Israel Kamakawiwo`ole – Guestbook – 2002 Archive

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May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997

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GUESTBOOK  – 2002 Archive (January 2002-December 2002)

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Name: Keala
Email:
URL:
Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Time: 02:05 PM
Comments
I would like to say dat BRUDDAH IZ was very talentd artist in the state of hawai and he is surely missed by all people I wish i got to meet Bruddah IZ but i didn’t. “We love YOU Bruddah Iz” Aloha Kea
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Name: Ryan Mills
Email: magngib@juno.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Time: 08:42 AM
Comments
Just wanted to let Ye’All know that this music has touched me in ways unable to discribe………Thanks for the medium to voice my appreciation……An acoustical friend from Minnesota
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Name: Curtis
Email: curtis.arnott@phs.com
URL:
Date: Monday, December 30, 2002
Time: 12:04 PM
Comments
I lived on O’ahu for 5 and a half years. I loved every minute of a t grew to love it more when I was exposed to Braddah Iz’s music. Although I am a haole, my heart as well as my wife’s will always be in the islands. Our lives are richer for having been exposed to Braddah Iz and his music and all that he represents

Mahalo nui loa!! Aloha nui Loa!

We miss you and your music
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Name: Cat
Email: CatB21@Yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Monday, December 30, 2002
Time: 08:19 AM
Comments
I am new to IZ’s music, but I have never heard a more beautiful voice in my life. My twin sister introduced me to his music. When I heard him sing “somewhere over the rainbow”, my heart melted and it brought tears to my eyes. It still does every time I play it. My father passed away not too long ago and this song reminds me of him, but also with the sadness it brings an unreal peacefull feeling. It makes me think my father is okay. I thank him for that and his voice was that of a true Angel from Heaven. Where he is now. Thank you IZ. May God Bless Your Family. Cat
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Name: Mary-Ann Dickson
Email: kmdickson@shaw.ca
URL:
Date: Sunday, December 29, 2002
Time: 06:04 AM
Comments
I first heard of “Iz” from my cousin Shelly (who is half Hawaiian), this past summer. For Christmas this year, much to my delight, my family purchased “Facing Future” for me. I find his music and voice to be very beautifully haunting, my favourite piece being “White Sandy Beach of Hawai’i” – I could listen to that piece over and over again and never tire of it. His family must be very proud to have had him in their lives and to me his voice will always be there.
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Name: IZFAN 99
Email: IZFAN99@Bruddah.com
URL: bruddahyoudaman.com
Date: Tuesday, December 24, 2002
Time: 05:05 PM
Comments
You are my hero! I made a pillow case in your honor and now sleep and cry on it every night. I miss you so much. Just remember the good times. I’ll see you somewhere over the rainbow. The only thing that matters is that I was loved by you.
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Name: Andy Sullivan
Email: Condy124@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, December 24, 2002
Time: 08:59 AM
Comments
I love his music and was sad to hear of his death in ’97. I am a new fan and was hoping for a new cd to come out, but, sadly, one will never again come out. We can only sit and listen to his beautiful music full of sadness. We are able to cry to Hawaii ’78, smile to Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World, and laugh to Hawaiian Suppa Man. The only way to really express his greatness is to spread his music, tell people about it, so that his music is heard over the radio. A large grin came to my face when i heard IZ’s song come over the TV at the end of the fairly recent movie Finding Forrester. It was the first time that I had ever watched the credits six times. God bless you Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. May you rest in peace. We will forever cherish and protect your music
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Name: Ed Deloff
Email: eddlld@mac.com
URL:
Date: Monday, December 23, 2002
Time: 06:32 PM
Comments
I just bought Facing Future and find myself playing it over and over. The world has lost a beautiful voice and spirit, but he will be touching peoples hearts for many ears to come.
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Name: Phyllis Kendall
Email: gone2maui@lanset.com
URL:
Date: Monday, December 23, 2002
Time: 06:15 PM
Comments
I WENT TO PURCHASE A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR MY HUSBAND…A HAWAIIAN SHIRT…IN SACRAMENTO. THE SHOPKEEPER GAVE ME A SAMPLE CD OF IZ. I LOVE IT! THE WORLD IS DEFINITELY GOING TO MISS THIS WONDERFUL VOICE. I FIND IT VERY SOOTHING AND WISH I HAD FOUND HIM SOONER. FROM HIS VOICE, I CAN BELIEVE HE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON. IZ WILL BE MISSED.
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Name: Ed Deloff
Email: eddlld@mac.com
URL:
Date: Monday, December 23, 2002
Time: 06:14 PM
Comments
I just bought Facing Future and find myself playing it over and over. The world has lost a beautiful voice and spirit, but he will be touching peoples hearts for many ears to come.
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Name: Cary
Email: goodwin@capecod.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2002
Time: 01:00 PM
Comments
Today while in the music store, came across ‘IZ’ knowing nothing about his music just had a feeling I would love his voice and songs. I was listening to him as I got online to find out more about him, only to sadly find out he has passed. What a wonderful, gifted soul, who was able to touch so many.
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Name: Don Yuzwenko
Email: dboogie@mac.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2002
Time: 02:43 AM
Comments
When I heard Izzy’s version of ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ in the movie ‘Meet Joe Black’ I was intrigued by the simplicity and beauty of the arrangement and it made me think of Taj Mahal, but my TV was too small and fuzzy to read the credits and I never learned the artist’s name. Time passes…..I just saw the movie ‘Finding Forrester” this evening, and upon hearing the same song again, I just HAD! to know who the artist was. Thanks to the Internet, I arrived at this site, only to find that the Israel had passed away over 5 years ago. While I am saddened by the loss of such a beautiful songster as Israel, my heart is lifted by the purity of this man’s vocal expression. I hope to hear and to learn much more about Israel Kamakawiwo’ole in the future. With his blessing I shall be playing more of his music.

