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July 2017   Same Canoe Newsletter    v. 62
Commemorating The Summer of Love  
  - Art, Culture, Peace and Social Change - 

Concert in Golden Gate Park
50th Anniversary of 
The Summer
of Love   

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary Summer of Love. Spring and summer of 1967 brought over 100,000 outsiders, activists, and dreamers to San Francisco. It spawned a movement that rolled all across America, around the world, and still reverberates today. Young people traveled far and wide to join a community of artists, musicians, poets, and radicals who would change the world-influencing popular culture through music and art; launching the natural and organic foods movement; protesting war with peace and love; and ushering in an era of greater connectivity. They were coming of age in a confusing time, one where economics and government policy directly conflicted with their own personal values. Art, music, community and social change erupted in unexpected ways.  
 "Hang your fear at the door and join the future.
If you do not believe,
please wipe your eyes and see."
The Be-In poster invitation 

Kesey atop Furthur in 1966 

It began with Ken Kesey, the Merry Pranksters and their bus "Furthur", Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the Beat Generation. They gathered in places like North Beach, Haight Ashbury, and in cities like Palo Alto, Berkeley, Seattle, Portland, New York and L.A. These pockets of counter-cultural, anti-establishment individuals questioned authority and their surroundings while searching for the real meaning of life and deeper truths. These small communities of like-minded individuals and their "families" of communal creativity focused on poetry, art, folk music, jazz, and rock 'n roll, demanding to be free of societal restrictions, restraints and hang-ups.

A "Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In"  in January 1967
drew over 35,000 people to Golden Gate Park.
Costumes, music, incense, and marijuana abounded. Allen Ginsberg was on hand, leading a massive om chant. Timothy Leary, then 46, premiered his mantra, "Turn on, tune in, drop out."

A consequential witness, the San Francisco Chronicle's revered jazz critic, Ralph J. Gleason reported the event was "an affirmation, not a protest ... a promise of good, not evil. This is truly something new." He described it as "an asking for a new dimension to peace ... for the reality of love and a great Nest for all humans." By the summer over 100,000 had heeded the call, converged in San Francisco, and opened a field of expression for young and old who sought a different basis and value system for society.

Above adapted and excerpted from: 
Updates on One Island Projects 
    Being Part of the Change We Want to See in the World     
Calling Kohala Artists 
Kohala Coast by Rick Sharp
The Heart of Kohala is a new arts planning program bringing artists and community members into a conversation to build a better understanding of the arts and how they can enrich and strengthen a rural community.

NEW: View the Heart of Kohala details and videos here.

The project begins this summer by listening to artists inspired by Kohala.  This is the first step in sharing the history and current state 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, or exhibit, perform or install art in any medium in Kohala, and would like to be included in formative conversations, or know any artist, musician, dancer, performer 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.
First gathering is Saturday, August 5th.
Artists and arts leaders are welcome to contact us
for more information.

By Colleen Wilcox

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.

Mural by Calley O'Neill 
Same Canoe Corps coming this fall - a new crew of staff and interns will be helping distribute Same Canoe Local Food resources in North and West Hawaii Island.

We'll be back at Farmers' Markets, Grocery Stores, and new - at Health Clinics and Schools - to provide educational and cost saving tools that build healthy lives and families.

Real Food. Real Farms. 
Happy People! 

'Graham is a better American citizen than pretty much anybody else I know in our community. Which is ironic, because he's not an American citizen. It's terrible that this should happen to him." 
Senator Russell Ruderman  

   Tiny House News   
Governor Vetoes HB2 Tiny House Bill - What's Next? 

Facing the barriers and aiming for solutions

Who Supported HB2? 
The entire Senate, the majority of the House. The entire Hawaii County Council. Hawaii Farmers Union United. Thousands of small farmers, farm workers and food buyers. We all joined voice to support small farms, farm workers, and affordable housing options.

This is just the beginning.
Farms. Residences. Seniors.
Simple. Elegant. Affordable.

"You say you want a revolution. 
Well, you know 
We all want to change the world. 
You tell me that it's evolution 
Well, you know 
We all want to change the world.
You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We'd all love to see the plan.
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We're all doing what we can"
Beatles "Revolution" 

Hawaii Island
Housing Summit

Our foray into the Tiny House, 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.

Together, we can make the contribution of time and thought, and forge 'the plan' to create positive change.

Yes, we want a housing revolution!


Graham Ellis is an Inspiration, Friend, Mentor and Gift to Hawaii Island. We are thankful to know him, to have worked with him as a colleague, and deeply appreciate his remarkable accomplishments as an educator, sustainability activist and performer. His unfortunate and sudden deportation due to a citizenship conflict is heart breaking for his family and a huge loss for our community.

If you'd like to learn more about Graham's situation, see this news article.

2017 also marks the 50th Anniversary of  
Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band
by the Beatles    
" The closest Western Civilization has come to unity since the Congress of Vienna in 1815 was the week the Sgt. Pepper album was released.. . . . At the time I happened to be driving across country on Interstate 80. In each city where I stopped for gas or food - Laramie, Ogallala, Moline, South Bend - the melodies wafted in from some far-off transistor radio or portable hi-fi. It was the most amazing thing I've ever heard. For a brief while the irreparable fragmented consciousness of the West was unified, at least in the minds of the young."  Langdon Winner

We recommend viewing 'Eight Days a Week' by Ron Howard to understand the genesis of Sgt Pepper and gain a greater appreciation for the integrity of the Beatles and their insistence it be all "about the music", or not at all.