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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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Wow his voice is really amazing..... . . a n d this song makes you feel so many emotions.... . . L O V E IT!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
andres28238
LOVE LOVE LOVE IT
mizzmoon.smi t h
hey this is a really good song
Did he say kids and spaghetti?
He is right it is a wonderful world
I wish he was still a live
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this song makes me so sad and happy at the same time
They are both enjoying heaven together now
My dad loved IZ and we played this song at his funeral along with the regular what a wonderful world. :) I miss and love my dad and this song so much because it reminds me so much of my daddy.
This song is absolutley amazing!
love the song over the rainbow !!!!!! amazing
IZ Lives! His music carries his spirit through our mortal world forever.
At my grandpa's funeral, we played the song, "Over the Rainbow". Even though the funeral was over 5 years ago, the song makes me emotional every time.
mzmesui
Love your songs
zaypantoja16
I made a mistake. You'll forever be in our heart bro
zaypantoja16
You Will forever in out heart bro rip
What great legacy, this song. R. I. P.
devonbaker20 0 1
RIP
worthfamily6
Love this song so much and R.I.P IZ
R.I.P IZ you will never be forgotten , your in a better place now , if you make fun of him your a hater that has no life R.I.P enjoy your stay in heaven :,)
Love IZ
I hope he is a man of God cause this dude is a a angel
mickngris
nice voice
Beautiful song
kcmcomix
R.I.P IZ, your music will live on :)
abbayaney11
i can't tell you how much this song makes me inspired
:) :)

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@treyniedo (baby IZ)...kind of disturbing for an 11 yr old to think of a funeral song....but since you probably look like a baby IZ and eat fast food and spam it is in the back of your mind.....don ' t worry you won't have very long to wait......
Lunar Eclipse
R.I.P all people in heaven amen <3
Too bad he died :(
Why is this song so amazing?!?! Its so beautiful and I kind of wish people would Do covers of them not that the covers are bad its just this song is so awesome the way it is
Yes it is
I totally agree with u treniedo!!! THIS GUY IS AWESOME!!!!! !
THIS guy can sing somewhere over the rainbow i want this played at my funiral even thow im 11 years old i have a long way to go.
Love song even thou I haven't seen movie
Anyone hear the breathing when he was just playing the ukulele....• .
He's so larg but looks so fancy :)
Have fun making music and surfing with bob Marley and queen Liliuokalani in heaven. R.I.P
R.I.P.
XD everyone complain about how fat he is
F**king beautiful, love this version heard it a few days back and now I'm addicted to it. Rip big man!
R.I.P~IZ fair well :(
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Great version of over the rainbow
JAVI Kapono Pantoja TRU BRAHDA ALOHA TO DA OHANA
if the guy had done heroin instead of cheesebergur g e r s we'd been seeing him on the cover of TIME
abbarker5
Yes he was fat! But who cares he was a nice guy and made great music! R.I.P IZ
A person's weight has nothing to do with anything at all. You are completely irrelevant.
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