Israel Kamakawiwo`ole – Guestbook – 2000 Archive

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May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997

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GUESTBOOK  – 2000 Archive (January 2000-December 2000)

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Name: Keoni Coston
Email: budadam7@aol
URL:
Date: 12/30/00
Time: 11:09:49 PM
Comments
We are going to miss you and your music. You are a true hawaiian. Rest in Peace bra. We love ya.
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Name: Eric & Laurie
Email:
URL:
Date: 12/28/00
Time: 9:23:06 PM
Comments
I just found this music and realy like it
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Name: Eric & Laurie
Email: erct466@icqmail.com
URL: http://erictee.no-ip.com
Date: 12/28/00
Time: 9:22:40 PM
Comments
I just found this music and realy like it
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Name: mike french
Email: mfrenchy@hotmail.com
URL: HTTP://www.slic.com/alanf
Date: 12/28/00
Time: 6:22:47 AM
Comments
Your music is beautiful, I miss Hawaii.
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Name: Bob Bear
Email: bearbb@erols.com
URL:
Date: 12/27/00
Time: 2:02:25 PM
Comments
I just received “Facing Future” for Christmas; I had never heard of “Bruddah IZ” before this time. Simply outstanding! I only wish I had known about IZ years ago.
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Name: george thomas
Email: nanomea@aol.com
URL: nanomea@aol.com
Date: 12/26/00
Time: 5:42:52 PM
Comments
thank you bruddah IZ for your beautiful music i just barely listened to your music last week and i already love it..God bless you Bruddah IZ i know your singing up in heaven right now. we miss you

a fan for life, george thomas
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Name: Sheila
Email: Sheilamo@juno.com
URL:
Date: 12/26/00
Time: 8:42:12 AM
Comments
Yesterday, (12/25/00)I discovered IZ. I have been enamored with his rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” since I first heard it in the eToys commercial. I didn’t know who performed the song. I only knew that it was magical. I was given the Facing Forward CD as a Christmas present. The entire album is wonderful. I’m grateful that I have been given the chance to hear the music of this amazing and talanted man. I’m just sorry that I wasn’t blessed sooner. Peace, Sheila
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Name: Kristin Bengtson
Email: kjmla@juno.com
URL:
Date: 12/25/00
Time: 8:13:39 PM
Comments
My husband gave me one of Israel’s CD’s for Christmas, and it is beautiful. I’m embarassed to say that it was the e- toys commercial that peaked our interest. His voice was so clear and wonderful. We are enjoying it, and think your website is a loving tribute. He is not forgotten. We hope his family is well.
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Name: Tom Ogg
Email: oggt@nwinfo.net
URL:
Date: 12/24/00
Time: 9:04:09 PM
Comments
My wife and I were introduced to IZ on our recent trip to Kaua’i. We brought back with us his music on FACING FUTURE to remember our trip and his musical gifts to us all.
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Name: Tom Ogg
Email: oggt@nwinfo.net
URL:
Date: 12/24/00
Time: 8:37:46 PM
Comments
My wife and I just visited Kaua’i and were introduced to IZ’s music. We now have “Facing Future” to enjoy at home and remind us of our trip and meeting Israel through his music. My interest in knowing more about his life led me to your web page. Thanks for the information.

 

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Name: Christopher Lum
Email: christopher.lum@u.genie.co.uk
URL:
Date: 12/23/00
Time: 7:29:39 AM
Comments
Thank you for the Aloha and for sharing your talents with all of us. I am a Hawaiian serving in the U.S Military. Our Hawaiian club regularly gets together to “Jam” and your music and messages are a constant bonding point for us. Even though you may not physically be with us any more, your music will live forever. Aloha Brah!
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Name: Joe & Jenny Loo
Email: theloozoo2@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 12/22/00
Time: 7:12:12 PM
Comments
Although we had already been living on the mailand for 6 years, we never went with out iz’s music, we bought all his cd’s and always made sure we kept up on the happin’s in hawaii, word of his passing was heart breaking, his music is one of a kind, you know as soon as you hear a few bar’s it is iz, I told my wife when I heard e.toys commercial it was “iz” singing. He is one of many hawaiians and yet he is the most outstanding of all time. We will miss him forever. Aloha BRADDAH see you in heaven..
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Name: makana
Email: makanalani@netscape.net
URL:
Date: 12/15/00
Time: 11:30:26 AM
Comments
Thanks for the good music your always in my CD playa. God bless!! Nathan & Kimiyo…. 12/15/00
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Name: Carl Budrecki
Email: hookui@operamail.com
URL:
Date: 12/14/00
Time: 7:04:06 PM
Comments
Aloha!

I have been to the Hawaiian islands 3 times and each time I return, I feel like I am coming home. The last time I was there, I studied Lomilomi under Aunty Margaret Machado. It was while I was there on the Big Island that I was introduced to Bruddah IZ’s music. After I become Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage, I plan to return to the Hawaiian islands to give back to Hawaii what it has given to me.

Iz’s “Facing Future” is one of my favorite CD’s. I played “Hawai’i 78” for my mainland(NJ)massage classmates and they became “IZ converts”!!!

Hawaii 78 has become my “mantra”. Through IZ’s music, I return to Hawaii spirtually/musically, if not physically.

Mahalo nui loa: Hookui@operamail.com
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Name: Carl Budrecki
Email: hookui@operamail.com
URL:
Date: 12/14/00
Time: 7:03:22 PM
Comments
Aloha!

I have been to the Hawaiian islands 3 times and each time I return, I feel like I am coming home. The last time I was there, I studied Lomilomi under Aunty Margaret Machado. It was while I was there on the Big Island that I was introduced to Bruddah IZ’s music. After I become Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage, I plan to return to the Hawaiian islands to give back to Hawaii what it has given to me.

Iz’s “Facing Future” is one of my favorite CD’s. I played “Hawai’i 78” for my mainland(NJ)massage classmates and they became “IZ converts”!!!

Hawaii 78 has become my “mantra”. Through IZ’s music, I return to Hawaii spirtually/musically, if not physically.

Mahalo nui loa: Hookui@operamail.com
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Name: Sierra Kuilani Santos
Email:
URL:
Date: 12/14/00
Time: 1:21:53 PM
Comments
Bye brother iz well will always love you Hana Ho!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Name: Jack Crowley
Email: crowley@star.net
URL:
Date: 12/11/00
Time: 4:35:46 AM
Comments
I am thankful that eToys has used Over-the-Rainbow.

I hope you are able to be compensated from it.

Israel sounded like a real nice person.

I wish I had the opportunity to meet him.

My prayers to his family.
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Name: bob c
Email: Tucker
URL:
Date: 12/10/00
Time: 8:01:46 PM
Comments
Beautiful music, beautiful man. Thanks.
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Name: Kealii Cenal
Email: kealii1@hawaii.com
URL:
Date: 12/10/00
Time: 7:51:23 PM
Comments
I remember the Last concert that was put on by bruddah Iz. That was so chicken skin. Bruddah IZ you are my idol and will always be…. I know now for a fact that Hawaiian Music will not be the same with out you…..Alohe o’e Bruddah IZ…….
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Name: .tito.
Email: tito@ninjafury.com
URL: www.ninjafury.com
Date: 12/10/00
Time: 6:43:10 PM
Comments
anyone have the tablature to the song somewhere over the rainbow by israel kamakawiwo’ole?? please send it to tito@ninjafury.com if you do please. thank you. end.
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Name: Gary  V. Valdez (Waianae)
Email: garyvaldez@juno
URL:
Date: 12/10/00
Time: 5:20:41 PM
Comments
I Had da pleasure of meeting Bradah Skippy and Iz at Ohikilolo ranch in makua in 19????, I was in da service at dat time & we (unit/100/442 Inf) provided da GP mediums for da main entrance & medical tent at da concert. Concert was “momona” along with bradah Mel. I’m also a graduate of Waianae 1971!!!!…..k…k-den….Bradah Gary
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Name: Emmett Stephenson
Email: kuulei
URL: Alltel.net
Date: 12/10/00
Time: 3:50:54 PM
Comments
I have been away from my home,Wahiawa,for many many years. My cousin sent me some Hawaiian tapes and my favorite is N DIS LIFE. A great person will be missed in my home.
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Name: Peter Rytz
Email: peter.rytz@bluewin.ch
URL:
Date: 12/10/00
Time: 3:31:17 AM
Comments
I lived more than 18 Month in Hawai’i, in Honolulu. At that time in 1996 I got to know the Music from IZ. Since that time I’ve never heard any other Music that touched me so deep in my heard like his Songs. That IZ passed away is an enormous loss. We will always remember him. Love

Peter
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Name: Peter Rytz
Email: peter.rytz@bluewin.ch
URL:
Date: 12/10/00
Time: 3:28:57 AM
Comments
I lived more than 18 Month in Hawai’i, in Honolulu. At that time in 1996 I got to know the Music from IZ. Since that time I’ve never heard any other Music that touched me so deep in my heard like his Songs. That IZ passed away is an enormous loss. We will always remember him.
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Name: Susan Smith
Email: jsandsmith@aol.com
URL:
Date: 12/9/00
Time: 12:42:50 AM
Comments
Israel,

Your music is wonderful. I am so grateful for the music you gave the world. It is truly beautiful. You were such a talented man. Your music ranges from achingly moving to fun and lively. Your voice was also wonderful. Your music tells the world that you were indeed a special person. Sadly, you left this world too early. I hope that where you may be, you are singing and playing to your heart’s content. ~Susan
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Name: Fern alexander zimmerman
Email: dreamtiger@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 12/8/00
Time: 10:42:40 PM
Comments
i have recently strated to listen to this mans great music, and have come to the relization that he is one of the few modern day saints. He sings with his soul and I thank his spirit for giving so much to the world.
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Name: Rachel
Email: unab@aol.com
URL: www.unab.net
Date: 12/5/00
Time: 10:41:39 AM
Comments
Thanks for your efforts. His music is beautiful and touched me in a way no other artist has. My husband, Kenny, died August 28, 2000…same cause. I hope he and Iz will meet in heaven…they’d get along famously!
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Name: Larry-Boy
Email: andenwhat18@aol.com
URL:
Date: 12/5/00
Time: 1:12:20 AM
Comments
I never knew Iz from live performances, in fact, by the time I came to know and love his music, he was gone already. Physically anyway. The little things I heard about his life encouraged me so much, his statement “When you t’ink no can… can.” has brough me through so much in life with it’s simple wisdom, put in a way an island boy could understand. I am far from “home” now, living in a mainland that is cold in many ways. One consolation I have on homesick nights, is to play Iz’s music. Then I can close my eyes and go home little while. When Iz talks story and jokes on his CDs the pidgin and sense of humor reminds me of friends I have known and lost contact with. But for that moment I am back home. Ans I am happy and lighter inside. Iz, you truly fulfilled your purpose in life, God bless the day you discovered you wanted to play music. The world is a much lighter place because of you. The only other performer i can think of that has an impact like you with your message and depth is Bob Marley. I hope you two get a chance to meet up in heaven and talk story little bit.
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Name: Elsa Kimura
Email: MCamp75181@aol.com
URL:
Date: 12/1/00
Time: 1:33:58 PM
Comments
I think of Iz almost everyday. I hear his voice on the ads for e-toys. I hear him on the radio. It is like he is still with us.
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Name: Hanalei
Email: www.Hana_bada@yahoo.com
URL: Don’t have any
Date: 12/1/00
Time: 9:54:40 AM
Comments
Bradda Iz’s music has always made my life wonderful. Listening to his music made troubles go away. It was sad when he passed away, though I and the people know he is in a place where he can be happy, and carefree.
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Name: Steve Waldron
Email: skwjcw@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 11/29/00
Time: 5:58:42 PM
Comments
One evening while driving on the road I was listening to a National Public Radio program which featured one of Iz’s songs. It touched me deeply. Unfortunately, I did not remember his name. That was quite some time ago.

Today, I heard his music played at the funeral of a friend and colleague. Again, I was touched by his music. After the funeral, I ordered one of his CDs and found this memorial site. I look forward to enjoying the treasure of his gift of music.

Thanks for maintaining this memorial.
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Name: Joe Finke
Email: jfinke@alidian.com
URL:
Date: 11/29/00
Time: 5:41:54 AM
Comments
A beautiful voice, I only recently discovered his music. Gone too soon, but living through his music.
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Name: rick honton
Email: jhonton@att.net
URL:
Date: 11/27/00
Time: 5:37:55 PM
Comments
where you go in dem rubba slippers, bruddah
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Name: rick honton
Email: jhonton@att.net
URL:
Date: 11/27/00
Time: 5:37:51 PM
Comments
where you go in dem rubba slippers, bruddah
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Name: rick honton
Email: jhonton@att.net
URL:
Date: 11/27/00
Time: 5:37:45 PM
Comments
where you go in dem rubba slippers, bruddah
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Name: Bob Morency
Email: rmorency@landmarknet.net
URL:
Date: 11/27/00
Time: 3:45:13 PM
Comments
I heard Iz’s eulogy on NPR, and fell in love with his poingnant version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Can anyone out there let me know how I can get a hold of that recording, or a good CD to appreciate similar work? Thanks, IZ
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Name: Helmut Meyer , Germany
Email: Seago@t-online.de
URL:
Date: 11/26/00
Time: 11:59:54 PM
Comments
we stayed for vacation on hawaii. we heard his music. Now and forever when we here his music at home we stay on hawaii again in our minds, cause israel – that´s hawaii for us. we will here and love his music for eve
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Name: Scott
Email: LS8@home.com
URL:
Date: 11/25/00
Time: 5:47:17 AM
Comments
I am listening to Hawaii’78 while I am reading about the loss of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. I never knew of him before hearing the eToys commercial. Now I have tears in my eyes for missing him.

My wife and I went to Hawaii in ’96 for our 10 yr anniversary. It was a highlight for me as I always wanted to see the Islands. I wished that I knew of him then and found an opportunity to see him.

Somewhere over the rainbow…
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Name: Scott
Email: LS8@home.com
URL:
Date: 11/25/00
Time: 5:46:20 AM
Comments
I am listening to Hawaii’78 while I am reading about the loss of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. I never knew of him before hearing the eToys commercial. Now I have tears in my eyes for missing him.

My wife and I went to Hawaii in ’96 for our 10 yr anniversary. It was a highlight for me as I always wanted to see the Islands. I wished that I knew of him then and found an opportunity to see him.

Somewhere over the rainbow…
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Name: Richie Kuikahi Loa
Email: stillkanaka@aol.com
URL:
Date: 11/24/00
Time: 11:41:27 PM
Comments
Braddah Iz, not waz da man but still IZ da man. He was truly what all Hawaiians should be like. Big hearted and truly Hawaiian. Dis is one true Hawaiian that I will NEVA forget. Whenever I listen to his mele, I alwayz get chicken skin, and some times even tears. IZ, Mahalo Nui for all da memories. You will be missed but never forgotten.
Hawaiian-ness to me is getting somewhere with out stepping on anybodies toes, with causing friction with anybody……that one statement he made on his last CD will be with me mau o mau.

Aloha, IZ
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Name: Richie Kuikahi Loa
Email: stillkanaka@aol.com
URL:
Date: 11/24/00
Time: 11:39:56 PM
Comments
Braddah Iz, not waz da man but still IZ da man. He was truly what all Hawaiians should be like. Big hearted and truly Hawaiian. Dis is one true Hawaiian that I will NEVA forget. Whenever I listen to his mele, I alwayz get chicken skin, and some times even tears. IZ, Mahalo Nui for all da memories. You will be missed but never forgotten.
Hawaiian-ness to me is getting somewhere with out stepping on anybodies toes, with causing friction with anybody……that one statement he made on his last CD will be with me mau o mau.

Aloha, IZ
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Name: Richie Kuikahi Loa
Email: stillkanaka@aol.com
URL:
Date: 11/24/00
Time: 11:39:37 PM
Comments
Braddah Iz, not waz da man but still IZ da man. He was truly what all Hawaiians should be like. Big hearted and truly Hawaiian. Dis is one true Hawaiian that I will NEVA forget. Whenever I listen to his mele, I alwayz get chicken skin, and some times even tears. IZ, Mahalo Nui for all da memories. You will be missed but never forgotten.
Hawaiian-ness to me is getting somewhere with out stepping on anybodies toes, with causing friction with anybody……that one statement he made on his last CD will be with me mau o mau.

Aloha, IZ
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Name: santiago chucker
Email: santiago_chucker@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 11/23/00
Time: 12:31:13 PM
Comments
when I heard the sweet voice of IZ i was charmed. I really enjoy the song somewher about the rainbow and today I knew abut his premature death. I would like to know more about his life
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Name: Joe Reed
Email: joe.reed@mindspring.com
URL:
Date: 11/22/00
Time: 7:06:51 AM
Comments
I first heard “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World” years ago, driving alone late at night from somewhere bleak to somewhere worse. The recording immediately brought tears to my eyes because of its simple beauty, originality and creativity, and because of the obvious soulfulness of the singer.

