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June 2017  Same Canoe Newsletter  v. 61
Jumping with Joy - A New Art Project is Firing Up - Plus Food, Farm, Pollinator and Affordable Housing News  
LavaRoots Dance in North Kohala

King Kamehameha Day Festival, Kapa'au 
Introducing a new NEA funded 
HEART of Kohala 
Arts Planning Project 

Kohala is renowned for its gifted and inspiring musicians and artists. We are excited to announce that North Kohala has been chosen as the site for a new cultural arts visioning project called 'The HEART of Kohala'.

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." 
Thomas Merton

The HEART of Kohala is an opportunity to evoke the beauty, mystery and wonder that the arts bring to our lives. Over the next two years, the community will be invited to participate in a series of conversations, history tellings, and future visioning that deepens Kohala's connection to the arts.

The goal of the project is to strengthen 'place making' through the design of new public art spaces and events that weave the arts into every day life and celebrate the special character of Kohala and its natural environment.

On June 14th, following a nationwide competition, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the selection of the HEART of Kohala project, the only NEA project funded this year on an outer island. Sponsored by One Island Sustainable Living and working in conjunction with local arts and writers' groups, the HEART of Kohala now invites artists in all media and community leaders to join a vital community conversation about the past, present and future of the arts in Kohala.

Kohala Artist Cooperative Pop-Up Show, Hawi 
Looking Forward .... 
This summer we begin with identifying existing arts organizations and arts leaders, and are hosting listening sessions to learn about the needs of local arts and audiences.  As a Community Arts and Cultural Planning Project, both artists and those who appreciate the arts will be involved in these generative conversations.

Honoring and Celebrating the Arts in our Community
Kindy Sproat, legendary musician at Pololu 
Local Treasures ... 
The musicians of North Kohala are local treasures. Slack key guitar and ukulele traditions and innovations continue to win national awards. In Kohala you can enjoy music on the local KNKR radio station, at the Saturday Farmers' Market, and cafes around town bringing great jazz, bluegrass, electronica DJ, rock 'n roll, slide guitar, uekele, or island style reggae to life every week.

Painting, Peter Kowalke, Sweet Potato Cafe, Hawi   
Visual arts are showcased in galleries, cafes and at special pop-up shows. World dance and traditional hula lend great heart to our community. Murals enliven building surfaces around town. Woven feathers and lauhala, carved and painted gourd artists keep traditional folk arts alive and passing between generations. Keiki attend music classes or learn hula. Kohala seniors are active musicians and dancers.

Printmakers and photographers, studio and plein air painters, sculptors, wood carvers, writers, poets, spoken word and theater performers - the range of art styles and mediums in Kohala greatly enriches the cultural fabric of this small rural community.

Calling All Artists

The HEART of Kohala begins this summer by listening to artists inspired by Kohala.  This is the first step in sharing the history of local arts and cultural traditions. During these informal community conversations among artists and community leaders, we will explore the needs of today's artists and the art community at large. If you are a Kohala-based artist, in any medium, and would like to be included in formative conversations, or know any artist, musician, dancer or writer (whose work is about Kohala) to forward this to, we invite a short note of interest at or by phone to 808.328.2452.

Hula Hālau O Kukui Aloha O Kohala
As a rural island, the arts connect us to one another and provide valuable opportunities to explore our higher and deeper human potential.  
Updates on Important Projects 
Being Part of the Change We Want to See in the World     
June is Pollinator Month 
Nationwide, Pollinator Week and month-long events take place in June. Citizen scientists are out and about viewing, identifying, and reporting what they see. In Hawaii, The Great Pollinator Hunt welcomes your observations using an easy online tool.

Learn more about local Hawaii Pollinators here

Watch the Great Pollinator Hunt short video 

Rare Kamehameha Butterfly by Rachel Laderman

Smaller Footprint. Greater Savings.

Tiny House Legislation 
Decision on HB2 Bill allowing on-farm tiny houses is due by July 11th. So far, over 2,700 people have viewed our short video, and 220 of our readers have written notes of support that have been sent to the Governor. Mahalo!!
If you support this Bill, write the Governor directly here.
New Training with the
Community Land Trust Organizati on 

This Spring, One Island began a training program with the national Community Land Trust organization that coordinates affordable housing land trusts. We welcomed a visit in Kohala with the CEO of the organization in May, have been actively participating in their online courses, and will be attending the national conference in October.

The full-year training is preparing our organization to establish an affordable housing village on the island and we are seeking a location for low environmental impact housing to help first time (or down sizing) buyers qualify for their own home.  

Community Land Trust housing on Lopez Island, WA 

Real Food . Real Farms

Locally grown and crafted
Sweet Potato Haupia Pie by Sonia Martinez

Green IS a Verb - Eat It !


Imagine this: HEMPCRETE 

Grow Your Own House!!

As Hawaii prepares to legalize the growing of industrial (non THC) hemp, One Island's Greenschool is getting training in building Tiny Houses with Hempcrete.

Hempcrete is regenerative, carbon-sinking, air-cleaning, non-toxic, insulative, and fire and pest resistant. Typically paired with timber or dimensional lumber, Hempcrete is cladding, insulation, and interior finish all in one. Non-psychoactive and 100% legal, this method of construction has weathered the test of time with European Hempcrete buildings over 400 years old. No other material is as versatile across climates as Hempcrete.


If you'd be interested in attending a Grow Your Own Hemp House in Hawaii workshop in 2018,  
please send an email to  

With sufficient interest, we will be inviting experienced instructor/ builders to the island to show us how this material can provide low cost housing solutions - tiny and larger.

Speaking of Tiny 
House s
The Hawaii Tiny House Initiative
invites you to 
up to July 10th.

Let Governor Ige know you SUPPORT Bill  HB2 - Tiny Houses on Farms for
Hawaii Island.
Every Voice Counts


June 19-25 is National Pollinator Week 
Submit your Hawaii Island Sightings here
"This is where Lilikoi comes from!"

Watch our Great Pollinator Hunt Video