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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: Alone In Iz World

1. Mona Lisa

2. Kaleohano

3. Ulili E

4. Hanohano Wale No Na Cowboy And Ka Huila Wai

5. Hi'ilawe

6. Henehene Kou 'Aka

7. Ahi Wela / Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

8. 'Opae E

9. Starting All Over Again

10. Somewhere Over The Rainbow

11. Panini Puakea

12. La Elima

13. In This Life

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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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Beautiful voice,Also Sad he passed away
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So sad he past away ��
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U gotta take life as it comes, starting life all ova again going be ruff but we gonna make it
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kristofermcn e e l e y
Awesome work dude!!!!!!!
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kristofermcn e e l e y
I love it!!!!!!! I've heard it about...mayb e 5 or 6 times I would sing it if I had to do it for you and I can't wait to hear it again.
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I love the way
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mohamedc_pr
Love this guy. He can sing Even with out music!
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Love this song
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So pretty and beautiful
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I discovered this song and Iz on my honeymoon in Kaui ... I will never grow tired of hearing this beautiful song. Iz is missed tremendously !
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mlstax
I do love listening to IZ. However I blame him for his early demise. I'm a big boy myself, too dang big, but he makes me look like Tiggy. He really needed to work on losing several hundred pounds. Had he done so there's a good chance we would still be listening to new music by him instead of having only four albums to remember him by.
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Mellow spirit, RIP
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suskiru1
The most beautiful voice I have ever heard! RIP IZ
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I could be in a blind rage and this guy could calm me down
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My Mother is sitting here with me... She said this "I love this song, "his song" and I love his soul. I wish you were still here."
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I love you IZ
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Rip Iz
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I shoot birds (photography ) , I want to use this soundtrack for a slideshow.
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kubitzbeth
I'm so sad l LOVE this song
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I'm still sad he died
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What's a lemon drop?
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Lemon drops are a lemon flavored hard candy that is shaped Ike a drop of rain.
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IZ lives on through his music. Especially this song
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evbodyluvsme
What are lemon drops
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It's not a banjo it's a ukulele
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He had a talent with his voice and with a banjo. Listen to over the rainbow. What it says is true.
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I am sorry he died
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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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