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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: Iz The Man And His Music

1. Ahi Wela

2. E Ku'u Morning Dew

3. Kamalani

4. Kaleohano

5. Margarita

6. "This Hawaiian Man" Intro

7. Chant

8. E Ala E

9. Henehene Kou 'aka

10. Lover Of Mine

11. White Sandy Beach

12. 'opae E

13. N Dis Life

14. Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man

15. Hawai'i '78

16. Hawai'i Aloha

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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: Facing Future

1. Hawai'i '78 Introduction

2. Ka Huila Wai

3. 'Ama'ama

4. Panini Pua Kea

5. Take Me Home Country Road

6. Kuhio Bay

7. Ka Pua U'i

8. White Sandy Beach Of Hawai'i

9. Henehene Kou 'Aka

10. La 'Elima

11. Pili Me Ka'u Manu

12. Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man

13. Kaulana Kawaihae

14. Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World

15. Hawai'i '78

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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: 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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randyandjoie
Buddha Iz... Such a lovely, pleasing sound. I have several of his CDs and love every song on every cd. Wonderful sweet music of the beautiful Hawaiian isles. You are dearly missed, Iz.
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I love his song over the Rainbow
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True prophet love everyone no matter what
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They played this on my elementary graduation day. So this song makes me depressed now.
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ISRAEL IS AWESOME HAWAII IS BEST!
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I love you ������������
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Such a beautiful song.
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Rip IZ. Heaven is ur true home ur spriet lives on we luv u so IZ
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IZ iz so relaxing
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He is my cuz I never got to see him but one day I will see Him play ukulele
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Live on
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A kind and gentle soul has amongst us in this Savage world. A truly peaceful man
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My heart breaks for Iz. ������
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zelda4ever64
It's really sad



All of the amazing ones are gone
For 3xample David Bowie, Prince, Christina Grimimie, James Horner, & Gene Wilder
Rip 2 all of u great people
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The melting 3 9 I have 8 the 90's the same _ 66&yģ*

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Some time in life you want to go there.
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think about life
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rjohnson4923
TEARS..., wish it was true!!!
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I'm crying
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Great Singer Believe he's passed away RIP Israel
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rfnalani808. r f
I ment to spell Makaha surfing beach.
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rfnalani808. r f
I will always remember you sitting at Makawao surfing beach playing with the boys while I rode my ten speed to Yokes.
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Somewhere over the rainbow blue birds fly!
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I like your over the rain bow song
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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've started this don't stop. This is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy cause it actually works.
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Some where over the rainbow is my favorite no one sing's it like he does.
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from one Hawaiian to another
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A living spirit, no doubt...
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i would have loved to meet him :(
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And so very peaceful
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I can't imagine how a song some where over the rainbow could sound so beautiful
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Such an amazing song always makes me cry!
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This song always makes me cry - first for loved ones lost and then for the joy of having had them in my life
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Over the Rainbow that is where you will find me .hope everything is okay
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Ai...the Great IZ passed in 1997. Was declared a State Holiday. His body was in the State Capitol Building for viewing of the people of HAWAII NE....RIP IZ
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Wait he died?!?! D;
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elliecupcake 2 0 1 5
READY FOR CHRISTMAS!! Just looking at it makes me smile !!!
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Absolutely one of the best songs. It makes my heart smile!
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I love this song
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This is just amazing
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yea
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sakigrobe
SO SAD HE'S DEAD!������
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sarceo
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elliecupcake 2 0 1 5
BRAIN , I HAVE NO CHOICE EVEN IF I THOUGHT I SHOULD !! HE HAS PUT YOU HERE FOR ME FOR SOME REASON AND ME FOR YOU !! LOVE IS JUST UNQUESTIONAB L E ! WE HAVE , AT LEAST I KNOW I HAVE NO CONTROL OVER IT !!
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If I could record a song like this, and die at 38, I would've accomplished more than 95% of the population
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An iconic voice for the ages...
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Listen to a beautiful voice .It brings tears . I know God let us listen for a moment. Then took him home
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We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to make something that will. -Unknown

Mission successful, Israel 'IZ' Kamakawiwo'o l e . Rest in peace.
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elliecupcake 2 0 1 5
Hang in there soon I will be there and help and ease some of the excruciating pain you must feel ! I wish I could help now !!
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Can't wait to hear your beautiful voice again in person in paradise and sing with you.
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