Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole (May 20, 1959 - June 26, 1997) or "IZ" as he was affectionately called, is one of the most beloved and fondly remembered Hawaiian Music artists and composers in the Hawaiian islands.
"Israel Kamakawiwoole" was Born in Honolulu Hawaii in 1959 and spent the first five years of his life with his Grandfather, ("Tutu Kane" in Hawaiian) on the
Hawaiian island of Niihau. In 1964 he returned to the
island of Oahu to live with his immediate family and learned the importance of his
Hawaiian lanhuage and heritage. IZ was a native Hawaiian, who upon his death in 1997, at the age of 38, was only the second citizen to receive the honor of having his body lay in state at the capitol building in
Israel IZ Kamakawiwoole is remembered fondly in Hawaii and throughout his worldwide fan base as much more than just a
singer, song writer and composer. IZ sings original
Contemporary Hawaiian Music in the
native Hawaiian tongue and performs his beautiful
ukulele song using his solo
tenor ukulele to accompany the gentle purity of his golden smooth and passionate voice which covers an extraordinary range of vocal octaves.
"Facing Future" is the
CD Music album that garnered "IZ" international recognition and made him a superstar among Hawaiians or as "IZ" liked to say; "Hawaiians at heart..." His music was featured in last year's "Superbowl Half-time Show" and on the popular television series "ER". His heartfelt and dreamy rendition of the
"Some Where over the Rainbow" &
"What a Wonderful World Songs" have also been heard Internationally in the movies; "Meet Joe Black", "Finding Forrester" and "50 First Dates". These presentations have resulted in "IZ" becoming the
bestselling Hawaiian Artist of all time.
Izzy's Hawaiian Music Lyrics,
Hawaiian Music News and local
Hawaiian Artist Links are featuring along with
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow Song" Lyrics are offered on these pages for your enjoyment. To
listen to Israel Kamakawiwoole's
Hawaiian Music & DVD Videos
simply touch any CD-DVD album cover to transport to
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free download links provided on all pages.
A more detailed chronology of the "Life of IZ" can be found featured on the site:
Biography of the Man and his Music including an overview of the Hawaiian artists significant milestones and artistic accomplishments all the way up to his untimely death at the age of 38 in 1997.
A timelined chronological biography of the life of "IZ" may be accessed at the
"Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Biography Highlights" web site. Also be sure to visit the
"IZ Memorial Tribute" web site. For the Hawaiian Music Song Lyrics to many of IZ's Hawaiian songs including
"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" visit our
"Hawaiian Music Song Lyrics Directory". Scroll down for a detailed
biography of "Israel Kamakawiwo'ole" and related
Hawaiian Music links.
Aloha Oe' to all Hawaiians at Heart ~Michael AngelOh~