Sept 2017   Same Canoe Newsletter    v. 63
Four Great Programs Launching this Fall
  - Art, Local Food & Wellness, Affordable Housing & Solar, plus AmeriCorps -   
Updates on One Island Projects 
    Being Part of the Change We Want to See in the World     
Same Canoe Local Food announces over $750,000 in new funding 
Local Food Challenge Winner - Dinner at
the Redwater Cafe in Waimea

We are delighted to announce that the Same Canoe Local Food Challenge is ramping up for three years of new work thanks to support from the USDA for food security and SNAP/EBT coupons, from AmeriCorps for matching support to put a Same Canoe Crew out in the community every week, and from the Hawaii Dept of Agriculture for support promoting the original Hawaiian food crops. The project promotes access to local fruits and vegetables, directly supports local farms, and encourages community members to eat healthy and live longer.

Now serving Hamakua, South and North Kohala, and South and North Kona Districts.

We will be developing a fun online and in-print food game that earns rewards for participants who join in to learn about new ways to improve their health and support their local farmers.  
Everyone can participate. Workshops, tours and events are open to all.   SNAP/EBT households can earn extra bonus awards, receive free local produce coupons, and have access to no-cost diabetes and health education programs. Email for SNAP/EBT info. 
Partners in the new 3 year project include: Hawaii Blue Zones, West Hawaii Community Health Clinic, Hamakua-Kohala Health, Island Heart Care, Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hamakua, KTA, area farmers' markets and family owned grocery / natural foods stores, CSAs, University of Hawaii, Ho'opomaikai Community Health, and other wellness and food system partners.

Fun ways to teach and learn

Indoors / outdoors  
Hands on, Real Food ! 
Discounts on local foods, Fun workshops, Contests for tasty food prizes, Over $300,000 in coupons for SNAP/EBT users, Special chef nights at cafes and tastings at markets,  
Farm tours and More!
If you are on the Eastside of the Island, see the  
Hawaii Food Basket for SNAP/EBT Coupons. 

See you at a local market this Fall! 
Powering a Village
Part of One Island's sustainability mission is doing right by the earth, and helping rural families improve their quality of life.

Solar power is a great way to meet both those goals - it lessens global warming, improves our air quality by avoiding diesel and gas generation, it has a lower impact our ecosystem than fossil fuel generation - and it brings rural low income families low cost, empowering new tools to improve their quality of life.
This Fall, new solar electric, solar refrigeration, and solar water pumping solutions are being installed in the Native Hawaiian Village of Miloli'i in South Kona. We are happy to announce the bidding process concluded with the selection of Ultimate Off Grid Solar Hawaii , a Native Hawaiian owned small business, as the lead solar PV installer.

Real Power and Real Food.  
Happy People! 

   6 AmeriCorps    
Local Food Advocate Positions Open 

Real Food for Real People with Real Results
Kids at a Food Basket Event 
Make a Difference by joining the  
Same Canoe Crew 
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.
Team Leaders serve for 12 months at 18hrs a week
$7,800 living allowance plus $2,907 education award upon completion.  
Crew Members serve for 12 months at 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, libraries, senior and  community centers, and special festivals 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.


Hula Halau O Mana'olana O Kohala Dancers;

October 2nd Launches 
The Heart of Kohala 
Join us at the North Kohala Public Library to  Celebrate Local Arts! 

Thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Arts, North Kohala is launching a new 'Community Cultural Planning Project'.
This first Arts Showcase launches the new project and Invites Artist and Public Participation at engaging cultural events and planning sessions 2017-2018.

Kohala Writers Reading

Visual artists, writers, woodworkers, dancers, musicians, spoken word, performers, jewelers, fiber artists and Hawaii folk artists are welcome to come showcase their work and share their manao. Exhibitors and performers can contact us at

Free Activities, Short Classes, Light Pupus,
Music, Dance, Performances and Art  
Photography by Malia Welch; 
Print by Cathy Morgan, at top  

 Oct. 2nd Activities for All Ages 
Youth Activities - poetry, drone photography,  
puppetry, hula, wood working, ukelele making, capoiera and more, 3-6pm.  
Public Events, all ages welcome, 4-7:45pm,  
multiple stages and exhibit areas, free light pupus and engaging hands-on interactive projects.
Blessing with Kealoha Sugiyama, 4pm. 
Enjoy the Heart of Kohala's video story online  
including background about the Arts, and plan for the Cultural Planning and Public Art Projects.
Do Art . Be Art ! 

Solving the Hawaii Housing Crisis

Modern tropical small house in Brazil, see more  here  
Less can be 'more'. Smaller footprint, innovative buildings can solve the affordable housing crisis.
One Island was an invited speaker at the Honolulu Green Building 'ReBuild Hawaii' meeting in August.  
Our foray this past year into the Tiny House, Legislative, Zoning and Building Dept world has taught us that there is still much more to learn, for everyone involved.
To open a forum for learning, we continue to work on hosting the Hawaii Island Housing Summit to bring together leaders in Green Built Housing, Innovative Land Use, Alternative Materials, Low Cost Building Methods, and Renewable Energy and Water. 
Oahu has passed an 'Accessory Dwelling Unit' provision that offers examples of small foot print housing solutions as shown to left and below. Hawaii County can learn from this and develop its own  pathways to affordable housing.   
Renewable Energy - 100% by 2045
Learn Hawaii's Bold 100% Renewable Initiative at Blue Planet.  
This fall we are attending the national Community Housing Land Trust Conference to learn about creative new ways to bring more affordable housing rentals and home ownership to our rural communities.
Yes, we want a housing revolution!