Happy Easter, folks…
I’m going to be spending some time going through my photos from Maui this weekend, something I still haven’t really had time for since I returned from that trip and then subsequent trip to Austin for SXSW. I feel like I’m a slow blogger when it comes to that stuff, but at the same time I realize that it doesn’t always matter how timely a lot of blog posts are.
This is an example of how wrong I can be sometimes.
The Kokua Music Festival in Hawaii was announced ages ago and I was always thinking, “I should do a small blurb on that…I love Hawaii and I love music festivals.” And one would think that would have been enough to get me to spring into action…
Unfortunately, it did not. This event is already sold-out, so hopefully this blog post doesn’t serve as your first notice on the mini-fest. To the lucky folks that will be in attendance, I’m curious as to how this event comes off. Drop us an email when you get back and let us know how it went…
Ernie Cruz, Jr.
TICKET AUCTIONS: All the Kokua Festival tickets have sold out from Ticketmaster and Music Today. There are several tickets being auctioned off on-line. To bid on PIT tickets in the first 8 rows and have 100% of the proceeds go to the beneficiary, the Kokua Hawaii Foundation.
Full press release after the jump.
EDDIE VEDDER JOINS JACK JOHNSON AT THE
FOURTH ANNUAL KOKUA FESTIVAL
APRIL 21st- 22nd • WAIKIKI SHELL • OAHU
Honolulu, Hawaii – February 2, 2007 – Hawaii’s own, Grammy-nominated musician Jack Johnson is proud to host the Fourth Annual Kokua Festival on Earth Day weekend- April 21st and 22nd, 2007 at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The festival’s incredible music line-up includes Jack Johnson, Eddie Vedder and Boom Gaspar of Pearl Jam, young troubadour Matt Costa, and local Island favorites: Ernie Cruz Jr., and the Girlas.
All proceeds go to the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Jack and Kim Johnson to support environmental education programs in Hawaii. The funds raised from the Kokua Festival will be used to further support school recycling on Oahu, sponsor field trips and curriculum, and develop the new farm-to-school program ‘AINA in Schools.
In addition to the eclectic mix of live music, the Kokua Festival’s Kokua Village lets fans experience eco-friendly clothing from Patagonia, sustainable shoes from Simple Shoes, and organic yogurt from Stonyfield Farm. Many other local food and beverages, products and services from green companies, alternative energy demonstrations, interactive games and crafts for the kids, and information from environmentally active groups from around the islands will also be featured.
The Kokua Festival aspires to reduce its environmental impact by offsetting the festival’s emissions, running generators and festival vehicles on bio-diesel, recycling, using biodegradable concession ware, and offering eco-friendly merchandise including reusable totes, bottles, and organic cotton clothing. Fans are encouraged to make an “Earth Day Resolution” to reduce their environmental impact leading up to the festival and throughout the year.
As the first MySpace LIVE event of 2007, the MySpace LIVE at The Kokua Festival will broadcast the concert for viewers as well as feature behind-the-scenes MySpace Video footage and interviews with Jack and Friends. MySpace will be developing additional unique offerings in celebration of the Kokua Festival and Earth Day. Visit www.myspace.com/kokuafestival the official MySpace online home of The Kokua Festival.
A one-hour special on the 2006 Kokua Festival will air on the National Geographic Channel in 50 countries starting April 1, 2007.
Tickets are $40 for general admission/lawn, $50 reserved seats, $125 in the seated pit area, and $20 general admission for children 3-12. Children under 3 are free.
Tickets will be available exclusively to Kokua Hawaii Foundation members starting February 6th. Go to www.kokuahawaiifoundation.org to become a member today!
Tickets to the general public will be available via Jack Johnson’s web site www.jackjohnsonmusic.com on February 10th, via Myspace www.myspace.com/kokuafestival on February 15th and at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (877) 750-4400 starting February 17th.
The Kokua Hawaii Foundation thanks Patagonia, Simple, Stonyfield Farm, and many other like-minded companies and organizations for their support! The Kokua Festival is produced locally by Pau Hana Productions with additional coordination by MusicMatters.
For more information please visit www.kokuafestival.com.