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Art + Food + Farms + Sustainable Living

Join the Great Pollinator Hunt, winner of  Jane Goodall Institute award

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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Affordable Housing Initiative & Tiny Houses

tiny 10One 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.
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Award from Jane Goodall Institute

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

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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.


Register here

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Hemp Film Showings

hemp familiesHemp Power

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.
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Solar Cooking

solar ovenOne Island features 3 types of solar ovens and cookers through our buying club.

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Where to Invade Next?

Where to Invade Next
Thought provoking, social change, comedy film night house parties
Thursday, June 2nd in Honaunau
Friday, July 1st in Kapa’au

 email hawaii@oneisland.org for directions    

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. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine is back with this hilarious and eye-opening call to arms. Turns out the solutions to America’s most entrenched problems already existed in the world – they’re just waiting to be co-opted.

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Hack for Change

Share your innovative ideas for Smarter Food, Health and Energy Systems in Hawaii

kwlab3A 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

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Circle of Responsibility


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Superfoods: Local Style 5/16 North Kohala

cacao ball 1Food as Medicine
Superfood Recipes for Healthy Living
May 16th, 6:30pm
at Kohala Public Library
Superfood Chef Todd Dacey presents a plant-based health and sustainability class focusing on  whole foods and locally sourced superfoods. In this class he will share his master Longevity Tonic (based on David Wolfe’s longevity program) along with a Super Tonic Chai, superfood fruit smoothie and heavenly superfood & cacao bliss balls. Also he will share food organization strategies to save time while creating ultra-delicious and nutritious meals plant based meals.
Todd is the author of two holistic health recipe books on the benefits of wholefoods plant-based diets. He is a regular contributor to the North Hawaii News “Cooking with Aloha” column where many of his favorite, mostly locally sourced recipes can be found online.
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Fun & Fermentation with Donna Maltz 5/1

donna 4Come 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

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