Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole (pronounced [kəˌmɐkəˌvivoˈʔole]; Hawaiian for "The Fearless Eyed Man"; May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997), also called Bruddah Iz or IZ, was a Native Hawaiian singer-songwriter, musician, and Hawaiian sovereignty activist.
He achieved commercial success outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993. His medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" was released on his albums Ka ʻAnoʻi and Facing Future. It was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and television commercials.
Kamakawiwoʻole in 1993
|Birth name||Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole|
|Born||May 20, 1959|
Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
|Origin||Hawaii, United States|
|Died||June 26, 1997 (aged 38)|
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Labels||Mountain Apple Company|
|Associated acts||Mākaha Sons|
Kamakawiwoʻole was born at Kuakini Medical Center in Honolulu to Henry "Hank" Kaleialoha Naniwa Kamakawiwoʻole, Jr. and Evangeline "Angie" Leinani Kamakawiwoʻole. The notable Hawaiian musician Moe Keale was his uncle and a major musical influence. He was raised in the community of Kaimuki, where his parents had met and married. He began playing music with his older brother Skippy and cousin Allen Thornton at the age of 11, being exposed to the music of Hawaiian entertainers of the time such as Peter Moon, Palani Vaughn and Don Ho, who frequented the establishment where Kamakawiwoʻole's parents worked. Hawaiian musician Del Beazley spoke of the first time he heard Kamakawiwoʻole perform, when, while playing for a graduation party, the whole room fell silent on hearing him sing. Kamakawiwoʻole continued his path as his brother Skippy entered the Army in 1971 and his cousin Allen left in 1976 for the mainland.
In his early teens, he studied at Upward Bound (UB) of the University of Hawaii at Hilo and his family moved to Mākaha. There he met Louis Kauakahi, Sam Gray, and Jerome Koko. Together with his brother Skippy they formed the Makaha Sons of Niʻihau. A part of the Hawaiian Renaissance, the band's blend of contemporary and traditional styles gained in popularity as they toured Hawaii and the continental United States, releasing fifteen successful albums. Kamakawiwoʻole's aim was to make music that stayed true to the typical sound of traditional Hawaiian music. During that time period, the songs that many people associated with Hawaii, typically, were not traditional-sounding songs.
The Makaha Sons of Niʻihau recorded No Kristo in 1976 and released four more albums, including Kahea O Keale, Keala, Makaha Sons of Niʻihau and Mahalo Ke Akua. In 1982, Kamakawiwoʻole's brother, Skippy, died at age 28 of a heart attack related to obesity. In that same year, Kamakawiwoʻole married his childhood sweetheart Marlene. Soon after, they had a daughter whom they named Ceslieanne "Wehi" (born in c. 1983).
The group became Hawaii's most popular contemporary traditional group with breakout albums 1984's Puana Hou Me Ke Aloha and its follow-up, 1986's Hoʻola. Kamakawiwoʻole's last recorded album with the group was 1991's Hoʻoluana. It remains the group's top-selling CD.
In 1990, Kamakawiwoʻole released his first solo album Ka ʻAnoʻi, which won awards for Contemporary Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year from the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts (HARA). Facing Future was released in 1993 by The Mountain Apple Company. It featured a version of his most popular song, the medley "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" (listed as "Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World"), along with "Hawaiʻi 78", "White Sandy Beach of Hawaiʻi", "Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man", and "Kaulana Kawaihae". The decision to include a cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" was said to be a last-minute decision by his producer Jon de Mello and Kamakawiwoʻole. Facing Future debuted at #25 on Billboard magazine's Top Pop Catalogue chart. On October 26, 2005, Facing Future became Hawaiʻi's first certified platinum album, selling more than a million CDs in the United States, according to figures furnished by the Recording Industry Association of America. On July 21, 2006, BBC Radio 1 announced that "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World (True Dreams)" would be released as a single in America.
In 1994, Kamakawiwoʻole was voted favorite entertainer of the year by the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts (HARA).
In 1997, Kamakawiwoʻole was again honored by HARA at the Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards for Male Vocalist of the Year, Favorite Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, and Island Contemporary Album of the Year. He watched the awards ceremony from a hospital room.
Alone in Iz World (2001) debuted at #1 on Billboard's World Chart and #135 on Billboard's Top 200, #13 on the Top Independent Albums Chart, and #15 on the Top Internet Album Sales charts.
Kamakawiwo'ole's Facing Future has become the best-selling Hawaiian album of all time.
