Israel Kamakawiwo`ole – Guestbook – 1997 Archive

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May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997

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GUESTBOOK  – 1997 Archive (June 1997-December 1997)

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Name: Bobby Sensano
E-mail address: mauiboy@whidbeynet.com
Da kine bra

Tue Dec 30 18:22
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Name: Robert and Lorrie Teates
E-mail address: lteates@hpu.edu
We miss brother Iz. He was the most important Hawaiian we knew and we live with his music every day. We attended his last concert at the Shell and wondered if a video of that concert will be available. We would like to see anthologies of his work on the market such as a collection of love songs or his Hawaiian superman songs. We look forward to his next album. Hope his family is doing well.

Fri Dec 26 23:14
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Name: arnie strauss
7 king hill ct Denville, NJ 07834 Your memory will live on forever.

Thu Dec 25 17:02
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Name: Auntie Maria
E-mail address: auntie@mele.com
Homepage URL: http://www.mele.com
You are missed, my friend, but you will never be forgotten…

Wed Dec 24 08:44
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Name: Gary Lamb
E-mail address: riagar@aol.com
Aloha nui loa from Cape Cod Mass…. Thanks to you bruddah Iz for your life and your music. You helped this haole boy to realize that Hawaii is more than media has taught us. Me ke aloha-God bless-your music & memory lives forever. Gary Lamb Cape Cod

Tue Dec 23 14:25
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Name: kolina sensano
E-mail address: scmelly @ aol.com
To Bruddah Iz! Jus wanna tank you 4 all da muzic you made which waz inspiring & also da bomb!!! Even dough you’ve gone away 2 a beta place, you will always remain in my heart. Hea from San Diego, Kolina loves and miss you!

Sat Dec 20 21:53
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Name: Chuck and Nancy Hooper
E-mail address: choopjr@aloha.net
The first time we heard the muic of “IZ” we were in a small shop in Captain Cook, Big Island. A song from his album “Facing Future” was playing on the radio in the backround. His clear and simple message reached out and grabbed my soul. The haunting and sad story he was telling about Hawaii as it was and as it is hit hard. His message was not bitter. He just wanted people to know what had happened and not to forget that history and values should never be forgotton. We went to see Iz at a concert in Waikoloa. The concert featured a number of younger artists that IZ wanted to help. The man himself appeared later in the evening. You could fel the love everyone felt for him. The keiki (kids) idolized him and respected his concern for their futures. It was a night we will never forget. At the end of the concert, we waited to meet him and shake hands. He was kind and as patient as his songs. It didn’t matter that we were haoles. His passing breaks our hearts but his message of Aloha made the world so much richer.

Sat Dec 20 21:24
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Name: Tracy Takaki
E-mail address: hoku100@aol.com
Although I never met you, I felt I knew you for a life time through you music. You have awakened a sensitivity longed supressed. You will be greatly missed..Aloha my brother

Sat Dec 20 19:12
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Name: WEE WEE
E-mail address: LVOGELMAN
We were very fortunate to see Bruddah Iz at one of his last live performaces in Maui. The experience was truly magical and moving. We love his music for its beautiful lyrics and melodies plus the inspiring message.

Thu Dec 20 17:02
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Name: alika
E-mail address: jlyden@hawaii.edu
aloha 2 da true hawaiian IZ a hui hou malama pono

Thu Dec 18 14:56
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Name: pi`ikea
E-mail address: ispeitel@hawaii.edu
wassup iz

Thu Dec 18 14:49
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Name: Cliff
E-mail address: aeloa@msn.com
I am also a Hawaiian musician and sound engineer. Once while I was running sound at the 50th State fair. We were fortunate to have the Makaha sons of Niihau that year. And the next night I remember Israel coming to drop off Hawaiian food for us. Man if that’s not the true meaning of Aloha. I’ll always remember that night and Israel.

Sun Dec 14 17:51
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Name: Shawna-Dayle Ku’uipookalani Loo
E-mail address: rockloo@gte.net

Sun Dec 14 17:02
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Name: Shawna-Dayle Ku’uipookalani Loo

Sun Dec 14 17:02
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Name: Derek Okahashi
E-mail address: iokeo@pixi.com
Bruddah IZ the ultimate Hawaiian super man will always live in our hearts as a hero. Bruddah IZ you taught me what it is to show ALOHA and to be Hawaiian.Icame from the mainland and I wanted to leearn about my Hawaiian culture. I wanted to learn because Ialways felt out of place on the mainland being around all the haoles and papolos. But tou taught me why I should really learn. Because I am hawaiian and if I don’t no about my culture I don’t know about myself. And showing ALOHA isn’t just about being nice to strangers is about takeing care of the aina and taking responsibbility for our kuliana. And most important respecting yourself. 

Sun Dec 14 14:27
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Name: Clayton LaFontaine
E-mail address: clafonta@mail.wsu.edu
Aloha to Braddah Iz. You will be missed not only in Hawaii, but all over the world. You was the best and you still the best. NO KA OE. Aloha No, Braddah Clay Washington State University Moanalua High School Alumni Class of 1997 

Sat Dec 13 19:05
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Name: Sabastien
E-mail address: Sammyland@Hotmail.com
Send me more info on his music. CD’s, literature…whatever I have someone who misses his music and never knew him… Sammyland

Sat Dec 13 18:52
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Name: T & T
E-mail address: tntw@gte.net
There never has been and never will be a sweeter sound in the world than the sound of bruddah IZ’s voice. He’ll be missed here by all in hawaii. Sing with the angels bruddah.

Mon Dec 8 23:09
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Name: Ken & Sharon
E-mail address: krskmil@aloha.net
Homepage URL: http://www.aloha.net/~krskmil
Aloha Iz, Condolences to your wife, daughter, relatives and friends. You will live on forever in the music that you have left behind for us to enjoy. A quote I once read. “Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, For as long as there is memory, they’ll live on in the heart.” Ken & Sharon From Kauai

Sun Dec 7 21:35
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Name: Tracey Walden
E-mail address: SamDarcy@AOL>COM
His music touched our lives at a crucial moment. It was quite by accident to hear him singing in the background and be so struck by his messasge, his tone and lyric style. His passing is sorrowful, yet we have found his recordings and they will last us a richer lifetime.

Sun Dec 7 17:30
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Name: Hauniual’i’iwahinekehaulaniku’uipoululani Subiono
E-mail address: jsubi360@makani.k12.hi.us
Kulia i ka nu’u

Sun Dec 7 17:27
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Name: Hauniuali’iwahinekehaulaniku’uipoululani Subiono
E-mail address: jsubi@makani.k12.hi.us
Our ohana fell in love with Iz’s voice. It was one that was always found, and welcomed into our home. The world has lost a great man. We pray blessings on his soul, and family through this great loss.

Sun Dec 7 17:13
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Name: Joyce E. Carter
As a ten-year visitor to Maui. a haole friend of Hawaii, and a lover of all the Hawaiian arts, most especially music, I want to express here my pleasure in becoming acquainted with Israel’s wonderful music. It is my intention to obtain all his tapes when I return to Maui in March, 1998.

Sat Dec 6 12:03
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Name: Raymond Rodrigues
E-mail address: cahuna@bellatlantic.net
We are great fans of his music. He was the best

Fri Dec 5 15:47
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Name: Linda Campbell
E-mail address: Linda.Campbell
I was introduced to the music of IZ on one of many trips to Oahu, Hawai’ i. I’m a Black woman, 42 years old with tastes for a wide variety of music. I fell in love with his voice, his beautiful voice. I brought IZ’s Facing Future CD and I listen to it often. Especially when I want to relive my trips to beautiful Hawai’i!! I will miss him. The world will miss him. To his family and close friends; Know that IZ touched many, many hearts..hearts as far away as Forestville, Maryland. Linda Campbell

Fri Dec 5 11:55
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Name: Jen Jen
E-mail address: Kinipeli84@aol.com
Wassup wassup!!!! Bruddah IZ is just da bomb. We all miss him. Luv luv!!! w/love & aloha Jenn

Thu Dec 4 20:52
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Name: Jack V. Diaz
E-mail address: mvb.jdiaz@saipan.com
You know, I loved all if his music. I think he was the best in what he does. I almost choked when I heard the news. To his family, my condolences. I Lost my mother in Hawaii this February 23, 1997. And went back to my hotel and listed to “In Dis Life” all night. She died of heart failure. I will miss her just as I will miss him making beautiful music 

Thu Dec 4 16:51
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Name: Richard Pata
Israel will be loved by all 

Wed Dec 3 17:32
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Name: Makaleke & Graeme Hunter
E-mail address: nova@ihug.co.nz
Will never die as we rember

Wed Dec 3 02:59
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Name: Gary Wright
E-mail address: gwright242@aol.com
My condolences to the Kamakawiwo’ole family from a haole in Illinois. My first exposure to Bruddah Iz was when I heard his interview on Public Radio Broadcasting a couple years ago. I was captivated by the purity of his voice and by the spirit of Aloha in his speaking. What a great loss to all of us! May the Lord bless you in your time of grief.

Tue Dec 2 06:58
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Name: Johnna Malia Mahealani Molnar

Mon Dec 1 22:01
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Name: Pam Osborne
E-mail address: posasv@alam1.lib.co.alameda.ca.us
Had followed Iz’s career since his early days with Makaha Sons. He is Hawaii to me – will miss him very much! 

Mon Dec 1 18:55
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Name: paul m reed
E-mail address: jsreed@idir.net
I found IZ through NPR right before taking a trip to Maui We purcased E ala E & have enjoyed it tremendously I look forward to listening to his other recordings soon . I will miss him 

Mon Dec 1 18:52
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Name: Namuia Malala Jr.
I love bradda IZ. I listen to his music alot and i am going to miss him.

Sat Nov 29 15:53
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Name: Rob Ernst
E-mail address: sky771@aol.com
My first and only exposure to Mr. Israel’s music was while listening to an NPR story of his death in July, 1997. I thought his voice was the most beautiful I’d ever heard. What a tragedy his death brings for those who knew and loved him. Now I will search for his music, and perhaps, if I’m lucky draw close to his heart.

Fri Nov 28 18:22
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Name: uilani
bradda IZ- hey aloha’s from da mainland. i jus wanted to say dat u have real kine enspired me in all i do and i am very proud to b hawaiian and am proud to b who i am. da music dat u made was da bomb!!! 2 da family, well no b sad k!! he brought such good kine music and everyone around everywhere is apreciating it and just becuz he is gone, doesn’t mean he is gone, he lives in everyone now and he is in all our hearts!!well i goin say my aloha’s now k, so mahalo nui loa!!!! -uilani 

Fri Nov 28 09:44
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Name: The Boever Family
E-mail address: boeverjc@swbell.net
We’re very sorry to hear about IZ. We were fortunate to see IZ in concert on the Big Island in April 1997. It was unbelievably great. We play his music every day. He brings the spirit of Hawaii to the Midwest. We will miss him. Aloha, The Boevers

Thu Nov 27 10:42
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Name: Kolohe K Kapu
E-mail address: kkapu456@makani.k12.hi.us

Tue Nov 25 15:19
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Name: haumea
E-mail address: haumea@pacbell.net
Homepage URL: http://www.geocities.com/broadway/5966/kids.html
Cuz- Mahalo for all da days you spoke with me. And mahalo for talking with me on the phone at Queen’s. Also for the times you were there for Jessie. I miss you lots, and always leev you notes in IzChat because you still insai deah. My daughter loves to dance Ka Hui La Wai….always for you., haumea 

Mon Nov 24 21:20
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Name: Jimmy Maestro
E-mail address: collinsm@ite.net
First saw him too late- Waikiki Shell November ’96. Awesome performance- outstanding interview on KCCN the Friday before. Miss him terribly now. Play his music all the time. “I know that I won’t live forever…….” I get chills every time I hear that line.

Mon Nov 24 12:43
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Name: Maui Iosefa Kaleihuia Sibbett
E-mail address: mauisibbett@hotmail.com
BRUDDAH IZ, MANY MANY MAHALOS FOR DA SOLID MUSIC FOR ALL DIS TIME. ONE DAY BRA YOU AND ME GOIN MEET ON A WHITE SANDY BEACH IN DA HAWAI’I IN DA SKY! ALOHA PUMEHANA, MAUI DA HA-“Y”-N SUPA MAN

Sat Nov 22 13:38
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Name: Leland Pico
E-mail address: ewapico@msn.com
We will miss his concerts here in Washington St., but we will always listen to his CDs that remind us of all the love and aloha from back home.

Sat Nov 22 10:13
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Name: Ben Iosefa
E-mail address: b-iosefa@usa.net
Braddah Iz, During these years Ive always been inspired by your music. I use to live in the house next door to you in Makaha, yes! the one with the big banyon tree.I lived on Makau street all my life and I loved everything about it. The hauole guy who use to live next door married my mom. I never got to actually meet you but I wish I did. Ive listened to your music ever since I was a little boy. I remember I grew up playing under that banyon tree on Makau street. I like to say that thanks for the words and love you have given to us. You will always be in my heart no matter what. My love goes out to you and your whole family. I will always remember you and Ill always pray for you. Love you braddah IZ 

Fri Nov 21 06:49
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Name: John Santiago
E-mail address: Surfindude@aol.com
Brudda you going to missed dearly… Waianae Class of 78′ 

Thu Nov 20 13:14
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Name: Marvin Lum
E-mail address: HawynEye@aol.com
I now live in up in San Francisco Bay area and have always listened to Braddah Iz. Whenever I listen to his music it makes me proud to have that Hawaiian blood in me. I even remember when he was with the original “Makaha Sons of Niihau” playing down in Waianae, Makaha and Nanakuli and of course Hanks in Kaimuki. Yeah…I am going to miss the true Hawaiian voice of a wonderful Hawaiian….all we got is his CD’s and of course I am very fortunate to have the LP albums. Aloha brah…take care …. Marv 

Wed Nov 19 20:59
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Name: Marvin Lum
E-mail address: HawynEye@aol.com
I’ve listened to him and da boys ever since they were down in Waianae and Makaha. Terrific…..just terriffic!

Wed Nov 19 20:43
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Name: Maka
E-mail address: MAKAAHOA@aol.com
Iloved Bradda IZ. He was a very good singer and everyone loved him. May he rest in peace now. Love you lots.

Wed Nov 19 20:23
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Name: Ryan Abara
I am sad to say that brudda Iz has left us. He was my idol. I really love his songs and his powerful voice. I will never foret the Hawaiian Supa Man. Supeee

Wed Nov 19 15:57
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Name: Shayna Ashley
I am a great fan of Bruddah Iz!!!! He lives on within all the hearts of the people of Hawaii; and he surely lives on within me. Here in college at Washington State College his music has given me great confidence. While writing papers for my english class, my topics have always been someway related to either the unjust history of my native Hawaiian ancestors or Hawaiian sovereignty; and I always listen to his music which makes me cry. His music, his words remind me that Hawaii and it’s people are fragile; and if I a kanaka moali doesn’t do anything about the suffering our `aina and people have been exposed to then our `aina will die and our people will become extinct. Thank you Bruddah Iz for your inspiration. You will be legend in my heart. A legend I will share with my children; music I will pass on to them. Memories of you will live on FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!! much love and aloha to you, his family, and much, much more love and aloha to you, Bruddah Iz. Shayna Kitty Ka`imilani Ashley

Tue Nov 18 18:19
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Name: Kicho 
IZ an hiz music is tha sh*t! 