But I never knew who I had heard that night, and as the years went on I forgot all about it.

eToys.com uses a rendition in their television commercials, as I’m sure everyone (but me) knew. I started seeing the commercials and hearing the music a while back, and it haunted me…but I could not for the life of me remember where I had heard it before.

I finally went to their website, found the e-mail address of the Communications Manager, and sent him an e-mail asking about it…never once thinking he would actually reply.

Last night I received an answer, and after seeing the song name(s), I recalled that miserable midnight from long ago, and was overjoyed that I could get a copy for my own.

But now I’ve spent a little time trying to learn more about this amazing musician, partially because I am a musician myself and can hear when someone is putting their heart and soul into the simplest of things, partially because the more I read about him, the more I wonder if he really was a mortal, or a messenger of sorts.

Forgive my ignorance about him, forgive me for never being able to really participate in his native culture as an outsider, forgive me for writing such a long entry…but I felt the urge to reach out to others who are mystified by this incredible person.
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Name: Joe Reed
Email: joe.reed@mindspring.com
URL:
Date: 11/22/00
Time: 7:05:18 AM
Comments
I first heard “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World” years ago, driving alone late at night from somewhere bleak to somewhere worse. The recording immediately brought tears to my eyes because of its simple beauty, originality and creativity, and because of the obvious soulfulness of the singer.

But I never knew who I had heard that night, and as the years went on I forgot all about it.

eToys.com uses a rendition in their television commercials, as I’m sure everyone (but me) knew. I started seeing the commercials and hearing the music a while back, and it haunted me…but I could not for the life of me remember where I had heard it before.

I finally went to their website, found the e-mail address of the Communications Manager, and sent him an e-mail asking about it…never once thinking he would actually reply.

Last night I received an answer, and after seeing the song name(s), I recalled that miserable midnight from long ago, and was overjoyed that I could get a copy for my own.

But now I’ve spent a little time trying to learn more about this amazing musician, partially because I am a musician myself and can hear when someone is putting their heart and soul into the simplest of things, partially because the more I read about him, the more I wonder if he really was a mortal, or a messenger of sorts.

Forgive my ignorance about him, forgive me for never being able to really participate in his native culture as an outsider, forgive me for writing such a long entry…but I felt the urge to reach out to others who are mystified by this incredible person.
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Name: Maria Connelly
Email: mlconn_blue@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 11/21/00
Time: 8:05:49 PM
Comments
I have just returned from a trip to Hawaii. While in Kauai I walked into a music shop in Hanalei. Although I loved listening to the local music on the radio stations I wasn’t familiar with any Hawaiian musicians names. I stood in front of a large section of CD’s and the second I laid eyes on IZ’s beautiful face I knew that he was a very special person. I saw gentleness, beauty, strength, pride, character…a very unique individual. I purchased “Facing Future” and again, the second I heard his voice I was swept away in his voice and his message. Before I left I purchased his video and E ALA E. I have listened to his music everyday. It is like healing balm upon my mind and soul. I feel tremendously blessed to have found him. When I think of IZ and his life and music I feel his spirit. He will truly live on forever. God sends these people to those of us who have such a difficult time showing and knowing love. He was love and I felt it. My deepest condolences to his wife and daughter and all his family. The world is a better place for IZ’s presence. What an incredible man. He has touched so many lives and will be in our hearts forever. Mahalo.
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Name: Len Nikuma
Email: mxi02561@nifty.ne.jp
URL:
Date: 11/19/00
Time: 1:43:28 AM
Comments
From Japan with lot of Aloha to Braddah IZ. I love your music and you are Hawaiian music to me
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Name: elizabeth burnette
Email: burnette1@aol.com
URL:
Date: 11/18/00
Time: 8:30:57 PM
Comments
Many blessings to family and loved ones

His soul pours through his music and moves me deeply. I think we are sometimes graced with amazing people like Iz who touch our lives in the most pure and profound of ways. His msuic will live on always.
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Name: tim rasmussen
Email: preswimba@uswest.com
URL:
Date: 11/17/00
Time: 3:57:32 PM
Comments
I was fortunate to visit hawaii on a convention nov.2000 and heard IZ perform somewhere over the rainbow I immediatly fell in love with the rendition of the song and went out and bought the c.d.I now have the c.d. ‘facing future and I consider it a treasure although I did’nt get to know you IZ I cry when I hear your voice. God bless Bruddah. Pres.Wimba
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Name: tim rasmussen
Email: preswimba@uswest.com
URL:
Date: 11/17/00
Time: 3:56:39 PM
Comments
I was fortunate to visit hawaii on a convention nov.2000 and heard IZ perform somewhere over the rainbow I immediatly fell in love with the rendition of the song and went out and bought the c.d.I now have the c.d. ‘facing future and I consider it a treasure although I did’nt get to know you IZ I cry when I hear your voice. God bless Bruddah. Pres.Wimba
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Name: Beth Battista
Email: SPUD4502@aol.com
URL:
Date: 11/17/00
Time: 12:03:36 PM
Comments
I am doing a presentation in my Music appreciation class, and picked Israel as my topic. I find his music so calmimg and peaceful.
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Name: Myron n Maggie Kainoa Wood
Email: The000001@AOL.COM
URL:
Date: 11/16/00
Time: 2:24:54 PM
Comments
i often listen to Iz sing La Elima on my way to work in the construction business in NW Lower Michigan and think to myself, “If I could marry Israel Kamakawiwo’ole I would dump my wife.” -Myron
My Husband is half Hawaiian. Me, I’m Norweigen. However, my name is formally Margaret and that is Margarita in Hawaiian. I love Iz’s “Margarita” song. Myron’s middle name is Kainoa, like in that “Kainoa” song. I really like that one. Allso, Myron played “White Sandy Beach” when we were first falling in love. 🙂

My mama s family is from Molokai, and I have to say that she think Iz rules. I first heard Iz do Gabby’s Hiilawe in a Borders book store after he had passed away. I cried. I bought the CD and took it home to my mom and since that time she has been his gotten all his stuff. I grew up listening to Makaha Sons Of Nii’hau and never knew Iz would be the greatest musical inspiration in my life.
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Name: Myron n Maggie Kainoa Wood
Email: The000001@AOL.COM
URL:
Date: 11/16/00
Time: 2:24:40 PM
Comments
i often listen to Iz sing La Elima on my way to work in the construction business in NW Lower Michigan and think to myself, “If I could marry Israel Kamakawiwo’ole I would dump my wife.” -Myron
My Husband is half Hawaiian. Me, I’m Norweigen. However, my name is formally Margaret and that is Margarita in Hawaiian. I love Iz’s “Margarita” song. Myron’s middle name is Kainoa, like in that “Kainoa” song. I really like that one. Allso, Myron played “White Sandy Beach” when we were first falling in love. 🙂

My mama s family is from Molokai, and I have to say that she think Iz rules. I first heard Iz do Gabby’s Hiilawe in a Borders book store after he had passed away. I cried. I bought the CD and took it home to my mom and since that time she has been his gotten all his stuff. I grew up listening to Makaha Sons Of Nii’hau and never knew Iz would be the greatest musical inspiration in my life.
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Name: morgan coffey
Email: rustgarden@aol.com
URL:
Date: 11/14/00
Time: 5:54:54 PM
Comments
IZ…I hear his music and see bright blue water, green mountains, white sand. His voice is the sweet smell of ginger, his message as pure as wind.
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Name: Ala Naeole
Email: alaboy34@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 11/13/00
Time: 5:37:33 PM
Comments
IZ is an insperation to me he made me see life from a whole diffrent perspective. thought me not to take our home , our ohana, where we were raised for granted. he thought me how to cherish life, to give not take, to love not hate.its true IZ did have a heart ten times as big then he was. even though i did not meet IZ i felt like i knew him.

u da man IZ and always going be Da true HA-Y-AN love u Bruddah IZ Ala-boy Naeole
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Name: Ala Naeole
Email: alaboy34@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 11/13/00
Time: 5:36:29 PM
Comments
IZ is an insperation to me he made me see life from a whole diffrent perspective. thought me not to take our home for , our ohana, where we were raised for granted. he thought me how to cherish life, to give not take, to love not hate.its true IZ did have a heart ten times as big then he was. even though i did not meet IZ i felt like i knew him.

u da man IZ and always going be Da true HA-Y-AN love u Bruddah IZ Ala-boy Naeole
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Name: Ala Naeole
Email: alaboy34@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 11/13/00
Time: 5:34:27 PM
Comments
IZ is an insperation to me he made me see life from a whole diffrent perspective. thought me not to take our home for , our ohana, where we were raised for granted. he thought me how to cherish life, to give not take, to love not hate.its true IZ did have a heart ten times as big then he was. even though i did not meet IZ i felt like i knew him.

u da man IZ and always going be Da true HA-Y-AN love u Bruddah IZ Ala-boy Naeole
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Name: Ala Naeole
Email: alaboy34@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 11/13/00
Time: 5:33:37 PM
Comments
IZ is an insperation to me he made me see life from a whole diffrent perspective. thought me not to take our home, our ohana, where we were raised for granted. he thought me how to cherish life, to give not take, to love not hate.its true IZ did have a heart ten times as big then he was. even though i did not meet IZ i felt like i knew him.

u da man IZ and always going be Da true HA-Y-AN love u Bruddah IZ Ala-boy Naeole
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Name: Kim Cundall
Email: kimmmy01@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 11/12/00
Time: 4:45:02 PM
Comments
I LOVE his music.
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Name: Desiree
Email: carpreid@bellatlantic.net
URL:
Date: 11/12/00
Time: 4:41:24 PM
Comments
I was in Hawaii last year and heard “Hawaiian Supa Man” and spent the entire year trying to find the creator of that song. I have the first of several CD’s of Izzy’s I intend to purchase. He transports you to the islands with his lush and powerful vocals and beautiful arrangements. It is a shame he is not still with us creating more beautiful music. My condolences to his ohana and Mahalo for his accomplishments. He has left a lasting gift to the world.
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Name: Dan Clement
Email: dclement7@excite.com
URL:
Date: 11/10/00
Time: 9:40:18 AM
Comments
I just discovered IZ’s music through the etoys commercial. His voice is beautiful and from what I read he was a beautiful soul.
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Name: Dave Kippen
Email: Dave Kippen@EllerbeBecket.com
URL:
Date: 11/10/00
Time: 7:05:28 AM
Comments
My wife and I have loved IZ’s music for years. Everytime we come home to the island, I look for more recordings which I may not have. I talent like his will never die.
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Name: Rob Mena
Email: Robert.Mena@ca.com
URL:
Date: 11/9/00
Time: 5:59:29 AM
Comments
I wish I had discovered this man’s talents sooner. His story and music has touched me. My deepest condolensces to his family, wife & child.
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Name: Marci
Email: mhirano@hawaii.edu
URL:
Date: 11/7/00
Time: 5:48:33 PM
Comments
This is such a wonderful page. I love his music and everthing that eh stands for. I think that that is what keeps him alive. Thank you.
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Name: nikki nash
Email: nikki_nash@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 11/7/00
Time: 4:24:30 PM
Comments
I just discovered bruddah iz and it seems like what i have just discovered is the begging and not the end. God Bless Him for his talents and the life he has lived and given. —–nikki—
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Name: nikki nash
Email: nikki_nash@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 11/7/00
Time: 4:24:18 PM
Comments
I just discovered bruddah iz and it seems like what i have just discovered is the begging and not the end. God Bless Him for his talents and the life he has lived and given. —–nikki—
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Name: nikki nash
Email: nikki_nash@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 11/7/00
Time: 4:23:49 PM
Comments
I just discovered bruddah iz and it seems like what i have just discovered is the begging and not the end. God Bless Him for his talents and the life he has lived and given. —–nikki—
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Name: Tracy Griesner
Email: mcpooh2@earthlink.net
URL:
Date: 11/5/00
Time: 8:59:48 PM
Comments
I picked up a CD of various Hawaiian artists this last visit to the islands and IZ was one of the artist featured. His absolutely stunning song “Hawai’i ’78” was on the CD. I was soooooooo moved, touched, in awe or not only this song but of the sweet and glorious voice that relayed these words with song….. I decided that I had to have a complete CD of this voice so I got on the net to try and find some of his music…. I was extremely saddened to find that he making music in heaven. Isn’t the heavenly choir blessed!!! Thank you for sharing your loved one with all of us…… bless you all Mahalo Tracy
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Name: PONO
Email: salado@hawaii.rr.com
URL:
Date: 11/4/00
Time: 3:02:26 PM
Comments
A great man with a big heart for what Hawaii truly is.ALOHA.One of a kind. You will be greatly missed.His music will live on from Hawaii 78 till eternity. Mahalo braddah Iz.You’ve blessed many may your legacy live on in the people in the children of Hawaii. You cannot imagine the mark you have left on many. In Dis Life you were loved. To the Ohana, my heart felt condolencses. Kulia i ka nu’u and know that God has a master plan for you all. Aloha pumehana…PONO
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Name: Mary Phila, PA
Email: Mal55@aol.com
URL:
Date: 11/3/00
Time: 2:41:25 PM
Comments
I first heard IZ’s music on a helicopter ride that my sister and I had taken on the Island of Kaui. When we first took off they were playing Somewhere Over The Rainbow. It had brought tears to our eyes. When the tour was over we went to little shop on the grounds of the helicopter tour and inquired about the music we had heard. We were delighted to learn that we could purchase the music in CD or cassette tape. My sister and I took that speical trip in August of 1999 and I still get that warm feeling of sweet memories of Kaui evertime I play the CD.
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Name: Steven Cup Choy
Email: st2cups@aol.com
URL: -none-
Date: 11/2/00
Time: 1:19:59 PM
Comments
Israel has been an inspiration to my life. It took me so long to write in this guest book because i was trying to think of something unique to show that i thought he was the Hawaiian God of Music. His accomplishments and his way of living and playing has kept me, like many, on the ukelele. He will never even begin to see the difference he has made in my live. “In Dis Life” he was loved by me.

~Steven Cup Choy
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Name: Jerry McAward
Email: jerrymac@ptd.net
URL: www.kayakschool.com
Date: 11/2/00
Time: 7:40:59 AM
Comments
Just back from my honeymoon in Hawaii.

I never heard of IZ before. I first heard the intro to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on the eToys commercial, and each time thought to email eToys – not about toys, but about who’s angelic voice was dancing with the ukelele during their choice of an advertising jingle. I never got around to emailing. I sometimes forgot who’s commercial it was, but I always ran to the TV whenever that song played. My now-wife would laugh at me when I would say “isn’t that wonderful – who is that voice singing such a pretty tune?” I didn’t even identify it as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

While we were in Kaui’i for our honeymoon, I was leaving the Princeville Market and walked past a CD sales booth located just outside the door. My wife was in the car looking at me as I walked toward her. It was then that “that tune” was playing at the CD booth, and I stopped in my tracks. I turned and said “who is this, what song is this, and where can I get it?” My wife later said “what was it that made you turn around so fast?” It was IZ.

The woman behind the booth explained to me all about Bruddah IZ, and how after the 3 years since his death he is still one of the top selling artists in the Hawaiian Islands. I purchased “Facing Future”, and came home eager to play it.

Never before have I cried when listening to a song, but I cried when I heard his voice sing words. I cried a lot. I don’t usually cry about anything. Just from the little I knew about him I realized the magnitude of his contribution to this world. His voice is alive, and spoke to me like no other singer ever. How sad that such a spirit left this Earth after a mere 38 years.

In the last week I have learned much more about him from the Internet, and I am saddened all the more for his loss. Such a spirit, such a voice, such a heart… one needs not to have met him in person to feel him. I feel as if I met him, and KNOW him. Maybe he knows me… but he lives in me. Hard to explain to people who don’t feel, but I know any reader of this will know exactly what I mean.

To the curator of this information – thank you and please continue your work. I am glad to have a place to put my feelings, and many more will follow from others. To his family – know that IZ’s spirit lives on worldwide, speaking to souls everywhere, including here in Eastern Pennsylvania. He is a remarkable man, and probably has an equally remarkable family.

IZ speaks to my soul every time I listen to him. I have taught myself “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” and cannot wait to play it on my guitar and sing it like IZ for all who will listen. When they will ask I will share what I know… all the good that I have heard about him.

