MILILANI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's Jack Johnson treated hundreds of Mililani Ike students on Wednesday to a free concert. The school was one of 13 Hawaii schools to win the 2014 Kokua Bottle Cap Collection Challenge.
The Challenge was sponsored by Johnson's 'Kokua Hawai'i Foundation.'
As a result of the Bottle Cap Challenge, 21,862 pounds of plastic bottle caps were collected and sent to California, where they will be recycled into new products.
"There are some companies that are making products out of the bottle caps now, so all the bottle caps collected in the islands will go over to these factories, so we rewarded these schools that collected the most per capita," said Johnson.
The Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaiʻi.
"At this age you are really taking things in, you can really change habits easily. I remember as a kid I would always go surfing, say on the east side of the island and I would step over the high tide line which had a lot of plastic on it. I would go surfing year after year, and at some point for me stepping over that high tide line and looking down at all that plastic I just realized I could do something about it."
Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation will be holding another Hawaii School Bottle Cap Collection Challenge in 2015
*** The 13 Hawaiʻi School Bottle Cap Collection Challenge winning schools include:
Most Caps Collected Overall - Tie between Mililani Mauka & Mililani Ike Elementary Schools
1st Place Elementary - St. Elizabeth School - Most Caps Per Capita
2nd Place Elementary - Soto Academy
3rd Place Elementary - Kahala Elementary School
1st Place Middle/Intermediate School - SEEQS: The School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability
2nd Place Middle/Intermediate School - Waialua Intermediate School
3rd Place Middle/Intermediate School - Niu Valley Middle School
1st Place High School - King's Christian Academy
2nd Place High School - King Kekaulike High School
3rd Place High School - Aiea High School
1st Place Pre-School - Aiea Hongwanji Mission Academy
2nd Place Pre-School - Central Union Pre-School.
The Grammy-nominated musician also spoke to Hawaii News Now about his upcoming Waikiki concert. It is Johnson's first hometown show in more than two years.
Tickets for the August 1 performance at the Waikiki Shell will go on sale Saturday, May 10.
Unlike the recent Bruno Mars concert fiasco, Hawaiʻi residents will get first crack at buying tickets. Purchases made on Saturday will need to have a Hawaii billing ZIP code; purchases made on Sunday, May 11, won't have a geographic limitation.
"About five or six years ago at one of the Kokua Festivals, it came to our attention that a lot of people were buying the tickets from oversees and making a vacation out of it.. we got a lot of flack and we learned our lesson," said Johnson.
There is a 4 ticket per person limit. All proceeds from the show will benefit Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation.
Watch the unedited Jack Johnson interview on your mobile device by clicking on the 'Latest News Video' section on the Hawaii News Now app.
To view photos of Jack's Mililani Ike performance on a mobile device click here: http://bit.ly/1jgjrzx