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Art + Food + Farms + Sustainable Living
Join the Great Pollinator Hunt, winner of Jane Goodall Institute award
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
One Island has hosted a series of discussions on Tiny House solutions to Hawaii’s affordable housing crisis, and for farm worker housing to help increase local food production. We convened community conversations and listening circles with local residents, meetings with Planning Department and elected officials, and spurred the conversation forward. See our video.
One Island’s Green School hosts the Great Pollinator Hunt, a citizen scientist volunteer data project. We were honored to learn that the project has been selected as the September Feature for Roots and Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute, and is featured at the World Conservation Congress.
Click on the photo to watch the short 3 minute presentation
Natural Plant Dye Studios
Safe, natural colors from plants
with Susan O’Malley
Plant harvest and preparation ‘maker’ studio
Saturday, August 27th, 10-2 at One Island in Honaunau
Natural dye painting on fabrics and paper art studio
Sunday, August 28th, 11-3 at SKEA in Honaunau
Join us for these fun hands-on studios and learn to select, harvest and prepare small batch dyes from native and local plants including Hau, Indigo, Tumeric and Noni. $10 per session.
Film nights for: Bringing it Home
Celebrating new Hawaii legislation approving development of Industrial Hemp!
Discover Hemp uses from green building to clothing, skin care to food
Saturday, July 9th in Holualoa at Lightwave Pavilion
Saturday, July 30th in Kohala at Algood Barn
Thursday, September 15th with Third Thursdays Thrive, Honoka’a
Tuesday, September 20th at Sweet Cane Cafe, Hilo with Hawaii Farmers’ Union United
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 – and what it could bring to Hawaii.
One Island features 3 types of solar ovens and cookers through our buying club.
Share your innovative ideas for Smarter Food, Health and Energy Systems in Hawaii
A Nationwide effort through National Day of Civic Hacking 2016 invites your input on ways to build a better, smarter society. One Island is a registered NDCH site and offers an easy-to-use portal to share your concerns AND solutions year round.
Learn more here
Come enjoy an effervescent afternoon in Hawi learning about the art of fermentation including the health benefits of microbes and how to make a variety of flavor-packed probiotics that taste delicious.
The $40 fee includes: all ingredients, canning jars, sampling, a farm tour, lecture on how to restore your Microbiome, and a hands on fermentation workshop. You will learn to make fermented beverages and assorted vegetable ferments – plus natural cleaning products. Class is 2-5:30. Click here to enroll