Jack Johnson Puts on a Surprise Keiki Concert

Noelehua Archambault
Noelehua Archambault
Charlie Kubic
Charlie Kubic
Ken and Kristi Will
Ken and Kristi Will

WAIKIKI (KHNL) -- One of the biggest concerts of the season happened Saturday night at the Waikiki Shell, and it also benefited a worthy cause.

Headlining the fifth annual Kokua Festival are some of the most popular artists out there, including The Dave Matthews Band and Hawaii-born Jack Johnson.

Flying above Waikiki, Chopper 8 takes us to the Waikiki Shell where about 8,000 fans come together for the Kokua Festival.

Many of them are here for the concert.  But parents also took this opportunity to teach their kids about the environment.

"That's what's so great and that's what organizers of this event really understand, that we need to start them as young as possible," said Noelehua Archambault, a concert attendee and a mom of a two and half-year-old son.  "So this is a wonderful learning environment. Everything they're creating is made out of reduced, reused recycled material so it's a fantastic learning environment for them."

The headliner, of course, is Hawaii's own Jack Johnson.  Earlier in the afternoon, he appeared on the keiki stage for an impromptu concert.

"I'm not so surprised. You see him in some of the North Shore beach cleanups and things like that and he's very personable and wants to come out and talk to kids," said Charlie Kubic, a Jack Johnson Fan who lives near Pearl Harbor.  "When he first came out to Santa Barbara he had a bunch of small concerts like this, and so it doesn't surprise me much. He's a good guy like that."

Johnson says he wants to start children on the right path.

"We just started, not trying to think we do more than anybody else, just thinking we got to expose kids to the good things that are going on in Hawaii and try to open their minds to what the possibilities are," he said.

Johnson did that by bringing youngsters up on stage for a kazoo concert.  He accompanied them on guitar.

Parents say this is a great way for their kids to learn about responsibility through music.

"We want to teach them how to recycle and not to use so many plastics and keep the environment clean for their future and their kids' future," said Ken Will, a Jack Johnson fan who flew over from Grenada, California.

"This is the only concert we bring them to and we had so much fun last year, we decided to come again because we felt it was such a great experience for them," added Kristi Will, Ken's wife.

The concert benefits the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, a non-profit founded by Johnson and his wife Kim.   It promotes and supports environmental education in Hawaii schools and communities.