A couple of weeks ago I proclaimed that Bruno Mars was already arguably Hawaii's most successful musical export of all-time. Well, let me backtrack a bit and give some props to a gentleman who is right up there with the Mars man, and that's Jack Johnson. Not only does Johnson continually hit the top of the charts with his CDs and songs, but he also does things in a helpful yet humble and cool way as he meanders along.
His recent effort to ensure that local fans got to buy tickets for his upcoming August 1st Waikiki Shell concert before scalpers and others jumped in was a class move. His appearance at Mililani Ike Elementary School last week was yet another example of his subtle, laid back, yet valuable efforts to entertain and educate, as he spoke about his Kokua Hawaii Foundation and his pitch to focus on the environmental three R's- reduce, reuse, and recycle. Not complex, but surely noteworthy and not heavy-handed or objectionable. The Foundation's recycling efforts in Hawaii's classrooms have doubled in size, as 29 schools now actively participate.
What a concept, doing good by doing things well in an entertaining manner. Mililani Ike actually earned Johnson's singing appearance by doing a great job recycling bottle caps. Teaching our keiki that it's cool to be conscious of our environment by taking simple steps to help ensure a greener future is yet another example of Johnson's genuine jones to make a difference. And when it comes to making a difference locally and elsewhere, Jack's at the top of the charts. Long may he reign as he helps us eliminate acid rain. Instead of just "sitting, waiting, wishing", Johnson continues to prove that he's not some "flake", but rather is "good people" who is making things "better together" because there's "no other way". P.S.- those are a few of his song titles… think about it.