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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Wonderful World

1. What A Wonderful World (2007)

2. 'ama'ama (2007)

3. Henehene Kou 'aka (2007)

4. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (2007)

5. E Ku'u Morning Dew (2007)

6. White Sandy Beach (2007)

7. Kaleohano (2007)

8. Ka Huila Wai (2007)

9. 'opae E (2007)

10. Ke Alo O Iesu (2007)

11. 'ulili E (2007)

12. A Hawaiian Like Me (2007)

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Track List: Iz The Man And His Music

1. Ahi Wela

2. E Ku'u Morning Dew

3. Kamalani

4. Kaleohano

5. Margarita

6. "This Hawaiian Man" Intro

7. Chant

8. E Ala E

9. Henehene Kou 'aka

10. Lover Of Mine

11. White Sandy Beach

12. 'opae E

13. N Dis Life

14. Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man

15. Hawai'i '78

16. Hawai'i Aloha

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Track List: E Ala E

1. E Ala E

2. 'Ulili E

3. Kaleohano

4. He Hawai`I Au

5. Tnegoku Kara Kaminari (Thunder From Heaven)

6. Kamalani

7. Aloha Ka Manini

8. Maui Medley

9. Hele On To Kauai

10. Kaua'i Beauty

11. Theme From Gilligan's Island

12. I Ke Alo O Iesu

13. A Hawaiian Like Me

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Track List: Facing Future

1. Hawai'i '78 Introduction

2. Ka Huila Wai

3. 'Ama'ama

4. Panini Pua Kea

5. Take Me Home Country Road

6. Kuhio Bay

7. Ka Pua U'i

8. White Sandy Beach Of Hawai'i

9. Henehene Kou 'Aka

10. La 'Elima

11. Pili Me Ka'u Manu

12. Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man

13. Kaulana Kawaihae

14. Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World

15. Hawai'i '78

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Track List: In Dis Life

1. Hi'ilawe

2. In This Life

3. Wai`Alae

4. Starting All Over Again

5. Living In A Sovereign Land

6. 'opae E

7. Aloha Ku'u Pua

8. Johnny Mahoe

9. Lover Of Mine

10. Yokozuna

11. Na Ka Pueo/Keyhole Hula

12. The Fly

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Track List: Ka 'ano'i

1. Margarita

2. Coney Island Washboard Woman

3. Kainoa

4. Ka Na'i Aupuni

5. I'll Be There / Warren's Song

6. Men Who Ride Mountains

7. Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World

8. Hanohano O Cowboy

9. Sea Of Love

10. You Don't Know Me

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Love this song ��
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One of my favorite songs of all time and one amazing song in general
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why was he named Israel? is that his given name or did he pick it?
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if u like this version check out the one by the now deceased eva cassidy
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jrobertsjsr
Dsims767 y u do dis to IZ
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That does not have anything to do with israel
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Be quiet dsims767 that is not real
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I feel bad that he died
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Don't read this . You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is so freaky ! But if you read this and ignore it , you will get bad luck. Post this on 15 songs in 143 mins. When your done , press the space bar and your crush's name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky!
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I wish that I soled a recored
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hlub0125004
Absolutely love this song/version !
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This guy IZ writes beautiful music and speaks to UA through his songs
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I remember hearing this version on the medical show ER when character Mark Greene passed away played by Anthony Edwards a very sad episode.
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Sin duda ....el me encanta !!
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Don't feel bad for Iz because he died. He wouldn't want that. He spoke to us through his music then and still does now. Much love big Iz.
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I love this <3 he inspires me with music and helps me get over some hard times when i hear this
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I love Iz music, he was a blessing to the Hawaiian community. He left with his beautiful music. He is very much missed.
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This is a awesome song it is really inspirationa l I did this song for the talent show: ) his music was awesome we all miss him especially me
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eric.zippro1
I really meant to say hi is is Kate McDonald talking to you and so forth
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eric.zippro1
His is Kate McDonald talking I really like heavens desire writing and also passage that I kinda read
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It's 4/20/16 lol but anyways this song reminds me of my grandma
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perfect song for when your down and blue
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Such a sweet voice...such a tragic loss :(
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Making my bad days happier. We miss you.
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4nickmercado
Sweet voice angelic
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I'm his number 1 fan!
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been there twice..luv the sweet smells of foliage....
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Can we start Iz is love Iz is life ❤️❤️
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He's better than Dorothy from the wizard of oz!!! No songs beat his!
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His songs live on . Our whole family enjoy all his songs. I'm sure heaven is enjoying his gift of singing.
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moniquevt
Poor Iz! I feel bad for him because of his death!

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tandcwhite
It just moves me��������
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ldam69
Love you. Miss you Aunt Sandi.♡♥
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hansolog
Just lovely
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I love this song it is peaceful,
colorful,
Thank you

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Such an inspirationa l man takes words out of my mouth��
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His voice just puts me in another world and it helps me forget the stress in my life. Hawaii is a very special place for me and he helps me remember it's beauty. It's a shame that he has passed, but his music will live on forever. Aloha
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We played his sweet music for my baby nephew. It's the sweetest lullaby.
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Hi








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I've loved this song it's one my website at keona@usopro d u c t i o n s . c o m
Find me its my life my dad put it together so check it out
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I am praying for you Marilyn...an d your mother...be well.
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This is such peaceful music.
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leaveno11
I almost brnd my salf
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I hope you are ok Marilyn.
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jenblank33
Marilyn, I'm so sorry about your mom. This song can be both happy and sad. Mahalo, IZ.
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I prayed for you marilynhargr a v e 6 and your mother
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prismrock1
Voice of an angel.....
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My mother is dying on mainland pray for her my father passed in 93 Born Honolulu Hawaii .I sit In Hawaii big island (MT.View ) IZ make's my heart smile when it hurts (please pray for us I'm scared I have her and only her) ALOHA ( take time to tell a loved one you love them ).
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He's somewhere over the rainbow. R.I.P
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