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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Wonderful World

1. What A Wonderful World (2007)

2. 'ama'ama (2007)

3. Henehene Kou 'aka (2007)

4. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (2007)

5. E Ku'u Morning Dew (2007)

6. White Sandy Beach (2007)

7. Kaleohano (2007)

8. Ka Huila Wai (2007)

9. 'opae E (2007)

10. Ke Alo O Iesu (2007)

11. 'ulili E (2007)

12. A Hawaiian Like Me (2007)

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Track List: Iz The Man And His Music

1. Ahi Wela

2. E Ku'u Morning Dew

3. Kamalani

4. Kaleohano

5. Margarita

6. "This Hawaiian Man" Intro

7. Chant

8. E Ala E

9. Henehene Kou 'aka

10. Lover Of Mine

11. White Sandy Beach

12. 'opae E

13. N Dis Life

14. Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man

15. Hawai'i '78

16. Hawai'i Aloha

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Track List: E Ala E

1. E Ala E

2. 'Ulili E

3. Kaleohano

4. He Hawai`I Au

5. Tnegoku Kara Kaminari (Thunder From Heaven)

6. Kamalani

7. Aloha Ka Manini

8. Maui Medley

9. Hele On To Kauai

10. Kaua'i Beauty

11. Theme From Gilligan's Island

12. I Ke Alo O Iesu

13. A Hawaiian Like Me

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Track List: Facing Future

1. Hawai'i '78 Introduction

2. Ka Huila Wai

3. 'Ama'ama

4. Panini Pua Kea

5. Take Me Home Country Road

6. Kuhio Bay

7. Ka Pua U'i

8. White Sandy Beach Of Hawai'i

9. Henehene Kou 'Aka

10. La 'Elima

11. Pili Me Ka'u Manu

12. Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man

13. Kaulana Kawaihae

14. Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World

15. Hawai'i '78

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Track List: In Dis Life

1. Hi'ilawe

2. In This Life

3. Wai`Alae

4. Starting All Over Again

5. Living In A Sovereign Land

6. 'opae E

7. Aloha Ku'u Pua

8. Johnny Mahoe

9. Lover Of Mine

10. Yokozuna

11. Na Ka Pueo/Keyhole Hula

12. The Fly

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Track List: Ka 'ano'i

1. Margarita

2. Coney Island Washboard Woman

3. Kainoa

4. Ka Na'i Aupuni

5. I'll Be There / Warren's Song

6. Men Who Ride Mountains

7. Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World

8. Hanohano O Cowboy

9. Sea Of Love

10. You Don't Know Me

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Rip good night ��������he died because his weight .����������� # d o n ' t eat that much it will kill you.plz�����
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sacuna5119
Somewhere over the rainbow way up hi there's a land that I've herd once in a lullaby some where over the rainbow blue bird.#Iz is a wonderful man�� . See the video of them celebrating his life.
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No worries he is a new person or as some people believe a tree
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Hey pops i miss you an ma the family in all that u have ever done for me
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Such a beautiful man sweet voice we are blessed to be able to listen to his jams cheeee good times
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aberner4
Somewhere over the rainbow ������ what a wonderful world������ no matter where you are in the world... How do you do? ....I love you I love you
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bluemagic58
Love it kiss5, will he talk to me today?hand me! mile high,
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Thanks for believed he's is still alive❤️❤️❤️❤
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He's not dead to me :)
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People like iz never die
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Bruddah iz lives!!!
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frankwiener
I finally found the meaning of the phrase haina ia mai ka puana, which appears at the end of many traditional Hawaiian songs. Very loosely, the translation, which is nearly untranslatab l e into English, is so let the story be told. I thought that I would share this with anyone who might be interested. If anyone can add to this or correct it, please do. Thanks!
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frankwiener
We miss you, Iz. Even as I am 5,000 miles away, you bring the true spirit of Hawaii across the long distance every single day. RIP, bro.
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Rest in peace IZ
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Good night rip IZ
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Shut up hoots
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IZ, so soft!! For a big man!! Really nice version though. RIP, big fella ✌️
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IZ is dead alimbach10
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alimbach10
I LOVE YOUR MUSIC soooooo MUCH! IZ
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Good singing
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over the rainbow always makes me cry because it's so soothing and it makes me happy and sad idk
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spacestridde r
If I'm feeling down i just listen to rainbow and it always lifts me up r.i.p
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Here's the story of my life




I was scared of dentists and the dark I was scared of pretty girls and starting conversation s oh, all my friends are turning green you're the magicians assistant in their dreams

Oh, and they come unstuck

Lady, running down to the riptide taken away to the dark side I wanna be your left hand man


Listen to the song riptide and here the rest of my story
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Say iPhone 5 times and then pick a color and post this on 15 different songs then look under your pillow is not real
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Don't read this you will get awesome luck
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Kiss your hand three times post this on five other songs then look at your hand
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Say I phone 5 times pick a color comment this on 5 other songs and look under your pillow
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Since I was in Hawaii I get in love with all his songs. Every morning after I wake up, I listen his songs, especially, over the rainbow
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jcollins720
I listen to his music all day in my office. It is wonderful.
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grant3469
Arrowdave6 = jerkoff.
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I love him I'm his number one fan
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One of the best different artists. Love his music!
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He was a great person that wanted people to be happy and fool of joy
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R.I.P IZ love you take care
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I saw him live in Kauai.
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RIP Iz. He had such a beautiful voice and such great talent. Such a loss.
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I love his songs they are good
Must make a lot of mony������❣� � I'm not saying
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R.I.P
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Beautiful,ju s t like of the soul of artist.
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susanmckain
Walkerface42 0 thank you for standing up for him. He was an excellent musician.
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Iz would have thanked you I wish he was NOT dead
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Walkerface42 0 thank you for standing up for iz
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Your rude he is a great musician you need to get a grip on reality and not bully the dead pathetic
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Just started to discover Israel, So far so good.
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Rest In Peace. You were such in inspiration to many. I LOVE your music
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R.i.p
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To IZ, Mahalo. Many thanks for sharing your wonderful music with the world, and turning all these lives around.
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