The Kokua Festival is held every year around Earth Day. The festival was founded by Jack Johnson and his wife Kim as a fundraiser to support environmental causes in Hawaii. Namely, proceeds from the festival go toward the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, whose mission "is to provide students with exciting and interactive encounters that will enhance their appreciation for and understanding of their environment so that they will be lifelong stewards of the earth."
The first Kokua Festival was held in 2003 and featured Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom & Willie K., Michael Franti & Spearhead, Makana, and DJ Logic. Many popular artists have performed at the Kokua Festival over the past five years, including Willie Nelson, Ben Harper, Jackson Browne, and Eddie Vedder.
While the collection of music played at the Kokua Festival may be a bit eclectic, the artists and fans are all united for a single cause. In order to promote environmental issues, the festival demonstrates a number of ways in which we can be greener. Organic food and eco-friendly merchandise are sold, there is an electric shuttle service that brings fans to the festival venue, and people are encouraged to walk or ride bikes instead of driving. The generators for the festival are also powered by biodiesel, and all waste collected at the Kokua Festival is separated for recycling.
Don't miss your chance to be a part of this exciting (and eco-friendly) event!