Welcome to One Island Sustainable Living

Art + Food + Farms + Sustainable Living
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Community Arts Planning and Tiny House

One Island logo courtesy Rob Schouten

WELCOME One Island is a non-profit sustainability program in the Pacific / North West serving rural coastal areas of Hawaii, California and Washington. In response to the challenges of our time, our programs foster connections between inspired teachers and learners to strengthen creativity and resiliency in remote rural communities. Programs focus on short, easy-to-implement projects and longer term strategic sustainability efforts.

‘Green is a Verb’ – it is an empowering action we each can choose to do

Cornerstone initiatives have included: local food system strengthening, art and culture place-making events, renewable energy / green building, watershed protection, green economy incubation, and health and wellness efforts. We host regular volunteer learning days, green building and farm tours, and present special guest speakers and events that demonstrate a variety of ‘green values’ as sustainability options. Educational and fun hands-on ‘maker’ workshops turn our farm partner’s local resources into rewarding hand-built products – from food to art to body care, from building materials to home gardens to renewable energy – valuable skills you can take with you and enjoy where ever you live.

Come visit our programs and partners in Hawaii, California & Washington
rural coastal communities.


We are all in the Same Canoe – grab a paddle!

Bamboo garden art work provided courtesy Rob Schoutten Gallery

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Ayurvedic Food as Medicine, Apr 27th

ayurvedicJoin us for a presentation on Ayurvedic practices that consider Food as Medicine, as presented by Shakthi Ayurvedic. Event takes place at the Keauhou Farmers Market, 9:30am, on Sat. Apr 27th. Market opens at 8 so come shop, learn, taste, and explore!

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April is Grow it Yourself Month!

Twice a year we run an initiative that encourages folks to get out and garden – or create an indoor window garden. Here is the April 2019 Spring newsletter. From micro sprouts in your kitchen, to a backyard garden, there are great rewarding ways to Grow it Yourself!

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‘Ulu Palooza March 23-30

mousse 20Join us for a fun and tasty breadfruit talk and tasting at the Keauhou Farmers’ Market on 3/23 with presentations by the Hawai’i ‘Ulu Coop. 9:30-11am in Kona at the Keauhou Shopping Center on Ali’i Drive. Event on 23rd is free to the public with options to purchase products from the Coop on site through noon.

ulu toss 20On March 30th, we are hosting a farm tour and cooking class at Kuaiwi Farm. Space is limited so click here to learn more about both events. Tour and class registration first come first serve, closes 3/24.

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2019 SNAP Produce Campaign

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Viva Veggies 1/30!

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Taught by Vivienne Aronowitz MPH, RD, CDE. Open to ALL.


Learn about Plant Strong eating and how it can improve your health and sense of wellbeing. This 90-minute class will help you understand the elements and benefits of a plant strong diet and provide the menus and cooking skills necessary to live a healthier life.


The follow-up Plant Strong Intensive course will build upon the introductory course so you can successfully transition to a plant strong lifestyle. See Feb-March info below.


Open free to the Community. No insurance needed.


Pre-registration is required. Deadline to register is January 25, 2019.
Date/Time: Wednesday, 1/30, 4:30-6pm
Location: Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Castle Lecture Hall, Upper Campus,
65-1692 Kohala Mountain Rd, Waimea, HI 96743
Cost: No Fee.
To register:
Kaiser Permanente (members and non-members), call 808-432-2260,
For SNAP/EBT Same Canoe Members: For Same Canoe members, the first 20 who enroll and attend this free class get 2 $10 coupons, plus can also earn a free scholarship to attend the follow-up 3 session classes with Vivienne and Chef Stephen – see below. Let us know once you have registered by sending a message using the form below.
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Plant Strong Intensive

avo burgerCelebrate Fruits and Veggies – 3 Session Class with Chef Stephen Rouelle and Vivienne Aronowitz.


Great way to see new recipes in action, learn how they help your health, and taste chef-made delicious food. February – March. Open to All.


FREE for 1st Twenty Same Canoe Members who enroll!
(must be SNAP EBT participant, email hawaii@oneisland.org to request)


Plant Strong Intensive


Vivienne Aronowitz, MPH, RD, CDE with Chef and recent cookbook author Stephen Rouelle from Under the Bodhi Tree restaurant will be preparing the food.
This fun and lively three-session class will help you adopt and improve a plant-strong diet.


• Sessions 1 and 2: Recipes, cooking instructions, and tasting prepared items
• Session 3: How to sustain the changes you have made over the long term


Note: Attending the Intro to a Plant Strong Diet class on 1/30 or a one-on-one appointment with registered dietitian are pre-requisites for enrolling into this class.


Open to the community.


