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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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Discover your Microbiome, 3/21

Evening presentation by Stacey Shepard and Donna Maltz will look at the amazing connections between the soil and our bodies and how our gut flora impacts our overall health – physical and mental. Come taste the fermented products, and learn about how the microbiome works. At the Kohala Public Library 6:30-8, March 21st. Second event in the Good Medicine Kohala series.


Community Food, Health and Wellness input welcomedFermented-foods

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Picnic in the Garden at Lokahi Garden Sanctuary

lokahi tour cropAs the finale for the 2015-2016
Same Canoe Local Food Challenge pilot project in March, One Island convened a multi-faceted on-farm and culinary learning experience hosted by Lokahi Garden Sanctuary with a delicious farm-to-table meal prepared by Chef Stephen Rouelle of Under the Bodhi Tree. The tour highlighted an exceptional and diverse botanical collection and, using ingredients from the Lokahi farm, the concluding three course meal highlighted the Best of Kohala.
“It was a beautiful way to spend a lovely Sunday with friends!  Mahalo to all for a very successful event!


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Kohala Food & Wellness Forum Feb 22nd

Living Longer, Living Better
On Monday, February 22nd, a gathering of Kohala food, health, nutrition, wellness and activity organizations is coming together at the North Kohala Public Library to share information about current resources, important needs, and future visions for improving the quality of life and longevity for Kohala residents. Meet our lead convening organizations.
Come visit information tables and demonstrations with light pupus from 5:30-6, and then join the evening program from 6-8pm. Guest speakers and community input will showcase Kohala’s resources, needs, and potential.
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Kohala Special Events

February 13th 

Native American Medicine 
Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science
with Ken Cohen of Colorado, 3-5pm in Hawi

Special Talk Story
ken cohenHealing traditions, practices and plants will be shared in this afternoon with  Ken Cohen, author of Honoring the Medicine and widely respected practitioner of Qi Gong and Native American Medicine.Register in advance for directions and instructions. $15 per person to defray guest travel costs.
February 22nd 
Living Longer, Living Better

at the North Kohala Public Library

Learn more about the Blue Zones Project and watch a short film about founder, Dan Buettner’s research project and travels. Find out what fosters high centenarian concentrations  – those who live to 100 and more – in rural and urban communities around the world. North Hawaii has been selected as a trial community – come hear ideas for how to improve our individual longevity by building community resources that promote wellness. Break outs for small group idea sharing will give North Kohala a voice in the Blue Zones planning process on Hawaii Island.
Kohala EBT users earn a Picnic in the Garden pass for attending.


Okinawa has long been famous for its longevity. In fact, the Pacific island was originally referred to as the land of immortals. Residents have less cancer, heart disease and dementia than Americans, while Okinawan women live longer than anywhere else on the planet.


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South Kona Special Event

Special Event
for Food and Wellness Lovers
on Valentines Day

February 14th

Good Medicine Picnic at the Market with Dr. Corinne De Soto, N.D. at the South Kona Green Market, upper terrace. 12-2pm. Fresh, healthy, local foods and dessert provided by Lotus Cafe in a picnic bag. Reserve picnic lunch online.
$20 per person. Open to every one and all ages. $15 for kids under 12.

Can use Kona or Kohala EBT coupons to pre-order picnic lunch by February 10th; email to reserve your EBT picnic supplies. hawaii@oneisland.org

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Good Medicine for Kona: Food and Plants for Health and Wellness

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Sunday’s 11am at the South Kona Green Market or Amy Greenwell Garden.
Free to everyone and start at 11am unless otherwise noted.

For our Same Canoe EBT coupons users, each presentation you attend earns you a $10 free local produce coupon for use at the Farmers’ Market. Be sure to sign in at the presentation to earn coupon.

January 10th
Ancient Hawaiian Canoe Food Plant Tour
at Amy Greenwell Garden, 1pm, $5 fee paid at the Garden Visitor Center.