Thanks,

Don Yuzwenko

aka Dr. Boogie

Canada

PS please tell me how to properly pronounce Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s name
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Name: Ralf Weissenberger
Email: weisserh@scdc.ah.org
URL:
Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Time: 05:00 PM
Comments
Great voice and music from a Great Christian Man! God has blessed you and now you are with him singing and praising our Lord.

God bless your family and friends!

Thank you for your contributions and gifts.

Ralf <><

 

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Name: Judy
Email:
URL:
Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Time: 11:50 AM
Comments
At this late date, I have, only now, discovered Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole and his music. It seems to me he loved every minute he was able to sing. His voice is breathtakingly magnificent! I am saddened he had to leave this world at such a young age. It was a heart rendering loss of talent. However, he will live on in his music…even more in the hearts of his family, friends and fans. They have their memories with them all the time.

Thank you for this guestbook and the chance to express my thoughts and feelings.
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Name: Em
Email:
URL:
Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Time: 12:45 AM
Comments
I’m Australian, but I like to think that I’m one of those that Iz describes as “Hawaiians at heart”, and so is that very special person who introduced me to his music, during my second visit to Hawaii in 2000. I went home with “Facing Future” and it very quickly became one of my favourite CDs. I now have three others, including the wonderful “Alone in Iz World”, which is playing as I write this. I love how I can listen to Iz, and his beautiful voice will surround and soothe me, and it’s like I’m back in magical, healing Hawaii again. He is the soul and spirit of the islands. Wherever you are, Brudda Iz, thank you so very much for the wonderful gift you gave us – through your music you’ll live forever. Mahalo and aloha.

PS – Thanks for the duck joke!
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Name: Kahea
Email: bebey004@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2002
Time: 11:07 AM
Comments
Although its been 5 years since his passing I just like to say that I still hold a great lost in my heart for him. I listen to his songs often, and it makes me smile with pride when my children pick his CD to listen to over other ones. For that I know the messages which he left in his songs have been heard. I Thank you for giving our children hope and pride in who they are. Mahalo nui…Kahea
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Name: Reynaldo Guimaraes
Email: r.guimaraes@br.inter.net
URL: domain.br.inter.net/wso/rfoto.html
Date: Monday, December 16, 2002
Time: 09:39 AM
Comments
First touch with IZ was by film FINDING FORRESTER. That way Over the rainbow was being sung impressed me much.

Today I checked at internet and found many subject.

5 years after… Well, Some people remain forever. I will tell my kids today who was the singer of that beautiful song.

Shine always. You all.
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Name: blain-konamakanakaikaka’ihoekeolanuiohileuaopeleinui
Email: kuuipomakamae@msn.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2002
Time: 06:50 PM
Comments
For the past 5 years, Iz has left us physically. I think we all come in agreement when I say that he is in our hearts and has made a big difference in each and everyone of us. He has touched us and filled us with encouragement and belonging from him. Thanx Braddah Iz
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Name: mic lieder
Email: horsen@gte.net
URL:
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2002
Time: 10:50 PM
Comments
to toni riss,w.buyhawaiianmusic.com has a great six pack of the iz,es music.they also have his great video and now his lastest video.to me i can sit and watch these all day.the man and his music.it makes a bad day,good.info for all.brudda iz got another award this year.i think it was for best hawaiian singer.the list goes on. miss ya iz mic
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Name: Lynn
Email:
URL:
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2002
Time: 08:10 AM
Comments
I learned of this wonderful singer in ’95 and was amaze by his incredible voice and the way he could bring peace and contentment to the soul. I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in ’95 and had multiple complications that required several major operations followed by long periods of hospitalization with much pain and suffering. Izzy and his beautiful music got me through these endless days and nights. I went to this hospital an average of once every three months for seven years and I’ve never gotten tired of listening to Izzy’s music. My mother loves Hawaii and Izzy is one of her favorite artists. He is greatly missed but will live on in our hearts through his music. I love the way you have chosen to honor Izzy with your bannerless web site. That’s awesome! Sincerely, Lynn Peterson
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Name: Kimo
Email: myaloha2002@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2002
Time: 11:34 AM
Comments
In my life I recently experienced an emotional upheaval. On my travels from Alaska, my home for nearly 7 years, to California, I was alone, with my anguish and pain. I had the Lord, and Iz to comfort me in my travels. I listened to his music, listened to his words and they were uplifting to my soul and spirit. My life is better but a slow recovery. Much Aloha to Iz, his family and God for bringing such a gentle man into this world.

Mahalo, Kimo
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Name: Bob Zucker
Email: rzucker@gtent.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2002
Time: 08:42 AM
Comments
I echo the sentiments expressed by T. Gary on the fan link (almost verbatim…without the flash intro). The one change I would like to express is that I’m not in middle America…I’m in the thick of things in New York City. Here, the exciting myriad of sights and sounds too often gets lost as they blur together. The ‘Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World’ medley in Finding Forrester stood out and re-clarified music for me.