Live On, IZ
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Name: Angelina-marie Lilihu’e Alohalani Mendiola
Email: chawaiian13@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 11/2/00
Time: 7:15:37 AM
Comments
Aloha! I really dunnoe what to say right now.. I’ve been listening to bruddah IZ’s music fo’ foreva! It’s sad to know that he’s gone, but his mana will stay alive in dah music.. much aloha’s and respect going to his ohana. Aloha! Angelina Marie Lilihu’e Alohalani Mendiola
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Name: Tai holo i kealoha o kalani chong
Email: a808poiboy
URL:
Date: 11/1/00
Time: 10:25:56 PM
Comments
much mahalos IZ u have been one big insperation to me u will always be in my hear
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Name: Harmony Cooke
Email: HCooke@pop.det.state.vt.us
URL:
Date: 11/1/00
Time: 4:56:13 AM
Comments
An extraordinary man with an extraordinary voice.
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Name: Steve Kiyan
Email: skiyan2433@aol.com
URL:
Date: 10/30/00
Time: 6:28:28 PM
Comments
I will always treasure his music. His voice sends chills down through my spine but gives me stregnth, peace and the courage to live life to it’s fullest. I love you Hawaiian. Your heart in your music is what every hawaiian will never forget and we’ll follow with your music. Malama pono braddah Iz! Aloha
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Name: James(kimo) E, Geter
Email: jaggedege_G@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 10/30/00
Time: 12:29:33 PM
Comments
I love Bruddah IZ and all of his music. I credit him for the love in me for Hawaii. My Aloha is because of him on that beautiful day at the look out point just before sandy beach looking toward the east. Not a day passes by without me getting chicken skin from listening to his music. I have his spirit with me . He makes me Hawaiian, his music, what he sings about . I feel his music and his spirit. I wish i could have met him in person,but i was too late and have to see him only in spirit as i live in Hawaii. Bruddah IZ, a true Hawaiian. He is my strength,the source of my Aloha.Bruddah IZ will always be and never was. GOD BLESS BRUDDAH IZ.
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Name: Bob Masullo
Email: MasulloYankees@aol.com
URL:
Date: 10/28/00
Time: 12:52:00 PM
Comments
I am reading the guest book while listening to Iz’s album, “n Dis Life,” and misting up. I only recently became aware of Iz and his incredible voice, spirit and musicianship. Thank God for recordings. Hawaiian people certainly should take pride in Iz. But a talent like his is so great, it belongs to the entire world. He is to Hawaiian music what Mozart was to European music, what Sinatra was to mainland US music. God rest his soul. If there is an afterlife, I hope I get to meet him.
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Name: kal hunsaker
Email: osiris323@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 10/26/00
Time: 3:53:57 PM
Comments
I first heard Izi’s version of “over the rainbow” on National Public Radio….I immediately started looking for it (it was not easy to find). The song can make me cry buckets, the way he sang it, with so much feeling. My condolences to his family….what a special man.

Kal, Apache Junction, Arizona
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Name: kuhio keliiwaiwaionalii
Email: keliiwaiwaionalii@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 10/26/00
Time: 10:09:04 AM
Comments
Much mahalos to my big braddah, braddah Iz you is an inspiration….i miss da times you and uncle john use to kick back with me up kauai and and smoke weed and drink up love you…..see yah soon
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Name: Tomoko
Email: la_mode@excite.co.jp
URL:
Date: 10/25/00
Time: 10:03:53 PM
Comments
Does anyone know where can I get IZ’s lyrics? I am a Japanese IZ fan, and would like to know his lyrics desparately. Any score book? any online info?

I love the “Facing Future” album.
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Name: matt senatore
Email: senatours@worldnet.att.net
URL:
Date: 10/25/00
Time: 8:26:42 PM
Comments
I must admit that I found out about this talented man accidentally while searching the net for Hawaiian music to use for my answering machine in order to promote a group trip to Hawaii. When one of Iz’ numbers came up, I instantly became hooked. Though I never knew of him in life, the music that he shares has brought me to know and love this wonderful Giant of a Human Being.

May God Bless his family with the knowledge that Iz is in a truly better place.

Matt Senatore
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Name: Dawn M. Manago
Email: dawn-ymi@attglobal.net
URL:
Date: 10/24/00
Time: 12:33:21 PM
Comments
Now living in California and whenever on the road, I listen only to my IZ cassette tapes . . . for my every day travel in this crazy place called California where everyone always seems to be in a rush, I cope by listening to the beautiful sounds of IZ . . . thank you for the wonderful memories and you will always live on in my heart.

Love, Dawn aka “Mango”
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Name: Candace & Michael Beard
Email: malulani3@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 10/22/00
Time: 12:37:12 PM
Comments
We are sorry for his passing. We enjoyed his music greatly. We bought 2 of his CD’s In Dis Life and Iz The Man And His Music In Concert, and we love it. We recently left Oahu and moved to Georgia we play his cd all the time and exposed it to our family here that has never heard contemporary hawaiian music. Yet he has left us BUT will NEVER be FORGOTTEN. THANK YOU IZ FOR YOUR VERY KIND AND GENTLE VOICE. To the KAMAKAWIWO’OLE FAMILY WE GIVE OUR CONDOLENCES. YOU AVE TOUCHED US ALL.

LOVE & ALOHA Candace & Michael

 
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Name: Delaina-Lu Gamblin
Email: gamblin@home.com
URL:
Date: 10/21/00
Time: 10:59:24 PM
Comments
My I have just found a treasure. His voice and spirit have touched me so.. I know that I am not “to late” Bruddah Iz will always live and is forever making new friends… Delaina-Lu Gamblin
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Name: Dave Hanks
Email: hanksd@earthlink.net
URL:
Date: 10/21/00
Time: 6:55:28 PM
Comments
During a brief visit to Kona I heard Iz while looking for some Hawaiian music that would help me explain the difference in cultures of the world. The first Iz song that I hears, Ahi Wela (Tinkle Twinkle Little Star) from “Iz, The Man and His Music” almost brought tears to my eyes. It was the example that I sought. The blending of Hawaiian and English in this old favorite was very powerful. My four year old girl now understands that despite many language and cultural differences and physical appearances… we are all one.

To Iz, who I know hears me now, I say Mahalo, you remain a gift to us all.
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Name: Shellie
Email: alohagirl61@hotmail.com
URL: no more
Date: 10/20/00
Time: 9:54:35 AM
Comments
hi well i wanted to know why did iz sing kalaohono because my grama is a kalaohono so i just wanted to know please eamil me back ok bye bye aloha kakoua
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Name: carolyn
Email: artgivng@together.net
URL:
Date: 10/19/00
Time: 1:43:32 PM
Comments
Kona Surf December 1997, IZ in concert, and I had the pleasure of being there. I will never forget it. His song In Dis Life had just come out. Truly he had the voice of an angel. His legacy is the bringing together of all of the people of Hawaii through his music.
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Name: Tony Fontana
Email: tfontana@msn.com
URL:
Date: 10/16/00
Time: 9:53:39 AM
Comments
While on my honeymoon with my wife Kathleen, June, 1999, we heard some terrific music on a local channel in Oahu.

Not knowing who the artist was, we heard the same song on a helicopter ride on the Big Island. I sang some of the song and the pilot told me quickly “Oh, thats Brother Iz”.

We bought facing the future, and everyday since then, every day, I play his music. What a wonderful world. Sad that this “giant” of a man is no longer with us. God bless him and his family.

 

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Name: Ariadne Votava
Email: mary@monkeywoman.com
URL: www.monkeywoman.com
Date: 10/15/00
Time: 9:50:16 AM
Comments
I’ve never even been to Hawaii but I just recently started listening to Iz’s recordings (by a total fluke I got my hand on “Iz in concert”) and absolutely love his music! I plan on getting my hands on every Iz CD I can find.
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Name: amber
Email: htcaligal@aol.com
URL:
Date: 10/13/00
Time: 9:09:18 PM
Comments
Although I am very young, my recent senior trip to Hawaii was a most touching and memorable experience. I met a wonderful tour guide there named Darren Akau, who taught me about and showed me the magnificant Hawaiian islands, popped in a tape and told me to listen to the words. My trip was only made complete when hearing Hawai’i ’78 in a car. The beauty and gentlness in Israel’s voice and message touched me deeply. I left with a new appreciation for the people, culture, land, and certainly this great artist. I listen to his songs daily and am delighted that God shared such a wonderful man with us. He taught me “what a wonderful world” this really is. I thank him for his music and send my best wishes to his family. He was a beautiful person.
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Name: Kelly
Email: u1027161@warwick.net
URL:
Date: 10/11/00
Time: 9:52:57 AM
Comments
After watching the movie ‘Meet Joe Black’ IZ sang his version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and I sat glued to my seat until it finished. I never sit through the credits. I was so moved by his voice and the delightful feelings it invoked I bought the sound track the next day. How sad I was to learn that he has left us.

Thank you IZ Kelly
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Name: Clif
Email:
URL:
Date: 10/10/00
Time: 4:39:10 PM
Comments
How very sad I get to appreciate his music for the first time 3 years after his death. I just listened to over the rainbow/ what a wonderful world with just the guitar or is it mandolin? In the background had to find out more about him and wound up here.. very pretty, very lonesome.
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Name: aloha vicar
Email: titacolon41
URL: AOL
Date: 10/9/00
Time: 7:50:51 PM
Comments
thank you for letting me see this page
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Name: loi apele
Email: royaloha@bluewin.ch
URL:
Date: 10/6/00
Time: 7:15:32 AM
Comments
mahalo iz
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Name: Emily Richardson
Email: Yellowsub4@aol.com
URL:
Date: 10/5/00
Time: 11:47:11 AM
Comments
bruddah Iz is da bomb! cuz could sing!
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Name: Malinda
Email: buffy_angel21@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 10/4/00
Time: 9:50:28 PM
Comments
IZ will never be forgotten. He is an inspiration to all of us. May his love and kindness be in all of us. May we carry on his love and caring. We Love You! P.S. I know a dance that a wonderful person has done for one of his songs and it is an inspiration to all of those who hear this music. Thanks for the memories.
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Name: Big E
Email: erikeast3@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 10/4/00
Time: 9:00:00 PM
Comments
I am a recent fan. I visit the islands frequently and I heard one of his songs “Johnny Mahoe.” I don’t know his family but I felt that I should say this song gives me the chills every time I hear it. It is so true to life and his sincerity with his vocals in his music is unmatched with any other songs I have ever heard. This man was truly gifted and even though I never met him I know I’d like him.
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Name: Carole Utiger
Email: utiger@infomaniak.com
URL:
Date: 10/4/00
Time: 12:07:44 AM
Comments
Thank you for the beautiful music which keeps alive our memories of Hawaii and its wonderful people. We are just so sorry we never saw Israel in concert.

Carole & Claude Switzerland
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Name: Jeremiah Sconiers
Email: jscondnk@aol.com
URL:
Date: 10/3/00
Time: 3:52:55 PM
Comments
I spent 4 years in Hawaii and enjoyed every minute of it. The enjoyment stemmed from the kindness of the people, the scenery, and the music. Israel was one of my favorites then and now. I missed the chance to see him on Kauai during my stay there and regret it to this day. Bruddah Iz was and still is one of the greats to come from the islands. Best wishes to his family and friends.

Jeremiah
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Name: Austin Hauki
Email: dc_aloha@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 9/27/00
Time: 11:46:40 AM
Comments
Thanks to Iz my life has been filled with music from the heart of Hawai’i and i thank god for giving him to us. I give my condolences to his family and pray for you all.
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Name: Dean Adams Schauffler
Email: Dschauffler@neo.rr.com
URL:
Date: 9/26/00
Time: 7:59:40 AM
Comments
While on the island of HI I found “The Man and his music” my family and I love it…………God is surly enjoying IZ as much as we are…………

Thank You
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Name: Hau’oli Ho’opi’i
Email: kimiyo@hawaii.rr.com
URL:
Date: 9/25/00
Time: 10:40:48 PM
Comments
Bruddah Iz was a symbol of what it means to be hawaiian. He captured everybody’s hearts once you heard him sing. I remember the last concert I saw bruddah Iz performing. It was at the 1996 Downtown Ho’olaule’a and I cherish the experience I had when I listened to him sing. I always got chicken skin and still do when I hear his songs. That night was special for me because I had just graduated from high school about to start college. I remember his songs giving a message of hope to us young hawaiian people. He made realize that to live my life to the best way I can. To cherish life while you’re alive. Love everyone. I will always think of him as the hawaiian superman. I know it’s been four years since he has past but I always think of him when I hear his songs on the radio. My family and I give our condolences to you all. We wish you the best and congratulations on the birth of his granddaughter. I read the story in the Midweek a couple of months ago. Everyone will remember him always. Bruddah Iz will live on in all of our hearts. Mahalo nui loa, malama pono ‘oukou, Aloha Hau’oli Ho’opi’i a me ‘Ohana!
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Name: Surfer Rick
Email: surferrick@cfl.rr.com
URL: http://members.aol.com/ricknfca/surfing.html
Date: 9/25/00
Time: 8:11:33 PM
Comments
I cant believe your dead. I just found out about your music. I was trying to find your email address so i could tell you that your music has touched me greatly. I shead a tear when i found out you were dead. You knew how to play it, no one else comes close. Your with the gods now and you will never be forgotten. Take care

Rick
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Name: fayolyn bergeron
Email: fmbergeron01@snet.net
URL:
Date: 9/23/00
Time: 3:41:34 PM
Comments
my son and think his music is the best we have heard. he said how clear it was and i say its like velvet. we both want a picture of him but dont know how to get one. would you know??? aloha fay and bob
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Name: Michelle Konter
Email: chhutki@hotmail.com
URL: www.geocities.com/SouthBeach/Palms/7792/index.html
Date: 9/21/00
Time: 4:52:53 PM
Comments
I love his songs soooo much that I am playing them over and over again. Although I have never met him in real life, I feel I am missing the greatest singer in Hawaii. May he sing forever. Aloha Iz
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Name: Martin Eivens
Email: eivensm@aol.com
URL:
Date: 9/19/00
Time: 3:43:44 PM
Comments
I first discovered Iz 2 weeks ago while visiting Kauai. I was blown away by his music, then after learning more about his life & his aloha spirit, I was even more impressed. Truly a great talent.
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Name: DeadDaze
Email: deaddaze2407@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 9/19/00
Time: 8:14:56 AM
Comments
Just have to say that I was just turned on to Brother IZ’s music and it is September 2000. Brother IZ is the shit and I hope that through word of mouth and web pages like Napster we can keep his music alive. Because I know I have a whole list of people that I need to turn on to his music. Anyways thank you Brother IZ, You are recently known, but long from being forgotten. Peace!
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Name: Ernesto Nevarez
Email: troquero@thegrid.net
URL:
Date: 9/15/00
Time: 10:51:29 PM
Comments
If it weren’t for my pride I would had openly cried at hearing his beautiful voice in the movie Meet Joe Black.

The man’s voice was full of love, power, confidence, tranquility, and all we desire to fulfill the meaning of life.

Thank You,

Ernesto Jesus Nevarez
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Name: Ralph Crawford
Email: stryder100@hotmail.com
URL: cd-141-152.ra30.dc.capu.net
Date: 9/14/00
Time: 9:21:36 AM
Comments
This cuz’s music has touch the lives of myself and my wife, both whites from the mainland.

Thanks, Iz, for bringing so much beauty into our lives.

 

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Name: JUDYnSAM KALAWA
Email: SMNJDY@AOL.COM
URL:
Date: 9/13/00
Time: 1:24:35 PM
Comments
ALOHA BRUDDAH AND OHANA ! WE HAD SOME GOOD TIMES TOGETHER AND DA MEMORIES WE WILL HAVE FOREVER. ALWAYS MISSING YOU . BRUDDAH SAM n SISTAH JUDY
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Name: Jane Franks
Email: hawaiiansurf@home.com
URL:
Date: 9/12/00
Time: 2:39:01 PM
Comments
I just recently discovered Iz and his music on a visit to Kuaui and Maui. I have purchased some of his CDs. I play them in the car and for my family. His music is devine and angelic. My mother is 80 and very conservative. She has requested an IZ cd or tape as a gift. This is a tribute to the timeless talent and appeal of a fine artist. I only wish I had discovered his music sooner.
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Name: Marlis Elfrath
Email: melfrath@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 9/8/00
Time: 10:32:57 AM
Comments
I was a visitor from Germany in the year 1995 at the first time on Oahu, and I heared the music of IZ, it was a great feeling to hear his voice and his music. I love this very much and it sooths my heart in the cold and grey Germany. Every year I was back on Hawaii to visit my son and IZ and the music of Hawaii and the Aloha. Thank you Israel for all your love you gave to the world with your special kind of music.

