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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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Sat Iphone 5 times then post this on 5 different songs then look under your pillow
msbgrammy
Don't read this because it really works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Don't start now that you started reading. So scary that you need to put this in five songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 then the name of your lover will appear on the screen in big letters
Such a soothing voice! You will be remembered IZ
:)
I send you all the love, my brother, that you've brought into my heart with your beautiful spirit that soars with this song. Peace you have. Rest? Never, Cuz you're surely singing wherever you are & Blessed we are to have a small, yet eternal piece of you...
So sad he could of made the world a better place and his music does that he has a legend we will always remember him in our hearts
:(
jjpnj
;(
jjpnj
Poor guy. He deserved to live longer.��
smrtazzchik
Over the rainbow is a sad song:-(
beautiful... . .
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f6
THIS is the best song ever. He has the best song
That's cool
I live on kauai. And so he has performed here ❤️
he died so early so sad you will always be remembered
nsproctor3
Somewhere over a rainbow
Love this song <3
Love This Song. So Young RIP
Israel Kamakawiwo'o l e was one of the major influences of my life. He taught me how to make something bad, into something good and happy. I have eternal gratitude. Thank you for all of your time on this Earth, I.Z. I need you now. The world needs you. Rest in Eternal Peace, my friend. ✌
It's sad that he died so early on. But he left a legacy, his wonderful music. I never thought that I would be listening to Hawaii music!! His voice is so soothing, too. Rest in peace I.Z.!!
............ . . . l o v i n g u 4EVER, IZ.......... . . . : - ) :'(:-)
Amazing song sang by a amazing singer!
Oh so beautiful... a l o h a
You will always be my favorite singer. This one goes out to I.Z. , wherever he rests, may it be in peace. ��✌
Your voice is amazing and am11 and I love all your songs
soft soothing voice
hope there was more people like him
rest in peace i love all of ur work and this is one of ur best songs
This song gets to me I love it! Rest In peace.
Love, love, love this song..Just a beautiful song that fills you with peace & hope
Beautiful Voice, IZ will be remembered.
No IZ died years ago
Didn't this guy die recently?
elivarela98
His voice is so captivating. Makes u feel like anyone can sing but then i try and well........
penelabelle3 8 4 2
So sad how he died like that. It says in the description that he (at some times) was over 750lbs.?
I don't know who he is who is he
We played this song at my mother's funeral in 2008 and it was very comforting. It will always bring warm memories when I hear his voice singing this song.
mcginniss701
God I love him. So sorry IZ
God I uv ur mus. some where over the rainbow. Dude Chamarrow here..
He has a calm soothing voice.. I could listen to him all day.
May God bless!
chloe.b026
Over The Rainbow will ALWAYS be the sweetest song!!!!!!! Whenever it comes on, I sing it!!!!!!
My first time to hear him and he has a great heartwarming voice
It's sad that he died I wigs that there were more people in this world like him
garytashoy
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this 2 days, now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes . When your done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters . This is so scary it actually works
209c.perez
Takes to that beach bra
I love him so much but he died at age 38
I love your music so much I wish I was you☺️��
justmamaluv
The softest voice with strong love for music.. Luv his music
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