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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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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: 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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lisakay1026
Like the name
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ocdetails
Best version of this song ever. I can't say that I'm a Hawaiian music fan, but this isn't Hawaiian music. Iz did a fantastic job with his version of this classic and it definitely made more people aware of him. I hadn't even ever heard of him until my sister put this song on a slide show of some of our childhood pictures for me a few years ago. Just a great rendition of a great song.
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Rest in heaven, love his music��
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Thank you
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You help me sleep at night with your amazing music!
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hritenou
Such a great benefit to the world his music was and IZ! Peace love !
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It's very emotional for me to hear this song and will always be special
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Play this to get my 4 yr old nephew to sleep amazing voice and its such a huge lost to the world RIP
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Amazing artist!!!!
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Love this song
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I'm only listening because league tilted me and I am angry
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Thank you
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Please listen to this timeless tune,thank u Israel for your love,love will win,what a panda of love holding our earth in his massive arms,like GOD
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chloe994
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Never for get about IZ
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debbie8ball
Love listening to his music. RIP
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Rip famz ...��
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Hey
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Rip
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lori.kuechle r
Love.
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Iz, you are eternal
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Rip
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My baby sister loves this song so do I somewhere over the rainbow so soft no violence I am get my eyes watery a very sad song LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Wait it is soft love it ( said softly)
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Awesome
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Walking
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I find an amazing singer and turns out he died. :( awwh. �� and all who have disrespect in the comments, go f**king kill yourself you disgusting lards. he was amazing ��
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Stupid
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Say iPhone5 5 times
Say a color
Send this to 5 songs
Look under your pillow
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bguyant
Say iPhone5 5 times
Say a color
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Look under your pillow
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now you have started reading this don't stop. This is so freaky but if you ignore this you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When your done press the space bar and you crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so freaky it actually works.
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thaivu1
boom shaka laka laka!!!!
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WTF why is this song on 5sos radio?!!?!!
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OMG some of you people are just nuts you really are ��
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I loved him and I always will
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meat him??
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this is my favorite singer in the world it is so sad that he died if he was alive right now i could meat him
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Sandy Beach !!! Favorite Mele
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I love this song!!
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Haaawaiian pride !
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Is must have been an Angel that hid his wings on earth. Beautiful
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This is my Birth song and I love it!!!!!�����
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This song makes me so happy!
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jean.onaga
I like this song very much. This song was my mother-in-la w ' s favorite song. It was played at her funeral in 2001 in Honolulu.
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jean.onaga
I like this song very much. This was my mother-in-la w loved this song. It was played at her funeral in 2001.
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Love this song!!
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I love the way it is a great song ������������
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Over the Rainbow makes me cry...especi a l l y at funerals, Wakes, celebrations of life after one's passing....y o u remember the good times and miss them..then IZ begins Somewhere over..and you think your loved one is with angels and watching over us...RIP IZ ....MAHALO FOREVER
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elliecupcake 2 0 1 5
To me it's not who is singing it is the words.....
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I sang this song in choir for the school board
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His sone died in water
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