I’ve just this moment learned of his death through this website. IZ: Thank you, wherever you are.
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Name: Steven Powell
Email: steveandteresa@cox.net
URL: www.geocities.com/tylerkalin
Date: Monday, December 09, 2002
Time: 09:42 AM
Comments
I love your rendition of Over the Rainbow, this was not just a song, it touched me very deeply and I am determined to pass it on to my son. Thank you so very much.
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Name: John Harris
Email:
URL:
Date: Saturday, December 07, 2002
Time: 06:52 PM
Comments
Izzy is still making an impact with his music.
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Name: Greg & Karen Watson
Email: watsongs@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, December 07, 2002
Time: 01:52 PM
Comments
We just discovered Iz on our first visit to the islands. His voice brings such joy, it was so sad to hear of his passing.
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Name: Toni Riss
Email: rfsvideo@earthlink.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, December 07, 2002
Time: 12:11 PM
Comments
I am developing a healing website for cancer patients on the mainland and I love Iz’s music. I would like to carry the entire line on my website as a tribute to him and also to turn other patients onto his wonderful way of touching lives. I am a breast cancer patient and this is my gift back to Iz for the healing his music brings me. If someone could please let me know where I can buy his CD’s from a distributor of his music I would appreciate it.
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Name: Dean M Cnter
Email: centerdm@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, December 05, 2002
Time: 05:31 PM
Comments
I really enjoy IZ music since reporting here for the Navy in Hawaii. Keep his music going…
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Name: mitch myers
Email: mitch@epha.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, December 04, 2002
Time: 10:49 AM
Comments
Thanks Iz !
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Name: matthew magula
Email: therabidfrog@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, December 04, 2002
Time: 08:39 AM
Comments
I discovered Isreal’s music as it was at a listening station at Barnes & nobles. I consider it a wonderful moment when I came across his music. Very few times in my life have I been filled with so much emotion by any ones music.
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Name: Kalokehawaiiki Kaulaloa DeLeon
Email: kalo18@aol.com
URL:
Date: Monday, December 02, 2002
Time: 12:15 PM
Comments
This man has been an influence for the hawaiian people and non hawaiian alike. A man not only known for the size of his body, but more so the enormity of his heart. I realize how lucky I was to have been in the presence of such a great man. His legacy will live on, through us, through his music, and in out hearts. I love this gentle giant with all my heart, and my children and their children will also. His strenght and fearless courage for the inevatable will never leave memory. thankyou iz,I love you
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Name: Glenn
Email:
URL:
Date: Monday, December 02, 2002
Time: 08:12 AM
Comments
Since seeing “Meet Joe Black” and hearing the melody, I’ve pondered who I was listening to. I’d hear it on a commercial and it would stop me where I was to listen to it. As with many busy people, I didn’t get the chance to find out who this voice belonged to until I was knocked down a peg or two by illness and had idle time on my hands. I’m sorry this man died before I had the chance to know him. His voice is as sweet and simple as any I’ve ever heard in my life. I, for one, will never forget the music.
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Name: Jill
Email:
URL:
Date: Sunday, December 01, 2002
Time: 06:33 PM
Comments
My thoughts coincide with the email posted from T. Gary…Israel Kamakawiwo ‘ole had a very gifted voice, and it’s too bad we didn’t have the chance to know of him when he was alive. Hearing “Somewhere over the rainbow” always touches my heart.

 

