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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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hb4958
Such a tragic loss
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zelda4ever64
Ur fat! A fat mouth!!! Even though u think he may look bad but he had an amazing voice! RIP IZ
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vfhbirthday5 1 6
.hiS fat
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boernecounse l i n g 1
Thank you!
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This song just came on tonight and my son fell right to sleep. I love his voice.
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He died?What a shame what wonderful music!So sad!i love his songs
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angelinatheb e s t
Love his music..
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SO SAD, WHAT A GREAT LOSS!!! :(
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My Mama use to sing this song to my keiki when they were small, Love you Mama, you are my heart and soul, you will always be with us all you instilled in us we pass on to our Ohana... Me ke aloha pumehana...
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You always make me happy��
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Aspenguru of Molokai
Bra you have brought a manly and strong yet gentle light to this world and our islands. I can't imagine another sent by the Creator in peace and peaceful defiance. You are my neighbor, Bra, always will be........we can talk story anytime through your work. I know you know what you mean to us who reamain. You are our Hawaiin Ghandi , but mo' betta. You really understood Bra. I'm in the biz, and your the best thing for Hawaii, but you know that now.... what the heck.
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Rest in heaven IZ cause u make us rest here on earth. Mahalo
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Memory of the past seem amusing to my ears to hear & bring tears to my eyes. Aloha
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wkittils
Timeless and haunting
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Can't get enough
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Very calming and peaceful music
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This man could sing. Love his music. IZ you are missed.
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so good. what movie is this in? That prelude to Ice Age right?
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This song puts me to sleep very calm
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So peaceful
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elliecupcake 2 0 1 5
My piano man !!��
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jm81chevy
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I feel the same as everyone who commented here.. Nuff said...his music soothes every emotion that we feel. Healing. Love, Health and Peace to all! ��❤️☮������� � Mahalo
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Please pray peace,love and compassion
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this is the song I will listen to every time I'm down. rest in peace IZ❤️��
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By far the nicest Hawaiian music to listen to.
Sitting by pool on longisland ny
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Love you I'm his great great great granddaughte r love you IZ

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jasmineskye0 9
This is my favorite song I love it I listen to it everyday
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So pure. Almost magical it takes me to a special place of of peace
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I love this song and his version.
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First time I heard this wowed me please play again
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Fatest Man in the world!!!
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my wife walked down the iele at are wedding to this song 9-26-15
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I found IZ''s music on Pandora. I listen to his music to relax my soul. I'm hooked on his voice.
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mrs.pink78
This is the best version of Over the Rainbow that I have ever heard and love
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I used to go to sleep listening to him
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Oops mom accidentally did it miley
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Ops mom accidentally did it miley
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Hi Miley!!
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Love your songs miley
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I love IZ. I remember when this song came out I fell in love with it. And still listen to the same song
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Best always!
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Such a beautiful calming song. This was my favorite sing to listen to while living in hawaii
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Forever and ever your fan IZ hope I can meet you in heaven
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Iz u the man love u (rip)
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His voice is so soft and beautiful, so relaxing
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brendengonza l e z 0 1
I love this song i rememberee it in my causes wedding
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mkbrown44
Beautiful voice! He is really now over the rainbow over the bridge.
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sophiaceman
:)
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