Israel Kamakawiwo`ole – Guestbook – 1998 Archive

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May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997

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GUESTBOOK  – 1998 Archive (January 1998-December 1998)

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Name: Charles Stark
E-mail address: astark@interlog.com
Comments: Just visited Hawaii in November of 1998. On the island of Kauai I heard one of your CDs and bought it immediately. In your music you will live forever. Charles Stark Canada

Wednesday December 30th 1998 06:34:29
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Name: trisha
E-mail address: hitrisha@aol.com
Comments: Thanks IZ for your beautiful voice and spirit. Your music will forever echo in the hearts of many. A nice surprise about a month ago when I went to see “Meet Joe Black”. It brought tears to my eyes. Love ya!

Tuesday December 29th 1998 09:45:40
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Name: kamuela kaleimokihana kahookano
E-mail address: haeaiian warrior
Comments: brada iz rest in piece theres a lot of music to be played in heaven.and we will still be listening no mater howm far.from the kahookano family of las vegas always hawaiian.

Tuesday December 29th 1998 04:33:23
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Name: Ben Holokai
E-mail address: Zamt69A@Prodigy.Com
Comments: I am 60 years old so I have fresh memories of many nights and days of listening to the traditional music of Hawaii sung by those who went before me. Listening to the few CDs I have of IZ always bring tears to my eyes. I have lived in California for over thirty years now and the voice of IZ brings pain to my heart for I miss my home very much. Aloha, IZ. Although I don’t completely agree with your stand on sovereignty, I will miss you very much . . .aloha and Mahalo

Sunday December 27th 1998 11:45:41
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Name: frank w evans
E-mail address: evans.fc@worldnet.att.net
Comments: WHILE VISITING HAWAII LAST OCTOBER WE HEARD THE MUSIC OF IZ AND THOUGHT IS WAS WONDERFUL .. MY SISTER AND BROTHERLAW BOUGHT HIS TAPES AND WE HAVE ALL ENJOYED IT. WE ARE SO GLAD WE HARD THEHIS MUSIC AND WILL CHREISH IT FOREVER! ALOHA. RICH, FRANK, DOLLY AND CAROL

Saturday December 26th 1998 07:56:10
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Name: Grant Miyamoto
E-mail address: hsb@lava.net
Comments: Bruddah IZ, never forgotten.. Always in our thoughts, heart and souls…Mahalo bruddah…..

Saturday December 26th 1998 11:12:43
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Name: LEHUA MATSUOKA
E-mail address: mmkmm@mauigateway.com
Comments: Hawaii has suffered a great loss, as well as the family. His spirit lives on in his music, and in our hearts.

Friday December 25th 1998 12:28:02
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Name: Frank Yourek
E-mail address: frankyourek@earthlink.net
Comments: Namaste…Aloha…Dear Heart, I grew up in Hawaii…underwater at Nanakuli, just south by the railroad tracks I snorkled three hours a day, from 1956 to 1960…paradise/heaven time on this earth. Now I am in Santa Barbara, California…and when I discovered “Israel Kamakawiwo’ole” I went into Ecstacy. He spoke to my heart, my spiritual roots, my physical “coming into this body time of this incarnation”. When I heard he died, I felt my heart in agony crying out for his spirit, and my love and deepest prayers soared up towards his risen spirit. I can’t really say what it did to me, but he is, is a part of my wife’s and my life now. What more can I say. He takes me to a higher place of love. Oh yes, I felt to “Haole trip of being a seventh grader in Waipahu Catholic School in 1958-59. Yes, 4 Haoles and 76 “Locals” in one Seventh Grade class. Yes, I fought and won respect. But the year before, Clarence and Larry from Nanakuli (heavy set, black wavy hair, tall, thin sandy abond hair) and I and one other Haole I don’t remember were one against the Barber’s Ponit 6th graders–we had a purple Hawk’s Head as our symbol, and we defeated them all…I wander in my later years on the “Mainland”, but let me say that my heart has never left Hawaii, and Brother Iz has taken me back to those “Golden Years”. If you, his wife or daughter get this message, “Thank you for loving him, being born to him and you, and just being their to love, honor and thank”. Last thot (maybe), God Bless You…Thank You… 

Friday December 25th 1998 04:18:44
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Name: JERRY PENA
E-mail address: KEALAKAI@HOTMAIL.COM
Comments: ALOHA FROM BOSNIA!

Tuesday December 22nd 1998 03:28:27
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Name: Joseph Scott 
E-mail address: joebscott@aol.com
Homepage URL: http://members.aol.com/joebscott
Comments: I was introduced to the music of Iz on a recent trip to Hawaii. What a blessed voice he had. Even when he sings in Hawaiian, his words seem to touch me. Now I am discovering his music. Just imagine, Iz’s music can attract new fans after he is gone. 

Monday December 21st 1998 01:05:39
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Name: Terrence Valenzona
E-mail address: valenzo@gateway.net
Comments: I will miss his music.

Thursday December 17th 1998 11:00:05
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Name: Mike Kirby
E-mail address: mkirby2@compuserve.com
Comments: I grew up in Hawaii from 1965 till 1981. Lived on Kauai for 8 yrs and in Hilo for 8 yrs. Came back for the first time in 14 yrs in 1995, Hawaiian Supahman was a hot tune at that time. I saw bruddah Iz on TV doing an interview while I was there. He kind of symbolized the trip for me. Ended up buying a couple of his albums (CD’s). I am shocked to hear now of his passing. Respectfully, kirbs

Wednesday December 16th 1998 05:52:04
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Name: robert j.fritz
E-mail address: rgfritz@gateway.net
Comments: i always liked hawiian music,but israel really brought out the true flavor of the islands,and was very convincing on what a simple true meaning of island life was.and,moreover,what the true meaning of a happy life was anywhere in the world.i miss his presence here on earth.i just know he’s strumming his uke.and singing his songs on some sandy beach in paradise.

Wednesday December 16th 1998 01:26:34
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Name: Janine Kauakeaoahiahi Morgado Kinney
E-mail address: jkmkakaneen@snet.net
Comments: I like what IZ sang about and stood for and hoped to preserve…I hope that we can as graciously follow in his footsteps and maintain the traditions and thoughts and hopes in our own ways.

Wednesday December 16th 1998 01:07:30
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Name: mahealani acosta
E-mail address: islandtitah@webtv.net
Comments: you have inspired me in manys ways. your memory lives on within me and in the people of hawaii.

Saturday December 12th 1998 02:29:27
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Name: Charlie Stanton
E-mail address: wierd_chuck@compuserve.com
Comments: I first heard Iz in 1994 and was so impressed with his island style. As a mainlander I’ll never qualify as “Hawaiian” but I learned as a child of SFO in the ’60’s that we should all have the Aloha spirt so well spoken, and lived by Iz. Mahalo for your recorded words, now recorded for the ages.

Friday December 11th 1998 01:36:37
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Name: Pilialoha Camara
E-mail address: jasminec@hawaii.edu
Comments: I think this is a really maika’i thing to have a webpage in memory of a great hawaiian kane.

Thursday December 10th 1998 05:13:12
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Name: Bill & Kathy Jones
E-mail address: acephoto
Comments: Just listened to “Facing Future” for about the seventh time and I love the music more each time. It saddens me to find out only today (12/08/98) of Israel’s passing. I borrowed this CD from a friend and now I must find one somewhere for me. It has stirred some deep and wonderful emotions. Thanks Bruddah IZ -Bill & Kathy Jones Austin,Texas

Tuesday December 8th 1998 07:52:26
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Name: Tom Kero
E-mail address: cyntom91
Comments: just heard ‘Iz’s’ music for the first time today. i wanted to check it out on the web, was sad to find out that there will be no more of this great stuff…loved it.

Tuesday December 8th 1998 03:04:52
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Name: Kamuela Long
E-mail address: kanikapila@hotmail.com
Comments: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole is my favorite Hawaiian artist. I fell in love with his music ever since he went solo, he inspired me to become a musician. He has affected me in so many ways. Everytime that I listen to his music it gives me chills all the time. God Bless you IZ, for all that you have done. 

Saturday December 5th 1998 01:25:58
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Name: DARNA P.D. GARCIA
E-mail address: garc@gte.net
Comments: BRUDDAH IZ STILL IN DA HEART WE MISS YOU AND WE LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC EVERYDAY!!!!

Friday December 4th 1998 02:52:50
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Name: Brett A. Dabb
E-mail address: bd31631@appstate.edu
Comments: Israel I would like you to know how much your music has ment to me and your voice will be with me forever. I just thought you should now how much you mean to me and many others around the world. Your rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World is the best that I have ever heard. Thanks for all that you are. Love, Brett A. Dabb I

Wednesday December 2nd 1998 01:56:35
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Name: Kari
E-mail address: kbroker@mailexcite.com
Comments: I was first introduced to his music when my aunt came back from the islands. I the first time I listened to his music a chill came over me. He has a wonderful voice and when I had heard he died(but not his music) I was quite disappointed that I wouldn’t get the chance to see him in concert. 

Monday November 30th 1998 11:21:33
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Name: Richard E Stoner
E-mail address: richard.stoner@worldnet.att.net
Comments: A beautiful voice. He died too young. 

Sunday November 29th 1998 09:08:18
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Name: Suzette Donch
Comments: You’ll be missed Big Man, but never forgotten.

Saturday November 28th 1998 01:47:16
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Name: Mike Askins
E-mail address: askinsm001@hawaii.rr.com
Comments: I loved bruddah IZ. What else can you say about a man who gave us all song and love. God gave him to us and God took him at his own time. Things this good we mortals only get to love for a short time. We shall all hear our bruddah IZ again when we meet again!! WE MISS YOU IZ………

Friday November 27th 1998 11:37:40
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Name: Scott Moura
E-mail address: mouras001@hawaii.rr.com
Comments: I remember meeting Iz.& Skippy at a family party in 1981. I was just getting into Hawaiian music at the time since my girlfriend at the time knew bro.IZ. I thought he(and Skippy) were great! I think the Makaha son’s best had to be Ho’oluana ,It still stirrs a lot of emotion from me when I listen to it. I miss you IZ. Scott

Monday November 23rd 1998 03:16:00
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Name: Geoffrey O’Connor
E-mail address: goconnor@san.rr.com
Comments: IZ, I only recently began listening to your music. I’m going to miss you very much. Your song at the end of “Meet Joe Black” was the greatest. Geof O’Connor

Saturday November 21st 1998 05:41:42
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Name: Laura
E-mail address: Amazon1@erols.com
Comments: IZ music touched my soul when we visited the islands a week ago. so much so that it shocked me to find he has moved on. We will cherish his music and memory in this house. God Bless (11/98)

Thursday November 19th 1998 07:32:40
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Name: Josh
Comments: Iz had the most beautiful voice I ever heard. He was a great man. 

Wednesday November 18th 1998 09:44:51
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Name: David H. Masuo
E-mail address: dmasuo@alaska.net
Comments: Hawai’i has lost a living legend but will always remain in our hearts. His music will forever be in our minds, heart and soul. Aloha Brudda Iz….

Sunday November 15th 1998 03:17:21
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Name: Gregory Brown
E-mail address: jollydog@mindspring.com
Homepage URL: http://www.mindspring.com/~jollydog
Comments: I am a musician in Montgomery, Alabama and I first heard Bruddah Iz sing today in my home. A dear friend who had recently visited Hawaii brought me a copy of “Facing Future” to listen to. I was moved to tears. As I listened to “Hawaii ’78 :” ( over and over again) I hate that I did not have the opportunity to know Iz in this life. A gentle soul and I can tell by his voice, a sweet Spirit, I will look for him in the next life. Gregory Brown

Monday November 9th 1998 08:51:41
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Name: Ruth Piscoya
E-mail address: piscoya@nome.net
Comments: Really enjoyed his music, wish we could have heard him in concert. My condolences to his family. Ruth

Saturday November 7th 1998 06:20:30
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Name: kawika kaawaloa
E-mail address: kkaawaloa@mailexcite.com
Comments: love u lotz

Thursday November 5th 1998 12:42:55
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Name: Tiogangco’s
E-mail address: pamela@rinvest.com
Homepage URL: http://www.rinvest.com

Wednesday November 4th 1998 04:38:55
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Name: Arline
E-mail address: aitchis@san-jose.slb.tt.com
Comments: I did’nt pay attention to his music while he was alive.But I changed my indifference to him and his music,as I happened to be on Maui for my very first time the day he passed away! A strange thing happened in the early morning hour of arou- nd 3:am. I was awakened to the faint sound of drumming,I got up looked out of the window but there was nothing.I listened for awhile till the drumming faded.When awoke I turned on the hotel tv. and it was all over the channels that Israel had died early that morning.As soon as I heard the news I knew that the drumming was for him.I do not know if anyone else heard it.My Mother told me stories of the islands so I knew that the drums were for him.His music is the greatest!His voice is so innocent and pure.His message was and as it never ever dies,about Love pure and simple. Aloha No! the Ritchison Family. 

Wednesday November 4th 1998 11:02:38
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Name: Malia Tekurio
E-mail address: tekm0001@mail.rancho.cc.ca.us
Comments: We will alwayz remember his loving hawaiian voice and his passion to share with others his love for Hawai’i.