Tue Nov 18 10:15
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Name: Dori Carreira
E-mail address: Dopeyd1@gte.net
Thank you for establishing a dreambook for IZ. He is missed so dearly by all of us. He was truly the Hawaiian Suppa Man, yeah? How do you establish a Dreambook? It’s a hip idea. okay then. PEACE & ALOHA… Dopey d1

Mon Nov 17 19:26
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Name: Doriann Marie Carreira
E-mail address: Dopeyd1@gte.net
You really touched my soul! I’ll always love you Bruddah Iz. Your music blew my mind and touched my heart. ME KE ALOHA PUMEHANA E ALA E AND SUPE Doriann M.Carreira

Mon Nov 17 19:20
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Name: Alena
E-mail address: FOBsTeine@aol.com
Even after the 4 1/2 months that have passed since the passing of Iz, I still on a daily basis think of how wonderfully he portrayed my love for Hawai’i. I think many of us have these feelings…and it just took this talented man to put into words what we all have felt. Mahalo nui loa, bruddah Iz. Thanks for the memories…and more than anything, mahalo for your music that will live forever within our hearts. I love you, bruddah. A hui hou ke malama pono. Alena

Mon Nov 17 14:07
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Name: Tom Locascio
E-mail address: toml1@flash.net
Homepage URL: http://www.flash.net/~toml1
I have all 3 of Iz’s solo cd’s. The more I listen the more I miss him. “In ‘dis Life” is probably the most beautiful song ever written/recorded. Mahalo Aloha, Tom

Mon Nov 17 09:52
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Name: Jeff Newman
E-mail address: kepe@gte.net
Growing up here I didn’t appreciate Hawaii as much as I did when I was forced to leave with the military. I came back 1 year before IZ died. His music, and finally being home was an inspiration to live and love Aloha. My wife (from Ohio) loved Israel’s music, and that helped to open her up to everything from music to plate lunch. IZ…we miss you. 

Sat Nov 15 01:32
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Name: Edi Stocker
E-mail address: estocker@nekomail-us.com
I only heard one of his songs on the radio. Tommorow I will try to find his records… He is not dead, he is within us – forever. Edi

Fri Nov 14 22:51
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Name: smokumjo
E-mail address: smokumjo@gte.net
He will be missed, but his music will live on in the hearts of the hawaiians and the hawaiians at heart.. A HUI HOU MALAMA PONO ……… 

Wed Nov 12 19:03
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Name: TYRONE FERREIRA
E-mail address: isaiah@hgea.org
Iz you are the bomb, it doesn’t matter how big you are it matters on your heart,which you have alot of. Every time I hear you play the uke, I dream of being like you. Iz it was very sad you had to leave us so early but my memories of your graet fingers picking and strumming the uke will always be in my mind. 

Mon Nov 10 22:21
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Name: Laura/Dez/& Alaka’i Martin
E-mail address: lmartin.mci@campus.mci.com
Bruddah IZ…. Mountain of a man,…, Voice of an angel…. You’ll always be in our hearts…Much love. -The Martin Ohana-

Mon Nov 10 22:11
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Name: Rick Gano
E-mail address: rgano@inforum.net
We were lucky to have learned about Iz on a recent trip to Kuaui. It is sad it was because of his death. To me he has the most angelic voice I have ever heard. In his death, he has brought new life into mine.

Sun Nov 9 08:50
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Name: Graham Mills
E-mail address: lunalilo@msn.com
Bruddah Iz’s music will live on forever, so he’ll never be forgotten! I’ve spent many years in Hawaii, and visit every year, and the music is wonderful. 

Sat Nov 8 18:56
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Name: Larry Brede
E-mail address: sckanaka@groupz.net
Homepage URL: http://mixed-plate.com
Bruddah Iz brought special memories to Hawaiians everywhere. . .even us kanakas in South Carolina! He captured the essence of Hawaii, bringing back memories of “small kid time,” underscoring contemporary issues, and even “facing future.” Mahalo, Bruddah Iz, for keeping our culture alive, especially for those of us so far away.

Sat Nov 8 12:05
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Name: Larry
E-mail address: ElRoi1811@aol.com
Sending a thank you to Braddah Iz from a Hilo boy stuck on the mainland…your tapes took me home everytime braddah….aloha

Sat Nov 8 00:34
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Name: Kauilani Kalani 
E-mail address: future4@aloha.net
Bradda Isreal Kamakawiwole Was An Insperation To Everyone All Over The World He Touched Peoples Hearts He Did Drugs But He Turend His Self Around And He Realized That You Cant Live Forever So While Your Alive Might As Well Cherish It While You Can So Thats What He Did. He Also Thought Kids To Not Be In Gangs Because When You Die Your Family Will Suffer The Pain And Everytime He Would Visit Schools And Give Speeches His Saying Would Be “Use Da Rag To Wipe You Hanabugars Not To Use It a Symbol In a Gang”.. We All Luv Bradda Iz
IN LOVING MEMORY OF ISREAL KAMAKAWIWOOLE
IZ WILL NEVER DIE HE STILL WILL BE IN ALL OUR HEARTS 

Wed Nov 5 13:41
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Name: Missagh Rajaei 
E-mail address: rajaei@aloha.net
i loved his music!! I am a good friend of Robert Ferrigno. I wish i had the privalege to meet him!

Tue Nov 4 22:58
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Name: Fred & Laurel Hansford
E-mail address: 4t2@uniserve.com
Thanks for the music. Iz is living in a sovereign land.

Mon Nov 3 22:35
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Name: Kris Kupau
E-mail address: oahuboy63@hotmail.com
uncle iz, u iz da man alwayz and foa eva. u enlighten evarybodies heart and soul. jus one aloha foa evaryting u did foa oua people. from da ohana in california. u da man.

Sun Nov 2 23:12
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Name: Phil and Evelyn Morrison
E-mail address: philmorrison@worldnet.att.net
We are so sad the IZ is no longer with us. We will always remember him and his wonderfull music. His family and friends are in our prayers. He will be sadly missed….he was the greatest!!! Phil and Evelyn Morrison

Sat Nov 1 23:28
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Name: Lisa
E-mail address: lisa@lisa.lisa
Homepage URL: http://lisa.lisa
I love the IZ! I have died a thousand deaths since he left the Earth! May his spirit live forever

Sat Nov 1 20:47
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Name: mr.mrs.c.w.adams 
E-mail address: 12815 priscilla norwalk,ca.90650

Fri Oct 31 16:14
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Name: Lincoln Chee
E-mail address: zxr-750rr@worldnet.att.net
Braddah Iz will always be in the hearts of many people in this Aina! His music will always live on and may he reat in peace and I know now he stay jamming with Braddah Skippy up there! 

Thu Oct 30 13:48
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Name: Sadayoshi Adachi
E-mail address: adasada@bc.mbn.or.jp
I pray for the repose of IZ’s soul from my heart. Please sleep peacefully. Mahalo your song. Kokorokara gomeifuku inorimasu. from Japan.

Thu Oct 30 03:41
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Name: Lambert Lai
E-mail address: 76167.1620@compuserve.com
I was born and raised in Kailua, Oahu but now live in Rochester, New York where the winters are real cold. Listening to the music of bruddah’Iz always made me homesick but kept me close to my “roots.” I was greatly saddend to hear of Iz’s death and wish to express my sympathy to his family. 

Wed Oct 29 21:00
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Name: Masanori Sonoda
E-mail address: sonoda@ea.mbn.or.jp

Mon Oct 27 06:51
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Name: Ron Campos
E-mail address: furious@pixi.com
Never appreciated you as much as I should have when you were here. They say that always happens to the best. You never appreciate greatness until it’s gone. You will be greatly missed…

Mon Oct 27 00:13
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Name: Richard W Wood
E-mail address: richkmw@earthlink.net
I recentlly lost my son in the bombing in saudia arabia, when the terrorist blew up the truck in front of the kobar towers, One of the things that has helped me to get through this nightmare is listining to the cd faceing future, I am so so sorry about the lose of Israel, I have in my life never been so touched by someones music! I will always remember and will always listen. Thank You Richard 

Sat Oct 25 16:20
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Name: steve silvagni
E-mail address: silvagni@napanet.net
My wife has family in hawaii.To me IZ was the spirit of Hawaii. We both loved him. He has touched many with a great alhoha. 

Wed Oct 22 22:30
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Name: JOE SOUZA
E-mail address: psdesign@gte.net
Homepage URL: http://expage.com/page/joehomepage
Bruddah IZ your still the man..Luv you bruddah IZ..

Wed Oct 22 08:07
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Name: isaac b 
Iz was one good man. He taught this man in toledo,ohio what pride and love for your race and culture really mean. thhank you Iz. I can’t wait to meet you at the end of the rainbow. 

Wed Oct 22 07:05
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Name: Pearl Kalamau
E-mail address: blazer@lava.net
I would like to give my deepest sympathy to the Family. And may the Lord Be with them all. He’s a Big man with a big heart And he’s always Da Hawaiian Super Man! Hawaiian ! 

Sun Oct 19 23:08
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Name: Scott Ka`eo Shimizu
E-mail address: Hayn57473@AOL.com
Wassup Ha-y-n. u r the man. u will live on in the hearts of every1 in Hawai`i and everywhere in the world. i wish that u didn’t go. i will miss u and jus relaxing at your concerts. u will b missed dearly by all and especially me. i i’ll c u later. i don’t know how we will live w/out u. it will b hard. u were the voice of Hawai`i, u were the heart of Hawai`i. and last but not least, “always was, always will b, always IZ Ha-y-n” 4eva. “SUPE!” Aloha, Mahalo Nui Loa, Ka`eo p.s. “HA-Y-N!”

Sat Oct 18 21:50
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Name: Brian and Bridget Leonard
E-mail address: bucky012@iamerica.net
My wife and I were only temporary residents on your great land. Thanks to your music combined with the awesome spirit of the people, our fondest memories will always be there.

Sat Oct 18 20:27
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Name: Lynwenzel
E-mail address: lynwenzel@msn.com
Your music has touched my heart and I will always admire you and your music. Thank you for sharing your great gifts with the world.

Sat Oct 18 13:16
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Name: christine murakami
E-mail address: cmurakam@usc.edu
We love you Iz!!!

Fri Oct 17 13:16
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Name: Kimo Villar
E-mail address: kimo@alaska.net
Bruddah IZ will always be remembered. For many of us who live in the mainland, through our own musical groups, I/we will continue spreading his music. As was stated by Iz, we are not to feel sad, his passing as with many of the isle musicians before him will be just another journey of life. Can you imagine the band members that he has now joined; Skippy, Alfred Apaka, Pops Pahinui, etc. What a jam session that would be. Anyway from all of us here in Juneau, Alaska, Aloha Bruddah IZ, we’ll miss you, but we know we will see up there later….Kimo 

Thu Oct 16 18:43
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Name: jan fitzgerald
E-mail address: denn@ziplink.net

Thu Oct 16 17:43
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Name: Jeffry Buchli
E-mail address: fry1@earthlink.net

Thu Oct 16 17:35
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Name: Jason Hiyakumoto
E-mail address: jhiyakum@hawaii.edu
SUUUPEEE!I love you Bruddah IZ! All da people up here in cali who have heard your music misses you. Aloha and God bless to da family! Love, Jason 

Thu Oct 16 12:58
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Name: JR BOY
E-mail address: themana@hotmail.com
Ke mau nei keia mau mea, Ka mana’o’i’o, ka mana’olana, A me ke aloha o ke Akua, Ke aloha na’e ka i ‘oi. Meaning: These things still abide, Faith and hope and the love that is of God: and of these… LOVE is the greatest. Thanks Braddah IZ for teaching me this valuable lesson. 

Thu Oct 16 06:22
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Name: Jeffrey Joseph Kahiona Alefaio
E-mail address: GISSEL@classicMSN.com
Jes want to say, miss you brah. Even on da mainland all da way in Seattle we get da bad news. May you rest in peace bruddah.

Wed Oct 15 19:32
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Name: Kathleen Harrell
E-mail address: kharrell@xircom.com
…Never to have known him, to have first heard him sing on the radio just months after he left this world…what I have missed! I just returned from my first trip to Hawaii, where I was blessed by the music, the art, the people, and the land. Kauaii holds a piece of my heart now, but the music of IZ that I brought home with me will fill that spot.

Mon Oct 13 15:34
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Name: Lorna Lim
Iz. . . what can I say, but that I will miss you very much. I was told in the “good book” that heaven is a beautiful place, and now you get to see the beauty, to be free, and “FLY WITH ANGLES.” Please tell my brother “KIMO” that we miss him, watch over him until we all meet again in Heaven. Thank you for your music and songs, for it has truly inspired my life, and has made me as a “Hawaiian” to appreciate this paradise we call home. To Marlene and Wehe, God bless and know that we love you. “Iz. aloha wau ia ‘oe, e ka Hawaiian Suppa Man!!!!” 

Sun Oct 12 16:26
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Name: Simi Leo
E-mail address: jqr@aloha.net
Iz was ….. Iz is a man of dreams, a man of many talents a man that has lifetime full of dreams it saddens me for him to be away but I am so gratefully happy that his pain is gone

Sat Oct 11 07:54
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Name: Jon de Mello
….Mahalo Edward…. I miss my friend 

Fri Oct 10 00:51
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Name: Denise Chiemi Lacno
E-mail address: lacno@nevada.edu
Aloha Hawaii from Vegas…I loved the web pages. It brought back a lot of memories of IZ and was a little saddening but it was good. I’m also a fan and really was down about his death but he lived a good an productive life—no matter what and really made great music. Keep up the good work…Denise, Honolulu, Hawaii

Thu Oct 9 21:13
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Name: Richard Patacsil
E-mail address: patacsil@hawaii.edu
Kamakawiwo’ole ‘Ohana, My deepest condolences goes out to you all. Iz touched our lives in many ways. He touched my life in a speical way. Through his music he expressed his feelings of love, laughter, and saddness. He reminded us about the struggles our native people have endured for may years. He made me realize how important Hawaiian music was to me, my family, and my culture. Aloha, Richard M. Patacsil 

Wed Oct 8 18:36
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Name: Brian Perez
E-mail address: perezb@okstate.edu

Wed Oct 8 12:50
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Name: Alaka’i 
E-mail address: awea0715@blue.unco.edu
Peace Out to IZ! He was one of the Greatest Hawaiians to have lived. May his music continue to jam from the lovely beaches to da backyard family get togethers in Hawai’i. May he now fly with God like the “Hawaiian Sup’pa Man” he is. Mahalo IZ.

Tue Oct 7 19:53
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Name: Nate Vance
Bruddah, Mahalo for the memories & music. You are greatly missed. Your music will forever live on- God is with you and you are with us– Love and Aloha from all the locals in Seattle. Mahalo Brah

Tue Oct 7 07:46
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Name: m mason
E-mail address: mmason@cass.net
Just wanted to let you know that Israel had fans in Michigan. I went to Hawaii in 4-96 and fell in love with his music. I now have most all of his albumns and will continue to collect them. He had a wonderful voice. He will be sadly missed. When I heard of his death in August, 1997 I felt that a part of me had suddenly died.

Mon Oct 6 16:13
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Name: KAUI KELIILIKI
E-mail address: Kaui137
Homepage URL: http://maui
DREAMS ARE DREAMS BUT IF YOU REALLY WANT IT TO COME TRUE MAKE IT YOUR GOAL BUT DON’T STOP DREAMING CAUSE DREAMS HELP YOU IN LIFE BELIVE IT OR NOT
This man was an inspiration to all of us . He acheived so much in his life time. He helped my brothers not personally but he touched there hearts aswell as alot of people. He was somebody I called A once in a life time friend…. He will not be forgotten in our hearts…..His music will live on forever. GOD BLESS , Kaui . Keliiliki

Sun Oct 5 17:31
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Name: eush:)
HAWAIIAN!!