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Name: Dave Tevita Mann
Email: yacht@race35fsnet.co.uk
URL:
Date: Sunday, December 01, 2002
Time: 12:42 PM
Comments
Bruddah iz just found your site,i should have found it sooner.Thisworld needs guys like you,so full of spirit and compasion, izz haole from UK but Hawaiian at heart,your music lifts my spirit,i understand what your fans mean,when you make them weep tears of joy and sadness that you have left us Maholo for the Mana you have given us all.Sincere condolences to his wife and family Maholo Nui Loa Tevita
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Name: John and Barbara Severski
Email: miscseattle@attbi.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, December 01, 2002
Time: 10:41 AM
Comments
My wife I had heard about IZ atop Haleakela Crater (House of the Sun) in Maui from a park ranger in the souvenir shop just below the summit. We knew of his “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful Word” but little of him. An emotional story from the park ranger convinced us to buy “Facing Future” and we played it all the way down Haleakela. His music brought what we were seeing into remarkable poignancy. When we got to Lahina, we bought four more of his CD’s. We were and still are completely overtaken with emotions we hardly know how to explain whenever we listen to his music. We wish his family well and look forward to learning more about IZ!
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Name: LEONANI AHSING
Email: bluhawaii808@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, November 30, 2002
Time: 04:14 PM
Comments
well first of all iz was like my uncle i growed up with his family and i was really close to his daughter witch they was living right next door to me iz was always talking to us about gangs and to stay away from halawa. but we never listened and now i wish i did…. aunty marlene is a kind of person i would love to call my mom she was so loving and still is.. i talk to her about my problems and she helped me out all.. i wish i could have a family like that..i just want so say one last thing before i end this: ces you was always a friend even if we had some drams( you know what i mean)aunty marlene thanks for everything you done for me the talks the laughs.. as for uncle iz from all the talks that you had with all of us im telling i should of listened but i will miss you and will never for get who you was………..aloha “LEO, PEKA,AND NANI AHSING”
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Name: Denny Burniston
Email: dennymassage@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, November 30, 2002
Time: 12:58 AM
Comments
This man and his music brought the Aloha in my heart back to life. His music has also driven me to learn about my own hawiian heritage. Hawaii is soverign in the hearts of all with hawiian blood in their veins, and as Iz would say, in all those hawiian at heart. Wherever we are Hawaii is. That is more important than pieces of paper, flags, and politics. Let us live that each day. Then we honor Iz, Hawaii, and ourselves. Aloha, Iz, and Aloha Nui Loa to all Hawiians and Hawiians at heart.Mahalo Nui Loa.
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Name: Keakakona Mercado
Email: silver_eyez12@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Friday, November 29, 2002
Time: 06:55 PM
Comments
Dearest IZ’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have listened to every one of his CD’s over and over and I have memorized all his songs. I feel really bad that he is gone adn that he can not make anymore CD’s to sing me to sleep. When he did a remake of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” I cried. At my Gramma’s funeral, we played this song. She died the day after tha September 11th attacks. She loved this song and she sang me to sleep with it many times. She is very grateful for him to have made this song and I am too. I am so sorry for this loss, and I hope you are not troubled to much as to write me back. I am sorry! Aloha, Keakakona
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Name: Fran Cain
Email: fccain@attbi.com
URL:
Date: Friday, November 29, 2002
Time: 09:45 AM
Comments
Facing Future was given to me as a gift last week. It was the first time I had heard of Iz. His music is beautiful and moving. I was saddened to be told that he had passed on. I plan to gift his music to others now that I know.
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Name: Mario
Email:
URL:
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2002
Time: 11:01 PM
Comments
bruddah Iz soul is in his music and wen i hear his music play it feels like he’s right in front of you singing….I will never forget how great a person he was
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Name: Claudio Pogliaghi
Email: claudiopogliaghi@tiscalinet.it
URL:
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2002
Time: 08:47 AM
Comments
You’ll never die. Your life, your love live forever in our hearts. Thanks for all that you do for all the people. See you, my brother!
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Name: Jo
Email:
URL:
Date: Monday, November 25, 2002
Time: 09:32 PM
Comments
I’m sorry to hear of Iz’s passing. I think he has a wonderful voice and I’m glad he was able to share it with the rest of the world while he was living. My best wishes to his family.
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Name: Doreen Muhlebach
Email: dmuhlebach3@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Monday, November 25, 2002
Time: 05:44 AM
Comments
Love his music, discovered it because I am having an Hawaiian party on Dec. 7th
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Name: Robyn
Email: robyn@nebi.com
URL: www.nebraskaphotos.com
Date: Monday, November 25, 2002
Time: 02:44 AM
Comments
As I write this I’m listening to Izzy’s rendition of “Over The Rainbow”…if ever there was a song to lift a person’s spirits, this is THE song. I had never heard(or noticed) this song before until I heard it on the Art Bell radio show. I think Barbara Simpson played it one Saturday night. Anyways, I’ve been going through a heartache this last 2 weeks and Izzy has helped ease my pain. THANK YOU IZZY! Most sincerely, Robyn from Nebraska
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Name: Cécile et Vincent
Email: apprentigandalf@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, November 24, 2002
Time: 12:07 PM
Comments
We discovered his music in ER. It was a very good idea as we love it!! it is so refreshing and different!! we can easily understand why he is so famous even if it was the first time we heard of him in France!! He was a great singer believing in his values.
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Name: David
Email: no@one.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, November 24, 2002
Time: 04:23 AM
Comments
This site is a great idea. Keep it going. IZ’s music is, of course, great.
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Name: Elroy
Email: ekamae@excite.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2002
Time: 01:33 PM
Comments
I’ll always love and appreciate your music and what you stood for, for thee hawaiian people, especially being soveriegn with in one self. Aloha and god bless, Hawaiian always.
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Name: Rinda Topel
Email: estconst@ev1.net
URL:
Date: Friday, November 22, 2002
Time: 06:48 AM
Comments
Thank you
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Name: francis a. drake
Email: fadrake@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2002
Time: 09:04 AM
Comments
god bless
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Name: Aimee Hannon
Email:
URL:
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2002
Time: 05:01 PM
Comments
thank you
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Name: Genieve
Email: genieve@islandh2o.com
URL: http://www.IslandH2O.com
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Time: 09:22 PM
Comments
Enjoyed your site!
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Name: Dennis Allen
Email: dennis3671@msn.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Time: 04:02 PM
Comments
IZ’s music has touched me deeply and I found myself drawn to his voice. I only wish everyone in the world could share in his musical vision. Thankyou Bruddah IZ
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Name: Nani
Email: Hawaiizchicka13@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Time: 02:29 PM
Comments
Thank you for making this page about uncle IZ I had to look up info on him for my mom whos a teacher and teaches her students about Hawaiian music. she shares alot about Iz in her lessons to the kids they learn alot about him. And now know alot of things about him and respect him dearly.
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Name: Paige
Email: pntotilo@optonline.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Time: 01:06 PM
Comments
I first heard of Iz when they played “Somewhere over the Rainbow” while Mark Greene was dying on ER. It took alot of research to finally get a copy of his CD and I absolute love it. So sad to hear he passed but at least now he is still caring for his beloved family. I play his CD for my friend who grew up in Hawaii and she just had to have it! Thanks for keeping his spirit alive!!! Bless you!
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Name: Grace Vanilau
Email: gvanilau@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Time: 01:54 AM
Comments
My friend brought over a C.D of Iz a few weeks ago for me to listen to,I was so blown away by the voice, I thought I’d surf the net and find out about the man behind the voice, to my dismay the first thing I see is a website called in memory of Izrael. You’re music, voice and message have truly inspired me to keep spreading the love. And strengthens my belief in the healing power of music. R.I.P my brother. ROCK ON POLYNESIA!!
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Name: Sistahood Leialoha
Email: leialohagirl2001@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Time: 12:17 AM
Comments
this guy was the best thing that ever happened to the our music but most of all he touched each and every person in Hawai’i as well as the mainland to. for his music is the heart beat of his land “HAWAI’I”. he well be never be forgotin’
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Name: John
Email: john.mathis@insightbb.com
URL:
Date: Monday, November 18, 2002
Time: 09:45 PM
Comments
I am an only child. My father’s death has left me a lonely child, albeit a 36 year old child. Having written his obituary & eulogy, singing his ashes to the sea and consoling others on their loss, I finally realized mine during an episode of E.R.

