Hawaii, California & Washington

New Grant for Pollinators from Jane Goodall Institute . Good Medicine: Food and Plants for Health and Wellness . Same Canoe launches new EBT Coupon program for New Year . Hawaii Food Basket Partnership    


One Island News
January: Same Canoe at
3 Farmers' Markets
plus Foodland's
Sack N Save, Kona

EBT Days
January 12 and 26th 
at Sack N Save in 
Lanihau Center, Kona 
For the New Year, Same Canoe is adding a new EBT Coupon Program. At partner locations, Farmers' Markets and Grocers, all our new enrollees need to do is present a valid EBT card to be issued $30 in fresh produce coupons for use on site, that day, or at another market. $60 max.

EBT Days at
Farmers' Markets 
Hawi, Jan 9, 16, 23, 30
South Kona, Jan 10, 17, 24, 31
Kona Sunset, Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 

$60 per EBT household for New Year program, $30 in coupons can be issued per visit to booth. $60 total.
Still accepting receipts for the $120 option for enrolled participants before Thanksgiving 2015 
Must be a resident of Ka'u, South Kona, North Kona or North Kohala and have an active SNAP EBT card. 
Plant Medicine Class

Free Online Introductory Class, 8am,
Saturday, January 9th with David Crow, a respected and pioneering herbalist
How Medicinal Plants Can Fuel Your Health & Spiritual Growth in 2016: Essential Insights for Detoxification, Rejuvenation & Purification.

David's teaching style makes herbal information and practices accessible and understandable using an enriching cross-cultural context of value for all ages.

Hawaii Food Basket
Feeding People, Building Healthy Communities 
Same Canoe's first check delivered to Food Basket for EBT grant: $1,745

Hawaii Island's Food Basket is a central partner in the Same Canoe project through their local produce CSA subscriber program, Da Box. To date, an estimated 220 people in EBT households have benefited from Same Canoe through Da Box in West Hawaii. Each enrolled EBT household receives a 50% discount on their fresh food box costs for 3 months thanks to USDA funding via Same Canoe's Local Food Challenge.

Everyone is welcome to enroll in Da Box.
Regular subscribers pay $16 a week.
EBT subscriber regular rate is $10 a week.
Call 933-6030 to learn more or see
the Da Box web site


Help Us Create More Drop Spots 
The more of us that enroll in Da Box, from Hawi in the north to Ocean View in the south, the more drop sites will be created to limit drive time for our pick ups.

All Island Grown! 
Local Food Coupon Book
News Year's Discount Price $10   
Try Something New! 
The Same Canoe Local Food Coupon Book is now available with over $500 in savings on dining, food, plants & wellness PLUS all proceeds benefit local non-profits working on food and wellness missions.
NEW PRICE: $10 per book.  
Good thru March 15th. 

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.

Buy . Eat . Live Local!

Mahalo to the 24 companies who are launching the coupon book with us! 
Join the Great
Pollinator Hunt:
January is a Top Month for Viewing and Observing
Help us map community sightings of our pollinators. Easy to use online  
resource center
provides tools and data form to make reporting fun.

Take a Walk! 

We need your input
Great parent/child, senior, and outdoor active experiences.
Help us gather the data to build a community pollinator map.

 The Great Pollinator Hunt is a project of One Island's Green School, with tools provided by the Jane Goodall Institute Roots and Shoots.


Join Our Mailing List 

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Make the Local Food Pledge
to help increase Island food security
Click to Make the Pledge
Food Security Matters

Click the Double It! seal
to make the Pledge
and be entered in drawings for rewards coupons at local merchants and special event passes.

Wellness Links
Miloli'i Update 
miloli'i solar
One Island's ongoing work to help resolve the Village of Miloli'i's food desert, potable water, and electric challenges continues. This remote fishing village in South Kona faces a great need for change to reach basic health and safety goals to approach the minimum utility services many of us take for granted.

