Born in Kaimuki, Oahu, Hawaii on May 20th 1959,
Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole or "IZ" as he is affectionately called, continues to be one of the most beloved and fondly remembered Hawaiian Music artists and composers in the Hawaiian islands and throughout the world. Featured on this site is a detailed
Timelined Bio Chronology 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 on June 26, 1997 at the age of 38.
A more in-depth biography of the life of the Hawaiian Recording Artist "IZ" may be accessed at the
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole "Biography in Hawaiian Music" website. Also be sure to visit the
"IZ Hawaiian Music Memorial Tribute" website. 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".
The following dates timelines mark pivitol turning points and the Musical events that help to shape the incredible journey of the short but endearing lifetime of Hawaiian Music legend "Israel IZ Kamakawiwo'ole".
May 20, 1959: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole is born in Kaimuki, Oahu, Hawaii. Lives the first five years of his life with his Grandfather, ("Tutu Kane" in Hawaiian) on the
Hawaiian island of Niihau.
1964: IZ returns to the
island of Oahu to live with his immediate family and learned the importance of his
Hawaiian language and heritage.
1982: Izzy's brother Skippy Kamakawiwo'ole dies of a heart attack at age 28.
1985: IZ's "The Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau" win "Best Traditional Hawaiian Album" and "Group of the Year" at the annual "Na Hoku Hanohano Hawaiian Music Awards" ceremony often referred to as "The Hawaiian Grammy Awards".
1987: The Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau's album, "Hoala" wins "Haku Mele, Traditional Hawaiian Album" and "Group of the Year" Na Hoku awards.
1991: Israel's first solo album "Ka' Ano'i" wins Na Hoku awards for "Contemporary Album of the Year" and "Male Vocalist of the Year".
1992: The Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau's "Makaha Bash 3" on which Israel is included, wins "Group of the Year" and "Best Engineering" Hokus. Israel also joined Roland Cazimero, Henry Kapono and Cyril Pahinui in recording the song "Broken Promise," which won Single of the Year.
1993: "Ho'oluana," by "The Makaha Sons" wins multiple Hoku Awards for "Engineering, Haku Mele", "Traditional Hawaiian Album of the Year", "Group of the Year" and "Album of the Year". This was the last album Israel recorded with the Sons.
1993: IZ's most popular album "Facing Future" featuring his rendition of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" on Ukulele is recorded on solo ukulele by IZ after 17 years of performing with the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau. The album contains less Jawaiian and more traditional Hawaiian music, however the album is overshadowed by Hapa's strong Hawaiian Music debut.
1994: IZ is voted favorite entertainer of the year by HARA and the public. Krash Kealoha suggested the public vote category.
1995: On the album "E Ala E", IZ is reunited through studio magic with his late brother Skippy Kamakawiwo'ole on the title song track. IZ's EKG reading forms part of the album art.
1996: At the Hoku Awards televised ceremony, IZ is reunited and sings on stage with his ex-bandmates, "The Makaha Sons". By this time IZ had aready compiled a history of health problems and had been hospitalized numerous times because of his weight, which at times exceedes 757 pounds, making it difficult for him to tour and perform during the last few years of his life.
1997: Izzy's album "N Dis Life" wins "Album of the Year", "Male Vocalist of the Year", "Island Contemporary Album of the Year" and Graphics awards. IZ is also voted "Favorite Hawaiian Entertainer of the Year" by the public. Mountain Apple Co. president Jon de Mello and Co-producer Ho'omalia accept the awards for the ailing, hospitalized IZ.
June 26, 1997: IZ passes away of respiratory failure due to his immense size at the age of 38, and is only the second U.S. citizen to receive the honor of having his body lay in state at the capitol building in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1997: IZ's Hawaiian album "N Dis Life" runs an astounding 39 weeks on the "Billboard Magazine Music Charts".
December 2000: National best-selling author "Dean Koontz" honors Israel on the front page of his new book "From The Corner of His Eye".
January 29, 2001: "America On Line" (AOL) included information on IZ on their welcome screen, unheard of for a Hawaiian musician. Millions of AOL subscribers were introduced to IZ and his music as they logged on-line.
2001: IZ's Music featured in the major motion picture film,
"Finding Forrester" starring Sean Connery and directed by Gus Van Sant ("Good Will Hunting"), released in January 2001.
July 2001: IZ's music again graces the silver screen, this time in the movie "Made" starring Vince Vaughan and Jon Favreau.
2001: The album "Alone In IZ World," is released and debuted at "#1 on Billboard's World Chart".
May 2002: Producer John Wells selects IZ's music for the top-rated television show "ER," to be used for the "Dr. Greene final episode" of the show which was viewed by 50 million people.
2002: IZ's music featured in the NBC series "Providence" and is slated to be a part of the Fox series "Pasadena" in the summer.
Israel IZ Kamakawiwoole was a native Hawaiian, who upon his death on June 26, 1997 of respiratory failure due to his immense size, (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. 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" and the
Hawaiian Music Lyric Links Directory.
"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" which are offered on these pages for your enjoyment. To
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Aloha Oe' to all Hawaiians at Heart, ~Michael AngelOh~
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