You are deep in my heart now for ever

Marlis
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Name: David Flores, Jr.
Email: mmdavyboy@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 9/7/00
Time: 9:41:32 PM
Comments
a moment of scilence for a great musician who live his dream go get um
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Name: David Flores, Jr.
Email: mmdavyboy@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 9/7/00
Time: 9:41:26 PM
Comments
a moment of scilence for a great musician who live his dream
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Name: Pat Comer
Email: pcomer@sdcoe.k12.ca.us
URL:
Date: 9/7/00
Time: 1:46:10 PM
Comments
We enjoy his music, we heard his music in Hawaii this summer and bought a couple of his cd’. We were sorry to hear that he’s no longer with us.
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Name: DOUG ALVAREZ
Email: THEDOZIER
URL:
Date: 9/5/00
Time: 3:20:55 PM
Comments
WE I FIRST HERD OVER THE RAINBOW I WAS HOOKED! IZ WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART.THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC. HE IS THE TRUE HAWAIIAN SUP’PA MAN.

THE DOZIER

 
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Name: yvonne hansen
Email: aloha653@aol.com
URL:
Date: 9/5/00
Time: 9:46:46 AM
Comments
His music has reinforced my Hawaiian Heritage.
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Name: yvonne hansen
Email: aloha653@aol.com
URL:
Date: 9/5/00
Time: 9:44:31 AM
Comments
His music has reinforced my Hawaiian Heritag4.
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Name: John & Barrie Montross
Email: jmontro@attglobal.net
URL:
Date: 9/2/00
Time: 3:43:38 AM
Comments
We saw videos of IZ while visiting the island of Kaua’i. IZ had a fantastic voice – An island friend sent us Facing the Future – love it.

J&B
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Name: Thomas R, Comage
Email: tmabcomage@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 8/26/00
Time: 9:23:11 PM
Comments
Latecomer to the music of Brudda IZ. Love the music. Wish I’d been introduced to the man and his music earlier. The music transcend the man and I believe his music will move upcoming generations. My 10 year old can not get enough. She like myself feel a loss in not knowing Brudda while he was still with us.
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Name: BRIAN LADDEN
Email: btladden@snet.net
URL:
Date: 8/26/00
Time: 11:11:13 AM
Comments
Ihave spent a lot of time in Hawaii,my wife is a local girl having grown up right below Kam. School. I was introduced to Iz’s music shortly after he passed on. Few musicians have had such an effect on me as Iz has had. Growing up in Conn. my only thought of Hawaii was that it was some place I saw on tv, having visited the islands eight or nine times I now understand what why it is so important to preserve what is left of the culture,Iz’s music helped me to see and understand this.
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Name: TED TAYLOR
Email: BASSPLUS@AOL.COM
URL:
Date: 8/24/00
Time: 7:41:22 PM
Comments
My daughter just returned from Hawaii and brought me a disc entitled “IZ -THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC”. I am enjoying it so much that I looked up his name on the Web…alas! Beatiful voice! May he rest with the angels in peace.
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Name: NATALIE KALEI’OANALI PELE
Email:
URL: POHAKU GIRL 83
Date: 8/21/00
Time: 12:09:07 PM
Comments
FOREVER ALOHA TO BRADDA IZ WHO WILL BE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVA. BRADDA IZ KAMAKAWIWO’OLE TRUE KANAKA OF HAWAII. LOTS OF LOVE TO THE REAL HAWAIIAN SUPPA MAN.
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Name: NATALIE KALEI’OANALI PELE
Email:
URL: POHAKU GIRL 83
Date: 8/21/00
Time: 12:04:41 PM
Comments
FOREVER ALOHA TO BRADDA IZ WHO WILL BE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVA. BRADDA IZ KAMAKAWIWO’OLE TRUE KANAKA OF HAWAII. LOTS OF LOVE TO THE REAL HAWAIIAN SUPPA MAN.
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Name: Shawnalison K Kana’e
Email: Kanaeand Pele@yahoo.com
URL: Kanae and Pele
Date: 8/21/00
Time: 11:59:34 AM
Comments
Thank you creating a page based on the real true hawaiian man.Me and my family just wanted to be part of the guest page and give the Kamakawiwo’ole i loving respects.
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Name: Jason Zimba
Email: jzimba@grow.net
URL:
Date: 8/20/00
Time: 9:33:01 AM
Comments
I bought “Facing Future” in Berkeley a month ago. It was on the recommended list at Hear Music on 4th Street. I had never heard of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole before.

This is a beautiful album. This music touches me.

Thanks for keeping this website.
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Name: Fred Jackson
Email: Caterina27
URL:
Date: 8/18/00
Time: 6:35:52 AM
Comments
My name is Fred Jackson and I am a musician/songwriter in Cleveland,Ohio. I heard “Bruddah IZ” for the first time on the “Meet Joe Black” soundtrack and was deeply moved by the Somewhere over the rainbow/What a wonderful world medley. It caused me to look for more information on the man. I am sorry to learn of his passing,we are a much lesser place without him. I learned of his gentle nature through the internet and can only think “Who else but a gentle man with the voice of an angel could have done such a remarkable piece of music” Thank you, Bruddah IZ. Fred Jackson
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Name: Mike Matsumoto & LaVern Dias-Matsumoto
Email: matsumotm003@hawaii.rr.com
URL:
Date: 8/17/00
Time: 11:34:17 PM
Comments
Bradda IZ will live in our lives FOREVER.
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Name: Ian Dunn
Email: ian@kohoradio.com
URL: www.kohoradio.com
Date: 8/17/00
Time: 5:04:51 PM
Comments
Touched we are by his music, and that will live on…
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Name: kauai ohana
Email:
URL:
Date: 8/14/00
Time: 5:19:57 PM
Comments
A hui ho , your memory lives on HAWAIIAN SUPPA MAN!!!! From Polihale to Pakala’s well miss you!!!!
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Name: Melissa
Email: hokulani8099@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 8/14/00
Time: 1:11:37 PM
Comments
I just wanted to say thank you Iz for your beautiful music and spirit.Even though your body is no loger in this life your spirit still remains.i have enjoyed all of your music.your sweet soothing voice is so wonderful to listen to.

thank you again for blessing us! aloha nui loa melissa
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Name: Debbie Brannian
Email: brannian@gateway.net
URL:
Date: 8/12/00
Time: 4:30:19 PM
Comments
Many of my family members lived on Oahu for many years, myself included. I loved it the minute I stepped of the airplane for the first time. I have grieved leaving it for over 20 years.

I always loved contemporary Hawaiian music, Robert and Roland Cazimero, Keola and Kepona Beamer, Gabby, Bla, … I could go on an on. And then I discovered Iz. I loved his music and soul immediately. I mourn his passing. However, he still lives on in his music
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Name: Benjamin Henry
Email: acfemf@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 8/10/00
Time: 3:45:58 PM
Comments
I have only come to know if Israel of late. With the movie Meet Joe Black and the beautiful use of his song in the eToys.com commercial, I promise you his name is being spread to the masses. I was one of those. It is fitting tribute to such a unique human being that others of us are discovering his beauty even after he has left this playground. Sincerely, A boy from Kansas
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Name: Carol
Email:
URL:
Date: 8/8/00
Time: 7:06:58 AM
Comments
My feelings continue to grow for IZ, his music, and his message. During my recent trip to Hawaii I heard his music everywhere and felt his presence in the warm and welcoming people I talked with about him. May his message and spirit continue to grow.
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Name: JAY BROWN
Email: JAYANDMARY@MINDSPRING.COM
URL:
Date: 8/7/00
Time: 5:15:15 PM
Comments
I ONLY NOW JUST FOUND YOU, ONLY TO FIND WE HAVE ALL LOST YOU. THANKYOU FOR YOUR MUSIC, ALOHA!
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Name: James Mortensen
Email: jmbamboo@att.net
URL: http://www.jmbamboo.com
Date: 8/7/00
Time: 10:27:37 AM
Comments
I first heard “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” when Isresl was featured on NPR back in 1996. I thought the song was one of the most beautiful I’d ever heard. I missed the artist name and as time went by forgot about it. Last night I watched “Meet Joe Black”, heard the song, found the artist and went to the net to search. I found the song, downloaded it and wanted more. Further searching found his music catalog and where I could order a CD. And then I found the tributes. I am so saddened to learn that IZ is no longer with us. The song still moves me deeply. He is missed before I ever got to know him. Jim
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Name: jeff gray
Email: aloha1@secalarm.com
URL: none
Date: 8/5/00
Time: 5:13:16 PM
Comments
aloha i love his music .. israel kamakawiwo’ole is # 1 to me for go love hawaii music aloha from jeff
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Name: Julie Moser
Email: gerard@cableco-op.com
URL:
Date: 8/4/00
Time: 6:51:59 AM
Comments
I felt so awkward when I discovered that this artist, that I enjoyed immensely the very first time I heard one of his songs, was deceased. I must have been in the clouds or something but I regret this loss of such a fine musician. I was thinking of buying a ukelele and learning the chords for “somewhere over the rainbow”. That is how I ended up on this web site. Would it be possible to get the music for this song so that I could play it myself, for fun? Any help would be appreciated. Again, I am sure that I share this loss with many and will continue to listen to his music and remember.
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Name: Jerry Donovan
Email: jdon66@netscape.net
URL:
Date: 8/3/00
Time: 5:16:48 AM
Comments
I first heard blessed Israel on Santa Monica public radio, singing “Over the Rainbow”. It was straight through the heart to the soul. This angelic voice touched me so, that when the announcer mentioned that Iz had passed on, it was instantly clear that somehow, somewhere, he IS alive.

Put in a song for us, Bruddah
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Name: Gary Ignacio
Email: iggyaloha@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 8/2/00
Time: 1:07:22 PM
Comments
Being a local boy that has not been home for a long time, the only real ties of home was my own cooking that became mainland style, the Honolulu magazines, etc. But it was the music of Bruddah IZ that made me feel at home. NOT really the music but the TRUE ALOHA that he ALWAYS “GAVE”. He was and is the real ALOHA. I will miss his aloha but will be thankful for the memories he has shared through his music. I was able to see the television tribute to home and although I was not there I could feel the love and aloha that the islands had for bruddah IZ. All people truley loved him.
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Name: Lala (Pali) Ducheneau
Email: lala_maui@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 8/1/00
Time: 7:35:12 PM
Comments
Isreal will always be with all of us through our hearts,hula,memory,songs,and his beautiful voice.The love through his voice flows through each and everyone of us.He will always be near.
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Name: Bruce Bartone
Email: brucebartone@netscape.com
URL:
Date: 7/31/00
Time: 3:48:45 PM
Comments
A great talent lost far too soon, I an thankful for your efforts to preserve the integrity Iz brought to his life and those around him. May we all find him “somewhere over the rainbow”. God bless.
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Name: Tony Ford
Email: Tony21m@Hotmail.com
URL: http://www.angelfire.com/hi/Tony21m/index.html
Date: 7/30/00
Time: 4:47:49 PM
Comments
Iz Was one of my Favorite Hawaiian Singers, it was a great loss when he died. I lived in Hawaii for 8 years, and I loved His music, at one time I had all his CD’s but as I came back to the mainland, they were lost and stolen. I plan to colect them again, as soon as I can. God Bless Brother Iz, for he was a really good and soothing singer. My Favorit song was “White Sandy Beach”.
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Name: Jim Bradley
Email: Jimbra@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 7/29/00
Time: 11:07:29 PM
Comments
What a Wonderful World,

Thankyou, Isreal for reminding me
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Name: Scott and Rica DeMasi
Email: sdemasi@engr.sgi.com
URL:
Date: 7/28/00
Time: 8:55:41 AM
Comments
We were opened to IZ’s music through our recent involvement with a halau here on the mainland. It is with great joy that we listen to his music, but great sadness that we will never know the joy of hearing him live. We take every opportunity to give the gift of his music to our friends and family, that they may share in our joy and admiration. Aloha.
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Name: Ulysses Lopez
Email: TragedyBOX@aol.com
URL:
Date: 7/27/00
Time: 5:21:16 PM
Comments
I am but two days back from Maui, and i miss it like nothing else. On the plane back i must have listened to Facing Future 14 times. I had to fight back the tears when he sang somewhere over the rainbow. Now i find what i suspected all along. Iz died, and I’m sorry i never saw him perform. he will never be forgotten, and if you can see me Iz, know that you have a bruddah here in the mountains of Colorado. May God keep and bless you forever. Much love from Aspen, Ulysses
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Name: Kawikabear Nik Kapono Morton
Email: kawika_kai@yahoo.com
URL: www.hawaiian reef.com
Date: 7/26/00
Time: 7:41:20 AM
Comments
The life and spirit of IZ will always live on through us. The Hawaiian people, we must stick together cuz i nevah no no one else. but da kin skippy as we call Kamakawiwo’ola will always have a place in my soul touched by ones music is the greatest feeling on earth. ALOHA & MAHALOS BRADD’AH UA MAU’KEA’O’KA INA IKA PONO
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Name: christina rene leinaala kaaa
Email: christinarene@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 7/26/00
Time: 6:16:48 AM
Comments
he is truly missed even to this day. let’s keep his memory alive by his music aloha
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Name: Wally Bacio, II.
Email: Walaka@usa.net
URL: http://homepages.go.com/~walaka/walaka.html
Date: 7/25/00
Time: 7:05:50 PM
Comments
Bruddah IZ~ Although you never knew me, through listening to your music, commentary and jokes, I knew you. God blesses individuals with special and unique gifts and talents upon their births. Many people go through life wondering what their purpose on this earth is. You were a truly gifted soul and touched the hearts of not only the people of Hawaii, but also the world. I know that you were taken because your purpose in life was fulfilled. You left us with many great memories and great recordings. Recordings that we will share with future generations. We will miss you, but since this life on this earth is temporary, someday, we will all see you again. Your memory lives on in dis local.
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Name: Donna Hoye
Email: kahuna@power-net.net
URL: www.excite.com
Date: 7/23/00
Time: 12:09:05 PM
Comments
May God bless Iz and his family. I am a hula teacher from Michigan and my daughter danced with my group. I lost her in October 1995. She’s with Iz now making music and dance for God. Thankyou Jesus!
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Name: Lea
Email:
URL:
Date: 7/19/00
Time: 1:23:32 PM
Comments
His music continues to inspire me everyday of my life. It gives me the strength and courage to be self-less and giving and more thoughtful of others. We will always be inspired by his talent, music, and endless aloha. Iz will definitely live forever through his music!!!
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Name: Scott R Lipkin
Email: dvdpal@bellatlantic
URL: www.dvdspalace.com
Date: 7/17/00
Time: 12:27:38 PM
Comments
To a gentle giant . You will be surely be missed around the world. I came to Hawai’i 8 years ago and fell in love with iz way of life . I live in New york but my heart lives Hawai’i. I got married last year in Hawai’i in the back ground we played “n Dis Life”. Your music has touch our lives and soul.

Thank you for entering my life and wish you and your family much love. Aloha, Lipkin family
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Name: Luke Staker
Email: surf0nhigh@aol.com
URL:
Date: 7/17/00
Time: 9:15:11 AM
Comments
I have heard his music and learned about the man, and he will always fill a space in my heart.
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Name: Jamie Marie Ululani Cruz Magsayo
Email: jmags77@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 7/16/00
Time: 8:41:42 PM
Comments
In this life and any life, he will always be a part of all whom his music has touched. I especially will miss “da Man and da Music”. There can be no other like “IZ”….
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Name: Dane Tantay
Email: snookmasta101@aol.com
URL:
Date: 7/16/00
Time: 7:22:48 AM
Comments
Though I left Hawai’i in Jan.97,my heart and soul are still in the islands, and my oldest son is residing in Waianae, My lifestyle when I was there was stictlly Hawaiian Style which included many nights jammin to Makaha Sons, and Brudah Iz. Even though it has been 3years, I have only found this opportunity to send my condolences to his ohana.Forever his memory will live through his music. Aloha hui hou…..Brudah Dane.
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Name: Bryan Laird
Email: ewok@qwestinternet.net
URL:
Date: 7/15/00
Time: 7:59:17 PM
Comments
I first heard his music from “Meet Joe Black” it saddens me much too learn that he passed before I ever heard of him. As they say , the good die young. Maybe if I live right, I’ll meet him in the afterlife. I hope so.
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Name: Justin Brown
Email: justintudulu@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 7/15/00
Time: 10:37:11 AM
Comments
Aloha,

Iz truely had a special gift of spreading his Aloha spirit I feel it every time I listen to his music. Wind beneath my wings/ He Hawai’i Au touches me every time I hear it, cause it talks about a man who has to leave his home Hawai’i, enenthough his soul and heart will always be in hawai’i and he could never turn his back on it, this is my exact position. I hope one day I can go home and study Hawaiian studies and help the Hawaiian people. Rest in peace Bruddah IZ you truely are the man!

