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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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Amazing is the only way to describe it
Aloha Brother IZ
Life is hard braddahs and sistahs.
But if u guys have time to come to Hawaii. Go to Waianae for his statue in his honor
Israel way did you di
R.I.P he has a soothing and peaceful voice
Why why!!!!!!!!! Why him :(
If we could all love the way his music portrays we'd live a much better life.
RIP;(
Wah!!!!!!!
ellarose0808
Somewhere over the rainbow I'll see you 'IZ' R.I.P :-(
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
What a wonderful song.
makes me tear up & Im 53
♡♡☺beautiful
Wow this song is amazing
flydiamnd
He is so good why did he have to die
emetcalf1
such a wonderful song.
Love your music and u R.I.P. Israel
Why do all the good musicians/ce l e b r i t i e s ALWAYS have to die? It's so sad :( Music will always be remembered though. :)
I love this song
Rainbow is still special to me. Have you painted one, yet? Would love to see sometime. God Bless You, my precious one.
No one will forget this song I love it
For my Biffy! ;)'
julie.salmon d
No one will forget this song ever it's sooo nice to listen to
Hawaii will miss you
cuz1967
love it, miss iz, play more
Fenomenal!!! . . .
I miss u IZ your the greatest singer in Hawaii.
Always think of my mom when I hear this song!!! Miss you mom !
This is such a beautiful song. You can't help but be drawn to a happier place. Close your eyes...hear the water feel the breeze and the love.
Beautiful! I love this. The first time I heard it was on 50 first dates... I love this.
ellarose0808
R.I.P over the rainbow...
This sing makes me cry
My life's deem is to go to Hawaii,sit on a cliff with my lover,watch the sun set while listening to this beautiful song...
Such A Entertainer To lose, How sad. Great music.
This is my favorite song and it always will be it's amazing
It doesnt matter what kind of mood im in, or what has happened during the day... this song always makes me happy !!!! :-)
E
Music!
Awesome!
209c.perez
Iz is still here
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summitstreet
Beautifully sung harmonies.. the best!!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in 143 min. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
:,(
R.I.P
so sad he died I love this song this is the best makes me sad and HAPPY ); RIP IZ

Sad he is gone made some pretty good music RIP dude
I've always wanted to meet him it sucks he passed away ������
I miss you you had to go"wails me
ellarose0808
I guess I'm crying...
ellarose0808
Maybe it does make meh cry I'm doing it ;-(
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