Wednesday November 4th 1998 09:47:22
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Name: Terry McConnell
E-mail address: terrymcconnell@pobox.com
Comments: This HAWAIIAN MAN was the MAN we all wish we could be, True at Heart. I feel blessed to have been able to listen to THIS HAWAIIAN MAN and feel his LOVE for all. I am a Hawaiian at heart and my eyes cry when I hear IZ, but my Heart sings along with joy and much Aloha to have had Israel Kamakawiwo’ole In Dis Life. Aloha and RESPECT 4 Braddah IZ….We Love you forever. Terry And Chris McConnell 

Tuesday November 3rd 1998 08:32:12
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Name: Bill Friel
E-mail address: pilakuke@ZiaNet.com
Comments: I can recall the way your voice would fill the room, the gentle songs which you have harbored. Your laughter has put many a smile on the faces of my fifth grade students. We hope you have plenty POI. Mr.Friel’s Fifth Grade Classes

Monday November 2nd 1998 07:04:39
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Name: Paul and Ann-Marie
E-mail address: palysgaa@us.ibm.com
Comments: Where can I possibly begin….On May 15th 1998, my wife and I were married on a small beach in Poipu, Kauai. On that following Monday night in our condo, we tuned in to the Hawaiian Music Awards. At the beginning, there was a tribute to IZ. Up until this point, being from the mainland, we hadn’t heard to much about this legend. As we sat and watched and listened to the magical 5 minute highlight, my wife and I knew we found something special. The very next day we bought the live tape and listened to this voice like we’ve never heard before. We thought to ourselves”what a perfect addition to our week in paradise”. Although we are truly saddened at the fact that we will be unable to experience IZ in person, we feel extremely fortunate to have come to know the art in which he has shared with his fans. To this day, the sound of Brudda IZ flows through our home in San Francisco. Next week, for my 30th birthday, my wife and I will be in Maui. Ever since the day we left in May, we have been drawn to the magical Isle, savoring the memories and history of this special man, OUR Brudda IZ. Our memories and love for IZ may be new, but the way we have been touched, they will last a lifetime….mahalo 

Friday October 30th 1998 19:28:21
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Name: George and Carolyn Sackinger
E-mail address: sackingc@open.org
Homepage URL: http://www.open.org/sackingc
Comments: His music has brought piece and beauty to our trip to Kaui. I truely love his music. Learning of his passing has brought us great sorrow. This man had a beautiful gift.

Saturday October 31st 1998 10:52:40
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Name: lahela 
E-mail address: gpasi@comptoncity.org
Comments: Dear Braddah IZ: I heard about your passing from my cousins in OAHU last year.I am located here in the city of COMPTON, CALIFORNIA. I listen to your music everyday. My family and I would like to extend our most heartfelt condolences to your OHANA all the way across the sea. ME KE ALOHA PUMEHANA Sistah gp

Friday October 30th 1998 12:11:34
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Name: lucy luna

Thursday October 29th 1998 06:52:34
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Name: Pohai Olomua
E-mail address: dolomua@st1.wou.edu
Comments: Mahaloz to the people who put this page together. I was a loyal lover of “Uncle” Israel’s music. It is nice to know that there are people who care about his legacy and took the time to keep it real.. Aloha no Pohai Olomua

Thursday October 29th 1998 11:54:39
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Name: Phil Wendell
E-mail address: sunny@aol.com
Comments: Thank you Iz for the many, many hours of soothing music and wonderful lyrics you have created over the years. My family and I have listened to your music for years and always look forward to he next time we can enjoy your voice and the feeling you give us when we hear you sing. God Bless You

Tuesday October 27th 1998 10:47:27
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Name: KEHAUALANI
E-mail address: KEHAUALANI
Comments: BRADA IZ WAS AND STILL IS DA MAN OF ALL TIMES!! I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO HIM BEFORE I EVEN KNEW WHO HE WAS!! I WAS REALLY TOUCHED WHEN HE LEFT US IN HUMAN FORM. BUT ATLEAST WE ALL KNOW THAT HE IS STILL IN EACH AND EVERYONE OF US. I LOVE YOU BRADA IZ.

Tuesday October 27th 1998 06:56:20
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Name: zack kuhlmann
Comments: god bless all “HAWAIIANS” and bradda iz’s family most! 

Sunday October 25th 1998 07:25:16
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Name: PALOLO VALLEY GIRL…96
E-mail address: ALOHA
Comments: I LOVE YOU BRADDAH IZ!!!!

Thursday October 22nd 1998 05:47:23
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Name: jeanene Freshour-Craft
E-mail address: jcraft@nd-spirits.org
Comments: Thank you for the Iz page. As long as his music is remembered and played he is not gone. He lives in all the hearts he touched with his music.

Thursday October 22nd 1998 01:04:30
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Name: Valerie Manninen
E-mail address: finally@home.com
Comments: Just returned from 2 weeks in Maui, listening to IZ’s voice in all the gift shops, and brought his Facing Future CD home with me. I was searching for more of his music, when I came upon this terrible news. I am so sorry, words cannot say. His lyrics in his first song referencing his father have unfortunately come around to lend truth, and I am so terribly sorry to hear that. The song brought tears to my eyes up until today as it was, and now those tears will have meaning. Thankfully we still have his voice to cherish!

Wednesday October 21st 1998 07:39:25
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Name: KEN & MAY LING RUSSELL
E-mail address: idealtools@worldnet.att.net
Comments: WE JUST CAME BACK FROM OUR ANNUAL 2 WEEK STAY IN KAUAI. DURING OUR STAY WE NOTICED IZ’S SONGS BEING PLAY VERY OFTEN. AFTER LISTENING TO HIS VOICE, WE KNEW WE WANTED TO PURCHASE HIS TAPES. WE BOUGHT ALL 5 CASSETTES AND C DS. WE PLAYED HIS TAPES EVERY DAY WE WERE THERE. WE FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS STYLE AND CONTINUE TO PLAY HIS TAPES AND C DS DAILY SINCE WE CAME HOME. WE WERE SADDENED TO HEAR HE HAD PASSED ON, BUT ON THE OTHER HAND VERY HAPPY TO HAVE DISCOVERED A GENIUS IN HIS FIELD. HIS SONGS WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE IN OUR HEARTS FOR MANY, MANY YEARS AHEAD.

Monday October 19th 1998 04:47:45
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Name: Sheldon Harada
E-mail address: harada1@prodigy.net
Comments: iz is the best performer of all time

Sunday October 18th 1998 09:37:27
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Name: Ernest Whitworth
E-mail address: ewhitwo589@aol.com
Comments: Am very sorry for your lost.. I went to school with Skippy at Kaimuki High and hung around with them back in the begining of sophmore years . Aloha and God Bless

Sunday October 18th 1998 10:35:44
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Name: Keith
E-mail address: KJTurner@msn.com
Comments: remembered with love and peace

Friday October 16th 1998 04:59:57
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Name: jason veit
E-mail address: gitrzan1@aol.com
Comments: aloha bradda i goin miss u pleny…the encouragement u have given to us through your music form your heart is something all of us goin carry with us forever..thanks so very much aloha bradda stuck on da mainlan, Jason Veit

Friday October 16th 1998 02:05:59
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Name: mark and sue cowherd
E-mail address: cowh1701@AOL.com
Comments: 10-15-98 My wife and I are so sorry about the loss of such a treasure. We just returned from Maui with In dis life and the live album and feel the spirit of Iz everytime we play it. The world was lucky to have him. God bless you. 

Friday October 16th 1998 04:29:02
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Name: Gladys Mutchner
E-mail address: Islandbabies@webtv.net
Comments: I live in florida but have family in Hawaii and this music I play everyday and it really touches me He is the greatest and I will always play his music 

Wednesday October 14th 1998 04:39:15
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Name: Kanoeokalani
E-mail address: LocalgrlLV
Comments: All of us in Las Vegas will neva forget Braddah IZ. He will always be in our hearts tell we go up there and meet him. And members of HALAU O MOANI KE’ALA will keep him in our hearts as we dance.

Tuesday October 13th 1998 10:33:07
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Name: Carol McPherson
E-mail address: carol.mcpherson2@gte.net
Comments: My husband and I really enjoy his beautiful music and have all but his last tape. We will miss him.

Monday October 12th 1998 02:04:07
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Name: Giselle
E-mail address: cjzg34b@podigy.com
Homepage URL: http://www.angelfire.com/hi/LaKrezy
Comments: I miss IZ so MUCH. He meant so much to me and a lot of people. I just wish he could have been known world wide, ya knoe. see i live in California and no body reely knows who he is, exept fore a few people, try 2! At least we wont ever let him die, Iz will alweys be in our heart. TE AMO IZ!!! MUAH!

Saturday October 10th 1998 07:26:24
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Name: Rich Perry
E-mail address: HardKoa@aol.com
Comments: What can be said about such a great man as Iz. We have lost a great talent and a great Hawaiian. All I can say is that I am going to miss him.

Monday October 5th 1998 06:37:44
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Name: P.J. Blainey
E-mail address: Puaponi@aol.com
Comments: Aloha, Everyday I play your CD’s and keep the memory of your beautiful voice flowing through out the house.Mahalo nui loa for your great short life they gave so many people muc joy and Aloha, We miss you. Me Kealoha pumehana.

Sunday October 4th 1998 07:55:21
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Name: MercyLynn Z O Balasi
E-mail address: Hawnflvr1
Comments: Braddah Iz Mahalo for all the beautiful music,,,,,,, Your are the one and only Braddah Iz

Saturday October 3rd 1998 01:26:04
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Name: jimmy”kimo” gray
E-mail address: gray13hyde@aol.com.
Comments: your music and your soul through your songs will touch my life forever.I just heard your music for the first time since i am a transplant from hawaii now in california.When i hear you sing,i just close my eyes and i am back home …the real hawaii.Mahalo,bruddah and aloha nui….

Friday October 2nd 1998 12:27:59
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Name: Pumehana Fuller
E-mail address: rkbj@dakotacom.net
Comments: We are living on the Mainland until April, 99, then we will return to our beloved Hawaii, which we miss so very much. Iz has helped us return to the islands, if only in our hearts. He was a wonderful artist, with a beautiful soft and meaningful voice. We shall always miss him, even though we can keep a part of him here on earth through his recordings. May you be at peace, Bruddah Iz. Aloha….

Wednesday September 30th 1998 07:35:15
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Name: yamakawa
E-mail address: islandgirl33@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://modempool.com
Comments: We love the Iz CD The Man and His Music In Concert! In fact, it’s playing right now on my computer. We will miss IZ!

Wednesday September 30th 1998 05:41:02
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Name: michael coraggio m.d.
E-mail address: mike@hpa.pcc.com
Comments: Don’t know if anyone out there gets this but just wanted to let you’ll know Iz is’nt forgotten. Every time I listen to his music he makes me smile and remember my trips to hawaii. Special thanks to his wife, daughter, family and friends for sharing this wonderful person and his music with the rest of us. M.Coraggio M.D. Mahalo nui loa

Monday September 28th 1998 06:20:26
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Name: woody burrowes
E-mail address: woody@bluedog.apana.org.au
Comments: Very beautiful family; beautiful music I miss. I knew Wesley Kamakawiwoole and his wife Diane. Lost touch with them. 

Sunday September 27th 1998 06:32:24
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Name: kelii sirikaku
E-mail address: alia68athotmail.com
Comments: bradda iz touched me!! he was so loving and caring!! I really MISS him !!! one day I know that we will meet again!! beleive -n- it and it will happen!!!love you bradda iz!! kepit real!! REMEMBER!!! there is no rag ment for a gang !! A rag is for hanabaddaz`!!!;)**&!$**

Sunday September 27th 1998 12:49:14
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Name: Jeff J. Spaur
E-mail address: SurfsideA@aol.com
Comments: I had the pleasure of living on the “Big Island” in 1997. I had not been exposed to all that is Bruddah IZ until his last performance in Hilo. He touched my family in a very special way that evening. To see the power and passion in him when he performed “In This Life”and the impact on everyone in the room, convinced me we were seeing something very special. That memory will always be with me. Jeff Spaur

Friday September 25th 1998 08:17:10
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Name: john michaud
E-mail address: johnm@humongous.com
Comments: I just discovered Iz’s music yesterday listening to the radio in my car. It was drizzling rain and the dj played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World”. I was so moved by the beauty of Iz’s voice and ukelele playing that I had to stop and just listen to the song. When the dj announced who this man was I steered myself to a cd store and bought whatever Iz cds they had. I was happy they had “Facing Future” which features the song I’d heard. What a gifted, sensitive and inspirational artist he was. I feel lucky to know his music.

Friday September 25th 1998 05:59:21
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Name: William Sellers Jr.
E-mail address: wsellers@gte.net
Comments: When I first move here, I didn’t know much of Hawaii. I was born in Hawaii, then my parents moved on. From California then to Samoa. Now I’m here. Izrael’ music thaught me a lot about what I had knew. I was raised Hawaiian style you can say and also the old samoan way aswell. His way to me seemed very traditional,hawaiian way. Past down from father to son. I listened to his music and know that his true feelings are that the same as many who find it hard to express.Yet, his love and music brings out the best in everything we know of today and always for ever and eternity. I wish I could have thanked him in the past. I as well as many others had the opportunity too when we went to all his concerts. Yet I didn’t have the priveledge too, but would like to say “Thank you ” with all the love and joy and blessings for his family. Whom in his music expressed all the love in the world. I loved a man who I didn’t know but loved him as a brother who I knew in my heart and soul and through his music he will always live in me. Thank you again for letting me say these words. Aloha.

Monday September 21st 1998 08:56:19
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Name: clinton.a.k.a.c-loc
E-mail address: hayashidj001@hawaii.rr.com
Comments: i would like to just say your a legend and saint of hawaii.goodbye bradda Iz.aloha

Saturday September 19th 1998 10:12:44
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Name: Vikki Stanford
E-mail address: Wstanford@msn.com
Comments: I recently heard his music and thru that made my acquaintance with Israel. I am sorry for us at his passing but happy for him. A man of God I sensed he was through his music. May God bless him and may we meet someday.

