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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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woodenmonkey s
henry, what are u talking about
Sing in heaven for us bro..God gave us a good voice to listen to for the short time you spent here....
Bra! Seriously! Love your music! Too bad he died. I met him when I was 2 years old.
Some where over the rainbow...I' l l see you. I'll live my life, I'll live it how I want of course...but . . w h e n its my time to go, I'll see you.....over the rainbow.
literally the best Hawaiian song ever.
GO IZ!
GO IZ!
IZ go in heaven, you can go rock god`s world`s
209c.perez
Shooooots bra love it
henry.a.barn e s
Seriously? You consider someone saying, "Yuck" bullying? Grow the hell up and stop being a p**sy. Criticizatio n is not bullying. Just cause they didn't do anything to her doesn't mean she can't have a negative opinion about anything, you soft-skinned little b**ch. And "you won't tolerate it" REALLY? Last i checked you can't do anything about it.
Brads iz is DA best even if his not here in person. Aloha cuz
Iz is an inspiring person god bless him he is playing in heaven now
iphoneios9
I met him once and he had a sweet heart. Love his music. Carry on in heaven my brother
Long live IZ you were amazing
Ummmmm not the best song but still rainbow is better
R.I.P....IZ
I. Loooooove. It
He is the most amazing person am has an amazing voice...he is beautiful and lovely god bless him!
Israel Kamakawiwo'o l e has an amazing. God Bless.
c_beckwith: if all you are going to do is CRITICIZE people who didn't do ANYTHING to you.… then I suggest just not commenting if you can't control yourself! I HATE bullying, and will NOT tolerate it… and if you don't think its bullying, well it seems pretty one sided to me. Don't you think? I have dealt with enough bullying in my lifetime and it's not even half over. Now, DONT BULLY!!!!!!! Looks like somebody never paid attention in steps to respect… (aka thats you)
Such a great voice. He is singing in Heaven now with that beautiful voice
Somewhere over the rainbow
mbir2
One of heaven greatest men
mbir2
Inspiring for everyone
Simple strumming ukulele
R.I.P.
Astonishing voice
Epic backstory
Loving calm man
So calming
c_beckwith
yuck :<
Such a beautiful voice
RIP big fella
It makes me feel relaxed it is an amazing song
gingerbroone r
this young man was an amazing singer, such a beautiful voice. Iz must be singing in heaven, even now.
They played the over the rainbow/ what a wonderful world at our 8th grade graduation <3 once a gold trail blazer always a gold trail blazer <3
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shantayt3012
Somewhere over the rainbow...<3 Hope. Love. Joy. Him.
Amazing is the only way to describe it
Aloha Brother IZ
Life is hard braddahs and sistahs.
But if u guys have time to come to Hawaii. Go to Waianae for his statue in his honor
Israel way did you di
R.I.P he has a soothing and peaceful voice
Why why!!!!!!!!! Why him :(
If we could all love the way his music portrays we'd live a much better life.
RIP;(
Wah!!!!!!!
ellarose0808
Somewhere over the rainbow I'll see you 'IZ' R.I.P :-(
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
What a wonderful song.
makes me tear up & Im 53
♡♡☺beautiful
Wow this song is amazing
flydiamnd
He is so good why did he have to die
emetcalf1
such a wonderful song.
Love your music and u R.I.P. Israel
Why do all the good musicians/ce l e b r i t i e s ALWAYS have to die? It's so sad :( Music will always be remembered though. :)
I love this song
Rainbow is still special to me. Have you painted one, yet? Would love to see sometime. God Bless You, my precious one.
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