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Israel Ka'ano'i "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole
Birth: May 20, 1959
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Death: Jun. 26, 1997
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA

IZ was known as the "Voice of Hawaii".

He became famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993. His medley of "Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World" was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and commercials.

Through his ukulele playing and incorporation of other genres (such as jazz and reggae), Kamakawiwoʻole remains one of the major influences in Hawaiian music over the course of 15 years.

Kamakawiwoʻole is survived by his wife, Marlene Kamakawiwoʻole, and his daughter, Ceslie-Ann "Wehi".

The Hawaiʻi State Flag flew at half-staff on July 10, 1997, the day of Kamakawiwoʻole's funeral. His koa wood coffin lay in state at the Capitol building in Honolulu. He was the third person in Hawaiian history to be awarded this honor, and the only one who was not a government official. 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.

On September 20, 2003, hundreds paid tribute to Kamakawiwoʻole as a bronze bust 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.

** John Paul Laughlin **

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Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Created by: Ami Munro
Record added: Jan 24, 2011
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Israel Ka'ano'i IZ Kamakawiwoʻole
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Israel Ka'ano'i IZ Kamakawiwoʻole
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You left this world much too soon, but your music will live forever. It has been almost 19 years since you left us but you will never be forgotten.
- Jackie Bowman
 Added: Jul. 6, 2016
- love always
 Added: Jun. 25, 2016

- Henry1952
 Added: May. 22, 2016
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