Saturday September 19th 1998 10:03:36
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Name: Kent Family
E-mail address: gjkent@erols.com
Comments: It saddens us to learn of Iz’s death. Although we never met him, while vacationing on Kauai at the Marriott we saw him in person at poolside. We were immediately impressed and touched by this huge man’s tenderness and softness to his wife and family. We soon learned he was one of Hawaii’s leading folk singers and this led us to purchase two of his albums (Facing Future and E Ala E). Two years later we are still listening and enjoying his music. Recently my wife, while shopping in New York City recognized another album of his and this prompted us to search the Web for it. This is how we learned of his death. We feel the world has lost a very fine artist and person and our sympathy is extended to his family and friends. 

Friday September 18th 1998 05:30:58
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Name: VIKKI STANFORD
E-mail address: WDSTANFORD@MSN.COM
Comments: BEAUTIFUL MUSIC!

Wednesday September 16th 1998 09:55:47
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Name: Paul Dagdag
E-mail address: paulandluana@juno.com

Wednesday September 16th 1998 06:04:29
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Name: Leilani Kaiawe
E-mail address: ikaia360@makani.k12.hi.us
it was a shame that he had to go.

Monday September 14th 1998 13:55:16
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Name: Shannon Small
E-mail address: Nasthealey@aol.com

Wednesday September 9th 1998 09:11:33
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Name: R. Scott Tessell
E-mail address: rstst9@pitt.edu
Comments: I recently traveled to Hawai’i on a vacation. While there I fell in love with the islands as well as the music of a curious performer whose CD I continuously saw in various gift shops. I was overcome with great sadness to me to learn of his passing and I was upset that I would never have the opportunity to see him on stage. I realize that his music will live on forever in our hearts and memories.

Tuesday September 8th 1998 09:09:12
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Name: Hokuao
E-mail address: Hokuao@gte.net
Comments: Aloha my name is Hokuao from da island of Maui. For the past couple of years I have really gotten in touch with my Hawaiian culture. Braddah Iz Music has really inspired me to Olelo Hawaiian. It is now my second year in da language and I feel so proud and good that I will be able to speak fluent soon. Braddah Iz could speak da language with such grace within his music that everytime I would listen I would just get shivers all over. His music went straight to my heart and I know that he sung from his heart. One thing that took my breath away was the fact that Braddah Iz accepted and respected every person whether they were Hawaiian or not. He had such a great love for da people of Hawai`i. His music was so positive. I believe that everyone should listen to Braddah Iz music because it touched me so deep and I know it would do the same for others. I am a sophmore in College in California and let me say that I get very homesick but all I have to do is turn on Braddah Iz CD and I feel so at home. He has gotten me through many tough times. I just want to say Mahalo nui loa Malamapono! Ahui hou!! Aloha, Hokuao

Tuesday September 8th 1998 04:35:42
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Name: Gail (Heidenfeldt) Gali
E-mail address: kaneohegirl@yahoo.com
Homepage URL: http://www.fortunecity.com/meltingpot/seabright/540
Comments: I really enjoy Iz’s music. He is a legend that will never be forgotten. I really like this site. I think its really neat. Keep up the good work.

Sunday September 6th 1998 08:44:56
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Name: Elder Rand Le Sueur
E-mail address: gocustom@juno.com
Comments: I served as a missionary in the Islands for two years. I love the people of Hawai’i,and the aloha they gave to me. It’s the music that takes me back to the Islands and the sweet memories I had there. The music of Isreal Kamakawiwaole is what takes me home to Hawai’i. I know he is singing now.

Thursday September 3rd 1998 12:40:58
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Name: Kiyo Keanini
E-mail address: hankjillkiyo.keanini@gte.com
Comments: LOVE YOUR MUSIC THIS: “{ }” MUCH. ALOHA. 

Tuesday September 1st 1998 11:38:24
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Name: Allison Boteilho
E-mail address: babycakes_52@hotmail.com
Comments: well i am only 14 and iz has bine the best player and singer that i like to learn songs from that is why i have a ukulele class i had it for about 3 yers. well i wish that i could write more but sorry.love you guys.

Tuesday September 1st 1998 09:33:10
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Name: Sandy Cregge
E-mail address: cregge@gte.net
Homepage URL: http://ourworldcompuserve.com/homepages/MCregge
Comments: ALOHA, I wrote to Bu recently to find the Mynah Bird song/lyrics. Ruth Urben from Mililani sent the song to me and I want to pass it along to you all. The tune is “Yellow Bird” Lyrics: Mynah bird, up high in the banyan tree, Mynah bird, you rascal of Waikiki, You just sit and yell by the big hotel, Tourist cannot sleep, call you sassy creep,Soon we make our bed inside Diamond Head, You too noisy for me! When I complain to hotel cop, he reply cheerful word, “There are three things man cannot stop: Taxes and death and da mynah bird!” Mynah bird up high in da banyan tree, Mynah bird, you rascal of Waikiki, Wish I find da way make you fly away. Even Charlie Chan cannot make you run. Maybe FBI trap you by and by. You too clever for me! Wish that I was Sheppard man, I’d fly into da space. Like the trade winds on the moon I land, First thing I see is your sassy face. Mynah bird, up high in the banyan tree, Mynah bird, you rascal of Waikiki. You just sit and yell by the big hotel, Tourist cannot sleep, call you sassy creep, Soon we make our bed inside Diamond Head, You too noisy for me! Enjoy. Sandy 

Sunday August 30th 1998 06:57:46
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Name: Don Easton
E-mail address: donzplac@ansi.net
Comments: Israel was a shining example of love and universal brotherhood. I am saddened by his passing but he left some of the most beautiful music that I have ever heard, and has placed an eternal spirit of Hawaiian-ness with in me. When I listen to his music he comes alive over and over again. I have gathered from reading the liner notes that he had a wife and daughter. If I could speak to them I would tell them that their husband and father was a truly great man and his memory will live forever through his music and message of love and acceptance.

Sunday August 30th 1998 06:57:46
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Name: Elisabeth Olander
E-mail address: ewowas@aol.com
Comments: What a great loss, we all still have his music to live on!

Saturday August 29th 1998 15:09:30
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Name: Tamotsu Hikino
E-mail address: t-hikino@osa.att.ne.jp
Comments: Thank you for many many beautiful songs. You are the real Hawaiian and you are the light house in life for me and everyone.

Saturday August 29th 1998 05:29:51
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Name: Jeff Hollenbeck
E-mail address: jholbeck@deltanet.com
Comments: I have been fortunate to have been introduced to IZ’s music by a close friend. It was “Facing Future”. Now IZ sings for the Kings and Queens, and they are pleased. His music and spirit will be ever present in the trade winds that blow through his beloved islands as the spirit of Aloha. To you IZ, “Mahalo and Aloha” Jeff Hollenbeck 

Friday August 28th 1998 20:42:29
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Name: kelly lynn derMugardician
E-mail address: kboyn72920@aol.com
Homepage URL: http://books.dreambook.com/mixedplate/Iz.sign.html
Comments: I’M GLAD I HAD THE CHANCE TO SIT WITH YOU AND TALK A FEW TIMES. YOU PUT SUNSHINE INSIDE MY HEART AND A SMILE WHERE THER ONCE WAS ONLY A FROWN. I BELEIVE YOU ARE IN HEAVEN NOW….YOU MUST BE GOD’S MOST TREASURED AND CHOSEN ANGELS. I THINK ABOUT YOU ALWAYS HOPING THAT MAYBE YOU’LL WATCH OVER ME WHEN YOU CAN. YOUR MUSIC FILLS MY SOUL WITH TENDERNESS AND HAPPINESS! YOU WILL ALWAYS BE NUMBER ONE TO ME. WITH ALL THE LOVE AND PEACE….YOUR FRIEND KELLY THE GIRL WHOS NAME RHYMS WITH JELLY.

Thursday August 27th 1998 16:12:38
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Name: Jo Peralto
E-mail address: supay50@aol.com
Comments: He was a big man with a big heart……I have his poster framed and on my dining room wall. I also had the privilege to have a picture taken with him in January 1997 when he played at Waikele Borders…..I had that picture printed on a t-shirt and wear it proudly at concerts. I love his music and no one will ever take his place in music….one of a kind…….God bless him wherever he is…..

Wednesday August 26th 1998 21:48:58
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Name: Rolf Nordahl
E-mail address: rolf@aloha.net
Homepage URL: http://MacMouse.Com
Comments: Used to surf with IZ at Walls Waikiki… He called me “roof”. Later in life he was a Macintosh customer. He wrote the music for the independence movement in Hawai`i. His music will life forever. Aloha Rolf http://MacMouse.Com http://Hawaii-Nation.Org 

Tuesday August 25th 1998 18:04:19
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Name: Marilyn Amador
E-mail address: mamador@inhale.com
Comments: I love the man’s music and it touched my heart the moment I heard the first note of that wonderful voice. God creates beautiful, breathless beings…as this man..IZ God also must take away, only because I feel that He felt, IZ would grace heaven better. The music and part of his soul is left behind for us to hold and love and remember…….. That heaven is a wonderous place, where we will hear him once more, ………..my thoughts. Marilyn

Tuesday August 25th 1998 09:00:47
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Name: Michael Walter
E-mail address: yoindisdad@aol.com
Comments: My family and I have lived here in Hawai’i for about a year. While I was working on Maui this summer, I picked up “The Man and His Music” and began listening to it during the drive from Kihei to Kahului and Lahaina. So many times I felt the lump in my throat and tears welling up just at the beauty of the music. We will always consider Israel’s gift one of the many magical influences we have been blessed with during our time here. Thank you and bless you, a Hawai’ian at heart family

Tuesday August 25th 1998 02:36:10
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Name: Kris Bieber
E-mail address: KBIEB7@aol.com
Comments: I bought my first IZ CD about 2 months ago—-I have bought 2 since. My whole family fell in love with his clear, sweet voice and humor. I was so excited to hear IZ had a WEB page—–then I discovered he had passed away last year. What a loss to us——please let his family know that he is appreciated still—-clear over here in IOWA. I will listen to IZ on cold winter days and dream of Hawaii and our many visits there. Sincerely, Kris & family

Monday August 24th 1998 13:23:16
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Name: Hannah k.Reponte
E-mail address: gov45colt@aol.com
Comments: aloha> your life , your spirt will live throught our lives. Aunty momi(pearl(keale) mix , daughter Hannah k. Reponte , Regina k. Reponte , Don Reponte

Sunday August 23rd 1998 01:02:46
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Name: STEPHANIE AMINA-KALANI
E-mail address: S_KALANI@HOTMAIL.COM
E-mail address: http://planet-hawaii.com/future/
Comments: CUZ BRUDDAH IZ is a person full of love & aloha for anyone and everyone. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from he will always welcome you. He likes to joke around and make you feel comfortable. He is really going to be missed by everyone who loves and knows him dearly. When he use to come to Big Island for his concerts we (Amina Family) would come out to support him. Personally I am a big fan of his and enjoyed his music and his warmth aloha shared all the time.

Sunday August 18th 1998 12:55:14
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Name: Bob Kukua
E-mail address: bkukua@accucomm.net
Comments: Love your music….your life…and the way you preseved our heitage…Maholo bro…. 

Saturday August 15th 1998 22:26:33
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Name: Dave Anderson
E-mail address: Warlord_43@yahoo.com
I just wanted to say, thankyou. I’ve lived in Hawaii since 1991, I arrived here through the Navy. But through people like Iz, I never want to leave the islands. If only all of us could love each other only half as much as Iz loved all of us. Thankyou for all your aloha. He and His music does live on!!! Thankyou Respectfully Dave

Wed Aug 5 12:28
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Name: CARLOS R CARDENAS
E-mail address: SSGTROCK@AOL.COM
I WAS IN HAWAII FOR EIGHTEEN DAYS AND I HEARD IZ MUSIC AND I WAS HOOKED.I NOW HAVE MOST OF HIS MUSIC. THANKS…….. FOR EVER…… 

Fri Jul 31 20:25
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Name: Stephanie Tuia
E-mail address: caokhi@aol.com
I started liking IZ after he died…. just because of the fact that I lived in Oklahoma, and he wasn’t heard of there… Well, it’s a great loss of his death…. : ( My condolences to his family and all loved ones. Sincerely, Stephanie Tuia 

Fri Jul 31 07:45
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Name: kevin morgan
Even though you are dead, I still write to you. Your music is too special to be affected by such small things as life and death. 

Wed Jul 29 16:03
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Name: Marilyn Amador
E-mail address: mamador@inhale.com
My husband has been travelling to Hawaii on business for over 8 years now, and usually spends 5 months a year in the Islands. Whenever he comes home, he says he feels homesick for the Hawaiian lifestyle and the people. Recently I accompanied him on a business trip. During the trip, I finally heard some of the Hawaiian music my husband keeps talking about – I finnally heard Bruddah Iz. Or I should say I finally experienced Bruddah Iz. The first time I heard his music it made me cry – he sings from his soul. Through his music I have gotten a brief glimpse and feeling for what has caused this homesick feeling in my husband. I have started to understand the Aloha spirit. We both long for the day we can call ourselves Kama’aina.

Tue Jul 28 20:14
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Name: Michael
E-mail address: carnthehawks@msn.com
I’ve only recently come to know Bruddah IZ, but his heart, ideas and love have stirred me. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole was a man with a heart too warm for most of this cold world, ideas too big for most of this small-minded world, and a love too simple for most of this complex world. The only true significance of a life is how it touches other lives. Once a life is touched, it is never quite the same, but carries on to touch others. The testaments we leave here here reflect IZ’s significance. The testaments we leave here reflect his love that we carry. Mahalo, IZ and family. Mahalo.

