Israel Kamakawiwo`ole – Guestbook – 2001 Archive

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May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997

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GUESTBOOK  – 2001 Archive (January 2001-December 2001)

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Name: Billy
Email: wbkalo@lycos.com
URL:
Date: Monday, December 31, 2001
Time: 01:14 PM
Comments
I’ve had the opportunity to follow Iz’s music career for many years. From the days at the ranch house to the leeward side of the island. It brought a smile to my face one day on the mainland while driving I-5 N to Seattle a couple years ago listening to NPR morning show end a segment with a music bumper by IZ. Also, back in Hawaii driving to town from the country on the day of IZ”s funeral. Just about Waikele I pulled over as did others, to the shoulder of the H1 freeway. All you could see coming towards us on the Honolulu side of H1 heading to Makaha were 18 wheeler after 18 wheeler trucks.Almost all the trucks had Hawaiian flags flying in the wind.I sat there in my car on the side of H1 freeway that day with a smile on my face.
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Name: Natalie
Email: natzit@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, December 31, 2001
Time: 01:04 PM
Comments
somewhere over the rainbow can make me cry everytime…i don’t know much about him, but israel sounds like a beautiful man and must be if he’s anything like his music
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Name: Rod Borghese
Email: Borghese@Onebox.com
URL: http://www.BorgheseGardens.com
Date: Monday, December 31, 2001
Time: 11:47 AM
Comments
Peace to IZ and to all!

My birthday is May 20 too! Iz wuz a (cusp) Taurus. Love IZ music…. will add an amazon link to sell on my web site.
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Name: Jeri P.
Email: LaunaKila@aol.com
URL:
Date: Monday, December 31, 2001
Time: 12:00 AM
Comments
I was fortunate to have attended a performance by the Makaha Sons with Iz and Skippy. It wasn’t a big room, there was a comfortable,intimate feel to it. And between songs the guys would “talk story” with the audience. I’ll never forget that wonderful memory. Now living on the mainland for many years, we have raised our kids “hawaiian style”, and thru them the aloha spirit lives on, including the love for Iz’s music. A beautiful voice, a truly beautiful man. God’s blessings to his family. me ke aloha pumehana
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Name: Kokomo Young LaBove
Email: clabov@coair.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, December 29, 2001
Time: 11:10 PM
Comments
I’ll always love you…..
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Name: Hanalora
Email: hanalorqfreenet.de
URL: no
Date: Saturday, December 29, 2001
Time: 05:27 AM
Comments
I’m hearing E ALA E, since I was in Hawaii. Now, I have seen in Internet a CD , namend ” Alone in IZ’ wordl” – with a picture from IZ an the planet Earth – . Do You can say me, what CD this is ? I can’t refind it in Internet.

Mahalo hana’lor
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Name: KAHAU
Email: WWW.KKF.KP.COM
URL:
Date: Friday, December 28, 2001
Time: 02:51 PM
Comments
BRADDAH IZ IS A WONDERFUL PERSON THAT SINGS FROM HIS HEART HE IS A PERSON THAT LOVES TO SING ABOUT HIS COMMUNITY AND FAMILY ALSO HIS CULTURE. BRADAHH IZ IS A WONDERFULL PERSON THAT IS WHY HE HAS ALOT OF FRIENDS AND FANS.

I LOVE YOU AND GODBLESS UR FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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Name: Jeffrey Martin
Email: jmarti14@rochester.rr.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, December 26, 2001
Time: 04:02 AM
Comments
I was in Honolulu on vaction in Nov. 2001 heard his music and now have a few of his CDs they are great.
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Name: Dave Alexander
Email: adavo2@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, December 25, 2001
Time: 11:55 AM
Comments
An inspiration to many. He continues to bring joy to people not just in Hawaii, but all over the world. God bless him.
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Name: Sandy & Paul Cioffi
Email: scioffi123@cs.com
URL: scioffi123@cs.com
Date: Sunday, December 23, 2001
Time: 05:28 PM
Comments
My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Hawaii and that’s when we discovered IZ’s beautiful music. Anytime we hear it, it will always bring us back to that special time. I can only describe his music with one word – “Peaceful”. It’s the same feeling we had when we were on our honeymoon and we will never forget it. I’m not sure if anyone that has never been to Hawaii would understand. Thanks IZ for happy memories and you’ll always be in our hearts. Paul and Sandy Cioffi (Honeymoon Maui – Oct. ’97)
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Name: charles
Email: charlesney@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, December 23, 2001
Time: 08:46 AM
Comments
somewhere over the rainbow… the world is a much better place with your contribution.

thank you
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Name: kinoha kamuana
Email:
URL:
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2001
Time: 03:48 PM
Comments
brother IZ is the best i was born and raised in hawaii and pure hawaiian he still is my hero.

love,from all of us
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Name: robert and lucy dvorak
Email: rmldvorak@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2001
Time: 01:06 PM
Comments
we just recently have discovered IZ and the wonderful music he has given us. we have two of his albums and have given his music to our children this christmas. we feel so lucky to have discovered such a wonderful talent and the inspirational music he has recorded. i know that we will be listining to this music the rest of our lives. our hearts and love go to his wife and daughter. sincerely, bob and lucy
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Name: John Lindsten
Email: pallon@swetest.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2001
Time: 11:06 AM
Comments
Hi Bruddah IZ, how´s it up there?

I just wanted to thank you for the legacy you left us.

I´m listening to your version of “somewhere over the rainbow” right now and if i close my eyes, i can see you sitting on the rainbow way up high, smiling right at me.

You´re the best man!, i´ll se you soon.
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Name: Sheryl
Email:
URL:
Date: Monday, December 17, 2001
Time: 05:58 PM
Comments
Four years late I would like to express my sympathy to his family. Death is not the extinguishing of the light…but the blowing out of the candle because the dawn has come. Your husband and father’s spirit lives on.
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Name: dawn
Email:
URL:
Date: Monday, December 17, 2001
Time: 04:14 PM
Comments
I thought the name was “Under the Rainbow”. Anyway, I had been hearing the tune without words until the movie FINDING FORRESTER. I just finished watching it and the song brings me much joy and I hum it all the time. Thanks IZ! I will be looking for more of his music.
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Name: wes.
Email: corral@wcoastmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, December 17, 2001
Time: 03:27 PM
Comments
sorry I didn’y find his music sooner
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Name: Amber Murphy
Email: babbycakes@juno.com
URL:
Date: Monday, December 17, 2001
Time: 10:22 AM
Comments
I visited Oahu and Hawaii this summer of 2001 and loved every inch of. Spending time with relatives that I never knew existed and enjoying each relaxing swim in the deep ocean. I wanted to get in tuned with my culture and bought Hawaiian music. I listen to it every morning as my mom puts music on while the family gets ready for the day. I bought many cd’s such as the volumes of the Cazimero Brothers and both of IZ’s cd’s. I especially enjoy IZ’s version of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” (my all-time fav) and “O Hawaii.”
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Name: Joe Decker
Email: decker.ja@sev.org
URL:
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2001
Time: 08:10 PM
Comments
Just a little over an hour ago I was listening to our local public radio station, and heard “Over the Rainbow” for the first time. (Not Judy’s!)

I can’t remember the last time a song brought such joy.

WONDERFUL!

 

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Name: alanna decosta
Email: alanna_2005@yahoo.com
URL: ?
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2001
Time: 06:47 PM
Comments
hello

u were a good singer
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Name: VERONIKA
Email: vero_b14@hotmail.com
URL: http://www.geocities.com/bsb_rox2002
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2001
Time: 12:10 PM
Comments
HEY GREAT SITE, IT’S GOOD TO THINK WE ALL CARE ABOUT OUR LOST LOVED ONES PLEASE VISIT MY SITE BASED ON MY COUSIN’S DEATH.
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Name: lance keahi
Email: keahi001@yahoo.com
URL: http:www.keahi2001.com
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2001
Time: 11:33 AM
Comments
mahalo braddah iz.
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Name: christophe
Email: kirth@chez.com
URL:
Date: Friday, December 14, 2001
Time: 04:26 PM
Comments
J’ai découvert “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” en visionnant le film “à la rencontre de forester”, il y a une heure. Ce film bien qu’assez touchant ne m’a pas transporté et finissait, lorsque j’ai entendu sonner les quelques notes de guitare, puis, aux premiers sons de sa voix, mon coeur c’est serré. Quelle voix mélodieuse et empreinte de rêve ! J’ai écouté de nombreuses fois la bande originale de fin puis me suis jeté sur mon ordinateur pour apprendre par votre site que cette voix merveilleuse était désormait silencieuse. Je ne connais rien d’autre de lui, mais il m’a, un instant, fait me blottir au creux de sa voix, comme sur le gros ventre de ma grand-mère disparue et quime manque tant ! J’ai pleuré longtemps car la mélodie m’a bercé dans mes souvenirs. Ami chanteur, que ton âme vole éternellement parmis les anges car tu m’as ému, embrasse grand-mère pour moi, je t’aime.
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Name: Paula N. Alcain
Email: hiiwailani@netscape.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, December 13, 2001
Time: 04:42 PM
Comments
Mahalo for sharing bruddah IZ with all of us. I still cry whenever I hear his music, especially when it’s used in commercials and the end of that movie. Sharing bruddah IZ with those who will listen is what I have found comforting. It has been four years since his passing, but he is still sorely missed. Bless you for having this site available to us. E malama pono a hui hou.
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Name: Sandy Cagle
Email: cloud798@azalea.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, December 13, 2001
Time: 03:37 PM
Comments
My son introduced me to the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful life, my son is 14 and I loved the song so much I just wanted you to know how sad I was when I learned IZ had died. I play the song at work all the time and everyone always says “Oh, who does that, I love that song.” I am always proud to be able to tell them his story. Thank you, Sandy
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Name: Todd Padgett
Email: apadget1@tampabay.rr.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2001
Time: 06:30 PM
Comments
The world has a true lyrical voice in this man but it’s a blessing we have the recordings to pass on. Never forget Bruddah Iz.

He must be somewhere over the rainbow still singing.
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Name: Larry O’Connor
Email: simple@eurus.dti.ne.jp
URL:
Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2001
Time: 02:55 PM
Comments
I just got Bruddah Iz’s Facing the Future CD from Amazon. This album is highly unusual in that I love EVERY song! Usually if I buy an artist’s album there are 3 or 4 songs that are so-so.

He was a great singer!

Larry O’Connor Nishinomiya, Japan
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Name: Phil Lawless
Email: PhilL@qm.qld.gov.au
URL:
Date: Monday, December 10, 2001
Time: 05:50 PM
Comments
Heard his beautiful arrangement of Over the rainbow in the movie Finding Forrester and only found his name yesterday. A door closed before it opened.
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Name: Jammin–J!!!!!
Email: Jamieg202netscape.net
URL:
Date: Monday, December 10, 2001
Time: 05:10 PM
Comments
Iz Is Pure Peace!!!!! Blessed with the voice of an angel I love his rendition of MONA-LISA Thanks is for your Music. It was a universal language. Rest in Peace!!!! Jamie 🙂
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Name: Fernando Maffeis
Email: maffeis@acupuncture.com
URL:
Date: Monday, December 10, 2001
Time: 04:19 AM
Comments
I had the happiness of meet Israel music and I think unfair what happend to him and to us, but he will live forever inside our souls. Thanks and forgive the bad englsh. Fernando
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Name: Tanya
Email: tbj2001@columbia.edu
URL:
Date: Sunday, December 09, 2001
Time: 05:31 PM
Comments
Your music lifts my spirits and speaks to my soul —
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Name: Eric
Email: N/A
URL: N/A
Date: Sunday, December 09, 2001
Time: 10:08 AM
Comments
I’ve just discovered his music via Finding Forrester video; I guess that I’m a little late… I listen to Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful Life EVERY day.
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Name: Ethan Rudnitsky
Email: eindhoven1@adelphia.net
URL:
Date: Sunday, December 09, 2001
Time: 05:42 AM
Comments
I first heard Somewhere Over the Rainbow on a commercial, I cannot remember how long ago, and the beat of it just touched me, and I felt at peace whenever I heard it after. As I watched Finding Forrester, I heard the ever familiar beginning of the song again, and I just feel so good inside. I went right on my computer and downloaded the song, I listen everyday. Israel, you will never be forgotten, nor will your music, and how much it means to all of us.
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Name: Rob Shaver
Email: rshaver@austin.rr.com
URL: dowork.com
Date: Saturday, December 08, 2001
Time: 10:26 PM
Comments
Some toy company, Toys.com I think, ran a television advertisement with just some of the intro to Iz’s “Rainbow/Wonderful World” medley. Something about it brought tears to my eyes.

Next I heard the whole song at the end of the movie “Meet Joe Black”. I cried again. There was something about that clear sweet voice…

“Finding Forester”… There it was again. I weped. I want home and found it on the internet. I played it over and over.

I don’t understand it. Music has such power to evoke emotions. I know that. But this. It touches me so deeply. It inspires me as well. I may by a ukulele just to try to learn this song… I can’t just listen. I want to be the song. I want to touch others as I have been touched.

It must be love, Iz. In its purest form.

With love,

Rob:-] ——————————————————————————–

Name: Steve Anderson
Email: hereweyo@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Friday, December 07, 2001
Time: 06:46 AM
Comments
I’m just another haole boy living in the mainland who has come to love his music. I’d appreciate hearing from someone who can tell me if Bruddah’s wife & family are getting along okay these days. Mahalo.
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Name: Ellie
Email:
URL:
Date: Friday, December 07, 2001
Time: 06:40 AM
Comments
I was watching Finding Forrester last night and heard the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow and immediately began singing it all the way to the end. What a great version of this song. I then went down to find his name and cd to purchase which I am going to do right after I finish writing this note. I don’t know anything about you IZ but I soon will and thank you for leaving something for people to enjoy and you will be missed.

Ellie
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Name: Joe
Email: roofer@lava.net
URL: www.kaulanaroofing.com
Date: Thursday, December 06, 2001
Time: 08:30 PM
Comments
i used to see iz play at the ranch house in aina hina. at that time he was just one brada playing music. i never wen listen. boy i can remember him and the sons jamming and signing and the laff that iz when make oh everybody laugh. noe looking back on it i was really lucky to have been there. on a white sandy beach in hawaii, looking over a rainbow, tears floww when i hear these songs. soo special aloha jk
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Name: charles shin
Email: graystucco@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, December 02, 2001
Time: 02:21 PM
Comments
IZ – you will never be forgotten braddah!

R.I.P.
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Name: Steven Rathbone
Email: aj6y@onebox.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, December 02, 2001
Time: 02:06 PM
Comments
I was introduced to his tender spirit in his Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World song at the end of the Finding Forester movie. His hauntingly beautiful voice reached inside my spirit and lit a fire to learn more about him. When the Finding Forester Soundtrack came out, I was interested in one song only. Finally able to learn the name of the artist, I bought his Facing Future album instead of the Finding Forester album. The Songs in that Album opens the listener to IZ’s enormous tenderness, his love of the Islands and its traditions. I never had the desire to listen to Hawaiian music before, but IZ changed that. I will get all of his albums, both solo albums and those with the group.

I was torn when I saw that IZ had transitioned to Spirit in 1997. I have never heard it said more beautifully. As I obtain more of his music, I will open myself to its meanings and its soul settling sounds. I thank the Lord for giving him to us, even for the seemingly short time he did.

Thank You
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Name: Ron & Darlene Dillon
Email: rdillon@telocity.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, December 02, 2001
Time: 11:39 AM
Comments
We just returned from the islands and found one of Iz’s CDs, Facing Future in the condo. What a wonderful voice and story teller. He is in our prayers.
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Name: Erik
Email: ewynstra@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, December 01, 2001
Time: 04:59 PM
Comments
Tears don’t have to be a bad thing. Makes me think of my sister Heidi.

Thanks for the songs and thoughts,

Erik
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Name: Tia (kamalani)
Email: Nahiku_gurl@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, December 01, 2001
Time: 02:58 PM
Comments
Bradda IZ will always be in my heart.He was Da TRUE HAWAIIAN dat I loved.I Listen to his music everyday and even when im sleeping.Bradda IZ is da bomb and i’ll never forget him.
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Name: Tara
Email: taraloha@sonicweb.com
URL:
Date: Friday, November 30, 2001
Time: 05:19 AM
Comments
Although I was in Hawaii on vacation at the time of Iz’s death — and saw and heard many wonderful tributes to the man — I only recently discovered his music. What a talent! And what a shame that the world has lost such a voice. Bruddah Iz will live on in everyone who loves Hawaii as he did; whether it is their home or just a beautiful retreat. Thank you for this website. It’s a nice tribute to a man who gave so much to the Hawaiian people.
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Name: G. Kuulei Kealanahele-Querubin
Email: kealaque2@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2001
Time: 05:56 PM
Comments
“He Hawaii Au” Brother, you gave those words meaning… Pride and Honor. You are the one and the only Hawaiian Supa Man! Me ke aloha pumehana… A hui hou.
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Name: kia
Email: kia37@wbtv.net
URL:
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2001
Time: 05:42 PM
Comments
Thanks 4 sharing with me.”smiles @ U’Very thoughful page U made.UR special! hugz luv kia
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Name: Lena
Email: lola@bolina.hsb.se
URL:
Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2001
Time: 10:50 PM
Comments
The Islan Kauai will always have a very special place in my heart…..that was the first time I was intruduced to your music. Thanks for being souch a soulprovider of joy and confort Mahalo and Aloha from Sweden
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Name: Shane (‘da poiboy)
Email: ipcfighter@yahoo.com
URL: http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/bibletruthsforbelievers
Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2001
Time: 10:04 AM
Comments
Eh, braddah, nevah knew you in real but, ur music inspire me fo’life!