As bitterly painful as the emotions are, they are part of life’s necessities. Thank you, Iz, for reconnecting me to the ironic pain and happiness that life’s memories bring to us. I offer a prayer that your music will continue to transend your brief time on Earth and reconnect others to the right perspective.
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Name: Joe Eritano
Email: Jeritano@neo.rr.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, November 17, 2002
Time: 04:45 AM
Comments
God Bless, You created beauty in your music
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
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Name: Carole
Email: CAHmjb@aol.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2002
Time: 07:22 AM
Comments
Like many others, I am a new fan. After hearing his voice on the radio, I went to the web and found this site. I read the notes family and fans have written. Iz’s music is food for the soul…..we are all grateful to have had the privilege of listening to it. May he rest in peace. He lives on through his music.
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Name: Francisco castro Jr
Email: mainze42@aol.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2002
Time: 08:07 PM
Comments
You will be missed. Go on Peace
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Name: Lloyd Dodgen
Email: Incubus6980@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2002
Time: 11:48 AM
Comments
Bruddah IZ’s music is inspirational. His voice is magical, without ever seeing him his voice has captured the image of his soul. Beacause of him I have gained the will to pick my guitar and play and sing again. Hoping that one day i might inpire others like he has for me.
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Name: Randy Chafe’
Email: searan@attbi.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2002
Time: 07:06 PM
Comments
We just returned from maui after vacationing for 6 days. I knew this would be a short visit, so I acually started getting in the aloha spirit days before leaving the main land. I happened upon a website where I was introduced to Israel’s music. It did’nt take me long to realise I stumbled into something special. His soulish music made our trip extra memorable. I honor his memory. Thanks, Randy Chafe’ from Washington State
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Name: Jorge Flores
Email: jorge@mercadeo-virtual.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2002
Time: 08:35 AM
Comments
I have just discoverd is wonderful music and wanted to look IZ up on the net just to find out he no longer is among us. His son “Someday Over the Rainbow” has inspired me and even gives me the goose bumps every time I hear it. It takes a real master to take a common known song and make it a master piece which inspires the generations to come.

Long live the music! long live the memories!
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Name: Em
Email: gregem77@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Time: 11:38 PM
Comments
You will alway’s be in our hearts.Till we meet again!!!!! Kalani,Keanu,”Keoni & Keola” PomaiKa`ilani,MalieO`Kalani, MakanaO`Kalani,Kahealani,Mahealani & Nainoa
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Name: Neal
Email: nealdives@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Monday, November 11, 2002
Time: 09:06 PM
Comments
I just wanted to sign because I just heard one of his songs from the movie “Finding Forester” I was sad to hear that he is no longer with us. What a loss. He had the most amazing voice. I am sure he is missed by many.
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Name: Don
Email: don26@att.net
URL:
Date: Monday, November 11, 2002
Time: 09:48 AM
Comments
IZ’s rendition of “In this life” has become the song adopted by my “soon to be wife” and me. No other song has so much feeling and emotion. No other singer can deliver that feeling and emotion like IZ. We thank God and IZ for such a beautiful memory. Pat & Don
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Name: John Cardwell
Email: John_Cardwell@Hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, November 09, 2002
Time: 05:47 AM
Comments
I don’t know why I’m writing, but I wanted to say to the family of Israel that I am moved. I first encountered IZ with his beautiful rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I was captivated by the voice of an angel. When I looked him up and saw pictures, I was amazed. He does not look as he sounds, which made him even more impressive. I have gone on to collect most of his works, and am discovering more about his music every day.

Just as impressive has been the reaction of friends to whom I’ve played his music. From rap to heavy metal fans, everyone loves him.

IZ, you are missed, but not forgotten.

 

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Name: Mel Fabisch
Email: MFabisch@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Friday, November 08, 2002
Time: 11:43 PM
Comments
When either my wife or I get in “Mainland” kind of mood, we get a Bruddah IZ cd. Listening to IZ gets us into an Aloha Spirit in no time at all. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole is magic and the Hawaiian Islands are Heaven.