Fri Oct 3 23:10
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Name: Pilares Ohana
E-mail address: ekeeper@gte.net
Well I finally had time to SURF the NET and FINALLY found what I’ve been looking for about IZ…hope everyone is doing well…GOD’S BLESSINGS ALWAYS… Mar 🙂

Fri Oct 3 00:13
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Name: Lee
E-mail address: leetaylor@ttlc.net
I just returned to New England after a month on Oahu. I will miss the beautiful island,ocean,weather and people. But mostly the great music that is played there. I had heard IZ on the radio there,what a wonderful voice he had, I brought back a few of his CD’s. I was shocked to learn that IZ is no longer with us, I’m sorry. 

Thu Oct 2 20:27
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Name: Leona Keale-Krueger
E-mail address: KanaeOhana@aol.com
You were a truly talented artist, that will be missed. We were blessed to have you on this earth, if only for a moment, and you are now sharing your talents and gifts with those in the heavenly realm. I love you IZ. 

Thu Oct 2 19:19
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Name: Leona Keale-Krueger
E-mail address: KanaeOhana@aol.com
Iz was my beloved cousin. I have always enjoyed his music, as well as listening to him play at Hank’s place in Kaimuki. This earth has lost a truly talented artist, but the heavens are rejoicing, and singing praises at his arrival. I love you IZ.

Thu Oct 2 19:07
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Name: Dick Danforth
E-mail address: penancho@swcp.com
May he now have the peace and happiness he brings to me and my family whenever we play his songs. He was a real “Hawai’ian Suparman”.

Thu Oct 2 10:46
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Name: KeoKepa
E-mail address: KeoKepa@aol.com.
I was first introduce ta Bruddah IZ by my kuipo Ku’umomi I grown to love his music and was very fortunate to see him at da Aloha Festival in Waikiki. His music and presence has so much positive energy you could just feel it. I live in da mainland now and I share aloha wit all my friends by introducing dem to Bruddah Iz. They now have their own copies and are spreading his music to all kinds of people. Bruddah Iz will not be forgotten nor will I let it!!! Peace Bra!! 

Wed Oct 1 21:55

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Name: Kaleo Ho’okano
E-mail address: viperboy47@hotmail.com
Aloha Bruddah IZ. Your music will live on, and you will be missed dearly. Mahalo nui loa for all you have done for the Hawaiian culture and the Hawaiian people.

Tue Sep 30 23:27
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Name: Ernie Oki
E-mail address: ernest@scs.unr.edu
Iz, you were da best brah!!

Mon Sep 29 17:50
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Name: joakim
E-mail address: gohawaii@hula.net
Aloha As all the good things about Hawaii seem to dissapear this is an even greater loss for our community. IZ gave so much, and his music will keep reminding us of the mission to keep this place the way it is meant to be. There are not many left like IZ and if we do not watch out it will all be gone soon. We never know what we have till it is gone it seems – keep listening to him and you will always be reminded what it is we are here for – not to take, make money,steal and make big business – but to care for each other and to give aloha. This is the greatest loss to Hawaii, it is time for change now. Give back the land already, no Hawaiians, no Aloha. We will be stuck only with the memory of better days, even though we can still do something to stop what is happening here.The people make this place, not big buildings, not big hotels, not big business. E ala E. Aloha brother IZ – hope you are in a better place.

Sun Sep 28 18:23
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Name: Gia
Hi! IZ iz da bomb…or should i say was? Anyway he still lives inside all of us so he’s not really gone…BYE!!!

Sun Sep 28 00:34
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Name: G
E-mail address: AVN@worldnet.att.net
IZ was tha greatest!!!!!!! I REALLY love his music… he will be missed…forever
I had the pleasue of attending one of his concert’s right here in my home town. He had such a great aditude about being here. And he just had fun wich is da best way u can go! I LOVE YOU IZ!!!

Sun Sep 28 00:31
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Name: RKB MUSIC
E-mail address: rkbmusic@shore.intercom.net
I had the extreme pleasure of seeing you bruddah IZ in concerts several times while I lived in Hawaii , even though I now live in Salisbury, Md. I still constantly play your tapes to remind me of the wonderful memories of Hawaii. You were truly Hawaii ‘s son and gave us a feeling of Ohana when we attended your concerts. I will truly miss you Iz and your wonderful memories about Hawaii you instilled in my heart. ALOHA NUI LOA !!!! k. Petell

Sat Sep 27 11:24
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Name: Ikaika
E-mail address: bbchoi@aloha.net
The music of Bruddah Iz helped me get through so much it’s unbelievable. From little things like arguments I had to big things like the passing of my uncle. When Iz died, I lost one of my best friends.He cheered me up when I thought life couldn’t get any worse, and helped me put me to sleep during those warm summer nights. He will always be in my prayers. 

Sat Sep 27 02:11
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Name: Ryan 

Fri Sep 26 11:27
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Name: Serena Lucchesi
E-mail address: meifung@ibm.net
Two years ago, while on a business trip I stayed at the Hawaiian Village, and after their sunset ceremony as we were waiting for the show to begin, I heard the voice of Iz over the loudspeaker as they played Hawaii ’78 and then Country Road. The message was loud and clear and the voice clear,beautiful and intent. It changed my whole experience of Hawaii and its peoples. I hear his voice in my head often, and when I don’t know what I want to hear, I put George Khuo and Iz on a mix on the CD and it is always, just right.I will miss this shining star but I know he is in his Hawaii now. Thank you for this opportunity to be able to share my memory and grief. My condolences to both, his immediate and world-wide family.

Wed Sep 24 00:22
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Name: Katie Hardwick
E-mail address: hardwick@msw0.attnet.or.jp
Aloha, Iz, you will live in our hearts through your music always! We will miss you, and message your music brought to us.

Mon Sep 22 21:45
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Name: Shane Fujinaga
E-mail address: sfujinag@hawaii.edu
Bruddah Iz has always blessed my heart in the Hawaiian way. Not ashamed to show his love and gratitude for the lands as well as his family. Bruddah Iz was always a positive inluence and impact on my life. He taught me a lot about respect and to be appreciative for what the Hawaiians have now. Everytime I listen to him sing or talk, I get the chicken skin. But I always take his words to heart. The words he sings and says have so much meaning and expresses nothing but the truth. Love you Bruddah Iz. Long Lives the Hawaiian Superman!!

Tue Sep 16 19:26
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Name: Shaun Palakiko
I would like to say how sorry I am about the tragic death of one of the most wonderful people to ever walk the face of the earth. I will truly miss Bruddah Iz. Suuupee! 

Tue Sep 16 17:48
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Name: Heidi Kemp
E-mail address: ernie10@ix.netcom.com
IZ’s music is my favorite! I live on the mainland, but grew up in Lahaina. His music reminds me of home.

Mon Sep 15 20:31
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Name: Sherrill Geddes
E-mail address: sgeddes@micron.net
Thank you for the beautiful music

Mon Sep 15 17:18
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Name: mike blair
E-mail address: tmoneybboy
aloha my name is mike, it is a tragick loss to our people that this great man has passed on you are always in me and my ohana’s harts i am very sorry i was not able to attend your funiral but i live in the main land now . i am very saden about this i would like to give my condolcencs to your family aloha 

Thu Sep 11 00:05
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Name: Ken & Roanne Yamasaki
E-mail address: Ulawaia@pacbell.net
We will miss you Dearly! Aloha Brother IZ ! Our Love to your family. May the many wishes bring peace and comfort to your family ! God Bless and Aloha Ken & Roanne

Wed Sep 10 21:06
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Name: Ian Arruda
E-mail address: ika1@axe.humboldt.edu
IZ though i never met him or saw him in concert was and is a major part of my life. I use and have used his music as a way of escape for a long time now, and he is missed greatly. My condolences to his family, friends, and fans. 

Wed Sep 10 18:09
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Name: Kahale
E-mail address: kahale@wco.com
R.I.P. bruddah IZ…..see ya in the next lifetime……aloha to all your family and friends……aloha no for all that you’ve shared with us throughout your lifetime.

Sun Sep 7 22:36
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Name: Darlene MacAuley
E-mail address: dmacauley@geiaus.com
I heard Iz’s latest CD for the first time when I returned to Maui because my father had just passed away. The songs on that CD bring out so many emotions in me; several of those songs speak to me and my mom because they deal with loss and moving on… My mom played the CD just about nonstop; it helped both of us in our grief. I’ve always loved Iz and his music, and I know it will live on for a very long time. As with my father, I know Iz is now at peace and is no longer in pain. 

Sat Sep 6 22:11
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Name: Kim Young
E-mail address: AYandoli@aol.com
You will be sorely missed, I only knew your music for a short time. I hope that more of your music is played outside Hawaii .

Fri Sep 5 20:49
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Name: Don Wetzel
E-mail address: rosswetz@aol.com
Bruddah IZ was “The Man” Even though I am Haole I have listened to IZ for quite some time. He made me want to learn more about Hawaiian culture and backround. I will miss IZ’s music a great deal. I am so lucky to have seen him sing at Border’s just before his passing. What a man.

Thu Sep 4 16:02
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Name: Denise Buttrey
E-mail address: dhb@blksmith.com
Homepage URL: http://www.blksmith.com
A voice from heaven. His songs enrich my life and will continue to do so.

Thu Sep 4 01:25
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Name: Olin Lagon
E-mail address: olin@worldpoint.com
Homepage URL: http://www.worldpoint.com
Nice site Ed. I was actually listening to In Dis Life when I hit your site. I thought my computer’s CD player was screwed up because of the clip you had on this site. I heard the same song coming from your clip and my cd. Laters, 

Wed Sep 3 14:04
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Name: KAILA
TO THE GENTLE GIANT OF HAWAIIN MUSIC, MAY THE GODS GUIDE HIM TO THE HEAVENS OF THE LAND, SEA, AND SKY.

Tue Sep 2 06:44
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Name: James H. Meeker
E-mail address: jamesmeeker@msn.com
Please help me locate a vendor to purchase “Facing the Future” or other recordings. I have tried local vendors, requesting the to special order the recordings with no luck. I heard this on N.P.R. last year and the songs are still with me. Any assistance would be most helpful. I know this is not a comercial site, but I would like direction of possible. Thanks jhm

Mon Sep 1 12:35
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Name: ikaika
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Mon Sep 1 04:57
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Name: dj. Havik
E-mail address: djhavik@aol.com
R.I.P. Bruddah Iz.. Also my heart a soul goes out to bruddah Iz’s Ohana.. Aloha

Sun Aug 31 04:38
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Name: Curtis Nii
E-mail address: CurtisN@worldnet.att.net
Bruddah IZ, My name is Curtis. I’m one of your biggest fans. I did not know of your death until my maddah called me in Cincinatti,OH doing a golf clinic. I am forever greatful for what you have done for da Hawaiian Culture. E Ala E! Your songs really hit me like tons of sacked POI! n Dis Life is my favorite for 1997. You will always be Da Hawaiian Suppa man!!!! When I listen to your CD’s, you can’t help but remember your Roots. Born and Raised on Oahu, Hawaii I will always remember that We are Hawaiian! Ohana is important and treat others with respect! Rest in Peace Hawaiian! Malama Pono Curtis

Sat Aug 30 08:50
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Name: Joseph Keahiolalo
Homepage URL: http://home.silcon.com/~kcmcg/joe
Bruddah Iz inspired me to learn more about my culture and ancestors. His music reminds me of my home while im in the mainland. Everything from his rendition of Hi’ilawe to White Sandy Beach makes me miss him. It feels like I lost a close personal friend. Mahalo Bruddah Iz, Mahalo, Aloha, and God Bless. 

Tue 26 Aug 20:41
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Name: Kaipo Daniels
E-mail address: nani@alaska.net
Aloha my brother mahalo for all your music. 

Sun Aug 24 12:28
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Name: Deborah Maddocks
E-mail address: mookau@aloha.net
Homepage URL: http://www.hslr.com
The Great Concerts,pictures and cd’s we have will always keep Iz in our memory. 

Sat Aug 23 16:51
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Name: Norman Markowitz
E-mail address: Markwitz@msn.com
I feel cheated because I first heard Isreal’s music just about a month ago. I was almost brought to tears by the sweetness of his voice and the powerfull message of his words. My thoughts and best wishes go out to his family and friends. I think the world has lost a great spirit. The legacy of his recordings will be a small reminder of the great loss we have all had. Aloha to you Iz. 

Fri Aug 22 18:42
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Name: Steve Boss
E-mail address: sboss@lisco.com
What a great artist and beautiful soul. I feel touched everytime I listen to his music. It is packed full of emotion. The world will miss this man’s outlook on life. I am thankful that he can live on in his music. I thank his family for sharing him with all of us and wish them peace in their lives and hearts. 

Thu Aug 21 08:19
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Name: Dan Curry
I no longer live in Hawaii. The memory of Isreal lives on in my head everyday. The great sound of Hawaiian music and the love of the culture I always found in Isreal. He will be missed dearly by me. Peace be with him always From Columbus Ohio 

Sat Aug 19 13:28
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Name: Darlene Sira
E-mail address: dnjsira@erols.com
My husband and I were introduced to the heavenly, haunting music of Iz in February when we visited Hawaii (where my husband was born and raised). We purchased all his CD’s that were available here once we returned home and have played them over and over again. Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to his wife, daughter and entire family. What a terrific loss they have to be feeling – may God bless and comfort them. 

Tue Aug 19 06:00
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Name: tosh fukino
E-mail address: zv7t-fkn@asahi-net.or.jp
I miss him. His music will live in my heart forever.

Sat Aug 16 06:48
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Name: The Pagel Family
E-mail address: wpagel@wazoo.com
To the family of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole: The love and joy of IZ has reached us here in New Mexico. His music has touched all of us. Our prayers are with IZ for the continued progress of his soul and for the comfort of his family. “There will never be another Hawaiian” like him.

Fri Aug 15 07:59
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Name: Tom Obado
E-mail address: HwnDvdson@aol.com
eh brah, mahalo for da good sounds,when i left Hawai’i to go into the army your songs always kept my heart at home, especially in the deserts of Iraq. and we will all miss you dearly, especially those of us not at home,so, from all us locals here in the northwest, we love you brah! aloha , Hawaiian Davidson, tom

Wed Aug 13 00:28
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Name: Mitch Pocock
E-mail address: konagold@gte.net
Miss you brah, listen to you music every day. 

Wed Aug 13 00:20
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Name: Mark Pearson
E-mail address: mark.s.pearson@tek.com
The first time I heard Iz was in a surf shop in Kauai. Since that time I have purchased all his solo cd’s. For us howlies, he keeps the spirit of the islands alive. He makes you think about the respect that is owed to the people of Hawaii. Thank you Iz for your insite and you will live on forever in the soul’s of the Hawaian people and the heart of the islands that you loved so much. MP

Tue Aug 12 11:20
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Name: Jeanne Watai
E-mail address: jeannew@prodigy.net
We have lived in Connecticut for a year and have just found out about IZ’s death. We will miss him, not a day goes by that we haven’t listened to one of his CD’s or played the tape of the Milolii Concert. Our condolences to his family. Much Aloha, Jeanne

Mon Aug 11 16:26
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Name: Jack W. Yuen
Bruddah Iz played at our Christmas party in 1994. I work at Aloha Airlines and I remember his performance vividly. He made an unreal impression on me that night because it was the first and only time I ever saw him play his music; first time I ever saw the man in person. What caught me off guard was that the man was totally down to earth. He spoke of childhood stories and even told jokes (of the adult nature, I might add) in between his songs. He talked to the entire ballroom like he was talking to his best friend. Then, he would jump into a song (like White Sandy Beach or Sea of Love) and just mesmerize the entire audience with his smooth, everlasting voice. His voice is classic Hawaiian. I will always remember where I was on June 26 when I first heard the news like how I remember where I was when I heard that Elvis was gone or the Challenger exploded. His passing affected me in a way I never thought it could. To his family, much aloha. I will always listen to his music and smile.