Remember driving up Waianae side when da traffic was backed up fo miles as ur memory was immortalized fo all!

God rest ur soul my braddah!

Mahalo nui loa

–Shano ‘da poiboy
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Name: Danielle Myers
Email: fontenot2316@aol.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, November 25, 2001
Time: 07:56 PM
Comments
I met IZ in 1994 at a concert he did at an oriental resteraunt. I found him to be such a wonderful person. I recently learned of his passing and my prayers and wishes go to his family and friends.
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Name: Farin
Email: kanaka_o_hakipuu@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, November 24, 2001
Time: 01:19 AM
Comments
haz it? well da day BraddahIz died it was so heart breaking to me because he was su much an inspiration to me. i loved his music. all his songs was so meaningfull and all true.hoe, da guy could sing boy!!! I heard da song broken hearts by darren benitez and eh, i found myself tearing. I couldn’t believe it. but you know wat, its ok! now he stay singing wit angels. mahalo nui braddah Iz, and i hope u bring mutch joy to heaven!!!!

mahalo,aloha, and ahuihou
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Name: Pierluigi
Email: robina@telvia.it
URL:
Date: Thursday, November 22, 2001
Time: 02:51 AM
Comments
Grazie Israel ! Tu sei la testimonianza che la musica po’ unire il modo in un abbraccio, le hawaii sono lontane dall’italia, ma la tua musica rimane a testimoniare che le distanze si possono abbattere come l’odio e le guerre che affliggono questo mondo…

Grazie
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Name: EMMA
Email: david.i.sharpe@btopenworld.co.uk
URL:
Date: Thursday, November 22, 2001
Time: 02:20 AM
Comments
I have wondered for a very long time about a song that I heard at the end of the film ‘Meeting Joe Black’. It was the most amazing song that I have ever heard. Its not until now that Sir Cliff Richard has discovered the song that I was able to find out who did it. Where can i get a copy?

 

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Name: Gail (Heidenfeldt) Gali
Email: heidenfeldt@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2001
Time: 10:08 PM
Comments
Well I’ve signed this before but I just returned to the Big Island from Oahu. While there I’m happy and proud to say that I went to the Iz Fest in the cornfields of Kapolei on Sunday, November 11th. It was just awesome. I really enjoyed the concert. So many wonderful entertainers were there. I stayed till the very end which was well after midnight. Iz’s band were the last performers. I could feel the pressence of Braddah Iz. It was a great and wonderful feeling. Thank you for putting this fest together. I look forward to attending more in the future. Much Love & Aloha, Gail
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Name: Farin Galeng K.
Email: kanaka_o_hakipuu@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, November 18, 2001
Time: 02:51 AM
Comments
braddah iz iz da bes and das all dea iz 2 it!!!
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Name: carolyn oreta
Email: cjokimo@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2001
Time: 05:41 PM
Comments
I LOVE HIS MUSIC AND HIS LAUGH COULD LIGHT UP THE WORLD.
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Name: nixfree
Email: nicksonmaui@yahoo.com
URL: www.nixfree.it
Date: Friday, November 16, 2001
Time: 11:07 PM
Comments
Thanx to help everyone whit your songs. It’s a like a light in this f…. world. Mahalo
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Name: Laura Wiener-Smolka
Email: Lipizzan@hollinet.com
URL: lipizzan.com
Date: Thursday, November 15, 2001
Time: 05:37 PM
Comments
We first “met” IZ the day after the September 11th attack, when we were visiting Hawaii and a friend recommended his music for healing in Hawaii. I can’t say how much his music (which, of course, includes his spirit), has affected me and my husband. If IZ is doing concerts in the life hereafter, I hope we meet up with him and see him in person.
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Name: Tammi Kawaakoa
Email: SweetHawaiianWahine@excite.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, November 15, 2001
Time: 10:31 AM
Comments
Uncle Iz you’ll always be in my HEART. Mahalo for the beautiful music. God Bles
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Name: obie
Email: oblaurie@pacbell.net
URL:
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2001
Time: 07:02 PM
Comments
listening to his music right now. i was so taken by his sound that i decided to do some research. i knew that the great one had passed years ago, but did not know how “big” he really was in “real” life. it was so wonderful to read about his life and how much he loved the hawaiian people. god bless him, his brother skippy, and most importantly his wife and sweet girl child.
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Name: sarah
Email: umpalumpa03us@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2001
Time: 02:58 PM
Comments
I love him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Name: Roberto
Email: robmuzz@tiscalinet.it
URL:
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2001
Time: 02:14 PM
Comments
Once discovered his voice and his poetry I’ll never forgot ‘hem
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Name: Toni Garrison
Email: tonigarrison@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2001
Time: 07:39 AM
Comments
We just returned from a Hawaiian Cruise. On one of our shore excursions, the bus drive was ask “If you were to recommend hawaiian music, what would it be?” He not only told us your name, but played “White Sandy Beach of Hawaii”. When we went to the airport, I bought the CD. I LOVE IT!!!!! Just wanted someone to know, even Oklahomans love the music. Wish we had discovered him long ago.
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Name: Stewart Miura
Email: hawaiian_3@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, November 12, 2001
Time: 04:31 PM
Comments
I am a really big fan of Bruddah Iz and his music will live on forever. I cherish his music everytime I listen to it and it sends a message through the music that I can’t explain and it is powerful.

stewart
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Name: Nick
Email: nbaccili@iol.it
URL:
Date: Friday, June 08, 2001
Time: 08:31 AM
Comments
Thank you Israel, for what you gave us
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Name: SASHA NAONE
Email: sashnaone@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 5/23/01
Time: 11:28:34 AM
Comments
WASSUP UNCLE IZ. I JUST WANTED TO SAY HI AND HOW YOU DOING. THANK YOU FOR ALL GREAT MUSIC AND FOR ALL OF YOUR ALOHA SPIRIT. I KNOW THAT YOU’RE PROBABLY UP THERE RIGHT NOW PLAYING MUSIC WITH EVERYBODY. PLAY IT LOUDER SO I CAN HEAR IT. WELL TAKE CARE OF MY TUTU AWAI ANSD MY PAPA AWAI. TELL THEM THAT I SAID HI AND I MISS THEM VERY MUCH. UNCLE IZ TAKE CARE OF THE FAMILY AND I’LL TALK TO YOU LATER. MUCH LOVE, ALOHA, AND 2 SHAKA’S TO YOU. LOVE, SASHA KEALOHA NAONE.
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Name: Lost Leilani Girl
Email: HurleyGirlSurf@webtv.net
URL:
Date: 5/23/01
Time: 11:23:57 AM
Comments
HEY BUDDY I JUST WANT TO SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND HOPE YOU DOING GOOD AND I HOPE YOU STILL MUSIC PLAYING UP THERE WITH SOME NEW BUDDIES AND LOOK FOR BABY ARMOND AND GIVE A HUG KEEP THAT LITTLE GUY BY YOUR SIDE. MUCH LOVE THE LOVELY LEILANI
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Name: MG Perry
Email: magvii@cascadeaccess.com
URL:
Date: 5/22/01
Time: 11:04:51 AM
Comments
So, WHAT is with these mean-spirited posts? Is there any way to erase them? I guess they want attention, don’t have good lives themselves. How about this: GROW UP. It hurts me to read them, but I guess Iz would just love ’em anyway. Sheesh!
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Name: Brudah buddy
Email: ilovebrudahiz
URL:
Date: 5/21/01
Time: 6:03:27 PM
Comments
well, brudah has had a long and glorious life. his music has been an inspiration to all. i own all his cd’s and listen to them constantly. even though he has died, his music lives on. his music is truly a great gift to this world. the way i see it, we have the best of both worlds now. we can still listen to his beautiful sounds, but we have a quiet, safe feeling knowing that Iz’s fat ass and silently burning in hades. thanks again Brudah for hours of enjoyable listening experiences. Brudah Iz forever!
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Name: hold up
Email:
URL:
Date: 5/21/01
Time: 5:56:31 PM
Comments
Hey wait a minute man, Iz never got an ass-whoopin or anything like it! He could hold his own in fighting. You may not be able to tell by his music, but Iz was a bloodthirsty monster who lived for a fight. Once at a bar on the Big Island, I watched as Iz threw back 25 beers in 2 hours, then went on a rampage leaving 4 criticaly wounded, and mauling a horse. Man you dont mess around with the Bruddah??!!!
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Name: Rob Gropi
Email:
URL:
Date: 5/21/01
Time: 5:51:54 PM
Comments
Bruddah Iz! Man, I have got memories about my Isreal. Ive seen him perform many times, and loved every show. My favorite memory those is when Iz came out on stage, tripped, and the whole stage shook from all his fat. Then he tried to play it off and say it was a new dance move he had been working on. The whole place went nuts, and booed Iz off the stage. Later I say Isreal sobbing behind the stage eating a live goat, and drinking beer. I looked at him and laughing! Then he came to my house and we watched Tv, then my whole family laid a massive ass-whoppin on him, and we kicked him out the door. Isreal was great. Alive with the aloha spirit forever my dawg drudawg IZ man tough guy McPoop
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Name: boy
Email:
URL:
Date: 5/20/01
Time: 4:13:28 AM
Comments
HAU`OLI LA HANAU to u bruddah IZ, u r truly missed but da your legacy still lives on thru out da world. i cherish da music & video`s dat i have of u yeah, we stay jammin your music up here in da mainland, no other hawaiian like u. u make every hawaiian proud of who dey r & were dey come from, it`s really fun introducing your music to people who didn`t hear of u b-for, u r da heart & soul of hawaii nei.

ALOHA
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Name: Luka
Email: BeepMeTazz@hawaii.rr.com
URL: URL
Date: 5/19/01
Time: 8:50:14 PM
Comments
I grew up on the island with his music. It was and still is a must to play a couple of his song’s at any luau or just a back yard kanekapila.*IZ* is always in our hearts. Mahalo! Braddah IZ for all the joy and happiness that you’ve brought into our lives and especially the lives of the *KANAKA MAOLI’S*. Much Love and ALOHA!
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Name: Diane Kekui Nawahine Mauia
Email: kekui@webtv.net
URL:
Date: 5/19/01
Time: 12:57:13 PM
Comments
Music has always been a very important part of my life. IZ made me want to always keep it that way. I did not know him personally, and yet his love of life and of music and of our Hawaiian-ness, makes us kindred souls. He gave me back, the desire to keep my music and my heritage, right where it is today, close to my heart! Mahalo nui Bradda Iz!! MAHALO….
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Name: Diane Kekui Nawahine Mauia
Email: kekui@webtv.net
URL:
Date: 5/19/01
Time: 12:41:14 PM
Comments
Music has always been a very important part of my life. IZ made me want to always keep it that way. I did not know him personally, and yet his love of life and of music and of our Hawaiian-ness, makes us kindred souls. He gave me back, the desire to keep my music and my heritage, right where it is today, close to my heart! Mahalo nui Bradda Iz!! MAHALO….
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Name: Jennifer Ramm
Email:
URL:
Date: 5/17/01
Time: 12:08:29 PM
Comments
Iz makes me hungry.
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Name: Carrie Buathier
Email: csbuathier@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 5/17/01
Time: 11:54:18 AM
Comments
IZ is truely my hero. His musi helped me come out of a difficult time in my life. I just thought I’d let others know.

Carolyn Buathier
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Name: Jane Hamilton
Email: janedarsie@home.com
URL:
Date: 5/17/01
Time: 8:57:41 AM
Comments
When I first heard his music, I was overwhelmed with what a great singer and being he is. The more I listen the more I am impressed with the beauty and depth of his soul.
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Name: Pierpaolo “soulsurfer” Zamunaro
Email: zamunar@tin.it
URL:
Date: 5/17/01
Time: 6:16:35 AM
Comments
Aloha! sorry for my english knowledges! I’m an italian windsurfer, surfer and sea and natur lover. Now I’m 32 and 1997 I went 6 weeks to Oahu and I discovered the magic of Hawai’i. IZ’s music is fantastic and I dream to return in those paradise. With love and respect for the Hawaiian tradition Pierpaolo
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Name: Michael Boonie
Email: m.boonie@att.net
URL: http://home.att.net/~m.boonie/
Date: 5/17/01
Time: 4:48:15 AM
Comments
“Death isnt the end Death is just when people change. You cant see them or hear them, but they’re there.”
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Name: Bill Kennedy
Email: a40willys@cfl.rr.com
URL:
Date: 5/15/01
Time: 4:35:35 PM
Comments
Hello, I have heard Braddah IZ’s voice for the first time on the sound track from Finding Forrester. Words can’t describe the feeling you get listening to him. My deepest condolences To his family and friends . I am only saddened to find out about Israel after he’s been freed from this life and moved on to the next.We still have his wonderful voice and the spirit you can hear when he sings.
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Name: Top Dawg 420
Email:
URL:
Date: 5/14/01
Time: 12:07:30 PM
Comments
smoke a bowl to the bruddahs memory nigga
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Name: Lydia Wentz
Email:
URL:
Date: 5/14/01
Time: 8:13:34 AM
Comments
I just discovered Israel’s music. So very touching. So sad to learn the news you relate on this homepage. My condolences to his family, sincerely. L. Wentz Fairfax, Virginia
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Name: Leigh Smith
Email: flipper968222aol.com
URL:
Date: 5/13/01
Time: 10:39:29 PM
Comments
I arrived in Hawaii only a week before Iz passed on,but let me tell you this.Bruddah Iz has shown me why I stayed here after coming for only an eight day vacation.Iz showed me the beauty of this place we call paradise.Through his music I know what it is to be Hawaiian at heart.I don’t take this responsability lightly.Yes I feel being Hawaiian at heart is not just a feeling or a title,it is being responsable to all Hawaiian Islands,it is showing ALOHA to all.It is to show respect to all native Hawaiians.It is to love everthing Hawaiian.It is to help restore all things Hawaiian.Iz I never met you in person this is my loss,but your gain is that I listen to your music everyday of my life.I beleive in you and everything you stand for. Aloha, Leigh
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Name: GEORGE BOSTIAN
Email: JAWZ6824@AOL.COM
URL:
Date: 5/13/01
Time: 4:27:41 PM
Comments
MAHALO / MISS MY HOME AND IZ HELPS ME REMEMBER WHO I AM
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Name: Pam & Jim Collis
Email: jpcollis@wsexpress.net
URL:
Date: 5/11/01
Time: 12:33:19 PM
Comments
Friends on Oahu turned us on to Iz. We bought all his solo CDs. We played him as we drove the Big Island, through the lava fields, through the rain forest, through the mountains and valleys. He is the heart and soul of Hawai’i.

After we return home to Maryland, whenever we play his songs, our hearts and minds will be in Hawaii.

Mahalo!!
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Name: sean
Email: Splusdel12@aol.com
URL:
Date: 5/10/01
Time: 1:28:58 PM
Comments
hey bruddah- the da bomb. you will always be the bomb. You have lift the spirits of so many different variety of people. You will always be in the heart of millions. Rest in peace bru
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Name: Val
Email: mcilogg@gte.net
URL:
Date: 5/9/01
Time: 3:25:41 PM
Comments
Bruddah Iz was a true Hawaiian. I, as well as many others, loved his beautiful music. I remember meeting him at a Block Party in Honolulu. My roommate went up to him and asked him if he could sign her dollar bill ( we had no paper on hand)and he graciously signed his name on the bill. I just stood there in awe, looking at this beautiful man. He is greatly missed and I am truly thankful that we all got to know him. His music will live on forever…
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Name: sean
Email: Splusdel12@aol
URL: None
Date: 5/8/01
Time: 2:30:54 PM
Comments
you always in the heart bruddah
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Name: sean
Email: Splusdel12@aol
URL: Non
Date: 5/8/01
Time: 2:28:58 PM
Comments
you always in da heart bra
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Name: Jordan
Email: sm0k1ntr1ck@thugzone.com
URL: http://www.xpnoyxjayballahxs.crib.genxer.net
Date: 5/8/01
Time: 1:46:51 PM
Comments
bruddah iz, u touched every one of your fans’ lives and that’s why you are loved. i never really knew you, but it was great to be able to say hi to you 4 times of my life. you’re the best hawaiian singer i know. although i don’t live in hawaii anymore and now living in sacto, california, you’re still forever in my fanily’s heart and we have your cds. we love you forever.
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Name: Sara
Email: csturben@mindspring.com
URL:
Date: 5/8/01
Time: 8:50:18 AM
Comments
We just visited Maui when I first heard this remarkable singer. So you can imagine my sadness hearing that he had passed away in 97. I am just a brand new fan but I can deeply appriate this man who was so much more than the average human. He was a true gift to this world.
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Name: Lou Castaldo
Email: Castaldo14@aol.com
URL:
Date: 5/7/01
Time: 7:19:13 PM
Comments
My wife and I just returned from our first visit to the enchanted land of Hawai’i. During our visit we were introduced to Hawaiian music and were immediately hypnotized by an angelic voice that touched our souls in a way that is hard to describe. We heared that same voice a day later during a canoe trip on the Big Island. Again we were speechless by the beauty, honesty, hope and love in the spiritual voice we were treated to that day. We learned that the gift we were listening to belonged to a man called IZ, and then we were told he was no longer with us, not physically, that is. You see, we immediately bought his CDs and on our return home have been listening to them ever since. I know we will never stop! Although we were deeply saddened for his family especially and for all the world because of his untimely passing, we are forever grateful to this Man (and his family) for leaving us such a legacy. His message will live forever, for his music is timeless and without cultural boundary. Mahalo for giving us the chance on this site to say “Mahalo Israel Kamakawiwo’ole”.
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Name: Jim Cain
Email: jimcain@aol.com
URL:
Date: 5/7/01
Time: 3:13:08 PM
Comments
We love this music and wish there were more.

jim
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Name: PH Ghatan
Email: ph.ghatan@reh.ds.sll.se
URL:
Date: 5/7/01
Time: 4:45:36 AM
Comments
Well, at last. When I first heard the last song in the film Meet Joe Black, I heard the most beatiful voice, touching the innermost part of my soul. I have listened to the track everyday, finding strength on my path which has been paved with losses and pain. Slowly Kamakawiwoole’s voice brought me out of the shade of sorrow into the light of happiness. His voice brought me back on my path of love. Thankyou Hamid
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Name: John Lennon(Instead of him)
Email: arai@autostrade.co.jp
URL:
Date: 5/6/01
Time: 8:55:06 PM
Comments
Thank you for the singing my song in your consert Mr.IZ. I was so happy when you sang my song,Imagine.

hey John! Hey John! I’m behind you, You know what I mean?

