By Jack Barnes
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 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.
The annual Ocean Aid Hawai‘i takes place at the Waikīkī Shell on Sunday, April 30 from 4-10 p.m.
Tickets start at $69 and are on sale now at Ticketmaster, www.oceanaidhawaii.org or www.lovethesea.org.
“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 scheduled musical performances by CeeLo Green, Bootsy Collins, Grandmaster Flash, Maxi Priest, Henry Kapono, Ohio Players, Fishbone, Ron Artis, DJ Lethal (House of Pain and Limp Bizkit), DJ Matteo, DJ Big Daddy Carlos, and more to be announced.
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 Wave Aid; Hannah Bernard of Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund; Stuart Coleman of Surfrider Foundation Hawai‘i; 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 (Guinness Book of World Records).
Ticket prices include:
- $399 – VIP experience includes reserved stage front seating, access to VIP lounge with complimentary bar and cuisine from Chef Chai, environmentally friendly facials and massages from Beauty Bar, gift bags, a meet and greet with artists, and music by DJ Lethal (House of Pain and Limp Bizkit) and DJ Big Daddy Carlos
- $199 – Terrace Level reserved front stage seating, gift bags, shave ice and cotton candy
- $149 – Terrace Level reserved seating
- $69 – General AdmissionLawn
“Growing up in Hawai‘i, I have always had a spiritual connection to these islands, particularly to the ocean,” said Carlos Adley, 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 Hawai‘i, 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 Ocean Aid team consists of notable environmental activists, educators and entertainment industry powerhouses. On the board of directors are Jim Reding, Carlos Adley, Ava Berman, and Campbell Farrell. Serving on Ocean Aid’s advisory board are Kahi Pacarro, Michael Chugg, Ken Kragen, Captain Hayden Smith, Captain Charles Moore, Hannah Bernard, Deborah Bassett, Mark Schulman, Hank Cohen, Brandon Friesen, and Stuart Coleman.
For more information about Ocean Aid Hawai‘i and concert updates, go to www.oceanaidhawaii.org. Follow Ocean Aid on Facebook @OceanAidFest, Twitter @ocean_aid or Instagram @ocean_aid.
About Ocean Aid Hawai‘i / Love The Sea
Ocean Aid Hawai‘i is an initiative of Love The Sea, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports a local and global network of ocean stewards, working towards the eradication of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, achieved through effective direct action, innovative educational outreach and strategic policy making campaigns that mitigate the prolific use of plastics plaguing our local and global environment. www.lovethesea.org
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