Welcome to One Island Sustainable Living

Art + Food + Farms + Sustainable Living

Celebrating Twelve Years of Public Programs!

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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. For over 10 years we’ve hosted volunteer learning days, green building and farm tours, Food as Medicine programs, and presented 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 and community 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.

Providing rural community strengthening
in Washington, Hawaii & California 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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News for 2021 – San Juans, WA and Hawaii Island

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Veggie Rx News for the San Juans in 2021

Untitled_Artwork 3 (1)Good News – Veggie Rx produce funding continues for 2021!

One Canoe is our Veggie Rx project in Washington State. We are currently serving Orcas and San Juan Islands through the Community Resource Centers, Orcas Food Coop, and the San Juan Islands Food Hub. We are testing new ways to engage and serve the community during the complex COVID times, and are working on developing an online Food System and Nutrition class series. The project features access to organic foods, local when possible.


Project funding is provided by the USDA and the pilot will be completed mid 2021. Learn more at the One Canoe project web page.

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Same Canoe Food Program Receives New Funding for Hawaii 2021-2023

couponWe are happy to announce that the Same Canoe VEGGIE Rx Program is reopening to serve 500 participants in North and West Hawaii in conjunction with 12 partner clinics and several farm-direct CSA produce projects. If you have a health condition that can benefit from gaining access to increased fruits and veggies, and live in the service area, you are welcome to contact hawaii@oneisland.org .




Project will open Spring of 2021 and run through 2023. Funded by the USDA.

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New RBDG Grant Project in the San Juans 2020-2022

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One Island has begun working under USDA Rural Business Development Grant funding to conduct a two year asset mapping and needs assessments for Makers in San Juan County WA. The primary partner in this project is the non-profit San Juan Makers Guild.


One important part of the RBDG project is developing the San Juan Makers Guild web directory and resource center.


Another component is developing online surveys to capture data that helps tell the story of the creative and manufacturing industry Makers on the San Juan Islands. These surveys are part of providing Asset Mapping and Needs Assessment products. That combined economic development information will then help inform a Makers Study, being prepared by the Northwest Agricultural Business Center, to provide an over view of market opportunities in the western and national regions.


If you’d like to email the Makers Guild, we can be reached at sjmg@sanjuanmakersguild.com

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2020 Newsletter – Hawaii and San Juan Islands

csa waimeaChallenging Times and Hopeful News for Local Food, Renewable Energy, Community Health, Tiny House Planning, and Industrial Hemp production. Are you ready for Community Sustainable Agriculture? Learn more in the Spring Newsletter.

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What does 2020 Hold?

A Pivotal Year for Sustainability Initiatives

With programs in two states this year, a lot of intersting work and services are going on. Continuing our advocacy for rural community strengthening htrough Art, Farms, Food and Sustainable Living – we are building on past experiences and forging new paths with new discoveries.

San Juan Islands, Washington

In the San Juan Islands off the north coast of Washington, we are hosting the ONE CANOE fresh and healthy food program with a Veggie Rx emphasis. We are assisting with the San Juan Agricultural Guild by serving on the Board, and building partnerships across the food system to help link any resident to nutritious local food access.


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In addition to Food Justice work in the Pacific Northwest, One Island is assisting in the formation of  the SAN JUAN MAKERS GUILD to provide services to the burgeoning Makers Movement in these remote islands that are rich with creative minds and hands. The Guild is hosting seasonal Makers Fairs and Makers Strolls to strengthen the local makers economy.

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Hawaii Island

Ben Casuga House View 10In Hawaii, the solar powered air-to-water systems in the Village of Miloli’i have been installed – first community-owned fresh drinking water ever generated on site. Next up we are doing a pilot of solar powered hydroponic grow towers to increase access to homegrown local greens and veggies – even strawberries! Along with bringing solar power and energy efficiency to many homes in the village, we are also working on a larger scale solar power and solar water installation for the new Cultural Center that plans to provide education, cultural history, commercial kitchen, and economic development opportunities for local residents.




Lokahi 10The Same Canoe Local Food Challenge continues its Veggie Rx and SNAP coupon fresh produce services and classes through the summer with delicious CSA boxes filled with local produce straight from the farm available for our Veggie Rx participants and helath and wellness options. (At this time all Same Canoe membership slots are filled). We’ve been testing point of sale, direct mail, and workshop-tied food distribution to test ways to best engage local residents in considering Food as Medicine.




Produce partners include Adaptations Fresh Feast CSA and Lokahi Garden Sanctuary CSA in Kona, Waimea and Kohala. We also have greatly appreciated working with our retail grocery partners: Island Naturals in Kona, Choice MART in Captain Cook, Takata Store in Kapa’au, Kohala Grown Market, Healthways in Waimea, and The Country Market in Honoka’a to make fresh fruits and veggies more accessible. As part of our Food Justice work, we also have been working with over 50 farmers through the local farmers’ markets in Hawi, Honoka’a, Waimea, Kona and South Kona to increase local purchasing through SNAP and Veggie Rx programs.


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A BIG MAHALO is due to our pioneering Veggie Rx clinic partners who have been testing ways to engage their patients in healthier eating options. Heartfelt thanks to West Hawaii Community Health Centers, Island Heart Care, Hamakua Kohala Health, Mango Medical, Kukui Lifestyle Medicine, Hawaii Family Physicians, The Koa Clinic, and Ka’u Wellness.

Local Farms are Good for Our Health!

We thank the USDA for providing primary support for these rural sustainability initiatives.

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TEN YEARS in Review 2009-2019

frankSince opening in 2009, we’ve been busy! Enjoy the depth and diversity of the locally-grown and interwoven sustainability topics listed below. We hope a look at these events will inspire you to find – or host – similar sustainability-themed programs where ever you live. Steal this idea – Please!

Overview of the ten years of programs and events


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One Canoe opens in the San Juans in 2018

sanjuansWe are pleased to announce that we now have an office in the San Juan Islands, WA.


Building on One Island’s ten years of experience with food, cultural, health and sustainability programs in Hawaii, our non-profit work now intersects with a multiple of island and coastal communities in three states.

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Summer Activities We Suggest

avo burgerJuly 17th – Viva Veggies at Tutu’s House in Waimea – planted-based, fresh food potluck and healthy eating support, 5-6:30

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July 27th – Fresh Juices for Health and Detox in  Waimea at Liquid Life, 3-4pm









dane 1August 11th – Traditional Hawaiian Medicine with revered Kumu Dane Kaohelani Silva at Kukui Lifestyle Medicine, Keauhou, noon-3pm. See www.kukuilifestylemedicine.com and click  to see flyer.




For Same Canoe Members, July 17-22: learn about July online speakers that are options for earning more coupons.

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LOCALICIOUS: Farm to Fork Tour June 2nd

kale chefCome explore two farms in North Kohala – one growing produce in a Market Garden and another growing traditional Polynesian canoe crops and traditional foods. Then enjoy a fun Chef Talk Story with the four Season’s Chef Bellec and taste a farm direct pupu plate he prepares.

Event is $20 per person / $35 a couple and tickets support agriculture education.

Optional produce purchases on site.







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