Hawaii artist Tavana will release a never-before-seen music video of “Plastic Island” featuring Paul Izak off his fifth full-length album Sway, on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 10 a.m. HST in partnership with environmental non-profits, Surfrider Foundation and Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation’s Plastic Free Hawai‘i program. Tune in to watch the premiere on YouTube and Facebook. A teaser of the official music video can be viewed HERE.
Inspired by former manager Al Smith’s passion for spearheading beach clean-ups, Tavana felt motivated to write a piece highlighting Hawaii’s plastic problem. His goal in writing the song was to unite listeners in the realization of how serious the plastic pollution issue is not only in Hawaii but throughout the world.
“Hawaii sits in the middle of the North Pacific Gyre. We are essentially the North Pacific’s collection area for plastic,” explained Lauren Blickley, Hawaii Regional Manager at Surfrider Foundation. “In the past, our beaches were comprised of natural materials like driftwood and shells. Today, many of these natural materials have been replaced with plastic – a material that is responsible for the large-scale pollution of our ocean and environment.”
Tavana’s vision for “Plastic Island” was to create a stop-motion animated film in which objects are physically moved in small increments and captured one frame at a time. To achieve this, Tavana partnered with Hawaii-based collective Three Tree Creative and multi-dimensional artist Charles-Antoine Vallieres. The organic partnership between all creative parties resulted in a revolutionary music video aimed