The Waikiki Shell will be filled with the sounds of funk, hip-hop, reggae and Hawaiian music on April 30 when it hosts a festival dedicated to combating plastic pollution in the ocean, Ocean Aid Hawaii.
The outdoor music and arts festival has taken the motto "Love the Sea, Plastic Free," and performers will include CeeLo Green, Grandmaster Flash, Bootsy Collins, Maxi Priest, Henry Kapono and Fishbone. Proceeds from the festival will go to Love The Sea and its partner environmental organizations including Surfrider Foundation, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, and Hawaii Wildlife Fund.
"Our team is thrilled to bring this amazing one-day concert experience to Hawaii to raise awareness of plastic and marine debris," Campbell Farrell, co-creator of Ocean Aid Hawai'i, said in a statement. "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."
Stand-up comedian Steve Byrne will be one of the hosts for the evening, and the program includes several speakers and awards presentations touching on environmental issues. There will also be interactive art installations, marine debris sculptures, food trucks, hula and haka dance performances, wrestling exhibitions, and an attempt to set the Guinness Book of World Records mark for largest drum circle at a charity festival.
Ocean Aid Hawaii is produced by Love the Sea, a nonprofit organization supporting ocean stewardship and specifically targeting the eradication of plastic pollution.
The Ocean Aid Hawaii concert takes place April 30 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., gates open at 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $69. For more information visit www.oceanaidhawaii.org