Kamakawiwoʻole was known for promoting Hawaiian rights and Hawaiian independence, both through his lyrics, which often stated the case for independence directly, and through his own actions. For example, the lyric in his song "Hawaiʻi '78": "The life of this land is the life of the people/and that to care for the land (malama ʻāina) is to care for the Hawaiian culture", is a statement that many consider to summarize his Hawaiian ideals. The state motto of Hawaiʻi is a recurring line in the song and encompasses the meaning of Kamakawiwoʻole's message: "Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono" (proclaimed by King Kamehameha III when Hawaiʻi regained sovereignty in 1843. It can be roughly translated as: "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness").
Kamakawiwoʻole's used his music to promote awareness of his belief that a second-class status had been pushed onto the natives by the tourist industry.
At some point in his later years, Kamakawiwoʻole converted to Christianity. In 1996, he was baptized at the Word of Life Christian Center in Honolulu and spoke publicly about his beliefs at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. He also recorded the song "Ke Alo O Iesu" (Hawaiian: The Presence of Jesus).
Kamakawiwoʻole suffered from obesity throughout his life, at one point weighing 757 pounds (343 kg; 54 st 1 lb) while standing 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall, representing a body mass index of 97.2 (considered "hyper obese" on the BMI). He endured several hospitalizations because of health problems. Beset with respiratory, heart, and other medical problems, he died at the age of 38 in Queen's Medical Center at 12:18 a.m. on June 26, 1997. Kamakawiwoʻole was survived by his wife, Marlene Kamakawiwoʻole, and their daughter, Ceslie-Ann "Wehi".
The Hawaii state flag flew at half-mast on July 10, 1997, the day of Kamakawiwoʻole's funeral. His koa wood coffin lay in state at the state capitol building in Honolulu, the third person and the only non-government official to be so honored. Approximately ten thousand people attended the funeral. Thousands of fans gathered as his ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean at Mākua Beach on July 12, 1997. According to witnesses, many people on land commemorated him by honking their car and truck horns on all Hawaiian highways that day. Scenes from the funeral and scattering of Kamakawiwoʻole's ashes were featured in official music videos of "Over the Rainbow" released posthumously by Mountain Apple Company. As of September 2019, the two videos as featured on YouTube have collectively received over 800 million views.
On September 20, 2003, hundreds paid tribute to Kamakawiwoʻole as a bronze bust (located at ) of the revered singer was unveiled at the Waianae Neighborhood Community Center on Oʻahu. The singer's widow, Marlene Kamakawiwoʻole, and sculptor Jan-Michelle Sawyer were present for the dedication ceremony.
A 2014 Pixar short film, Lava, features two volcanoes as the main characters. Kamakawiwoʻole's cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and his style of music was James Ford Murphy's partial inspiration for the short film.
Kamakawiwoʻole's recording of "Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" gained notice in 1999 when an excerpt was used in the TV commercials for eToys.com (later part of Toys "R" Us). The full song was featured in the movies K-Pax, Meet Joe Black, Finding Forrester, Son of the Mask, 50 First Dates, Fred Claus, Letters to Santa and IMAX: Hubble 3D. It was also featured in TV series ER, American Dad!, Scrubs, Cold Case, Glee, South Pacific, Lost, Storm Chasers, and in the UK original version of Life on Mars among others.
Kamakawiwoʻole called the recording studio at 3 am. He was given 15 minutes to arrive by Milan Bertosa. Bertosa said, "And in walks the largest human being I had seen in my life. Israel was probably like 500 pounds. And the first thing at hand is to find something for him to sit on." A security guard gave Kamakawiwoʻole a large steel chair. "Then I put up some microphones, do a quick sound check, roll tape, and the first thing he does is 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow.' He played and sang, one take, and it was over."
"Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" reached #12 on Billboard's Hot Digital Tracks chart the week of January 31, 2004 (for the survey week ending January 18, 2004). It passed the 2 million paid downloads mark in the USA by September 27, 2009, and then sold 3 million in the USA as of October 2, 2011. And as of October 2014, the song has sold over 4.2 million digital copies. The song is longest-leading number one hit on any of the Billboard song charts, having spent 185 on top of the World Digital Songs chart.
On July 8, 2007, Kamakawiwoʻole debuted at No. 44 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart with "Wonderful World," selling 17,000 units.
In April 2007, "Over the Rainbow" entered the UK charts at #68, and eventually climbed to #46, spending 10 weeks in the Top 100 over a 2-year period.
In October 2010, following its use in a trailer for the TV channel VOX and on a TV advertisement – for Axe deodorant (which is itself a revival of the advertisement originally aired in 2004) – it hit #1 on the German singles chart, was the number one seller single of 2010 and was eventually certified 2× Platinum in 2011.