Hai! How you doing IZ?

What you say John? I said you, Now I stay in the same place with you.

Oh,comeon,kidding me Mr.IZ? Do you stay I Ka Lani now ?

?????????????????

 

 

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Name: Takane Arai
Email: arai@autostrade.co.jp
URL:
Date: 5/6/01
Time: 8:30:01 PM
Comments
I Love Him So Much, His Song Is So Soulfull. I Think,Everyone Feel The Same Just Like As Same As Me. IZ’s Songs Will Sounding In Whole Of The World Forever.

TAKANE ARAI From JAPAN
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Name: Kathy L. Sheridan
Email: TiaDolphin@aol.com
URL:
Date: 5/5/01
Time: 4:49:37 AM
Comments
WHAT a singer he was! And what a human being….that Spirit of Aloha came through loud and clear!

I first heard of Iz about a month ago on the internet. Since then, I’ve bought, I think, every one of his CDs. Wish I’d discovered this man’s music years ago.

You know, when you’ve spent most of 56 years involved in the struggle to erase racism, sexism, ageism, and all the other “isms” we use to isolate ourselves from one another and count ourselves “one up” on the person next to us, you get to a point sometimes where you’re just tired. You want to give up the fight. Something is lost, some vital spark has been drained from you, and you just feel tired . . .

That’s where I was this past winter. And then “Hurricane Iz” blew into my life–and that changed everything! Thank you, Bruddah Iz, for being the person you chose to be, full of light and music and love for everyone. Thank you for the privilege of living on the same planet at the same time. I know I will see you in Heaven one day, and there get a chance to thank you in person……just for being……

In the Spirit of Aloha

The Dolphin Lady 🙂
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Name: mau chow
Email:
URL:
Date: 5/4/01
Time: 12:04:16 PM
Comments
i so excited Bruddag IZ birthday is coming up. i think national holiday should be on his birthday, everyone must listen to all his music or be thrown in jail for year. i cry for his death but laugh with all the island spirit. the world loves all the things of the brther Iz forver!
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Name: lisa mulao
Email:
URL:
Date: 5/4/01
Time: 11:45:16 AM
Comments
Bruddah IZ is incredible! anytime i hear a single note of his voice i burst into uncontrollable crying, and must take medication. He was the best.
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Name: ken marrachi
Email: happyman@hotmail.org
URL:
Date: 5/4/01
Time: 11:42:47 AM
Comments
every culture has its musical geniuses, and hawaii is no exception. Isreal understood vocals like few ive heard and could easily have moved into the mainstream. he had the potential to make waves in the rock world. if he had done so i would say he would be the third greatest rock musician ever behind the beatles and elvis. i would have also like to have seen isreal colaborate with Korn or Danzig because i think that wouldve been interesting. ive always thought isreal secretly wanted to play the bagpipes, and yearned to pick up the bass guitar,and i think he should have. oh well, hes still my all time favorite singer. love to all kenneth
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Name: Sunny Mak’hola
Email:
URL:
Date: 5/2/01
Time: 7:06:51 PM
Comments
thomas taylor, i sorry about saying bad things about you and your dog. i thought what u say was another one of the syupid pranks on this site, but when i read it made me cry for your pain. much love and sympathy for you.
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Name: malahho
Email: none
URL:
Date: 5/2/01
Time: 6:58:18 PM
Comments
to all the haters dat be puttin hateful messages on dis site, its cool. i mean bruddah IZ wouldnt care, he knows ya people are ignorant and low self esteem. da Iz was full of love and wouldve wanted everyone to express themselves, but lets be respectful to him. all we IZ fans gots to see is that there are very few bad things on this site about IZ and thousands of message from those that loved him. guam kid needs to realize that IZ’s music represents all islanders as well as Hawaii and that we all gots have pride for our selves. if we all just listened to IZ’s words and dropped hate and greed then we would all be better for it. aloha to Me’ketse peace
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Name: bruddah
Email: kick ass @aol.com
URL:
Date: 5/2/01
Time: 4:49:57 PM
Comments
wrinkles,boulders,guam kid u guys got no respect saying things lidat, stay out from dis site, hope da mana get u guys
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Name: bruddah
Email:
URL:
Date: 5/2/01
Time: 4:40:02 PM
Comments
wrinkles, boulder,guam kid u guys got no respect for bruddah iz, if u guys got nothin good for say don`t come into dis site
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Name: dave
Email:
URL:
Date: 5/2/01
Time: 4:28:39 PM
Comments
who`s dat muddah f—- who wrote dat shit,guam kid, u lucky u stay guam,show some respect brah, kahuna too u
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Name: patty lafieta
Email: patty1@rescue.com
URL:
Date: 5/2/01
Time: 11:54:39 AM
Comments
i want the prior message taken down because it is obviosly a prank by someone immature to enjoy and appreciate isreals work and life. thank and aloha
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Name: guam kid
Email: aint tell’n
URL:
Date: 5/2/01
Time: 11:27:23 AM
Comments
Israel Kamakawiwo`ole is the fattest bitch in hell
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Name: Chris Rosoff
Email: cmrosoff@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 5/2/01
Time: 10:32:02 AM
Comments
I am recent addition to the throngs of Bruddah IZ’s fans, but I must say that I am moved by his music and his spirit greatly even though the man has past. No doubt his memory will live on as others continue to discover his wonderful music and insatiable love of life and happiness. There is no doubt in my mind that he is still with us on the other side.
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Name: Sunny Mak’hola
Email: sunwave@islandio.com
URL:
Date: 5/2/01
Time: 9:47:15 AM
Comments
hey bitch, nobody cares about your dead dog, least of all Bruddah Iz. And to all ya’ll islander haters out there, Iz rules, and you suck. Honolulu for life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Name: Thomas Taylor
Email: trtaylor@ticon.net
URL:
Date: 5/2/01
Time: 9:30:32 AM
Comments
Bruddah IZ is with me and has been for much of the month of April here in Wisconsin.

First you should know I was an Islander. For a few short months until I streaked Waikiki buck nakid reciting the 23 psalm telling everyone on the beach that fine memorial day in 1974 to go to hell. After breaking down doors in the Hilton Royal it was the calming words of a Bruddah Hawian police officer that brought me around. I was an aviator for the USCoastGuard, was disliked by fellow coasties, I looked polineasian, had local friends and brought them to Rons at Barbers Point a restricted permission only beach. They viewed Skinny and his family as ripoffs. I knew better. I knew these people and had sprit contact while at Upolo Point on the big island on a weekend overnight to the park there. My spelling is poor you must excuse me.

Here is why I write today.

My Newfoundland Sir Albert HRH at age at 11 years 8 months died when his heart failed Nov 19. We was one happy dog, gave me peace and joy Bruddah Iz music brought me up to and through this sad event. Don’t worry be happy brought me up to and through my belgium shepard punch’s passing. When I saw finding Forseter I just had to find IZ’s Over the rainbow/What a Wonderful World. Sprit contact? I know these things to be true. I hope my informing you of them don’t cause you pain. Just joy of knowing.

I share my grief work song of SirAlberts passing.

Oh My So Sad It’s got me feeling oh so bad Oh My So Sad SirAlbert won’t be coming home.

Alone I wait A loyal friend has crossed through the gate. SirAlbert knows sit stay stand and wait; Yes here I am his sole to take. I’ve left him with the spirits so great.

Oh My So Sad It’s got me feeling oh so bad Oh My So Sad SirAlbert won’t be coming home.

The time will come for waiting hoping lovings sake. I’ve taken him the lord would say; Until your time you’ll have to wait.

Oh My So Sad It’s got me feeling oh so bad Oh My So Sad SirAlbert won’t be coming home.

The hazing I endured as an Islander was a privledge. I always said I was not polineasian when asked. I am just a Texas Scottsman with a pure loving heart. I work for the USPS as an electronics technician today

Buddah IZ is and I thank him very much. This you should know.

Thomas Taylor
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Name: boulders
Email: floater@hotstuff.org
URL:
Date: 5/2/01
Time: 8:27:08 AM
Comments
I aint gonna lie, Iz sucks!!!!!
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Name: wrinkles
Email: oldtown@skybox.com
URL:
Date: 5/2/01
Time: 7:59:55 AM
Comments
how may pineapples could Iz eat in one sitting?
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Name: MG Perry
Email: magvii@cascadeaccess.com
URL:
Date: 5/1/01
Time: 8:24:23 PM
Comments
I always thought that I would not be interested in visiting Hawaii because of all the “tourist” junk, but through IZ I have seen a glimpse of the true Hawaiian spirit and I know that there must be a lot of it there still. I am ashamed of all the damage our country has done to Hawaii (mostly for the sake of money) and I admire IZ for standing up for his people and promoting peace at the same time. He had a message of love, shining through even his silliest songs. The real kind of love, that connects all of us. I visit this site pretty often, and am amazed at how many people continue to be touched by IZ and his music. I see the same thing when I talk to people about him- there are a lot of us who have been deeply moved by something about him that goes beyond his music. Maybe we are just so happy to hear about somebody so REAL. Whatever it is, I miss him like he was my own brudduh. Thanks for keeping up this site. “Hawaiian at Heart” in Oregon
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Name: shoulders tyla
Email: skater@greatmail.com
URL:
Date: 5/1/01
Time: 4:27:40 PM
Comments
while its true isreal is the greatest thing to ever come out of the Islands, that aint saying much!
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Name: Chunky Chunkspin
Email: chunky@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 5/1/01
Time: 4:15:34 PM
Comments
i was in this record store, and heard this song over the speakers. i asked the store clerk who it was, and he said it was Iz. i go to the cds and find Izs’. i was gonna buy it, but i saw how fat he was, i couldnt make myself buy it (what would my friends think!) i was wondering, now that iz is legend, could we say he was thin so more people can enjoy his music? thanks
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Name: Tomoko Sasaki
Email: la_mode@excite.co.jp
URL:
Date: 5/1/01
Time: 9:44:40 AM
Comments
Today is Lei day!

Nothing happens here in LA but I listen to his music!
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Name: Susan Lambert
Email: SmLam2@aol.com
URL:
Date: 5/1/01
Time: 3:48:27 AM
Comments
On our first trip to Hawaii this year, I heard Iz’s “Living in a Sovereign Land” while driving around the “Big” Island in our rental car. When we returned home, I checked out the internet for his music. After listening to “Facing Future”, I can’t wait to get more of his music. It touches my soul and calms my spirit. I listen to the music in the morning, and all day I find myself humming the melodies. Learning more about Iz through web sights like this, I miss a man I never got to meet.
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Name: Jonte
Email: johan@caam.se
URL:
Date: 4/30/01
Time: 7:19:07 PM
Comments
I love his music. Everyday I listen to it. I´m from the other side of the globe but still, I feel a connection. I miss him. He´s the greatest.
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Name: Bill Trewlynn
Email: billt@atsicdc.gov.au
URL: http://www.homestead.com/billybot/
Date: 4/30/01
Time: 5:52:26 PM
Comments
Today I was introduced to only a small part of such a remarkable life. I sit listening to the Medley “Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World”. I decided to surf and find the voice that brought a tear to my ears. I will now search to find recordings of his and introduce my friends to him.
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Name: Dottie Felts
Email: Mawmaw55@aol.com
URL:
Date: 4/30/01
Time: 12:56:19 PM
Comments
A wonderful man. His voice was great. Love his songs.
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Name: Denny
Email: dennys design@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 4/28/01
Time: 8:55:17 PM
Comments
I as many others had discovered his sound that was hidden from middle class america within the soundtracks of a movie which would inspire many. But as I read from another fan…his testimony will lay with in film backgrounds, but his memory not…it will always be with us as a human kind. I am a 52 year old 60’s son…. left over from war and hate and I now see at my age the bitterness of the world on each side. I as many my age wish that we were closer in nature to each other as true fathers,sons,brothers,and daughters… All my best to this mans relatives whom have lost a son…
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Name: Michael Nelson
Email: MNelson1220@aol.com
URL:
Date: 4/28/01
Time: 5:46:45 PM
Comments
Hello, I hope I have the right artist, but if you could I have a song stuck in my head, and it was on the Meet Joe Black Movie and EBay commercials I would really like to know the song so I can find the CD. Thank You so Much.
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Name: John DelIma
Email: biiggboyy@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 4/28/01
Time: 8:47:42 AM
Comments
Aloha, It was my dream to one day be able to play music with bruddah IZ at the shell one day. He has inspired me to keep jammin, keep fighting for our people.

He was the only person who could bring everyone together with his message of love and unity. He could have brought all the different sovereignty groups together to create one force!

Aloha Kanaka, YOU DA MAN!
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Name: James Denton
Email: jd@cambiata.com
URL:
Date: 4/27/01
Time: 5:56:40 AM
Comments
As a member of the Honolulu Symphony from 1985-88, I had the opportunity to perform with numerous island artists: Karen Keawehawai’i, Don Ho, Danny Kalekeini, Brothers Cazimero, Keola Beamer, Palani Vaughan, the Pahinui brothers, the Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau and many others.

When we performed with the Makaha Sons, I remember thinking that here was this HUGE mauna kanaka with the voice of an angel! I was just a kid then and did not truly realize what I was in the midst of.

Now, I am hearing the ‘Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World’ medley *everywhere*…on movie soundtracks like Joe Black and Finding Forrester, and on commercials each morning.

Suffice it to say that I was deeply disappointed that such a voice was taken from us so early. It happens more often than not, going back as far as Mozart and Schubert.

I am sure we will still be enjoying his music 200 years from now too.

Jim Denton Houston, TX
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Name: D Bailey
Email: LBailey@west.raytheon.com
URL:
Date: 4/26/01
Time: 1:50:54 PM
Comments
Earlier I posted a note about my daughter’s colorguard team competing using Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World as their performance music. They performed the show at the Winterguard International Championships. The number of people who asked who the artist was after the show was unbelievable. I gave them this website for reference. Performing to a packed house at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee made the whole team feel like a conduit to pass along Israel’s music. We all felt honored.
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Name: Po’Okela “RayRay” Sakuma
Email: sebangiol@yahoo.com
URL: http://rayray.isonfire.com
Date: 4/26/01
Time: 7:00:02 AM
Comments
Somewhere over the Rainbow……..

Bruddah IZ……..

Oh! What a wonderful world!!!

It only takes one man to change the world, and if they don’t have to be alive to do it, WHY DON’T YOU???

IZ, The love you left, is the love I’ll share, And with my eyes closed, I’ll share it everywhere, A love like yours was not meant for me, So in time HE took you away from me, But left your songs for me to hear, And pray that we’ll be together year after year. Rest with God till we see each other for the 1st time!
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Name: Nick Brown
Email: brownsofpetaluma@aol.com
URL:
Date: 4/25/01
Time: 5:05:44 PM
Comments
Just discovered Iz’s music. Regrets that I hadn’t heard of him before he passed. His voice is surely a gift from God.
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Name: Lance Foster
Email: ioway@earthlink.net
URL: http://home.earthlink.net/~ioway
Date: 4/25/01
Time: 5:20:47 AM
Comments
Every once in a while I would hear a song on some movie or tv show, just a man singing, with an ukelele. Something about the humming and strumming moved me. And then one time I heard it continue into “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” I had never really liked that song, until I heard this man sing it. And you know how it is, you hear some song, and they never say who it is, so I kind of gave up on learning who it was. To make a long story short, I finally found out about IZ and then learned it was him. I’m a fan now. His music is straight-up. I am tired of over-produced voices and electronic/digital manipulation. I like hearing the human voice coming straight from the human heart. That was IZ. Count me a fan.

Lance
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Name: Matteo & Katiuscia
Email: matteo.katiuscia@tiscalinet.it
URL:
Date: 4/25/01
Time: 2:05:38 AM
Comments
A wonderfull voice for a wonderful person. Let the world better than when was born thank you
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Name: Heather
Email: heatherc54@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 4/24/01
Time: 11:00:21 AM
Comments
I graduated in 1994 and went to Waimanalo with my cousin to stay with the Auntie. I went to a Luau for a baby who just turned 1. It was huge and had been the first “real” one I had ever experienced. I am a native american from the mainland with Hawaiian cousins. It reminded me of back home. There was a big band set up and when I look back and try to remember all I can remember is his voice…..and his silhouette sitting on a chair. I remember thinking he is so big, but his voice is so beautiful. Eversince that year my family and I have tried to save, and scrape to plan for Hawaii. We have made it almost every year since then, but have skipped a few hear and there. I believe in my heart that we truly are Hawaiians at heart. Our culture lines up with Hawaiin culture so much… it amazes us. Not just our culture but the spirit. Gifts of the spirit. And we feel it. When were in Hawaii we are not tourists…were Hawaiians. All the locals think were Rich hawaiians from the mainland!LOL We have since been spending our time on the Big Island…..the first time we went to the big island, the landlord who rented out his vacation rental on Kealakekua Bay had IZ playing in the house when we arrived. We immediatley fell in love….because our times got mixed up we would be jammin it at 5am almost every morning watching the spinner dolphins come in the bay. We all ended up going and buying the CD’s and listen to them everday we were there. Playing his music when were are home makes us long for Hawaii. It is almost fighting time when someone plays it and we are really feening for the islands. Because it brings back everything that we love so much. THE HAWAIIAN SPIRIT. If there was one thing that I could say I took from his music…it would be that beautiful Hawaiian spirit. Even above that I had something in common with IZ….I believe in God and his son Jesus Christ. Iz is not dead. For the first time he is ALIVE! Alive in Christ. Much love sent your way to the family……especially the honeygirl! So dont forget you gotta hand full of Nativz on the mainland still bumpin’ the Hawaiian Superman!