Sat Aug 9 23:26
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Name: Sheena
E-mail address: alohapumehana@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://members.theglobe.com/K%20GIRL
To the Family of IZ I want to say my heart goes out to you for your lose is even greater then any. We will all greave for a long time for a man so great, no words can describe his life, his ways, his love, his soul. God guide you all till we see him again….for I know GOD is now the # 1 fan of “Israel Kamakawiwo’ole” ……… ~~~~Aloha Pumehana~~~~~~

Sat Aug 9 17:20
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Name: Nalani
E-mail address: akl3@hotmail.com
bradda izz you was da best you brought the love out of your music when ilisten it touch my heart and all i can do it to cry and enjoy… a;ll i say i miss u bradda iz and hope we will meet in heaven because u deserve a life in heaven bradda love u 

Sat Aug 9 17:17
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Name: Anonymous from Ameritech.Net (via Email)
I bought Israel’s latest CD “N Dis Life” in early June after returning from a Hawaiian vacation. I had never heard of Israel or his music before, but I was longing for some true Hawaiian music that captured the spirit of the islands and the Hawaiian people. I found such music in Israel’s CD and have listened to it over and over again in the last 2 months and have enjoyed it immensely. I was very saddened to read here of his death. Someone quoted in an article that the world was just getting to know more about Hawaiian music and culture because of Iz. He certainly touched me. I’m very sad he won’t be here to make more of that beautiful music. 

Sat Aug 09 12:07
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Name: orlando Panoncillo
E-mail address: castillo@ykt0.attnet.or.jp
Our prayers are with brother IZ and his Family Sons of Hawaii Club, Yokota Air Base, Japan

Fri Aug 8 06:19
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Name: Wayne Gomes
E-mail address: wgomes@olypen.com
My first exposure to Iz’s music was in a small town in Port Townsend, Washington. Being an island boy (Oahu) I recongnized the music as Hawaiian. What was striking was the smooth, peaceful calm of the voice. He was a gifted artist and a talent much too young to have been lost. 

Fri Aug 8 00:02
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Name: Chris & Cassie & Steven & Bradley Garrison
E-mail address: cnc@shaka.net
Well miss you very much brother Iz

Thu Aug 7 22:13
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Name: John W. Smith
E-mail address: johnterry@aol.com
I knew IZ when he was a youngster. Our son played ball with him in Palolo Valley Little League. We knew IZ, Skippy, his sister and parents well at that time. Our sons, Gene and David Smith also send along their condolences. John & Terry Smith

Thu Aug 7 00:44
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Name: Pua’ala Osgan
Hawaiians always give from the heart. Iz was a perfect example of that. I was able to see some of the tribute that was aired on TV (thru video). Hawaiians again giving from their heart. Iz n dis life you gave so much to the Hawaiian people . Alot of mainland people don’t understand how come the Hawaiian people can be so nice or giving, its just that aloha spirit. Our culture is special and Iz showed others just how special. Aloha bruddah.

Tue Aug 5 22:48
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Name: Andrew Galindez
E-mail address: galindez@jps.net
His music will always be a part of me. His sense of humor. His aloha spirit. The way Bruddah IZ played his ukulele will always be with me. In a sense, he will never be apart from me. Although right now I cannot shake his hand or give him a hug or thank him in person for all his beautiful music. Bruddah IZ will always there, in melody, and in memory. 

Mon Aug 4 21:48
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Name: John W. Mosley
E-mail address: JoRAND@worldnet.att.net
Bruddah Iz, we’ll miss you, but your stories will be with us forever. god bless

Mon Aug 4 20:08
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Name: Joyce Roe Flaugher
E-mail address: Alohayall@aol.com
Mahalo for sharing your gifts with the world, Iz. Your voice may be silent but your spirit lives on through your music in our hearts. 

Mon Aug 4 11:44
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Name: Grantham Ohana
E-mail address: monkies@gte.net
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We’re going to miss a wonderful man, who fought for the Hawaiians…. 

Sun Aug 3 21:37
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Name: Bob & Edith Chan
E-mail address: Lopaka14@aol.com
My children, wife and myself loved his music. I brought joy and ohana spirit to us. We will miss him. Aloha oe Bruddah IZ!!!

Sun Aug 3 17:48
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Name: Yale k Alama
E-mail address: soyupoki@aol.com
Brudda IZ, You may not remember me but I know you know my brother Danial Arruda I was the dude that had to put you on the stage with the fork lift at your last Hoolaulea show in Waikiki when you sayed at the Hawaian Regent Hotel. You will always be in my heart my mind and my soul for you where the best there was, there ever will be we will never have another brudda like you again. Malama pono may your songs of joy lift our spirits for eternity Yale

Sun Aug 3 10:15
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Name: John S. Yano
E-mail address: jyano@lynxneu.ed
A great contributor to the perpetuation of the Hawaiian cultre. His song’s always brought me back to my hometown Hawaii. I use to always listen to hime as faraway in Tokyo, now living in Boston, I was saddened to hear of his passing. Aloha

Sat Aug 2 23:02
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Name: Beverly Napolitan
E-mail address: bigimed@ilhawaii.net
IZ…your angel voice will be sadly missed. You ARE the Hawaiian suppa man!

Sat Aug 2 14:50
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Name: Christine Stier
E-mail address: obstier@prodigy.net
You have left behind a lot of love and inspiration. But the main thing you left and gave so freely was faith. Faith to beleive that the Hawaiian people do matter and have a right to speak-out. Hawaiians do have a responsibility to care for thier children and bring them up right. With love and kindness you gave hope and belief that all things are possible through JESUS CHRIST and to those who believe. I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR NEVER ENDING “SPEAKING FROM THE HEART” AND TELLING IT LIKE IT “IZ.” ALOHA AND MAHALO NUI LOA Christine Stier Slidell Louisiana (Kauai born & raised) 

Sat Aug 2 10:50
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Name: Mark Keli‘ihanapule
E-mail address: mkeli’ihanapule@tribune.com
I happened to come upon this page while viewing the Hawai‘ian community. It’s been a while since the passing of this extroardinary man. When I heard the news from my wife, she was in tears, as was myself. This man was an icon in the Hawai‘ian community. Not only in the islands, but here where I reside in the Bay Area. Our canoe club, Kamali‘i ‘o Ke Kai, and the Northern Outrigger Canoe Association, paid tribute and dedicated one regatta to Bruddah Iz. Seeing him in concert was a special privilage. His kind and soothing voice will be greatly missed. 

Fri Aug 1 15:58
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Name: Roni
E-mail address: RONI_@hotmail.com
To Israel for the many beautiful songs and loving memories that he has provided for his fans out here in the United States. Also, to da’ people of Hawai’i. Many love and alohas Rest in peace 

Fri Aug 01 10:54
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Name: Bill Klaus
E-mail address: motomo@lightspeed.net
on july 20th 1997 i made my first trip to hawaii and heard iz’s album playing in a record shop… i and my reason for being in hawaii imediatly fell in love with his music knowing right away that it was from his heart and not for the money…. it wasnt till i reached home back on the mainland that my freind learned of iz’s passing…we were both devastated and shocked…but thankful also that he gave so much special music to us…his music and passing has brought my special angel from hawaii closer together…. thank you IZ we will never forget you…

Fri Aug 1 00:08

 

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Name: Eve Orozco
E-mail address: Leialoha75@aol.com
The passing of Israel is just too sad. He was a great musician and singer. I love all of his songs…each of them touch my heart in a special way. I pray that his family is doing well and my heart goes out to them. He will always be in my heart and his music will forever be in my ears. Aloha…

Thu Jul 31 23:26
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Name: Ashli
E-mail address: nevesfm@gte.net
I think that he was the best singer and da hawaiian supa man.I don’t think that anyone can ever replace him in singing.I really miss his song and music.I wish that he could still be here.SUPE!!!!!!

Thu Jul 31 17:57
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Name: Rev. Jim
E-mail address: Delphos2
Thanks for your music and your great spirit, Bruddah IZ. You’ve touched my life, my soul.

Wed Jul 30 21:42
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Name: Karen Isozaki
E-mail address: kisozaki@hotmail.com
This was a very heart-warming tribute to the great artist. I believe that his music and spirit will live an eternity in the hearts of all Hawaiian-musi lovers!

Wed Jul 30 20:33
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Name: Laurie Dodge
E-mail address: dodgefam@cruzio.com
I was at Iz’s concert at Marin Civic Center, CA, Oct. 19, 1996. I was happy to see Iz and his spirit shone forth, but the reality of his physical being was frightening. It was amazing to see him perform and joke around with such enthusiasm when he was so burdened. Perhaps the burden he carried was the weight of 200 years of oppression of his people. I pray often for the freedom and progress of his soul. And you’re wrong dear Iz- you will live forever, and forever we’ll be loving you. 

Wed Jul 30 18:31
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Name: Tom LoCascio
E-mail address: toml1@flash.net
Homepage URL: http://www.flash.net/~toven1
To loose such a man and talent is a lose to us all. Rest in Peace.

Wed Jul 30 14:37
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Name: Pua
Iz is not gone. He is still in our hearts and our minds, and he is with us in spirit. Thank you bruddah for everything you have done with us. We’ll miss seeing you, but we’ll hear you everyday as your music lives on. 

Sun Jul 27 03:25
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Name: Jim Boughton
E-mail address: jimub@aol.com
I’m a haole boy from Iowa. I first heard of Iz in a CD shop in Chicago the week before his death. I was about to leave for a 3-week vacation to Hawaii, and sampled some of the Hawaiian music the store had available for listening, including “n dis life” Something about the music of Iz affected me deeply in a way I couldn’t quite pinpoint. It happened we were making our second trip to the islands on the day Iz died; I got off the plane to see the headline “IZ DIES”. It seemed like too much; this musician I’d just heard of the previous weekend was gone on the day I was visiting his home. Anyway, I spent three weeks in the islands and was witness to the great outpouring of aloha in the wake of Iz’ passing. Iz’ music has opened up a world of music that gives me an appreciation of the islands at a much deeper level than I ever would have known otherwise. I just want to say “mahalo” for Iz and the way he has touched my life. 

Sat Jul 26 16:39
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Name: kOhALa..aka..”dMk”
E-mail address: lim@aloha.net
wordz no can explain how I feel…..only time can heal that…….we luv U bruddah….no foaget to tell “KIMO” we luv him and miss him too!!!!! & BTW “in Dis Life WE ALL……JPT………..”<blink> HOOTAH!!!!!! 

Sat Jul 26 12:15
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Name: Kahea naauao
I hope you are in a very safe place. LOve you always and 4 eva!

Fri Jul 25 18:59
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Name: MATT TRASK
E-mail address: FREDSNO1@AOL.COM

Thu Jul 24 19:58
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Name: Jerry Kirch
E-mail address: jkirch@Visa.com
Much aloha To the famaily and friends of Brudda Iz A piece of my heart has died with you. Thanks for the heart felt music, you are going to be missed greatly.

Thu Jul 24 16:03
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Name: Tomoko Gyotoku
E-mail address: tomoko-g@po.iijnet.or.jp
I am his Crazy Fan in Japan. I was really surprised when I hear his journy to Heaven though INTERNET. GASSHO. ALOHA from island of Japan. 

Thu Jul 24 06:10
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Name: John Schroeder
E-mail address: johnschroeder@sprintmail.com
I first heard of IZ two weeks ago on our vacation to Hawaii. My wife and I heard the medley of over the rainbow/what a wonderful world, one of the most hauntingly beautful songs I have ever heard. Through listening to his music, we saw the beauty in his heart, and can understand why he is so well loved. Aloha, Brudda IZ! 

Wed Jul 23 15:26
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Name: Cleo Manago
E-mail address: blkembrace@earthlink.net
Homepage URL: http://home.earthlink.net/~blkembrace/
I’m an African-American on the so-called “mainland” who loves IZ’s music. He is missed by me.

Wed Jul 23 12:44
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Name: Elmer Koop
E-mail address: leicaphile@hotmail.com
The best. You will be missed… 

Mon Jul 21 14:14
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Name: Larry Broderick
E-mail address: broderickl@sjcpo1.ne.ge.com
I only heard of IZ passing on the National Public Radio news, after buying his new album over Memorial Day weekend. A store in Waimea was playing it, and I new I had to have that album! Found it the next day somewhere, and I only wish I could have heard him Live. Anyone who has been privileged to hear his music will miss him deeply. Now I hope to find and hear more of his recordings. I especially liked the broad mix of music styles on N Dis Life, and hope some of the other albums have a range of styles also. It can never happen now, but I’d gladly make a trip from San Jose to Hawai`i anytime to hear IZ performing. It feels as though I actually knew him personally. My wife also loves the music. Thank you for providing this memorial web site – a great tribute and a great idea! — Larry B.

Mon Jul 21 10:59
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Name: Kris Kadlac
E-mail address: kkadlac@kpkb.com
He was a fabulous performer in every way and truly expressed the spirit of many Hawai’ians today. Honestly and sincerely living, breathing, singing, acting and speaking the Spirit of True Aloha.

Mon Jul 21 07:42
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Name: Rian Basilio
Israel was a big part of many of our lives. His music touched us all. he will be missed, aloha my bruddah

Sun Jul 20 23:13
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Name: Mike Clark
E-mail address: bearclark@aol.com
From one big man to another Bruddah Iz, Your music was of the ages…My dream is that the Hawaiian People will regain ownership of their land…I do not fear that they would do wrong..They are too kind to do other

Sun Jul 20 20:09
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Name: Diane and da Boyz
we will miss all of his music and especially bruddah iz.

Sat Jul 19 22:19
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Name: Lambert Arboleda Jr.

Sat Jul 19 20:49
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Name: “John John” Fernandez
E-mail address: SMFRIE31@aol.com
“Mahalo for your Inspirations Bruddah IZ, we will sure miss you.” this message is for everyone: we all must follow through with the message that bruddah shared with us. we all must take care of our children. if we can guide them in the RIGHT directions we know that we can forfill bruddah’s goal. he had start sending out the message to the children, and now it is our duties to follow through with it. if we don’t do it, this would all be for nothing. “MAHALO ONCE AGAIN BRUDDAH IZ, WE WILL SEE YOU IN DA NEXT LIFE” Aloha Kakou~ John John SMFRIE31@aol.com

Sat Jul 19 19:54
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Name: Davis Kauwe Jr.
E-mail address: hikauwe@gte.net
Your memory will live on in our hearts and in your music. ALOHA! 

Sat Jul 19 17:03
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Name: john valero
E-mail address: valero@ibm.net
Homepage URL: http://ibm.net
I can’t believe he’s gone i just got to know him in june ’97 when my wife and I went to kauai for our honeymoon I live in las vegas and I have play Facing Future Hundreds of times in my car, its like taking part of Hawaii back with me I love his music I am deeply sorry He has touch the lives of more people than he will ever know 

Sat Jul 19 16:51
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Name: Michael and Tina Sackett
E-mail address: mikntna@pixi.com
Our sincere condolences to the family. We also want to thank IZ for the beautiful music that he has given us. God Bless

Sat Jul 19 14:54
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Name: Pat. Parra
E-mail address: Epalma@mail.gcccd.cc.ca.us
As a non-Hawaiian by birth, I have grown to love Hawaiian culture as well as anything Hawaiian. I especially love to hear Bruddah IZ. My 5 year old has even grown to love his music too. I haven’t told him that IZ is gone to the great heaven above. Someday, when he is older,I’ll let him know. Thank God that we here on earth had the privelig to have him here and hear his gifted voice. We love and will miss you Bruddah Iz, until we see each other in our next life, Mahalo…,

Sat Jul 19 12:31
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Name: JEFFREY dONOHUE
E-mail address: JEFFD@BELLATLANTIC.NET
I let my daughter Claudia (11 months) pick out her own CD’s by listening to samples at the record store. She listened to Isreal and her eyes lit up and she began to sing (gibberish, but she obviously loved the song). It was only later when I did a search on the internet that I learned he had recently passed away. I am sorry, we have lost a great musician and a beautiful person.

