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May 2017  Same Canoe Newsletter  v. 60
  Sustainable Food . Housing . Solar . News for May
Solar oven Cook-Off on Earth Day as a March for Science event, Hawi Farmers' Market

visitor center
 Flagship Center in Honaunau 
Turning the Big Six O 
Same Canoe Newsletter
reaches volume 60 

When One Island began services in Hawaii in 2004, our goal was to identify and implement innovative rural strengthening. Opening the first Sustainable Living Center on Hawaii Island in 2009, our programming has promoted tools for positive local change. Thirteen years later, the need to embrace sustainable solutions is greater than ever.

Project site in Kohala 
Looking back .... 
We are humbled and grateful to be serving local communities that share an urgent interest in living more sustainably, with an eye on the future, and respect for past wisdom. Our instructors and learners are taking responsibility for shaping our island's future, to walk their talk, in concrete, practical ways.

It seems no small miracle that we have found project support totaling over $4 million for Hawaii-based services. Those dollars and thousands of volunteer hours have been invested in outcome-based projects - 165 solar installations so far, over $1.25 million in support for farmers and local foods, the burgeoning Tiny House movement's growth, an expanding 'food-as-medicine' health collaborative, and intriguing art explorations. 
Looking forward ... 
We have game-changing housing, renewable energy, food, health, and public art projects on the front burners. To date, we have $1.43 million in project funding committed for innovative sustainability projects for 2017-2020.

How did we get here?
With a passion for our sustainability social change mission, hard work, and an incurable case of 'multiple curiosity disorder', we've learned that staying on-mission - and deflecting detractors' slings and arrows (yes, the canoe ride can be surprisingly treacherous, duck, whiz) - allows even a small organization to accomplish major achievements. Many thanks to our program supporters!

Like any pioneering navigator, keeping a clear vision of the destination always in mind is the best tool to help overcome barriers and build alliances.

Updates on Important Projects 
Being Part of the Change We Want to See in the World     
Senator Josh Green and Representative Cindy Evans

Tiny House HB2 has Passed the Senate and The House in the Hawaii Legislature!

Now we need the Governor's support 

Thanks to the vision, determination and skillful leadership of Representative Cindy Evans, with help from the Hawaii County Council's unanimous Resolution, plus written support from over 160 community members, we are moving much closer to State adoption of House Bill 2.

Next Steps
Come learn about the Next Steps for Hawaii Tiny Houses
Monday, May 15th
at the North Kohala Library, 6:30-7:45 pm.
Send your HB2 Support to the Governor this week 
On May 6th, we had an opportunity to meet with Governor Ige at the Hawaii County Democractic Convention. We stressed the real change tiny houses can make as a firm step toward food security. He is championing DOUBLING our local food production by 2020, and is in support of improving farm infrastructure. We thanked him for his 'Double It' goal and stressed that farm housing is critical to ensure adequate farm labor - farm housing is essential to grow all of that new food. 

Help encourage his YES on Tiny Houses HB2 signature!

If you support increasing local food production, or have a farm that will benefit from improved farm worker housing, please submit your comments here .

Build Small - Live Big -
Eat Local !

Trainings began on April 28th for first 30 homes
Miloli'i Village Solar Project

We have begun the solar energy and energy conservation trainings and assessment in Miloli'i Village for the Native Hawaiian Solar Project. Thanks to USDA support, over 36 homes are eligible to apply for solar grants with installations beginning by the fall.

With the help of the charter school students and the Miloli'i Village Water and Solar Association, One Island is actively analyzing and designing a distributed solar electric and solar refrigeration plan for the villagers. 

First Solar installed on the Miloli'i Community Pavilion - powering charter school, library branch and community events, incl. freezers.

Powering Up the Village!


Celebrating the Big Six-0
& One Island's 8th Anniversary 
bio  char
How to make Bio-char with Josiah Hunt

Since opening our Sustainable Living Center's doors to the public in May 2009, it has been eight years of fascinating programs:

ag tour
Discovering Canoe Foods at Amy Greenwell Garden
with Noa Lincoln 

Gleaning foods as 'No Fruit Left Behind' with Raven Bolas 

YES Campers
Hosting the YES! Summer Youth Camp 
Foraging for Wild Foods with
Sunny Savage 


Grow your own Mushrooms with Zach Mermel  

Honoring our
Connections to all 
Life on Earth.
Building Community.

Living Wisely,
every day.

Growing and EATING Superfoods
Real Food . Real Farms

We are Raising Funds 
for a local food farm stand and mobile food access bus 

Let Governor Ige know you SUPPORT Tiny Houses on Farms for Hawaii Island.
Click here to send in your comments, enter it at bottom of page. One easy step.

Every Voice Counts

We need the Governor's signature to approve Tiny Houses on Farms 

Canoe Plants
for Food and Medicine

Hamakua Harvest Festival, May 21st

Same Canoe is collaborating with the Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hamakua to develop culturally-based canoe food and medicine resources.

Breadfruit - 'Ulu
There are hundreds of varieties of breadfruit and over 2,000 documented names. A mature tree can produce 500 pounds of fruit a year. 'Ulu is an excellent source of fiber, good source of vitamin C, high in potassium for nervous system/muscle function, and blood pressure regulation. Provides calcium for strong bones and teeth.

Banana - Mai'a

  Bananas are actually a grass! A recent book describes 140 living banana varieties in Hawaii. Until the early 1800's, most varieties were kapu (forbidden) for Hawaiian women to eat. 

Mai'a are a good source of potassium, which helps keep bones strong and aids in nervous system regulation, keeping us alert and focused. The prebiotic fiber in bananas helps to keep our immune system strong by stimulating "good" bacteria
in the gut. 

Sweet Potato - 'Uala
'Uala is associated with the Hawaiian god Kamapua'a. Hawai'ians developed and cultivated about 200 varieties of 'uala. Today, only about
24 types remain.

You can eat the whole plant! Stems, leaves, shoots and tubers.
Roasted, steamed or baked, purple, white or orange, 'uala offer many health benefits - vitamins, minerals and are low on the glycemic index (release their natural sugars slowly).


Taro - Kalo

Kalo is considered the elder sibling (known by the name of Haloa) of Native Hawaiians and is the most important and revered food plant of the Hawaiian culture. It is believed to have the greatest life force of all foods.

It is estimated that kalo production at its peak covered more than 20,000 acres over six islands.Today, only about 400 acres are in production. There were once up to 400 varieties of kalo in Hawai'i. Today, only 87 recognized varieties remain.

Green is a Verb -  
Eat it!

Same Canoe Recipe Contest

Got a great breadfruit, taro, sweet potato, banana, coconut, kukui, turmeric or noni recipe?

    Food and medicinal plant recipes welcomed.

Win a gift certificate to dine at a tasty local foods cafe!

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How to Send Comments to The Governor
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Simple one step process. Click HERE and enter your testimony
at the bottom of that page and we will make sure our Governor receives
your support for the Tiny House Movement.

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