July 2016  Vol 50   
Same Canoe Newsletter    Hawaii, California & Washington

Hemp Hemp Hooray - Hemp is nearing approval for Hawaii Farmers  . Harvesting Liberty
Growing Indigo in Hawaii . What's In Your Fibershed? . Growing Warriors . It's our 50th! 
One Island News
Kohala Showing of  
"Where to Invade Next" 
Friday, July 1st, 6:30pm

This is an expansive, rib-tickling, and subversive comedy in which Moore, playing the role of "invader," visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects. Moore is back with this hilarious and eye-opening  call to arms. Turns out the solutions to America's most entrenched problems already exist in the world - they're just     waiting to be co-opted. Film donated to One Island by Michael Moore. Event info: [email protected]  

Hemp Hemp Hooray!

On May 3rd, the Hawai'i State Legislature passed the "Industrial Hemp Bill," which establishes an agricultural hemp program that, for the first time in Hawai'i's history, allows the crop's cultivation and the distribution of its seed by multiple licensed local farmers.

Senate Bill 2659 passed with a unanimous vote in both Chambers. The Hawai'i State Department of Agriculture will oversee the program including the licensing of farmers.

Once signed by the Governor, Hawai'i will join more than 30 countries, and Kentucky, Colorado, Vermont, Tennessee and Oregon, all of which cultivate hemp. Hemp products are an estimated $620 million-a-year-and-growing retail business in the U.S., with much of it sourced from China and Canada.

Celebrating the Red, White and Indigo

Where does the blue in the American flag come from?

Hawaiian Indigo
Growing Local Color: Tropical Indigo  
in Hawaii

Local fibers meet local colors. Join us in learning about local plants that can infuse paper, fibers, art and clothing with beautiful 'home grown' colors.

Indigofera suffruticosa,
commonly known as Guatemalan indigo or a�il, is a low growing flowering plant in the pea family, Fabaceae. In Hawaiian, it is known as either ʻiniko/inikoa, or kolu.

Introduced to Hawaii Island in the 1850s for an indigo processing project, Tropical Indigo is now wide spread around the island prefering drier, disturbed lands.

This month we are harvesting it from the One Island farm, fermenting it, and will be dyeing handmade paper and fabrics.

If you are interested in a natural dye and indigo workshop, please email [email protected] 


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Industrial Hemp  
Farming Act
High protein hemp seeds: food

Let your elected representatives know you support industrial hemp.

Federal legalization will:
  • Enable American farmers to freely import seeds from outside the U.S. to grow millions of acres of American hemp without a need for pesticides or herbicides and using 1/3 the water needed for corn.
  • Help America rebuild a multi-faceted industry which would generate tens of thousands of jobs for rural farmers and middle income businesses
  • Eliminate the confusion between marijuana and hemp and clarify the myriad of beneficial uses of industrial hemp.
  • Clear up the conflicting legal status around the use and sale of products made from hemp extractions.
  • End the restrictions surrounding the transportation of seeds and live plants across state boundaries.
  • Remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.
Let's add hemp to Hawaii's Fibershed! 

It's Our 50th!

Here's to Living an Inspired Life!
        This newsletter is the 50th         One Island 'Same Canoe' publication and still so much to explore and learn!
Freedom Fiber   
Hawaii's Department of Agriculture and the State Legislature are supporting research into industrial uses for hemp. Sound like a new idea? Not really. The US Constitution was signed on hemp paper. The Guttenberg Bible was printed on hemp as well. And  the first American flag was woven from hemp. 

Harvesting Liberty - view the new film online.
This short 12 minute film documents a rebellious act of agriculture and fiber art that gently and firmly calls for reclaiming hemp as an American fiber. The American Flag shown above is made from hemp, as was the original American flag.  Cultivated by Growing Warriors veterans in Kentucky, this historic emblem was woven and hand embroidered by Fibershed artists in California. The flag was then proudly flown in the US Capitol on Veteran's Day as a call for changing federal opposition to hemp production for food, fuel, building materials and fiber.

Produced by Patagonia 

Watch the short
12 minute film  

to visit the National Hemp Association
Harvesting Liberty still photo credits: Donnie Heddon

Hemp Film Nights 

Hemp Power

Film nights for: Bringing it Home
Hemp uses from green building to clothing
Saturday, July 9th in Holualoa at Lightwave Pavilion
Saturday, July 30th in Kohala
Thursday, September 15th at Third Thursdays Thrive, Honoka'a
Friday, September 16th at Sweet Cane Cafe, Hilo
email [email protected] for directions

A father's search to find the healthiest building materials leads him to the completion of the nation's first hemp house. Hemp with lime is a non-toxic, energy efficient, mildew, fire and pest resistant building material. The drawback - although research is legal in some states, hemp remains off-limits to almost all U.S. farmers.  Industrial hemp is a non-psychoactive plant, grown in 31 other countries that makes 1,000's of sustainable products and offers solutions for global warming, nutrition, poverty and deforestation.  Here in the U.S., hemp could be a money-making crop for farmers and create jobs. But why can't we grow it here? BRINGING IT HOME tells the story of hemp: past, present and future and a global industry that includes textiles, building materials, food products, bio-plastics, auto parts and more.

How do we bring back this green economic driver and what can it be used for? Let's see how hemp is happening around the world.

Tell the US Congress you support industrial hemp economy to bring new income to American farmers and US grown and made products to US consumers. Click here.

Growing Warriors
A New Generation of American Farmers   
Hand crafted processor turns hemp stalks into fiber

Michael Lewis is a veteran farmer in Kentucky who was the first to grow legal industrial hemp in the U.S. in nearly a century. The 2014 farm bill opened the door to state-based growing efforts like Lewis', and touts industrial hemp (which is not psychoactive, but is still categorized as a Schedule 1 controlled substance) as a way to help revitalize the American rural economy.

"People are starting to get receptive," said Lewis, who currently grows five acres under a DEA permit. Next year he hopes to have 150 acres. "The barriers are coming down." A House bill to legalize industrial hemp, sponsored by Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie, is nearing 70 co-sponsors. The Senate companion, sponsored by Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden, has 14 backers.

Lewis is the founder of  Growing Warriors, a veterans' farming organization that supports veterans in becoming a new generation of farmers. Hemp is one of the crops they promote.

Why Hemp?

Nutritious, high protein seed . Fiber for paper, clothing, rope and green building . Bio fuels, even bio plastics.

Giving small family farms a fighting chance to survive.

Kentucky, Colorado, Vermont, Tennessee and Oregon all  cultivate hemp. Let Governor Ige know you support Hawaii hemp farming. 

What's in YOUR Fibershed? 

Tokunari Fujibayashi in the Honolulu 'Hawaiian Blue' dye room

In keeping with the Red,White and Indigo theme this month, meet Tokunari Fujibayashi and Donna Miyashiro, respected fiber artists in Hawaii. Tokunari is a 12th generation textile designer and Donna is reknowned for her use of local plant dyes in her fiber arts work. Together, they are partner-owners of Hawaiian Blue, located in Kaka'ako. They work with Hawaii-grown indigo that Donna grows at home. You can read about their work in an article online in Flux.

Donna Miyashiro dipping fabric into the fermenting indigo dye bath

"It's such a cool process because when we dip, it comes out like a light yellow or beige and the oxidation brings out the color," Miyashiro says. "It's almost like a Polaroid when you're waiting to get the image to come out. The first time I did indigo, I felt like I was dreaming."


Curious about just what a Fibershed is? Visit the Fibershed organization, artisans of locally grown, designed and handmade fibers - plus active citizen scientists studying carbon farming!