Jack is the poster boy for island life. Strumming his guitar on his front porch, he laughs about perpetuating the stereotype that he's always barefoot. "No one is used to seeing me in shoes; I usually wear slippers (Hawaiian for flip-flops). Whenever we tour somewhere cold, my friends always say I look funny with shoes on."
When Jack is home, he tries to surf every day—before the morning scramble to get the kids off to school starts—even though that means waking up before the rest of the family to catch a few sets. (That's surfer lingo for waves.)
Jack's brother Trent shapes traditional Hawaiian surfboards from reclaimed wood (shown at left).
For his music nook (at left), Jack designed a wall to fit the piano exactly.
Bob Marley: Just put him on shuffle.
Ted Lucas: the whole album
Taj Mahal: "Farther on Down the Road"
Loudon Wainwright III: "New Paint"
Greg Brown: "Daughters"
Steve Miller Band: "The Joker"
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
And of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't add Jack's new best-of live album. Pick it up at kokuafestival.com/best/store
Secret indulgence? coffee and surfboards
Number of boards in his collection? too many to count
Favorite North Shore restaurants? Café Haleiwa and Luibueno's
Can't stop listening to? The Toronto artist Bahamas (real name: Afie Jurvanen), and also Ted Lucas
Go-to comfort food? peanut butter, bananas, and honey on a tortilla