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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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gingerbroone r
Hey, that chubby guy can sing like an angel and has hundreds of following his music. What have you done for the world? this young man has a heart for people and shares his beautiful music.
What's so good about a chubby guy
Best of all ever
Love this song!��
antoniomariv e l
Love this song. ��
What a tragic loss. Joseph_Jessi e 4ewer, he died of a heart attack probably related to his life long weight problem
bradzai
He's the best
How did he die?
Humonuko API API nahi
Love this song :) ;(
This song gives me hope
GOD DIDN'T MAKE LITTLE GREEN APPLES
gingerbroone r
God makes no mistakes and this man was here from one of Gods' plans. Iz was created in His image. Not a mistake.
Love this man !! Wish u could still be here
What a gentle soul. Like Vincent, he was probably here by mistake. A cosmic mistake.
Such a good man.
MOIEUUBUHMLŸ N E U U L Y K S K W J S P W J Q P J 1 Ë F J W E P W J P S J O 0 K O S K S J J I S
NSJSOJSJJSKK S O S J K W J M
wow he is defiantly gift from god true Aloha Spirit here! Ma-halo to him thanks for being whom you were. legacy is established among many generations. My Father lived and died in Oahu and I have good memories of Aloha spirit I was taught hopefully will continue True spirit of Hawaii is its past History! .
Peace be With Him
Somewhere over the rainbow blue birds fly.. and the dreams you dream of dreams come true.
As good as the wizard of oz
This song always rinds me oft girls when they were young little actors. We used to play this at the cast party.y youngest daughter, Katie, is leaving for Emerson college tomorrow, so this is kind of sad right now:( Katie, I love you so much and will miss you!
I've heard these songs before, but never in th is special manner. This man sings with such beauty, such peace, it brings me nearly to tears. It's a beautiful arrangement and is a great interpretati o n of both songs. RIP Israel, and thank you for giving us such beautiful music in your lifetime
Love this song
daphneyduck1 3
Feel like want to cry and IZ voice is great
Good song
What the heck..
Skirts while heal
I sang this song in my Special Chorus that I got into to
Over the Rainbow I'll find my true Love. ..
For some reason, I associate this song with Robin Williams. It helps me cope with his death and reminds me that he will always be happy. I like to think they all are happy. RIP IZ and Robin.
I love him he has. a. Butifol. Voice
You will always be remembered
Rest in pease.
Singing legends like him always end in heaven. He has earned
He was an angel on earth. What a fantastic voice.
I love israel
we luv ur music
scadanna
But life has to go on
scadanna
I wish iz never died ��
r.i.p IZ����
R.i.p Iz ;)
Love you isreal your music part of my ohana I have hawaiin blood in my family
tkristan
Brother IZ was and remains the spirit of the Hawaiian Islands. Sending all of my love and aloha to the ohana...
So sad....great voice!
We love you IZ, hope to see you someday in heaven
Rip iz
R.I.P IZ
Love IZ and this song!
recreologist
so quiet
n
Nice song
this is so beautiful
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