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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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Thankyou for your gift IZ, me and a lot of other people will always remember you!�� R.I.P, I also hope your with the bluebirds!
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I am gonna play this song in memory of you IZ
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18jredeaux
Rip
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IZ... I sure wish I'd have known you. Here is an "I LOVE YOU" shout out, across the Rainbow; the Universe to where you are:) ~ I sure wish this Earth was populated with more Beautiful souls like you. I'd surely be a much more of a... Beautiful "World"~ Frankie girl ��
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It is somewhere over the rainbow, and I know it's freaking awesome.
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love u
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rip iz
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Go to happy music to lift the spirit high ~~God bless your amazing talent! Rest in peace bro! The world loves you, Patricia ❤️
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This music mates me happy
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When I want to relax "IZ" is a great place to start.
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christybuc3
IZ
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This music makes me happy!��
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A diamond in our hearts. Makes me smile.
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Hi Big fella! =)
It's been a while since I've taken a moment to listen to you.
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I almost cry every time I hear this
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alessiab2007
When I'm done listening I thumbed
Up EVERY SINGLE SONG well from IZ
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alessiab2007
God bless him
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alessiab2007
I LOVE IZ
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Beautiful. Even after his death, he is very well loved and highly spoken of in the Hawaiian Islands. This will be played at my Vow Renewal Ceremony. .I love his music...RIP BIG IZZY
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i love this song it puts me in a trance follow for follower
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ej Love the music Its can take you away...
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carlinevandy
You suck
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csprague222
Faf
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csprague222
Aide
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csprague222
Bus
Bus
Bus
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loissroka
IZ Over the Rainbow is lovely. Why don't I hear more of your music?? Even in Hawiian language i'm sure we would enjoy.
ps: I'm sure SP is not correct for Hawiian�����
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abigail10g
Really great but doesn't really sound anything like Taylor swift (was on Taylor swift radio)??
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He's great!!
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heatherbrown 8
So... Like the song... But what's it doing on one direction radio?
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This song is so special to me. I used at my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary Party with Memory Video. Everyone was in tears. It was a Fabulous Tribute to my Mom and Pop. That was a great day!!! I love you Mom and Dad Rest in Peace and I will see you again one of these days God Bless You!!!!!
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klynn172000
IZ is the BEST
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klynn172000
.thise song makes fell soooo culm love the the song the man is soooo nice....
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Heard this song the first time a couple of months ago and love IZ's version. Great voice and you can hear the emotions in his singing. IZ did Louis Armstrong proud. Anyone that can give me more info on IZ and his music would be appreciated.
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Not true about the park closing due to politics it turned into a meth head hang out
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R.i.p. Love ur voice u bring me peace when I need it
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I love your song over the rainbow ����
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Hi Israel iz kamakawiwo u aré a good single i love It
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This songs is the type of song were when your little you just think of it as a lalybye but once you get older you relies how sentimental
This song really is :)
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Omg I love this song so much! When I fist heard this song I felt so happy �� He will be missed. And he will always be remembered. He'll be able to see us from heaven and smile since he knows that we all love his song forever ������������ � R.I.P IZ ❤️����
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I love this song
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RIP IZ
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Still as amazing as the 1st time I heard him at a friend's Bar-B-Q in Waimanalo in 1995. RIP BruddahIZ.
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gypsyme3
TAKE IT EASY .. BAKERMAN by LAID BACK
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This man is one of a handful of Local entertainers who tried to bring attention to do something about the way the island invaders...o f all cultures. who are destroying the Hawaiian couture. It began with a guy named Captain Cook. It has been downhill for the true Kanakas since then.
There was a really cool location in Kapiolani Park, called the Queen Surf. It was a hub of Local entertainers and their music. Closed down because the owners would not help elect a mayor from California. Politics.
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Every time this song makes me cry and laugh
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jasifre
I miss him
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I ♡ it! :)
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jaist138
Beautiful music RIP Iz
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magdaleneleb r u n
What an amazing voice , he is truly missed :(
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