 

 

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Name: Blake Nakahara
Email: nakaharb@ucs.orst.edu
URL:
Date: 4/21/01
Time: 8:33:43 PM
Comments
I love you bruddah IZ and I miss you so much! From Oregon
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Name: Blake Nakahara
Email: nakaharb@ucs.orst.edu
URL:
Date: 4/21/01
Time: 8:33:38 PM
Comments
I love you bruddah IZ and I miss you so much! From Oregon
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Name: Dick Henrichon
Email: rah@norfieldassociates.com
URL:
Date: 4/21/01
Time: 7:38:47 AM
Comments
4/21/2001 – Recently discovered IZ, and am saddened that I never had the chance to see him perform. Fortunately his sound has been preserved.
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Name: Massimiliano Ria
Email: maxiria@tiscalinet.it
URL:
Date: 4/21/01
Time: 12:01:26 AM
Comments
I listened for the first time your voice at the end of “Finding Forrester” film on December and I was really struck from it eventhough I didn’t know either what I was hearing, both you and your life. Yesterday night I run into an article published on an italian music magazine telling about you and your experience and from that I read I felt immediately true what you said about angels and their coming, it’s clear listening to your music. I’m thankful to God for your being, I think you had a mission among us, here on hearth, but I’m just afraid that people in my country probably will never discover your grace. Thanks again, Max
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Name: 27 IDX 106  –  Odinn
Email:
URL: http://www.islandia.is/odinn
Date: 4/19/01
Time: 10:42:05 AM
Comments
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Name: Roxane & Billy Arave
Email: roxnbilly@thegrid.net
URL:
Date: 4/19/01
Time: 7:10:10 AM
Comments
In Memory of IZRAEL KAMAKAWIWO’OLE: While returning to my homeland (the Hawaiian Islands) with my new husband in April of 2001, we listened “The Great IZ” and a strong feeling of “Welcome Home” came to both of us. We’ve always listen & enjoy Hawaiian Music, even though we live in the High Sierra’s Mountains of Northern California, the music to be heard from our home has always included one of our favorite artist Izrael Kamakawiwo’ole… We thank the Many Gods of this Earth for blessing us with IZ and his music that will always be remembered forever. Mahalo A Nui Ioa Roxane Arave
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Name: Deslynn K. Aiwohi
Email: dez_aiwohi@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 4/18/01
Time: 5:55:25 PM
Comments
Growing up, Bruddah IZ was a big influence on me. I Love his music and the love he held for our Hawaiian culture. Even though I have never met him, he will always hold a special place in my heart. The the Lord blessed us with a very special man.
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Name: Hillary
Email: mystar@today.com.au
URL:
Date: 4/18/01
Time: 5:34:39 AM
Comments
This music has refreshed me. I heard it on the finding forrester soundtrack at the movies. I’ve spent alot of time on internet trying to find it as I didn’t get Iz’s name in the movie theatre. It’s been well worth persevering. I feel sad to learn he’s gone but what a gift he left here by his singing

Thanks
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Name: Lane Aakhus
Email: corn@gol.com
URL:
Date: 4/18/01
Time: 4:32:28 AM
Comments
Bruddah IZ was my first contact with Hawaiian music while he was with the Makaha Sons of Niihau. Hawaii ’76 is especially moving. I now live in Japan and I miss seeing him around…at the Shell or on the Big Island. Bruddah IZ is missed but not forgotten. Mahalo’s Bruddah IZ!
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Name: Pamela Mendoza
Email: FRIEDE36@aol.com
URL:
Date: 4/17/01
Time: 12:31:20 PM
Comments
His voice moves people. The purity of the music that came from this man was from God.
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Name: Dale Boylen
Email: songwriter72@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 4/16/01
Time: 3:32:23 PM
Comments
Iz is gone….but his music lives on. What we were is what we leave behind when we are gone. I can only hope to leave a legacy like his. Izrael…..music….pure….beautiful….melodic…from the heart music. Aloha Iz….we all miss you.
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Name: Penny HIll
Email: duffie.hill@worldnet.att.net
URL:
Date: 4/16/01
Time: 1:14:30 PM
Comments
Thank you for maintaining this form of communication. I first heard Iz’ voice along with about 100 other people in the movie theater. About 50 of us stayed behind to catch the name of the angel singing then some proceeded across the street ( mean feat in winter in Minnesota) to buy the sound track and begin our adoration. Since i am a bit illerate as far as the internet goes it took me a long time to find out that Iz is no longer performing on this planet. But that does not stop my admiration nor the inspiration i recieve from his work. I am a portrait painter and his voice helps my work not only in the actual task of painting the picture but also as music when i’m working with clients. Could you help me contact the family who i would like to offer a portrait as my appreciation for the inspiration.

Penny HIll. NWWS, NPWS
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Name: Jon Maddron
Email: SlothmanDaDragon@aol.com
URL:
Date: 4/15/01
Time: 5:35:00 PM
Comments
Israel brought to the world many gifts. One gift was his gift of music. I am sad to say that I have only known him through his music, however, his music was so spiritual and touching for me, I feel as though I knew the man as well as the music. For those of you whom had the opportunity to get to know Bruddah Iz, you are all very blessed. For those of you whom have not had such a chance (myself included) Bruddah Iz lives on through his music, and in the hearts of every soul he has touched (he touched my soul deeper than any other musician). We miss you, Iz, but regardless, we love you.
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Name: Ute Sures
Email: sures@web.de
URL:
Date: 4/15/01
Time: 6:03:01 AM
Comments
Ich habe Israel Kamakawiwo’ole mit seiner Gruppe Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau im Fernsehen hier in Deutschland gesehen. Ich war fasziniert von dieser Stimme und der Musik. Zwischenzeitlich habe ich die meisten seiner CD`s gekauft und höre sie immer wieder an. Danke für diese wundervolle Musik, Israel.
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Name: Nancy
Email:
URL:
Date: 4/13/01
Time: 10:25:07 PM
Comments
I found Irael’s music via the movie Finding Forrester. It’s the only song on the sound trak that I liked. I found it very touching, and will now seek to find more of his work
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Name: Douglas Shea
Email: dshea@sunvalleynet
URL:
Date: 4/13/01
Time: 7:46:59 PM
Comments
After Stevie Ray Vaughn passed on his brother Jimmy said, “The world misses his music. I miss my brother.” My heart goes out to Israel’s family and friends, for I miss Israel after knowing him only through his music, and can scarcely imagine the loss felt by those that knew the man.
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Name: Sandra
Email: Casanmed@hotmail.net
URL:
Date: 4/11/01
Time: 1:45:41 PM
Comments
My husband and I first heard Isreal’s music when we visited Hawaii two weeks ago for our 20th wedding anniversary. Somehwere over the rainbow/what a wonderful world touched our hearts so, that we immediately searched for his CD. We play his music often. Through his songs and beautiful voice we understand his message. He was a blessing to his people.
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Name: Matt Woodke
Email: mauiska99@aol.com
URL:
Date: 4/9/01
Time: 7:34:16 PM
Comments
Isreal was a terriffic musician. I’ve just been introduced to some of his music and it’s left me wanting more.
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Name: Sylvia
Email: ferdfence@home.com
URL:
Date: 4/9/01
Time: 6:12:37 PM
Comments
Israel,

Thank you for the beautiful music.

Sylvia
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Name: Monika Sanchez
Email: monika_powell@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 4/6/01
Time: 4:23:02 PM
Comments
When I was pregnant, I listened to Bruddah IZ everyday in my car. Alot of time was spent in my car because my job required it. Ever since my baby was born, I found that whenever I play Bruddah Iz, it helps to calm my baby boy. It makes me sad to think that Bruddah Iz is no longer with us, but I want his family to know his name and music lives on — and in generations to come. Much Love, Aloha and Gratitude, Monika
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Name: Richard Briggs
Email: rj27687@aol.com
URL:
Date: 4/4/01
Time: 2:48:51 AM
Comments
I never knew the Man IZ. I got my chance to come to the islands in 97′ with the Army. From the moment I heard Bruddah IZ’s music i knew He was someone special. He music just played to my soul. I will always remember Iz, even tho I never saw him play. God bless you Israel Kamakawiwo`ole . I wasn’t born Hawaiian, but your music lets me believe that everyone has a bit of Hawaiian in them. Aloha and Mahalo Richard Briggs
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Name: Richard Briggs
Email: rj27687@aol.com
URL:
Date: 4/4/01
Time: 2:46:27 AM
Comments
I never knew the Man IZ. I got my chance to come to the islands in 97′ with the Army. From the moment I heard Bruddah IZ’s music i knew He was someone special. He music just played to my soul. I will always remember Iz, even tho I never saw him play. God bless you Isreal. I wasn’t born Hawaiian, but your music lets me believe that everyone has a bit of Hawaiian in them. Aloha and Mahalo Richard Briggs
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Name: Nathan and Judie Figueira
Email: Kumulipo@aol.com
URL:
Date: 4/3/01
Time: 6:40:21 AM
Comments
My wife and I really enjoy Iz’s music,he is greatly missed by those who loved him and his music.
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Name: J. T. Ryan
Email: ibitezusu@aol.com
URL:
Date: 4/1/01
Time: 3:49:03 PM
Comments
Amazing, I don’t Know how else to describe hearing IZ’s music I first discovered him through the AOL feature page and listened to some exerpts of his music, AMAZING, I had to have the CD’s but there where none to be found in Okie land. I did get one, finaly from an island music store. We now listen to him daily. I try to share the music with everyone I can. We never knew the man personaly, but We feel as though we’ve known him forever. What a rare gift he was and truly miss him.
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Name: Kathleen A. Brady
Email: seavu@cheshire.net
URL:
Date: 4/1/01
Time: 3:09:07 AM
Comments
I just returned from your beautiful state two weeks ago. At the airport I wanted to bring back music that would take me back there once I was home. I chose the CD Facing Future. My heart is saddened that he is no longer with us because by listening to his music you can tell that he loved his state, the people, and life itself. His music has touched my very soul. Aloha, Kathleen
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Name: Victoria
Email: oceanchild@whale-mail.com
URL:
Date: 3/31/01
Time: 1:28:46 PM
Comments
Being a former surfer who dreamed of and absorbed all she could of Hawaii…. Being a musician who knows of the perfection and passion of certain voices, and their presentations of song and instrument, Israel fulfilled God’s promise to this humble listener.
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Name: Greg
Email: gaddlaw@aol.com
URL:
Date: 3/30/01
Time: 7:21:23 PM
Comments
Wow. I just discovered his magical sound and it left me speechless. I wish I would have discovered it when he was still alive. But his gift of music is eternal. I can’t get over the beauty and simplicity of his arrangements. I hate the Wizard of Oz, but his version of “Over the Rainbow” is simply amazing.
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Name: John Pollock
Email: joninomader@aol.com
URL:
Date: 3/29/01
Time: 6:13:18 PM
Comments
I live in California and a friend of mine form Hawaii brought Facing Future with her and the first time I listened to Hawaii 78 it truly moved me to tears. I have never been so moved by music of any kind. Thank you for giving the world Bruddah Iz.
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Name: Samuel
Email: hizerboy@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 3/29/01
Time: 2:51:19 PM
Comments
It is always sad to discover an artist only to find that he or she has left this earth in the not so distant past. Yet, I guess that is what makes these individuals special. Each day their music spans further across the world, reaching the heart of others. The passion and love that Israel put forth into his music still can be felt today. My story begins as I heard the faint voice of Israel singing “somewhere over the rainbow”. As a child, this song was the first ever to evoke emotion from within my heart. The impact it left followed me to this day in age, where I often do wonder if there are hidden secrets and sanction ‘over the rainbow’. Life has chosen to toss in a few twists, which make the urge to see beyond my troubles even more great. I began to question who the singer was. As the song progressed my fingers danced across my keyboard while I excitedly searched the Internet. The individual playing the song only could provide one name to the song – Israel. His soft melody sang in my ear as I clicked the search button on the search engine. I waited excitedly, for I had just discovered an artist and genre of music I adored… My eyes skimmed the results: “In Loving Memory” Israel Kamakawiwo`ole. I did not know this man. His music was so very new to me, yet my heart weakened. How could..? Why..? I did not know what to say. Israel’s song struck its mid point while I sat back in my chair and read his bio. His life was so new, his voice so strong, and his heart so big. Each day we are baffled by the death of our love ones. The Lord’s timing seems so sudden and quick as he calls for the ones we love…. The end of the song drew nearer and I began to ponder. Israel Kamakawiwo`ole’s life was rich. With his heritage, friends, and most definitely family, Israel had a wonderful life. The predicaments he lived with were small in comparison to the grand scale of his achievements…. The song drew to an end and I sat in silence. I gazed into a smiling picture of Israel and casual reached over to the stereo. My finger glided across the face and once more, played Israel Kamakawiwo`ole’s life as I listened with the greatest compassion for such a marvelous and talented human being named Israel Kamakawiwo`ole. Thank you Israel.

Sincerely, Samuel Hiser
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Name: Kehaulani @ Amber @ Ashley @ Latileta @ Level
Email: sistahs4lyph.hotmail@yahoo
URL: sistahs4lyph.hotmail@yahoo
Date: 3/29/01
Time: 9:34:32 AM
Comments
Wass Uppppppppppp! We the sistahs 4 lyph used to always listen to Braddah I’s songs because it made us feel better. He always was our hero because he only sang songs that had strong meanings from his lyrics. We would say that he is a life savior because he wanted peace in this life and that he tried to enchorage kids to not do drugs and to never be in a gang or to get out of the gang.This message is for you from the sistah’s “We will always think of you and we will never stop praying for you. Sleep in peace for lyph. Peace out braddah.”
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Name: Kehaulani @ Amber @ Ashley @ Latileta @ Level
Email: sistahs4lyph.hotmail@yahoo
URL: sistahs4lyph.hotmail@yahoo
Date: 3/29/01
Time: 9:34:30 AM
Comments
Wass Uppppppppppp! We the sistahs 4 lyph used to always listen to Braddah I’s songs because it made us feel better. He always was our hero because he only sang songs that had strong meanings from his lyrics. We would say that he is a life savior because he wanted peace in this life and that he tried to enchorage kids to not do drugs and to never be in a gang or to get out of the gang.This message is for you from the sistah’s “We will always think of you and we will never stop praying for you. Sleep in peace for lyph. Peace out braddah.”
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Name: Kehaulani @ Amber @ Ashley @ Latileta @ Level
Email: sistahs4lyph.hotmail@yahoo
URL: sistahs4lyph.hotmail@yahoo
Date: 3/29/01
Time: 9:34:27 AM
Comments
Wass Uppppppppppp! We the sistahs 4 lyph used to always listen to Braddah I’s songs because it made us feel better. He always was our hero because he only sang songs that had strong meanings from his lyrics. We would say that he is a life savior because he wanted peace in this life and that he tried to enchorage kids to not do drugs and to never be in a gang or to get out of the gang.This message is for you from the sistah’s “We will always think of you and we will never stop praying for you. Sleep in peace for lyph. Peace out braddah.”
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Name: milt towne
Email: towneandco@cs.com
URL: none
Date: 3/29/01
Time: 7:14:03 AM
Comments
I discovered this superb musician and human being purely by accident on my last vacation to the Big Island. I was looking for some hawaiian music to take home and bought the cassette in an ABC store, hoping it would be interesting. I find now that I listen to it repeatedly and always enjoy every second. I was so disappointed to find that Iz had passed as I wanted to tell him how much his music meant to me.
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Name: Lincoln Bennett
Email: VooDooChild1387@aol.com
URL:
Date: 3/27/01
Time: 3:04:52 PM
Comments
Braddah’s heart was too big even for his body.
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Name: Marguerite Perry
Email: magvii@cascadeaccess.com
URL:
Date: 3/27/01
Time: 11:42:49 AM
Comments
The minute I first heard his voice I was transfixed- his voice was the BEST I had ever heard. The BEST. And besides the voice, I think he had a gift or a power that helps me know what is really important in life. When I found out that he had passed away – I cried like he was my own brother. This is very strange, from a fairly level-headed mother of four who lives on the mainland and who has never even visited Hawaii. Tears still come to my eyes when I listen to his music, even though I know he said not to cry. I will plant a tree for him here in Oregon. Thank you to IZ’s family and all who have helped continue sharing his music and his gifts for Hawaiins and for us “Hawaiin’s at heart”. ALOHA!
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Name: Sherry
Email: skahawai@k12.hi.us
URL:
Date: 3/27/01
Time: 2:09:01 AM
Comments
It’s been 4 years since you have left this place but your music continue to live on in our hearts. I remember so clearly the day of your passing as I drove to work and heard of your passing on the radio. I never met you but felt your aloha through your music and words or advice at concerts where you played. I remember the tears I cried thinking what a lost for Hawaii. Through your music you made us Hawaiians proud and has made me more aware of what is important in life. “In Dis Life” and I’ll be there are two of my favorite songs. Your spirit and your memory will forever be a part of our lives!
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Name: Ruud Bausch
Email: bausch@xs4all.nl
URL:
Date: 3/23/01
Time: 5:12:02 AM
Comments
It is seldom that one gets so moved by such sound of beauty, it’s life filling. Ruud B. The Netherlands
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Name: Grace
Email: ah_keema@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 3/22/01
Time: 11:57:44 AM
Comments
Mahalo for the most beautiful music and the most beautiful memories in my personal life. <center>`A`ohe loa i ka hana a ke aloha</center>
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Name: Rev. Eugene H. Van Zee
Email: vanzeemail@juno.com
URL:
Date: 3/22/01
Time: 8:57:31 AM
Comments
Words can not fully express how deeply I have enjoyed Israel’s music. I first became aware of him while attending a “Blue Moon” concert. I immediately had to go out and buy his casette. It has been my most listened to casette for the years. I recently purchased a new car without a casette player. It has a CD player instead. I went on the internet to see where I could purchase a CD of Israel’s music. I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of his death. I extend my most heart felt sympathy to the family and I thank God for Israel’s music. Sincerely yours, Rev. Eugene H. Van Zee
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Name: Joe Reisner
Email: jjreisner@juno.com
URL:
Date: 3/22/01
Time: 3:29:00 AM
Comments
I grew up in Hawaii but have been up here in Minnesota for quite some time. On one of our visits back to the Islands, I found IZ. Through him, I rediscovered my love for Hawaii. Just an avalanche of memories, sights, sounds, smells. I wish I could have seen him play. His spirit and love for his land come through so strong. My wife is Minnesota born and raised and just loves IZ. And I think she can tell that, when I’m listening to his music, I’m in a different place. He had to be a big man to have such a big heart. Thanks to you, IZ, I know Hawaii is and will always be my home.
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Name: noelani hicks
Email: hulagirl3967@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 3/20/01
Time: 3:37:04 PM
Comments
I have been listening to israel and the makaha sons since the beginning……I was deeply saddened by the death of israel almost 4 years ago…..He will be remembered dearly for his music touched my heart and soul and will forever be a part of my life…….aloha nui loa!