Sat Jul 19 06:21
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Name: augie t.
E-mail address: tulba@hgea.org
great man and great friend going to miss him alot….

Sat Jul 19 05:30
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Name: Matt Taum
E-mail address: pani@aloha.com
Homepage URL: http://www.aloha.com/~pani/
Cool site. I’m glad that you’re keeping his memory alive. It was Bruddah Iz’s voice on Puana Hou Me Ke Aloha that made me truly appreciate Hawaiian music and my heritage almost 10 years ago. It was a great change in my life to have listened to the message from a true Hawaiian leader. 

Sat Jul 19 03:49
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Name: Gilbert B.
Homepage URL: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Delphi/5526
Braddah IZ was like a warm light from heaven. His voice touched our souls like a Kamuela breeze on a misty spring day. God gave him a gift to share with us, and he did. We are all better people for having shared the treasure that was Israel Kamakawiwoole… Aloha a hui hou aku 

Sat Jul 19 00:51
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Name: *SassY Spice*
Homepage URL: http://www.netscape.com
Dis’ one good page! ~Rest in Peace Bruddah IZ~

Fri Jul 18 23:28
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Name: lavonne richardson
E-mail address: hictc1.pixi.com
Aloha, Kamakawiwo’ole ‘Ohana… Many days have gone by since Hank’s Place in Kaimuki where I first met Skippy, Israel, and ‘ohana. My father, Bo, helped Hank get the place going, and I frequented the restaurant/ lounge to hear what I considered the most awesome group of Hawaiians alive. We were all so kolohe in them days, spending many of the breaks between sets cruising (among other things – smile) right there at the front door as people came in. It was a great time. When Skippy died, my heart was sore for a long time. He and his brother made a heavy impression on my heart. Having Israel “there,” wherever there was, made for a great deal of peace. However, life went on, and I went on my way, and I hadn’t seen any of the gentlemen for many years. I was surprised, at one point in time, to find out that Iz and Andy and I (Andy Sexton – Simplisity) share an apartment in that circle condo building across from Pacific Grand in common (we moved in after Iz moved out). I was able to see more of Iz, but not too much more, when I became involved with Andy, and I must admit I bragged several times about having shared times in the past with the Kamakawiwo’ole brothers (smile). There is a group of seven interns being sponsored by ALU LIKE, Inc./Native Hawaiian Vocational Education Program in collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories here in Livermore, California. We are doing a telecommunications networking/environmental protection technologies internship here at the lab with the intent of coming back to Hawai’i and sharing the mana’o with our people. Although we were thousands of miles away from our paradise home, we received word the very same day. To say the least, I lost it. We all did. I think I grieve mostly because I became so consumed with trying to catch up with life after having partied so much in earlier days that I didn’t keep in touch with all of Iz’s contributions to our existence as a people. For that, I feel the loss especially. Nevertheless, praise the Lord for bringing Bruddah home to Him. Our aloha to all of you. We wish you Godspeed. 

Fri Jul 18 17:13
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Name: KALEI SHINTANI
E-mail address: KSHINTAN@MAKANI.EDU.HI
HE BARALA NUI ME TA PUUWAI NUI. SUPE! NIIHAU BOYZ. KALEI KINIKANI JR.. KEA KUA PU IA BRADDAH ISALAELA ; KAMEHALANI MALAMA PONO IKA OHANA O BRADDAH IZ KALEI POMAIKAI O NIIHAU 

Fri Jul 18 17:04
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Name: Daniel Perez
E-mail address: ddperez@flash.net
Still in shock. Will miss this Heaven’s son and his beautiful music.

Fri Jul 18 16:16
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Name: Todd Timm
E-mail address: Todd.Timm@mail.admin.wisc.edu
Bruddah Iz spirit will live on….

Fri Jul 18 11:52
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Name: Lokene Pilago
E-mail address: pilago@iav.com
Aloha wau ia `oe e BRADDAH IZ. Hiki ia `oe ke himeni maika`i. Well Iz, you were a great inspiration to a lot of people during your time on earth, now you are up above, being an inspiration to everyone up there, Your music will live forever. You knew how to touch the hearts of everyone all over the world with your music and your voice of gold. I know that you are in a place where there is no pain. Brah, sing sing and sing. For the Family of BRADDAH IZ, my love goes out to you guys. I want to thank you guys for sharing this wonderful person with the world. Marleen and Wehe, my love goes out to you guys. I live in Makaha, and I heard all the stories from my dad who knew IZ from back then, I just wish I had that kind of memories. Well I have his music, which is just as good. He really spoke from his music and touched everyones heart that was listening. We Love you and will always love your music. MY love goes out the the Kamakawiwo`ole Family and everyone else……….a hui hou e Braddah IZ MUCH LOVE FROM THE WAI`ANAE COAST

Fri Jul 18 06:21
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Name: KaYLeNe K.YoSHiMoTo 
E-mail address: Not2ShyGrl@aol.com
BRaHDaH iZ u SiT iN THe HeaRTS oF THe YoSHiMoTo FaMiLY HeRe oN THe HaWaiiaN iSLaNDS ……… We LoVe u aND MaY u ReST iN PeaCe !! 

Thu Jul 17 20:40
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Name: Jeannine Johnson
E-mail address: keone@wwa.com
Our family loves your music and we believe that your legacy will never die. Your spirit is free now, and we know you’re having the best time at the biggest luau with all our dearest Hawaiians. But for those who were closest to you, our prayers and hearts go out to you. Special aloha to Audrey, Denise and Robert — thanks for letting us share his life through his music. 

Thu Jul 17 17:54
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Name: Kau’i Peralto & `Ohana
E-mail address: speralto@mailhost.k12.hi.us
Aloha Kakou e na `ohana o Israel: Our aloha to each and everyone of you in this time of grief and ultimately, healing. He will be greatly missed. We are blessed to have known him in our lifetime and are ever so greatful to your `ohana for sharing him with us and the world. He truly deserved and earned the respect of an ali`i and thus, we are happpy of his services being held at the State Capital and the flags being lowered to wave at half-mass. Again, mahalo ia `oukou pakahi a pau no ke ka`analike o Israel me kakou! Mahalo a me aloha ke akua. 

Thu Jul 17 16:17
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Name: The Jankowski Ohana
E-mail address: KAUYUK@aol.com
You will always be with us through your music and your Love of Hawaii & it’s People………. Me Kealoha Pumehana “IZ”

Thu Jul 17 12:16
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Name: Aimee
E-mail address: atabilin@hawaii.edu
Words cannot express the sorrow the people of Hawai’i has endured due to the loss of such a beloved man. IZ was a man with the voice of an angel.Through his music he touched us, taught us, helped us, loved us. When I heard of Bruddah IZ’s passing I was in shock. The day of his passing was the one year anniversary of the passing of a friend of mine. She was one of the nurses who used to care for him when he was in the hospital. She used to tell us about how much of a pleasure it was to have known him. His memory will live on through the people of Hawai’i. Aloha and God Bless . . . Bruddah IZ! ! ! 

Thu Jul 17 01:13
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Name: HaZeL 
E-mail address: brwneyed1@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://www.geocities.com/thetropics/8849
I’ve always loved his music and i’ll really miss him. I just wish i could have met the man behind the beautiful music. He was a strong man with a strong voice. I don’t know what else to say, but i’d like to express my deepest condolences to Bruddah IZ’s family and to share these quotes to remember the Man who will forever live in our hearts. “We find rest in those we love, and we provide a resting place in ourselves for those who love us.” -SAINT BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX (1090-1153) FRENCH ECCLESIASTIC “…You have given me my share, too, of happiness, and a share very keenly felt; nothing else can have for me the value of a token of remembrance.” -NAPOLEON BONAPARTE (1769-1821) We Love You and We’ll Miss You Bruddah IZ! Your Memory Lives On!!

Thu Jul 17 00:36
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Name: Mr. & Mrs. Jay Yoshida
E-mail address: ging@ilhawaii.net
Though we did not know Iz personally, we had the pleasure of catching him in one of his performances here on the Big Island. We enjoy his music…all the way back to the “Hank’s Place” days. When word of his passing came over the a.m. news, we cried. That’s how much Iz touched our lives. Now, every time we here a song by “the man”, it’s hard to believe that this GREAT, talented, exceptional man is no longer with us physically. Condolences and aloha to his family…Iz lives forever!!! 

Wed Jul 16 22:47
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Name: Vierra’s International Kempo Schools of Self-Defense
E-mail address: Vierras@Goodnet.Com
You’ll always be the only Hawaiian Supa Man…’Cause In Dis Life, we were all Luv’d by you!!!!You da Man, IZ… Take Care and God Bless…………

Wed Jul 16 19:55
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Name: Vierra’s International Kempo Schools of Self-Defense
E-mail address: Vierras@Goodnet.Com
Through the eyes of Bruddah IZ, there will be nothing that can’t be accomplished…Put your mind to it, and you shall prevail!!!!!We’ll miss you a lot, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole… Take Care and God Bless………

Wed Jul 16 19:49
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Name: Joyel Palmeira
E-mail address: joyel@hawaii.edu
IZ will always be remembered for his tribute to hawaiian music and culture! 

Wed Jul 16 14:37
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Name: Linda Buturian
I feel like I need Israel’s music to show me the way in this bewildering world, to help me remember who i am and what is vital to my soul, and the souls of my brothers and sisters everywhere. I’m giving Israel’s music as gifts to everyone I know. I’m thinking of his family and friends during this time, and it feels like Israel visits me through his music. I can’t get his songs out of my head since his death. Peace.

Wed Jul 16 10:50
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Name: Dolores Treffeisen
E-mail address: dtreffei@vm.tempe.edu
IZ-just glad i got to spend the time with you that i did

Wed Jul 16 08:48
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Name: KOLOLEKE TREFFEISEN
E-mail address: dtreffei@vm.temple.edu

Wed Jul 16 05:04
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Name: Dale and Joyce
E-mail address: joycehirayama@cntv.usc.edu
Your music will live on forever! 

Tue Jul 15 19:08
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Name: jim harris
E-mail address: jim_g_harris@hp.com
My wife and I were visiting the islands when IZ died. I was truly touched by IZ’s music and legend and was deeply saddened by his passing. My heart goes out to IZ’s family.

Tue Jul 15 08:18
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Name: Mike Crisostomo
E-mail address: yigojeep@iftech.net
Unfortunatelty I only found out about Bruddah Iz’s passing a couple of days ago. My son & daughter are spending the summer with their grandparents and going to summer fun at Ha’aione.My daughter told me of Bruddah Iz, and I couldn’t respond. She did have a chance to attend the funeral with her grandmother & uncle ‘Skippy’ Lewis. For me, the Makaha sons were always my favorite group simply because of their unselfish desire to perpetuate their culture through their music. The internet is amazing but it doesn’t always provide the good news. My condolence to the family. Bruddah Mike.

Tue Jul 15 03:15
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Name: Howard Bennett
E-mail address: Howard@pmwebsite.com
The music lives on — but nothing can replace that laugh! We’ll miss him.

Mon Jul 14 15:29
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Name: Francis DeCambra
E-mail address: shd@oregoncoast.com
Aloha, from Oregon.. The memory will always be here in our hearts..The music will always be in our ears..The surf will always be good, thinking about you, braddah Iz. The aloha stays in us, clear in oregon… Aloha, Francis DeCambra

Mon Jul 14 12:32
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Name: Beky Carter
E-mail address: bcarter@ibm.net
I was born and raised in Hawaii – my first 23 years were spent in the Islands, my second 23 in Marin County, CA, just north of San Francisco( the two most beautiful places on earth as far as I am concerned). I have never been a big follower of Hawaiin music…but over the years, away from Hawaii, and seeing the many changes when I return home, I have longed for something that could capture the soul and essence of Hawaii for me – Israel and his music has done that like no other. While I never had the opportunity to see him in person, his music has brought the beauty and heart of Hawaii to me, to my kids, and to my friends (some who never ever liked Hawaiian music before). I shall miss him dearly, and hold him softly in my heart. Beky

Mon Jul 14 10:02
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Name: David Carlson
E-mail address: d_carlson@elemental-atl.com
Homepage URL: http://www.elemental-atl.com
A very sad loss.

Mon Jul 14 08:04
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Name: Leilehualani Kane
E-mail address: Hauula Side MAIL-LADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IN THIS LIFE, I WAS LOVED BY U! FROM ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIEND’S WE LOVE YOU.

Mon Jul 14 02:40
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Name: Jantina Sequndo
Thanks for your music, aloha, and inspirations.

Sun Jul 13 21:59
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Name: Diana Ryan
E-mail address: DLRyan
Aloha

Sun Jul 13 18:52
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Name: Jim Alton
E-mail address: kimoland@prodigy.net
Homepage URL: http://pages.prodigy.com/kimoland/homepage.htm
The world has lost one of its greatest talents. I will cherish his music forever. My heart goes out to his family and closest friends. Aloha Jim from Atlantic City

Sun Jul 13 18:18
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Name: Ethelynne K. Soares-Teves
E-mail address: tine@hula.net
We will all miss you, IZ. Your music fills the air with love and aloha. Now you can fly like an angel and make even more beautiful music with Bruddah Skippy, “Pops” Pahinui, Uncle Sonny Chillingsworth, and all the rest of the gang! We love you, IZ!! Mahalo for being a part of our lives. 

Sun Jul 13 13:02
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Name: Zachary Campogan
E-mail address: hislsa@gte.net
I really enloyed his music. I was friends with one of his nephews. I am very sad and I’m going to miss him. He waz “da bomb.”

Sun Jul 13 11:50
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Name: Manu,Mele,Alec,Robert,Makoa
E-mail address: Windwardside,KANEOHE!!!!!!
WILL NEVER FOR GET U, WILL PLAY YOUR MUSIC , AND REMEMBER THE GOOD TIME’S , WILL NEVER FOR GET THE TIME ME AND MY BROTHER SPENT WITH U DOWN STAIR’S IN ALOHA AIRLINES BAGGAGE, OH,WE WERE THE SECURITY GUARD’S WHO SEARCH YOUR CARRY ON ITEMS, BUT ANYWAYS MUCH MAHALO AND PLENTY OF ALOHA’S TO U, WE ALWAY’S LOVE U IZ!!!!!!!

Sun Jul 13 11:33
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Name: Charlie T
E-mail address: charliet@planet.earthcom.net
Homepage URL: http://www.earthcom.net/~charliet
I only got to know the sounds of IZ in 1995 and he will be greatly missed. I’ve posted the Honolulu Advertiser article on my page as a tribute.

Sun Jul 13 10:30
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Name: TJ KAAEKUAHIWI
I HOPE YOU STAY PA’ANING UP DEA

Sat Jul 12 23:57
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Name: Lokelani
E-mail address: jsouza@ozemail.com.au
Braddah you will ALWAYS be remembered as the ULTIMATE Hawaiian man. May your songs live on and your voice carry throughout the universe forever… Living overseas can be difficult, but having my Hawaiian CD”s especially IZ’s- “my Hero” can make the time away from Hawaii a bearable one. May he be at a better place.

Sat Jul 12 21:18
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Name: Ryan Campogan
E-mail address: hisalsa@gte.net
Homepage URL: http://www.choicemall.com/imiloa/
I think “IZ” was the greatest. I really loved his music and and I’m very sorry he passed away. I’m gonna him and his music. 

