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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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tsunamioflov e 4 2
My fav Hawaiian singer. Super sad 'cause he died. :(
Such a amazing song:)
heather.harm a n n
Pooooooooooo o o o o o o p
IZ you da man
This song makes me feel bad about not appreciating what I have rip iz my god keep u safe
R.I.P IZ he is RELLY RELLY amazing you are awesome
R.I.P IZ. He was amazing.
I am also so srry that he died=(
Hi guys! Plz follow me!
gramma_kat63
So sad to loose such a wonderful voice. I just found this guy and already I've lost him. Need to find his albums!
jaqiebuttcra c k i e
R.I.P ��:(
suprjagfan5
I'll keep looking for you Over that Rainbow IZ
suprjagfan5
Frog you are an a**!
drjones1973
Frog, you're an insensitive idiot
Faty
Makalaka. Forever
So sad. Good voice. :(
R.I.P. IZ
R. I. P IZ. Hope your in Heaven with God :-)
Amazingly enchanting voice. ��
It's like injecting both happiness and sadness into one's veins, with just a song. Beautiful.
IZ's music is enjoyed all over the world. It is very sentimental
Such a sweet and simple song. You get a good feeling from it, and the song makes you think of friends and family. Very nice ��
Your songs r so amazing they made me cry R.I.P. Sorry Leonora I bet ur dad will be watching he was an amazing artist with a great voice and will never be forgotten I hope he is in a better place hope for the best
Best wishes
Live with pride and live on
All aloha my braddah, peace out
He lives on in his songs gone but not forgotten R.I.P
We love you!!! ✌�� R.I.P Rest in Peace. ✌
:,( this is so sad. He died. ������������ R e s t in Peace you beautiful singing god. Rest peacefully. Your songs will forever be in our hearts.���� ������������ � I feel so sad. �� Rest in peace. ✌������
I hope he is now in a better place and The angels are singing to him. Your voice stands out. God bless your soul.
Just recently discovered this awesome blessing to mankind. I can't get enough of his voice. So angelic. I pray he was a Christian and is singing for my mom and dad now. Thankful for the songs he left us.
this song is so bitter sweet. l love it ( RIP Isreal )
38 was too young to die. Israel, had such a beautiful voice. RIP
Rest in Peace..Gone but never forgotten. :)
great voice
beautiful <3 so sad
I'm sorry for your loss Leonora
leonoracoste l l o
Played at my dad's funeral; supposed to be played while walking me down the aisle. Always makes me cry.
READ HIS BIO SAD
Played this at my dads funeral
fancyjosh98 it makes me cry too and im living in hawaii right now :,)
His voice is just so beautiful, calm and relaxing.
solisjosue8
This song makes me want to cry
Just beautiful! Just the way a guardian angel should sound like!
Great voice! Live on in Heaven you legend!
❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
caschulze
Omg his voice is so beautiful! Hope he still sings in Heaven
Amazing voice. ;( RIP
lherrera0719
This song is so calming.He had so much talent! So sad that he died :(

R.I.P.
New him well, heart of Gold, lived O'Hana Brah you da best!!
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