Noelani
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Name: Robert Stiel
Email: robertstiel@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 3/19/01
Time: 8:19:17 AM
Comments
I am really sad about IZ`s passaway. I first learned about his music in 1995, when a German radio-DJ played IZ´s music, he brought with him from Hawaii. He said, You can´t buy it You just can listen to it here. As I really loved the music I found a way to get “Facing Future” from Hawaii. That´s when I started getting involved with Hawaiian music, today I am studying Ethnomusicology. In Germany nobody knows IZ so I thought he was even unknown in Hawaii. But after my first US-visit I learned he was a superstar. When I went back to the States recently, I visited a Hulashop in a mall. There I saw a video of IZ and a film about his life and his way too early death. I was very sad because I really appreciate his music. Unfortunately You don´t hear his music here in Germany and You cannot buy it regularely. So I just listen to the stuff I have at home. I hope, You will remember this great artist.

Robert from Germany

 

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Name: Joanne & Al Tucker
Email: karn4@idirect.com
URL:
Date: 3/18/01
Time: 4:23:10 PM
Comments
We first heard of “Iz” through hearing his wonderful version of ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ in the movie “Meet Joe Black” and rushed out to get this CD just because of how much we enjoyed this wonderful piece of music which also combined Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’. We are very sorry to hear of his demise as seems to be of so many artists that we just happen to discover….We’re sure his legacy will live on and we hope to obtain more of Iz’s music. Thank-you for having this website. and once again we are truly sorry that he had so much trouble with his health and consequently died at such an early age…what an unfortunate loss for everyone….God Bless his family members, friends and all the people of his homeland. Let us not forget Israel Kamakawiwo’ole!
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Name: Clifford Martin
Email: mrthing1@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 3/18/01
Time: 3:35:44 PM
Comments
I,like many from the mainland, had never heard of this wonderful man until I heard his music featured in films. It prompted me to do some research and sadly I found out that “Bruddah Iz” had died. I consider myself lucky to have learned about such a remarkable voice and as I have learned, remarkable man. I teach school and every morning before school begins, my kids come into my room because I always play music. I consider it a mission in life to expose kids to a diverse range of good music. Last week I played Iz’s music. These are eighth grade kids who mostly listen to vulgar noise. Even they had to acknowledge that the man was a songbird. Perhaps some of his gentleness will rub off on my kids. We should all feel cheated that such an angel sang for such a short time!
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Name: Will Leighton
Email: leighton@castles.com
URL:
Date: 3/18/01
Time: 2:23:02 PM
Comments
From someone who is “Hawaiian at heart” Israel is missed.
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Name: Twyla Kukahiko
Email: Mauigirl54@aol.com
URL:
Date: 3/16/01
Time: 3:12:17 PM
Comments
Bruddah IZ is a Legend! His music can never be played out or overly listened to. Everytime I hear his songs I get “chicken skin”, and the words just soothe all my troubles away. Being Hawaiian, Bruddah IZ has brought meaningful recognition to our culture and has made a lasting impression on the rest of the world. I heard his song “somewhere over the rainbow” on a commercial once and I couldnt believe, no actually i could believe it when American culture began to recognize the Hawaiian culture. IZ will always be remembered as a magnificant artist, who touched the hearts of many here in the islands as well as the world!
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Name: Eric Lincoln
Email: krayziek@uswest.net
URL:
Date: 3/15/01
Time: 9:45:21 AM
Comments
I never knew IZ very much but my father, James Moku Lincoln, has known him ever since my Dad was in the army. My father told me great stories about him, his friends, and IZ. His music is great and my father really misses you!
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Name: Eric Lincoln
Email: krayziek@uswest.net
URL:
Date: 3/15/01
Time: 9:45:18 AM
Comments
I never knew IZ very much but my father, James Moku Lincoln, has known him ever since my Dad was in the army. My father told me great stories about him, his friends, and IZ. His music is great and my father really misses you!
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Name: Julie Thomas
Email: jathomas@loyno.edu
URL:
Date: 3/14/01
Time: 5:01:22 AM
Comments
Thanks for sharing this with us. I’m so glad to have someplace to learn about Isreal.
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Name: JoJo
Email: jfhenry@gtu.gtulink.edu
URL:
Date: 3/13/01
Time: 7:18:47 PM
Comments
I never got to hear him live but I met him once, very cool. Obviously Soul comes in all sizes and colors. He had plenty of Soul, and such a sweet iridesence of a voice. As they say in the straight up African American church where I learned to sing, “The boy can sing!” Peace to all my relations…
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Name: Paakaula Kalawaianui Nakoa
Email: hopelessfight@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 3/13/01
Time: 6:48:30 PM
Comments
I’m probobly on the last page and no one will probobly read it but I hope Iz can hear my thoughts. Me and my school just did an ukulele festival in your memory which kind of caused everyone to kinda mellow down and think about you and all of Hawaii. Iz, you were the greatest. Please Watch over me and help me to grow strong, just like you.

Mahalo Nui Loa,

A Hui ho
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Name: DAVID  A  YIENGST
Email: SHDY93@AOL
URL:
Date: 3/12/01
Time: 6:50:26 PM
Comments
THANKS FOR THE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC , WISH I HEARD IT SOONER.
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Name: John Dilao
Email: jazzyjohn@musician.org
URL:
Date: 3/11/01
Time: 11:00:52 AM
Comments
(3-11-01) I had never heard of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole until yesterday while at Borders Books in Pleasant Hill, CA. I was listening to the Facing Future CD and I was so moved at the first song: Hawai’i ’78 Introduction that tears came into my eyes and I was embarrassed that someone would see me crying in the store, but I didn’t really mind. I could sense that this big man had so much love in his heart and he expressed that thru his beautiful voice. Now, I believe that his music was meant to find me and I am so thankful that it did, because it only strengthens my love for humanity and life itself. Bless You Braddah Iz
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Name: Brenna
Email: water808@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 3/9/01
Time: 9:48:17 PM
Comments
I attend Mililani High School, on the island of Oahu, in Hawaii. Our graduating class of 2001 has chosen Bruddah Iz’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” as our graduation song, and I look foward to singing it on May 26!
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Name: Carol Uva
Email: carol.uva@worldnet.att.net
URL:
Date: 3/1/01
Time: 9:22:07 AM
Comments
IZ HAS THE SWEETEST VOICE I HAVE EVER HEARD. HE PUTS WINGS ON YOUR SOUL. I AM SURE HE IS SINGING WITH THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN. MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. HE WILL LIVE IN MY HEART FOREVER.
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Name: Glady Zisson
Email: gladygigi@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 3/1/01
Time: 7:24:39 AM
Comments
Are there any new albums coming out soon. I have everyone so far. I miss Israel very much. Glady Zisso
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Name: David Rivera
Email: kawikar@juno.com
URL:
Date: 2/28/01
Time: 6:24:27 PM
Comments
Bruddah Iz the hawaiian supaman, no other hawaiian like you.I`m glad to know you & bruddah Skippy from faith, hope & charity in Nanakuli.Got all the music from start to end,awesome. Have a lots of video`s, the best one was when you was singing kaleohano & Moon, John & Jerome came out & started singing with you, talk about chicken skin.When you went down Milolii & played music for the hawaiian`s down ther.Your music is jamming here in Wichita Kansas & spreading the aloha spirit.You will always be the icon of hawaiian music.

Condolence to Marlene & Kawehi, Moon & Lydia & to the rest of the family.
God bless & Aloha Dave Rivera
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Name: Jon Maddron
Email: SlothmanDaDragon@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/28/01
Time: 1:09:41 PM
Comments
Every time I listen to the voice of “Bruddah IZ”, I feel blessed to have his words and his music echo in my mind. Though we all feel the pain of loss, some more than others, we must be happy for our Bruddah, for he is in a far better place now. He may be gone, but I believe that one day, we all will be together in some other place. And we will all sing with our Bruddah, no worries brah. Until that day, I, all of us can keep Israel in our hearts. The music he gave the world is a reminder of how great a man he truly was. Mahalo, Bruddah Iz. We see you soon.

Aloha, Jon
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Name: Gary Bykonen
Email: garybykonen@earthlink.net
URL:
Date: 2/27/01
Time: 8:16:07 PM
Comments
I have just heard his music for the first time a few weeks ago (2/1/01) and felt a real loss that his music has died. I found that it touches my soul and make it smile. Thank you IZ. Thank you
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Name: Tom Bracken
Email: tombracken@usa.net
URL: http://members.aol.com/~tombracken
Date: 2/27/01
Time: 4:46:19 AM
Comments
Saw the Brudda for the last time when he came to the 4 Queens in Las Vegas in 95?. He was such an impressive spirit and his playing was so memorable. My wife and I met in Hawaii in 1984 and fell in love to the songs of the Makaha Sons and of course we went to all their concerts and saw them at all the ho’olaulea’s and KCCN concerts = IZ was always there with his ukulele almost completely covered by his hands = he will be with us forever. We can only look forward to hearing him play up there — cause I am sure he is doing just that right now. Our last trip to Hawaii was in June of 1997. He passed the day we departed and somehow we felt partly responsible for leaving the land that we and he loved so much…. Tom Bracken Now living in State College, PA 814-278-2021
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Name: Kizzy Bear
Email: kizzybear2@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/26/01
Time: 8:08:04 PM
Comments
I have enjoyed this artist’s music as well as I have enjoyed Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Merle Haggard, and Garth Brooks. I only wish his health had allowed him to entertain as many years as they have. He has blessed my Arkansas heart. “In Dis Life” I wept the first three times I heard it. This song will probably be played at my next wedding (whenever that is). I am so proud that AOL featured him on their welcome page so I could “find” him. Aloha..
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Name: Katie MIke
Email: Cypeherkyll@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/26/01
Time: 4:44:18 PM
Comments
I just found out about this amazing musician today. I signed online and saw a link reading “Listen to the musical Legend” and I decided to check it out. I am so happy I did. This man was amazing. Right now I’m listening to his version of wind beneath my wings, and its moved me to tears. I will definitly spread the word. Rest in Peace Israel.
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Name: M. Wilson
Email: marmaduk99@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/25/01
Time: 5:25:53 PM
Comments
Which of the albums has “over the rainbow” Enjoyed hearing the music and would like to purchase. I live on the mainland in the south where jazz music wa born. Marmaduk99@aol.com M. Wilson
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Name: Jody Sandobal
Email: Popokea@webtv.net
URL:
Date: 2/25/01
Time: 8:22:59 AM
Comments
aloha, My husband Rodney and I having left the Island in 1968.and raising a family. and really not much connections w/the islands.Music wise that is.We never learned Of IZ. until early 2/01.and enjoying his music has been a blessing.upon askng about us visiting the island and going to one of his concerts.did we learn about his passing on some years ago.really hit us hard.what a loss to the people of Hawaii and all of the world this most beautiful singing.we now have 4 of his albums and plan to collect all.When looking at his album collection it is a lose to us to have so few songs when we could have had so many more.had his life been much longer. Much love to his family and many friends… Mahalo, Jody
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Name: Richard Decker
Email: irad1984@hawaii.rr.com
URL:
Date: 2/24/01
Time: 6:12:42 PM
Comments
Hello, I am new to Hawaii and wasn’t getting into the island culture. I saw a story on TV about Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. Then I heard some of his songs on the radio. I am now starting to appriate the Hawaiian music.

I did not know that he has past away. That is very sad to hear. The world has lost a treasure.
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Name: Lani
Email: lanit@ev1.net
URL:
Date: 2/24/01
Time: 3:55:45 PM
Comments
Just discovered his music in Texas….love it!
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Name: Myron Wood
Email: Kainoa88
URL: Hotmail.com
Date: 2/24/01
Time: 10:48:17 AM
Comments
Israel Kamakawiwo’le… Sunday mornings in my house have always consisted of eggs, rice, bacon, kimchee, poi, pancakes and music. Maybe sometimes it was just rice and eggs, but their was always music and family. Since I was little it has been like Gabby and Hui Ohana, Melvine, Three Scoops, Sunday Manoa, Makaha Sons, Hapa, Ledwaard, Sonny, Alfred, The Kahumoku Bros, Rev. Kamakahi, The Beamer Bros., Kuo and Iz. There are many more to mention but thats not important. I would always want Iz and Gabby. After kou-kou, I would get my guitar and try to be “…my cousin Mel Amina…”. Smiles every time I tell you!!! Thanks and Aloha to all the Kamakawiwo’ole ohana. P.S. I don’t have much money, and sometimes I cannot have da poi or da bacon or da kimchee or da pancakes or da eggs or even da rice, but I always have da Iz and am all the more richer for it.
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Name: Dennis Coleman
Email: Spiritmix@juno.com
URL:
Date: 2/24/01
Time: 4:46:03 AM
Comments
I have just been introduced to Israel’s music. I learned of him after watching Finding Forrester. It is my loss for not having experienced his music sooner. His sound is very good and allows me to diversify my collection. I am sorry to hear Israel is no longer with us.
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Name: kevin koenig
Email: kevingk@earthlink.net
URL:
Date: 2/23/01
Time: 9:34:53 AM
Comments
I heard Israel’s music on the radio in Los Angeles where I live and immediately fell in love with it. I’ve since bought and listened to a number of the CDs. It’s been over three years since his passing, but I’d like to send condolences to the family and friends.
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Name: Jay
Email: jjgq75@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/22/01
Time: 4:26:00 PM
Comments
His angelic voice and haunting chants will forever live in our hearts. Mahalo IZ for all your worderful gifts of song. I don’t believe you are really gone. Your spirit can be found in everything beautiful arounds us. You are the definition of Living ALOHA. May God bless your family, friends and, fans. And may future artist follow in your footsteps. Once again, Mahalo Nui Loa Bruddah.
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Name: Eliza
Email: wyndone@nehalemtel.net
URL:
Date: 2/22/01
Time: 12:17:31 PM
Comments
Despite living in Hawaii for many years and loving its music, I had not heard of Israel until I caught a strain of “Over the Rainbow” in a TV add for “Finding Forrester.” It was so enchanting I had to hunt it down and was amazed and very pleased to open a door to a treasure trove of wondrouse Hawaiian music. I suggest you update your website to include more recent events, including the use of his song in the movie.
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Name: Patricia Byrd
Email: pbyrd@peoplepc.com
URL:
Date: 2/22/01
Time: 7:47:05 AM
Comments
I discovered Iz’s Music in 1997, after his death, and have been obssessed by it ever since. I have his solo albums and play them in my car and on the computer every day. He had such a sweet voice and represents everything hawaiian that I love so much.

Will be back on the Big Island soon.

