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Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

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Typically the most popular entertainer in Hawaii until his tragic death in 1997, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole formed the original Makaha Sons as an adolescent within the mid-’70s, went by himself in more of the contemporary style from the 1990s, and released four immensely popular recordings before loss of life just after the discharge of 1996’s N Dis Life. Given birth to within the Honolulu suburb of Kaimuki, Kamakawiwo’ole later on moved to close by Makaha. In allegiance to his fresh home, Israel created the Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau with sibling Skippy plus Louis “Moon” Kauakahi, Sam Grey and Jerome Koko. The Makaha Sons documented No Kristo in 1976 and released five even more albums during as much years, though Skippy’s loss of life of a coronary attack in 1982 arrived as a significant blow to his more youthful sibling. The group soldiered on, and became Hawaii’s most widely used traditional group with breakout albums like 1984’s Puana Hou Me Ke Aloha and its own follow-up, 1986’s Ho’ola. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole made a decision to start recording by himself with 1990’s Ka ‘Ano’i, which became typically the most popular Hawaiian recording of the entire year. Though he continuing his solo profession, by 1991 he previously recorded using the Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau once again, which year’s Makaha Bash 3 arranged still more information in Hawaii, thanks a lot in part towards the solitary “Broken Guarantee.” Another Makaha LP, Ho’oluana, made an appearance in 1992, though it had been the final with Israel. His second single effort, Facing Long term, made an appearance in 1993, and 1995’s E Ala E presented a reunited duet with Skippy, because of studio room technology. Israel continuing to win honours and sell perfectly with 1996’s N Dis Existence, but his ballooning excess weight problem (sometimes, he weighed over 750 pounds) triggered his early loss of life at age 38. After his loss of life, Iz’s solitary “On the Rainbow/What an excellent Globe” charted several times, 1st in 2004 when looks in various advertisements and films helped it climb to quantity 12 on Billboard’s Warm Digital Tracks graph. This year 2010, Europe dropped under its spell as its use within advertisements drove airplay on radio, and it topped the graphs both in France and Switzerland although it reached amount six in Austria. By 2015, the tune has marketed over five-million digital copies.

Quick Facts


Full Name Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
Died June 26, 1997, The Queen's Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Height 1.88 m
Profession Entertainer, Singer-songwriter, Activist
Education University of Hawaii at Hilo
Nationality American
Spouse Marlene Kamakawiwoʻole
Children Ceslie-Ann "Wehi" Kamakawiwo'ole
Parents Evangeline Leinani Kamakawiwo?ole, Henry Kaleialoha Naniwa Kamakawiwo?ole, Jr.
Siblings Skippy Kamakawiwoʻole
Awards Echo Award for Song of the Year
Music Groups Mākaha Sons
Music Songs Over the Rainbow, What a Wonderful World, Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World, White Sandy Beach, Hawai'i '78, Take Me Home Country Road, Henehene Kou 'Aka, Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man, Aloha Ka Manini, Panini Pua Kea, Kaleohano, ?Ulili E, Ka Huila Wai, E Ala E, I'll Be There / Warren's Song, Hawai?i Aloha, Ka Pua U'I, Kaulana Kawaihae, 'Opae E, Starting All Over Again, In This Life, La 'Elima, Kamalani, Hele On To Kaua'i, Kuhio Bay, Kana?i Aupuni, A Hawaiian Like Me, Kainoa, E Ku?u Morning Dew, Sea of Love, 'Ama'ama, Maui Medley
Albums Facing Future, Ka 'Ano'i, IZ in Concert: The Man and His Music, N Dis Life, E Ala E, Alone in IZ World, Over The Rainbow, Today's Egg, Iz In Concert, Wonderful World, Alone In IZ World / Facing Future, Unforgettable
Nominations Echo Award for Best International Rock/Pop Male Artist
Movies Iz: Hot Hawaiian Nights, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole: The Man and His Music


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1 Practiced in the Robert Louis Stevenson hut located where producer/performer Anthony Begonia used to live.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hawaii Five-0 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Nostalgia Critic 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Impossible 2012 performer: "Kamalani"
Sykt lykkelig 2010 performer: "Over the Rainbow" - as Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole
Hubble 3D 2010 Documentary short performer: "Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World"
So You Think You Can Dance 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Qwerty 2007-2009 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Èxit 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rachael Ray 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cold Case 2005-2008 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2008 performer: "'Ulili A" / performer: "Ka Huila Wai", "Henehene Kou 'Aka", "Aloha Ka Manini" - as Israel 'Iz' Kakakawiwo'ole
Página 2 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Fred Claus 2007 performer: "What a Wonderful World" - as Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole
Life on Mars 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten 2007 Documentary performer: "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"
Las Vegas 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
ER 2002-2006 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Snakes on a Plane 2006 performer: "Henehene Kou'aka" - as Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole
Scrubs 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Son of the Mask 2005 performer: "What A Wonderful World" - as Israel 'IZ' Kamakawiwo'ole
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School 2005 performer: "Over the Rainbow" 1939 - as Israel 'Iz' Kamakawiwo'ole
50 First Dates 2004 performer: "Over the Rainbow"
Charmed 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tempted 2003 TV Movie performer: "Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World"
Pasadena 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Made 2001 performer: "Henehene Kou 'Aka"
Finding Forrester 2000 performer: "Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World"
Meet Joe Black 1998 performer: "Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World"
In God's Hands 1998 performer: "Hawaii 78"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tempted 2003 TV Movie

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bu Lai'a the Hawaiian Superman 1994 Video short Himself
Bu Lai'a the Hawaiian Superman 1993 TV Series Himself

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