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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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I love it.It is great and perfect for sleeping
This man has made an impact on a 14 year old teen and I cry almost every time I hear this song. I only wish he could still be with us
Love you man
Wow��������
RIP, song makes me want to cry
I also want this song played at my wedding @2vivafg
I want to go to Hawaii lay on a hammock with my life long lover with me and a gentle breeze rocking us while we watch a sunset and listen to this wonderful song.......t h a t ' s my life long dream. R.I.P IZ❤️
I want this song at my wedding who else? I love this song rip Iz
RIP
Irme roces dése Kamakawiwo'o l e
Only love for the man. He has a wonderful voice.
This song makes me remember all of the good memories and it makes me cry and makes me feel good
Love this song����♡♡
We all love you. ��. Thank you so much fir this song
Thank you for this song! R.I.P
One of my favorite songs.
God Bless IZ...
I love this song.��
titan7077vet
Absolutely beautiful song!!! rest in peace
Me encnta esta canci0n:)
Best song if your sad
This is awesome this will touch a lot of hearts cause I love it
Y is derr a beached whale on his album cover? Jk. Luv dis song. My main maynn Israel Kamakawiwoʻo l e got dem golden pipes doe.
Love this song awesome dude
R.I.P Iz. He had a wonderful voice.
esmelaysa
Thank you. Your voice is singing from over the blue sky for all.
palmbeachflo r i d a 9
Me mom had just past away. G-d bless her .
IZ sang Over The Rainbow and I learned about loss.

Heaven Is Heaven because everyone there is never permitted to remembrance of what we had here. Even the best of the best on Earth, is filled with the pain of longing. for the Whole of The Creation moans and travails and groans for Heaven to be brought to the Earth and the Earth,
to be made Heaven as it was once so long ago.
amada.metivi e r
It reminds me of my play wizerd of OZ and my good fiend Max.
I play all of IZ songs to my 12 months baby girl, they are beautiful.
Oooh I love hulaing to this song it's very fun ^·^
Emotional song!
I miss you you are awesome this song reminds me of my grandma that also past away rest in peace with my grandma hope you guys are great friends up there were you both deserve to be!
woodenmonkey s
henry, what are u talking about
Sing in heaven for us bro..God gave us a good voice to listen to for the short time you spent here....
Bra! Seriously! Love your music! Too bad he died. I met him when I was 2 years old.
Some where over the rainbow...I' l l see you. I'll live my life, I'll live it how I want of course...but . . w h e n its my time to go, I'll see you.....over the rainbow.
literally the best Hawaiian song ever.
GO IZ!
GO IZ!
IZ go in heaven, you can go rock god`s world`s
209c.perez
Shooooots bra love it
henry.a.barn e s
Seriously? You consider someone saying, "Yuck" bullying? Grow the hell up and stop being a p**sy. Criticizatio n is not bullying. Just cause they didn't do anything to her doesn't mean she can't have a negative opinion about anything, you soft-skinned little b**ch. And "you won't tolerate it" REALLY? Last i checked you can't do anything about it.
Brads iz is DA best even if his not here in person. Aloha cuz
Iz is an inspiring person god bless him he is playing in heaven now
iphoneios9
I met him once and he had a sweet heart. Love his music. Carry on in heaven my brother
Long live IZ you were amazing
Ummmmm not the best song but still rainbow is better
R.I.P....IZ
I. Loooooove. It
He is the most amazing person am has an amazing voice...he is beautiful and lovely god bless him!
Israel Kamakawiwo'o l e has an amazing. God Bless.
c_beckwith: if all you are going to do is CRITICIZE people who didn't do ANYTHING to you.… then I suggest just not commenting if you can't control yourself! I HATE bullying, and will NOT tolerate it… and if you don't think its bullying, well it seems pretty one sided to me. Don't you think? I have dealt with enough bullying in my lifetime and it's not even half over. Now, DONT BULLY!!!!!!! Looks like somebody never paid attention in steps to respect… (aka thats you)
Such a great voice. He is singing in Heaven now with that beautiful voice
Somewhere over the rainbow
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