As of November 1, 2010, "Over the Rainbow" peaked at No. 6 on the OE3 Austria charts, which largely reflect airplay on Austria's government-operated Top 40 radio network. It also peaked at No.1 in France and Switzerland in late December 2010.
On October 24, 2016 The Healer premiered at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, which featured "Over the Rainbow".
Alone in IZ World is an album by the Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole released in 2001, 4 years after his death in 1997. The album has charted on several of Billboard’s album charts. These are:
Top Independent Albums (47 weeks on the chart between 2001 and 2003, peaking at #6)
Top World Albums chart, peaking at number 1 (104 weeks on the chart between 2001 and 2003, peaking at #1)
The Billboard 200 (5 weeks on the chart between 2001 and 2002 peaking at #135)
Top Internet Albums (3 weeks on the chart in 2002)The album has continued to be a top seller, charting in the top 5 of the year-end Top World Catalog Albums chart for the years 2006 (#2), 2007 (#3), and 2008 (#5).Count On Me (Bruno Mars song)
"Count on Me" is a song by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars from his debut studio album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010). The song was first unveiled on Mars' debut extended play, It's Better If You Don't Understand (2010). The song was released as a radio single in Australia and served as the overall sixth single from Doo-Wops & Hooligans, being serviced to contemporary hit radio and adult contemporary radio in Australia on November 7, 2011. It was composed by Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine, under their alias, The Smeezingtons. Musically, "Count on Me" is a folk and tropical record that lyrically details the importance of friendship and convey a positive message.
It received generally mixed to positive reviews. Some music critics noted the resemblance to "Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, praising its arrangement and "uplifting" vibe, others criticized its "saccharine sound" and cheesy lyrics. The single peaked at number two in the Czech Republic and it was able to reach the position of 19 in Australia and 13 in New Zealand. It was certified three and two times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), respectively. Mars performed "Count on Me" on television shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show and included it on both of his worldwide tours The Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour (2010–12) and once on the Moonshine Jungle Tour (2013–14). The song has been covered a number of times and has been used in a couple of commercials.E Ala E
E Ala Ē (meaning Get awake) is an album by the Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, released in 1995.Facing Future
Facing Future is an album by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, released in 1993. The best-selling album of all time by a Hawaiian artist, Facing Future combines traditional Hawaiian-language songs, hapa haole songs with traditional instrumentation and two Jawaiian (Island reggae) tracks. The album's sales have been driven not only by its popularity with Hawaiian audiences but by its popularity in the mainland United States and around the world, particularly the track "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World," which has been licensed for use in movies (Finding Forrester, Meet Joe Black, 50 First Dates, Fred Claus, Hubble, Son of the Mask) television shows (ER, Cold Case, Jon & Kate Plus 8, Life On Mars, Glee) and commercials (eToys). Facing Future reached platinum status in 2005.Hawaii Aloha
"Hawaiʻi Aloha," also called "Kuʻu One Hanau," is a revered anthem of the native Hawaiian people and Hawaiʻi residents alike. Written by Lorenzo Lyons, a Christian minister who died in 1886, to a tune by James McGranahan, "Hawai‘i Aloha" was considered by the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 1967 and by the Hawaiʻi State Constitutional Convention in 1978 to become the official state song, but "Hawaiʻi Pono‘ī," written by King David Kalākaua and composed by Royal Hawaiian Band Master Henri Berger, was chosen instead.
"Hawaiʻi Aloha" is typically sung in both small and large, formal and informal gatherings, both in Hawaiʻi and abroad, while participants stand in a circle with joined hands. It is a feature of the inauguration of the Governor of Hawaiʻi (called Ke Kiaʻaina), and the opening sessions of the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives and Hawaiʻi State Senate. Traditionally, the last chorus is sung with hands raised above heads; the act of raising hands is especially important to advocates of the Hawaiian sovereignty movement.
