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Israel 'IZ' Kamakawiwo'ole

The most popular entertainer in Hawaii until his tragic death in 1997, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole formed the traditional Makaha Sons as a teenager in the mid-'70s, went out on his own in more of a contemporary style by the 1990s, and released four immensely popular recordings before passing away just after the release of 1996's N Dis Life. Born in the Honolulu suburb of Kaimuki, Kamakawiwo'ole later moved to nearby Makaha. In allegiance to his new home, Israel formed the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau with brother Skippy plus Louis "Moon" Kauakahi, Sam Gray and Jerome Koko. The Makaha Sons recorded No Kristo in 1976 and released five more albums during as many years, though Skippy's death of a heart attack in 1982 came as quite a blow to his younger brother. The group soldiered on, and became Hawaii's most popular traditional group with breakout albums like 1984's Puana Hou Me Ke Aloha and its follow-up, 1986's Ho'ola.

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole decided to begin recording on his own with 1990's Ka 'Ano'i, which became the most popular Hawaiian album of the year. Though he continued his solo career, by 1991 he had recorded with the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau again, and that year's Makaha Bash 3 set still more records in Hawaii, thanks in part to the single "Broken Promise." Another Makaha LP, Ho'oluana, appeared in 1992, though it was the last with Israel. His second solo effort, Facing Future, appeared in 1993, and 1995's E Ala E featured a reunited duet with Skippy, thanks to studio technology. Israel continued to win awards and sell very well with 1996's N Dis Life, but his ballooning weight problem (at times, he weighed over 750 pounds) caused his early death at the age of 38. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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i love braddah iz rip my brotha
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calvinbraud
R.I.P. Brother 'IZ'
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209c.perez
Good vibes bro wish you were here
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His voice always bring rainbows in my tears Rest In Paradise IZ :-)
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He will forever be in people's hearts all over the world. RIP Israel 'IZ'
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Great singer... RIP IN PARADISE
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Absolutely beautiful song!! Always loved and still love this song
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Sound like an Angel singimg
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You died to sing to the lord and the angels
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gpatel80
What a great voice and great song. RIP IZ
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solarlensnyc
I hope you are resting in peace somewhere over the rainbow... Beautifully spirited voice.
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My grandkids go to sleep to his songs my old granddaughte r cry when I told her that he die . She want to meet him and tell him that he a great singer and she right he is and he will be miss so thank you for your music . And now sing with the Angels now.
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kcclark665
You are a great person your voice is cawm and your a great sing R.I.P
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bretlynes
You died because you were good
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When I was little this song was the song that make me sleepy because it is so peace full
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bob55148
Iz you speak the truth when you sing you laugh and speak I always hear and feel aloha when you spirit is with me in the moment your beauty lives
With in all of us

Thank you for the dignity of your presence
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Love his voice! ��
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pasoamour
If he were still alive I would come to where his concert was and enjoy him and his music. Love it and listen to it daily.
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au_otsped
SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL , HEART-FULL, AND SOULFUL
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The greatest
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Awesome talent gone way too soon
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Such a great singer
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He will always be amazing ��
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aeonsablaze
This is one of those times that I wish you could thumbs up more than once.
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ggonzalez033 0
He is amazing! R.I.P big guy...����
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scott.bailie 2
L ::
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kcclark665
Cry's :(�� soo sad he died I want my mommy
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kcclark665
:( uhhhhh I'm just gonna go to sleep right now bye
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Heavenly voice R.I.P
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maliksmomtas i a
To sduey6... No Aloha! What is Aloha? It's something that costs nothing but everyone can benefit from. It's love, compassion, and humilty. Sad that you never experienced it or share it. Because that guy you called fat has a name, his name is IZ. He shared and lived Aloha thru his music. That music lives on even in his death. That is his contribution to the world. What are you contributing to this life other than the negativity? Two words for you. LIVE ALOHA!!!!
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Wow it's like he uses auto-tune!!! He's voice is heaven! Hope you keep singing over the rainbow in heaven!
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Warms my heart
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So sad that you died I love your music
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I hope you are happily walking over the rainbow now Iz. Your music is so good ������������
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Very good
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Rest In Peace Big IZ
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Love him!!❤️
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HAWAIIAN IZ LOVE HIM MISS HIM ALOHA MY BROTHER.
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msholling
Love his voice
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I don't know any of his songs
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I love him
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thebusstrio
"somewhere over the rainbow."
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He makes my world a better place in my brain and calms me down when I'm feeling bad... ���� his death makes me sad because his songs are sooooo peaceful
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I've been listening to him for as long as I can remember I want my kids to appreciate him the way I did
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He was one of the best people In this world cuz he brought peace to me when I was just about to leave.. I respect Israel.
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Thank God this dude, who I don't know, was able to showcase he's talent. Cuz I'm really digging he's music.
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auntroro81
I would love to dedicate this beautiful song to everyone, my advice is too love all of your loved ones! Because we are not promised tomorrow, cherish those around You, also be there to encourage them!;))
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