One-on-One with Jack Johnson Part II

Jack Johnson with wife Kim
Jack Johnson with wife Kim

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Jack Johnson's singing career takes him around the world. It makes him realize, there's no place like home.

"You know Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen after traveling around for awhile, I have a whole new respect for how beautiful Hawaii is, but also how fragile Hawaii is," he said.

That's why he's trying to preserve this paradise.

"Global warming, the problem with that is people see as a scary thing off in the future, I think whether that occurs or not, that was never the reason my wife and I wanted to start an environmental educational program, for us, it's all about making today as beautiful as possible," he said.

Johnson does that by organizing events like last week's Kokua Festival. The two-day event benefits his Kokua Hawaii Foundation, which supports environmental education in local schools and communities.

"I think Hawaii has a real chance to be a leader in the near future on environmental initiatives, things like renewable energy. We have wind, sun, waves, we have everything we need here for renewable energy here, we can really be a leader in renewable energy," he said.

His eco-friendly attitude doesn't stop there. He recorded his latest album, "Sleep Through the Static," in a special studio built in California.

"The idea was to make a studio that was a gathering place for musicians that wasn't in our house, that we wanted people to come and use, we wanted people to come and record music and this solar-powered studio," he said.

The 32-year-old is just trying to do his part, to save the environment. He tries not to get overwhelmed by the big picture. Johnson just takes it one day at a time.

"I think maybe it's a scary thing when people react off the global warming, and feel they should make change just to try to solve that, it's obviously a real problem we have to face, but I think we should want to make everyday as beautiful as possible so I think not getting too scared about the future, just thinking about today, is an important thing to do," he said.