Tue Jul 28 02:13
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Name: mikale c. huffstetler
E-mail address: mikale@sunnews.infinet
after visiting the islands 7?16-7/24 98, i find no better representive of hawaiian love in song than bruddah iz thank you for his memories and the wornderful cd i bought n dis life mahalo,mikale

Sun Jul 26 20:06
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Name: Marsha
E-mail address: pandera@webtv.net
Homepage URL: http://www.angelfire.com/hi/cyberhawaii/index.html
Very nice page on one of Hawaii’s treasured musicians. He lives on in his music and among all of his fans…..:)

Sun Jul 26 17:18
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Name: Leialohanani Tasaki
E-mail address: aloha_56@hotmail.com
rest in peace braddah Iz. Your memories will never be forgotten. You’ve become a legend in Hawai’i and rolemodel to many children. Aloha, Leialohanani Tasaki 

Sat Jul 25 03:10
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Name: Kapuaui O’NaLani Patacsil
E-mail address: Weathers@tscnet.com
You will always be in our hearts. Your voice will always be sweet. N dis life we were loved by you. ALOHA UNCLE IZ.

Fri Jul 24 21:23
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Name: Ed and Jane Scott
E-mail address: scottej@aol.com
We just returned from a 10-day visit to Kauai, where we learned about IZ and his music. We are enthralled. Especially moving was the fact that so many local residents would choke up and have tears in their eyes when they spoke of IZ. We have four of his albums and the Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau, but we deeply regret that we never got a chance to see him in concert or met him. Aloha, Ed and Jane Scott, McLean, Virginia

Thu Jul 23 15:23
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Name: Stephanie an Greg
E-mail address: glashoto@yahoo.com
We just got the cd Facing Future and found it very moving and beautiful.

Thu Jul 23 07:24
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Name: justin 
E-mail address: shirleyi@webtv.com
BIG MAN, BIG HEART, BIG VOICE, we all miss him not only because his music but because his heart. But his time has came. ill bet he is still playin da ukulele up there. just wish he could still be here!!!! 

Wed Jul 22 22:57
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Name: Noah Keoni Viernes
E-mail address: nviernes@indiana.edu
Homepage URL: http://www.goecities.com/Tokyo/Island/2530
I grew up on the mainland having been back to Hawaii about a hand full of times. Iz’s music is what sends the voice of remaining Hawaiian culture to the ears that recieve it. All will miss him, but his voice will live on.

Wed Jul 22 13:55
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Name: Jennifer
E-mail address: jennihi@hotmail.com

Tue Jul 21 15:45
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Name: Diane Muni
E-mail address: DianeMuni@fabri-centers.com
Just came back from Hawaii and loved your music. Bought four tapes and want to the remaining of your selections. Your a great loss to Hawaii and the World. Your music is beautiful.

Tue Jul 21 10:57
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Name: Bobette
E-mail address: bobette@cmq.com
My first introduction to Iz was on vacation this summer. The island, valley and his music are forever a part of me. Keep the feeling alive!!!

Mon Jul 20 17:33
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Name: jim svitak
E-mail address: Jarrrud@aol.com
bruddah iz touched us all. he was a good and kind man…..thanks for the music, the voice, and all the chicken skin. bruddah iz we all miss you.

Sun Jul 19 23:58
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Name: Kaleo Aloha Naipo
E-mail address: mrnaipo@webtv.net
kaumaha ko makou puuwai ikou haalele ana. aka, kou leo nahenahe oia mau no ika ola iloko o ko makou puuwai. ua pau kao hana ma kahonua nei, ua ike keakua ua hoolealea oe ina ina ohana, hoaloha ame na po’e mai o a’ia nei.Ahui hou, malama pono….. 

Sat Jul 18 07:05
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Name: jo
E-mail address: josis@aol.com
i really enjoyed his music, we recently have purchased his in dis life cd and just love it. he will be sadly missed.

Thu Jul 16 07:21
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Name: Jasmine
E-mail address: christrules@hotmail.com
Iz has made such a big impact on everybodys lives through the songs that he sang. He always had such a big heart even bigger than himself and that is the one thing that we all here in Hawaii will miss about Iz. It was really sad to hear that he passed away, but at least we all know that he is in a better place now. I really loved his album “In dis life.” When I listend to that song In dis life it just touches you. All of his songs had a way of doing that to us. I truely miss Iz and I’m sure so does all of Hawaii. I love you Braddah Iz and I am glad that you are in a much better place now. God Bless you and your Family.

Wed Jul 15 02:38
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Name: JOHN KUROKAWA
E-mail address: jcrules@gte.net
You are sorely missed by all in Hawaii. we loved your music. It made us all feel good aboutt ourselves and life in general. We will always love you in our hearts. God bless you and yours.

Sun Jul 12 22:08
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Name: Parrish Lopes
E-mail address: parrish@kalama.doe.hawaii.edu,plopes@kalama.doe.hawaii.edu
IZ was a man with a Big heart he was big but nothing kept him from perfoming he was a teacher a musician, counselor,philosipher and a man with a big heart mo big den himself and a voice that could make any person cry,he was the man.suppe

Fri Jul 10 17:27
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Name: Ron Hamblin
E-mail address: tumak@msn.com

Fri Jul 10 12:08
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Name: Lori Guevara
E-mail address: LoriG0910@aol.com
Me and my family loved his music very much. He is in a much better place. We were in Mililani when he died. God bless him and his family. We love you Iz.

Thu Jul 9 20:56
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Name: kyle baptiste
E-mail address: none
Homepage URL: http://none
IZ was a bomb

Wed Jul 8 19:28
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Name: Kahula and Jay
E-mail address: Tysican@aol.com
you were the and will always be the best. you remain in our hearts forever

Wed Jul 8 01:54
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Name: Kanoelani Patterson
We all love your music and speeches you are greatly missed! we will always remember your duck joke as well as you. Aloha, Kanoelani patterson kamuela,Hi,96742

Tue Jul 7 12:29
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Name: Ciro Kamai
E-mail address: ciro kamai
You da best! Mahalo Ke Akua!!

Sat Jul 4 11:50
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Name: Hadrian B.K. Achong
E-mail address: rott@gte.net
Like your web site on Bradda IZ. Not sure if I’m related to Bradda IZ’s wife. my family comes from the Kamakahi and ALO (AH LO) Ohana. ALOHA from cus…in Hage

Fri Jul 3 15:43
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Name: Sandra Pedrick
E-mail address: drwho@pc-pc.com
Aloha Family and Friends of Israel, We just returned from our first trip to Hawaii and discovered Israel’s music. I was very disappointed to find out that he was now longer on this earth. We are still being blessed by his great talent and even though it has been a year my deepest and most sincere condolences to his family and friends. My husband has been diagnosed with terminal cancer a may only be weeks from departing this earth as well. Hawaii was more than I expected but was only made great by discovering it’s native people, music and culture. The beauty of the islands is much more than the tourist eye can see and we were priveledge to receive a small glimpse of it. Aloha nui loa, Sandra and Steve Pedrick

Thu Jul 2 15:09
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Name: Jeff and Christine Murakami
E-mail address: cmurakam@usc.edu
We just love Iz — we just recently picked up the last CD “IZ in concert” — it’s a real gem. We love you IZ!

Thu Jul 2 13:46
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Name: talameleke neemia

Thu Jul 2 00:00
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Name: matthew r.
E-mail address: kindleo@aol.com
I only heard of your music after you had passed on. Upon listening to “somewhere over the rainbow” a couple of years ago while driving, I had to pull over and listen, just listen and cry. It is the most beautiful song I have ever heard. It truely touched something deep inside me. I am forever grateful in having been able to hear you sing the songs of your people and your land and of your heart…. matthew rubin

Wed Jul 1 21:39
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Name: Jarett Souza
Iz is a great role model. He is a great example to follow. Especially in his music. He is a very talented Hawaiian musical artist. No one can ever match his powerful DEEP voice. Everytime I hear him sing I always knew it was him. He will never be forgotten and he is an inspiration to us all. SUPE
Aloha a hui hou,
Jarett Kukaho’omaluakamalama Souza
 

Wed Jul 1 2:55
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Name: Dennis Rogers
E-mail address: Faxx13@aol.com
while it has been 18 yrs since my last trip to the island i saw IZ tapes at all the record stores.i bought it and love his music. i am sorry to hear that he has past on. his music has touched me in many ways.

Tue Jun 30 17:50
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Name: Dayle Turner
E-mail address: turner@hawaii.edu
Homepage URL: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~turner/hikes.html
Thanks for the music, Bruddah Iz! 

Sat Jun 27 19:30
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Name: MARILYN MASON
E-mail address: mmason@cass.net
I received your message today and was thrilled. I was in Hawaii from 3-10-98 to 3-26-98 again this year. I heard numerous songs being played in restaurants. We bought more CD’s of Israels and continue to enjoy his songs. He truly will be missed. Marilyn

Sat Jun 27 18:59
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Name: Bill Delameter
The music of Iz still brings tears to my eyes. Never have I heard such feeling in song. June 1998

Sat Jun 27 16:01
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Name: Bryan Kessler
E-mail address: blk@lava.net
Iz was and is and will always be a great inspiration to me 

Sat Jun 27 12:54
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Name: Larry-boy
E-mail address: ElRoi1811@aol.com
Wanted to add my two cents wirt… IZ, I never met you but I feel like you one old frien’. Hearing you talk on the CDs feels like we sitting down talking story. Sometimes I just play those parts when I need a dose of pure aloha… hearing you talk about your family and your father on “Facing Future” still give me chicken skin… “I feel free now, I was just confined, you know?….” Yeah IZ you free now…. aloha braddah… you NOT gone, and NOT forgotten.

Sat Jun 27 12:29
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Name: Toni
I was so very surprised to learn, only a few minutes ago at this website, of dear IZ departing the body one year before. I was hoping to learn of new music, but this was the news I received. I am an African-American from the U.S. mainland, now living in Taiwan, and I had the enormous good fortune of having been introduced to his music on a visit to Guam in August of 1996. The friend who played “Facing Future” for me did not know where we could obtain a CD or tape in Guam, and so I remember spending the seven days of my visit trying to memorize the song containing the words (please forgive my spelling, and know it’s all coming from a loving heart) “o ama, ka’ea oka aina, i kapuno, o Hawaii…” I’d try to sing the whole song over and over again, teeth chattering, on freezing nights while waiting for the bus during my time teaching in Seoul, Korea. It made the time pass in a very meditative and lovely way. Well, recalling the words of the gentle artist himself, I really feel like just closing out my little remembrance with a line from one of the sweetest, happiest covers of two earlier tunes–in a medley–that I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. When I think of the fact that this beautiful soul made music at a time when we all could hear him and be filled, “I say to myself, ‘What a wonderful world’.” ************************ You did life-affirming work here for the many who heard the purity of your voice and message, IZ. I’ll not be sad now that you are free. I’ll try my best not to be as selfish as all that. But I will need a bit of time to adjust to the fact that you’ve moved on to other things, and that we have of your music all we will have this time ’round. Thank you so much for that!!! The body, as we are well aware, can ensnare us, confound us, sabotage us, and ultimately, it does fail us. Fortunately it does not define us in the core sense, if we are aware of our true nature, and of our ability to give to others from the part of us that never perishes. IZ must have been aware of this fact; his music is the proof that endures. Love and good wishes always to the family of IZ. Someday I hope to visit your homeland. Having held in my mind the many powerful images IZ created through his art, I feel like I have already had a deep experience of the best that your beautiful islands have to offer. And to the organizer of this guestbook: I thank you for giving us all the opportunity to share our thoughts in this way. I’m sort of new to this info highway stuff myself. I hope I haven’t taken up too much space, and that many others will stop in to share their memories and good wishes. 

Sat Jun 27 06:37
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Name: Christine Leihualani Stier
E-mail address: obstier@prodigy.net
Homepage URL: http://pages.prodigy.net/obstier/chris.htm
Your words and love was so pure.

Sat Jun 27 06:03
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Name: Christine Stier
E-mail address: obstier@prodigy.net
I miss you and love you so. You left me a year ago, but your voice and your music still fill my home daily….the love you taught me how to share and hold in my heart is still there growing with each and everyday. It is a living tribute of my love and devotion to you. Pray for me, and I will carry on until I see your smiling face again one day. Aloha Pumehana, Leihualani 

Sat Jun 27 05:28
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Name: Kalani Simpson
E-mail address: angel111@gte.net
You will always live on in your music and in the hearts of those who loved you. 

Sat Jun 27 00:15
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Name: Carole Borg
E-mail address: 1144@iaw.com
For IZ If we could share with you just one more day, Would it be only to sing and play, “Talk story”, share our laughter and joy and revisit those tales of a little boy? Or would we reach down deep inside, to all of the feelings that we try to hide, and tell you then how much we cared for all that you gave and all you shared? And would it amaze you, the breadth and depth of sorrow and loss that we felt at your death? And in the midst of our grief and tears, Your music lived on, passed through our ears to that place in our souls where love’s embers glow to remind us now that we cannot know how many days each one will live, and how much love we have to give. Now when we listen to your “Angel” voice, You tell us now that we have a choice, To cherish each moment, each day, each year each lesson, each smile, each laugh and each tear. And IZ, you taught us what we do know now, we will have that day “A HUI HOU!” WITH RESPECT AND LOVE, Carole J. Kennedy-Borg June 26, 1998. 

Fri Jun 26 17:06
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Name: Mahealani Silva
Wassup braddah IZ and your family!!!!! Hows it going? losing braddah IZ was a hard thing 4 me 2 manage because i adore braddah IZ alot because he played a big role in my life.I loved IZ’s music because its relaxing at 1 point.The song that I love the best is Jonny Mahoe because what he says is true. what I mean is that someone can start there lives off good they can get straight A’s at first but later on in the future they can become a gangsta and then get killed and when they turn there backs on us we turn our backs on them. And its true a Jonny Mahoe is born every day. Well thats all i have 2 say right now so good-bye and best wishes!!!!! ALOHA, Mahealani Silva

Thu Jun 25 17:02
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Name: sandy heth
E-mail address: slaheth@juno.com
In the last year, I’ve learned so many things about Israel, and I am deeply touched by his life and music. It is unfortunate that I first learned about Iz on the very day he died. It affected personally. Having fought weight all my life as well as sang all my life, I can understand some of the problems Iz faced. May he rest in peace, but his music should live on. 