Pat
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Name: Chris Lai
Email: clai@pc.jaring.my
URL:
Date: 2/22/01
Time: 6:14:47 AM
Comments
MAHALO braddah IZ
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Name: christian fa’uhiva
Email: ulua31@
URL: alaisea@
Date: 2/21/01
Time: 8:23:20 PM
Comments
can you please do me a favor and show me brudda israels corpse in his coffin please I wanted to go to his funeral but had no time sorry last minute kine time please!!!!!
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Name: Jim and Bobbie Harpster
Email: jharpste@concentric.net
URL:
Date: 2/20/01
Time: 6:21:59 PM
Comments
Senior citizens from Colorado, my wife and I were blessed – truly blessed – to have seen and heard Bro’ Iz and the Niihau Sons of Makaha many times during our stay in Hawaii some 10 years ago. His voice, his music, his deep love of his islands came to personify Hawaii for these 70-year- olds, and even now, years after his untimely passing, when we think of those wonderful islands, we think of this gentle, talented, gracious, gifted son of Niihau. Iz lives, and we are all the better for his wonderful gifts. Thank you, dear brother.
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Name: Rhett Burch
Email: Rhett81@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 2/20/01
Time: 2:00:49 PM
Comments
I just wanted to say that when I heard Iz play music and sing with his beautiful voice and his music moved, as I am sure it has to thousands of others.. We love you always bruddah Iz
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Name: KeAlii
Email: black_lion@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 2/20/01
Time: 2:59:22 AM
Comments
The feeling I get while I am home in Hawaii, is replicated in the music that Bruddah IZ sings while I am away. I am feeling that he actually made the meaning of Hawaiian real and not just a nationality. Bruddah IZ is love. He is Hawaiian.
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Name: Lark
Email: Benatodd@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/18/01
Time: 5:16:28 PM
Comments
Recently, I started listening to Iz’s music; as a matter of background, I am a midwestern, elderly individual, but I find his music and his message very inspirational.

Mahalo, Iz Kamakawiwo’ole, Mahalo.
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Name: Steve Ford
Email: scford@lava.net
URL:
Date: 2/18/01
Time: 11:12:42 AM
Comments
Your voice is that of an angel, gentle at times and powerful at times, but always sung from the heart. You had the gift of being able to touch the souls of people with your music, including mine. I’m sorry your time on this earth was so short. I guess God wanted to hear you wonderful voice in person.
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Name: Jody Kamisato
Email: jkamisat@hawaii.edu
URL:
Date: 2/17/01
Time: 7:03:01 PM
Comments
Bruddah IZ has been a prominent figure and role model for many of Hawaii’s kids. Although he will be greatly missed, IZ will always be in are hearts and will continue to live on through the power of his music… Jody Kamisato (‘Ukulele Instructor)
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Name: Patrick
Email: sell4less2002@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 2/17/01
Time: 4:38:18 PM
Comments
I really Loved Iz’s music I live in America and it touched me I am sorry he had to die
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Name: Allison Kay
Email: allikay@mac.com
URL:
Date: 2/17/01
Time: 4:48:35 AM
Comments
My husband and I were in Hawaii in March of 2000. We stayed on the island of Kauai, where during a helicopter tour we heard IZ’s songs. It was wonderful. We now have 3 of his CD’s and I love all of them.
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Name: Teri Lee
Email: terianl@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 2/16/01
Time: 11:29:02 AM
Comments
You will always live on through your sweet music. Everyone visiting my home from the mainland leaves with your CD’s and thus your music is shared throughout the USA! Some people have called me to ask me to send them your CD’s. Almost each day I start out with your sweet voice and meaningful songs, I feel complete. You will never ever die! Often I go down to Waianae and sit where you are, and I feel your spirit is there. I pray continously for your family, loved ones and friends.
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Name: Steve Ford
Email: scford@lava.net
URL:
Date: 2/16/01
Time: 10:17:00 AM
Comments
Mr.Kamakawiwo’ole, I just want to tell you that your voice is that of an angel, and you have touched my soul and the souls of many others with your beautiful music. I am sorry that you were not on this earth for any longer than you were, but I guess God wanted to hear you sing in person.
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Name: Jane F.K.Holt
Email: he_hawaii_au_99@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 2/15/01
Time: 3:27:39 PM
Comments
New Year’s Eve will never be the same without you. Every Oreo I eat, now that I finally get some, taste ono because I’ve known you. You are always in my heart and soul. You punk. love always fenlee
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Name: peter may
Email: pvmay3@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/15/01
Time: 9:57:31 AM
Comments
i come late to bruddah iz and his music. but tiz true his music iz forevah and he is smiling down from behind a rainbow. peace and love brddah petah lost tribe of africa
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Name: Jason Couchman
Email: jcouchman@mindspring.com
URL: www.exampilot.com
Date: 2/14/01
Time: 8:23:47 AM
Comments
Thank you for your wonderful music
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Name: Rev. Jesse and Janis Stephens
Email: jesse58@earthlink.net
URL:
Date: 2/13/01
Time: 9:46:37 PM
Comments
While in Hawaii on vacation my wife and i purchased one of Israel’s tapes and we were blessed so we bought more and learned a little about his life. He’s singing for the Lord now with his sweet voice. Very often at my house here in the mainland, Washington state we play his songs and they seem to cleans the soul of everyday cares. God bless you all and always trust in him and his word. We’ll all see Iz again someday. Your friend Jesse
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Name: Mike Insogna
Email: Toad647@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/13/01
Time: 5:16:48 PM
Comments
I just found out about IZ this year…about his death, his music, everything…but I just want to say that he is one of, if not the, best artist I have ever been graced to hear.
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Name: F@iRy Of D@rKnEsS
Email: lusciousladie808@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/13/01
Time: 3:15:59 PM
Comments
AlOhA tO eVerYoNe….!!!..iTs JuS Me..Le@h…i wAs sAdDeneD bY tHa PaSsiNg oF HaWaii’s fAvE sInGeR …”IsRaEl ‘BrAdDaH IZ’ KaMakawiwO’oLe” in ’97……HiS sOngS tOuChEd mY hEarT aS weLl As evErYonE…nO One sIngS As grEaT aS he..

ResT In PeAce.. wiTh MucH LoVe & MucH AlOhA.. Le@h
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Name: W.Kimata
Email: wkimata@cs.com
URL:
Date: 2/13/01
Time: 2:31:41 PM
Comments
Now, living in the mainland. Listening to Braddah IZ, truly brings the aloha in our family lifes. From my keikis; Justin 25 months to my oldest boy Bronson 9 yrs, we listen and sing to “the man” daily. Best wishes to Marlene and the Ohana… Hope you still remember the Na Alii spirit… 81′ grad… Much Mahalo, Wayne Kimata, also born on May 20….
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Name: Justin Ramirez
Email: Justin0419@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/13/01
Time: 9:22:38 AM
Comments
I have never heard of IZ until one day I saw him on the front page of American Online. It sadly spoke of his death, and what a legend he had become. After seeing this I immediately went and got some of his songs to listen to. I must say that I really admire IZ, and his music really hit me deep down in the soul. I know he is in Heaven, and I wish his family the best of luck for the future. I just know that IZ lived a wonderful life, because he got to share the music he loved with the world. Though he did not live long, he achieved his goal and reached many peoples’ heart. He will live on in all of us.
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Name: April Cranford
Email: Redplanet778@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/12/01
Time: 10:49:06 PM
Comments
I only recently found out about IZ and I already love his music. Wish I had known about him while he was still with the world. He is missed
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Name: Tony Anacan
Email: Kaupena@usa.net
URL:
Date: 2/12/01
Time: 10:27:16 PM
Comments
Ho bra get choke’es pepo . when take me foeva 2 read all dis. brada iz u get da besses music, always make me cry when i listen 2 it. i always gotta hide my tears from my friends. i nevva got 2 see u in person, dat sucks, but if i met u i would be happy fo one long time. nah i would probably see u up there after i pass one in one long time. but of course u are the best there ever was.i will miss u forver. u also had the best voice too.

You were a big man with one big heart.

love Tony
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Name: Morgan
Email:
URL:
Date: 2/12/01
Time: 6:45:25 PM
Comments
go in peace
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Name: Pat Janis
Email: GemStringer@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/12/01
Time: 1:48:04 PM
Comments
Commercials are the bane of our lives. But from time to time they amuze or touch us, and we remember them. A few bars of music affected so many of us, and we went looking for the man who sang them — only to find out that he died before we knew he was alive. That’s a shame.

But that etoys commercial acquainted us with the wonderful world of Iz, and while there’ll be no new music (another pity), we will have what he crammed into his short years.

Thanks, Iz. I’m sorry I didn’t have the chance to thank you while you were here. Rest in peace in the beautiful water of your beautiful world. I didn’t know you, but I won’t forget you.

Best of luck and best of good wishes for his family.

Aloha, brudda.
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Name: Sheilah Stevens
Email: sheilah_stevens@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 2/12/01
Time: 12:42:14 PM
Comments
Dear Family, I just heard the version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World”. My sister said she heard it in a movie and downloaded it. I have to tell you that when I began to listen to the voice i said to her “he’s native, i can tell”. Until last night i have never heard of him before to be honest. Now that i have heard of him and all the beautiful music he sang I am now a full fan. I am sorry about his death and offer my condolnenses to the entire family. I, being an Ojibwe Native know what it is like to have a big family aslo. MAY THE CREATOR WATCH OVER AND PROTECT THE ENTIRE FAMILY.

Sincererly Sheilah Stevens Ontario Canada
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Name: kjsun
Email: kjsun@juno.com
URL:
Date: 2/12/01
Time: 12:37:54 PM
Comments
Coming up on four years, and I still remember where I was when I heard the news…Just waking up and hearing the news on the radio from Erika Engle and another great man, the late Cliff Richards. I saw Iz live at our company’s Christmas party in 1994. He was a regular bruddah, but when he sang, man you sat there in awe..the voice of an angel out of such a big guy!..Enjoy his music, everybody! We’ll have it FOREVER! … much aloha..
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Name: roxann makua
Email: rahksz@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/12/01
Time: 8:18:19 AM
Comments
iz you were my friend and my buddy to hear your music and have the honor of knowing you and skippy was a big deal in my life cause i can truly say i knew the great hawaiian now you are with braddah reggie and skip aloha a hui hou to you all until we all meet again aloha
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Name: Dain Binder
Email: dhb1978@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/12/01
Time: 6:00:33 AM
Comments
Love for Life!!

thats what I think when I here his music.
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Name: Justin Wilder
Email: Jpwild240@aol.com
URL: None
Date: 2/12/01
Time: 12:57:04 AM
Comments
I opened up AOL one day, and I see this large man with long hair in front of me, with the caption underneath it, saying “Who IZ this man?” Curious, I click on his image. I read a few lines, about how he wrote the song for Etoy’s “Firefly” Commercial. I decided to check it out. I open up Napster, and Copy-Paste his name to the Artist blank because I never thought I’d be able to spell his full name. I begin to download the song, and being the impatient person I am….was…I select Play Now. That was a few days ago. Since then, that song, “Over the Rainbow” has been played more times than is decent to say. I have fallen in love with his music, and to find out that he died not too long ago, I am filled with saddness. I feel like I just met a great friend, and a few days later, they die. Wonderful artist, and from reading his biographies….a Wonderful Man. ~Justin
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Name: Cathe Howe
Email: catheglass@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/11/01
Time: 9:52:51 PM
Comments
Ahhhh, Bruddah Iz, how we will miss you; your spirit is with us still and your music will live forever. And just think, now you are over the rainbow, i imagine you are playing with Gabby and Sonny and making celestial music. Mahalo nui loa for your great heart.
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Name: MAHEALANI (MAHI)
Email: SUNFLOWERGINGHAM@AOL.COM
URL:
Date: 2/11/01
Time: 9:44:47 PM
Comments
MY BRADDAH OF ALL BRADDAH’S. WE MISS YOU DEARLY. MARLENE AND WEHI, ALL OUR LOVE TO YOU BOTH FOR GOING ON WITH LIFE. BRADDAH WILL LIVE ON IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER. ALOHA NO BRADDAH IZ UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN……………

KEEP ON SHINING…….

MAHI
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Name: Dick Lau
Email: gacflyer@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/11/01
Time: 9:11:35 PM
Comments
I can remember IZ way back from Kaimuki days….. Even if I didn’t know him well…. I listen to his music all thru my Air Force Career. His music brings back Hawaii to me no matter where I am. He will be miss, but never forgotten. Rest in peace Bruddah IZ
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Name: Doctor Pablo
Email: pab4emi@aol.com
URL: mauicares.com
Date: 2/11/01
Time: 7:47:57 PM
Comments
Bruddah Iz’s music and message of love and tolerance changed my life for the good. I can only hope to have a small postive influence on people the way Iz did. You’re with me always Bruddah! Stay clean and sober, Doctor Pablo
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Name: Barb Reed
Email: thebarbsrus@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/11/01
Time: 7:42:30 PM
Comments
I recently viewed “Finding Forester” at a theatre in Kailua Kona. In the last two minutes of the movie I heard IZ and just got chicken skin. I didn’t know his music was in the movie! People who were leaving the theatre sat down just to listen to IZ and wait to see his credits. When the credits rolled by…applause broke out and you could hear people say, “Yeah, IZ!”. It made me reflect on how lucky I felt to have gotten the chance to hear IZ live in concert at the Kona Surf a few years back. He truly is a legend. And sorely missed by all of us.
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Name: Ilima Hawkins
Email:
URL:
Date: 2/11/01
Time: 7:20:49 PM
Comments
Bruddah IZ, you’ve shown me what it means to truely feel aloha. Your love for people and music shines bright in your songs, and even now while I’m away on the mainland, I only have to play your music to feel like I’m back home. Some friends up here have heard me play your music and loved it so much they bought some of your cds online. Even now, you’re having a global effect, IZ! I hope that you can see just how many people you’ve touched. Take care up there, I hope I’ll get to see you one day.
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Name: Vito Rispo
Email: evolvphish@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/11/01
Time: 6:53:59 PM
Comments
hello
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Name: Carrie Lehua Hanaike
Email: lehuahanaike@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/10/01
Time: 9:38:06 AM
Comments
Bruddah Iz always has and always will be in the hearts of the members of my ohana. I am listening to one of his songs right now. My mother was a classmate of Koko(Jerome) and Louis Kauakahi. Ahe always knew that they would amount to something great. They used to come to her house when they first started and jammed out for my Kupuna to here and enjoy. I am 16 years old and am 46% Hawaiian and da rest is Hapa. I was born on Oahu and raised on stayed in Waianae until I was 4 mo. then I wen to Kauai where I stayed until I was 15. I miss Hawaii so much (Especially the aloha spirir, the people, da grinds, and the waves). The girl can leave da island but the island no can leave da girl. I shall return one day. Bruddah Iz os an insperation to me.
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Name: Jason Ballo
Email: maggie.k@gateway.net
URL:
Date: 2/9/01
Time: 9:04:44 PM
Comments
I have been in the Big Island group known as Tropical Blend for 6 years, and it was the biggest honor and highlight of my musical career to open up for Iz in December of 1996. Iz has truly been an inspiration to me, and has paved the way for my group and for island music as well. God bless you always, Iz. (You’re the man!)
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Name: Chewky Tyla
Email: micheal@yahoo.com
URL: http://www.e-hawaii.com/iz/izbook.htm
Date: 2/9/01
Time: 5:09:53 PM
Comments
I feel Isreal was probably the most profound musician of our time, and the most under-appreciated. With his massive girth and fat he was a living sub-woofer. Although he was terrible at instruments, i feel his voice is great and is extremely good looking. He was an embassador for the pine- apple eatin people, and I vividly remember his blubber hulaing around the stage. He was pimp tight, and fat. Very fat.
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Name: Tom Rittenhouse
Email: Sailortommy@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/8/01
Time: 5:13:53 PM
Comments
I first heard Iz’s voice in “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as I’m sure have many others. It was a moving experience and I now have most of his recordings. I enjoy his music often. I believe this site touches his essence.
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Name: Kristina
Email: aimeemandysarah@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 2/8/01
Time: 12:25:09 PM
Comments
I was introduced to Iz’s music through the EToys commercials, and I haven’t been able to get him out of my head. It was great to hear “Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World” in “Finding Forrester” too. I wish he could be around to enjoy the ever-growing interest in his beautiful music.
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Name: amy beth
Email: supah@supah.com
URL: http://www.supah.com
Date: 2/8/01
Time: 7:12:09 AM
Comments
I love Iz.
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Name: Lyn
Email: Lynsg@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/7/01
Time: 4:16:13 AM
Comments
Although I don’t usually pay much attention to the tidbits that AOL posts on their login, I noticed IZ and listened to some of the audio clips and was drawn to his music. I had to go to three stores, but found the cd I wanted, Facing the Future. In the past three days, I have listened to it continuously and shared it with many others who have also been awed by his music. Even now, people who have never heard his music are discovering how moving it can be.
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Name: nick beardsworth
Email: nick987654250429@AOL.com
URL:
Date: 2/6/01
Time: 12:32:36 PM
Comments
i want to find more information about this great man.i have only heard a few songs of his but thet are very beautiful. i heard about his cults. i would like to get more information on that as well if you can
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Name: Rebecca
Email: RebHawaii@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/4/01
Time: 7:08:12 PM
Comments
What a positive person Israel was! His music is still a positive force and it will live on just like his spirit. His voice is a sweet, beautiful feeling that caresses the soul and warms the heart.

Aloha
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Name: Kare Benson
Email: sticheskare@aol.com
URL:
Date: 2/4/01
Time: 11:21:54 AM
Comments
I am new to IZ music after visiting Hawaii for the first time in 2000. I am very sad to learn he is no longer with us in flesh form but his music will help me know him in the spirit form and continue to strenghen my spirituality. Thank you IZ for touching my life.
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Name: Tim Reimer
Email: tim96819@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 2/4/01
Time: 1:20:56 AM
Comments
IZ, many years have passed since we shook hands but I still feel the Aloha,the energy,the love which you preserved in your music, now forever around me. I bought an IZ hat, years ago,which I wear daily, to remind Hawaii, you are still close to my heart. The hat is kind of worn, the color has faded but your spirit will always be close to me. I sometimes get teased about my hat and have been given many new hats to replace the black faded to now, gray but the answer is still the same, I have to keep IZ close to everyone bruddah ever touched with his music. I have to remind everyone, the sacrifices he made for the people, he loved and even though, he is not walking, on this earth, any longer, we will never forget him..Mahalo, we miss you IZ
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Name: Mary Young
Email: delimom7@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 2/3/01
Time: 10:35:17 PM
Comments
IZ was the voice of Hawaii in my eyes. I could smell the plumeria, feel the tropical breeze and hear the ocean waves in his voice. He will live on forever in his music. Aloha
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Name: Delores Keith-Clark
Email: keithtwin2@lvcm.com
URL:
Date: 2/3/01
Time: 6:56:31 PM
Comments
The moment I first heard IZ’s music I was devoted to finding every note he ever uttered. It took me a while but I believe I have located all of the available recordings and I have only one left to buy, his first. The pleasure I feel in listening to IZ sing is something I am unable to describe in words. I can only say that I hear his music with my soul and it makes me happy.