Sat Jul 12 18:23
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Name: Randall Johnson
E-mail address: Orca913@concentric.net
I only just learned of IZ’s death while browsing the newsgroups (7/12/97). I am shocked and saddened. I had never heard of Iz until my only visit to Hawaii. I was incredibly lucky to blunder into a fabulous Iz concert – the highlight of the Ho’olaulea festivities 9/20/96, in front of the Hawaiin Waikiki Beach hotel where I stayed. I was moved to tears by Iz’s Hawaii ’78, only to have my spirits soar during his closing song (I still do not know the name or album). Iz’s music can really push buttons. I bought my first Iz CD that night, and my second one at his Marin County California concert in San Rafael (a mere 12 miles from my house!). To me, IZ IS HAWAIIN MUSIC! With his passing, Hawaii and the world has lost a great talent and a great ambassador. As saddened as I am to here of his death, I am grateful for my incredible good fortune to have seen two performances in the last year of his life. I am grateful for the wonderful works he has contributed to the world. I am sure there are other Hawaiin musicians today; I am sure there will be more in the future; but I am sure there will never be another IZ. THANK YOU, IZ – I will miss you. 

Sat Jul 12 16:56
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Name: PAM KALUAHINE
E-mail address: keenan@aloha.net
Bruddah IZ you made wonderful music that will never be forgotten.You touched the lives of so many and will continue to do so with your music. You have become and will always be a LEGEND!

Sat Jul 12 15:31
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Name: THE KALUAHINE FAMILY
E-mail address: keenan@aloha.net
TO THE FAMILY OF THE LATE BRUDDAH IZ OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES. HE WAS A GREAT MAN AND WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. MAY GOD BLESS YOU! KEEP IN MIND THAT BRUDDAH IZ MAY NOT BE WITH YOU PHYSICALLY BUT HE WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU ALL SPIRITUALLY! HE WAS A GREAT MAN AND HE IS A LEGEND!

Sat Jul 12 15:28
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Name: PAM PIILANI KALUAHINE
E-mail address: keenan@aloha.net
BRUDDAH IZ WAS A GREAT MAN HE IS A LEGEND. HE TOUCHED THE LIVES OF MANY PEOPLE AND I’M SURE WILL STILL HAVE THAT IMPACT SPIRITUALLY. I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT I GOT TO PERFORM WITH HIM WHEN HE WAS WITH THE MAKAHA SONS OF NIIHAU AND THEY CAME TO KAUAI AND PERFOMED AT PRINCEVILLE AND AT THE HILTON IF I’M NOT MISTAKEN I WAS PART OF THE KAPAA HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR CHOIR WE SANG THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY AND I’LL REMEMBER YOU! IT WAS A GREAT CONCERT AND I WILL NEVER FORGET IT. BRUDDAH IZ YOU MADE WONDERFUL MUSIC AND IT WILL CARRY ON FOREVER YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE! YOU GAVE A GREAT MEANING TO THE WORD “HAWAIIAN”!

Sat Jul 12 15:23
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Name: Jerry Marks & Candice Toyoda
E-mail address: jmarks@well.com
In loving memory. You have changed all our lives.

Sat Jul 12 14:28
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Name: Kanali’i
We all love you and miss you Bruddah! No one will ever be able to replace you, my only hope is that we can carry on your message, and keep your music alive. Because you’ll always be alive in our hearts. 

Sat Jul 12 12:44
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Name: Karen Mokihana Chang Tydingco
E-mail address: Pacifica@ite.net
To the families of the late Bruddah Iz; My sincere condolences of the passing of a legend. To people around the world whom have had the pleasure to meet and enjoy the talents of Bruddah Iz like myself, love him. I am born and raised in Kahalu’u, Hawaii and very far from home, however, I have a halau here in Guam named Pacifica Dance Studio and Bruddah Iz’s music is alive and PROUDLY sung and danced to. Mahalo Bruddah Iz for sharing your gift of love through your music for generations from here to eternity. Aloha Oe, until we meet again. 

Sat Jul 12 10:00
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Name: Clyde, Vanessa & Joanna
E-mail address: cvchang@aloha.net
Our condolences to the Kamakawiwaole Family. Bruddah Iz’s memory will live long in all of our hearts through his beautiful music. He was truly a “Hawaiian Supa Man!” God bless you all! CVJ

Sat Jul 12 04:48
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Name: Donna Parsons
E-mail address: donna-p@worldnet.att.net
I remember when I first moved to this island in 1979, I went to Hank’s place with a friend – I’d heard the Makaha Sons of Niihau on the radio and was so touched by their music. I felt as though they had the voices of angels. While my favorite song since living in these islands was Kuu Home Kahaluu, my favorite group was always the Makaha Sons. I actually think I provoked Israel one evening at Chucks Steak House at Mililani. I begged, pleaded. and begged some more for them to please play Star of Gladness, and I think they finally did after I threw fits. In my 18 years in Hawaii nei, I’ve seen those people more than any other… Israel Kamakawiwoole touched my life, his music will be with me for the rest of my life, every time I hear his voice in music I’m just touched beyond anything I’ve ever felt. Aloha

Sat Jul 12 01:45
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Name: Jonah Rivera
E-mail address: kalo@box100.com
Isreal and his music will always be in my memory of my heart. He was the hawaiian that made Hawaii a better place. He could teach younger kids to malama the land and malama eachother.

Fri Jul 11 23:20
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Name: Michael Johnson
E-mail address: mjsf@aol.com
Thank you Iz for all you gave us. I got to share your music with listeners to San Francisco Radio Station KALW-FM. You always gave them something more than your self. I know why you were so big….. to hold all that heart you had inside. I’ll listen for your voice on the wind. God bless you Iz, the angels have some serious competition now for some heavenly sound. 

Fri Jul 11 22:28
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Name: Bobby Lassiter
E-mail address: tatung@mindspring.com
Very sorry to hear about brudda Iz..His music will live for a long time and I will remember a true hawaiian gone on to heaven..

Fri Jul 11 19:58
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Name: Richard and Natsuko Schutte
E-mail address: schutte@ppp.bekkoame.or.jp
When I met my wife Natsuko in Tokyo I found that she was already a fan. She prompted me to get back in touch with Iz who was an old friend. We in Tokyo will miss him and his music and his humor deeply, his spirit inspired the world. Mahalos Israel

Fri Jul 11 19:44
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Name: Kealoha
E-mail address: kealohas@gte.net
May the youth of today look to your words and music for inspiration and guidance. Mahalo for sharing your life with all of Hawaii. 

Fri Jul 11 19:23
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Name: Jonathan K Wong
E-mail address: wongjona@hcc.Hawaii.Edu
Mahalo for all the years of great entertainment and for all the love you shared with the people of Hawai’i, especially with the youth. Aloha e Bruddah Iz… 

Fri Jul 11 19:13
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Name: ikaika
E-mail address: ikaika@t-link.net
I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT IZ WAZ A GOOD PERSON AND THAT HE TOUCHED MANY LIFES. HE HAD GOOD MUSIC HE WAZ DA BEST. HE HELPED LOTS OF PEOPLE IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. NOW DA HAWAIIAN IZ KNOW AS HAWAIIAN SUPER MAN OR ISRAEL KAMAKAWIWO’OLE WILL NOW BE ABLE TO BE IN PEACE. BUT HE WILL STILL WATCH OVER THE ONE’S HE LOVES.

Fri Jul 11 17:07
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Name: Kristy Lea Jordan
E-mail address: bozio@rocketmail.com
The first time I heard an Iz song was while living on Maui. His voice had the power to touch something deep in my soul and from that moment on I was in awe of his talent. Although living in California now, I am constantly hunting around local music stores to find any of his CD’s. I finally have a connection that sends me his music from Maui. He will sorely be missed , but never forgotten. His music will live on through us to our children to thier children. I may not have been born Hawaiian but I’m a true Hawaiian at heart.

Fri Jul 11 09:18
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Name: winnie chang 
E-mail address: vc@ohana.com
Homepage URL: http://www.ohana.com
mahalo bruddah iz for the music and the aloha you gave us whenever we went to your performances you aiways dedicated the song WASTED ON THE WAY from the days down at makaha beach h to all the bruddahs on the waianae coast! i know now you are at peace and flying with angels and your REAL SKINNY NOW! ALOHA BRUDDAH IZ MAHALO FOREVER!

Thu Jul 10 17:27
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Name: Leslie Malfas
E-mail address: lmalfas@midweek.com
Homepage URL: http://midweek.com
I was fortunate enough to see Iz’s last big concert, at the Waikiki Shell, put on by Duane Oyama and The Bomb. Iz appeared strong, the music was incredible and yet I had the feeling it might be the last time I saw him perform. It was a total chicken-skin experience, with the overhead screen showing pictures of Iz and Skippy as children, of the original Makaha Sons, etc. And then when his wife danced it was enough to bring tears to your eyes.His music will live on, as will his incredible spirit and insight. God bless. (“Starting all over again, it’s going to be tough, but I know we’re going to make it.”) 

Thu Jul 10 17:27
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Name: Rob Loudon
E-mail address: loudon@ryan-law.com
I’ve only known Israel for about a year now and now the stuff memories are made of will cease. Today is July 10th and I just found out about Israels passing. I can only say I’m in shock and disbelief. I live in Seattle and discovered Israel via National Public Radio, a special report in which he was a part of. Our first c.d. was Ka Ano’i and we instantly fell in love with the message and the music. I’ve been to the islands many times and have always found something so deeply special about the people and culture that most tourists never have the pleasure of feeling. Israel became the frosting on the cake and inhanced the RESPECT and LOVE of Hawai’i deeper into my soul. His music is so powerful and so pleasing to my being and now I feel a large piece of me missing. That piece is Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. Thank you Iz for making my eyes see so much deeper and my heart know such beauty. God is so blessed to have you in his loving arms and to hear your awesome presence so close to his ear. I miss you my friend and I’m so thankful that that one day when I was surfing the internet, I stumbled onto your chat site and you actually were there and spoke to me. ME, i’m so thankful for that short moment in time and will be thankful that God brought us together for that one moment so I could say, thank you. A fan A friend A brother Rob

Thu Jul 10 15:31
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Name: John Z. Miller III
E-mail address: jzmiller@caroli.usc.edu
I first heard Israel’s music on a local NPR station (Santa Monica-KCRW) and was immediately moved by it. I bought Facing Future and found it to be the most beautiful music I had ever heard, moving me to tears at times. I was born in Honolulu and recently went back arriving two days after he died. I was very upset by this but heartened to see the outpouring of love from the many people who were touched by him and his wonderful music. Even though I never saw him live and only have been listening to his music for a while, I will miss him. From what I have read he was a wonderful man, someone we should all try to emulate. The world needs more people like Israel Kamakwiwo’ole. Mahalo for your music, Israel. I hope you have achieved pure bliss because you appear to have brought bliss to all you have touched, myself included.

Thu Jul 10 15:04
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Name: Alan & Kathy Lum
E-mail address: hawaii@lava.net
“We love you and will miss you” Go, be with your brother. And may GOD take care of your family. “All the pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed; I an now at peace forever, Safely home in Heaven at last.”

Thu Jul 10 14:56
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Name: Tile kamae keaweamahili kamakaole
E-mail address: tilek@kapaahs.k12.hi.us
Homepage URL: http://kapaahs.k12.hi.us.hompage/summer
i loved his music and his life was very wounderful to me but i couldnyt go to his funeral cause i’m on kauai at kapaa high school 

Thu Jul 10 14:23
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Name: Benjamin Cagampang
E-mail address: kikaida@ilhawaii.net
Thank you for giving us the meaning of Aloha, we the Hawaiian people love you forever!!!!!

Thu Jul 10 10:58
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Name: eric takamoto
E-mail address: westsidetakopoki@hotmail.com
Brudda Iz was the man. I respected and enjoyed his music for many years and it is sad to see him go. I offer my sorrow toward the family for losing such a great man. He was the best Hawaiian Supaman for all of Hawaii.

Thu Jul 10 09:29
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Name: ALLANDAVIS
E-mail address: LOGIN@MAUINET.COM
Homepage URL: http://www.mauinet.com
I had the priviledge of growing up with Iz in Palolo Valley. I too, lived on 9th ave. I remember sitting out in front of the house with Skippy, Pops, Lydia, who was my classmate at Palolo Elementary and Iz, who was the youngest at the time. We would jam hawaiian music almost everyday, if we weren’t at the park playing volleyball or baseball. I knew something wonderful was going to happen concerning this talented family. Sure enough. I’m very privileged to have spent those good old days with Bruddah and his family I thank you from the bottom of my heart. May you find all the happiness, peace, love and aloha with Akua. Like the rest of the world, I will miss you and will always love you, for you have instilled the true meaning of life and aloha inall of us. Me ke aloha pumehana, Allan Davis and all your friends and family from Palolo Valley 

Thu Jul 10 05:49
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Name: HAUNANI TERUYA

Thu Jul 10 04:24
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Name: Trisha Konno
E-mail address: konno@leahi.kcc.hawaii.edu
His memory will live on through his music but he will be greatly missed!!!

Thu Jul 10 04:12
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Name: Frederick-jason K.Kuhia
E-mail address: doggie@t-link.net
to Iz ; life has been wonderful to hear all the music you have brought to me , in my life .go in god speed , i know you are home with the lord . i will miss you always n’ dis life. god bless you on your journey home to the lord , love and aloha . aloha oi’ till we meet agian . to iz’s family ; i send my condolences to you , i wish i could be there to see you and give the condolences myself ,but i need to be hear on maui . and again i wish you and the rest of the family the best .. aloha …..

Thu Jul 10 01:50
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Name: ikaika
E-mail address: ikaika@t-link.net
iz waz da best he touched many life’s. He will always be in everyone’s heart. he will be in my heart and my family’s. 

Thu Jul 10 01:03
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Name: Grant Miyamoto
E-mail address: hsb@lava.net
Aloha IZ…. mahalo for the memories… you have touched so many people with not only your music but with your heart and yes, we will never find another hawaiian like you. i’m honored to be able to say that in my life i was able to have known you n dis life…..SUPE!!! we love you bruddah! grant miyamoto hawai’i surfboard builders, inc. 

Thu Jul 10 00:38
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Name: Ted McCrea
E-mail address: tmccrea@compuserve.com
I was just beginning to enjoy his music. I regret I never had the chance to see him perform live. Such a soft, sweet voice. I will always remember him and will listen to his music often. 

Wed Jul 9 23:02
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Name: Ken Taubel
E-mail address: mauiken@jetlink.net
Although I’ve only been listing to Hawaiian music for 5 years,i’ve come to love it.My wife & I have over 68 CDS and many tapes. We had the priviledge being at Turtle Bay Blast 3 in 1995 seeing IZ in concert. We also were at this years Hanohano awards.IZ is and will always be my favorite Hawaiian entertainer. My love goes out to all his familly From an Hawaiian At Heart. Ken Taubel

Wed Jul 9 22:27
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Name: James & Jaylene
E-mail address: kulana@gte.net
The music speaks for itself…Aloha Brah! 

Wed Jul 21:49
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Name: Dembinskis,Indiana
E-mail address: kuipo@netnitco.net
Iz, you kept us close to Hawaii thru your love with every song you sang. Words cannot convey how much we will miss you. I thank God he gave us you for the time he did. We are so much richer for having had you in our lives. Mahalo and Aloha

Wed Jul 9 21:18
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Name: Parker A’aimatama Selu
E-mail address: Aaimatama@ns.cyber-west.com
BRUDDAH IZ IS SO RIGHTEOUS!!! THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER LIKE HIM. MUCH ALOHA TO HIS FAMILY

Wed Jul 9 21:14
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Name: Bob & Marge Blake
E-mail address: robert.blake@MCI2000.com
Thank you for the music and showing us a big part of Aloha.