Aloha, Mel Fabisch Sunnyvale, CA
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Name: Sandy Aldrich
Email: sandy_aldrich@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Friday, November 08, 2002
Time: 12:15 PM
Comments
Over the years I had heard music from IZ but I did not know who he was until this past summer. My Daughter and I went to Maui and it was there that I heard his music again and found out his name. I bought several of his CD’s and I listen to them on a daily basis. He has such a beautiful voice and his music is so up-lifting that I can never listen without smiling. His music gives me such peach and joy, I appreciate him so much, he will always be a part of my life from now on.
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Name: Deysha Victorine
Email: m6devict@ksbe.edu
URL:
Date: Thursday, November 07, 2002
Time: 04:03 PM
Comments
Bradduh Iz is the greatest singer ever. I like to listen to his songs everyday and I never get tired of it. Bradduh Iz you da man!
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Name: David Schild
Email: david@schildfamily.org
URL: http://schildfamily.org
Date: Wednesday, November 06, 2002
Time: 07:33 PM
Comments
Everytime I hear your music problems seem to melt away. You will live forever in our hearts. I pray I meet you in the next life and thank you.
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Name: Rodrigo Konigs
Email: rkonigs@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, November 05, 2002
Time: 12:23 PM
Comments
Hi im from Mexico, Already I´ve all IZ CD´s…….I just want to say that is ane of the greathets voices thata I´ve ever ear in myb live.
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Name: Jay Weir
Email: jweir@comcast.net
URL:
Date: Monday, November 04, 2002
Time: 07:30 AM
Comments
Never in my memory can I say i’ve heard such a voice. My son who is 9 months old loves to listen. I’ll put on in this life for him and he’ll quiet down and just listen. My father brought home a cd from Hawaii in 1995 and told me of a concert he went to and the increadible man he met. I wish I could tell him how much his music affected my family and thank him face to face. Rest well IZ and thank you.
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Name: Arturo Rojas
Email: artrojas@sunwestconstruction.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, November 02, 2002
Time: 08:02 AM
Comments
I have just recently discovered the great music of IZ and it has touch me. At the same time it sadness me to also know that he has pass away. His music his voice is so great that it has inspired me to be better and great than what I am know.

Thoughts from a fan for life.
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Name: Andrea Power
Email: apower47@juno.com
URL:
Date: Friday, November 01, 2002
Time: 11:08 AM
Comments
Wow what can I say, I am a new fan of this fantastic man, with a wonderful voice. I am sorry I am so late knowing him, but glad I do now.
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Name: David Borland
Email: harkbombadillo@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2002
Time: 04:35 PM
Comments
may he rest in peace and harmony
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Name: Bonnie Feledy
Email: Bankf1@aol.com
URL:
Date: Monday, October 28, 2002
Time: 06:29 PM
Comments
Oct 23 2002

My husband and I were in Maui on our 20th wedding anniversery when we came across IZ’s cd we brought it after listening to it after one song. What a wonderful voice you have IZ! God sure blessed you! We were both very upset to find that IZ had passed after reading the insert in the CD cover. We brought 2 more of his CD’s before leaving Maui and we enjoyed them so much on the long plane ride home. His music was so relaxing and made the flight home so wonderful to here an angel in our ears. God Bless to you and your family for your loss as it is our loss too.

Bonnie & Anthony Feledy Bartlett, IL northwest suburb of Chicago
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Name: Leslie Spires
Email: dlspires@directvinternet.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2002
Time: 07:57 AM
Comments
I don’t think I have ever heard a more beautiful voice. Isreal singing about his native land is educational. Americans should know more about the original Hawaiian residents and their culture, past and present. He has my greatest respect as an artist and human being.
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Name: Earlene and Rick DePeel
Email: rede.peel@verizon.com
URL:
Date: Friday, October 25, 2002
Time: 11:15 AM
Comments
I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss.Please accept this late but very heartfelt condolence.We have just recently discovered the beautiful voice of IZ,and will be fans forever as will anyone who had ever been priviliged to hear him sing.We have just recently transferred from the mainland and now live in Waianae.Not many days pass that we dont’t think of him.GOD bless IZ
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Name: Martha Fleming
Email: mdfjlf@swbell.net
URL: ?
Date: Friday, October 25, 2002
Time: 06:57 AM
Comments
I just discovered IZ. What a remarkable man with the voice of an angel. Thank you.
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Name: Koa Okamura
Email: koa2kool@msn.com
URL: www.expage.com
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2002
Time: 04:22 PM
Comments
I will terrible miss you.
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Name: Koa Okamura
Email: koa2kool@msn.com
URL: www.expage.com
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2002
Time: 04:22 PM
Comments
I will terrible miss you.
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Name: Heidi Zollhoefer
Email: kaimakani@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Time: 06:02 AM
Comments
When I first got to the Hawai’ian Islands in 1994, I became a great admirer of the Makaha Sons and IZ. I returned to the Islands every year until 1997, then – the next time I returned in 2002, I learned that IZ is no longer among us. He was a wonderful singer, and although I never saw him in concert, I’m definitely sure, that he was an admirable, adorable person. I will always remember him and I keep all his records like a treasure. Heidi Zollhoefer from Erlangen, Germany
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Name: bob geyer
Email: bjgeyer@n2.net
URL:
Date: Sunday, October 20, 2002
Time: 09:30 AM
Comments
Do birds fly over the rainbow?
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Name: MIMI
Email: cutiegirl_89@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2002
Time: 01:52 PM
Comments
i love you uncle isreal. I miss you so much. My dad left my mom right after you did. I wish you were here.Auntie Jane lives with us uncle. If you were here we would be with you all the time but everyone has to leave sometime. I love you uncle. Love always, MIMI
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Name: Jenaro
Email: jfelix@mednet.ucla.edu
URL:
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2002
Time: 03:23 AM
Comments
Simply a beautiful spirit!!!
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Name: Sheryl Genung
Email: Ellizonie@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2002
Time: 08:11 PM
Comments
As a professional musician, I long ago recognized the honesty and unpretentious innocence [in traditional Hawaiian music] that speaks to the soul. I have sat at the feet of Roland and Robert Cazimero at sunset on Maui and cried as I listened to words I did not understand. I was introduced to “Sons” by a surfer buddy, but only last year learned that Iz had died. I have purchased his solo CD’s and listen to them several times a week. What a gift we have lost…..and may we continue the spirit of aloha that he gave us.
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Name: Ron Yessick
Email: ryessick@charter.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2002
Time: 08:34 PM
Comments
I have just discovered IZ’s music on a trip to hawaii and have found something wonderfull.
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Name: Matthew Sorace
Email: 69car4me@charter.net
URL: www.topofthefoodchain.com
Date: Sunday, October 13, 2002
Time: 07:32 PM
Comments
I found bruddah Iz’s music by accident, but im very glad I did, that accident was the best one ever! It’s good knowin’ I’ll be with him up in the sky listenin to his music and voice once again!
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Name: Michelle Laine
Email: mlaine@rogers.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, October 13, 2002
Time: 05:09 PM
Comments
I first heard Bruddah IZ’s voice after the movie, “Finding Forrester”. I had never heard anything quite so beautiful before. I was amazed that someone could sound so fluid and sweet with just a eukule. I only found out he passed away in 1997, once entering this site trying to look up some more things about Izzy.

