Jack Johnson, Eddie Vedder and friends mark Earth Day with benefit compilation

By Laura Ferreiro

Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson has released a 13-song compilation of live performance highlights from Hawaii’s Kokua Festival featuring tracks by Eddie Vedder, Willie Nelson, Ziggy Marley, Jackson Browne and more, titled “Jack Johnson and Friends: Best of Kokua Festival.” The compilation marks the celebration of Earth Day, and benefits the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, which promotes conservation education in Hawaii.

Johnson, a native of Hawaii, has been involved in conservation and greening efforts for several years. He pointed out that the impressive array of musicians who participate in the festival all support environmental efforts in their own ways.

“All of the musicians who’ve played at the Kokua Festival have a connection to the cause and the work we are doing with the foundation,” Johnson told CNN. “The musicians themselves were a big inspiration for the foundation from the start — like how Willie Nelson runs his tour buses and trucks on biodiesel and how Eddie Vedder has been active in several environmental causes.”

All of the proceeds from sales of the album will go to the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, which Johnson says will allow it to “continue inspiring Hawaii’s next generation of environmental stewards.” Click here for more information.

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