Ninja Hot Sauce Tour

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2-4pm, North Kohala in Kapa’au
Please join Ninja hot sauce wizards Christopher and Lauren for a lively tour of their farm, learn about their celebrated products, and enjoy some tastings – if you dare…
Tour participants take home a bottle of their magic brew too!
Getting to know local farmers – and the creative entrepreneurs who bring us exceptional value-added products – is a great way to support your local food system. $20 per person / $30 couple including tour AND a bottle of their magic brew! Email to RSVP and get directions. (FREE for our SNAP Same Canoe members and One Island members).
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North Kohala Arts Visioning Oct 22nd

park group 3 wPlease join us in considering public cultural uses for the central greenspace in Hawi that has been purchased by the County.


What are possible / best uses? How can public commons areas enhance community connections and pride of place? What is missing from North Kohala that might be a benefit if created here? Are there public art events or small structures that would enhance community life? Who could such a park space serve? How can all ages be engaged? What would the impacts of a new public park space be?


Public input is welcome and will be included in a forthcoming Cultural Plan document recording public needs and interests in the Cultural Arts.

Session is at the North Kohala Public Library, 6-8pm


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Same Canoe Passports

The Same Canoe Passports are now available to West and North Hawaii Island Residents

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Our new Local Food Challenge Passports are a fun activity tracker. Local residents can use the colorful printed Passport to attend engaging food and farm events offered by a variety of organizations. This is a great way to earn points for entry in drawings for food or restaurant gift certificates, and for free passes to special events. See the list of approved events below. Request your Passport at an event or at our Same Canoe market booths as shown on the calendar.
Enrolled Same Canoe SNAP/EBT users can also use the Passports for education and healthy living activity tracking. Classes, workshops and tours earn points towards local produce coupons.
RECOMMENDED UPCOMING EVENTS where Passports can be stamped and points earned:

Film Night & Talk at Iwa Cafe near Kainaliu  
Saturday, Sept 15th  
Enjoy a powerful film and learn about local access to Community Supported Agriculture for fruit, veggies and grains. All at the fun, hip, Iwa Arts and Cafe.

 Guests speakers from Adaptations and Sundog.

Plant-based dinner options.


Local Seeds for Local Needs 
Saturday, Sept 22nd
Visit Nancy Redfeather and Gerry Hebert’s legendary homestead to learn about seed trials and seed sovereignty. Add yourself to the wait list and to be added to notifications for the next session as this one is filled up. 


Food as Medicine Farm Tour
Sunday, Oct 7th
Come join us in Hawi for a fun farm tour at beautiful Lokahi Garden Sanctuary. Tour includes food and medicinal crops, sweeping ocean views, and visitors take home a product sample. Please arrive by 1:45 for registration as tour begins at 2. (Plan on a 1.5 hr drive if coming from Kona.)
Tickets for tour include the product sampler; $20 a person or $30 per couple (one sampler). RSVP required by 10/5 to


Mauna Kea Tea annual open house tour day
Sunday October 21st

Cascading hillsides of tea plants in a forested area with expert instruction on tea production, processing and benefits.

This year their  Open Farm Day theme is ‘Tasting Natural Teas’. Come join the tour to learn about Natural production and enjoy tasting the pure products of Mauna Kea’s clean growing philosophy.
To RSVP, please email or call 808-775-1171.


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Same Canoe Launches New Local Food Projects

couponThe rallying cry for Same Canoe is to DOUBLE local food purchases at farmers’ markets, grocers and restaurants to help build our ag economy and to strengthen our island’s food security. HOW are we going to do this? The Same Canoe campaign has raised over $750,000  for this 2017-2020 effort with a large investment focused on helping low income households earn free coupons for fresh, local fruits and veggies. A clear, measurable result is putting new dollars in farmers’ hands – bringing them new customers, building their businesses and rewarding their heroic hard work.


annalisaMeet our great AmeriCorps Team helping to get the word out, enroll participants, and get the coupons circulating at our partner sites. The members are both Island residents and one-year visitors – all eager to paddle the local food canoe. Kudos to Anna, Lisa, Laura and Markus for grabbing a paddle and moving the canoe forwards!



NEW this year is VEGGIE Rx – a great way for health care providers to prescribe fresh, local fruits and vegetables. Mahalo to our valuable partnerships with local health care organizations – West Hawaii Community Health Care, Hamakua-Kohala Health, Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi, Island Heart Care.



Find us at Hamakua Harvest, Hawi, Kamuela, Kona Sunset, Keauhou and Pure Kona Farmers’ Markets – plus Island Naturals, Healthways, Choice Mart, Takata Store and Kohala Gown Market every month in 2018. Plus special events like the Culinary Arts Under the Stars, Kohala JAMboree and more.


Learn more about the SNAP/EBT Coupon Program

and the main Local Food Challenge

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Water from Thin Air – Really!

source 1One Island recently brought a new clean water technology to Hawaii – the first of its kind in the state. We are installing solar electric systems, with their first electric refrigeration, and clean drinking water systems in Miloli’i. With no potable water due to high saline content, the fresh water created by this new air-to-water system is a great health boost for local residents.

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Same Canoe partners with KTA and Choice Mart

kta2With support from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Same Canoe is placing heritage food basket racks in 6 KTA stores and Choice Mart to promote canoe crop foods. Displays will rotate what is seasonally available so look for coconuts, bananas, ulu, taro, poi, sweet potato and turmeric and start your own culinary adventure. More stores to come! Plus delicious tastings at special events.

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Kohala CoLab Pop-Up 2/10

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Click on image to learn more!

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It’s an Arts Walkabout – Mon. Oct 2nd in Kohala

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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.

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Healthy Food Access Grants for Hawaii Island

saladOne 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.


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Local Food Advocate Positions Open

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.
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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; send a letter of introduction, resume, and description of your interests in food access, health and nutrition, community and multi-cultural services.


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