Listen to an excerpt: (The Rose Ensemble) http://www.roseensemble.org/recordings/hawaii.htmlIZ
IZ, Iz, or iZ may refer to:
Arkia (IATA code: IZ), an Israeli airline
Immobilien Zeitung, a weekly specialist journal for the German real estate industry
Inclusionary zoning, an American term which refers to municipal and county planning ordinances
International zone, a type of extraterritoriality governed by international law
Invader Zim, an American animated television series
Iraq (NATO country code: IZ), a country in Western Asia
Israel Kamakawiwoʻole (also called "Bruddah Iz"; 1959–1997), Hawaiian musician, entertainer and Hawaiian sovereignty activist
IZ (band), a Korean rock band
Iž, an island in the Zadar Archipelago
iZ (toy), an electronic musical toy released in September 2005 from Zizzle
IZ the Wiz (1958–2009), one of the most prominent graffiti writers of the New York graffiti movement
The Trace (film) (Turkish: Iz), a 1994 Turkish thriller filmIn This Life
In This Life may refer to:
In This Life (Collin Raye album), 1992
"In This Life" (Collin Raye song), the title song
In This Life (Elise Testone album), 2014
"In This Life" (Delta Goodrem song), 2007
In This Life, a 1989 album by Thinking Plague
In This Life, a 2012 album by Chantal Kreviazuk
"In This Life", a funeral-inspired song by Madonna from Erotica (1992)
"In This Life", a song by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole from N Dis Life (1996)
"In This Life", a song by Chantal Kreviazuk from What If It All Means Something (2002)Ka 'Ano'i
Ka ʻAnoʻi is the debut album by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.Kaleohano
Kaleohano, a name meaning the voice (of) authority and respect, is the title of a song written by Louis Moon Kauakahi. The song has been performed by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole and by the Mākaha Sons of Niʻihau.For the lyrics, and the English translation of the song, please visit reference #2.
Kaleohano, as mentioned above, is a name that means the voice of authority and respect. The song was written as a tribute to Richard Kuakini “Piggy” Kaleohano, a musician and sound man who lived on Hawaiian homestead land in Keaukaha, and was a pillar of the native community there.
Keaukaha means the passing current, and is referring to the homestead land in Hilo, Hawaiʻi.
Mauna Kea means White Mountain and refers to a 13,796' dormant volcano on the island of Hawaiʻi. It is the highest point in the state of Hawai'i.List of Native Hawaiians
This is a list of notable Native Hawaiians.
To be included in this list, the person must have an English Wikipedia article showing they have Native Hawaiian heritage or must have references showing they have Native Hawaiian heritage and are notable.
Isabella Abbott, educator and scientist
Duke Aiona, politician
Eddie Aikau, surfer
Daniel K. Akaka, politician
D. G. Anderson, politician
S. Haunani Apoliona, activist
Bernice Pauahi Bishop, philanthropist
Kealii Blaisdell, traditional Hawaiian entertainer, original traditional Hawaiian song composer, great-grandson of Hawaiian author Joseph
Travis Browne, mixed martial artist
Sam Choy, chef, restaurateur, and television personality
Marcus Coloma, actor
Auli'i Cravalho, actress and singer
Ron Darling, former MLB pitcher
William Heath Davis, merchant and trader
Frank De Lima, comedian
William De Los Santos, poet, screenwriter, director
Adriano Directo Emperado, co-founder of Kajukenbo self-defense system
Russell Doane, mixed martial artist
Faith Evans, US marshal
Patricia Ford, model
Brickwood Galuteria, entertainer and party chairman
Sunny Garcia, surfer
Brian Haberlin, comic book artist
Clayton Hee, politician
Kaui Hart Hemmings, author
Don Ho, entertainer
Hoku Ho, singer
Max Holloway, mixed martial artist
Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu, musician and kumu hula
Kelly Hu, actress
Curtis Iaukea, politician
John Papa ʻĪʻī, an ali'i, politician and historian
Anuhea Jenkins, musician
Dick Jensen, singer
Maren Jensen, actress
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, Olympian and World Ambassador of Surfing
Natasha Kai, professional soccer player
Charles Kalani, Jr., professional athlete
Montgomery Kaluhiokalani, surfer
Samuel Kamakau, historian
Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, musician, entertainer, and activist
Kamehameha the Great, first king of Hawaii
George Kanahele, author of books about native Hawaiians
Jason Kapono, NBA forward
Gilbert Lani Kauhi, often credited as Zulu, actor
Princess Abigail Kawananakoa, descendant of aliʻi
Prince Quentin Kawananakoa, heir presumptive throne of Hawaii, lawyer, politician
Mary Kaye, musician and singer
James Kealoha, politician
Charles Kekumano, Roman Catholic priest and first papal chamberlain of native Hawaiian ancestry
Esther Kia'aina, politician
Al Kikume, actor and stuntman
Samuel Wilder King, politician
Helio Koaʻeloa, missionary and candidate for sainthood
Jesse Kuhaulua, sumo wrestler
Brook Mahealani Lee, Miss Universe 1997
Eric Lee, musician
Steve Leialoha, comic book artist
Liliʻuokalani, last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi
Agnes Lum, gravure idol, bikini model, actress and singer
Harry Maitey, first Hawaiian in Prussia
David Malo, historian
Jarah Mariano, model
Kevin Mawae, former president of the NFL Players Association
