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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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Hey random...ur an idot
dilyn.pilla
He's a big fat jerk
dilyn.pilla
He's really far jerk
Amazing
He had an amazomg voice
Fucken haters, u know he's one bad mofo just listen to him
Random yolo person... Get a life
OK IF U DONT WANT ME TO SAY HES FAT ILL CALL HIM OBESE
Omfg is society so f**ked up that they can't see past what someone looks like?(talkin g about everyone saying he's fat)
He is a good singer and has a natural talent...enj o y
Who cares
jedigouff
This song always makes me feel good and optimistic
Love his voice follow for a follow and we live on the same island haha love u my izzy
Everyone saying he is fat needs to STFU. He is like my idol, and he had a beautiful voice. I listen to this song, and I learn that there is always something better to come out of my problems.
How did he die so young?
I honestly don't care ifn he's fat, all I care about is this beatiful song that he's singing and that's making feel really happy.
Man he's fat... (sorry...jus t had to) kinda like his stuff
smokenumber2 0 2
Oh it reminds me of my family it is just such a good song and stop saying he is fat we know it is kind of mean to keep on saying it we get it.
At the end of over the rainbow he sounds constipated
It makes me think of my grandma I'm so sad
This is one of my fav songs it reminds me of my second home a away from home
I love this song so much.������❤ I just wish he was still here in the physical world. ��������He had such a beautiful voice. God bless him.����
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great song and I liked his rendition of it! Too bad he left us...
aceross2003
LOVE IT!!!!
Happy Easter IZ! P.S. People Who Are Dead Are Still Alive In Your Heart!
shawneemedde r d
He's a gift from god he is so good at singing so never be mean to people.
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