Tue Jun 23 20:27
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Name: Dominic K. Aina, Jr.
E-mail address: daina@tekplace.com

Tue Jun 23 17:53
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Name: Nella
Aloha wau ia ‘oe e ‘anakala IZ! me ke aloha pau’ole, Nella

Mon Jun 22 17:48
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Name: ed
E-mail address: michaeln@netgate.net
IZ will be missed in Dis Life but his songs and memories will live on FOREVER. Mahalo Nui Iz!!!! IZ I know you went to visit bruddah Skippy and you are writing more Hawaiian songs. Someday when its our time, we will ALL come and visit you so we can have one BIG HAWAIIAN BASH. ALOHA!!!!!!! 

Sun Jun 21 17:44
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Name: John LeClaire
E-mail address: johnleclaire@compuserve.com
Sorry I didn’t get turned on to you sooner, I never got to see you perform while I lived in Hawaii. I absolutely love your music and the message you send through it. I think you have done so much to promote Hawaiians and Hawaiian culture, and I hope more haoles will come to appreciate both what the Hawaiians have and what they have lost. I miss you, although I have never met you, and I will do my small part to pass along your aloha to the people who have no idea what what aloha is. -John 

Fri Jun 19 21:47
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Name: Dwight Kanae
E-mail address: DDNK55@aol.com
Keep up the good work. We need to show and tell the world out there that angels do exist.

Wed Jun 17 16:37
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Name: Dwight Kanae
E-mail address: DDNK55@aol.com
1977 – Skippy and Iz helps us with our 1st recording. The group “AKONA” w/ Chucky boy Chock, Kevin Teves, Jameson Wong and myself. 1991 – Iz calls me. Says “Peter Moon looking fo’ one guitar player. You intressted?” Been jamin’ w/ Peter ever since. April 25, 1997 – Iz lets me borrow his uke to take to Japan June 9, 1998 – Del Beazley and I record a song that Del wrote for Iz entitled “Mahalo Bradda Iz”. 

Wed Jun 17 16:28
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Name: Sue & Michael Schrader
E-mail address: schrades@hq.tcfarm.com
My husband and I returned from our first trip to Hawaii, where we visited the island of Kauai for 8 days. During our stay, we were enchanted by the people, sights, and sounds of the true aloha spirit. We purchased IZ’s latest album “The Man and His Music” and fell in love with IZ. It was only through reading inside the case that we discovered that IZ had passed away. We were so sad that Hawaii and the entire world lost such a talented, pure, delicate man such as IZ. We realized that even though it has been nearly a year that all of the island is still mourning his death. We understand why, after experiencing his music. Whenever we listen to his music, we are reminded of the beautiful land we visited, and how lucky everyone there was to have IZ touch their lives. Through his music and words, IZ will live on forever in the hearts of those who are Hawaiian’s and Hawaiian’s-at-heart”. Aloha, IZ. Mahalo for touching our soul.

Sun Jun 14 23:19
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Name: David Ohumukini
E-mail address: Luaufeets@Aol

Sat Jun 13 17:57
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Name: Deidre Schexnayder
E-mail address: deidres@erols.com
Your music touched my heart, all the way to Alexandria, VA. One year later, I learn that you are gone. You will be missed.

Fri Jun 12 17:43
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Name: Gregory Morris
E-mail address: gregory_morris@hp.com
I am just now, on June 12 ’98, learning that the voice of Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole was stilled nearly a year ago. I am shocked. I just happened to be doing an internet search, looking for Iz home pages, which I’ve never done before. I vow that I will do my part to ensure that the presence of a great and beautiful spirit continues to be felt. Greg Morris

Fri Jun 12 14:08
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Name: ken markham
E-mail address: klm@netdex.com
I first bought a tape in 1996 in Kauii. We played it over and over in the rental car. I still play it over and over on the mainland. A lot of feeling in every number. We can only wonder what beautiful music he would have done next.

Thu Jun 11 20:56
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Name: Kristi
E-mail address: KSueAko@aol.com
Homepage URL: http://members.aol.com/KSueAko/index.html
I’d just like to say that although I do not live in Hawaii but my dad was born there and so I visit often. Two summers ago(?) my mother dragged me to The BLue Hawaiian Moonlight Festival. I went because I wanted to see IZ. I waited in the rain, dripping to the bone (I had no umbrella) and although my mother wanted to leave I refused to leave. When IZ’s group minus IZ came on I sobbed and sang along. The following year at the Blue Hawaiian Moonlight Festival I comforted my grief of this great person by listening to the Makaha Sons. 

Wed Jun 10 17:34
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Name: AARON COOPER
E-mail address: BOBCOOP26
MAHALO TO ALL THE PEOPLE FOR SAYING ALL THE SWEET THINGS ABOUT IZ . YES, HE DOES HAVE A NICE VOICE. I LISTEN TO HIM EVERY DAY . I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIS SWEET VOICE MAHALO , LOVE BEST FREIND AARON COOPER AND FAMILY

Wed Jun 10 17:14
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Name: Mapuwana Kalani
E-mail address: hamada1@gte.net
Bruddah IZ was tha greatest man around.. He was loving and loyal to all who met him .. Even those who have never met the great man himself,has been touched by his music.. People Young and old loved Bruddah IZ in everyway… He touched the lives of many.. Well.. I know he touched the life of my son who is now 8 years old..But remebers his very first song at the age of 2 and half an d until this day.Loves it..”Hawaiian Superman”… Bruddah IZ is the true SUPERMAN.. A HAWAIIAN SUPERMAN… My son’s idea… Mahalo Nui loa Bruddah IZ… This is for my son… So I shall sign it in his name.. Love You Always… Jacob Kalani

Wed Jun 10 04:23
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Name: neal elliott
E-mail address: rne@ix.netcom.com
IZ has been a great influence in my life. Though I never heard him live, his aloha has reach me through his music. Mahalo

Mon Jun 8 17:08
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Name: Mark Rodrigues
E-mail address: kolohe69@hotmail.com
Iz’s music was like a choir of angels singing from the heavens above. His music touched my heart and could make me cry. I saw him perform Hawaii ’78 at the Kamehameha Schools Ho’olaulea and his performance had the whole crowd in tears. I will deeply miss the man they called Iz and can’t wait to see him again in the heavens above where I know he is serenading god and blowing all of the angels minds with his songs of love, history and the hawaiian way…

Mon Jun 8 14:08
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Name: Troy A. Daligdig
E-mail address: troy@hawaiian.net
Homepage URL: http://www.angelfire.com/hi/tsports/
WOW LAULAU!!!! This page is UNREEEEAL!!! many mahalo’s to all of you for putting this up and keepin’ Bruddah Iz’s memory Alive…I’m blown away by this website, I love Iz’s songz..got all the albums….met him a few times here on Kaua’i..I work at the Kaua’i Marriott…well I running out of things to say..a hui hou ame malama pono…… Ke Akua Pu’ Alika

Sun Jun 7 14:51
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Name: Mike Pinedo
E-mail address: MIKA OSO@aol.com
Iz’s music has touched the very foundations of my soul from the first time I heard of him on a trip to Hawai’i in 1994. His music touched a strong nerve to my Hawaiian heritage. It made me get in touch with that heritage of which I knew very little of. His love and compassion and the ability he had to make good humor of life while at the same time confront all the demons which we deal with in life and society at large truly made him a giant of a man. His death has continued to bring great sorrow to me and I regret never having to enjoy his music and him, live. But in his music and his message he continues to live in my heart. Mahalo and Aloha, truly the good die young. Sincerely, Mike Pinedo A Chicano/Hawaiian in East Los Angeles,CA 

Sat Jun 6 15:29
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Name: Dr. Len Austin
E-mail address: laustin@mystic.bhsu.edu
Iz- you be sup’pa man. Dr. A

Fri Jun 5 12:31
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Name: Dotty Harnden-Creedon
E-mail address: Dotty HC
My son & I spent 8 wonderful years in Hawaii Kai (Vince’s Hallmark Shop). We loved your music and we loved you. God Bless you. We miss you. 

Thu Jun 4 05:48
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Name: Dotty Harnden-Creedon

Thu Jun 4 05:45
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Name: Kaimalie
E-mail address: nelz@smileface.com
There isn’t one word that would describe Israel. From reading just about everything you can find about this great man, I’m speechless. People from Japan to Germany, from New York to New Zealand, from Alaska to Washington, from New England to Maryland…I could go on forever. They all signed this guest book. What can I say??? This Hawaiian is a legend. He touched everyone. My only regrets is the fact that I was too intimidated in approaching him everytime I saw him. I should have. He was such a loving KANAKA. My loss…:( To the Kamakawiwo’ole Ohana, all my aloha! To the rest of Iz’s family (nation wide), continue to support him as well as his music and all Hawaiian music. Braddah IZ, you LIVE! I love and miss you HAWAIIAN!!!! Aloha Pumehana- Kaimalie

Tue Jun 2 10:34
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Name: MALIA
E-mail address: mkamauoh@hawaii.edu
I know it’s been a while but only now I found this…I’m happy that there is so much on the net about such a great HAWAIIAN. You know braddah when make so much of us HAWAIIAN’ s feel so proud for be who we are. The day, IZ left us, my little cousin Puna, only 2 years old at the time. She when cry all day. Saying to me, “Iz wen die yeah?” Made me real sad. I told her, “he’s always going to be here with us.” Which is true. For everyone who’s reading this, you know he touched so much people. I remember each and everytime I talked with him or saw him. Alway’s made me feel like I was someone important. He made everybody feel equal. I think the first time I talked to him was at the Steal Pulse concert at Kualoa. Was raining but for some reason, he made it seem sunny. And at the Ka La Hui march at Iolani Palace, he had so much aloha…I could go on forever. Marlene and Wehe, all my aloha! To everyone else, Mahalo nui loa…this memory book is so PONO! Aloha Pumehana… 

Tue Jun 2 00:44
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Name: Jo
E-mail address: LaauLapaau@aol.com
Doesn’t seem like almost a year since Bruddah got his wings, eh? I have always been proud to be kanaka maoli, and this has never been more true than when people fall in love with our music; it has already become part of Tsula’s, my fiance’s, very being. As Bruddah IZ said, the music comes from our hearts and spirits, and it is always a blessing when others share with us something as personal. Bruddah did exactly that and moved so many. E Ala E… I hope that we may follow his example of generosity in the sharing of our laughter and the warming of hearts. Aloha na ‘aina o maua i makamaka ‘ole… We still miss you, Bruddah.

Mon Jun 1 02:41
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Name: Jacques Chiappini
E-mail address: jacques@sabletechnologies.com
Just bought IZ THE MAN AND ITS MUSIC cd. What a voice and feeling. Being fron France, I was never familiar with Hawaiian singers. I love those songs, particularly E Ala E, and Hawaii Aloha. It was of my intention of finding out his whereabouts when I read the inlet. What a loss. Now those songs have a different effect. It is like communicating with him. May God have him and keep him where he belongs …………………PARADISE…………………………. 

Sun May 31 17:08
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Name: ikaikapauloakeakua
E-mail address: Grak0522@aol.com
Bruddah Iz is truly going to be missed, but by reading all of the comments in this tribute, he was truly loved by all. Not only did his music touch the hearts of the people in Hawaii, but it touched all over the USA and other countries. Bruddah IZ you are truly loved ” IN DIS LIFE” and will continued to be loved by the sounds of your music. Malama pono, till we meet again up there in Heaven! Ikaika

Sat May 30 21:47
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Name: Jared Jack
E-mail address: kauaiboy@gte.net
Homepage URL: http://members.tripod.com/~honu98/index.html
Short and Sweet………. I miss da Bruddah !! Got to meet him only once about 6 months before he passed away. Aloha Bruddah !!! A hui ho !!!!

Sat May 30 17:07
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Name: MAKAS
E-mail address: Dolphin981@prodigy.net
Bruddah Iz we all going miss you planny. Love, Faith Gabes,Kanu, Maks, and Me.

Sat May 30 15:54
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Name: MAKAS
E-mail address: Dolphin981@prodigy.net
I praise and thank God for the gift that He has given you. You have touched so many lives and we are greatful for the messages you have sung through your music. You are truly a testimony of God’s love for the Hawaiian People. So many young people till today are still hearing the positive messages that comes through your music. Until we meet again in our Heavenly Home. God Bless the family . I will always remember you in my prayers.

Sat May 30 04:28
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Name: Konikoni Visperas
E-mail address: newlife@gte.net
The big man will truly be missed by all the hearts that he has touched. 

Fri May 29 19:29
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Name: Biggie & Cynthia Luk-Tampos
E-mail address: bchawn@gte.net

Thu May 28 02:04
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Name: Jade Bautista
E-mail address: Jade_Bautista@scs.monterey.ca.us
I go to Hawaii every year during the summer, and I just heard the cds by Buddah Iz. It is so good! And I would just like to say that he is an awesome singer and that all of his songs have had a great impact on me. Live on Bruddha Iz!

Wed May 27 14:52
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Name: Albert Tucher
E-mail address: AEdward@aol.com
Background music is everywhere. I’m very good at tuning it out, and it takes something very real to break through and seize my attention. “‘N dis Life” did just that. I’m saddened that I didn’t know of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole while he still lived, but I’m grateful for his music.