Wed Jul 9 19:27
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Name: Laule’a Smythe
E-mail address: rsmythe@whitworth.edu
We will always remember Bruddah Iz and his music that leaves all of Hawai’i with much hope for the future! 

Wed Jul 9 15:56
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Name: Ken DuChateau
E-mail address: k.duchateau@mail.heritage.com
Loved to go to Rabbetts Kailua Hale chat room. Used to chat with {{{IZ}}} on line. Had some great times in the chat room. He will be missed there especially by me. His Cyber friend. “Ken” 

Wed Jul 9 09:42
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Name: Melissa Elvena
E-mail address: localstyle@juno.com
Homepage URL: http://alaike.lcc.hawaii.edu/upwardbound/~melissa
I would like to say that braddah is in a bettah place now cause he wit his braddah, ma, dad, and of course wit da precious Lord. Braddah was a real loving guy and really cared about da keikis and `aina. I was one of his email freinds and he would always answer my lettahs. He told me one time that he would come to my church one day, but he neva. I guess now I could say that he stay at my church every time we get. He neva come cause he was eitha performing or in da hospital. But he still one good guy and I love his music…it had meaning! He really touched my heart!

Wed Jul 9 02:25
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Name: Brian and Jaye Arakaki
E-mail address: mauigolf@mauigateway.com
Bruddah IZ….We will really miss you. But you will live on through your music. We hope in dis life we can make as much of a difference as you have made. God bless you. Now you are at home with mama, papa and Skippy. Aloha..

Wed Jul 9 01:38
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Name: Andrew Fulop
E-mail address: afulop@ccnet.com
Iz: You brought your gentle joy and beautiful music to a confused world that had great need of both. May your spirit walk with Hawai’i’s kings and queens. Mahalo for your music, Andrew Fulop

Wed Jul 9 00:20
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Name: Mark Yamamoto
E-mail address: mark.h.yamamoto@hbcfield.honeywell.com
Iz touched us all — anyone Hawaiian at heart. This man with a heart filled with Aloha will be missed by all! Deepest sympathy to the Kamakawiwoole and Amina families. Aloha, Ku’ulei, Kaipo, Camilla, and Mark Yamamoto

Tue Jul 8 20:11
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Name: David Jeffreys
E-mail address: lizard1105@aol.com
Nothing has ever compared to sitting on the beach and listening to the most beautiful voice that I have ever heard. Iz has touched so many lives here in Cali that we will never forget him. Dave

Tue Jul 8 18:38
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Name: kapiolani goo
E-mail address: kagoo@makani.k12.hi.us
i just wanted to say that a music legend has died, but his voice shall live forever. may he rest in peace. the love and aloha this man has given to the aina, the keiki’s and the people, can never die…his music, his soul will live in all hawaiians and hawaiians at heart…cry not people, cry not….we all must die, make your life as inspirational as IZ’s…everyone can give back to the people in some way, i think thats what IZ would want.. Aloha IZ, aloha oe…we all shall meet up some day….In that big paradise up there… 

Tue Jul 8 16:31
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Name: Richard Bista
E-mail address: rjbis7@hgea.org
> It was my brother Ray that actually had the golden opportunity of personnaly knowing Bruddah’s Skippy and Isa (IZ) as he reminisced of the mana they shared. > But, for me, even though I never had the chance to share with bruddah IZ, thoughts and gift of song up close and personal, I will always remember and feel the mana that I encountered each time I was present for a performance of his. Chicken skin. Bruddah has the kauna, keola na pu’uwai. > With these thoughts and feelings endured, I will set out to carry on what I feel bruddah IZ stands for. Love, respect, ohana, sharing and living in a sovereign land/ as one. > Each time I sing Kaleohano, it’s to say Thank You to Bruddah for what he shared with me, In Dis Life… > A hui hou Bruddah, give my aloha to my Bruddah Ray up there with you!!! Bruddah Rich / Sons of Maui Loa

Tue Jul 8 01:11
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Name: Charon Dunn-Roff
E-mail address: CDRoff@pacbell.net
Iz, thank you for your beautiful music. I first heard you when I came back home to Hawai’i after a 20 year absence . . . your song was so beautiful I cried . . . I went to hear you sing when you came to the mainland last October . . . will always treasure that memory. So much mana for just one man. Iz, your spirit will live on forever. Rest in peace. We will remember you. Charon

Mon Jul 7 19:21
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Name: KIM & ERIN CLARAMO
E-mail address: CLARAMO@WORLDNET.ATT.NET
BRUDDAH IZ IS TRULY THE HEART AND SOUL OF HAWAII. HE’LL BE DEEPLY MISSED, BUT HE’LL LIVE ON THROUGH HIS BEAUTIFUL MUSIC 

Mon Jul 7 18:36
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Name: Rick and Marti Williams
E-mail address: rhws@ix.netcom.com
We will surely miss his music and aloha.

Mon Jul 7 12:40
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Name: Eric Lee
E-mail address: thedarkseid@hotmail.com

Mon Jul 7 12:31
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Name: Wanda Realegeno
E-mail address: wanda@nisee.ce.berekeley.edu
It’s sad I just discovered the music of this beautiful man, just days after his death. The guy at a Hawaiian store in San Jose was playing IZ and I fell in love with the rhythms and music on the spot. I ended up buying his second and third releases. I am happy he left such a rich and beautiful legacy of Hawaiian music for us to enjoy always! Aloha bruddah* 

Mon Jul 7 11:18
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Name: Jay Hayashi
E-mail address: jayh@seas.ucla.edu
Homepage URL: http://www.seas.ucla.edu/~jayh
Bruddah Iz. He will be remembered forever by the Hawai’i community. His music will be unparalleled in feeling and heart. I was deeply saddened by his passing. Let him be in heaven as he was on earth. Let him again make beautiful music there as he did for Hawai’i and its people. Thank you.

Mon Jul 7 03:12
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Name: Tony Kwak
E-mail address: nokaoi@geocities.com
Homepage URL: http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/8865
As young as he was, Bradduh IZ’s music touched everyone profoundly and will be forever remembered for his love for Hawaii, the Hawaiian way of life and its people. He expressed who he was best in comments that appear on the cover of his last album, “n Dis Life”: n Dis Life;-*iz music dat reflectz how I feel ’bout what I seen, heard and felt. T’roughout my career, I been and seen many placez … met lotza people … alwayz sharing “aloha” and respect 4 Braddah IZ … I luv all o’ you like Ohana. Dis music is feelingz dat goin’ last fo’eva and dat all generationz to come can fall back on … Da Keikiz of dis Island … be strong, know who you are, no be shame, stand up, E Ala E. Have fun cuz … no fo’get … music … n Dis life. I will miss you IZ. E Ala E.

Mon Jul 7 01:42
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Name: Devon Thagard
E-mail address: thagard@hawaii.edu
Stirring voice, beautiful soul 

Mon Jul 7 00:16
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Name: Rick and Donna Keefer
E-mail address: rkeefer@gte.net
ALOHA IZ … You will be remembered for many, many years to come. E Malama Pono A Hui Hou, From All your Friends in Puna ….

Sun Jul 6 22:51
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Name: Rhonda Pelkowski
E-mail address: rmp118@psu.edu
Bruddah IZ has escaped this earth. But he will live forever through his music and love for his people. This man is truly a legend, and has changed our lives. God bless this wonderful, spiritual being. 

Sun Jul 6 17:52
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Name: John and Sandra Yee
E-mail address: bigdog@provide.net
Being from the Detroit, Michigan area, we only recently learned of IZ on the NPR radio station. I agree with the commentator, IZ’s singing is magical. We really feel that magic everytime we listen to his recording “Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World”. We will miss you IZ.

Sun Jul 6 16:26
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Name: Andrew McLaughlin
E-mail address: andrew@maclachlan.com
Homepage URL: http://exo.com/~andrew/kon
I and everyone in my halau will surely miss Iz for a very long time! Andrew 

Sun Jul 6 09:57
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Name: Vera and Eric Boman
E-mail address: vandeboman@aol.com
We are great fans of IZ, and since we heard of his death we have been playing his CDs constantly with great appreciati.on and a sense of loss . I’m sure he is playing and singing somewhere. We are now living in Florida after 33 years in HI (retired] and have loved IZ’s music from when we first heard him. With sympathy and aloha, Vera and Eric Boman 

Sun Jul 6 09:19
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Name: Sean S. Saito
E-mail address: seansait@hawaii.edu
Homepage URL: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~seansait/
To Braddah Iz, You will be missed be us all! Your music, wisdom and courage that you gave to the people of Hawaii will never be forgotten! 

Sat Jul 5 22:20
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Name: Tom & Katthy& Chelsea
E-mail address: otwsurf@aol.com
Aloha Iz. I’ve been listening to you for so many years. You’ve been the spirit of Aloha for all us Haoles who love the Hawaiian spirit. You were truly blessed with a beautiful gift. We will see you in our next life. Aloha and Mahalo TW, Kathy, Chelsea

Sat Jul 5 21:28
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Name: Ryan
E-mail address: gman4343@aol.com
Just wanted to show part of the e-mail that i am making in dedication for Bradda IZ. If you want a full copy, please e-mail me……he was one of the best and now one of Hawaii’s rainbow colors has died and will only shine in our hearts…… Scroll down on your elevator to see IZ message BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADD IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADD IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WA S BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WA S BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WA S BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WA S BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WA S BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER W A S BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER W A S BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER W A S BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER W A S BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER W AS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER W AS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER W AS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER W AS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER W AS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVE R WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVE R WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVE R WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVE R WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEVE R WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEV E R WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEV E R WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEV E R WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEV E R WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NEV ER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NE V ER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NE V ER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NE V ER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NE V ER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND NE VER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND N E VER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND N E VER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND N E VER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND N E VER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND N EVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND N EVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND N EVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND N EVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AND N EVER WAS BRADDA IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IZ AN D NEVER WAS 

Sat Jul 5 19:54
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Name: William Lum
E-mail address: bar10der@gte.net
Homepage URL: http://members.wbs.net/homepages/u/k/u/ukuleleboy.html
Braddah Iz was a person I loved dearly, Hiz music touched everyone and everytime I would go see him Tears would come from my eyes. I can’t go see him in Honolulu, So please give him my respects. Mahalo, Malama pono, Aloha a hui hou kaua! 

Sat Jul 05 11:38
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Name: edie hanohano
E-mail address: hanox2@hula.net
From hana buta days in Kaimuki and days in Palolo at Uncle moe’s house. To Makaha bash in makaha to radio party at KCCN. Iz you’re one of the best. You, Skippy, Ma, Pa and Gabby to can now make sweet music in heaven together. Marlene, Wehi, Lydia, Moon and the rest of the ohana, We love you. Take care. God bless and be with you. The Hanohano’s 

Fri Jul 04 21:44
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Name: Bruddha Brix
E-mail address: bigboyinluv@worldnet.att.net
He was a big man with an even bigger heart. He gave so much to Hawaii and its people. I will miss him greatly for he will always be always was and always IZ my inspiration. Bruddha you are free now. Say hello to my father up dea and don’t forget in dis life you were loved by everyone. Me ke aloha pumehana. 

Fri Jul 04 14:58
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Name: Liloluv aka Kalena
E-mail address: jonboyzz@paclink.com
I was truly sorry to hear of Iz’s passing. A truer angels voice there never was. I have long been a fan of the Makaha Sons but after seeing Iz perform at the Kualoa Ranch on Oahu several years ago, I have had Iz at the top of my list of Hawaiian performers. He has touched many with his songs and I will be eternally grateful that I too was touched by this great man. My sympathies and condolences to his family. 

Fri Jul 04 11:13
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Name: Kaneki
E-mail address: jalsee@hi.net
Aloha ‘oe bruddah! You will be greatly missed!!! The Waimanalo gang loves you very much. You are Hawai’i! 

Fri Jul 04 10:44
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Name: Peter Higbee
E-mail address: pgh@earthling.net
Aloha, big bruddah… Mahalo nui for the wonderful music. 

Fri Jul 04 10:43
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Name: Dean Masutomi
E-mail address: dean@hgea.org
Bruddah Iz -Even though you are gone ,your MANA flows through us all. “He’s flying with angels,above us all….” P.S. Remember,Don’t be a Johnny Mahoe! 

Fri Jul 04 08:57
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Name: John Jackson
E-mail address: projectearth@earthlink.net
Homepage URL: http://websites.earthlink.net/~projectearth/
We are all “Facing Future.” Thank you for the love, beauty and confidence. 

Fri Jul 04 01:04
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Name: Kealiipunahele Fernandez
E-mail address: kphf@redrock.net
Bruddah IZ. You will be missed. Thank you for the memories i grew up listing to your music. We hawaiians will keep your music going throw time we all loved you and will miss you deply.. You moved on in life to a better place with your brother and thank you so much for the music. Aloha Bruddah IZ 

Thu Jul 03 23:43
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Name: Rich and Randi
E-mail address: rasraster@aol.com
Homepage URL: http://www.mit.edu/people/ras/home.html
We met Iz over the airwaves on our honeymoon in Kauai and immediately fell in love with him. We are very sad to see him pass because he brought so much joy to us and everybody else. We will never stop listening to his music. 

Thu Jul 03 16:56
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Name: Sue Shepherd
E-mail address: aloha8sp@aol.com
Israel, there will never be another Hawaiian like you. I love you. From your sister in Spirit, Sue 

Thu Jul 03 12:59
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Name: Jacque Johnston
E-mail address: keakakona@webtv.net
I am sorry that I never met Israel. His music means so much in my life. Something came from his heart straight into mine. I will always remember him. I will think of him often and when I do, I will smile. IZ, me ke aloha pumehana, Jacque 

Thu Jul 03 12:56
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Name: Tammy (Tamster) Baker
E-mail address: fotoz@accessus.net
Homepage URL: http://www.angelfire.com/il/plumeria/
I am saddened by the loss of a dear friend. I will miss Iz very much. I had the honor of meeting Iz through the internet. While visiting the islands this year, I was able to attend 2 of Iz’s concerts. Such a wonderful hawaiian man, with so much aloha. My love and thoughts are with his family. I have also wrote a Memorial to Iz at http://www.angelfire.com/il/plumeria/iz.html. I will truly miss Iz, but I know that he lives on in our memories and his song. Aloha ‘oe, my dear friend. Until we meet again. 

Thu Jul 03 2:54
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Name: Chris Moulding
E-mail address: cmoulding@patents.caltech.edu
I’m not a long time follower of Iz, in fact I’ve only heard his voice on two occasions. One was last Thursday (my birthday), when I heard on NPR that he had died, which was followed by his version of “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” The sound of his voice was just what I needed at that moment but it was very emotional for me. I determined that I must find and purchase the album (I’m still looking for a store in LA that his CDs in stock). I am not often moved this way by music (the last time was in 1991 when I first heard and then purchased a CD by Iris DeMent), but when I hear something special like Iz’ music, I look forward to holding it close. May he continue to live in our hearts and minds. 

Wed Jul 02 09:54
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Name: John and Lan Tuttle
E-mail address: tuttut@prodigy.com
What a beautiful voice; what a beautiful spirit. In only last 2-3 weeks, Iz had become a standard on our local public radio station here in Austin, Texas. Then we got word he had crossed on over. Sadness for our loss — joy for his spirit! It seems he sang of the many ways of love, no? Love of family, land, people, hope, truth. 