We've hooked the Village up with Da Box to get affordable, fresh food deliveries underway. And we are developing the Phase One solar electric training program to prepare households to apply for the recently announced USDA solar funds. Resident head of households will be invited to  qualify for one of the new solar grants.

Improving water quality and safety, and gaining refrigeration for fresh foods, are two important goals of the Miloli'i Village Solar electrification project designed and directed by One Island under USDA funding.

Connecting People to Local Food, Safe Water and Renewable Energy Equity.
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 

Here's to a Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling New Year!

Jane Goodall 'Living an Inspired Life'
One of One Island's education program themes is 'Living an Inspired Life' and no one is a better example of this goal than Jane Goodall.

This one remarkable woman has been changing lives - animal and human, fighting to protect the natural environment, and fostering social change for decades. She travels tirelessly, speaking hundreds of times a year to transform human thinking and values. She recently celebrated her 80th birthday. She is a huge inspiration for One Island's Green School and millions around the world. She is bold, gently insistent, and selfless - always working for the betterment of our natural world.
We are happy to announce:
New Grant from the Jane Goodall Institute's   Roots & Shoots Project comes to Hawaii

The Green School has been in training with the Jane Goodall Institute's 'Roots & Shoots' and is honored to have been awarded  a mini-grant to help promote The Great Pollinator Challenge. We will use the funds to bring butterfly charts and tracking tools to local schools, libraries and neighborhoods and to help spur data gathering from citizen scientists of all ages.

Change Happens!

January is a great time to be spotting our pollinating friends of all types and reporting your findings online to help us begin mapping our pollinator populations for the first time on our island.

Visit our Pollinator Center here and start learning more about these amazing benefactors essential to our local food system.

Its' All Connected



Health and Wellness
Food System Change

The Same Canoe Local Food Challenge is aimed at changing the way we think about our food system by stimulating conversation - and taking action - to connect more buyers with local farms and farmers as a cornerstone of reclaiming our food system.

fruit basket
January - February 2016
our theme is
Good Medicine
food and plants for health and wellness

Come to a Farmers' Market and learn about great ways plants and food help promote health and wellness. We'll learn to detox, combat VOG, improve our blood pressure, lower diabetes rates, help our hearts, and stimulate wellness and longevity.

All thanks to the power of plants and wisdom of healthy food choices.  
See the calendar of events below 

North Kohala Programs
Good Medicine: food and plants for health
and wellness

Art of Tea Good Medicine
11am on Saturdays at the Hawi Farmers' Market, open to everyone

For our Same Canoe EBT coupons users, each presentation you attend earns you a $10 free local produce coupon for use at the Farmers' Market. Be sure to sign in at the presentation to earn the coupon.
January 9th
9 Spices that Boost Wellness
 Learn about nine easy-to-grow or procure spices that provide culinary and wellness benefits. 
January 16th
Herbal Teas and Tonics with Natalie Young of Lokahi Garden Sanctuary. Movement class, 10-11. Tea and tonic preparation and benefits presentation, 11am.

January 23rd 
Blue Zones and Healthy Living
What helps people around the world live to be over 100 years old? Based on National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner's findings, discover practices that promote longevity. Learn about Kohala's role in the Hawaii Island Blue Zone Project.

January 30th
Wild and Garden Foods for Health with Dr. Hana Roberts N.D.
Grow it or wildcraft it - foods that are good for your health. Self care is an essential step for wellness.

February 6th 
Change Your Foods, Change Your Life with Vegan Chef Todd Dacey and friends. Motivated by transformational health stories in their own lives, these food leaders will share healthy recipes, food tastings, and positive stories of personal choice.

February 13th 
Fermenting Love on Valentines Day
Food and recipes for year round health with Donna Maltz. Recent research indicates the health of our gut has a direct influence on our physical and psychological well being. Learn how to incorporate more probiotics in your diet and life. Love your body!


