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
The Same Canoe Passports are now available to West and North Hawaii Island Residents
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:
Guests speakers from Adaptations and Sundog.
Cascading hillsides of tea plants in a forested area with expert instruction on tea production, processing and benefits.
The 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.
Meet 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
One 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.
With 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.
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.