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Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Born: May 20, 1959

Death: Jun 26, 1997

Birthplace: Honolulu

Profession: Musician

Nationality: United States

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Date of Birth : May 20, 1959
Date of Death : Jun 26, 1997
Birth Place : Honolulu

Israel "Iz" Ka?ano?i Kamakawiwo?ole translation: "The Fearless Eyed"; May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997, also called Bruddah Iz, was a Hawaiian musician, entertainer and sovereignty activist. His voice became famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993. His medley of "Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and television commercials. Through his skillful ukulele playing and incorporation of other genres, Kamakawiwo?ole remains a very strong influence on Hawaiian music.


  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter

Also known as

  • Kamakawiwo''ole, Israel
  • Israel "IZ" Kamakawwiwo''ole
  • Israel Kamakawiwo'' Ole
  • Isreal Kamakawiwo''ole
  • Bruddah Iz
  • IZ


  • Evangeline Leinani Kamakawiwo?ole
  • Henry Kaleialoha Naniwa Kamakawiwo?ole, Jr.


  • Marlene Kamakawiwo?ole


  • Ceslie-Ann "Wehi" Kamakawiwo''ole

Awards Won

  • Echo Award for Song of the Year
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