Mahalos for hearin me out!
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Name: ted farrant
Email: tfarrant@telusplanet.net
URL:
Date: 7/13/00
Time: 3:39:42 PM
Comments
Has given me manny hours of enjoyment.
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Name: Andy Barlo
Email: elkeryan@aol.com
URL:
Date: 7/13/00
Time: 3:29:08 AM
Comments
Thanks for your contribution to Hawaiian music lovers. You will be missed for a long time to come. Aloha.
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Name: Tim
Email: fishexpo@aol.com
URL:
Date: 7/12/00
Time: 8:25:33 PM
Comments
I bought my first disc of IZ on this month’s trip to the Big Island. It’s his concert disc. I haven’t had music rip through me like this before. His positive message is something that goes overlooked way too often.
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Name: Ipo
Email:
URL:
Date: 7/12/00
Time: 10:09:20 AM
Comments
Braddah IZ was da Best Hawaiian singa in his time. Why do all da good ones got ta go?
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Name: T. Quiamzon
Email: rontraq@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 7/11/00
Time: 9:54:50 PM
Comments
Bruddah IZ will always be remembered as a beautiful man with a loving heart. When my husband and I moved from Hawaii to Colorado in 1994, we brought along all of his cd’s and played it where ever we went. People were always interested in who that was with the most beautiful voice that they have ever heard. We moved back home in 1997 to await the birth of our 1st daughter. On June 26, 1997 my husband and I were celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary, and we heard over the radio that Iz had passed away that morning. That day will always be in our minds and Iz will always be in our heart.
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Name: Larry Hutchens
Email: hutchens2@excite.com
URL:
Date: 7/10/00
Time: 10:39:48 AM
Comments
Heard some of the music on NPR and was enchanted. Just ordered a CD on Amazaon.com… Any better sources?

Nice page.

Thanks.

Larry
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Name: Guy St. Clair
Email: fourbyguy@ssn.com
URL:
Date: 7/10/00
Time: 9:49:03 AM
Comments
Words cannot express how his music effected life but I will try: I just returned from Kona Where my sister-in-law lives and she was playing a CD of Israel on the way from the airport the song was “Hawaii 78” and for the next to weeks all I listened to “Facing Future” & “E Ala E” CDs. God has tuely bless him with a gentle and soothing voice. Music like that can only come from the heart, it gives me a peace in my soul. I never knew him personally, but to listen to his music is to know him. He is truly my “bruddah Iz”. Through hes music I see the real pride of Hawaii and it’s people. Though he was a big man, I can’t help but think that it was his heart and soul that was so big that his body could no longer contain it. Through his music he will live forever. Thank you for giving me a new look on life and family and to slow down and enjoy life. God Bless Iz and his Family
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Name: Johanna Rude
Email: kuuleialoha38@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 7/7/00
Time: 8:25:18 AM
Comments
He is has the biggest heart. I never had a chanc to see him in concert. But iv’e heard his music and Love him dearly!! I beleive he brought the us hawaiian people together through his music. He insipred me to never give up and to always keep going!!! For That I wanna say thank you to him. I LOVE U* BRUDDUH IZ He is the greatest Hawaiian singer ever!!!!
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Name: Taryn Bazzano
Email: rbazzan1@midsouth.rr.com
URL:
Date: 7/1/00
Time: 8:16:39 PM
Comments
I have missed him greatly.
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Name: KePaNi BoY
Email: IaKoNa6173317@aol.com
URL:
Date: 6/29/00
Time: 5:32:33 PM
Comments
Wasup Iz! U da man! u goin live forevea in our hearts!
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Name: Pupule Wahine
Email: hawaiianmofo@hotmail.com
URL: <NoNe>
Date: 6/26/00
Time: 7:30:11 PM
Comments
Israel wus a good man. He has beautiful music. TOo bad he couldnt make more songs. Me and ma frens will me him so MUCH. Though I am still young (13) he was cool! 🙂
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Name: D. Kaipo Hanakeawe
Email: kaipo@dotplanet.net
URL: www.kaipo.bigsmart.com
Date: 6/24/00
Time: 6:53:22 PM
Comments
Bruddah IZ, You are a magnificent figure and example of an artist. Your music will live on til the day our Lord decides that we have done enough destruction to this paradise he created for us. You are a stunning example of how one man can his talent and touch the entire World. I often wonder how it would feel to know that what you have done in your life, all your accomplishments, and all your inspiring words, have affected an entire World. I might never know how that feels. But you, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, have definitely done just that. Your gifts, shared with us will leave an everlasting mark on each and every person’s heart and mind who would be so lucky, to be blessed by your aloha thru song. I have always looked up to you as a fellow musician, and as a soldier for the Lord. The Lord has blessed your life through adversity, and will continue to bless the lives of those closest to you. You have done your work here, and now it is your turn to rest in the true paradise that awaits us all who truly believe.

Me Ke Aloha Pumehana
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Name: Tony (Akoni) Beal
Email: silentknigh02@ccnmail.com
URL: Workin’ on it….
Date: 6/24/00
Time: 1:59:14 PM
Comments
I wish I had met Braddah Iz. I am Hawaiian by heart and his music takes me to the islands whenever I listen to it.
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Name: David McGimpsey
Email: davemcgimpsey@earthlink.net
URL:
Date: 6/20/00
Time: 7:26:45 PM
Comments
Iz’s music inspires me, makes me laugh, comforts me when I feel anxious & too caught-up in petty things,

I live in a cold Canadian city but his music made last winter feel shorter

aloha
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Name: Dolores Reid
Email: HTGranny@aol.com
URL:
Date: 6/20/00
Time: 5:18:45 AM
Comments
The most beautiful voice I ever heard. Made me wish I was born a Hawaiian.
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Name: Susan A. Kobayashi
Email: kobayashs001@hawaii.rr.com
URL:
Date: 6/19/00
Time: 11:25:32 PM
Comments
I love his music.
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Name: Kevin Milar
Email: braddahkev@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 6/18/00
Time: 2:56:13 PM
Comments
I from Hilo but now live in Ohio. One morning when I called my dad on the phone and he told me what happened with bruddah IZ, it brought me to some tears. For so long listening to his music and growing up on his music it was a tragedy for Hawaii to lose a man on pride of the hawaiians and the hawaiians at heart. He hated no one. He taught me how to live life to the fullest and never forget where I came from. I remember in 1995 he was in Hilo at the crown room and we had a blast, best hawaiian concert ever been too. Anyway IZ was the man and I think there will never be another Hawaiian like him. If it wasn’t for IZ I wouldn’t know how to live being away from Hawaii. We love you Bruddah IZ and you will never be forgotten. Aloha Brah
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Name: Jennifer Valentine
Email: stargaze@ncn.net
URL:
Date: 6/16/00
Time: 4:14:12 PM
Comments
With the coming of the 3rd Anniversary of Bruddah Iz’s passing, we must take a moment and remember the gentleness this man bestowed upon the people of Hawaii.

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole is truly missed by many people. My husband and I use to live in Waianae, HI but now we live in Laurens, Iowa. But we still listen to great Hawaiian Music especially Bruddah Iz’s music. We miss Hawaii very much, we especially miss the Hawaiian people we were friends with. Each year on the anniversary of Iz’s passing we always play his music throughout the day. That way Bruddah Iz will remain in our hearts.

Much Aloha to the memory of Bruddah Iz and the aloha of his family who miss him dearly,

The Valentine Family of Laurens, IA
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Name: Tino Pereira
Email: tinop@worldnet.att.net
URL:
Date: 6/16/00
Time: 1:40:11 PM
Comments
Neither he nor his music will be forgotten
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Name: Mara 
Email: acharacter@msn.com
URL:
Date: 6/16/00
Time: 11:39:21 AM
Comments
You are a beautiful man who made beautiful music – Your music and essence live on and continue to touch our lives. Love and peace for all.
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Name: David Greenbaum
Email: dse3@msn.com
URL:
Date: 6/16/00
Time: 6:57:57 AM
Comments
I cannot say that I knew anything about Mr. Kamakawiwo’ole or that I am familliar with the music of Hawaii. I came to here him on our Community Radio station KXCI in Tucson after his passing.

But the beauty of a spirit and a voice is something that can be immediately taken into a heart when it is heard. Even as I write this I am moved to tears by just remembering such clarity of voice. My wife, knowing of how moved I have been by that voice ordered one of IZ’s CDs for me. It came yesterday and its music has filled our house since it arrived. It is like a wonderful light.

Thank you for taking time to read my thoughts. David
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Name: Kanoa
Email:
URL:
Date: 6/16/00
Time: 6:51:16 AM
Comments
I wish I found this site sooner. Bruddah Iz, I miss you. You will live forever in your music and the hearts of all who hear it. Fly Free Bruddah…
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Name: Joshua Farias
Email: jkane@dfw.com
URL:
Date: 6/16/00
Time: 4:42:32 AM
Comments
I write this to remember Iz and my father(Les) who past 4 years this past April. Iz was a big part of his life and it lives through me now. Iz’s music made my dad feel good we pleyed it for him in the ICU before he pasted. Though they are both gone now it makes me feel good to remember the times they laughed together. Now they laugh together in a much better place. Aloha
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Name: Pi’i
Email: piimaikalani@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 6/14/00
Time: 2:42:05 AM
Comments
Israel, (…For Marlene & Wehe) This world spins so fast here in paradise…how i wish i had the chance to tell you the depth and impact you’ve had on your (Hawaiian) people when the world spun too fast. Giving us a “free ride” back to the past and into the present. Your music comforted us, told the story about us, voiced our thoughts and emotions. When we got lost, you’d take us back to where we first began, finding our way into the present… In a big way, your voice thru music blanketed us thru many personal hardships. You made us unashamed of being who we are, a loving & humble people of great character & strength, and gave our children a greater love and respect for themselves. Now they all wanna be as beautiful as you. 3 years and we still cry. Miss you. Hawai’i’s Beloved Native Son. ~Peace.
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Name: Terry Beckhelm
Email: tbe@sandag.org
URL: www.sandag.org
Date: 6/12/00
Time: 10:24:59 AM
Comments
I thought that I loved Hawaii before hearing IZ, but nothing makes me miss Hawaii more than hearing “MehaMeha/White Sandy Beach” by Makaha Sons with Iz on vocal. My wife and I have worn out “Facing Future” listening to Hawaii 78, and I defy anyone to listen to E Ala E or Wind Under My Wings and not feel what he felt. In any music genre, it is rare that one performer can move so many with simple sounds and lyrics.
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Name: Lee Vincent
Email:
URL: Lee Vincent Photography
Date: 6/10/00
Time: 10:55:10 AM
Comments
ALOHO IZ! http://community-1.webtv.net/lmarrama/leevincent
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Name: Lee V. Marrama
Email: leevboy@email.msn.com
URL: http://community-1.webtv.net/lmarrama/leevincent
Date: 6/10/00
Time: 10:43:54 AM
Comments
I’M SO SADDENED BY BRUDDAH IZ’S PASSING! TO ME HE WAS THE SOUND OF OAHU! THE AND THE SOUND OF HAWAII! WHENEVER I LAND, OR TAKE OFF FROM THE ISLAND. HIS MUSIC IS PLAYING IN MY HEAD! ALOHA IZ! I KNOW YOU ARE OVER THE RAINBOW!YOU MADE THIS A “WONDERFUL WORLD” LOVE LEE! “MAHALO!”
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Name: Bonnie
Email: bon_s1@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 6/10/00
Time: 9:20:46 AM
Comments
I’d like to give my condolences to Marlene and her daughter and I’z Ohana.He has been a big inspiration to all hawaii and beyond.I first had the opportunity to meet bruddah I’z in Kona.I think it was in the early 70’s when they played at the King Kamehameha Hotel.My girlfriend is a personal friend of theirs and Abraham at that time.She jusst moved to Kona from Waimanalo and we became very good friends. Anyway her name was Candy Jones. I must say I think that was the first time I’ve ever seen a live band in my life.Skippy had a big impact on everyone also.Well like everyone knows,there will never been music heard again like I’z.So I am very lucky to have met him and he will always be remembered to all of us.In Dis Life hits me right there everytime I hear it,my father passed away 3 days before Iz and at the time of his death this song was playing, till this very day tears all the time when I hear it.I wish you all the blessings and strength the good lord has in store for each and everyone of us.
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Name: brett van
Email: vesp33@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 6/1/00
Time: 9:30:42 PM
Comments
thank you for so much so much i cant tell
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Name: Pete Olinger
Email: peteolinger@mediaone.net
URL:
Date: 5/31/00
Time: 3:52:44 PM
Comments
While on a cruise of the Islands in ’97 kept catching parts of a haunting song over the ship’s sound system, day and night. Finaly asked a crew member ‘who just sang that last song?’ Thought I meant a different song and gave me another’s name. Disappointed (not with who I discovered) but started my love of Hawai’ian music and a three year search for the unknown song. This past week I returned, heard the song again and found my Hawai’i 78. But learned of Iz’s passing. Starting to read about Israel and listening to more of his gift. Sites like this say a lot more than I can.
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Name: Robert
Email: rkeeme@uswest.net
URL:
Date: 5/28/00
Time: 9:55:52 AM
Comments
I never heard the music before the commercial for etoys… I thought what a cool tune…. then I got the song and my spirit was lifted and all I could do was stare at the walls… This man was an angel and is still reaching our hearts… I wish I had known of him before.. I feel sad that I did not.
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Name: Mary Young
Email: myoung@ns.gemlink.com
URL:
Date: 5/28/00
Time: 5:33:26 AM
Comments
Beautiful person, beautiful gift of music, a spirit that still goes on through his words and music.
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Name: Meg Hectus
Email: megster7@webtv.net
URL:
Date: 5/27/00
Time: 1:31:59 AM
Comments
I just returned from my first trip to Hawaii (Maui) and Israel’s music was recommended to me. I have two cd’s and play them constantly. I feel a saddness at not knowing Israel personally but deeply feel his presence through his hauntingly beautiful music. I also ordered IZ-the Man and His Music (video) and was so happy to be able to see him perform his beautiful music. He seems to have been very spiritual and I loved his messages to the youth of Hawaii and the world. We were very fortunate to have this beautiful man in our world.

Mahalo
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Name: Chuck Miller
Email: ChuckMiller2000@hotmail.com
URL: www.Charlies_Place.homestead/main.html
Date: 5/25/00
Time: 10:52:39 PM
Comments
A man with a voice of an angel is gone but not forgotten. I first heard Bruddah IZ’s music in 1992 on my first visit to the big island and was in awe. Although I was never fortunate to see him perform live, I have come to love his music and the message of brotherhood that IZ delivered. There is not a day that goes by that I do not play one of his songs to lift my spirit higher. Such is the music of this Hawaiin Superman. I hope to meet him in a better place. Laters Brah!

5/24/00
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Name: Lokahi Waldron
Email: hawaiian_pimp14@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 5/21/00
Time: 3:57:39 PM
Comments
brudda iz smoked a lotta bomb but hes still in my mind
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Name: Kanaina Kennedy
Email: KennieK@AOL.co
URL:
Date: 5/21/00
Time: 10:56:38 AM
Comments
Though He gone to a beter place, Hawaii and the world morn that we will never hear IZ’s best music as he left us to soon. To soon but his music and his message will live on for as long there people walk tall in pride of who they are and look to his dream of seeing a time when all men are equal and can live in a “Sovereign Land”.

Aloha and Mahalo Nui, Brother Israel
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Name: Puakea
Email: gldecasa@gte.net
URL:
Date: 5/20/00
Time: 4:48:39 PM
Comments
Bradda Iz wuz the greatest and favorite of all musicians to me. His music was all meaningful and his voice just standed out above everyone else. I’ve collected everyone of his cd’s and cassettes he ever made. I will always treasure them and when I need some real music to listen to. He will always be around for me to plug in and listen to. He is truly missed not only by me but, I know by alot of other sista’s and bradda’s all around the world. Thank goodness for the computer world he will never be forgotten. A Hui Hou Malamapono………….Aloha
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Name: Jim Rowland
Email: jimandjoch@cs.com
URL: none
Date: 5/20/00
Time: 4:33:35 PM
Comments
While on another trip to Hawai’i (Big Island), I happened to run across Brudda IZ’s album “N Dis Life” I was there attending the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo(my 3rd time). When I got back to the mainland, I put the tape on me car cassette and played it. It was magic…….never have I heard such sweet music from this special man. It brought tears to my eyes, especially the song “N Dis Life”. I could tell right away that he was a special person. I am sorry to hear that IZ is no longer with us, but I have found this web site, and will go back to it on many occasions. I know it has been 3 years since IZ’s passing, but I am sure he has joined the heavenly chorus and is singing to God. My heartfelt coondolences on IZ’s passing. I am just sorry that I never had the opportunity to see him in concet.

God bless you, his o’hana and friends.

