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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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tomhoos
Well.... This song makes me feel like I'm floating.... Rest in peace Bruddah..
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holbrookjef
Hawai'i '78 was to me his greatest song! Look into the history (the true history, not the American written story) of how Hawai'i was stolen from underneath the Hawaiian people. The native Americans never saw their land again just as the Hawaiians will never own their islands again. Sad, but I'm thankful for the hope that Iz brought in maintaining and expanding the great deep rooted island life style which is the Hawaiian culture.
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Poor dude was 750 lbs when he died
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fieldmat
Just found this artist beautiful fan for life
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linda.rae301
I love his voice & music.
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We all miss him terribly, thank the heavens for this man
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Rip wish u were still here
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Beautiful song
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Bruddah Iz lives
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Beautiful Song Beautiful Singing From The Heavens .
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I like this song . It's very relaxing.
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cathymorriso n
The comment that is bellow me doesent make any science
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I love it all the song he sing
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Louis Armstrong sang it's a wonderful world he does it better and definitely style then I know signer I know that I'm not use to its ok song
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Im want this song playing when im getting married. Aloha RIP IZ
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I like Judy Garland when she song better

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rungarun1
Love you
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This was a bad song
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prettykitty1 9 6 1
amazing voice....onl y one string instrument to complement it......!!!!
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Iz, Your music like Elvis's will be played forever and ever on this earth.
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We will miss you Iz but we know you will always be here with us.
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Best song ever
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The Iz ard of Oz
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I am still smiling ��
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greg4465
I'll keep da stew hot! We've lost so many. Just play the music and speak the language, love the land.
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True Hawaiians live in both the Mortal & the Spirit World, so he will ALWAYS BE HERE .... his ALOHA PUMEHANA PAU 'OLE carries on thru his MELE NANI 'O KALANI ... HANA HOU BRADDAH ... !!!
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kaiaknudsen0 7
Rip
Cause that what everyone else said
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Aloha, Ohana.... We miss you IZ
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jackson98021 1
miss you and your music.
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glennehaas
You are still making me happy! Thanks
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glennehaas
You are still making me happy! Thanks
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I think this song was done before back in 1938
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glennehaas
You are still making me happy! Thanks
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I thank Judy garland does a better job than him sorry that my opinion
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Beautiful Song but makes my eyes tear everytime!!! Jay A. also RIP...
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R.I.P. you accomplished so much in life
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Hope he is over the rainbow : ( r.i.p.
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Rest in paradise big guy! You sing for the angles now
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maeflower024
Rip sad......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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We love you IZ! At least your over the rainbow now
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Rip brother. Your music makes it a wonderful world
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Rip IZ rest in peace somewhere over the rainbow
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Rip
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rip
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juliandra.br o t h e r s
We love you brother Iz Thank you for your awesome Music and aloha you will be well missed but Never Forgotten always in our hearts Rest in Peace Hui,Hou Malama Pono
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Wish u were still here IZ. U were the best. Ur songs were the best. RIP. I hope u like it over the rainbow. We love u!!
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Rip Iz rest in peace somewhere over the rainbow ������
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Being from Hawaii I know that we lost someone so special to everyone!! RIP Braddah IZ
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Your finally over the rainbow. Rest in peace.
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Somwhere over the rainbow makes me cry! :((
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