Special Kohala Food and Wellness Events

February 22nd 
Living Longer, Living Better 
at the North Kohala Public Library

Learn more about the Blue Zones Project and watch a short film about founder, Dan Buettner's research project and travels. Find out what fosters high centenarian concentrations  - those who live to 100 and more - in rural and urban communities around the world. North Hawaii has been selected as a trial community - come hear ideas for how to improve our individual longevity by building community resources that promote wellness. Break outs for small group idea sharing will give North Kohala a voice in the Blue Zone planning for Hawaii Island.
EBT users earn two fresh food coupons for attending.
Okinawa has long been famous for its longevity. In fact, the Pacific island was originally referred to as the land of immortals. Residents have less cancer, heart disease and dementia than Americans, while Okinawan women live longer than anywhere else on the planet.

February 28th
Good Medicine Picnic in the Garden with the Lokahi Garden Sanctuary. Come enjoy a farm walk, wellness talk and picnic on Sunday the 28th, 11am -2pm. Hosted by Dr. Richard Liebmann ND and Natalie Young MSW LMT.

Order your picnic lunch at the Farmers' Market or email [email protected] to RSVP by the 22nd. $20 per person. $15 children under 13.
Can use Kohala or Kona EBT coupons to pre-order picnic, email to RSVP. 
"Let Food be Thy Medicine" 

South Kona Programs 
          Good Medicine: food and plants for                   health and wellness  
Celebrating local fresh, healthy foods

Sunday's 11am at the South Kona Green Market or Amy Greenwell Garden. 
Free to everyone and start at 11am unless otherwise noted.
For our Same Canoe EBT coupons users, each presentation you attend earns you a $10 free local produce coupon for use at the Farmers' Market. Be sure to sign in at the presentation to earn coupon.

January 10th
Ancient Hawaiian Canoe Food Plant Tour
at Amy Greenwell Garden, 1pm,  $5 fee paid at the Garden Visitor Center.

Food and Medicinal
Plant Sale
at the Same Canoe booth, benefits Kona Pacific Public Charter School Garden.

January 17th
Happy Gut with Probiotics with Stacey Sheppard, L.Ac
Recent research indicates the health of our gut has a direct influence on our physical and psychological well being and pro biotics are the key to a happy gut. Learn how to incorporate more pro biotics in your diet and life.

January 24th
Raw Food Ho'opomaika'i Community Health Movement
Learn Blue Zone practices for healthy living shared by Jodi Leslie, PhD, Dietician, Univeristy of Hawaii and co-founder of Ho'opomaika'i.

Plant Pure Nation
Patti Eames, RN, explores benefits of a plant based diet for heart and overall health and wellness.

Vegan Aloha
Plant based food tastings with Vegan Aloha founder Alessandra Rupar - including vegan macnut cheese.

January 31st
The Art of Tea
Discover the benefits of Turmeric and Mamaki Teas
Featuring locally grown Island products that help lower blood pressure, decrease inflammation and contribute to health and wellness.

February 7th
Detox and VOG Busters
Health practitioners experienced in juice fasting and remedies to combat symptoms from volcanic smog share easy to implement practices. Flush, cleanse and start your New Year refreshed thanks to the healing power of plants and healthy wellness practices.


Special Event
for Food and Wellness Lovers
on Valentines Day
February 14th

Good Medicine Picnic in the Garden with Dr. Corinne De Soto, N.D. at the Amy Greenwell Garden. 2:30-4pm. Fresh, healthy, local foods provided by Lotus Cafe in a picnic bag. $20 per person. Open to every one and all ages. Email [email protected] to RSVP.  $15 for kids 12 and under. Greenwell Garden tour option 1-2pmat Visitor Center ($5). 
Can use Kona or Kohala EBT coupons to pre-order picnic lunch by February 7th; email to reserve your picnic supplies.

Green is a Verb. Do it! 

Reach Out. Change a Life. Yours and Anothers. 
Join us for inspirational social change and environmental  
stewardship activities in 2016.