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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
Join the Celebration!
North Kohala is the site of a new Cultural Arts Planning Project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and One Island. On Monday, October 2nd, the kick-off event is celebrating local arts at the North Kohala Public Library in Kapa’au and community residents are invited to come learn and share. Music, Dance, Art, Performance and more! Learn more at the event page.
One Island Sustainable Living is launching a newly expanded Same Canoe Local Food Challenge bringing over $750,000 in USDA Food Security, Hawaii Department of Agriculture, and AmeriCorps grant funds to Hawaii Island to serve rural communities.
The project’s goal is to increase fresh, local food access, to support farmers who grow our local food, and to provide engaging opportunities to learn how to eat healthier and live longer.
Same Canoe will have a dynamic food and health engagement team out working with the community at farmers’ markets, grocery stores, community centers, school, churches, health clinics, and at special events. A highlight of the project is providing SNAP/EBT low income households with educational activities and free local food coupons to encourage healthy eating and healthy living.
Farm tours, culinary workshops, multi-cultural events, special café nights, grocery store discounts, and school garden family days will make direct connections from farm to food to family. From Hawaii’s original canoe crop plants for food and medicine, to new culinary uses for fruits and vegetables, Same Canoe is exploring the horizon of healthy eating for healthy living.
Looking for people passionate about improving access to local food, better nutrition and community wellbeing. Thanks to new AmeriCorps and USDA Food Security grant awards, The Same Canoe Local Food Project has 6 positions open and accepting applications: TWO Team Leaders and FOUR Crew Members will take part in a fun and rewarding AmeriCorps community service program.
Work in local community areas to help increase access to fresh, nutritious, local foods and build multi-cultural health and life skills. Real Food. Real People. Real Results.
Team Leaders serve for 900 hours over 12 months, up to 18hrs a week ($7,800 living allowance plus $2,907 education award upon completion).
Crew Members serve for 675 hours, over 12 months up to 16hrs a week ($5,900 living allowance plus $2,215 education award upon completion).
Serving Hamakua and North/South Kohala, or North/South Kona.
Team Leaders and Crew Members will work at local farmers’ markets, grocers, and community centers and events. Must be available weekends and weekdays for a variable schedule, have a reliable vehicle for transportation and basic computer skills, be able to make a 12 month commitment, and have a heart for better foods and better health in their community. Ideal for college students, recent graduates, and retirees eager to be of service and who enjoy making a valuable contribution to their community. Great way for students to demonstrate career skills to future employers – plus the education award can help repay student loans or be used towards future tuition. Retirees can use the education award for life-long learning or transfer it to a child or grandchild.
To express interest, email firstname.lastname@example.org; send a letter of introduction, resume, and description of your interests in food access, health and nutrition, community and multi-cultural services.
Notice to Bidders
Notice is hereby given that Heritage Ranch, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit organization, will receive sealed bid packets from eligible bidders for the procurement and installation of the Miloli’i Village Solar Project (MVSP). The MVSP is comprised of micro solar household scale installations, solar refrigeration, solar cooking, solar water pumping, training and technical support.
Please email email@example.com to request Bid Requirements, including your company and contact name, address, phone and email.
Sealed bids must be received by Heritage Ranch, Inc no later than August 25, 2017 via postal mail delivered to Heritage Ranch, PO Box 1438, Kapa’au HI, 96755.
Bids received after such date will be returned unopened. Prime contractors, subcontractors, small, minority or women owned enterprises and other eligible, interested parties are invited to apply.
Great news for North Kohala – the National Endowment for the Arts is funding an Arts Visioning process to help identify existing arts resources and plan for future public and local arts opportunities.
See our project proposal videos and goals at the new Heart of Kohala web site.
If you are an artist working in – or about – Kohala, and would like to learn more about ‘The Heart of Kohala’, visit our web page or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you support Tiny House law allowing small, affordable housing for farm workers on Hawaii farms, please click on this CALL TO ACTION and let the Governor and State elected representatives know your SUPPORT HB2!
June 30th: Governor Ige intends to veto the bill so direct letters to the Governor using the Call to Action link above are urgently needed. And also needed are letters to State Representatives and Senators (links also included in Call to Action). The Rep letters will help an over ride vote if Ige really vetoes HB2.
Affordable Housing Community Conversations
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Enjoy the new video slide show online!
Next Working Group meeting: Wednesday, March 22nd in Honoka’a 6:30pm
Testify a big YES! to the State Senate here.
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More Farmers Farming More Land Means More Food.
What do new farmers need to make that happen?
Affordable Land Access, Water and Housing.
Tiny Houses are a simple and safe solution to getting more farmers living on the land and farming more food.
Learn about the legislative efforts One Island is championing to promote Tiny Houses in Hawaii.
One Island’s Green School is collaborating with the Kohala Elementary School ‘Discovery Garden’, Kona Pacific Public Charter School, Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers, and Hawaii Blue Zones Project to engage local community members in creating new gardens and food forests.
Kohala Discovery Garden
Saturday, November 19th
Kona Pacific Public Charter School
9am-2pm, lunch included
Uplant small seedlings to larger pots in the nursery, help plant trees in the garden, or
All ages and ability welcomed!
Mushroom Maestro Zach Mermel is back to expand our fungi repertoire. In this hands-on seminar, discover how to partner with our multi-functional fungi allies on logs and wood chips, and learn how to use an unwanted shrub or tree as a mushroom ‘hotel’, creating food AND ridding our yards of unwanted stumps.
Learn to grow Shiitake on logs with take home materials, plus receive a starter kit infused with a new strain from Zach: King Stropharia mushroom mycelium.
Workshop fee, including take home materials, $57.
Wednesday, November 9th at Kokolulu Farm, Hawi
Wednesday, November 16th at SKEA, Honaunau,
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