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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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R.I.P we will remember you... You won't be forgotten. Also say hi to Robin Williams :)

You inspired me to write music and sing. But your in a happier place now.:(
I have this on iTunes. Idk how he died bit I'm sad now :_:
Gorgeous song

rainman917
Just beautiful
damn.spam.ho l e
I am doing this for my because she is a big fan
R.I.P youre music speaks !
ms.angie0714
R.i.p so calm I love your songs
ben.mangawan g 3
you da best brodah. truly angelic....
kayleekodee
Love your music rip good kob
Rip dude love your music
a beautiful voice that will bring tears to my eyes till the day i die we miss you so much and the world is a darker place without you israel but you live on and inspire people to be better than they are.
IZ lives. The flesh could not contain the vastness of his Mana. He surfs your heart...alwa y s .
Talent comes in so many shapes and forms. T had it all in spades.
T, I remember you. t2
susan.laforc e
Miss your kiss...feel it with every song. Can't hear you enough! Houli
Eyes of Heaven and the voice of comfort and peace. IZ is now. Tears, smiles and Aloha....saf e within us all the artist and the Man.
lovely_tijua s
i just love it .. brings peace!
IZ was just 2 GREAT 4 this poor old world....... . . : ' ( : - ) :'(:-) :'(:-) :'(:-) :'(
I think IZ is the the best singer in the world
Le dónde dime sope niña IZ
eckerja01
R.I.P IZ
this is the first time i heard this song. their is so much meaning behind this song.
jlricci02
Kiss your hand
Say you're crushes name
Say your name
Pick a day
Your crush will either ask your out or kiss your on this day
feleciawilso n
Nice song. Used in quite a few movies.
feleciawilso n
Nice Song. Use in quite a few movies.
This song is so beautiful! ♡
Love IZ and he's music!!!...h e is gone ,, he's music and voice will live forever!...
I actually saw him and .eet him before he died RIP I miss ya
So inspiring!!! ! ! ! !
RIP beautiful songs though:'(
Mahalo my brahda
This song makes me sad, happy and relaxed all at the same. No matter where I am or what emotions I'm experiencing . Bless IZ....
Love u too man,ur wonderful!!w i s h you were still with us,ps lov`ya!!!
lord bless him
Beautiful. God bless his soul.
Over the rainbow ......beauti f u l . . . .
+herlinapuji 6 every one is lol
eapace2006
Over the rainbow!
his voice is so beautiful! I cannot get enough of his songs. RIP
He is beautiful
He has a beautiful voice
rlye5
Great loss! R.I.P.
Rest in love bradda IZ!!! Much Aloha<3
cnbcarroll
He die R·I·P. :(
cnbcarroll
Why did
zane182
Beautiful voice
Rest In Peace
We will all miss you! :-( RIGHT!!??
This is the best version of this song. F**k wizard of oz
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