Pre-registration is required.
Deadline to register is February 8, 2019.
Dates/Time: Wednesday, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 4:30-6pm at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Castle Lecture Hall, Upper Campus,
65-1692 Kohala Mountain Rd, Waimea, HI 96743
Regular Cost: $50 per person. Includes a full dinner to sample the prepared dishes. Same Canoe members who attend 1/30 class can request a full scholarship, first come first served, up to twenty, at no cost for these 3 classes.
To register:
Kaiser Permanente (members and non-members), call 808-432-2260,
To request scholarship: email hawaii@oneisland.org or send a message using the form below. Must be enrolled in Same Canoe as a SNAP user and attend 1/30 class.
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Ninja Hot Sauce Tour

ninja pumpkinSun. November 4th
2-4pm, North Kohala in Kapa’au
Please join Ninja hot sauce wizards Christopher and Lauren for a lively tour of their farm, learn about their celebrated products, and enjoy some tastings – if you dare…
Tour participants take home a bottle of their magic brew too!
Getting to know local farmers – and the creative entrepreneurs who bring us exceptional value-added products – is a great way to support your local food system. $20 per person / $30 couple including tour AND a bottle of their magic brew! Email hawaii@oneisland.org to RSVP and get directions. (FREE for our SNAP Same Canoe members and One Island members).
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North Kohala Arts Visioning Oct 22nd

park group 3 wPlease join us in considering public cultural uses for the central greenspace in Hawi that has been purchased by the County.


What are possible / best uses? How can public commons areas enhance community connections and pride of place? What is missing from North Kohala that might be a benefit if created here? Are there public art events or small structures that would enhance community life? Who could such a park space serve? How can all ages be engaged? What would the impacts of a new public park space be?


Public input is welcome and will be included in a forthcoming Cultural Plan document recording public needs and interests in the Cultural Arts.

Session is at the North Kohala Public Library, 6-8pm


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Same Canoe Passports

The Same Canoe Passports are now available to West and North Hawaii Island Residents

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Our new Local Food Challenge Passports are a fun activity tracker. Local residents can use the colorful printed Passport to attend engaging food and farm events offered by a variety of organizations. This is a great way to earn points for entry in drawings for food or restaurant gift certificates, and for free passes to special events. See the list of approved events below. Request your Passport at an event or at our Same Canoe market booths as shown on the calendar.
Enrolled Same Canoe SNAP/EBT users can also use the Passports for education and healthy living activity tracking. Classes, workshops and tours earn points towards local produce coupons.
RECOMMENDED UPCOMING EVENTS where Passports can be stamped and points earned:

Film Night & Talk at Iwa Cafe near Kainaliu  
Saturday, Sept 15th  
Enjoy a powerful film and learn about local access to Community Supported Agriculture for fruit, veggies and grains. All at the fun, hip, Iwa Arts and Cafe.

 Guests speakers from Adaptations and Sundog.

Plant-based dinner options.


Local Seeds for Local Needs 
Saturday, Sept 22nd
Visit Nancy Redfeather and Gerry Hebert’s legendary homestead to learn about seed trials and seed sovereignty. Add yourself to the wait list and to be added to notifications for the next session as this one is filled up. 


Food as Medicine Farm Tour
Sunday, Oct 7th
Come join us in Hawi for a fun farm tour at beautiful Lokahi Garden Sanctuary. Tour includes food and medicinal crops, sweeping ocean views, and visitors take home a product sample. Please arrive by 1:45 for registration as tour begins at 2. (Plan on a 1.5 hr drive if coming from Kona.)
Tickets for tour include the product sampler; $20 a person or $30 per couple (one sampler). RSVP required by 10/5 to hawaii@oneisland.org


Mauna Kea Tea annual open house tour day
Sunday October 21st

Cascading hillsides of tea plants in a forested area with expert instruction on tea production, processing and benefits.

This year their  Open Farm Day theme is ‘Tasting Natural Teas’. Come join the tour to learn about Natural production and enjoy tasting the pure products of Mauna Kea’s clean growing philosophy.
To RSVP, please email or call 808-775-1171.


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Same Canoe Launches New Local Food Projects

couponThe rallying cry for Same Canoe is to DOUBLE local food purchases at farmers’ markets, grocers and restaurants to help build our ag economy and to strengthen our island’s food security. HOW are we going to do this? The Same Canoe campaign has raised over $750,000  for this 2017-2020 effort with a large investment focused on helping low income households earn free coupons for fresh, local fruits and veggies. A clear, measurable result is putting new dollars in farmers’ hands – bringing them new customers, building their businesses and rewarding their heroic hard work.


annalisaMeet our great AmeriCorps Team helping to get the word out, enroll participants, and get the coupons circulating at our partner sites. The members are both Island residents and one-year visitors – all eager to paddle the local food canoe. Kudos to Anna, Lisa, Laura and Markus for grabbing a paddle and moving the canoe forwards!



NEW this year is VEGGIE Rx – a great way for health care providers to prescribe fresh, local fruits and vegetables. Mahalo to our valuable partnerships with local health care organizations – West Hawaii Community Health Care, Hamakua-Kohala Health, Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi, Island Heart Care.



Find us at Hamakua Harvest, Hawi, Kamuela, Kona Sunset, Keauhou and Pure Kona Farmers’ Markets – plus Island Naturals, Healthways, Choice Mart, Takata Store and Kohala Gown Market every month in 2018. Plus special events like the Culinary Arts Under the Stars, Kohala JAMboree and more.


Learn more about the SNAP/EBT Coupon Program

and the main Local Food Challenge

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