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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: 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: Alone In Iz World

1. Mona Lisa

2. Kaleohano

3. Ulili E

4. Hanohano Wale No Na Cowboy And Ka Huila Wai

5. Hi'ilawe

6. Henehene Kou 'Aka

7. Ahi Wela / Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

8. 'Opae E

9. Starting All Over Again

10. Somewhere Over The Rainbow

11. Panini Puakea

12. La Elima

13. In This Life

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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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i'm crying
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R.I.P
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holliestockm a n
Where are u from?
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holliestockm a n
Why was he f*t?
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Don't read! now that you have started continue you will be kissed my the love of your life. Don't stop, this is freaky! But if you ignore you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 144 minutes and when you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in all caps it's creepy but it works!
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Wish I could see the big guy. To bad his time already came. Miss you IZ
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First time listening to him, what a beautiful voice!
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"And I think to myself....wh a t a WONDERFUL world...."♡♡
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I miss you Iz!!! RIP :-)
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scottlizbrum b a c k
Rest In Peace ❤️
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Great version of this song. Heard it on the medical show e/r.
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Brilliant
The most amazing voice
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I love his voice. He is so missed
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nycali12
He covers this song better than anyone ive ever heard. U will be missed brother...
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This is a wonderful song and this is by far the best rediction that I heard. My mom passed last year I miss her more than words can say. This song reflects her spirit in every way and memory I could think. She had a saying look for me in the sky I will be there looking at you sending you all my love.
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Great song, IZ
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❤️
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I am greatful to have gone to Hawaii 8/24/2014 Oahu is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
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I first heard him on the soundtrack of "Meet Joe Black" movie. He still holds records in Hawaii as the most successful "Hawaiian" artist. Tragically his brother died before him with similar circumstance s .
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He died prematurely due to obesity...we i g h i n g up to 750 lbs @ one point. He was 38. That info is str8 from his bio.
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love love love this song
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akjcarter4
This song makes me cry
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akjcarter4
He should have lived beautiful song god bless you ☺❤❤❤❤
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My son and his wife used this song in their Hawaiian wedding. Beautiful song. Brings tears to my eyes.
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mileyism
Cool man
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musicalsunsh i n e 7
It is beautiful love love love it
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IZ lives on through his music
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Love his music; would have loved to have heard more!
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I lives,his music touch. Da soul��������
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*dabs*
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ysablakeuhle s
very beautiful!
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Anyone 2016 November 14?? Great song!!
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What a beautiful song!
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I was at holy Angels when I heard this song 4 the 4th time it's cool 2 me so much sweet dream's.come true in case you don't know that's a Hospîtal
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OMG this song is soooo relaxing and nice and calm��������
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hectorrodrig u e z . b r o w n s v i l l e . t x
So self. Wish i could. Be. .so .yet. I don't know. .please. Watch. Over my little. Boo. Levi. He is artisi9. And you are a angel. So please watch over him
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The brahdda '" IZ '" for IslandZ@... Aloha to this musici.anman . . . . . . with much respect..... remembering your Vibes on the ,Ninetys,& Now @S.B. Coast & the future Is.....Totam a h l i . . . . . F o r e v e r §toke
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Over the Rainbow is for you, always. You know who you are.
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This was my grandfathers favorite song and I cry ever time I listen to this.
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We listened to him sing aver my grandmothers funeral she died in my hands
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What kind of tragic death took Isreal?
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love his voice - soothing and great singer... blessings in heaven IZ
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This guy makes the most amazing music. Really makes you appreciate what you have, and just feel good.
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Wow, these songs make me so happy. My fave is What a Wonderful World, (I think that's what it's called) Also, known as Somewhere over the Rainbow
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annieandoliv e
Love you bruddah. Hope to see you one day.
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This was my elementary school graduation song. That was almost 10 years ago. It makes me sad when i pick up ny nephews from that school because they said they were going to close that school next year :'( I have so many childhood memories. Most of my best friends that ive known since kindergarden moved away.
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How could those who loved him not step in and stage an intervention long before he ballooned up to 750 lbs? When you get that big, others have to prepare your meals. His knees had to be shot to hell. Somebody literally murdered him by preparing unhealthy meals for him to eat.
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Fighting for the person I love. This song sent me into tears.
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joshua.j.sch a i b l e
I love this song my mom and dad sang this song all the time. It's ashamed he past away. But I know he is in a better place now��
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