Most Sincerely,

JIOM ROWLAND
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Name: Puakea DeCasa
Email: gldecasa@gte.net
URL:
Date: 5/20/00
Time: 4:21:45 PM
Comments
Bradda Iz wuz the greatest and favorite of all musicians to me. His music was all meaningful and his voice just standed out above everyone else. I’ve collected everyone of his cd’s and cassettes he ever made. I will always treasure them and when I need some real music to listen to. He will always be around for me to plug in and listen to. He is truly missed not only by me but, I know by alot of other sista’s and bradda’s all around the world. Thank goodness for the computer world he will never be forgotten. A Hui Hou Malamapono………….Aloha
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Name: Carol
Email:
URL:
Date: 5/20/00
Time: 8:07:51 AM
Comments
My thoughts and prayers are with IZ’s family today. I heard IZ’s music for the first time several months ago. Since then I have been really hearing his message. It has touched me deeply and helps me to remember what is most important in life.
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Name: JOAN -JUN YOUN HEE
Email: ika777@hanmail.net
URL:
Date: 5/17/00
Time: 9:56:45 PM
Comments
I love his voice. And I want to his voice,his sprit
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Name: Noel Saturay
Email: nsaturay@action-performance.com
URL:
Date: 5/15/00
Time: 5:38:17 PM
Comments
Today my fiance bought IZ Facing Future. Today I discover the man behind such an awesome and wonderful voice. Today I studied the man behind the rich, pure, and rare talent. Today I have new favorite artist. Today I’m sad to discover his obiturary
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Name: wendice soto
Email: lehua00@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 5/15/00
Time: 10:35:53 AM
Comments
i am doing a paper on iz’s life for school.. and i just stopped by to pay my respects to iz and his family… he really touched me and my family also… i really like finding out a lot of stuff on iz.. since i didn’t know that much about him only his music…..well take care & god b
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Name: Cindy “Sista Ku’u’ipo” Bacus
Email: CindyKuuipo@cs.com
URL:
Date: 5/14/00
Time: 7:23:20 PM
Comments
Braddah IZ has been a strong influence in the lives of so many people… of all ages. When I speak to people, they speak of IZ as part of their ‘ohana. How beautiful a tribute. Everyone feels he or she is related on some level, and it doesn’t matter.. most of them aren’t Hawaiian! He just had that way about him. When he spoke of “malama da ‘aina”, “malama your ‘ohana”, “malama each other”, and “remember, it’s because of God that we are here, he makes it all possible”….. everyone could relate. He was someone who spoke from experience right to the pu’uwai of others. He gained respect, honor and pride of his peers and fans, near and far. Bruddah IZ, we miss your presence. We continue to sing your songs in your honor at our kanikapilas, here in Central Coast California. Oli, Ola, a me Kealoha a Mau Loa.
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Name: Robert Cabana
Email: cabana2000@home.com
URL: straightnwicked.com
Date: 5/11/00
Time: 7:05:18 AM
Comments
I visited Hawaii last October. While in Hilo Hattie’s I Listen to Bruddah IZ live cd. It took my breath away. I play the cd everyday and it relaxes my spirit. I live in Ottawa Ontario Canada and I own a clothing store that features clothing and other items from Hawaii. Customers love his music and have asked for recordings. I would like to introduce his music to Canada, who do I need to contact to purchase titles

Mahalo from Canada
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Name: Dr Bob Davies
Email: davieshrink@netscapeonline.co.uk
URL:
Date: 5/9/00
Time: 1:29:28 PM
Comments
What can I say as a haole from the UK? His CDs take me back to Hawai’i over and over again and bring an unequalled sense of joy. I hope I will be understood when I try to say ‘Aloha, me mahalo nui loa”
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Name: susan
Email: tickledpink444@aol.com
URL:
Date: 5/9/00
Time: 11:23:35 AM
Comments
afraid found out about this fellow a little to late!!! love him anyway…thanks for some beuatiful music..
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Name: Robert Hall
Email: barbnbob@futureone.com
URL:
Date: 5/8/00
Time: 8:48:24 AM
Comments
Enjoy his music.It tells all about Hawaii
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Name: Sarah McCaughey
Email: wamsmc@aol.com
URL:
Date: 5/4/00
Time: 6:09:32 PM
Comments
Having moved from Molokai I often listen to Bruddah Iz’s music when I am feeling nostalgic and missing the islands. He had a beautiful voice, a great talent, and he will not be forgotten!
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Name: Ambrosia
Email: duckidust@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 5/4/00
Time: 4:59:24 PM
Comments
IZ is awesome. May the music he put forth never die.
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Name: Roberta C. McDermott
Email: opulepule@webtv.net
URL:
Date: 5/4/00
Time: 1:15:46 PM
Comments
Iz-is! And always will be! Aloha & Mahalo, Lopeka & Keoni
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Name: Satoko Okada
Email: wave-hj@ratspack.com
URL:
Date: 5/1/00
Time: 1:51:50 AM
Comments
I’m working at the company named Ratspack Records Co.,Ltd. We have been imported Hawaiian Music CDs past over ten years, of course including IZ.I love him and his music so much.We also issue a magagine about Hawaiian Music and Hula.I would like to introduce this site on our issue. Mahalo!
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Name: Puinsai
Email:
URL:
Date: 4/27/00
Time: 9:14:31 PM
Comments
Bruddah IZ is an inspiration to us all. Like any other person, IZ was not perfect. But it was impossible not to fall in love with everything he represented. His voice and the music he created is unquestioned, yet it was everything else about him that made us love him. Although he is no longer with us, his music and legend will live on forever. Just want to let him know, we luv u IZ.
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Name: Connie Lee
Email: chlee@cyberterails.com
URL:
Date: 4/26/00
Time: 8:21:46 PM
Comments
I was in Hawaii in March 2000 and bought thes CD “N DIS LIFE”. I listen to this wonderful music very often—it is soothing, happy, and joyful. I will see IZ in heaven and hear him sing there!
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Name: Danielle Ompad
Email: dompad@jhsph.edu
URL:
Date: 4/26/00
Time: 12:06:12 PM
Comments
I never knew you personally, but my Auntie Inday lived 3 housesd own from you. You used to play and sing for my little cousins, and even sang “Happy Birthday” to Nikki. To this day, whenever I listen to your music, wherever I am, I think of the little cul de sac where I lived in Halawa Valley. I remember my Auntie, who has since passed away. I remember Mr. Hanakai. And the smell of the guava tree and the gardenia bush. With your music, I am never far from home. You have preserved the memories for me. I can only hope that your family knows what you have given to the rest of us.

Mahalo nui loa

Danielle
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Name: Karlene & Dickey Boy
Email: makahagirl@mailcity.com
URL:
Date: 4/24/00
Time: 10:15:07 AM
Comments
My gratitude and aloha to your music. I remember you when I first met you in 1978 at Hanks Place with Uncle Leslie Aki, Dickey and Kimo. Partying out side during half time at Hanks Place. That was a special moment meeting a special person like you. The last time I saw you was at China’s surf meet, I shook your hand. You Mel Amina and Gaylord Holomalia were playing Hawaiian superman we were rocking with the crowd. It was an honor to see you performing live. Much Mahalo, and Aloha, to the Ohana. Dickey Boy

I was very touched at the burial at Makua. I will always remember your music and the wonderful things you did in the community. May God Bless you and your Ohana. Aloha Wau ie ou, Karlene
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Name: Karlene & Dickey Boy
Email: makahagirl@mailcity.com
URL:
Date: 4/24/00
Time: 10:15:02 AM
Comments
My gratitude and aloha to your music. I remember you when I first met you in 1978 at Hanks Place with Uncle Leslie Aki, Dickey and Kimo. Partying out side during half time at Hanks Place. That was a special moment meeting a special person like you. The last time I saw you was at China’s surf meet, I shook your hand. You Mel Amina and Gaylord Holomalia were playing Hawaiian superman we were rocking with the crowd. It was an honor to see you performing live. Much Mahalo, and Aloha, to the Ohana. Dickey Boy

I was very touched at the burial at Makua. I will always remember your music and the wonderful things you did in the community. May God Bless you and your Ohana. Aloha Wau ie ou, Karlene
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Name: Rochelle Santiago
Email: localricansgirl@aol.com
URL:
Date: 4/22/00
Time: 10:47:25 PM
Comments
I loved Israel Kamakawiwoole’s music very much. Especially, N Dis Life…
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Name: Wayne Rawlins
Email: wrawlins@teleport.com
URL:
Date: 4/21/00
Time: 10:08:41 AM
Comments
Just a white guy who enjoyed his work in Facing Future. Best of all to his family.
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Name: John Hier
Email: jhier@cgocable.net
URL:
Date: 4/21/00
Time: 8:37:20 AM
Comments
taken too soon
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Name: phillip matuszak
Email: pjinc@peoplepc.com
URL:
Date: 4/16/00
Time: 8:11:01 PM
Comments
A GIANT OF A MAN IN ALL WAYS AND A LEGEND ,HIS BEAUTIFUL VOICE AND MUSIC WILL BE SORELY MISSED BY ALL.WHEN I THINK OF HAWAII I THINK OF HIM .TO ME HE IS THE ESSENCE OF HAWAII. THE REAL HAWAII. I WISH I HAD ALL OF HIS SOLO ALBUMS MY CONDOLANCES BELATEDLY TO HIS FAMILY. SINCERELY PHIL MATUSZAK
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Name: Karen Oliver
Email: oliverkaren@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 4/16/00
Time: 1:29:38 PM
Comments
I love Israel’s music. On our last trip to Kauai (1998), we first heard his music while on a helecopter tour of the island and fell in love with it. We purchased two CDs and everytime I play them, it reminds me of our wonderful vacation.
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Name: LUPUAMAILANILANAMALIEIKAILIOKEKAHAWAI   PAISHON
Email: PUAGRL808@AOL.COM
URL:
Date: 4/14/00
Time: 6:48:07 AM
Comments
ALOHAZ WELL IVE BIN IN HEA B4 LIKE 1 YEAR AGO AND GLAD TO SEE DAT PEPO STILL BEIN INTRODUCED 2 IZ’S MUSIC. ITS BIN ALMOST 3 YEARS AND I STILL THINK OF HIM AND STILL CRY WHEN I PLAY HIS MUSIC. IM HAWAIIAN AND PROUD. THRU BRADDAH IZ I REALIZE DAT US HAWAIIANS NEED TO E ALA E AND GET WHAT WE DESERVE OUR AINA! ITS FUNNY CUZ MY DAD USED TO JAM WITH HIM AT SKOO WHEN DEY WAS YOUNGAH AND HE TOLD ME ALL DA STORIES LIKE HOW DEY USED 2 ROLL DA PIANO IN 2 DA BATHROOM AND JUS KANIKAPILA MY DAD LOST CONTACT WOTH HIM WHEN HE MOVED TO DA NORTH SHORE NAD NOT REGRETZ IT BUT HE STILL GET ALL DA MEMORIES AFTAH BRADDAH IZ WEN PASS MY UNCLE KANAK WEN PASS MY UNCLE KANAK WAS IZ’S CUZIN AND I THINK MY UNCLE WEN DIE OF BROKEN HEART BUT DEY JAMMIN IN HEAVEN NOW WELL MAKE STORY LONG I GREW UP KNOWIN HIM FROM ALL DA STORIES BUT NEVAH GOT TO MEET HIM WELL BRUDDAH IZ ALOHA WAU IA OE NUI AND MISS U DEARLY UR MUSIC WILL LIVE 4 EVAH…U FLYIN… WELL MALAMA PONO AND LOVE TO HIS OHANA WE GONNA MAKE IT… HAWAIIAN GRL PUA
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Name: Pio & William
Email: Kahuli Apo@aol.com
URL:
Date: 4/13/00
Time: 2:00:21 AM
Comments
Aloha IZ. We all miss you very much. You have touced our hearts and we will never forget you. Thanks for all the good times. Give my love to Leinani. Please tell her I miss her very much and I know she is still with us in spirit. Please give my baby girl a BIG HUG & KISS from me. I know she is in better place. Much love to Marlene, Wehe and Baby. We will keep you all close to our hearts.

Me Ke Aloha Pau’ole;

Pio & William Kahuli & Apo ‘Ohana
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Name: Pio & William
Email: Kahuli Apo@aol.com
URL:
Date: 4/13/00
Time: 2:00:17 AM
Comments
Aloha IZ. We all miss you very much. You have touced our hearts and we will never forget you. Thanks for all the good times. Give my love to Leinani. Please tell her I miss her very much and I know she is still with us in spirit. Please give my baby girl a BIG HUG & KISS from me. I know she is in better place. Much love to Marlene, Wehe and Baby. We will keep you all close to our hearts.

Me Ke Aloha Pau’ole;

Pio & William Kahuli & Apo ‘Ohana
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Name: Sophorn Try
Email: Stank Bum_99@Dot. com./
URL: http//www.yahoo.com.//
Date: 4/12/00
Time: 3:25:06 AM
Comments
This is the true story Huh?????
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Name: ken and nani nacua
Email: knn@hgea.org
URL:
Date: 4/10/00
Time: 3:10:48 PM
Comments
We both miss and love you bradda IZ
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Name: ken and nani nacua
Email: knn@hgea.org
URL:
Date: 4/10/00
Time: 3:10:44 PM
Comments
We both miss and love you bradda IZ
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Name: howard tanaka
Email: hntanaka@aol.com
URL:
Date: 4/10/00
Time: 11:49:05 AM
Comments
You Iz and always will be da best brah. You da kine dat come around only once in a lifetime and I am glad you came around during mine. Mahalo for all the most beautiful music thru da years.
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Name: Günther Roppele
Email: mithra@aon.at
URL:
Date: 4/10/00
Time: 9:06:05 AM
Comments
Thank you for keeping the memory of Bruddah Iz alive -his music touched me very deep in my heart and was one of my reasons to visit Hawaii. In love an respect for the hawaiian culture and the people of Hawaii

Günther
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Name: cal imahara
Email: calvin3103@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 4/9/00
Time: 12:05:40 PM
Comments
BRUDDAH IZ LIVES ON
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Name: cal imahara
Email: calvin3103@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 4/9/00
Time: 11:49:51 AM
Comments
BRUDDAH IZ LIVES ON
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Name: Tony & Nevada Basile
Email: hulagirl_68@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 4/9/00
Time: 7:11:28 AM
Comments
Our love for Hawaii and our love for Bruddah Iz are inter- twined, it is one and the same. We are, as Bruddah Iz acknowledged, “Hawaiians at Heart” and it is in our hearts where lies his music and our memories of him. They are carved there forever. We miss him as part of our family and are grateful that his music and his view of life has come into ours. Aloha nui loa, Tony~Nevada
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Name: kanani snyder
Email: kananisnyder@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 4/7/00
Time: 3:04:22 PM
Comments
My condolences to the kamakawiwoole family.I just found this website today April 7,2000. I love Braddah Iz’s music, I was born and raised in Waianae, Hawaii and grew up with the music of the Makaha sons of Niihau. Iz will live on through his music. I am now living in Tillamook, Oregon and i only listen to braddah iz’s music. We love you iz.
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Name: LABY MARIE
Email: malia_vakauta@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 4/7/00
Time: 9:58:54 AM
Comments
MAY HIS MUSIC LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF HAWAII AND REMAIN A LEGEND….REST IN PEACE!!…BRUDDAH IZ!!!!
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Name: KAHELEMAUNA  KAMOKU III
Email:
URL:
Date: 4/6/00
Time: 11:40:05 AM
Comments
DIS IS DA MAN NO MATER WHAT ANYONE SAYS HIS DA HEART,SOUL AND DA SPIRIT AROUND HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

MAHALO……. KAMOKU OHANA…….
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Name: nick
Email:
URL:
Date: 4/1/00
Time: 11:40:24 AM
Comments
My wife and I were waiting to take a heliocopter ride on the Big Island and while we waited, the tour company played his video. Both of us were in awe,as he expressed through his music why Hawaii continues to call us back. I was told that day he passed away in 1997. Sad, but he is with his family now and he left his music as his legacy for all to enjoy.
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Name: ANNETTE (KUIKAHI) LEONG KIM
Email:
URL:
Date: 3/29/00
Time: 1:32:44 PM
Comments
LOVE HIS MUSIC!!!
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Name: michael cook
Email: m_cook@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 3/29/00
Time: 11:36:12 AM
Comments
I am new to his music, but it has touched me deeply. I will spread the word.
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Name: Scott “Koka” Mason
Email: tropicalscott@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 3/28/00
Time: 4:38:51 PM
Comments
Aloha, I have never been as touched in my life by music as I was by that of Bruddah IZ. I was at the funeral viewing in Waikiki and the look as he lay in the casket will last a life time for me. When I was se;ected to sail on the Holuleia from Haleiwa to Waianae I could only feel the mana of the Bruddah. He touched me deeply, and forever. I miss him. Warmest Aloha, Koka Mason
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Name: Milton & Anna M. Kealoha
Email: mamk@gte.net
URL:
Date: 3/27/00
Time: 3:03:41 PM
Comments
Hawaiian!
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Name: Ben Akiu
Email: coldpackforlife@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 3/27/00
Time: 11:05:13 AM
Comments
Aloha, my name is ben and i am very fourtunateto have met Isreal in person. it was an honor for me to have met him. my family known him for many years and even my brother, who he goes to school with Isreals daughter ever since preschool days. it was a very great loss to me and the people of hawaii to have such a young man as Isreal pass on before us. at the viewing they had at borthwicks, it was a very touching moment for me as hundreds of people walk in line to pay their last respects to a man that pretty much what hawaii was all about. now, he has been reunited with his brother and all of the other hawaiian entertainers that past on before him. i know god must be enjoying it right now cuz all of the greatest hawaiian musicians is jamming up there. Braddah Iz, we miss you alot.