Wed May 27 09:33
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Name: Tsula
E-mail address: Tsalageee@aol.com
I was just introduced to “Brudda Iz”‘s music a few months ago by my fiance’, but in that time I have been won over by the heart and spirit he poured into his music. As a native american I can feel the depth of what he had to say and how he said it, his songs have brought me to tears more than once, that says alot to me. In an age of sellout musicians, his heart and music remained pure and to me? He was the heart of Hawai’ian music…he will be sorely missed, I’m just appreciative that we all had the chance to be touched by him, my fiance and my children will grow up listening to him as it is so good for the soul…. Donadagohvi brudda, you are missed…..

Tue May 26 17:37
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Name: deserae a. naeole
E-mail address: dnaeo421@makani.k12.us
hi, i’m from the island of molokai, and braddah IZ has made a major impact in our life, by showing us everything through his beautiful songs. in fact, our may day was a tribute to him, and our theme was “aloha i ka hoa aloha, i ku i kawa nui kou aloha ina po’e apau” which translates to “farewell to a special friend, your love is radiated to all.” well braddah IZ lives on, and remember his spirit is still with us! ALOHA! 

Tue May 26 12:25
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Name: Francis Kealoha Kamakawiwo’ole III
E-mail address: joek_77@hotmail.com
I am very proud of you Uncle IZ, and I will never forget all of the love you gave me every time my dad and I got to see you. We will miss you Uncle IZ. 

Tue May 26 02:00
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Name: WebMasters.CC
E-mail address: webmaster@webmasters.cc
Homepage URL: http://webmasters.cc/hawaii/music.htm
In this life…you were and always will be loved by “us”..

Sun May 24 19:35
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Name: Kristi Schult
E-mail address: kristi@preciousmom.com
Homepage URL: http://www.preciousmom.com
My family and I lived in Hawaii for over 11 years and the Islands became our home. We moved in Jan ’97 to Germany but the Aloha spirit lives on with us. Bruddah IZ is very special in our hearts and our lives and will always be a part of our memories. We were fortunate to be able to share his birthday with him at one of his performances. Even though the last years we were in Hawaii we knew that his health was failing, it was still a shock when we found out that he passed away in June. Aloha to everyone in the Islands and IZ’s friends and family are in our prayers. The Schult Family

Sun May 24 12:50
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Name: Jae’D Victor
E-mail address: soul5_1@yahoo.com
It is only now I have discovered the website of the forever enchanting IZ. As a Radio Broadcaster for a polynesian radio station in Auckland, NZ, I was handed a copy of Iz’ CD which contained the song Hi’ilawe. Amongst other great songs, the sound of IZ quickly became an integral part of the station’s playlist. Though his music was relatively new to NZ radio, his death was totally unexpected. The news came by phone right after playing “Living in a Sovereign Land” during my Breakfast Show that day. The rest of my show became a Tribute to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. This loss is no one elses earthly gain but his voice, his frame, his music, his…being IZ will never be lost in our hearts. You’re Up There IZ. Jae’D Victor 

Sun May 24 04:43
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Name: Moanike’ala R. Ho’okano-Crowell
I Mua Hawai’i

Sat May 23 23:38
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Name: James Lopez
E-mail address: jasloppr@gte.net
Brada Iz, You will always be the best Hawaii has ever had. Iam not Hawaiian but, I been here long enough and your songs touch many people throughout the world. Your family should be proud of you because……. the world is. Thanks for the memories. You will live in Hawaii forever!!!!!!Thanks Bradah IZZZZZZZ YOU DA BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fri May 22 23:41
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Name: Will Matthews
E-mail address: wrm@mm13.tahoe.nv.us
Thank you for keeping Iz’s spirit alive in this way. His CD’s will always be the primary connection, but, sadly, there will be no more of them. I discovered Iz’s music in a Costco on the big island on a visit in 1995, and had the pleasure of seeing Iz perform on Kaua’ later that month. I am a blue-eyed howlie who feels a special connection to the islands, their people, and, especially, to their music. Iz’s recordings keep that connection alive for me. His voice and his music seemed to come from his heart, and from the heart of the Hawai’ian people themselves. Mahalo! Aloha! Will Matthews

Thu May 21 15:29
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Name: KAMALANI
E-mail address: howie.tita@mci2000.com
E ‘anakala!!! Hau’oli la hanau!!! This is from Kamalani. We love you, and we miss you! I will always remember you!!! Aloha ‘oe, Kamalani.

Thu May 21 00:00
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Name: Darling Duvauchelle Rawlins
E-mail address: western@aloha.net
Iz, you are the best there is The best there was And the best there ever will be!

Wed May 20 18:34
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Name: RJ DUVAUCHELLE
E-mail address: western@aloha .net
He was the best singer that god ever made in dis life you was the best bubby aloha ‘o.

Wed May 20 18:14
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Name: Elsie Wilcox
E-mail address: ewilcox@cinergy.com
We came to know of IZ after his passing…our loss. But our gain because now we have more beautiful music to listen to and to share with others. Our recent visit to Kauai and Oahu introduced us to alot of wonderful people, but the best friend we made, was IZ. He will live on with us, in Indiana. Happy birthday, we miss you, too.

Wed May 20 13:16
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Name: Walt Kaster
E-mail address: WKaster1@mail.baptist health system.org
Happy birthday, Iz! Although I never knew you personally, your music has truly touched my spirit. Was introduced to you through a dear brudda while visiting Oahu last month. Your spirit lives on. Walaka

Wed May 20 09:47
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Name: Michael Montoya
E-mail address: check6u@hotmail.com
To the Family and Friends of “IZ” I was living in Italy when I got the news, at the same time I also got a copy of the TV tribute and his last CD. My family and I watched in silence as the images crossed the screen of the things we hold dear to us…. the Islands (our home),the people (our friends)and the music, and of course…”IZ” Yes I’m sad that he’s gone, but like all things that we never understand…..there was a purpose of him leaving us. I met “IZ” once, at the 94 ukulele festival. I was in the adult class at Roy Sakuma’s and was performing also. “IZ” had a few people around him and I joined in, when I got the chance I told him he was my inspiration for learning to play (what I really said was…if you can play with those big fingers, this left-handed haole can play too!)he looked at me all serious then his friends and back to me and then let out a smile and a big laugh that I’ll never forget. Now I’m back in the USA and closer to my family and friends, but I’m not able to say a proper goodbye to “IZ” from here. So I’ll continue to play my ukulele and think of the kind man that inspired me till I can return to the Islands and a simply say……..Aloha IZ. Michael 

Tue May 19 08:05
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Name: martin colyer
E-mail address: colyer@oldtown.u-net.co.uk
A friend sent me a tape the other day, and on one side were these wonderful songs, by this wonderful singer… it turned out to be Isreal K. I just went online to find out more and sadly now know he is not alive. But music like this does not perish, and i’m going to Tower tomorrow to buy as many of Israel’s CDs as I can and send tapes to friends around the world who I know will love this music. martin colyer, london, england 

Mon May 18 14:29
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Name: John Wachter
E-mail address: u31c3f@coronado.navy.mil
Was listening to Makaha Bash 3 tonight, and made me homesick for the islands. Rest in peace Bruddah. Was stationed with a relative of Iz’s from 91-93…hooked me up with an autographed copy of Makaha Bash 3. This haole boy misses the islands ,Iz’s beautiful voice, and the love and respect he had for Hawai’i. “Malama pono…and drive fast…”

Sun May 17 00:24
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Name: Haw’n
Bruddah Iz is sitting on a white sandy beach and jamming while he watches Kekaulike shred the waves. 

Sat May 16 02:02
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Name: Auntie Maria
Israel’s new album IZ IN CONCERT: THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC will be released on May 20

Thu May 14 06:39
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Name: Ryan Gonzalez
E-mail address: MrS0mbrer0@aol.com
I didn’t find out about IZ until after his death, but I wish I had heard his great music before. It’s a real shame that IZ died. He will be remembered forever.

Tue May 12 21:32
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Name: Bob and Edith Chang
E-mail address: lopaka14@lava.net
Homepage URL: http://www.lava.net/~lopaka14
Bruddah IZ was a great loss to the people of Hawaii as is my dad was a great loss to my family. We will miss them both. I know they are both looking down on us and smiling. Mariano Chang (July 28, 1920 – Dec 27, 1997) www.lava.net/~lopaka14 Aloha no

Mon May 11 09:08
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Name: sabinus
E-mail address: sabinus@oz-online.net
aloha bruddah Iz from your #1 fan in kansas. 

Sun May 10 21:22
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Name: Kalona
E-mail address: krskmil@aloha.net
Homepage URL: http://www.aloha.net/~krskmil
Bruddah Iz we miss you! Your nani music will live on forever. We attended your concerts when ever you performed on Kauai. We have all of your CDs and listen to them often. *Aloha From Kauai*

Sat May 9 20:53
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Name: Natalie Osburn
E-mail address: osburn@snowcrest.net
We love you Iz! 

Fri May 8 13:26
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Name: Keoni Born
E-mail address: keoni@lava.net
Aloha no, I met Iz and Marlene in Las Vegas. I believe it was their first trip to the mainland. I came down from Eureka Calif about 800 miles away. I remember asking someone if I could talk to Iz backstage for a moment. I rememember crying the moment he started to sing. It was a fabulous concert and I will never forget it. Someone called me “Eureka” and said “You can see him now”. I remember having all these questions in my head that I wanted to ask him about his music and his ukulele, but when I was actually standing in front of him I forgot everything and could only say that I loved him and his music. Marlene gave me three IZ stickers. Two I gave to dear friends and I kept one for myself which I still have. It adorns the binder I have of Hawaiian music. E ola Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and your music, John “Keoni” Born 

Tue May 5 20:03
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Name: Linaka Waipa Conway

Tue May 5 19:55
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Name: Wilson Beavers
E-mail address: wfb4@msn.com

Fri May 1 15:02
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Name: Michael Rabin
E-mail address: mrphd@megsinet.com
Unfortunately, I did not discover Iz’s music until too late, so I never had a chance to see him in person. I have all of his solo CD’s, as well as the CD’s he did with the Makaha Sons, and I am tracking down the other tapes. I play his music almost daily, and have never heard another Hawaiian artist with so much aloha in his voice. From the little I know about him, it seems that he was a hell of a person, and will be greatly missed. I am happy for the oppurtunity to know him through his music.

Thu Apr 30 19:33
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Name: talewa
Brudda iz stay one inspiration to me. His cd’s wen move me. I wen especialy like dat song Hawaii’78 Aloha ‘oe Kamakawiwaole, Me ke aloha ku home home kahalu tenala me ke sotura me tau. A lama setau o noka’ aina me hau. ho’olena ku home telau su wenala. Makulei houteko ki koretama. Eou we eou we tama te auho he ina ho ki miam. Malama pono Brudda IZ. 

Thu Apr 30 15:55
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Name: IKAIKA
Brudduh IZ was the only true Hawaiian that really spoke out to us with his music. His music touched all our lives in different ways. His music opened our eyes and made us realize and care about our Ohana and our Aina. He’s up there with the Lord our God jamming his glorious music. His music will stay with us in our hearts forever till we die. Izrael Kamakawiwaole is, was and always will be our Hawaiian Supa’ Man 

Thu Apr 30 15:43
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Name: Jayson Tarawhiti
E-mail address: jartar@wave.co.nz
Isreal was choice. Bruddah ‘IZ’ a legend!!

Wed Apr 29 22:28
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Name: RAYMOND CHOW 3
E-mail address: RAC9@MAIL.KAUAI.HAWAII.EDU
BRUDDA IZ, YOU ARE THE GREATEST…… YOU INSPIRED ME TO DO WHAT I NOW DO BEST IN MY LIFE….. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU AND MAYBE I WILL SEE YOU ONE DAY ON THAT WHITE SANDY BEACH…. ALOHA BRUDDA, RAY C 3

Wed Apr 29 12:54
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Name: c.m.rafael
E-mail address: brownman@lava.net
I met him. Never played music with him. Will always rememberhim!

Tue Apr 28 16:23
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Name: Jasmine
E-mail address: EnImSaj808
Braddah IZ will truly be missed. His music was very beauiful and true. I have all his CD’s he has and liten to them almost everyday. He may be got and not on earth but he will always have a place in my heart. 

Tue Apr 28 07:35
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Name: La’amai Prejean
E-mail address: laamai@hialoha.net
Hawaiian Supa Man. Su—pe!! Alyaws love You Bruddah Aloha La’amai :o)

Tue Apr 28 05:15
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Name: Robert D. Flores
E-mail address: rflores311@aol.com
Thanks for the music. It is very insperational and has many meanings I’m sure for many people. 

Mon Apr 27 23:54
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Name: David Leung
E-mail address: davidleu@hcc.hawaii.edu
You will never be forgotten!! 

Mon Apr 27 20:49
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Name: nadine
E-mail address: froggy@wchat.on.ca
Aloha ‘oe Bruddah IZ

Sun Apr 26 15:24
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Name: kristen hard
E-mail address: bigk1104@aol.com
I have introduced his music to as many people as I can in hopes that they can feel the emotion I do for Hawaii after hearing Hawaii ’78

Sat Apr 25 17:31
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Name: Sampao Murphy
E-mail address: sammurphy@earthlink.net
I too am very touched by Iz’z music. Although I am not Hawaiian, his music has touched me with the Aloha Spirit. I am moved by his majestic voice each time I listen to his music. For thirty years my father and I have never once been able to enjoy the same music. His taste and mine are as opposite as they come. For the first time ever we have found a common ground when it come to music. To my surprise my 70 year old father fell in love with Iz’s music along with my whole family. “Bruddah Iz” is still working his magic from beyond the grave. His music has managed to bring me and my father closer together. Thank you, Iz. You will always hold a special place in my heart.

