In new music video, Tavana wants us all to consider our part in creating a ‘plastic island’

Updated: Jan. 14, 2021 at 4:23 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii singer-songwriter Tavana McMoore’s new project is a music video called “Plastic Island.”

He teamed up with fellow musician Paul Izak on a tune that talks about the dangers of plastic pollution.

“It was important to me that it wasn’t a ‘pointing your finger’ type of song. It was more of a ‘we’ type of song. All of us as a whole are kind of entrenched in this issue,” he said.

Tavana was inspired by a friend who did his own personal beach cleanups, and the work of the Kokua Hawaii Foundation and Surfrider Foundation.

“I could tell that he took the time to actually research a little bit about what plastic is and the plastic pollution issue,” said Lauren Blickley, Surfrider Foundation’s Hawaii regional manager.

For the visuals, Tavana teamed up with progressive artist Charles-Antoine Vallieres, who makes art pieces out of sea trash that washes ashore on local beaches.

He’s also an expert in stop-motion animation.

“I already had this vision of the plastic island. So when he came to me with that proposition, I was like, ‘I already know what I want it to look like. I already see the vision,’” Vallieres said.

The music is catchy and the video is entertaining. Together, they deliver a powerful message.

“For a lot of people who maybe wouldn’t initially be connected to the plastic pollution issue, they’re listening to this song. They’re seeing this music video and maybe it’s planting a seed,” Blickley said.

That’s what Tavana hopes will happen. He wants “Plastic Island” to move people and manufacturers of plastic goods to adopt more sustainable practices that leave a lighter footprint on the planet.

“That would be the ultimate goal,” he said. “If it had influence on the world in that direction at all I would be extremely happy about that.”

The “Plastic Island” music video premieres Friday on Tavana McMoore’s YouTube channel.

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