I share this love of IZ’s music with my brother and sister and the older I get the more I understand the value of the lessons and joy he shared with us.

Thank You IZ.

Love, Delores
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Name: Kathleen Peters
Email: KathleenPeters@Excite.com
URL:
Date: 2/3/01
Time: 3:48:28 PM
Comments
My husband and I have always had a special connection with the Hawaiian islands. We got married in Kapalua,Maui 5 years ago and have been back many times since then. Israel’s music truly captures the spirit of “aloha” and of the islands. His music touches that special place that is sacred and serene. His music shall be with us for always.Considering the present turmoil over the homestead lands, his music reminds us of what was so special about the Hawaiin lands was it’s spirit and beauty. The very thing that is being taken away.
Blessings, Kathlee
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Name: Patricia Santarpio
Email: beakman100@home.com
URL:
Date: 2/3/01
Time: 3:43:03 PM
Comments
With the first plunk of the Ukulele on this years e-toys commercial I became obsessed with finding out who posessed this wonderous voice. My son downloaded Somewhere over the rainbow from Napster and bought me Facing Future for Christmas. I played it during Christmas dinner and listen to Iz everyday just for the joy he brings me. I can’t explain it. But I share his music with everyone who enters my home and they love him too and they share it with their loved ones and so he lives……
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Name: Lorraine Tiedemann
Email: blt@ime.net
URL:
Date: 2/3/01
Time: 3:20:03 PM
Comments
Just saw Finding Forester and heard Over the Rainbow. At home I searched the new for more information. That is how I became a fan of IZ. I am mezmorized by the CD Facing Future. We started traveling to HI in 1991. I am sorry that I did not know about IZ then.

His voice just takes me back to the islands. Hawai’i 78 is the most haunting song I have ever heard. I sing it all the time. When I hear Over the Rainbow, I get chills. What a great talent. What a shame it ended so soon.
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Name: Kelly Degman
Email: kelly_degman@co.washington.or.us
URL:
Date: 2/2/01
Time: 10:45:32 PM
Comments
I first heard Israel’s music on a soundtrack to Finding Forester, from then on I have sought out his music. It brings tears to my eyes knowing he is gone. The Son will always be on him and his family. I am a Deputy Sheriff and his music helps me cope with this World.

Kelly
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Name: Alicia
Email: kuuleinani25@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 2/2/01
Time: 7:20:24 PM
Comments
IZ was one of my favorite singers, and he still is. My parents have the video of his scattering of his ashes. It’s such an awesome video. Even thou im back on the mainland, we are all still keeping him alive.
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Name: Robin Kessinger
Email: robinkessinger@newwave.net
URL:
Date: 2/1/01
Time: 7:39:45 PM
Comments
The best part of “Finding Forrester” was Iz’s version of “Over The Rainbow”. After just discovering Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and his music, I was very sad to hear he was gone.

A new fan, Robin Kessinger
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Name: Dee Aiko
Email: hawaiian_cruza_girl@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 2/1/01
Time: 4:48:04 PM
Comments
I wanted to let everyone know that when IZ died I cryed for days. When I got married in Sept. of 97 I asked the church to play In dis life as my wedding song. I had so many complements about the uses of that song as my wedding song. When I moved to the mainland (Georgia) in 97 I kept Iz picture in a frame by the front door of my house and when ever I entered it was like I was home in Hawaii. All the Haole visitors I had to my home would ask…. “Who’s that?” and I’d tell them ” Thats Bruddah Iz…Hawaii’s Elvis.” We love you and miss you bruddah!
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Name: Nancy
Email: nancybliss@yahoo.com
URL: Yahoo
Date: 2/1/01
Time: 8:37:23 AM
Comments
The world lost a “Shining Light”, when IZ died. How fortunate that he was with us, if only for a short time!! My son bought me one of his CD’s one day, and I was so moved by his voice and his love of life. My first CD was IZ, In Concert. I now own all of his CD’s. I start my morning with one of his CD’s. I want to share with you, that the reason my son bought that first CD for me, my twin brother died suddenly last year of a massive heart attack. He lived in a small town in Montana, and owned a business, after 11 years of cold etc, he and his wife decided to move to his wife’s home in Florida. They sold the house, the business, and they where on their way to Florida!They made it half way to Florida when he died. He wanted more then anything to be on the beach and watch the waves!! Brother IZ, to me embodies that spirit, that my twin had, Aloha for all, love of the land, And even though you are no longer with us, God Bless You Israel for all that you have done, and continue to do. I am crying as I am typing this, but the lesson Israel thaught me “We are only here for a short time, make it count!!!” Mahola Nui. Nancy
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Name: Dave and Fran Breerwood
Email: breerwoo@brainerd.net
URL:
Date: 2/1/01
Time: 6:29:33 AM
Comments
Dear IZ, My wife and I humbly thank God for blessing us with your gift of beautiful songs. We know you are gone but you are in our hearts, minds and souls. You touched us with true joy. Forever in our memory and our love to you. God Bless your family. Love, Dave and Fran
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Name: Jan & Barry
Email: jh1717@msn.com
URL:
Date: 1/31/01
Time: 7:45:58 PM
Comments
Mahalo nui to the Great Spirit for such a soul of love and peace. We love the islands and Bruddah Iz echoes everything we found there. Back on the mainland, his cd’s bring us back to the essence of Hawaii.
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Name: sherry goolsby
Email: sherjo44@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 1/31/01
Time: 5:39:04 PM
Comments
i heard IZ singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow on a TV program and instantly,I knew it was him.I had fallen in love with the voice of an angel and the tears flowed freely. I must find a recording of his beautiful version to play at my own wake and to listen to everyday that I am blessed to be here.My heart is full for your loss.
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Name: Terrie Campbell
Email: tlc010453@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/31/01
Time: 1:43:48 PM
Comments
Your music warms and lightens the heart…….
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Name: Karen Olsen
Email: karen@capitolhill.net
URL: http://www.themestream.com/authors/52940.html
Date: 1/31/01
Time: 11:03:31 AM
Comments
Hello–unfortunately, I did not really discover this artist until a couple of months after his passing in 1997, when a world music radio program here in Seattle broadcast a couple of his songs. I had seen some of his cd’s in various stores, but I hadn’t heard his voice before, with these gorgeous long, high notes that go straight through your heart. I hope to check out more of his songs in the near future. Thanks!
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Name: John Remmel
Email: myjohn@home.com
URL:
Date: 1/31/01
Time: 9:01:59 AM
Comments
My wife and I have just seen the movie Finding Forrester and were spellbound to hear Over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World. We immediately went to purchase the soundtrack and the only song we listen to on that soundtrack is Israel’s Over the Rainbow. I have just discovered his music and am saddened to hear of his death. Yet, be comforted by the fact that his music reaches beyond the confines of this life and have brought much joy to me and my wife. We are going to purchase his albums and get better acquainted with this “refreshing” and “soulfully pure” sound. The intimacy he creates on this recording is astounding. There is only one other singer, Nat King Cole, who can accomplish this same intimacy. What a beautiful soul he must have been. Again, our heartfelt condolences. John & Myra Remmel
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Name: monte waite
Email: kahuku_85@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 1/31/01
Time: 8:45:51 AM
Comments
iz was the best
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Name: HERBERT R. AMINA III
Email: WWW.HAPAKIAMINA@YAHOO.COM
URL:
Date: 1/30/01
Time: 9:55:03 PM
Comments
IN MY LIFE IT’S BEEN GOOD TO KNOW YOU AND TO BE ABOUL TO LOVE YOU AS MY UNCLE YOUR HERBIE WITH LOVE. HAWAIIAN SUPERMAN UNCLE IZ.
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Name: Herbert R. Amina III
Email: www.hapakiamina@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 1/30/01
Time: 9:46:39 PM
Comments
I Herbie will all was love you Uncle IZ .I hope that one day hawaiians will love ,in all thing that they do in life
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Name: Herbert R. Amina III
Email: www.hapakaina@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 1/30/01
Time: 9:42:39 PM
Comments
I Herbie will all was love you Uncle IZ .I hope that one day hawaiians will love ,in all thing that they do in life
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Name: papa stan sylva
Email: lilitiwi@shaka.com
URL:
Date: 1/30/01
Time: 7:18:36 PM
Comments
IZ Still brings LOVE and ALOHA in my soul this day and HE will HE will do it for the rest of my life
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Name: papa stan sylva
Email: lilitiwi@shaka.com
URL:
Date: 1/30/01
Time: 7:18:32 PM
Comments
IZ Still brings LOVE and ALOHA in my soul this day and HE will HE will do it for the rest of my life
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Name: Kathy Rosario
Email: Krosario@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/30/01
Time: 6:40:43 PM
Comments
Iz’s music leaves me feeling so peaceful and yet longing for the peace and tranquility of the islands. I miss his wonderful voice.
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Name: Duchess
Email:
URL:
Date: 1/30/01
Time: 5:37:09 PM
Comments
Well I would just like to say that this man has made a big impact on mz life as well as those all over the world. He was a man that was the perfect example of gentle. I knew him onlz through his music but, I felt like I knew him on a personal level. I am very sorry for your lost and I offer mz condolences. He will forever be remember.
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Name: Jackie Hagan
Email: jackihagan@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/30/01
Time: 5:14:21 PM
Comments
I happened to be in Hawaii when IZ passed away. I hadn’t heard of him until then and I was captivated by his music. I listen to his music and I’m immediately transported to the Islands and the spirit of Aloha. My life is richer for knowing IZ. He embodies the beauty of the islands and his legacy will live on in his music.
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Name: dana adame
Email: he8ven145
URL:
Date: 1/30/01
Time: 2:14:39 PM
Comments
bruddah was a real legend..i just started learning about him and his life and am real facinated…bruddah’s music is more than just lyrics, it comes from the heart and is real admirable…..i wish i would’ve known about him before his death so i could go see him perform….R.I.P.
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Name: Desmond Smith
Email: dezmozegreato@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 1/30/01
Time: 12:08:40 PM
Comments
The music of Israel Kamakawiwo`ole still brings tears to my eyes.
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Name: Dave Bailey
Email: LBailey@west.raytheon.com
URL:
Date: 1/30/01
Time: 11:29:18 AM
Comments
My daughter’s high school competitive colorguard team choose to do this years show to “Rainbow/Wonderful World”. Although the parents and the girls loved the music, no one really knew who the artist was until yesterday. After looking at this web site, it is a happy thought that IZ’s music will be heard throughout all the competitions, from Las Vegas to Milwalkee. The show is a beautiful tribute to the song and the artist.
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Name: Aloha
Email: haynpakalologurl@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 1/30/01
Time: 10:33:55 AM
Comments
Bruddah Iz…Gentle Giant he was. A Legacy known to all who knew him and his music. His love and MANA’O was expressed in his music and could be felt by everyone. The beauty of knowing him was that he meant everything he said. He reached out to so many people and touched so many lives, and in that path he touched mines. He made me realize that there is more to life than what I perceive it to be. He IZ and always will BE my HaYnSuPaMaN! SUPE!!! May his life live on in the hearts of everyone! Aloha!
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Name: Dawn
Email: Havyan@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/30/01
Time: 9:42:12 AM
Comments
May he be embedded in the hearts of every mankind
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Name: Vanessa
Email: MOoOnStArZz@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/29/01
Time: 10:25:39 PM
Comments
hello..i would like to say that Israel has such a wonderful voice. I first heard his music on a Tv commercial and fell in love with it but i didnt know who sang the song until the other day. Since then i have found many sites for Israel and they are all very nice! I would like to send my prayers to his family and to Israel! Sincerely, Vanessa
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Name: Zack
Email:
URL:
Date: 1/29/01
Time: 9:31:34 PM
Comments
I just recently discovered Israels’ music and am constantly listening to it, it is sad indeed that someone with such renderign words hsould be taken away so soon.
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Name: Dave Maggart
Email: Maggman2000@yahoo.com
URL: www.surf.to/Maggman
Date: 1/29/01
Time: 8:22:34 PM
Comments
I never even knew about this man until a couple weeks ago. His music is moving and I can’t get the songs out of my head. God has his reasons for taking a man with a big heart.
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Name: RJ Torre
Email: r1516@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/29/01
Time: 5:58:43 PM
Comments
thank u for the song this song israel.
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Name: RJ Torre
Email: r1516@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/29/01
Time: 5:56:45 PM
Comments
i just want to thank israel for a great song. i will always remember Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World. this song is just so inspiring to me. it just gives me this soothing, relaxing feeling. thank u israel and i know that your spirit will live on forever through this song. this song just makes me realize how wonderful our world is.
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Name: Robert Young
Email: Bobicyoung@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/29/01
Time: 5:48:56 PM
Comments
I love this man’s music.It’s gentle sounds and easy rythmn sooths my soul. I am also glad and thankful that his is in heaven and look forward to seeing him when i am called home. I only wish I could have seen him sing live. Mahalo
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Name: Ralph
Email: rblvsrrb@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/29/01
Time: 5:24:05 PM
Comments
Great song!
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Name: Anna
Email: atfreddie@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/29/01
Time: 4:59:18 PM
Comments
I was visiting Los Angeles, California last week and saw the movie “Finding Forrester.” I found myself staying to the very end, through the credits, because of Mr. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” His music touched my soul.

I just found today that Mr. Kamakawiwo’ole passed away in 1997. It breaks my heart to know that the world has lost such a talented wonderful artist. May he rest in peace.
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Name: Nick Hermes
Email: NHz942@AOL.com
URL:
Date: 1/29/01
Time: 4:26:57 PM
Comments
Bless you “Buddah Iz”
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Name: Jimmy
Email:
URL:
Date: 1/29/01
Time: 4:14:49 PM
Comments
May this wonderfull man rest in peace and inspire all of us looking up at the sky as his star shines bright.
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Name: Debbie & Marcia
Email: DLight35@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/27/01
Time: 7:12:52 PM
Comments
we never knew you but your music is beautiful. Your music brings tears to our eyes it is so beautiful. Goodbye Iz
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Name: Tina Casey
Email: Caseyboys@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/26/01
Time: 7:07:12 PM
Comments
I have recently discovered IZ’s music and I tell you his voice is incredible. Hawaii ’78 makes me cry everytime.
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Name: Bwanna
Email: dsmoak@phototypecolor.com
URL:
Date: 1/25/01
Time: 5:32:13 AM
Comments
Thank you for the most beautiful, peaceful, soothing music I’ve ever heard. You will be missed but always lovingly remembered.
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Name: Donna Smoak aka Bwanna
Email: dsmoak@phototypecolor.com
URL:
Date: 1/25/01
Time: 5:07:08 AM
Comments
Thank you for the most beautiful, peaceful, soothing music I’ve ever heard. You will be missed but always lovingly remembered.
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Name: David Eldred
Email: Pikachops@juno.com
URL:
Date: 1/24/01
Time: 10:28:23 PM
Comments
I love music, and though I never met the man, I can tell by his song that is my loss. here’s to his memory
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Name: Paul Wegner
Email: paulweg@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 1/24/01
Time: 5:22:45 PM
Comments
Best of luck with the site. Stay true and keep it plain, with no ads.
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Name: perry
Email: perryd@diemdesign.com
URL:
Date: 1/24/01
Time: 3:47:47 PM
Comments
I just discovered Israel’s music, how tragic that he is gone.
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Name: YHM
Email: moultoy@webasto.com
URL:
Date: 1/24/01
Time: 7:36:21 AM
Comments
What a beautiful song. Facing future. I hear it often and yet did not know who performed it. Monday night they played again on Gideons Crossing and the information was posted on the Website.