He was a great talent.

Though I am not a believer in any God, I do insist that we all have a spirit. Izzy was born simply to sing.
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Name: Jon and Vicki Schuessler
Email: jschuessler2@attbi.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, October 13, 2002
Time: 01:51 PM
Comments
Dear Bruddah IZ –

We feel as if we have missed someone very special. We discovered you and your music will on vacation this year. Your voice is one of an angel…as is your soul and love for your fellow humanity. We love you, bruddah IZ…..we miss you. We will NEVER forget you.

We are “Hawaiians at heart” and are sensistive to the struggles of the native Hawaiian people.

God Bless your family and the Hawaiian people.

Jon and Vicki Schuessler Arvada, Colorado
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Name: Lono
Email: lonomusic@hotmail
URL:
Date: Sunday, October 13, 2002
Time: 12:01 PM
Comments
Isreal, hey man I know you’re with me. I sing your songs and I feel you there. Who can forget your laugh, cool. Say Hi to Skippy, Dennis, Gabby, Uncle Moe and the gang. Must be one awesome concert eh? Can’t wait. Went back to Makau St. It’s changed somewhat. The people as you know still love you very much…take care my friend…Searider on the southside, Maui..take care Aloha.
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Name: alfred
Email: hot_guy682@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2002
Time: 06:51 PM
Comments
his music inspires many and will live on forever, my heart goes out to to his friends and family..
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Name: Keri
Email: kdolphinangel@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2002
Time: 06:36 AM
Comments
Mahalo Iz – just learned of your beautiful music in june. what a voice and spirit you have! I wish I had had the blessing of hearing your music sooner. I play it in my classroom to spread your joy and I give your music as gifts – your voice is truly a gift to me. Keep sending the love down here. You definatley are bigger than life. Thank you to those of you that keep his music out there.
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Name: Alfred
Email: hot_guy682@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, October 09, 2002
Time: 08:29 PM
Comments
his music is so beautiful and touching i first heard of him when i watched the movie finding forester and his song over the rainbow at the end was just so incredible and i have since then tried to get all the music i can of his.
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Name: Alfred
Email: hot_guy682@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, October 09, 2002
Time: 08:26 PM
Comments
his music is so beautiful and touching and i hope nothing but the best for his family
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Name: Jamie Narod
Email: jamienarod@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, October 09, 2002
Time: 05:25 PM
Comments
My husband and I fell in love with Somewhere Over the Rainbow after hearing it at the end of Finding Forrester and asked my cousin sing it during our wedding ceremony. It was beautiful. We then spent our honeymoon in Hawaii, only to find out how great IZ really truly was and forever will be in our hearts.

Thank you IZ…

 

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Name: Brian Green
Email: themanthatshouldnotbe@yahoo.com
URL: n/a
Date: Tuesday, October 08, 2002
Time: 09:25 AM
Comments
His voice echoes through the hearts of both man and beast alike. His gift will not be lost so long as i have ears to hear it and a mouth to pass it on to others.
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Name: Jeff Vandenberg
Email: iamevolved@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, October 08, 2002
Time: 07:26 AM
Comments
My wife and I discovered Iz just this past week on our honeymoon in Oahu. I heard “Over the Rainbow” playing on the speakers of a hotel. It caught my ear right away. While in a shop, I took the time to listen to the latest CD “In Iz World”. The cut they played was “Over the Rainbow”. I was hooked. Had to have it. We love the CD. My son loves it.