Wed Jul 02 09:13
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Name: Frank Augustine
E-mail address: franka@midwest.net
I was fortunate to see IZ in concerts last March on Hawaii and Maui … What a terrible loss for all of us … He was a friend to my sister Tammy (the Tams) and she and IZ kept in contact through the Internet … My son Jeffrey also had the pleasure to know IZ … what a loss … 🙁 

Tue Jul 01 23:50
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Name: Bob Howzit
E-mail address: brobob@aloha.net
Fly Your Free My Freind Fly As High Fly As Long Free At Last Praise Jesus Your Free At Last..No ReGreetss Only Good Times Aloha Bra,……….. 

Tue Jul 01 23:29
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Name: Bob Pahia
E-mail address: rpahia@linkline.com
Homepage URL: http://www.linkline.com/personal/rpahia/
Aloha, We just received word tonight (Saturday June28) while attending the 6th Annual Aloha Concert Jam in Long Beach and preparing to listening to the Makaha Sons of Niihau when John Koko announced the passing of brother Iz. My wife and I was very sadden by the news and our aloha goes out to his ‘Ohana. I am listening to brother Iz’s CD “n Dis Life” . . . we will miss him a lot! Aloha Nui Loa, Bob and Carol Pahia 

Tue Jul 01 22:01
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Name: Chris Howe
E-mail address: MBH.LOKAHI@worldnet.att.net
Iz was a great perpetuater of the aloha spirit and its people his aloha charm and wonderful music will be greatly missed. mahalo brudda iz for the wonderful music ALOHA 

Tue Jul 1 13:42
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Name: Ron & Jan Green
E-mail address: evrgreen@visi.com
We first heard Iz’s “Facing Future” in 1995 on a visit to Hawaii and immediately fell in love with it. Every place that had a sound system on the islands was playing it, no matter where we went we heard Iz. Needless to say we went home with the CD in tow. It is all I listen to in my car as I just can’t seem to hear it enough. We will miss his wonderful sound. Mahalo, Iz…

Tue Jul 1 13:06
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Name: CREIGHTON WONG
E-mail address: CTCWONG@AOL.COM
ALOHA, IZ!

Tue Jul 1 10:00
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Name: Gaylord Holomalia
E-mail address: kalapana@kestrok.com
Nice site. I enjoyed it alot. Mahalo for taking the time to do this for him…… 

Tue Jul 1 03:32
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Name: Hamzah
E-mail address: tuyeno@hawaii.edu
Homepage URL: http://home1.gte.net/tuyeno/h-castle/castle.html
E’Ala E is currently the only CD I have listened. I plan to increase my repartre. Thank You and God Bless P.S. I need permission to use some of the photos. May I for some while? 

Tue Jul 1 01:17
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Name: Jean and Joe 
E-mail address: jmfortin @msn.com
We’re just two haoles who appreciate Hawaiian music, IZ, and what he wanted to say about Hawaii, it’s people and spirit. We could use a few more of IZ in the world.

Tue Jul 1 00:16

 

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Name: Cristina
E-mail address: sinchi5@earthlink.net
I heard the sad news via polynesiancafe.com and wanted to pay my condolences to the ohana. I feel so fortunate to have attended IZ’s performance at this year’s Jammin’ Hawaiians concert at Waikiki Shell. Everyone was especially moved during a slide show, when a picture of a jar of “Skippy” peanut butter was projected for a few minutes. Little did we all know that the same sense of loss would soon follow for Bruddah IZ. 

Mon Jun 30 22:33
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Name: Willy
E-mail address: waona@hgea.org
Homepage URL: http://www.hgea.org/~waona
Hawaii has lost a man with the biggest heart. Iz knew the spirit of Aloha.

Mon Jun 30 21:35
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Name: Miliaki
E-mail address: team45@swbell.net
Sometimes God takes the most precious jewels in our lives, and gives them back to us in eternity… so that we may never lose them again…… Iz was one of those precious jewels… Aloha Iz!

Mon Jun 30 18:51
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Name: shellie palau
E-mail address: palau@eagleut.com
i loved his music he told us what was in his heart . my prayers go out to his family

Mon Jun 30 17:58
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Name: M/M John H. Cummings III
E-mail address: fujifilmel@hotmail.com
The first time I ever seen IZ in concert was here on Kauai for the Punana Leo Concert, He was so wonderful that it sent a chill right through my body and I started to cry. I was looking forward to seeing him and also dancing while he sang. He has touched my heart as well as a lot of other peoples hearts guarantee. WE MISS YOU BRUDDA IZ. 

Mon Jun 30 17:09
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Name: LEHUA
E-mail address: WEHI@HOTMAIL.COM
BRUDDAH IZ WAS A GOOD MAN. I ENJOY HIS MUSIC A LOT. 

Mon Jun 30 16:00
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Name: Theri L. Foster
E-mail address: tfoster@acs.neu.edu
Homepage URL: http://iris.acs.neu.edu/~tfoster/welcome.html
I love Iz’s music and was looking forward to hearing much more. I miss him already. Mahalo, Israel!

Mon Jun 30 08:41
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Name: jimbo
E-mail address: jcorioso@connect.net
Homepage URL: http://www.connect.net/jcorioso/mele/
Bruddah Iz, if get time, come visit us in Texas so us guys can jam! No need bring uke, I get one for you! God _is_ with you and your family, always! 

Mon Jun 30 07:47
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Name: Cousin Jeraldine and Ohana’s
E-mail address: manonani@hotmial.com
Aloha no, Our sincerest sympathy from our home to yours, we fell the lost of our cousin Israel. Although words can not express the loss I fell in my heart our Love go out to you and the family, may our good Lord take care of each and every one of you. Malama pono, a hui hou a me aloha nui loa. Cousin, Jeraldine Tanemura and Family. From Torrance, California

Mon Jun 30 07:15
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Name: Bruddah Bu
E-mail address: cthompsn@dnai.com
Homepage URL: http://www.health-insure.com
Mahalo, Ed, for setting this page up. I think it was said best, “IZ will always be is and never was”. I got to know Bruddah IZ pretty well in the last year of his life and he meant alot to me. Taught me what ‘aloha’ really is, as he was ‘aloha’ personified. He enriched my life beyond measure as he did many, many others. I will miss him greatly, but I am comforted by the thought that he is at peace now, up there on the ‘big stage in da sky’, jamming wid his brother, Skippy, and all those who have gone before. He is unencombered by his physical problems and is now flying with angels. The man with ‘the voice of an angel’ is now an angel himself. Mahalo nui loa, Bruddah IZ, for making the world a better place. Until we meet again, Me ke aloha pumehana, Bruddah Bu

Mon Jun 30 06:07
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Name: Auntie Maria
E-mail address: auntie@mele.com
Homepage URL: http://www.mele.com
Aloha `oe, dear friend. They got skunks up there??? :- )

Mon Jun 30 04:01
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Name: Kurt Medeiros Jr.
E-mail address: lynnem@aloha.net
Aloha, The people of hawaii has cherished IZ’s music from when he was with the Makaha Sons to when he went Solo. Whenever IZ sang for everyone he touched a lot of hearts. He will be truly missed, I know I loved his music and will still listen to it as he touched my heart and made me realize that the lord comes first. With much Aloha, Kurt Medeiros

Mon Jun 30 03:54
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Name: Eric K. Keawe
E-mail address: edge12@hgea.org
Aloha Marlene & Wehi, We in our family were very sad at the passing of your loving husband and father. We will surely miss him. Aunty Genoa my mother wants to express her deepest sympathy and love. She remembers the times when IZ would call her to inquire on songs and “just talk story.” She was really touched that he would call her for inquiries and such. Marlene, if there is anything that we the Keawe Ohana can do for you please do not hesitate to call us. We want to be involved but so do everyone else in the world. If there is something special please call. Aloha Eric (Kaleo) Supe! 

Mon Jun 30 02:35
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Name: Carrie and Dex
E-mail address: carrie_sato@notes.k12.hi.us
Bruddah Iz was always full of surprises…just when we were wowing over what a wonderful entertainer he was, he’d go and do something to show that he was more than that…he was a very special PERSON! It was sometime about a year ago, Bruddah was on the KITV news for a week long interview special. I was so impressed by what he said that I taped the segment every night, then took it to school to show my 2nd grade students. The kids really took what he said to heart. Then after finding Bruddah’s e-mail address in a Star Bulletin article, I e-mailed him and asked if he would answer a few questions for my students. I remember trying to play it down to the students, preparing them for an anticipated let down, thinking, “he’s too busy for us; he’ll never answer.” He answered before the day was over! When I e-mailed back to say thanks, I put my phone number in the note, saying to call if he’s ever on the Big Island…not really thinking he actually would. That was a Saturday morning. We went out shopping, and wouldn’t you know…when we came home there was a message from Bruddah with a phone number to call him back at. I then met him in Kailua Hale, and e-mailed him every so often…he didn’t answer as often then, and I was going through a lot with my boyfriend having surgeries…Then at the beginning of this school year, Bruddah came down for an Aloha Week concert. I sent notes to all of my old students and a bunch of us went down to see him but was too shame to go talk to him when he first came out. Wouldn’t you know…he goes and announces on the mike, “and Miss Sato, where you? You out dea? and Bruddah Dex, how’s da neck?” Dex and I remember him as an extremely down-to-Earth, humble PERSON-like I said before…a PERSON-the entertainer part was just a small part (baby toe kine). I’ve never met anyone with so much mana and so much aloha. He not only touched our lives, but the lives of my students (no Johnny Mahoes from Miss Sato’s classes…dat’s fo’ sua!) Mahalo Bruddah for everything! Come visit once in a while! hehehe

Mon Jun 30 00:39
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Name: rabbett
E-mail address: rabbett@irh.com
Homepage URL: http://hotspots.hawaii.com
Israel Kamakawiwo`ole, a friend, idol and merry prankster continues to live on each and every time we say his name, think about him and whenever we listen to his music. Iz was such a strong and vital soul I really doubt that he will ever sever his ties with this world completely. Among those who hung out with him online at IzChat, many of us are sure that Bruddah Iz continues to visit…several odd things have already happened that were just his style. I feel so priviledged to have known him, shared time with him and worked on schmall kine projects with him. I can tell you that Iz faced passing on just like he did every other challenge, every day of his life…he was courageous, upbeat, honorable, warm and loving. Iz found something good in everyone he met, problem was, he didn’t have time to meet everybody. No other Hawaiian entertainer gave so much of himself. Even when he could have used a rest after shows, he always insisted on making himself available for his fans, friends and loved ones. Such is the mark of greatness. He was a great man, a good husband, an awesome father and a friend to all. His soul is pure, his energies enormous and his talents limitless. Don’t be surprised if you hear something from him again sometime soon. And remember, time passes quickly, we’ll all be reunited with our favorite Hawaiian before we know it. See ya again soon Iz… Love ya cuz! 

Sun Jun 29 23:48
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Name: Helen (heckle/heebie)
E-mail address: kilaman@whidbey.net
My kids called him unkl rachel and he didn’t care. The image of Israel holding my 2 month old son on the balcony of his apartment I will never forget. The contrast of a big strong dark man holding a small fragile white baby every so gently stands out clearly in my thoughts. Israel never forgot where he came from and he knew where he was going. You know, Israel didn’t want anything from anybody but friendship and love. Some of my fondest moments of Israel were when and my sister would interact. They had a sort of understanding amongst them. He was her bestest friend. She wouldn’t bs him and he couldn’t bs her. I feel for Marlene and Ces. Their loss is great and the void shall be healed in time with all the love they are receiving from around Hawaii and the mainland. Israel, I love you and I miss you but I bet you’re finally driving your own car! Heckle

Sun Jun 29 23:33
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Name: Tadaki’s
E-mail address: tadaki@hgea.org
We will miss you.

Sun Jun 29 23:27
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Name: Scott and Keri
E-mail address: scott@slider.net
Homepage URL: http://www.slider.net
Thank you Ed, for designing such a wonderful tribute to IZ. I’m sure he would be proud of what you’ve done

Sun Jun 29 22:52
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Name: Deidra (Deedee) McLauchlan
E-mail address: deidra@sprintnet.com
Thank you for sponsoring Bruddah IZ’s guest book. 

Sun Jun 29 22:27
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Name: Deidra (Deedee) McLauchlan
E-mail address: deidra@sprintnet.com
My family’s thoughts and prayers to all the IZ’s family and friends. He has touched our lives with music and made it better for it. Aloha. 

Sun Jun 29 22:24
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Name: Christopher Anderson
E-mail address: anderson37@aol.com
This is heartbreaking. I have only heard his music a couple of times on public radio. The first time I heard him I was stunned, his singing haunted me, but I missed catching his name. Now the second time, I heard his indescribably beautiful music during his obituary. My symphathy to all of his friends, family, and fans. If his soul were but a hundreth part of the sweetness of his voice, or a thousandth of the depth of his talent, he must have been a truly wondrous man to know. 

Sun Jun 29 18:23
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Name: Stephen and Rachel Martin
E-mail address: midpac@sprynet.com
Homepage URL: http://home.sprynet.com/sprynet/midpac
Aloha pumehane me ke aloha nui loa makou, e IZ. A hui hou ma ka lani me ke Akua. Aloha

Sun Jun 29 17:09
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Name: Judith Durr
E-mail address: IukikaD@aol.com
Sharing my mana’o – So sad, we have lost a great voice and gentle soul!

Sun Jun 29 16:16
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Name: dalmas keoki nardin
iz is my favorite ukulele player. 

Sun Jun 29 16:11
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Name: David J.Y. Arakawa
E-mail address: darakaw9@gte.net

Sun Jun 29 15:41
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Name: Tracy Smith
E-mail address: MANO333@AOL.com
I am so sad to hear about Brudda IZ.I’ve lived in Kona 5 years and have had the privlege to see Brudda more than once.I can honestly say that his music made me understand Aloha and to live Aloha.We will all miss you Brudda

Sun Jun 29 15:18
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Name: alex, hope, and frances roel
E-mail address: theroels@earthlink.net
…somewhere over the rainbow… 

Sun Jun 29 07:20
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Name: Tracey Y. Terada
E-mail address: ukulele@pixi.com
Homepage URL: http://mallhawaii.com/4strings
Being an instructor at Four Strings `Ukulele Studio, I am very aware of the impact Iz has made on the many keiki of Hawai`i. Iz was and will always be a role model to the keiki and will surely be missed by all.

Sun Jun 29 05:39
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Name: Tom
E-mail address: canyonman@pipeline.com
Homepage URL: http://concentric.net/~canyonmn
As a mainlander, I was largely unfamiliar with Iz’s work. A few years ago, the local (L.A.) NPR affiliate started playing his cover of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World” off “Facing Future.” I spent the next few years trying to find a copy of this (or any of his other) CD(s). It took me until the middle of this month to find it. Too late for me to build an appreciate for this great artist while he was alive. To all of you who loved him and his music, I extend my own condolences and my own sense of loss. He will be missed but his music will live on in our memory and through our stereos. Peace. 

Sat Jun 28 23:37
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Name: R. Gabriel
E-mail address: rey13@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://www.hawaiian.net/~renato/

Sat Jun 28 16:40
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Name: kelena aka kupu
E-mail address: kelena@lava.net
I believe you can fly 

Sat Jun 28 10:41
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Name: Edward Sugimoto
E-mail address: ed@mixed-plate.com
Homepage URL: http://mixed-plate.com/
This is the first entry in Bruddah Iz’s Memory Guestbook… Please leave your memory of Iz here. 

Sat Jun 28 07:25
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  • Searching internet for Maori culture, I found Israel.
    Your music, wonderful.
    Whenever i feel down and i play your music, i feel peace, i relax.
    Israel, love you
    Leo Schut
    Rotterdam
    The Netherlands

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