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 ALOHA     One Island is a non-profit sustainability project with a flagship organic farm in Honaunau, West Hawaii and a sister center in Kapa’au, North Kohala, both on the Big Island of Hawaii. We are hosting  collaborative Green Living programs focused on learning to practice a more sustainable lifestyle right where you live and work, every day.

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

  Programs focus on short, easy-to-implement projects and longer term strategic sustainability efforts. Cornerstones include: local food system strengthening, renewable energy / energy efficiency tools and grants, watershed protection resources, green economy incubation, health and wellness programs, and arts and culture events. We host regular volunteer learning days and present special guest speakers and retreats that demonstrate a variety of ‘green living’ sustainability options. And for educational fun, we are hosting hands-on workshops that allow our participants to turn our farm’s local resources into hand-built products, from food to art to body care, from building materials to home gardens to renewable energy – skills you can take with you where ever you live.

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

Bamboo garden art work provided courtesy Rob Schoutten Gallery


Green Think Tours

green think 200You are invited to join us for Second Sunday GREEN THINK Tours to visit green built structures and homes. Great idea gathering! Click on the logo to read more.

TOURS   Jan 11th: Light Wave in Holualoa; Feb 8th: Algood Farm in Hawi; March 11th Hi’ilani in Honoka’a. Special cultural features include music, art and food. Fun!

Register at the online One Island Tool Shed

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Kona Green School Opens Sept 19th

welcomeThe One Island facility has been transformed into the Green School learning lab for West Hawaii programs. Students from Waikaloa to Kona to Hilo will be convening for exciting learning programs.


We’ll be working and learning in an indoor/outdoor facility with abundant garden and farm resources, birds and butterflies, and refreshing breezes overlooking the sea. Learn more about The Green School here.




Hawaii Farmers Union Meeting – Kohala


Kohala introduction to the

Hawaii Farmers Union United

Thursday, August 14th

6pm, Old Courthouse in Kapa’au

The Hawaii Farmers Union is part of a nationwide organization that is closely aligned with many local food grower’s interests: building healthy soils, growing and selling nutritious and organic foods.

Come learn about the Hawaii Farmers Union, what they stand for and what they have to offer Kohala farmers.

Current farmers, gardeners and land owners wanting to begin or expand operations are welcome – your voice is Wanted! 

A Kohala Chapter is forming.

From the HFUU:

“With over 500 members Hawai‘i Farmers Union United (HFUU) is growing on the islands of Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui, and on Hawai‘i Island in Kona, Ka‘u and Kohala.  We are not a labor union, but an organization of smallholder, family farm oriented businesses and those who support us.  HFUU’s cooperative, education and legislative efforts are particularly focused on the development of “regenerative” agriculture.

HFUU and its Chapters are constituent elements of the storied National Farmers Union (NFU).  Founded in 1902, NFU is the oldest organization in the United States of family farm owners and managers and those who support them.  NFU, HFUU and its Hawai‘i Chapters are dedicated to promoting the interests of the family farm through education, cooperation and legislation.

The National Farmers Union fostered the farm cooperative movement of the early 20th Century United States. It is a history HFUU plans to continue by working to restore organic matter back to the soil to support new crops with fewer imported amendments at reduced cost and increased profit. This idea is growing among all the counties of Hawai‘i and their traditional na ahupua‘a (mountain to sea land districts). ”


Green School Open House, South Kona

Family Field Trip to One Island’s Sustainable Living Center

Saturday, August 16th, 9:30am-noon

Kona Green School presentation 10:30am

Come explore the grounds of One Island’s living learning laboratory and enjoy witnessing the intersection of local foods, renewable energy, art, health and education in a beautiful open air facility and garden. We’ll go on a sustainability treasure hunt exploration.

Farm strolls are welcome 9:30am-noon.

oigsAn introduction to the Green School’s pioneering program and Fall 2014 ‘Food Chain Game’ class will begin at 10:30am. We have a delightful 2,500 sq ft classroom and meeting space overlooking Kealakekua Bay with bird song, butterflies, and a nature farm all around. The Green School offers two programs – one is a monthly Saturday GREEN CAMP for all ages. The second is a homeschool supplementary program with academic and hands-on service learning features with monthly and weekly program options. Classes start Sept. 19th. Family involvement days include field trips and fun family workshops – first up is Family Papermaking on October 11th with retired teacher and artist Susan O’Malley.

Bring the family! And maybe a lunch for down at one of the local waterfront picnic areas? Place of Refuge, Kealakekua Bay and Manini Beach are nearby.

RSVP for directions to greenschool@oneisland.org


Food Chain Game – Intro Meeting 7/25

oigsThe Food Chain Game

Fall 2014 Programming at the Green School

Where does our food come from? Students enrolled in the Food Chain Game will learn about the full food system cycle, get to know the different people and pieces of the food system, and discover where they and their family fit in to the food system cycle. Who grows our food and how can we learn to be more engaged stewards of our local food system?

From ancient civilization history and the origin of foods from around the world, down to the soil and seeds that are essential ingredients to producing food today, Fall session Green Schoolers  are studying the Food Chain through science, language arts, creative movement, their school garden, history and social studies. Our classroom activities are combined with outdoor garden-based learning every class day for challenging weekly and monthly projects that engage each student in strong academic, intellectually challenging and real world experiences.bali green school kidscreated by the Green School and complemented by the Hawaii Island School Garden Network, Kokua Hawaii, and the Jane Goodall Roots ‘n Shoots programs. Family field trips will include visits to local farms and ethnobotanic gardens to meet the growers active in our island food chain today and those carrying forwards ancient Hawaiian sustainable agricultural practices. We’ll also be inviting families to come make paper from edible plants – and to join in a seasonal tamale making celebration!

whea cooking

The fall quarter at the Green School offers academic and hands-on experiential activities that bring learning to life and provide parent involvement field trips and activities that enrich the whole family. Weekly classes start in North Kohala on September 16th and monthly classes start in South Kona on September 19th.

Green School Introductory Meetings:

water lilyTo learn more about the Green School,  families are invited to attend an upcoming introductory gathering in North Kohala on July 16th (serving North and South Kohala) and in South Kona on July 25th (serving North and South Kona and Ka’u), 10am – noon.

Please RSVP for directions to greenschool@oneisland.org or call 808-328-2452.

Learn more about the Green School online

at www.oneisland.org/hawaii/greenschools


Water Systems Field Trip

Can a 460 acre ranch run completely on catchment water with no well or county water? Kumau Ranch of North Kohala set that as a goal and has developed effective agricultural and residential water catchment systems varying from roof and gutter, to a living roof and tank, to large ranchland ponds that provide water for their cattle herd and family home and workshops. Our field trip to Kumau on March 8th was a chance to see an inspirational green built compound and to learn how securing adequate water has been an impetus for creative design.

230px-Water_turbineHow can a small ranch turn water from an agricultural ditch into so much hydropower it has at times had to turn ON appliances just to use up the excess power in order to keep the system in balance? And provide water for its agricultural and residential water needs plus replenish a seasonal stream flow? Star Seed Ranch was our second field trip destination on the 8th and thankfully the rain held back just long enough for us to enjoy both a tour of the hydroelectric pump house, electricity conversion and impressive battery storage system, and the garden systems it irrigates. The use of ditch water for power, reuse of that water for the ranch needs, and then overflow as recharge for the local stream bed was an impressive system to witness.