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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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Awesome voice rip
iwp8
This song is amazing
real life G.Baby You have a dilemma here two heart there's. And mine how deal all this
R.I.P Israel
vikingsrule7
RIP IZ.
I love this song :)
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Say a school day
Say your name
Open your hand post this in 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out.
Amazing song! Such great talent. God bless his beautiful life! I love many other artist like him, to me it's better than raggae though I love both.
decemberdrea m 4 7
Love this song and this guy God bless know he's singing in heaven
All of you haters out there for this man stop it if he was not born we would not have this AWSOME song!!! So haters stop it now!!!!!!
Powerwindow1 2 7 7 we do not need to know your age
God bless you u were such a nice man
Rest in peace an may u sing happily up in heaven p.s. I am only 12 yrs old
On our way to Vegas on a rainy day over the rainbow we see the blue skies as we drive under the beautiful rainbow once in Love!
Such a gentle voice and gentle man was he!!!
Sad how our greatest talents leave at such young ages.
❤❤❤
gmkroetz
You are so peaceful
Hey say that to were he is not in a chat please I love this song and all the other albums but please! Not in a chat he cant read your words but he can here them
I wish you never died. Amazing voice.
God bless.
devinscott7
god bless you
devinscott7
iz you songs come from the heart you have a buituful voice
devinscott7
i crying im sad he died r.i.p. iz
devinscott7
i am son of mcanalloy family I am 10 r.i.p IZ
This is a amazing song I sooooooooooo o sad and hope he rests in peace I fell so bad for his poor family
This is the best song ever
Rest In Peace Israel IZ Kamakawiwo'o l e you have amazing songs and an amazing voice god bless you
kaleigh.fitz g e r a l d 7
You are a truly amazing person with an amazing voice God bless
I LOVE your songs aré from the hart
emailmiki2
Beautiful song! I love it so much!
One of my favorite songs.
Isreal IZ mi favorito cantadora el estas en los manos de nuestra padre Jesus Cristo
Rest in peace
god bless him and his soul.
I love IZ he was the greatest
❤ This song . See u there IZ
laura.johnso n 2 0 0 7
IZ HAD A BEAUTIFUL VOICE, A LOVELY VOICE~HE ENCOURAGED LOVE. GOD BLESS IZ
Beautiful voice Such a great song. He did it very well. May he rest in peace such a sad loss. May GOD BLESS HIM.
abanks20114
Obesity sadly kills!
nmt1958
We will be there together someday...
citlalialvar a d o 2 0
His music gives me hope so much hope
citlalialvar a d o 2 0
Love you song over the rainbow so sad makes me cry such a nice song
You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you started reading this so don't stop. If you don't post this on five other songs you will die. Post the 5 songs in the next 143 minutes and your lovers name will show up on the screen in big letters. This is scary but it actually works.
Phenomenal tune makes my heart melt such a sweet song
❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
fuzzduckie
First time I heard this song was on an episode of ER the one where Dr Greene died. Beautiful then and beautiful now.
Dont read this cause it works u will be kissed on friday by ur love and if u dont repeat this in 2 day u will die and post in 5 songs in 143 minutes
hardyar249
The first. Time I heard this song it was in high school.an my English 2 class he all ways play it a lot good song. Never get old
I love love love Israel 'IZ' Kamakawiwo'o l e ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
His music gives me hope :)
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