It was an acoustic, good-natured preview of what's in store for
"I grew up in
This time around, Johnson and band will be looking for "an acoustic feel" at the Waikiki Shell, he said, with guest acts, if any, yet to be decided on.
"I'm excited to play at the Shell for the first time and not have to think about hosting a festival," he said.
Smiling widely at the kids during the show, posing for photos with student council leaders and teachers, and waving to youthful fans on the playground, Johnson was tanned and relaxed, wearing slippers, shorts and a T-shirt.
He sang standing with his guitar, congratulating the kids for clapping along -- "Good job!"
Afterward, he talked about his upcoming show and environmental efforts, including a bottle cap recycling challenge that won the Mililani kids this show.
All proceeds from Johnson's concerts in
"Our existing programs are growing," said
"We're trying to empower our kids by showing that you can make a difference. ... Planting a garden, riding your bike -- that's what resonates with children."
At the school,
"Reduce, reuse, recycle ... 3, it's a magic number."
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