Sat Apr 25 17:15
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Name: Jasmine
E-mail address: Enimsaj808@aol.com
HI, I moved away form Hawaii when i was about 8. My Aunty from Hawaii Brought me Bruddah IZ CD and i really enjoyed it. Even though i wasnt in Hawaii listening to his music really made me feel that i was there. And i loved his music. When my grandma told me he had die i was really sad and it mad me cry. I just wanted to let you know that he will be missed. And i wish he was still here to write and sing his beautiful music. My mom was very lucky to see him in concert, while he was in Vegas 97′ my mom went. Well thats about all. If you have time please E-mail me back =) Love always, Jasmine

Sat Apr 25 11:19
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Name: Tony Mori
E-mail address: morisama@aol.com
He had a voice made of pure island honey. ‘In dis life’ might still save my failing marraige, Mahalo, where ever you are. 

Wed Apr 22 20:30
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Name: Jeanne Lewis
E-mail address: a-jeanle@microsoft.com
I am sorry that I never had a chance to hear IZ during his lifetime. But, on hearing his music while in Kauaii this January, I was captured. I have sent many IZ tapes to friends all over the world and often listen loving to his music. Aloha IZ, you’ll be missed by this stranger.

Wed Apr 22 19:42
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Name: Kanani Marie Wong
E-mail address: kwong@usiu.edu
My memories of braddah IZ is vague yet sweetly embraced as I listen to the words of his musical renditions. His voice is so magical and soothing to my soul. It touches me deeply reminding me of Hawai’i “ku’u home”. He touches my heart and takes meback to the days when hawaiians could live free and the children coud care for themselves. Nowdays its al’ mess up the kids are running wild and no’ respec’ I tell you. But beautiful emotional REAL musicians such as Israel can tame just about any heart. Thank you bradah & family for building a better future for hawaiians!! The feelings of motivation to make a differences for my island, my people is the feeling I get when I listen to our dear braddah IZ. He is definately loved by all who hold the islands and the people near to their hearts. Best wishes & hugs & kisses, Kanani.

Fri Apr 17 12:36
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Name: WESLEY H. ANZAI
BRUDDAH IZ, WAS A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION AND COMFORT TO ME. HIS PASSING IS A GREAT LOSS, FOR I LOVED HIS MUSIC. HIS MUSIC WAS FUN AND INSPIREING. HIS FAITH IN THE HAWAIIAN PEOPLE AND IN GOD WAS ENORMOUS. NOBODY HAD THE ANGELIC VOICE THAT WAS BRUDDAH IZ. HE WILL SURELY BE MISSED, BUT HE WILL BE ALIVE IN MY HEART AND MIND FOREVER. MAHALO WES.

Wed Apr 15 00:31
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Name: Kelii Costa
E-mail address: kelii76@webtv.net
He will be greatly missed, but his music lives on. Even being so far from home (I now live in Arizona), I listen to him and many others from home. It keeps Hawaii close. Aloha from Arizona. Kelii and family

Tue Apr 14 21:47
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Name: POMAI KAMAKA

Tue Apr 14 00:15
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Name: Kaniela Kelii Suliven
I think that Iz was a great singer and he really touched my heart with his songs. He really encouraged me not to join any gangs and that drugs are real bad. I think that he is and was and will be the best Hawaiian musician of all time. I will always carry his songs and his words in my heart and never forget Braddah IZ. 

Sun Apr 12 20:40
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Name: John Marvin
E-mail address: keone@jps.net
I was devastated to hear the bad news.I was introduced to his music by my parents. I am of hawaiian decent even though my name says different, but i felt so much pride and emotions about my heritage I never felt until I listened to his music. He will always be my favorite “Hawaiian Music” artist. His lyrics and melodies touched more people than can be imagined. I play all his albums for all my friends. Everyone see’s how his music affects me and my family. My favorite is “White Sandy Beach”. No song has ever made me break down and get emotional as I do when i listen to it. He is a big man with a very big heart and showed the “Aloha Spirit” better than anyone else I know. He woke up the Hawaiian in me. He opened up my heart to all people. He gave me back my “AlohaSpirit”. For that, I am eternally greatful to Bruddah IZ. ONIPA”A!!!

Wed Apr 8 13:02
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Name: Peter Lerma
E-mail address: bigbadwolf_81066@yahoo.com
Aloha……..he is and always will be a great person as well as artist…..! Aloha from a fan on the Big Island….! Braddah Peter…

Sun Apr 5 00:04
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Name: lagmay – stokes ohana
he was so great. the best. a hawaiian superman.

Tue Mar 31 00:00
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Name: Terry
Homepage URL: http://rozeey101.com
Thank God for a magnificent human being. When we think of you we think of the word “ALOHA” The Gang from San Jose, California

Sun Mar 29 21:03
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Name: leslie and tessie
E-mail address: soberathawaiialoha.net
Hello bradda IZ and ohana we love you and miss you alot. I hope one day I can visit you in a nice beautiful place called heaven. I really enjoy your music and have a couple of your CD’s if there is anything in the world that I want it would be an autograph picture handed out to me by you. Lots of love to you and your family and may god be with you all. Your a great succsess in my life. I LOVE YOU BRADDA IZ. Love always, Tessie and Leslie 

Sun Mar 29 18:46
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Name: Catherine Kershner
E-mail address: catkersh@mta.com
I loved the man Iloved the voice I will miss the music forever

Sun Mar 29 17:43
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Name: SEAN GRAVES
E-mail address: gravessean@hotmail.com
WAS STATIONED IN HAWAII FROM ’94-’98. TOOK A LOT WITH ME WHEN I LEFT THE ISLANDS, ONE MEMORY IS THE SOOTHING VOICE OF BRADDAH IZ. ALOHA.

Sun Mar 29 16:33
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Name: Bud & Dottie Nykaza
E-mail address: liko@ameritech.com
We will forever enjoy his music. Aloha

Sun Mar 29 11:09
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Name: Gaylord Holomalia
E-mail address: kalapana@kestrok.com
Bruddah, I miss you….Kanoe and Shane will never forget your smiles, your playful touch and especially your music. I am very blessed to have been a small part of your life. Mahalo……Love you, Iz 

Thu Mar 26 00:41
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Name: Judy Droste
E-mail address: fdroste@ameritech.net
Israels’ Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Israel. I recently purchased 2 of his c.d.’s, Facing Future and In Dis Life. I am deeply touched by the beauty of Israels’ voice and enjoy listening to his music every chance I get. Heaven must sound even more beautiful now with Israel amongst the angels. I hope you take some comfort in knowing each time someone discovers his music they fall in love with the man, Israel. With deepest respect, Judy Droste

Sun Mar 22 15:49
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Name: Brelen

Sat Mar 21 22:20
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Name: Keni Duarte
E-mail address: Keni Kuake@Aol.com
Bruddah Iz, I only met you and skippy once, it was a meeting I will always remember.. Full of Aloha and ‘olu’olu. Na Iehowa ‘oe e ho’omaika’i mai. You will live forever in our hearts. Keni

Fri Mar 20 20:31
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Name: Wiete Mesman
E-mail address: Wiete.Mesman@beer.nl
Love his music. Discovered it last december when I visited the Honolulu Marathon. 

Fri Mar 20 09:53
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Name: MARK C.KEPILINO
I MISS BRUDDAH IZ! AND I NO MORE E-MAIL ADDRESS OR MY OWN HOMEPAGE YET,BUT I JUST LIKE SAY TO HIM THAT HE MADE ONE BIG DIFFERENCE IN ALL DA HAWAIIANS LIVES! YOU KNOW DA KINE!WAS NOTHING BUT POSITIVE VIBES FOR ALL OF US TO SHARE! AND I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO SAY “NO FIGHT HAWAIIANS”!

Thu Mar 19 15:40
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Name: alan twu
E-mail address: halekoa@gte.net
iz is the man of music

Wed Mar 18 19:55
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Name: KO’OLAU
“HE WILL RETURN!!! I WILL GUARANTEE YOU ALL THIS. E ALA E, KA’ANOI!!! E ALA E, KA’ANOI!!! E ALA E…”

Wed Mar 18 18:19
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Name: SiStA iNu iNu E
E-mail address: haynsista@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://www.geocities.com/Pipeline/4554/tiare.htm
Awesome page!!!!! Brada Iz’s music will live on 4-eva! 

Mon Mar 16 13:22
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Name: Haunani Santiago
E-mail address: keakuaokalani@hotmail.com
Aloha, This is a fellow friend of the family, I am from the Big Island and I go to Konawaena High School and attend Ho’ala Na Pua Wayfinding Academy (Awakening of the children) and we had voyage on the Wa’a Kaulua Hokule’a last year for a extra curricular activities, and just then I had found out that you wanted to sail on her one day, well I had put it into my heart and tried to picture you in my spot having fun riding the waves on her. Well the best wishes to the Kamakawiwo’ole ‘ohana, Iz still lives on in all our hearts. ‘Eo Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.
Aloha,
Haunani Kealohaokalani Santiago
 

Mon Mar 16 13:04
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Name: C. Nohealani
Brudda Iz, you will always be the Hawaiian Supa Man! I loved your voice, your music, and the joy you brought into the Hawaiian Music!
Isreal, you are the Hawaiian Supa Man! I loved your voice, your music, and the joy you brought into the Hawaiian music. You will be forever missed, but you will never be forgotten! Aloha no!

Sun Mar 15 23:07
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Name: Gary Fukumoto
E-mail address: fukumoto@pacbell.net
Bruddah Iz you are truly one of the great singers of Hawaii. Your memory will linger on forever. You are truly missed by all.

Sun Mar 15 20:20
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Name: lisa
E-mail address: bushmun@aol.com
da best

Sun Mar 15 12:47
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Name: Keala Kuahuia
E-mail address: dazza.@gte.net
Well all I want to say is Iseral was a great guy and we miss him. When he came play down Milolii, Hawaii (The last Fishing Village in the state of Hawaii) LOVE YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

Sat Mar 14 21:06
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Name: Raeana Paulo
E-mail address: dazza.@gte.net
We love Iseral Cause when he was alive he came to play down Milolii for us and we all was so happy he came play, and share his Aloha. WE LOVE YOU

Sat Mar 14 21:02
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Name: leilani
E-mail address: Leilani222@aol.com
my condolences to the family. i don’t think my beau was related to iz..he too is a kamakawiwo’ole living in the mainland..but we enjoyed his music and his spirit…aloha and be free. sistah lei

Wed Mar 11 00:50
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Name: Caroline Truth
E-mail address: ctbrim@aol.com
Bruddah Iz, your music is an inspiration to your worldwide ohana and brings my spirit back home when I have had enough of this foreign land I find myself in. Thank you for the gift you left us with. 

Tue Mar 10 13:29
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Name: jammin_hawaiian
E-mail address: mifthang@net.com
HIS MUSIC WAS AWSOME !!!!!!NO ONE CAN COMPARE……. THANK THE LORD FOR BRUDDAH IZ……

Tue Mar 10 08:52
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Name: Christopher De Aguiar
E-mail address: deaguiar20@juno.com
I really enjoyed and still do enjoy your music. Even though I listened to you for a year or two I felt like I listened ever since I was born. 

Mon Mar 9 19:38
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Name: Manu,Kekoa,Kali’i,Maika’i,Kekupa’a,Kaapuni,Keala,Kapono,Kalani,& Pa’akaula
E-mail address: cdavis@sd271.k12.edu
We get all Brudda IZ cd’s. IZ will always be remembered by us Local Boys from Aiea. Mahalo to you for sharing your great talent with us all. Me Ke Aloha!!!

Mon Mar 9 15:42
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Name: Leialoha Hurwitz
I am so sad that such a grest singer had to die. yet he will always live on. in my heart and in the hearts of many others.I love you IZ.:> 

Mon Mar 9 13:21
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Name: Charles , Wanda, and Anuhea Pokipala
E-mail address: wandap@bmi.net
I remember hearing the Makaha Sons at Luigi’s in Lahaina on Maui in ’87. Had a couple of good laughs with Iz and da boyz.Since then, I have been to every Makaha Sons and Iz concert on Maui, prior to moving to Miltonfreewater, Or. in ’96. My family and I were indeed sad to hear of your passing!!!! Much Aloha to your family from our family.
ME KE ALOHA PUMEHANA, Pokipala O’hana
 

Thu Mar 7 16:57
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Name: Greg Lewis
E-mail address: greglewis@megsinet.net
I wish I discovered Brother IZ sooner. I bought my first CD about two years ago. I now have everything he has ever done. It is a terrible loss!
We love you IZ! Even though I just discovered your God given talent, you are badly missed!!!!
 

Thu Mar 6 23:10
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Name: RICKY PADUA
E-mail address: MRALOHA145@AOL.COM
MAHALO IZ WE LOVE YOU. FROM THE LOCAL BOYZ IN TACOMA,WASHINGTON, YOU KEPTED US CLOSE TO HOME

Thu Mar 5 18:52
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Name: Sarah
E-mail address: Puffd23@aol.com
I remember hearing this man’s beautiful hawaiin voice in his hawaiian songs. I bought two of his cd’s while in Hawaii my second time. Sadly, Brudda Iz passed away while I was visiting the gorgeous islands. I can’t imagine how bad the true hawaiins felt because I felt bad and I am not a hawaiin, though I wish I was. 