Food and Medicinal Plant Sale
at the Same Canoe booth, benefits Kona Pacific Public Charter School Garden.

January 17th
Happy Gut with Probiotics with Stacey Sheppard, L.Ac
Recent research indicates the health of our gut has a direct influence on our physical and psychological well being and pro biotics are the key to a happy gut. Learn how to incorporate more pro biotics in your diet and life.

January 31st
Fermentation for Health, 10-noon
Learn to make fermented foods and beverages for improved health with Kunekai Farm.

February 7th

Raw Food Ho’opomaika’i Community Health Movement
Learn Blue Zone practices for healthy living shared by Jodi Leslie, PhD, Dietician, Univeristy of Hawaii and co-founder of Ho’opomaika’i.

Plant Pure Nation
Patti Eames, RN, explores benefits of a plant based diet for heart and overall health and wellness.

Vegan Aloha
Plant based food tastings with Vegan Aloha founder Alessandra Rupar – including vegan macnut cheese.

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Good Medicine for North Kohala: Food and Plants for Health and Wellness

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11am on Saturdays at the Hawi Farmers’ Market, open to everyone.
For our Same Canoe EBT coupons users, each presentation you attend earns you a $10 free local produce coupon for use at the Farmers’ Market. Be sure to sign in at the presentation to earn the coupon.
January 9th
9 Spices that Boost Wellness
 Learn about nine easy-to-grow or procure spices that provide culinary and wellness benefits.

January 16th

Herbal Teas and Tonics with Natalie Young of Lokahi Garden Sanctuary. Movement class, 10-11. Tea and tonic preparation and benefits presentation, 11am.

January 23rd

Blue Zones and Healthy Living
What helps people around the world live to be over 100 years old? Based on National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner’s findings, discover practices that promote longevity. Learn about Kohala’s role in the Hawaii Island Blue Zone Project.

January 30th

Hydrotherapy and Natural Farming: LAB with Dr. Hana Roberts N.D., 11-1
Self care is an essential step for wellness. Yoga with Luz Helena 10-11

February 6th

Change Your Foods, Change Your Life with Vegan Chef Todd Dacey and Friends. Motivated by transformational health stories in their own lives, these two food leaders will share healthy recipes, food tastings, and positive stories of personal choice. Aikido of Kohala 10-11.

February 13th
Love Your Body – Red and Green Smoothie Social for Valentines Day, 9-12. Qigong with Lew Whitney of Kokolulu Farm 10-11.
February 20th
Ferments for Health with Donna Maltz, 10-noon.
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Chocolate Chocolate! 2015

cacaoorchidOne Island’s 7th annual Chocolate Chocolate! gathering is happening Sunday, December 20th at the Mountain Thunder Cafe in the Mauna Lani Hotel, 1-5pm.  Join us to discover delicious Hawaiian Grown and Made artisan chocolates.

Event is part of a seasonal series that began with the Hawi Block Party on November 14th and continued at the Kona Town Night Market on November 21st.  All event booths are purveying delicious local chocolates and selling the fun Same Canoe Local Food Coupon books. You can also reserve a selection by pre-ordering a chocolate collection, with or with out the coupon book at our online store, then pick it up at the event.

Pre-orders with coupon book include a collection of chocolates that feature the rare National and International Award Winning Madre Chocolate HAWI CHOCOLATE BAR!

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Grow your Own Mushrooms 11/21 and 22

oyster kit 50Join us for a fun afternoon learning to grow our own mushrooms. Instructor Zach Mermel returns to One Island to present a Oyster Mushroom workshop plus information on beneficial uses for mushrooms you may not have imagined! Workshops are: Hawi, 11/21 1-4pm at Kokolulu Farm; South Kona 11/22 2-5pm at Greenwell Garden. Sign up in our online store to reserve space and supply kit. $20 per person. Same Canoe EBT users can use coupons to atttend.

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