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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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linda42390
Love this song. Bless him an amazing God's vessels.
God bless him RIP ��
Totally agree @miguel... Very sad that he died. RIP
What a voice
What a voice
So talented
manufranchi3
I am a fan ofvthis song but, I am so sad that the singer died.
I love this song so much I can hang on forever
I don't know how much longer I can hang on...to hope?
I love this song. Hang on to hope.
He surely is over the rainbow
beautiful music.comfor t i n g
Ausom
I love the song over the rainbow it makes me wanna cry :(;(:(:(:(
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crunches name
3 close your hand
4 say your chrushes name
5 pick a school day
6 the day you picked your crush will ask you out
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crunches name
3 close your hand
4 say your chrushes name
5 pick a school day
6 the day you picked your crush will ask you out
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crunches name
3 close your hand
4 say your chrushes name
5 pick a school day
6 the day you picked your crush will ask you out
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crunches name
3 close your hand
4 say your chrushes name
5 pick a school day
6 the day you picked your crush will ask you out
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crunches name
3 close your hand
4 say your chrushes name
5 pick a school day
6 the day you picked your crush will ask you out
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crunches name
3 close your hand
4 say your chrushes name
5 pick a school day
6 the day you picked your crush will ask you out
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crunches name
3 close your hand
4 say your chrushes name
5 pick a school day
6 the day you picked your crush will ask you out
Ahhhhhhhhhhh h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Ahhhhhhhhhhh h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h h ! h h h h h ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
As we listen (and cry/tear up) to each song, we all realize that You will always be missed, but your voice and songs will be with us forever. You brought Hawaii to the world. Love to your family.
ad0rabl3m3hh
Just perfect.
I hate that he died so sad
I love you I mean I love you'r song's
One of the sweetest voices silenced too soon. RIP
When ever I hear this song I say r i p in my head :(
Your the best
Makes me tear up every time I hear this. So sweet and soulfull! No doubt he is up there - over the rainbow! :-) I love this song so much!
Love the song.. its transform me every time I listen to it.. Especially when am mad.. His voice has that vibration that give your calm. RIP..my friend
connorkarali n e
Over the rainbow is my favorite rip
arianna.m.mc l e o d
So sad he had to go so young. :-(He has a beautiful heart and probably a pure heart! But now he is with the lord. AMEN,AMEN,AM E N !
gailannetteh e n r y
Now he is singing for the Lord who made the beautiful islands.
Sad to know such a beautiful voice has left us...
ojsmartinez3
Beautiful :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
1. Kiss your left hand
2. Say your crushes name
3. Close your hand
4. Pick a day
5. Say your name
6. Post this on 15 other songs and on the day you choose your crush will ask you out.
miseenplas4
On the island, listening to brother IZ. I can truly understand he calm, steady love for this place.
jorgesanchez 7 1 0 2
What a beautiful song for the soul!
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I love the song over the rainbow it's sad how he die I feel bad:( :( :(
Very good singer
Can we swap Justin Beiber for Israel Kamakawiwo'o l e ?
phoenixmommy 5 4 8
A beautiful Singer gone to soon..
I love u Iz! U will be forever missed.
His songs bring back so many memories. Braddah IZ you da best!!!
ellarose0808
❤️
ellarose0808
Rip iz you are in a better place. All your troubles melted like lemon drops
Anybody know what he says at the beginning of Over the Rainbow?
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