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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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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
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!!
MGOMGOMGOMGO G M O G M G M O M G O G M O HE IS SO FAT!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
What a beautiful voice so sad he died
his voice is priceless.. bless his family and his fans...
This was the song this guy who liked me sang to me!!❤️������
What a wonderful voice
Is there an agt in heaven?
So sad....
katie.leslie
So Sad:(
He's dead
katie.leslie
IZ IZ AMAZING!!!!
His songs never get old
R.i.p
I
Rest in peace iz
mgalexa1
Amazing that his music is still gaining followers 20-30 years later. Such a mellow sound, relaxing.
So sad R.I.P IZ we miss you so much
it's so calming and I just relax and all the tension I'm feeling just dissapafes
rip

sooooo talented
So much talent. Such a beautiful voice.
Great artist..
All I can say is thank you
diane.walsh5 3 6 4
Love this version & yes it sometimes makes me weepy.
So sad to know that he is no longer here on earth to share his beautiful soul w/ all to hear
I love this song it makes me cry love it
forestgrovek e n y o n
this is the only version of this song worth listening to.
forestgrovek e n y o n
this is the only version of this song worth listening too.
I was born in Hawaii moved when I was 8 this was the only version of somewhere over the rainbow I knew when I heard the original when I was like 9 something like that this is sooo much better than the original. R.I.P IZ
Love this song
My teacher used to sing us all of his songs to us before she died
kjdeweese
He's dead waaaaaa
Best song ever
this song reminds me of my best friend Nate Wilkinson aka mr. dudha
Very good song
Very good son
I've never heard this song more peaceful than this guy. May he forevermore R.I.P.
Play this more
noeldfitz
I find somewhere over the rainbow calming so I just like being calm
Some were over the rain bow
I like to sing this song to my grandma R.I.P ��
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