A hui hou,

The Akiu Ohana
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Name: Zachary keale
Email: sydoro@worldnet.att.net
URL: sorry dont have one.
Date: 3/25/00
Time: 5:56:35 PM
Comments
Eh waz up cuz, Its me your nephew you never got a chance to meet me but I got to plenty of tims I am Andrews son And your my great cousin. Congratulations on youre cd it was a great cd and, for forfilling your dream. Mahalo, Zachary keale
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Name: Michelle Molé
Email: Michellemole@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 3/24/00
Time: 4:02:32 PM
Comments
Beautiful music from a beautiful person. Thank you for keeping his memory and his music alive on this site without the commercialization. Aloha.
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Name: Carissa
Email: kapueokahonu@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 3/23/00
Time: 7:14:44 PM
Comments
Mahalo ke Akua for IZ..for his wisdom..his music..his mana’o & mos of all for keeping allus Hawaiians real…Every time I visit Makua, I remember that awesome day…the beach jam pack..traffic everywhea..and da Aloha..see you on da Westside..We miss you…E Ala E
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Name: Honey Girl & 67
Email:
URL:
Date: 3/23/00
Time: 11:54:04 AM
Comments
IZ was a great man, his soul was all about hawaiian music and his heart was all loving…..Im very sad that he passed away, and I know that he has touched a lot of people, cause Im one of them. I know IZ will live on……..

Bradduh IZ was a had a great, loving, and caring voice that reached out to a lot of people that were in need of someone to lift their spirit. I also loved and enjoyed his fantastic,wonderful songs.
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Name: aka
Email: artinsaipan
URL:
Date: 3/21/00
Time: 6:10:02 PM
Comments
Want to know about Israel Kamakawiwo’ole? Know thisF @@ @@ @IZ is a synonym for LOVE and ALOHA.
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Name: Lewis Kaulana Banner
Email: kaulana@pdxrox.com
URL:
Date: 3/21/00
Time: 4:07:09 PM
Comments
From the moment I heard Israel’s music, something touched my heart and I have never been able to stop the emotions that pour from me and my music when I hear his voice. I am a native hawaiian live on the mainland and everytime I heard his voice, I cried for being away from home. To his o’hano, I offer my condolences from the bottom of my heart. As Isarel said “I hope the music touches you.” ” When you have loved one, go away far, ya miss um.” I will miss him forever but his music lives on through all of us. I will be singing his songs unitl the day I die. Goodbye Bruddah, I’ll see you again Aloha Lewis Kaulana Banner
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Name: shawn maloata
Email: hamostylz@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 3/20/00
Time: 9:05:23 AM
Comments
THANKS FOR HIS GODS GIFT AND ALOFAS
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Name: Panoramics 3D
Email: mlorenzo@altogallego.com
URL: http://www.altogallego.com
Date: 3/19/00
Time: 3:22:52 PM
Comments
yael,congratulations
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Name: Thomas Wolfrum
Email: twolfrum@divcoach.com
URL:
Date: 3/19/00
Time: 1:27:32 PM
Comments
Bruddah IZ, family, and friends, IZ continues to “touch” and influence many people. I will be thankful my entire life for IZ’s voice, music, and philosophy. He helps me everyday to remember living and dying are about breaking down barriers between people. (I found his music in a very unlikely place at a very unlikely time… a visit to a hotel gift shop on my very first visit to Hawaii.) Remarkable because it took me 53 years to get to Hawaii. Thanks to IZ I’ll be back this year (2000) again to take in the spirituality of the islands and IZ. Aloha and Mahalo
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Name: Carol
Email:
URL:
Date: 3/18/00
Time: 3:16:14 PM
Comments
I have been sitting here trying to put into words the impact of hearing Iz for the first time. I am touched. I am hooked. Thank you, Iz. You have been heard. I wish I heard you sooner.
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Name: Anne Gerdovich
Email: gerdo@netkonnect.net
URL:
Date: 3/18/00
Time: 8:55:28 AM
Comments
My husband brought back as a gift to me from Hawaii, “Facing Future” The Hawaii ’78 song brings tears to our eyes. What a beautiful voice Israel has….and I also love “Somewhere Over The Rainbow/ What a Wonderful World. The whole CD is incredible. He is missed.
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Name: Waipa
Email: tangwai_13@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 3/18/00
Time: 1:46:39 AM
Comments
I could never express or described how good this man can sing. You would have to hear it to believe it. And I know one thing for sure, he sang with pure heart and honesty. Those 2 words are very difficult to maintain in the music business. But Iz accomplished that and has set a huge role model to myself and many others out there. I’d like to personally “Thank” him for showing me how to put “LOVE” in anything that I want to do in life. He has been and always will be part of me and especially an inspiration in my life. Not a single day have I not cried when I listen to his music. Not a single day have I not cried when I see pictures of him. He will always be “Loved” and remembered for all the “GIVINGS” he has done. Thank You “IZ” and Love You Very Much. Aloha…

Waipa
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Name: monica nunies
Email: mnunies@oneidanation.org
URL:
Date: 3/12/00
Time: 12:06:13 AM
Comments
As a member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians I feel that all of us indigenous peoples have a connection. When I heard his song “Living in a Sovereign Land ” I really felt connected. I spent some time in Oahu during the ’80’s and really felt at home listening to Hawaiin music. After leaving the island and returning home I really missed the Hawaiin music. I have been back a few times and was saddened the last time I was there brudda Iz had passed during our stay. I remember listening to all the condolences being sent over the radio and watching the tv special. We picked up his “n dis life” tape and really enjoyed it. When we clean the house we always put in his tape and jam. Mahalo brudda for the tunes.
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Name: joesph kahulamu
Email: slipagog21@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 3/11/00
Time: 11:13:26 AM
Comments
well i would like to just say thanks for all he has done for our land and send my love and regards to the Ohana of bruddah IZ
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Name: Frances & Noah Flood
Email: noahflood@compuserve.com
URL:
Date: 3/9/00
Time: 6:05:22 PM
Comments
We first heard IZ two years ago and have since purchased all his CDs. We didn’t know that he had passed away by then and were looking foward to new releases.

The other day, our family was driving along the mountain roads of Utah and listening to “Facing Future.”

Listening to IZ sing reminded me of an Angel – and I was right – he is. IZ’s music touched a place inside of us like no other. His music triggered the full range of emotion – from sadness to childish glee. His magic and voice are imprinted in our hearts and souls. He leaves a legacy that will live on forever through his music.
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Name: Adrienne Painter
Email: sapainter@juno.com
URL:
Date: 3/8/00
Time: 9:31:23 PM
Comments
I just heard his wonderful voice a few days ago at the end of the movie “Meet Joe Black” I had no idea he had passed. I looked up his name on the web and was able to listen to the songs from that. I always remember how his voice moved me. My deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.
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Name: Loren
Email:
URL:
Date: 3/7/00
Time: 9:17:57 AM
Comments
The world suffered a tragic loss with the passing of IZ. May he forever live on in our hearts. Such a gentle giant.
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Name: sue and lamonte
Email: lamonte1@gte.net
URL:
Date: 3/4/00
Time: 7:09:32 PM
Comments
IZ. We miss your presence. Your music often moves us to tears and we know we are not the only ones experiencing this. Your music is so touching…Mahalo Nui Loa, Aloha.
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Name: Keneke
Email:
URL:
Date: 3/4/00
Time: 6:47:06 PM
Comments
Hearing his music makes me feel like I’m on the islands. The Aloha in his voice!! Sad that a great man had to leave so suddenly. He lives on with his music!!

Mahalo Nui Loa. Thomas Ohana
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Name: Lorraine Zamora
Email:
URL:
Date: 3/4/00
Time: 6:07:08 PM
Comments
I recently heard about IZ from my new Store Manager James. He mentioned to us that he was a very close friend of his. I then asked my close friend Jeanette from Hawaii, if she knew this great man, she said yes and gave me this homepage. thank you for letting me come in.
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Name: Ms. Ricki Aikau
Email: Ricki22@Juno.Com
URL:
Date: 3/4/00
Time: 1:41:36 PM
Comments
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Name: Larry
Email: Ellar4647@aol.com
URL:
Date: 3/3/00
Time: 6:31:43 PM
Comments
We live in NY and just returned from visiting the island of Kauai for the first time. While there, we heard the music of Iz and I had to buy some CDs. Now we are home, listening to the most beautiful voice and remembering the most beautiful place we’ve ever seen. Thank you, Iz. You brought beauty to the world and I hope your message is heard by everyone who thinks that making Hawaii more commercial is a good idea. It would, in fact, ruin paradise.
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Name: LIONEL RICARDO TORO
Email: SPECIALBOY@AOL.COM
URL:
Date: 2/28/00
Time: 7:01:48 PM
Comments
YOU ARE A VERY SPECIAL PERSON TO ALL OF US
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Name: Steve Perry
Email: sbeaven@wolfenet.com
URL:
Date: 2/28/00
Time: 1:07:56 PM
Comments
Mahalo, Iz, my Bruddah. Aloha nui loa.
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Name: Jim Carswell
Email: jcarswel1@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 2/28/00
Time: 8:14:40 AM
Comments
I love Bruddah IZ’s music. He was and always will be an inspiration to all through his music. Please take consulation in the fact that he was given “the voice of an angel” to spread the message of love and that he has succeeded in doing so. Gods speed big man I know you are singing with the angels.

Jim
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Name: John Burnett
Email: beaufordb@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 2/25/00
Time: 11:10:10 AM
Comments
I am a disc jockey (KWXX-FM) and music columnist (Hawai`i Island Journal) on the Big Island. Although I was not a close personal friend of Iz’s, our paths did cross rather often. After the first time we met, he considered me and treated me as a friend. He had amazing people skills, better than any politician’s, because you knew his motives were more honorable. He would remember you by name and your family afterwards. He was truly amazing in the way he could talk to you for five minutes, but make you feel like you’ve known him forever.

Approximately a week before he passed away, he called me on the air from his hospital room, quipping that he was “Live from the Presidential Suite at the Queen Emma Hilton.” He had been ill for quite some time and there had been many false alarms, but this time, he knew he was dying. I know this because he requested that I play “In this Life,” which is a swan song, for all his friends and fans on the Hilo side. It was his way of preparing us for the loss of this truly remarkable individual.

But you know, we haven’t lost him at all. Nearly three years after his death, his music is just as powerful and more popular than ever. Both the Mountain Apple Company and Marlene have worked tirelessly to preserve his music and his memory. His legacy of love will be with us forever.

Aloha a hui hou, John Burnett
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Name: dave cox
Email: dcttcox@juno.com
URL:
Date: 2/24/00
Time: 9:25:30 PM
Comments
I did not know of the man when he was alive. I wish I had. He was a Hawaiian SupaMan. Thanks to him for the music.
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Name: Joe Petrow
Email: joepet@sdf.lonestar.org
URL:
Date: 2/23/00
Time: 6:18:37 PM
Comments
My heart aches with the longing of living in the world woven by the heart, soul, and music of Bruddah Iz. I hope he is now in an even better place.
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Name: kulamanu
Email: kulamanu30@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 2/20/00
Time: 8:15:30 AM
Comments
bruddah iz’s music has touched my heart so deeply,i listen to his cds everyday. my favorite song is “ahi wela” i sing this song to my daughter all the time, she loves this song so much. you are so missed and loved bruddah iz. you are always in my heart and prayers. me kealoha pumehana.
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Name: lehua napoleon and ‘ohana
Email: lehuan123@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/19/00
Time: 3:47:31 PM
Comments
I remember meeting Iz at HOIKE because I worked the side enterance door back stage. In fact, the only person that went in and out of that door was Iz. My ‘ohana and I are living in Texas for awhile. I happen to have all Iz’s albums. Listening to his music makes us strong and is such a comfort, it takes us home. We always make sure that people here on this continent knows that the man singing at the end of “Meet Joe Black” is a Hawaiian and his name is Bruddah Iz; we also make sure that everybody here knows that’s Bruddah Iz singing on the “e-toys” commercial. We miss his presence here on earth, but he lives on fo’ eva through his music!
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Name: Scott James
Email: scottj@delanet.com
URL: www.delanet.com/~scottj
Date: 2/18/00
Time: 12:24:26 PM
Comments
I visited the islands for my first time just last year (November 1999) and wanted a momento of my trip and the evocative Hawaiian culture.

I randomly chose two of IZ’s albums: “IZ in concert – The man and his music” and “N DIS LIFE”. I started listening to these albums on and off again, then more and more. Often, I find myself singing and dancing to his heart warming tunes.

Today, his music is inspirational and celebratory of such a remarkable message of what it is to be Hawaiian. I’m just a Colorado mountain-boy myself, but I understand and recognize that Love is universal. It’s what binds us together. And as for me, IZ has helped to make this world a little smaller, a little kinder…just like Hawaii.

I think IZ said it best: “Hawaiian is to me, a feeling of getting somewhere without stepping on anybody’s toes, without causing friction with anybody…”

Thank you for your music and your Love!
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Name: Rino B Gaustad,,I IAONA LANINUI AMAMAO
Email: Gaustad@hotline.com
URL:
Date: 2/18/00
Time: 2:34:00 AM
Comments
Aloha, and Mahalo for greath teatching, must my behavior make you the proudest man in Heaven, ALOHA E ALA E, I IAONA LANINUI AMAMAO
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Name: Patrick Beggs
Email: beggsP@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/17/00
Time: 3:12:58 PM
Comments
I’ve always been touched by his music. I was lucky enough to see him at the club on Dillingham. He will be missed, but his music will live on. God bless you Iz.
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Name: Kathryn
Email: keebrdklr@iwon.com
URL:
Date: 2/17/00
Time: 2:14:24 PM
Comments
e ala e Please know that Bruddah Iz passes on aloha to the world through his work and music. I just wish I had discovered him while he was alive so that I could have attended the concert he had in California. His voice invokes love, peace, serenity, joy…just your basic aloha! Thank you for him.
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Name: Pamela Joy Utter
Email: pamutter@gotmail.com
URL: pamutter@gotmail.com
Date: 2/16/00
Time: 11:45:23 AM
Comments
I don’t know him, though through his music…he sounds to me to be a man who loved life to the fullest and enjoyed making music for the whole world to hear! My Mother was born and raised their in the islands, so I do cherish the heritage and the ways of life in Hawaii!
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Name: Bill Rott
Email: button@exit109.com
URL:
Date: 2/16/00
Time: 5:35:32 AM
Comments
Iz, My wife and I returned to Hawaii…….again from NJ and during our last trip…….discovered the “Hawaiian Superman”. I have bought every CD of you I could get my hands on. We have not lost you……you are in every sunrise…….every sunset………may you shine on Hawaii and the world……..forever and eternity. Bill & Cricket
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Name: Kim Oscienny
Email: osciennyk@cableregina.com
URL:
Date: 2/15/00
Time: 8:17:39 PM
Comments
I have just recently returned from a wonderful holiday on Kauai. Here for the first time I heard the music of Iz. Not only is his music beautiful but his message behind it is so meaningful. I was saddened to hear that he was no longer with us. I believe his music will live on. Kim Oscienny
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Name: TAKASHI INOUE
Email: tinoue@threebond.co.jp
URL:
Date: 2/11/00
Time: 4:10:10 AM
Comments
I loved your voice.
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Name: Melissa K.M. Mahi
Email: jnkl143@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/10/00
Time: 11:19:14 AM
Comments
Aloha Marlene & Wehe- Sure miss you guys. Last seen you both when your cousin Jacque Hoover had you over at the Kings’ Shop. Caleb has kept in his heart a special place for the both of you and “Uncle IZ”. Hope to here from you both soon and sure would like to send the pictures up of Caleb, you & Wehe up.
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Name: Nancy Lewis
Email: alohafromme@dellnet.com
URL:
Date: 2/10/00
Time: 10:29:48 AM
Comments
Iz will live on in our hearts forever. What a blessing that we will always have his beautiful music with us.
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Name: Donna Tanner
Email: tanner@pbworld.com
URL:
Date: 2/10/00
Time: 3:45:33 AM
Comments
I have just recently been exposed to this voice and this style. I am honored to be able to sign the guest book. Thanks for the creation of this memory!
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Name: Bubba B
Email: brocor@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 2/8/00
Time: 7:40:16 AM
Comments
I made my first trip to Hawai’i over five years ago, my introduction to Bruddah IZ’s music was thought provoking as much as it soothing to the ears and heart. He will be greatly missed by us all. . . my deepest condolences to his wife and children and may GOD BLESS all of you.
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Name: Paula B
Email: littledreamer34_99@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 2/7/00
Time: 5:52:18 PM
Comments
IZ was the best. Love his voice and rythum.
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Name: Paul H. Aio
Email: ppaio@earthlink.net
URL:
Date: 2/6/00
Time: 5:38:22 PM
Comments
A great entertainer and musician and a legend way before his time had come to see our Lord Jesus. I believe he was like most of us a humble, loving and caring person which is reflected in his music. May his music inspire all of us to continue our Hawaiianess and spread our Aloha to whoever we may meet. Malama Pono, Bradda Paul.
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Name: Ed Mauget
Email: mauget@mindspring.com
URL: http://www.geocities.com/lmauget/
Date: 2/6/00
Time: 6:42:23 AM
Comments
I first heard IZ on National Public Radio as part of a piece about scouting for music. He sang “Over the Rainbow.” It was the most beautiful thing I’d heard. I couldn’t remember his last name, but remembered “Israel.” I wanted a CD but didn’t know how to find one. Then late in ’99 I heard IZ on the the “Toys ‘R Us” commercial and “Meet Joe Black”. I got his name off the credits. Imagine my sadness when I found that this talented man had died. At least I know who he was and how to get his beautiful music. -Ed Mauget, Durham, NC
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Name: Matthias Sattler
Email: matthias.sattler@gmx.net
URL:
Date: 2/5/00
Time: 11:38:48 PM
Comments
In October 1996 we were on Hawaii for the first time of our life. We enjoyed it so much that I’d rather would stay all of my life there. At Hilo Hattie we found a CD from IZ.