Wed Mar 4 07:34
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Name: ilyena sedai
E-mail address: ilyena@webtv.net
da angel voice of IZ will sing in my mind and heart….forever

Wed Mar 4 16:42
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Name: Scott Phillips
E-mail address: Rudy515@aol.com
I was only made aware of Isreal when NPR announced his death last summer. They played the “Over The Rainbow Medley” and I have not been able to get it out of my head. I have visited Hawaii twice and it truly is a special place and Isreal truly was special as well. He will be missed. Respect to his family and friends. Sincerely, scott

Tue Mar 3 11:48
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Name: Chris M. Urmeneta
E-mail address: Rowdy456@aol.com
Homepage URL: http://members.aol.com/rowdy456/index.html.
How sadly true it is that the good seem to die young . The legend is gone, but the music lives on eternally in all of us, you in Hawaii, and the rest of us, born and raised there and now living elsewhere. Even here in Oklahoma and beyond, Braddah Iz fills our hearts and feeds our souls with his unique voice and lyrics that will enrich our lives for years to come. Aloha, Iz…..the music plays on!!

Mon Mar 2 20:22
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Name: jerry
E-mail address: dikoski.pbi.com
I remember the joy that bruddah iz brought to me and my loved ones. He will never be forgotten in the many ways through his music and country ways.

Sat Feb 28 21:13
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Name: debbie
E-mail address: debr@newnorth.net
Your were da best! Your music will always be a part of my life.

Sat Feb 28 19:33
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Name: Namakana Lim
E-mail address: kanawazhea@hotmail.com
You were the greatest Hawaiian singer!! You knew my mom Minnie Lim. She went to see you when my Uncle Kimo died. Well you were a great role model to me. Aloha No, You Da Bomb!!! Namakana Lim 

Wed Feb 25 10:18
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Name: Rus Kaohelaulii
E-mail address: pilialoha@mailexcite.com
You have taken away my anger and showed me how to love and you were right,when you said: “Put JESUS in your heart!”. “HAWAIIAN DEN, HAWAIIAN NOW, HAWAIIAN……BEYOND”.

Tue Feb 24 01:33
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Name: Denise & David Lewis
E-mail address: keniki@hotmail.com
As a teen I remember listening to IZ and I loved then and I will always love it. To us bruddah IZ has unselfishly made a wonderfull contribution to the treasured music of Hawaii, I say that because IZ gave a part of himself in every note that he sang and in every breath he took. Is showed the People of the islands the true meaning of the Aloha Spirit. 

Mon Feb 23 21:29
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Name: Keola Lamb
E-mail address: cmftzn@hgea.org
perseverance to overcome obstacles and the heart to make a differance is what I think of when it comes to bruddah IZ. I’ll never forget the overwhelming outpouring of Aloha at the state capital that I had the pleasure to experience on his day of rememberance. Gone but never forgotten.

Sun Feb 22 14:02
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Name: Sally Coppersmith
E-mail address: Coposally@aol.com
I can’t listen to his music. My husband wants me to listen , but it stays with me and I can not let it go. Once the melody.. the chants…the haunting sounds begin, I hear it for hours in my head, in the middle of my sleep… in the middle of my day. IZ was super human. Izlives. We want more. 

Wed Feb 14 17:18
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Name: Kama Moiha
E-mail address: moiha@concentric.net
Listening to Iz’s music is one of the most soothing things I have to look forward to. His voice and music is a constant reminder of my heritage, and makes me peaceful. His style, grace and presence will truly be missed. Imua

Wed Feb 11 16:48
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Name: Kau’i, Keanu & Umi
E-mail address: regenthk@lava.net
Aloha no, We are happy to say that we had the pleasure (I reiterate pleasure) of personally knowing Iz. He was a strong proponent of Hawaiian rights and Hawaiian independence. We met him at his home and shared with him our proud history and our plight in the struggle towards Hawaiian Independence. After we shared with him, he cried. We love him and miss him. He was and still is an integral part of our work. Me makou aloha a pau, Kau’i, Keanu & Umi 

Wed Feb 11 00:12
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Name: Pete Bautista
E-mail address: Hawaiian@zam0.attnet.or.jp
Iz, you are truly a leader of people in life and in your passing. I learned to play a ukulele because of you. Now, everytime I play my uke, the songs I play is in memory of you. Thanks for being here on earth to bless us and for being up there to once in awhile to look upon us to make sure we are doing good. Music is good because of you. 

Tue Feb 10 1:54
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Name: Bob & Winnie
E-mail address: rfitzpa24@aol.com
Where can we buy “Facing The Future” CD ? We think his music is great 

Fri Feb 8 7:36
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Name: Mapuana Akana
E-mail address: manutea1
Aloha mai, ‘O Mapuana keia, I grew up in Palolo, back in the early 60’s and knew the whole family. Skippy, Lydia and bro. Iz would visit our family. My father was a kiho’alu player, on weekends we would have this jam session. We lived by the Ka’awa, Kalama, Tupuola, Ernie Cruz, Silva, and the Kuloloia Ohana, next to Anuenue School. Lydia and my sister merle were good friends, until the kamakawiwaole moved, and we moved back home to Maui. We are so proud of them! God Bless you all, a hui hou. Aloha pumehana, me kealoha pauole Mapuana Espiritu Akana

Fri Feb 6 11:26
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Name: Kini Pacheco
E-mail address: hyn56@aol.com
Going miss braddah IZ HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWAIIAN.
Going really mis braddah! One true HAWAIIAN

Thu Feb 5 21:45
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Name: joanna piukala
E-mail address: INT:joanna@hawk.net 
Is,s music can make your heart cry and sing at th same time.I will miss him!

Thu Feb 5 07:24
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Name: Angelica Hodges (angel)
E-mail address: jiak4@gte.net
I think that Iz is the bomb and I love all of his songs. I would like to give my warmest condolences to his wife and family. Iz will always be with us in our hearts but, for now he’s singing with the angels!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think that Iz still is the best hawaiian singer that I know. love his music and I think that he is a very lovely singer. Even though he’s not with us his legend still lives with us. I really like one of his last songs the best”Johnny Mahoe.” IZ is a real Living Legend and he will with us forever and ever!

Sun Feb 1 12:28
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Name: Gil Cera
E-mail address: GilCera1@prodigy.net
Aloha Ke Akua. Aloha Brudda IZ

Fri Jan 30 23:47
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Name: Kristi 
E-mail address: tknh66@hgea.org
Aloha Bruddah Iz…you will always be in our hearts and your voice will always be heard among the Hawaiians. With Love, Kristi

Fri Jan 30 08:15
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Name: Christine
E-mail address: da_macs@msn.com
He’s singing with the angels….God bless’s out to Marlene and Wehi. He loves u Ku’upua.

Wed Jan 28 01:23
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Name: Toby Kawamura
E-mail address: kawamurt@ucs.orst.edu
Iz has, was, and always will be one of the great Hawaiian singers and song writers. His music touched my heart, as well as the millions who have heard his music and felt his creative spirit. As a beginning musician myself, I try to cary the same qualities and same spirit that Iz carried into his music. A hui hou bruddha.

Mon Jan 26 22:07
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Name: lisa o’neill
E-mail address: j.o’neill06@aol.com
i lived in hawaii for 3 years. i’m writing from ocean city high school new jersey. just saw on netscape that iz died. i am heartbroken. i loved his music. condolences and prayers to family and friends. aloha and mahalo nui loa bruddah iz

Mon Jan 26 08:23
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Name: Chuck & Dalette Knight
E-mail address: cknight@presys.com
Homepage URL: http://presys.com/~cknight
We found Isreal’s music while vacationing in Kauai earlier this month (January 1998) we fell in love with his music. We sense a great pride that he shared for his homeland – we feel sad that his life ended far too soon.

Fri Jan 23 22:08
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Name: Jeremy Kaku
E-mail address: kakuj@ucs.orst.edu

Wed Jan 21 22:58
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Name: Matt Shido
E-mail address: shidom@ucs.orst.edu
wassup bruddah you were and still are the best. im in college now and listen to your music everyday, it makes me feel at home in the islands again. may your music live on forever, mahalos, love you, matt

Wed Jan 21 22:55
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Name: Kristina Nordby
E-mail address: cnordby@erols.com
We love Israels’ music and play his cd frequently. Today is Jan. 21, 1998 and I caught the last 10 minutes of the TV show “Party of Five.” I was astonished when they started to pay “Over the rainbow/What a wonderful world”. I came up to the computer to see if there was a web sight and let you know I had heard it on TV. I was very much saddened and shocked to find out IZ had passed away in June. He made beautiful music. My husband and I send our deepest sympathy to his family. 

Wed Jan 21 19:29
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Name: javier medina
E-mail address: jsmedina@worldnet.att.net
IZ was a great musician and singer. My wife and I recently came back from our honeymoon in Hawaii and saw IZ music in Borders books near Kailua on the Big Island. Nice music. Bronx, NY

Sun Jan 18 21:15
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Name: Barry Adams
E-mail address: at618@detroit.freenet.org
Just learned of Iz’s death today (Jan 16, 1998) thanks to my new internet account. He will be sadly missed and remembered by all.

Fri Jan 16 16:29
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Name: Monalisa Siofele
E-mail address: ms0008@uop.edu
My sympathy to your family for the loss of such a great artist, person and role model to many. I am a student at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Ca. I am a junior and am currently taking a course during Jan-Term 1998. Today is 1-14-98, and I am writing first and foremost to the family with my condolenses. Secondly, I write to you because in this particular English course, we write about someone that has touched our life in one way or another. I chose the late Israel Kamakwiwo’ole. I humbly come to your family asking for your help that I may complete this biography, with your permission, on the life of the late Israel. I have lived in Hawai’i all my life, mainly in Waipahu, and am a graduate of the class of 1995 from Waipahu High School. For my research, I have been fortunate to obtain articles from the Net from Star Bulletin and from izlife.html, however, I ask of your assistance, if possible, in helping me remember Iz. I understand this request comes not at a good time, therefore I will understand if you do not reply. My name again is Monalisa Siofele, and you may reach me by email at: ms0008@uop.edu, or writing to me at 3601 Pacific Ave., Building DDD Stockton, CA 95211 If you would like to speak with me, you can call me at (209) 946-9315, and I will call you back as soon as possible. Again, thank you for your time and I hope that God’s spirit be with you and your family this new year. Take care and God Bless you all….Mona. 

Wed Jan 14 15:34
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Name: T.Tsuru
E-mail address: BYI17741@niftyserve.co.jp
2 years ago, I listened to IZ’s album Eala E. I had a very strong impression. I felt ancient Hawaiian soul or spirit on him. He is the one of the great singers of the world. But he died. It’s very very sad thing to me. Always great persons shall be destined to die young. I will study abroad to Hawaii next June from Japan. I hope to see good person in my life. I pray for the repose of IZ’s soul. Thanks, 

Sun Jan 11 06:34
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Name: Vern Mizushima
E-mail address: vkm@lava.net
Thank You.

Sat Jan 10 01:50
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Name: Patrick Wholey
E-mail address: pwholey@aol.com
My family and I “discovered” Iz’s music on our visit to Maui in 1996, when we bought Facing Future. We fell instantly and deeply in love with this great man. Two years later and I still play that album with affection and longing for more Iz. Before leaving the islands we bought E Ala E and loved that too. I recently received N Dis Life for Christmas and am playing it now – just super! We were so saddened to hear of the passing of this wonderful talent. We were hoping to see him in person on our next trip to Hawaii this summer. We will always hold his music and his message deep in our hearts. With much love and respect to Iz. 

Fri Jan 9 14:28
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Name: Ronald Wai Quon
E-mail address: rwq67@aol.com
We will all miss you bruddah IZ. You showed me what Hawaii is all about. You will never be forgotten.

Tue Jan 6 22:24
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Name: Michael Kapuna’olu Ruiz
E-mail address: mpruiz58@hotmail.com
My family is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of Hawai’i’s true sons. I remember listening to old home made tapes of the Makaha Sons of Niihau playing at Hank’s Place made by a good friend of mine when he used to hang out there with his uncle Bubbles. The lives Bruddah Iz touched with his music and strength will be forever enriched, but we must trust in the Lord’s plan that he is now in a better place. Aloha au ia ‘oe e Israel. -Puna

Mon Jan 5 20:06
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Name: Chelsea Ainoa
E-mail address: CHELS9854@aol.com
Aloha no….howzit….Bruddah IZ is the best thing that happend to the Hawaiian Islands. After reading some of the comments written here, my whole body went chick’n skin. I’m 17 yrs. old, and still remember the day when the sad news came about to my household. Bruddah IZ will always live forever in my heart and mind. And I’m sure to everyone else. Bruddah had so much ALOHA for the ‘aina, keiki’s, and kanaka’s. His music will live forever. I remember one day, playing his music when some “haole” friends were at my house and THEY could feel the mana and aloha that he would sing in every one of his songs. And when we would play Hawaii 78, they felt the pain as we do every time we hear the song. BRUDDAH……U GET AND DESERVE ALL THE ALOHA WE CAN OFFER YOU AS THE WAY U HAD GIVEN US……..RIP HAWAIIAN!!!!!! LOVE U BRUDDAH!!

Mon Jan 5 19:29
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Name: Clayre Jones

Mon Jan 5 16:13
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Name: HOE OHANA
E-mail address: KAAINOA @JUNO.COM

Mon Jan 5 15:17
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Name: Richard Drake Jones
E-mail address: rdmahany@swbell.net
Although, I moved from my island home in 1995, my heart has always been in Hawaii. Hearing of your passing, was such a shock! I have always been a fond admirer of your talent and your character. I have a video that was done by KGMB called Hawaiina Music/Hawaiian Hearts and watch it often to remember your great talent. My heart goes out to your family and may your memory live forever in the hearts of everyone who loves Hawaii. 

Sat Jan 3 08:48
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Name: Paul Wood
E-mail address: paulw@fa.disney.com
Mahalo, IZ. Your wonderful music has touched me and I will never forget you. Aloha.

Fri Jan 2 14:31
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Name: Gary Velikanje
E-mail address: woodkote@teleport.com
Homepage URL: http://www.woodkote.com
We love the music and are happy he was here on Earth. 

Thu Jan 1 20:26
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