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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're in a wonderful world now. R.I.P. big man.
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We lost a family pet this morning. RIP, Buster, over the rainbow way up high!
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connorkarali n e
Lets Make the world a wonderful world for him :)
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connorkarali n e
May he sing for the angels and god himself R.I.P best singer ever hands down
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May he rest in peace he was so and still amazing
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You have my blessing IZ from Lilia Carnal
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Im so sad :(
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Me and my mom like his songs
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Awesome music Brother, beautiful
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Beautiful music. His voice is amazing, truly awesome. The Lord blessed him with great talent. R.i.p.
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ladiimarcush o u s t o n 7 1 1
Over weight
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godsdaughter 0 3
How did he die
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jadenhousman
R.i.p my man
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So sad! :( He was truly gifted! RIP My friend!
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R.I.P. We will miss u!!!
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jadenhousman
Love this
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R.I.P WE LOVE YOU
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REST IN PEACE #NOT ALONE IN IZ WORLD
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you are not alone we all love you Iz Wonderful artist
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mauloo74
We will always love you IZ you will not be forgotten
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Over the rainbow is his best song, too bad he died. :(
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thankgodikau a i
awesome !! Thanks IZ
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Over the rainbow is a classic song. You just can't beat it. Lost an amazing artist when he died but what he contributed to music won't be forgotten
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Never heard of Iz until now
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giadancer
Lovely, sweet version of this song, filled with Aloha.
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connorkarali n e
1st iz 2nd zac brown band 3rd luke bryan
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he died
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im sad
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Its funny cause i was listening to over the rainbow and my name is gaby lol love that song
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Great song always make me fill good
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Song of a hero.
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I hear this song and i think of all my boys from WCI Portland pono
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R.I.P bro he knew how to live life
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How did iz die again mon?
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I love dis song mon! ��������❤️
Iz is du best singer other than bob Marley mon! RASTA
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Beautiful
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jlp1897
Beautiful song and man, taken before his time.
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Great song
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Follow me for music you might like.
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He always made people happy and sad.
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We shall give IZ the subscribe mumorial. To honor his life making people see the truth of life. We live you IZ we will love you for eternity.
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devinscott7
R.I.P dude =) amen
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I, I love you Israel IZ Kamakawiwo'o l e .
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sunshine_ore
This song "soothes my restless soul". I miss my home.
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i first herd him on da movie with george clooney called the descendants massive voice such beauty and grace .luv his voice.
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A massive loss. He left some big shoes to fill, few have the talent or will to do so. He went the way of a man who truely knew what it meant to live large.
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A Pandora discovery for me. This guy was cool. Read his Pandora bio if you get the chance.
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"IZ" Rocks Pandora Radio !!!!!!!!
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Rip iz
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