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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 IZ����
R.i.p Iz ;)
Love you isreal your music part of my ohana I have hawaiin blood in my family
tkristan
Brother IZ was and remains the spirit of the Hawaiian Islands. Sending all of my love and aloha to the ohana...
So sad....great voice!
We love you IZ, hope to see you someday in heaven
Rip iz
R.I.P IZ
Love IZ and this song!
recreologist
so quiet
n
Nice song
this is so beautiful
You wanna make lrf
Hope to see you in heaven someday iz :)
Rip Music Legend
makes me wanna cry ��
�� Believe what you wish all I know is that there is a heaven and hell and if you f**k up this life then your life after this is gonna be����
Song of hope. wish to know somebody who could read it between the lights.
Wow relaxing!!
Three comments below
Coolest guy ever is the gayest guy ever he's just Jelous that he can't sing like him some people r just haters
That guy needs to f**k off ⬇️⬇️
The bible studies really help. Just trust me.
people don't go to heaven. Do you know why? I do. When their buried their in the ground and stay there.there is no spirit to the body.the body does not go to heaven. Trust me like,NOW. Go to jw.org and fill in the request for a bible study. A Jehovah's Witness in your area will be overwhelmed with joy to study with you.Trust me they have everything.t h e y sure helped me a lot.they are really cool and generous.i met a youngster about 9 or 10 years old, and he told me very interesting things.now I'
gingerbroone r
You may say Iz is dead, but not to me. He lives in song and his beautiful voice. Hope to meet him in heaven some day.
Superstar
This guy is like a angel he always leave me surprised how good it is can't what to meat him only 11 but love him so much I would even buy his song even if it was a thousand dollars
All of you guys are talking about that IZ died. How did he die,again I'm only 10 years old, I don't know a WHOLE lot.
His death is sad
I love this song so much. It calms me down when I'm upset or mad.
It just rained there's a rainbow
gingerbroone r
This man warms my heart, every time I hear anything he sings. He must be singing in heaven right now. Thank You Lord for this beautiful man and his music.
uglycar69
Mollerfestiv a l : that is why rcrancer09 said in heaven......
...just beautiful!!! ! ! Totally fits the way i think I love this song!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
@rcrancer09 he's dead.
This is a great artist and I love his music I hope to meet him one day in heaven
IZ got it right...we feel it in our hearts, and we remember it in our head.
Es de los mejores.
pmack177
Feeling this...
Reminds me of my dad because he always said be happy because I love you =,}
Love this song is so peaceful and I am beautiful .:-)
This song reminds me of my brother....
Meldroo2 rudest person ever
R.I.p Israel u r always in our heart & yr songs r in our meomery & ur our exporting in our hearts we will miss
Y did you I x
I like the song, but it is too over played. I wish the dude was still alive.
Love this song
Lovely song ;* ;)
I think this is better the the original. Rest in peace you'll be remember in song
A shame that such talent passed so soon, may your soul have rest Israel, your legacy shall live on through song.
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