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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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What a beautiful song.
Rock on!
Jmt
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hdjackson23
Too bad he died. :( I absolutely love his music, sometimes I even fall asleep to it. See you over the rainbow.
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This is very soothing and relaxing. May he Rest In Peace. Great stuff
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It's very sad how he died... He was a wonderful person.
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manufranchi3
I can't believe you died. I wish you never did.
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IZ. what a voice. what a person.i asked my auntie what Henehene kou aka meant. she laughed and said Oh the song Iz does? oh, jus means have fun, joke around.
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RIP IZ. See you over the rainbow.
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Jake Shimabukuro should be listed as a Similar Artist
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Right.
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Israel IZ Kamakaiwo ole Can Sing Beautiful I Love His Singing God Bless Him in Heaven
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Even though his weight is not as good as other people his music is AWESOME. I love the sound of his voice he makes feel calm
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Peace and sadness to lose such a golden voice. I am glad to have his music to remember him bt. What a legacy! His WEIGHT has NOTHING to do with his talent. Agree with the intelligent comments of mbelle76.
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mbelle76
mrbrio98 you really need to think a little more before you decide to speak. Weight loss is not an issue being as he has passed on and I would say he is just as beautiful in heaven as he was when he was here. RIP IZ you will forever be remembered and loved
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You are really fat and need to lose weight a lot!��������
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U will always be remembered because of this song : (
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Rip
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This and Louie Armstrong's version are incredible.
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micjones2014
Rip brother iz brothers under the golden sun
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This artist has one of the most beautiful voices in the world...such a loss to all of us
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U will always be remembered and ur music will also be remembered we all know ur over the rainbow!!!��
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Don't b talking s**t
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Follow for follow
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Meow Meow! I'm an internet kitty, follow me and I'll follow back.
R.I.P IZ. Hope you are over the rainbow now
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R.I.P IZ. May you certainly go over the Rainbow in heaven. ��
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His voice warms my heart :(
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shajilge







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Princess Cherry said it all! This is a beautiful song
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R.I.P. IZ, such a pretty voice
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girlpuffle
Beautiful voice we love you!
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Beautiful!
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mangoaustin1
the GENTLE GIANT what a lost to the remaining human race
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What a wonderful voice
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You are sadly missed and nobody could ever replace your sound. we all need IZ in our life
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I remember listening to this beautiful song on an episode of ER, when one of the doctors was in Hawaii with his family. He was dying from a brain tumor and they played this song as he lay in bed looking out over the water. I still cry whenever I hear it. Tell those you love, that you love them everyday!! Thecioc in CT
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R.I.P israel IZ
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Rest In Paradise Brother IZ
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redrockreno2
You were called home too soon!!! Your music carries your spirit to all those of us that listen to your angelic voice. Thank you for your magic!!!
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Kiss your left hand
Say ur crushes name
Close ur hand
Say a day
Post this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out on the day that you said
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See you over the rainbow
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Love you brother
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In your death you went over the rainbow
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Miss ya brother
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This man breaks my heart.
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RIP Iz :(
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Nice
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kickin back on Kea beach Kauai, thats his Paradise
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Over the rainbow
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The world is a powerful place, he recorded this song on a whim.. Woke up some sound engineer late at night and they recorded the song in one take. A powrful force guides us, and all the while I can't help but try and look over the rainbow. Even though one day we'll all get to see.
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When I was listening to over the rainbow in the car with my cousin on her playlist at full volume I got really really relaxed, little did I know the next song that was going to be f**king played was from Austin Powers and like 5 seconds after the last note faded away all I hear just blasting into my ear holes is "sWINGIN 60'S HERE I COME YEAH BABY" AND I SCREAMED SO LOUD
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hi123446
Now he is "over the rainbow"... R.i.p IZ. What a voice.......
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