Ocean Aid Hawai‘i, a benefit concert, debuts in Honolulu on Sunday, April 30 with the goal of eradicating plastic pollution from the ocean. The outdoor music and arts festival with the motto “Love The Sea, Plastic Free” will feature renowned funk, hip-hop, reggae, and Hawaiian musical acts, along with notable environmental speakers.
“Our team is thrilled to bring this amazing one-day concert experience to Hawai‘i to raise awareness of plastic and marine debris,” said Campbell Farrell, pioneer Jaws (Pe‘ahi) big wave surfer, executive director of Love The Sea and co-creator of Ocean Aid Hawai‘i. “My life’s most memorable moments have been in the ocean, and I want to do everything I can to protect it for future generations. This is an incredible way for people to get excited about the cause and learn more about how they can get involved.”
Ocean Aid Hawai‘i attendees can look forward to musical performances by CeeLo Green, Grandmaster Flash, Bootsy Collins (accompanied by Prince’s backup band), Maxi Priest, Henry Kapono, Ohio Players, Fishbone, Ron Artis II, Ekolu Kalama, DJ Lethal (House of Pain and Limp Bizkit), DJ Mateo (Fun Lovin’ Criminals), DJ Big Daddy Carlos, and more. Stand-up comedian Steve Byrne serves as one of the evening’s hosts and ambassadors for the cause.
Ocean Aid speakers and award recipients include entertainment guru and author Ken Kragen, producer of We Are The World; Captain Charles Moore, oceanographer and racing boat captain; millennial scientists Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao of TED Talks; Mark Schulman, drummer and celebrity speaker; Hank Cohen of Trifecta Entertainment and producer of Live Aid; Michael Chugg of Michael Chugg Entertainment and promoter of WaveAid and Ocean Aid Hawai‘i; Hannah Bernard of Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund; Stuart Coleman of Surfrider Foundation; Kahi Pacarro of Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i; Kahi Kahakui, renowned local ocean conservationist; Kai Lenny, world champion waterman; and Captain Hayden Smith of New Zealand’s Sea Cleaners.
Additional Ocean Aid activities will include an information coalition corridor, interactive art installations, marine debris sculptures, island favorite food trucks, cultural hula and haka dance performances, wrestling exhibitions by WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi of the Samoan Dynasty, and setting the world record for the largest drum circle for a charity festival.
“Growing up in Hawai‘i, I have always had a spiritual connection to these islands, particularly to the ocean,” said Big Daddy Carlos, co-creator and executive producer of Ocean Aid Hawai‘i. “Our team is beyond excited to bring Ocean Aid to Hawai‘i and give back to the islands that have given so much to us.”
Proceeds from Ocean Aid will benefit Love The Sea and its coalition of local environmental organizations including Surfrider Foundation, Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i, and Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund, among others.
The concert will set the stage for the nonprofit’s future activities, which include education, marine research and conservation programs. Love The Sea will hold other events throughout the year to raise funds to benefit and save the ocean from plastic pollution and marine debris. Additionally, Love The Sea plans to create a scholarship program to help deserving students take their first step toward becoming advocates in saving the world’s oceans by keeping them free of plastics and other pollutants.
The annual Ocean Aid Hawai‘i takes place at the Waikiki Shell on Sunday, April 30 from 4-10 p.m. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $69 and are on sale now at Ticketmaster, www.oceanaidhawaii.org, or www.lovethesea.org.
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