Maxine, model and professional wrestler
Michelle Maylene, adult film actress and model
Yancy Medeiros, mixed martial artist
Janet Mock, trans women's rights activist
Jason Momoa, actor
Leilani Munter, American race car driver and environmental activist
Don Muraco, professional wrestler
Kellye Nakahara, actress
Joseph Nawahi, politician and artist
Ruban Nielson, musician
Karl James Noons, mixed martial artist
Cheryl Moana Marie Nunes, musician and former Oakland Raiderette
David Nuuhiwa, surfer
Danny Ongais, race car driver
Dennis Pavao, Hawaiian Falsetto Singer and Musician
B. J. Penn, mixed martial artist
Herbert K. Pililaau, Medal of Honor recipient
Mary Kawena Pukui, scholar and educator
Keanu Reeves, actor
Rap Reiplinger, comedian
William S. Richardson, jurist
Marlene Sai, singer and actress
Nicole Scherzinger, singer
Ray Schoenke, former NFL player
Wini Shaw, actress
Micah Solusod, voice actor
Shannyn Sossamon, actress
David Strathairn, actor
Napua Stevens, entertainer, singer, hula dancer, musician, teacher, radio-TV personality, producer and author
Akebono, sumo wrestler
Freddie Tavares, helped design the Fender Stratocaster and other Fender products, steel guitarist
Nainoa Thompson, Polynesian navigator, Trustee for Kamehameha Schools
Kiana Tom, fitness trainer
Logan Tom, Olympic volleyball player
Haunani-Kay Trask, activist
Mililani Trask, activist
Brendon Urie, lead singer of Panic! at the Disco
Shane Victorino, professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox
Kimo von Oelhoffen, former NFL player
John D. Waihee III, politician
Charlie Wedemeyer, athlete and author
Herman Wedemeyer, actor, football player, and politician
Robert William Wilcox, delegate to Congress
Jerome Williams, baseball player
Kailee Wong, professional football player
Kirby Wright, novelist and poetList of number-one hits (Germany)
The GfK Entertainment Charts are record charts compiled by GfK Entertainment on behalf of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI).List of ukulele players
This is a list of ukulele players. These musicians and bands are well known for playing the ukulele as their primary instrument and have an associated linked Wikipedia article. It is not intended for everyone that can play the instrument.Moe Keale
Wilfred Nalani "Moe" Keale (December 3, 1939 - April 15, 2002) was a musician of Hawaiian music, a ukulele virtuoso, and an American actor. He was the uncle and major musical influence of Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.Mākaha Sons
The Mākaha Sons of Ni'ihau / The Mākaha Sons are a Hawaiian musical group formed in 1976 on the island of Oahu by Jerome Koko, Louis "Moon" Kauakahi, Skippy Kamakawiwo'ole, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, and Sam Gray. The band started its career as an opening act at a small nightclub called Uptown Yokos. The group has changed members several times; Skippy Kamakawiwo'ole died of weight-related health problems in 1982. The name was changed to the Mahaka Sons after Israel Kamakawiwo'ole abruptly quit the group in 1993.
The Mākaha Sons of Niihau and the Makaha Sons have released 21 CDs, and produced a DVD on their own record label. They have won Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards and Hawaii Music Awards. They produced their own signature concert, "Take a Walk in the Country," in Hawaii for many years. They produce and promote young artists in traditional Hawaiian music.
In commemoration of the group’s 30th anniversary, the Sons reflect back to the times and places they have had the privilege and honor to have been a part of. Their performances have taken them to such prestigious places as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Washington, D. C., and in Hawaii, with performances for both the President and Vice-President of the United States. They have also appeared on the movie, North Shore and have been featured guests on shows as The Captain and Tennille Show and NBC's Today Show with Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric. Locally they have appeared on shows such as Island Music, Island Heart and Emme’s Island Moments, and have accompanied American musician Kenny Loggins for his CD release party at Ala Moana Center. The Makaha Sons formed the Makaha Sons Foundation in 2004, which supports variety of organizations, funding some of Hawaii’s police officers, funding families afflicted with illnesses, and providing scholarships each year to a selected high school senior.N Dis Life
N Dis Life is the final album of original music by Native Hawaiian singer Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole before his death, released in 1996. It reached #3 at Top World Music Albums.Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" (also known as "Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World") is a medley of the songs "Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World", by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole and released on his albums Ka ʻAnoʻi and Facing Future.Wonderful World (Israel Kamakawiwo'ole album)
Wonderful World is an album by the Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole released 2007, a decade after his death in 1997. The album is considered a classic and suggested in some tourist guides as representative of Hawaiian contemporary music.