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Jason Mraz shares tales from "I'm Yours" Hawaii video shoot

Jason_Mraz_Hawaii_videoBanzai Skate Park, Oahu (1:06)
Mraz thumbs a ride from a couple of guys in a pick-up truck who take him to the little-known skateboard park on Oahu’s North Shore.

Mraz: “The pick-up came from the generous guys (in the truck) who wanted to take us to the skate park. I met them only minutes before thumbing a ride in the back of their jalopy.”

Doane: “Mitchell (last name unknown) and (Mark) Partain are the two guys that pick Jason up. Partain is sort of a legendary old school backyard pool skater. That’s the real entrance we take into the park. You enter through the bushes. There are no markers. You’ve just got to know where it is.”

Mraz: “This may have been the hardest shot of the day because it was the first spot where I had to sing in public. The place was full of kids and they were all shredding. I hadn’t skated in years and didn’t want to give the wrong impression of being there. Luckily, the team I was with took over the pool and rode it like no one I’d ever seen.”

Jason_Mraz_Hawaii_videoMaunawili Falls, Oahu (1:45)
Mraz hops in the back of yet another late model pick-up truck, this time with a trio of girls. The waterfall, on Oahu's windward side, was suggested by the girl he's seen conversing with at the skate park—a North Shore resident he and Doane had just met.

Doane: “It was a drive from the North Shore to the falls, and then quite a hike up to the falls. I remember thinking it was going to be easy. But it was work going up because it had just rained and it was wet, muddy and slippery. When we got the footage back, though, it was worth it.”

Mraz: “This was the best part of the day. Everyone who wanted to simply hang out to watch the shoot had to make the steep hour-long hike through the mud to prove themselves worthy of being in our company.” (Laughs.)

Doane: “When we got to the actual falls, there were about 30 or 40 people who were just there to swim. People started recognizing Jason and came up and asked what he was doing.”

Mraz: “We caused a traffic jam with the music. But luckily, most people knew the song and were willing to be in the video.”

Doane: “‘I’m Yours’ hadn’t been released, but everyone there already knew the song. It was just taking off in Hawaii. So we just went for it.”

Mraz: “We only had time for one jump before we had to hike out. I only went halfway up (the falls). One of the girls went to the top. Next time, I’ll go for it."

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