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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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You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you started reading this so don't stop. If you don't post this on five other songs you will die. Post the 5 songs in the next 143 minutes and your lovers name will show up on the screen in big letters. This is scary but it actually works.
Phenomenal tune makes my heart melt such a sweet song
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fuzzduckie
First time I heard this song was on an episode of ER the one where Dr Greene died. Beautiful then and beautiful now.
Dont read this cause it works u will be kissed on friday by ur love and if u dont repeat this in 2 day u will die and post in 5 songs in 143 minutes
hardyar249
The first. Time I heard this song it was in high school.an my English 2 class he all ways play it a lot good song. Never get old
I love love love Israel 'IZ' Kamakawiwo'o l e ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
His music gives me hope :)
What???
You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you started reading this so don't stop. If you don't post this on five other songs you will die. Post the 5 songs in the next 143 minutes and your lovers name will show up on the screen in big letters. This is scary but it actually works.
i don't believe you
kehrbehr
Do not read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest 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 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scarey part put this on five songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scarey cause it actually works
This was the song that played at my grandpas funeral. It was his favorite song. RIP Papa❤️I miss you
You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you started reading this so don't stop. If you don't post this on five other songs you will die. Post the 5 songs in the next 143 minutes and your lovers name will show up on the screen in big letters. This is scary but it actually works.
Last day of third grade I got a DVD of my class with the song
jrtony1
He's pretty cool
jrtony1
I like his music
heyitsmejen2
First time I've ever heard him and I'm 40 ...
He has a beautiful God given voice !
Absolutely Peaceful voice !
God Bless him !
ddmdj5
I Love His Voice. He's great & your right he's singing with the angels
sunshine0866
His music is #1
God loaned IZ to us for just a little while...but he most certainly is serenading all the other angels....su c h a beautiful voice.
*omg
One I love this type of music
Such beautiful music
R.I.P Israel. We will always love ur music and ur voice!
I tried that, and it doesn't work.
Kiss your hand 5 times post this on 2 other stations then look under your pillow! Have fun!
yeah. i was right. he was over 750 pounds and he died at the age of 38.
its sad that he died very young, but he had a disease that made him overweight; very overweight: about 700 pounds, i think.. let me check.
anna.clara9
F u mo! And get the chords right on this song
Looks like another famous Hawaiian son, WWF INtercontine n t a l Champion Magnificent Muraco!
I'm 39, black dad of 4, Louisville KY, Nov 2014 & NEVER heard of this act...

But I LOVE it!

Thank u Pandora !

Thank you Hawaii!
This One Is For My Young GrandSon JAL....GOD BE WITH YOU AND TAKE CARE OF YOU!!!!'
Life will be better
Somewhere over the rainbow
alexa.ramire z 3 3 6
It cool My life is good
I love his music but he is very fat
Sat Iphone 5 times then post this on 5 different songs then look under your pillow
msbgrammy
Don't read this because it really works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Don't start now that you started reading. So scary that you need to put this in five songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 then the name of your lover will appear on the screen in big letters
Such a soothing voice! You will be remembered IZ
:)
I send you all the love, my brother, that you've brought into my heart with your beautiful spirit that soars with this song. Peace you have. Rest? Never, Cuz you're surely singing wherever you are & Blessed we are to have a small, yet eternal piece of you...
So sad he could of made the world a better place and his music does that he has a legend we will always remember him in our hearts
:(
jjpnj
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jjpnj
Poor guy. He deserved to live longer.��
smrtazzchik
Over the rainbow is a sad song:-(
beautiful... . .
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