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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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Love this song so much and R.I.P IZ
R.I.P IZ you will never be forgotten , your in a better place now , if you make fun of him your a hater that has no life R.I.P enjoy your stay in heaven :,)
Love IZ
I hope he is a man of God cause this dude is a a angel
mickngris
nice voice
Beautiful song
kcmcomix
R.I.P IZ, your music will live on :)
abbayaney11
i can't tell you how much this song makes me inspired
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@treyniedo (baby IZ)...kind of disturbing for an 11 yr old to think of a funeral song....but since you probably look like a baby IZ and eat fast food and spam it is in the back of your mind.....don ' t worry you won't have very long to wait......
Lunar Eclipse
R.I.P all people in heaven amen <3
Too bad he died :(
Why is this song so amazing?!?! Its so beautiful and I kind of wish people would Do covers of them not that the covers are bad its just this song is so awesome the way it is
I totally agree with u treniedo!!! THIS GUY IS AWESOME!!!!! !
THIS guy can sing somewhere over the rainbow i want this played at my funiral even thow im 11 years old i have a long way to go.
Love song even thou I haven't seen movie
Anyone hear the breathing when he was just playing the ukulele....• .
He's so larg but looks so fancy :)
Have fun making music and surfing with bob Marley and queen Liliuokalani in heaven. R.I.P
R.I.P.
XD everyone complain about how fat he is
F**king beautiful, love this version heard it a few days back and now I'm addicted to it. Rip big man!
R.I.P~IZ fair well :(
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Great version of over the rainbow
JAVI Kapono Pantoja TRU BRAHDA ALOHA TO DA OHANA
if the guy had done heroin instead of cheesebergur g e r s we'd been seeing him on the cover of TIME
abbarker5
Yes he was fat! But who cares he was a nice guy and made great music! R.I.P IZ
A person's weight has nothing to do with anything at all. You are completely irrelevant.
Rest o rest brao
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Angel's song.......! :))
DAT GUY IS FAT NO OFFENCE XD
And sandiegobalb o a, you don't have to write a song for it to be one of your most famous songs. People liked it because his voice was great, as well as the song. Ever heard of a cover? It's not anything bad like you make it seem.
This man is amazing. I feel horrible that he had to die before he was really discovered. Beautiful voice and beautiful songs. Rest in Peace, IZ.
Very pretty voice.
one hit wonder...did n ' t even write it...go figure?! not a big fan if JIZ....
I love this song it is emotional
dodobaskets6
This song reminds me of my cousin because he loved The Wizerd Of OZ and he is dead . He died when he was 25 and I never met him I'm in tears right now :_ _ (
Some where over the rain bow
hernandez489
he sounds cool and calm
Wish I had heard of Iz long before he left this physical world.
So much calmness from this song
IZ, U are loved 4ever by REAL people!!!
Bullies are as fake as it can get.
Pray for them.
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Most people know him for his song over the rainbow but he has much more great songs. Folow meeee
tpetrey8
It does have a certain innocent feel to it. Kind of a simple truth. Live in the moment and appreciate beauty while you can. Bless you Paulette!
Im from México but i star to learn English because yor beautiful music I love Hawaii and the people .. God bless Hawaii and my Mexico
I love his music. R.I.P IZ
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