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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: 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: 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: 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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hey your songs are kinda good
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hi that song is awesome
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tina.aaron
I never tire of hearing him sing this song.... Love it
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Wow
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What a beautiful gift he had with his voice
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Nice IZ.
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1 word to describe Braddah IZ... HAWAII
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BRADDAH "IZ" IS DA MAN
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This is my brothers favorite song. He passed away 1 year and 4 days ago in which we played this at his services. Every time it comes on it comes on I find it soothes my soul and heart. Thank you for this!
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civanad
This is a good song
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He'll be missed, that's for sure.
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saqib_jodi
How beautiful and touching this song always is. He had a beautiful way of singing.
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Rosario12320 0 8 2 you are wrong about that
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He must have been so nice and generos
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hansolomeo
750 pounds - that can't be good to a body. What a sweet voice though
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so sad he died
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gennetm
I love the song white sandy beach of Hawaii so smoothing
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so relaxing
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His voice reveals a kind, gentle and beautiful person!
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Long skirt wrap
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suzzanne_rod r i g u e z
Love
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Just read all the comments.... i t ' s 4 am in the morning and listening to your beautiful voice....
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Love IZ ❤️
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I love your music!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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lucindaphoto 1
So very beautiful and calming to my heart. Thank you for sharing your gifts to the world. I pray you are resting in lovely peace.
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Amazing... simplicity.. . perfect
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A song that you play
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this is a awesome song❤❤❤
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Your voice will be missed!!!!
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I love that iz well I love you iz your so well super good at the song job of your and your really nice and by he way I love that song
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Please send lirics.
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LOVE IZ. ❤️❤️
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IZ singing "Over The Rainbow" Reveals a world of beauty & colors✨✨✨✨✨✨
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Amazing iz
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IZ :) :)
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His songs make me homesick for Hawaii!
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rachel.ospin a
He was my inspiration let him rest in peace god bless him
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Let him rest in peace. He had a voice of an angel.
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tntmebs123
Only someone so ignorant would say something like that. He was and is a beautiful soul. Now among the angels choir. God bless everyone even the rude!
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What a tragic loss to those of us still living. What a tradgey for anyone to say anything about someone who has passed that truly was blessed with such a beautiful voice straight from God.
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Koby_clark don't be rude! It's not his fault he's chubby! His songs are beautiful!
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Makes me feel good �� and �� in the ocean
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Beautiful singing IZ!!! ❤❤ .ω. To. ⊙ω⊙
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Beautiful!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
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Genettaford2 9 , I'm sorry for your loss, but think about it, she gets to sleep in peace and be in a wonderful world full of love and happiness. Good luck genettaford2 9 ! ❤❤❤
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;) He gets to sleep in peace and in a wonderful world now. At least he is happy.
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