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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: Iz The Man And His Music

1. Ahi Wela

2. E Ku'u Morning Dew

3. Kamalani

4. Kaleohano

5. Margarita

6. "This Hawaiian Man" Intro

7. Chant

8. E Ala E

9. Henehene Kou 'aka

10. Lover Of Mine

11. White Sandy Beach

12. 'opae E

13. N Dis Life

14. Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man

15. Hawai'i '78

16. Hawai'i Aloha

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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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What a great singer song writer iz your music reminds me of better days and lifts me up when bad weather a head in this short life we have like when my good Hawaiian friend Robert cornneil from Honolulu hawaii used to tell noise people to mind your business!! In Hawaiian I used to get a kick out of that rest in peace Robert n I z
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BRIAN !! PRAISE THE LORD !! YOU ARE LOOKING OLDER THAN ME !! FINALLY SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF !!!
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Rip
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R.I.P iz❤
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Just been turned on to this guy. Somewhere Over the Rainbow is one of my favorites. This fella knocks it out of the park. Sweetness doesn't begin to describe his voice and talent. Really sad he's gone.
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Iz had the most beautiful voice, and artistic expression.. . That visits us once in a lifetime. We will always miss your beautiful singing and your perfect voice, even if we didn't ever meet you.
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Your voice and words touches an untouchable place in me.
Rest in Paradise Iz ��
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I had the great blessing of living across the street from this beautiful family in makaha they played for my party's I'll never forget
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I pooped a little bit
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jill.white30 8
You should try Dove Cameron Radio if you're into Disney Channel or Radio Disney
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I just discovered your music last month and Ican't stop listening to it l love you RIP
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He may have been big but his heart was bigger in his music
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Miss you Iz ❤
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BEAUTIFUL VOICE. Voice of an angel
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This was my wedding song ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
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"Mele Kalikimaka Braddah and sista eh
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I love it so mush
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Miss you, Iz!
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Soothing
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beautiful soothing voice
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So so soothing! Wish we could get more of his here!
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nsbrth1
I love your music, I listen to you everyday.
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Miss you. This song makes me emotional ❤️
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ttlover20
❤ we will miss u very much
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❤️
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R.I.P Love you Iz
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Rest in much peace Iz
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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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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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This song makes me cry
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