Thank you Israel for sharing your creativity with us. It will last until the end of time.
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Name: Nancy Derque
Email:
URL:
Date: 1/23/01
Time: 7:46:16 PM
Comments
Heard his recording of Somewhere Over the Rainbow on the movie “Finding Forrester” and loved it.
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Name: Rob
Email:
URL:
Date: 1/23/01
Time: 10:16:35 AM
Comments
Somewhere over the rainbow/what a wonderful world. What an artist this man was. He and his talent will never be forgotten.
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Name: Bryon Kalohi
Email: COLEKO@AOL.COM
URL:
Date: 1/23/01
Time: 12:15:32 AM
Comments
YOUR MUSIC IS BEAUTIFUL AND YOUR MUSIC REMINDS ME ON WHAT IT IS TO BE HAWAIIAN. YOU MADE ME FIND MY HAWAIIAN HEART. I STILL CRY TO THIS DAY WHEN I HEAR HAWAI’I 78.
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Name: Bryon Kalohi
Email: COLEKO@AOL.COM
URL:
Date: 1/23/01
Time: 12:14:27 AM
Comments
YOUR MUSIC IS BEAUTIFUL AND YOUR MUSIC REMINDS ME ON WHAT IT IS TO BE HAWAIIAN. YOU MADE ME FIND MY HAWAIIAN HEART. I STILL CRY TO THIS DAY WHEN I HEAR HAWAI’I 78.
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Name: Jerry Gunn
Email: gunn0021@tc.umn.edu
URL:
Date: 1/22/01
Time: 6:52:39 PM
Comments
I wish I had known of Bruddah IZ years ago. His voive is one that will live in me, my wife and our newborn daughter for years to come. Thank you for sharing this website. Jerry, Ashley and Sophia – St.Paul, MN
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Name: Katie Montgomery
Email: lilboo222@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 1/22/01
Time: 6:32:28 PM
Comments
Iz is a big part of our life on the main island. He brings joy to our hearts. Puts beautiful thoughts of my family along with beautiful Hawaii. He will be missed!
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Name: Katie Montgomery
Email: lilboo222@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 1/22/01
Time: 6:28:52 PM
Comments
Iz was a great artist. and will be missed
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Name: Steven and Vanessa Lee
Email: slee19@austin.rr.com
URL:
Date: 1/22/01
Time: 6:07:03 PM
Comments
We are new to enjoying Iz, but we are awestruck by his music. I am ashamed to admit my first exposure was an etoys.com commercial. I look forward to hearing more.
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Name: Jon Maddron
Email: SlothmanDaDragon
URL:
Date: 1/22/01
Time: 10:14:06 AM
Comments
Though I have only been exposed to his music recently, I must thank Iz for showing me that there is much more to Hawai’i than I had ever known. I am grateful that his spirit ilves on forever through his music, bringing more people together than he may ever had imagined. I feel privilaged to have heard him, and the world lost him much too soon. Thank you, Israel. You are missed.
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Name: Chris & Linda Townsley
Email: lctown@pacbell.net
URL:
Date: 1/21/01
Time: 9:24:55 PM
Comments
Dearest Family:

We live on the Mainland, but my family still lives in Honolulu and we love our Hawaiian music, especially recordings from Iz and his brothers.

We just got back from seeing the movie, “Finding Forrester” and heard the recording of Iz singing “Over The Rainbow” at the movies conclusion. We realize your loss is probably still fresh, the scar healing, but never forgotten. We too miss him, but he lives on.

We shall see, hear and enjoy him again in another life.

God bless you,

Chris & Linda Townsley
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Name: Susan
Email:
URL:
Date: 1/21/01
Time: 7:42:33 PM
Comments
Saw Finding Forrester and once again came across Mr Kamakawiwo’ole’s incredible version of Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World. I first heard about this musician on National Public Radio and could never remember his last name. This time I payed attention. I’m so glad I finally found this and other sights about “IZ”. He must have been a lovely man besides a wonderful and creative musician. I look forward to hearing more of his music!
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Name: destiny pevan
Email: fastrack_us_99@yahoo.com
URL: none
Date: 1/21/01
Time: 1:57:27 PM
Comments
i loved bruddah’s music…he was ahead of his time
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Name: destiny pevan
Email: fastrack_us_99@yahoo.com
URL: none
Date: 1/21/01
Time: 1:57:25 PM
Comments
i loved bruddah’s music…he was ahead of his time
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Name: Brad Isaacson
Email: arhcbi@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/21/01
Time: 12:22:20 PM
Comments
I just discovered IZ yesterday. I immediately went to the internet to find out more about him and was saddened to learn of his death a few years ago.

All I can tell you is that listenting to the CD “Facing Forward” in Borders Bookstore yesterday made me happy. I listened to the whole CD and was totally captured by what was obviously a very beautiful soul.

I know that this comment is very late but I still send my very real condolances.
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Name: Wendy Gomard Medeiros
Email: weneki77@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/20/01
Time: 4:08:59 PM
Comments
So nice to see that Cuz Iz spirit is still w/ us. Even all the way in Texas, Cuz Iz is thought about. E malama pono, Wendy
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Name: Uilokelani
Email: Madmad1@houston.rr.com
URL:
Date: 1/19/01
Time: 9:39:03 PM
Comments
I feel so blessed to have known you and your music before you passed on. I have been listening to your music for years and continue to listen. You have and will always inspire others through your beautiful music and beautiful spirit. Peace Brudda IZ
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Name: Mike Yoshinaka
Email: mrbluegun@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/17/01
Time: 7:01:49 PM
Comments
A great man. If anyone knows where I can get copies of his sheet music or tabs, please e-mail me.
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Name: laverne lott
Email: icuhaunani@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/17/01
Time: 8:03:55 AM
Comments
we may have lost you but not the music or the songs you gave to us. mahalo and may heaven be filled with your music and love.
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Name: Ron T Halfmoon
Email: rhalfmoon@webtv.net
URL:
Date: 1/17/01
Time: 7:55:08 AM
Comments
The man and his music is awesome! I have been enthralled by his songs, the power of some of the lyrics, and the beauty of the music. Being from the mainland his records are difficult to find. I lov to listen to him!
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Name: Ron T Halfmoon
Email: rhalfmoon@webtv.net
URL:
Date: 1/17/01
Time: 7:22:45 AM
Comments
The man and his music is awesome! I have been enthralled by his songs, the power of some of the lyrics, and the beauty of the music. Being from the mainland his records are difficult to find. I lov to listen to him!
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Name: Debbie Wilson
Email: Bdka1@msn.com
URL:
Date: 1/16/01
Time: 5:42:03 PM
Comments
thank you so much for sharing a little bit of Israel’s life. Every since I heard the soundtrack from Finding Forrester and Listening to his rendition of Somewhere over the Rainbow on KINK FM, Portland, I am fascinated by his voice and music. I now have Facing Future and am pleased to find other recordings. I feel so sad that this great talent is lost. I hope he knows that his music is more loved than ever. Thank you from an Oregonian.
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Name: L. Dwight Gorman
Email: ldgorman1@earthlink.net
URL:
Date: 1/16/01
Time: 5:28:02 PM
Comments
IZ we still miss you in Maryland. I wish I could have known you before you left us. But you are still here with me regardless in my heart. I look out at the chesapeake bay and think of you while I listen to your tunes. Just thought I would give you some email action. If their was email in heaven you would be overwhelmed. You touched so many that you never even knew. It is truely a gift from god to be able to touch so many and continue to do so. I hope you are looking down on us all with a smile on your face. See Ya!!!
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Name: ~LuPuA pAiShOn~
Email: Swthayngurl@aol.com
URL:
Date: 1/16/01
Time: 3:04:49 PM
Comments
aLoHaZ..WeLL iTs BiN 2 YrS..SiNcE iVe FiRsT ViSiTeD dIs SiTe N SiGnEd DiS BooK..iTs GooD 2 See ChOkE PePo ShOw DeA aLoHa FoR IZ N HaYn MuSiC..i BiN LiStEnIn 2 HiM sInCe i WaS bAby N I sTiLL LiStEn 2 BrUddAh EvErY CoUpLe DaYs..iTs JuS sHoLiD..sTiLL GiVe Me cHiCkEn SkIn N eVeN mAkE mE CrY.. HOo..BrUddAh U sTiLL Da BeStEsT..aNd aLwAyS WiLL b..KaNiKaPiLa In HeAvEn..MuAh..WeLL aLoHaZ..aLwAyS WiLL MiSS YoU.. Pua ~HaYngUrLiE~ Paishon
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Name: John and Jeanie Howard
Email: jbjeanie @iland.net
URL:
Date: 1/15/01
Time: 4:52:45 AM
Comments
We watch the video about IZ-the Man and his Music many times. He must have been a kind and caring man. His music has so much feeling. We like to think of Hawaii through his eyes not just the tourist things which we were fortunate enough to see when we were there two years ago.
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Name: Scott Jermaine Guyton
Email: captiantylor@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 1/15/01
Time: 4:36:59 AM
Comments
Everytime i hear “Hawaii ’78” it’s hard for me not to cry. I am born and raised in Hawaii, I can see the pain that causes me to cry everytime I hear that song. I hope this song helps to tell everyone the truth about Hawaii and what Hawaiians should contol there own destiny, as a people.

God bless him and his famaily

Scott
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Name: Scott Jermaine Guyton
Email: captiantylor@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 1/15/01
Time: 4:35:41 AM
Comments
Everytime i hear “Hawaii ’78” it’s hard for me not to cry. I am born and raised in Hawaii, I can see the pain that causes me to cry everytime I hear that song,

God bless him and his famaily

Scott
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Name: Kamuela Samuel Kamelamela-Dudoit
Email: kamuela001@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 1/12/01
Time: 6:46:16 PM
Comments
It was sad to hear that our greatest musician and well- known legendary Hawaiian man had passed on. I will always remember him through his beautiful and harmonic music that he had composed. I have grown up with his music during my childhood times and until present. He is still alive with his music and memories of him. “E ala e”, “Kaleohano”, and “Kamalani.” These are my favorite songs that I really enjoyed to listen and relaxed with. I know in his spiritual life in heaven, he is creating more music and many concerts like he has done here. E malama pono aku e palala o IZ.
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Name: Naomi
Email: naluhoe@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 1/11/01
Time: 1:42:11 PM
Comments
His gift was singing and he shared it with us all. That voice, that haunting voice, it sends chills down my spine everytime I hear it. I love his music, I love his messages, and I love that his memory continues to live on! He is a legend in the eyes of many and will remain that way forever. I only wish I could have seen him live in concert. One song, that is all I would have needed, one song. My love to Bruddah Iz’ ohana. Mahalo for the music and for the memories Iz! You are missed!
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Name: raghu
Email: raghuhon@mail.com
URL:
Date: 1/11/01
Time: 10:11:31 AM
Comments
I just heard the song of Israels Over the world after I came across in movie Finding Forrester. i had just loved and did not know who it was. After searching, and hearing I am moved.. hats off the the great singer…Israel.. i know i missed something all these years.. raghu 10th Jan 2001
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Name: Lorraine Woodmansee
Email: lori@bussardengineering.com
URL:
Date: 1/10/01
Time: 7:56:11 PM
Comments
Thank you so much, Iz, for the music that touches my heart.
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Name: FLY-N-SPARKS
Email: FLY-N-SPARKS@MSN.COM
URL:
Date: 1/10/01
Time: 3:22:21 PM
Comments
I was in Hawaii in September and heard his voice on the Radio frequently, Then I found a Local lady playing his songs in her shop, I asked who he was and where to buy an album ….. She said she had some to sell , so I purchaced IZ in Concert The Man and His Music,

Everytime I listen to the album, I can hear & Feel his Truthfull Giving of Love & Passion for the Music he sang

He was Very Talented, and has one of the most soothing voices I have ever heard …..

I only wish more people could hear his music & be as warm and sincere as he was

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole IS A TRUE LEGEND IN THE MUSIC WORLD AND HE WILL BE MISSED !

 
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Name: Rhonda Montoya
Email: bjm@twca.com
URL:
Date: 1/10/01
Time: 12:25:02 PM
Comments
The man with the voice of an angel now sings in the heavens of paradise. How blessed are we all to have found Iz’s music to soothe us. Now it is up to us to introduce the music of IZ to others so they too, can share in the beautiful words, music and feelings that Israel gave us. I love Hawaii and I am so thankful I have the music that is hawaii to me.
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Name: The Mountain Apple Company
Email: info@mountainapplecompany.com
URL: http://www.mountainapplecompany.com
Date: 1/10/01
Time: 11:04:07 AM
Comments
Link to our IZ pages: http://www.mountainapplecompany.com/20topartistbio+/iz/izbio.html

Thanks!
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Name: George Wightman
Email: debslim@aol.com
URL: na
Date: 1/9/01
Time: 10:17:40 PM
Comments
As I was working at our shop at North Maui Beach (Tazmanian Towing), when Bruddah Iz passed, I heard the news on the radio I was overcome by a very deep sadness and loss. When I looked up toward the sky I saw his spirit leave this earth and join God. We all know that’s where he went. I feel that we are truly blessed to have his music alive with us forever. God has taken him from us for a more important journey. Aloha! George
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Name: Linda Staker
Email: desertspirit@webtv.net
URL:
Date: 1/9/01
Time: 10:03:25 PM
Comments
I visited Maui in Sept. of 2000 and IZ music touched my heart and soul like no other singer.He has such a beautiful voice only the voice of an angel.The cd I have is Facing Future, such a wonderful CD. My heart and love goes out to the one and only IZ
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Name: Terri
Email: beadsis@rcsis.com
URL:
Date: 1/9/01
Time: 3:48:18 PM
Comments
How sad I am to learn that Iz has gone on as I’ve just been introduced to his music. I receiving Facing the Future for Christmas and am so sorry that Hawai’i and the world has lost this talented man.
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Name: Randall Scheideman
Email: rscheideman@fsc.follett.com
URL:
Date: 1/7/01
Time: 3:41:09 PM
Comments
My family and I listen to IZ’s music at dinner. We sometimes sing along. The music has brought us together. How can I miss someone I never knew?
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Name: aloma
Email: outfoxedu2@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 1/6/01
Time: 6:47:20 PM
Comments
your music takes me home. may god watch over you.
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Name: Minnie Warburton
Email: warburtonm1@msn.com
URL:
Date: 1/6/01
Time: 1:19:27 PM
Comments
I have visited Hawaii, Oahu only, three times in the past year. Thanks to the voice, music, words of Iz, I have begun to learn something of the land and people that we haoles of the mainland rarely are privileged to encounter. Iz opens a door through the external Hawaii into the interior which is a song of the heart. What I feel sometimes is that Iz has become one of Hawaii’s akua. He has inspired me to try to learn what I can of the Hawaiian language and to be one of those who speaks for the rights of the Hawaiian people. I found this word: kahu: and it says it means guardian and also to kindle fire. If that is right, then that for me is Iz and his music… that he is a guardian of his people and his islands, and that he kindles fire in the hearts of all of us. And he teaches also “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina ika pono.” And if I am a haole wahine living in the mountains of Tennessee and I have learned all this from Iz in one year and three visits, then people should know he lives on, he teaches, and his song is the great song of us all, and the great heart of the world.

Thank you for letting me share this.
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Name: Maria
Email: mlconn_blue@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: 1/5/01
Time: 8:19:41 PM
Comments
Bruddah IZ:

You have been with me everyday since I heard your beautiful voice for the first time only two months ago. You were indeed too beautiful for this world but I thank you and our Creator for bringing you here so that we could be touched by your magical essence. Your voice and music are like soothing, healing balm upon my soul. I have shared your music with my people and hope that they are touched by even a fraction of the way that I have been. Hawaii is a beautiful land and you represent the epitome of what Hawaii is. I love you bruddah IZ and wherever you are I hope you can feel the love that we send your way, just as we can feel the love you have left behind. Mahalo
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Name: Kevin P. Anderson
Email: kevina@castleview.com
URL: none
Date: 1/5/01
Time: 10:47:32 AM
Comments
Iz’s music has touched my heart like no other. Allthough I am Haoli, and do not understand Hawiian language, I blast his CD in my car, and sing the words at the top of my lungs as if I were Hawiian. My family laughs at me as I sing along, but they know that IZ has brought Hawaiian to my heart and way of life. If I could I could say anything to Israel, I would tell him that his music has made me a better person, less judgemental, more caring of loved ones. IZ, you are my spiritual brother. I pray that you watch over me and help me to enjoy my life, and to be greatful for all that I have. We miss you brudda!!!
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Name: Anisoquili Raymond
Email:
URL:
Date: 1/5/01
Time: 8:41:49 AM
Comments
I always tear up when I hear Israel’s sweet voice singing Hawai’i 78. We are all blessed to still have his music and will enjoy him again when we meet after death.
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Name: Dave Scharber
Email: davescharber@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 1/4/01
Time: 11:44:10 PM
Comments
I have just recently had the priviledge of experiencing and consuming Iz’s music. I must say I am completely blown away and feel sorrow for the premature loss of talent and heartfelt dedication he had for his remarkable ability to keep his listeners in awe.

Thank you Mr. Kamakawiwo’ole!
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Name: Mitch Allen
Email: mitchking@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: 1/2/01
Time: 7:43:05 PM
Comments
I only recently met Iz’s sould through his music. I cannot tell you how devastated I was to know that the gentle giant who pierced my soul is no longer walking among us. I have been collecting all of his music that I can. There are many people who perform his music, but when he sings, my sould vibrates like the string of a cello when bowed. I bid peace to all whose lives he has and will adorn.
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Name: Valerie Christensen
Email:
URL:
Date: 1/2/01
Time: 7:24:02 AM
Comments
Such an incredible talent. He is sorely missed.
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Name: Donna Jait (nee Parker)
Email: tsha@telusplanet.net
URL:
Date: 1/1/01
Time: 6:35:36 PM
Comments
To the Dear Family & friends of Bruddah Iz,

My deepest condolenses to you, the family of Israel. I was deeply saddened today to see that Iz had passed away. I also was saddened to hear about Skippy. This morning I awoke with Hawaii on my mind and in my heart, remembering the Aloha spirit we were blessed with when we met all of the lovely locals at the Seaview Inn in 1978-79 on one of our first trips to the island. The Sons of Makaha were playing and a group of us from Canada were invited by Kila & Al and some regulars at the Inn and we will always remember them and all of you for those incredible memories of the Aloha of all of you.Then I saw the sad news when I was trying to look up the “Seaview Inn” to contact those friends if they are still there. I lost my husband also, and my heart is with you all, Love Donna & Tanisha Parker,Alberta,Canada
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Name: Dana Sibilla
Email:
URL:
Date: 1/1/01
Time: 5:38:57 PM
Comments
I recieved the “Facing Future” disk as a gift, loving the sound of his voice and the obvious humanity behind his lyrics. I searched for him on the web and found that he was memorialized here. Gone from this life but not forgotten. Thank you for helping to make him available to all of us.
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