Back in Germany every time when we hear his music we remember of this wonderful time we had.

IZ and his music will always be in our heart. Hope he has got all the best of the place where he is now.
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Name: Rose
Email: lokelia@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/5/00
Time: 2:57:50 PM
Comments
I only recently discovered the music of Iz during a visitto Hawaii from the mainland in 1999. His music is so hauntingly beautiful, it has touched my heart and i will never forget it. I only wish i had had the opportunity to hear him in concert. I know that wonderful voice is singing now for the angels in heaven. Mahalo Iz
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Name: chris monaghan
Email: chris@cmserve.com
URL: www.cmserve.com
Date: 2/1/00
Time: 3:47:51 PM
Comments
I came to Hawaii for the first time last year. I am a music fan but had never heard of IZ. I came upon a kiosk where they sold tapes. I zeroed in on one of IZ’s albums immediately. Maybe it was his picture that caught my attention, I don’t know. But as soon as I started listening to the music I immediately knew what most Hawaiins already knew.

IZ is unknown in Chicago. I don’t know about the rest of the mainland. But maybe that’s a good thing. He is of Hawaii and for Hawaii. A Hawaiin treasure.
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Name: Anna Haena
Email: gemi618@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/31/00
Time: 7:41:25 PM
Comments
I just wanted to say that I love and cherish Brotha Iz’s music. I was filled with deep sadness when I found out that he had passed on. I wish I was able to see him perform live but unfortunately, that day never came. I will always remember him as a beautiful singer and person and hope he is in a better place now. My condolences go out to his family and his fans. We will always remember him.
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Name: Stas
Email: stanleytx@msn.com
URL:
Date: 1/31/00
Time: 5:35:54 AM
Comments
Thank you for the music that calms and soothes my soul.

Peace…
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Name: DUGGAR PARRISH
Email: DUGGARPARRISH@HOTMAIL.COM
URL:
Date: 1/28/00
Time: 7:56:21 PM
Comments
ISREAL LIVES ON THROUGH HIS MUSIC AND SPIRIT-I AM A BIG FAN AND WILL CONTINUE TO LISTEN TO HIM THROUGH OUT MY LIFETIME- WE SAME AGE. MAHALO NUI LOA ISREAL.
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Name: inoa keonaonaoawapuhikeokeo
Email:
URL:
Date: 1/27/00
Time: 6:15:54 PM
Comments
Iz’s music will continue to comfort my soul as long as there is love in my heart. To be Hawaiian is an honor and he always reminds me of this…even to this day. My deepest condolences to the family. Mahalo for the aloha, the mana and the memories.
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Name: Yvonne Kibler
Email: YKibler@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/27/00
Time: 9:14:31 AM
Comments
Your music warms my heart, brings tears to my eyes and brings the delicious gentle humanity to my being that sometimes gets lost.
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Name: Peter Chapling
Email: petechapling@softcom.net
URL:
Date: 1/26/00
Time: 9:56:30 AM
Comments
I fell in love with the island of Kauai a few years back,as my wife and I were preparing to leave we searched for a recording which would feature something about Kauai. Our good fortune was to find E Ale E by Israel,what a wonderful voice and haunting melodies.My wife and I are totally hooked,not just by the music but the gentleness of the man;for us he personifies the Hawaiian people who always seem to exhibit that same gentle spirit.I regret his passing but I am sure that his music will live on amongst all of us who have come to love the islands and their people.
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Name: Johanna M. Kaaiawahia
Email: johanna@sdcd.com
URL:
Date: 1/26/00
Time: 12:47:40 AM
Comments
My prayers and blessings go out to the family. I feel that his music as touched me and is very special. His music will live forever…..
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Name: ashton
Email: ashtonsaifoloi@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 1/25/00
Time: 12:35:53 PM
Comments
Iz is the man
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Name: MRDolliver
Email: snapshop@ix.netcom.com
URL:
Date: 1/23/00
Time: 5:40:56 AM
Comments
His music has been such an inspiration. I am so so saddened. The world has lost a very talented person but the heavens are now hearing his music. MRDolliver
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Name: John Coe
Email: Cthebear@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/19/00
Time: 6:42:34 AM
Comments
I am so touched by this Man’s Music. I put on one of my IZ CD’s sit back in my easy chair, and listen. He has made me smile, tap my feet, weep, and feel as if he is singing to me. God bless this man, his music, and his very angelic voice. I know that he is in heaven with the rest of the angels. I hope to hear him again in the next place.

With much Love, John ALOHA Bruddah IZ
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Name: Drue Burkhalter
Email: dhbjr50@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/18/00
Time: 10:52:52 PM
Comments
I made my first trip to Hawaii this year with my beautiful wife of 30 years. My wife loves music & I knew I would have to bring home a Hawaiian CD. The problem is that I don’t really care for Hawaiian music. Realizeing that my wife would have a CD anyway I decided to try & find a CD that I could tolerate. While browsing thru the shops I would begin to sample the different Hawaiian CD selections but could never find one I could be happy with. While in Hilo Hatties I saw IZ’s CD “In Concert” & sampled some of the music. As I listened I thought, maybe I could live with this. The day we were leaving while in the airport my wife said she hadn’t bought a CD & couldn’t leave without one. In the store was the IZ CD so I told her if she must get Hawaiian music try this fellow. His music is the only music I can stand. As my wife began to play IZ’s music at home I found myself listening to his music & begining to appreciate it’s simplistic beauty. His smooth soothing voice & harmonies that are like manna from heaven. IZ’s music is now our favorite music & we play it at least once or twice a week. It’s sad that he left us so soon. But I believe he is enjoying himself in heaven. And God now is enjoying IZ’s beautiful music. May God bless his wife
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Name: wendy Thames
Email: thames8@earthlink.net
URL:
Date: 1/17/00
Time: 11:55:41 AM
Comments
To the memory of Braddah Iz I have been away from Hawaii for almost 20years. I have kept up with local entertainers, but none has touched my heart the way that Isreal did. His music had a way of reaching deep into your soul and bringing out the true essence of being a proud Hawaiian. His passing is a profound loss for the Hawaiian people. I know that he sits in heaven playing beautiful music for the almighty Aloha nui loa Wendy
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Name: Argent “KALA” Lee
Email: leea@cma.ca
URL:
Date: 1/16/00
Time: 11:56:09 AM
Comments
It was a real shock when my friend from Montréal told me of this bad news. The weird thing was we were watching TV a week ago when we heard some music and voice on a car commercial … and it was IZ (from his CD — “Facing Future”) which my friend bought on our Hawaiian Holiday in Feb. 1994.

We play it often especially on these very cold winter days … like today.

In closing, I wish to send out my sincere condolescences to his family and friends.

Aloha,

Argent « KALA » Lee
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Name: Wade Harrington
Email: WAHTUBES@HOTMAIL.COM
URL:
Date: 1/16/00
Time: 8:27:12 AM
Comments
I first heard Bruddah Iz staying on Kauai with a family that was hawaiian. Being in Hawaii over the new year i was able to bring back a piece of Hawaii in the form of two little discs. Bruddah Iz is spreading his message and Aloha all over Vancouver Island, Canada. Mahalo to all the Hawaiian people!
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Name: Kealaonapua anonymos
Email: none
URL: none
Date: 1/14/00
Time: 3:01:03 PM
Comments
I am from the Kamehameha Schools, and we had to pick an artist of any kind. I choose to pike IZ because he means the most to me. I was there when they skattered his ashes. I was heart breaking. When I hear the E Toys commercial, I have to stop everything that I’am doing and just listen to his voice.I am 13 years of age, and I love Bradda Israel Kamakawiwo’ole very much. His memory will live on forever. He is such a hero to all of us and I know that we all will love him no matter what!
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Name: KEAWAHA KAINANI
Email: WWW.KEAWAHA KAINANI@ hot mail.com
URL:
Date: 1/14/00
Time: 10:27:26 AM
Comments
WE LOVE YOU BRADDAH IZ. WE STAY OVER HERE IN SAN ANTONIO TEXAS. WE MOVED FROM MAUI HAWAII. WE LOVE AND MISS YOU ALOT AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS.

LUVING YOU ALWAYZ ” DA LUNA OHANA ”
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Name: sharla
Email: m-sharla@email.com
URL:
Date: 1/14/00
Time: 10:24:31 AM
Comments
I LUV HIS SONGS!!
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Name: Tania Liles
Email: tanialiles@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 1/14/00
Time: 8:04:06 AM
Comments
Bruddah Iz’s music has kept me sane and allows me to keep home w/me, no matter where I am. Currently I live in Mississippi – and I’ve shared his music w/many here, and it is widely accepted. His memory and legacy will live on – in us. Thank you and God bless Bruddah Iz.
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Name: Ted Capertina and Pita
Email: wsky8@msn.com
URL:
Date: 1/13/00
Time: 3:53:03 PM
Comments
Our toghts to all of your children an family, from two people that tought that he sang like an ANGEL, an his music was like wings for our souls!!!!!!! We miss you…….
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Name: Louis Mercado
Email: Lmercado@scholastic.com
URL:
Date: 1/13/00
Time: 12:31:12 PM
Comments
I was married on the beach IN Maui three years ago. While on the island we totally fell in love with the people of that place and it was the first time we heard IZ’S music. Brother IZ may no longer be with us , but he will live forever in our hearts thru his wonderful music.Thank you brother for sharing this wonderful gift with us. God bless you and rest in peace. MAHALO
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Name: Angela Fonda
Email: poorkiwi@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/12/00
Time: 7:09:40 AM
Comments
I had just recently on a last vist to my brother in the Islands been really introduced to Israel’s music. I was so moved by the beauty of his voice and clear understanding of his wish for all to remain true to the Hawaiin Spirit. I wish that he was still with us to share his special message with all of us, only God knows why people with such a wonderful gift should be snatched from us. I hope he remains in all of our hearts and minds forever and that the young Hawaiins learn his wish.

Sincerely, Angela Fonda of San Francisco, Ca.
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Name: Elaine Hare
Email: harebrained@home.com
URL:
Date: 1/12/00
Time: 12:24:20 AM
Comments
Iz lives on in our home and in our hearts every day.
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Name: Janet Carpenter
Email: wvmamac@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/11/00
Time: 5:40:59 PM
Comments
Iz’s voice is a pleasure to hear. I seen him person once at the Shell and words can’t express how I felt and how much I enjoyed it. I only know him through his music but I feel it is very personal. May he rest in peace…..
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Name: tom hummel
Email: gissing@juno.com
URL:
Date: 1/9/00
Time: 1:22:24 AM
Comments
i just recently learned of iz’s music, from the somewhere over the rainbow/it’s a wonderful world medley at the end of joe black. for very personal reasons, somewhere over the rainbow has special significance for me. i have never heard it sung more movingly, and the intertwining of it’s a wonderful world in a medley is sheer genius. i wanted to find out who sang this remarkable rendition.

i eventually came upon the iz web pages and was shattered to learn he is no longer with us on this earth, and that i will never be able to see him in person. (though he will always be with us, of course, with his music.)

i have several of his cd’s now, and am amazed that such a moving and powerful performer is not more well-known, and that i never heard him sing until i saw the movie meet joe black.

please keep up the good work of the website and keep spreading the story of this amazing being who enriched the existence of all those whose lives he touched, including mine, when i heard him sing somewhere over the rainbow.

sincerely.

tom hummel
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Name: Josi Abilla
Email: Larrynjosi@cs.com
URL:
Date: 1/8/00
Time: 4:42:52 PM
Comments
I miss You.
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Name: Lisa L. Wilson
Email: lisalalani@netzero.net
URL:
Date: 1/7/00
Time: 8:28:30 PM
Comments
His music is moving.
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Name: Paul Klimstra
Email: dutchman@hwcn.org
URL:
Date: 1/5/00
Time: 7:48:13 AM
Comments
Over the Christmas holiday I heard Israel for the first time. His version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World” was played on CBC radio, and I can’t get his voice out of my head. I am very saddened to learn of his death, and am definitely going to seek out “Facing Future”. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
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Name: Patti Le Jeune
Email: patdee1223@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/5/00
Time: 3:41:31 AM
Comments
I sit here hungrily seeking any information I can find on a beautiful singer and person that I only recently discovered.I cry when I think of what I missed, and what the world is missing. Please don’t let his memory or music die.
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Name: Sherri L. Clyman
Email: s.clyman@telesciences.com
URL:
Date: 1/4/00
Time: 10:42:37 AM
Comments
I only just heard him for the first time on the e-toys ad and immediately loved the music. I have finally found out who the artist was and am saddened to learn he is no longer with us. His music is beautiful as I am sure was the man.
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Name: Alma
Email: orcasoul@msn.com
URL:
Date: 1/3/00
Time: 7:32:47 PM
Comments
I’ve only just visited Hawaii for my first time (in this body, anyway) and have just know been turned on to Iz. I can tell you that from the very first time I heard his voice I was deeply touched and brought to tears. Many people must have loved him dearly in his life. My children will listen to his voice, and maybe theirs will too, so that his memory will be carried on and on.
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Name: Paul Dankanich
Email: artinla@pacbell.net
URL: Http://home.pacbell.net/artinla/Paul_Dankanich.htm
Date: 1/3/00
Time: 12:45:32 AM
Comments
I first heard Iz on the radio station KCRW, here in California. I was so moved by his sensitivity I bought the CD “Facing Future” immediately. He has become my favorite recording artist. I want to/have been working on a tribute to his message. Which I believe to be of tremendous importance. Not only for Hawai’i but for our entire Planet. We are dying. We are not looking at the bigger picture. We are losing a battle against “Mother Nature”. We cannot win. When it is finished I will post it on the Web. I only hope it will at least echo what he believed in. As we say, “Zichrono Livracha Isarel Kamakawiwo’ole”. Or – in English – May his memory be a blessing!
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Name: David Robbins
Email: ctsdr@compaq.com
URL:
Date: 1/2/00
Time: 5:19:28 PM
Comments
Dear Sir, Please accept my belated condolences and pass them on to Israel’s family. I have only recently become familar with his music by way of the “Meet Joe Black” soundtrack. Israel’s rendition of “Over The Rainbow” and “What A Wonderful World” so touched me that I was inspired to learn them myself on the mandolin. Does he play the ukelele on this medley? Also, I would like to know if there is a CD available besides the soundtrack that contains these songs. Sincerely, David Robbins
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