I just did a Google search on IZ and found that he passed away in 1997. I am very sad with that news. I look forward to discovering his other music through the other CD’s available.

Mahalo, Bruddah Iz
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Name: susie hampson
Email: susiehamp@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, October 08, 2002
Time: 04:45 AM
Comments
hello, it was a day of joy when watching the last scene of the film finding forrester the joyous voice i now know to be called “IZ” was playing. i first was taken away by this pure sensation whilst like many others watching mark greene fall asleep for the last time in er. the chance to listen to more of “IZ’s” music i can now. althoughhe isn’t with us now in person he always will be when you play he’s music. for all to enjoy, take care, regards susie.
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Name: Sean & Mindy May
Email: spmjmay@erols.com
URL:
Date: Monday, October 07, 2002
Time: 06:11 AM
Comments
We recently returned from a 2 week vacation to the Islands. We were on Kauai and the Big Island. When searching for the Music that captures the beauty of the Islands and her people we were drawn to IZ’s music. This was our first trip together, I had been 5 previous times but not with my wife. I had been to Pearl Harbor in the Navy and never had a chance to really visit. Always had duty when we pulled in and only for a day. Perhaps I was not meant to see her until my wife was with me, who knows. I just want to say to IZ’s family, Mahalo, for allowing his music to still be played and teach us Holly’s some Hawaiin Spirit!!

Mahalo & Aloha Sean & Mindy Fredericksburg VA
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Name: Joseph Pelligra
Email: tazdemao@attbi.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, October 06, 2002
Time: 02:18 PM
Comments
His music is a tribute to the aloha spirit. We miss ya Braddah IZ!!! Mahalo Kiki & Mao
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Name: Christopher Milne
Email: chris@colfaxcg.com
URL:
Date: Friday, October 04, 2002
Time: 08:00 PM
Comments
My wife and I just returned from a trip to Maui. Our first time to the islands. While there I listened to a radio station called The Breeze, 99.5. They played some music by Iz. We were there in part to attend a wedding. The Hawaiian minister (Pia) played the guitar after the ceremony. He played Iz’s Somewhere Over a Rainbow/Wonderful World piece. Suddenly, it all came together, the music I had been hearing on The Breeze, my memory of hearing this sad/sweet song at the end of “Finding Forrester,” the ocean and the beauty around me, and what Iz was teaching me about these wonderful people, the Hawaiians. On Facing Future, Iz talks about seeing hope for the Hawaiians. He was very wise. A people with this much strength and love in their hearts will prevail. Look what is happening already. Iz touched me and my wife deeply. I am forever changed. Others will change too. Don’t give up hope. Thank you for this site.

Sincerely, Christopher Milne
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Name: Christopher Milne
Email: chris@colfaxcg.com
URL:
Date: Friday, October 04, 2002
Time: 07:48 PM
Comments
My wife and I just returned from a trip to Maui. Our first time to the islands. While there I listened to a radio station called The Breeze, 99.5. They played some music by Iz. We were there in part to attend a wedding. The Hawaiian minister (Pia) played the guitar after the ceremony. He played Iz’s Somewhere Over a Rainbow/Wonderful World piece. Suddenly, it all came together, the music I had been hearing on The Breeze, my memory of hearing this sad/sweet song at the end of “Finding Forrester,” the ocean and the beauty around me, and what Iz was teaching me about these wonderful people, the Hawaiians. On Facing Future, Iz talks about seeing hope for the Hawaiians. He was very wise. A people with this much strength and love in their hearts will prevail. Look what is happening already. Iz touched me and my wife deeply. I am forever changed. Others will change too. Don’t give up hope. Thank you for this site.

Sincerely, Christopher Milne
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Name: John Henton
Email: animatedj@aol.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, October 03, 2002
Time: 10:25 AM
Comments
to all. this is my story and it is true. i went to Hawaii for the first time for my birthday in April of 2002. on the last day of my vacation, my friend Peter, who lives in Manoa Vally played a song for me. it was Brother IZ’s “Somewhere over the Rainbow”. i had recognized the song but never knew where it came from. Peter told me the story of Iz and his life. after getting back to the mainland, that song echoed in my mind. i downloaded it off the web and burned a cd of it. i played it in my car so much i thought my car was gonna freak. I told myself that if i ever made it back to Hawaii, i would go to where Iz was laid to rest and pay my respects for such a beautiful song.

I made it back to Hawaii this past September. For a vacation a bit longer than the last one. ( Now let me add something, i work for the airlines so i fly stand-by. meaning if there is an available seat, i can go, if not i have to go back to the hotel and wait another day.) For 5 days i went all over Oahu, but never made it to pay my respects to Brother IZ. when my vacation was over i headed to the airport and tried to get back to the mainland. Day 1, no luck, Day 2, no luck… so trying to figure out why Hawaii wouldnt let me out, i rented a car and drove the Leeward side of Oahu. Hawaii herself or what ever forces may be, knew i had unfinished business. i went to the bay where Brother IZ was scattered and threw my Lai into the water and thanked IZ for his songs and his love. I had gotten to do what i came for. Finally.

Later that night sitting at the airport, already turned away from the first Houston flight and turned away from the first and only Newark flight my chances on getting out that night were down to the only LA flight and the second and last Houston flight, which were both overbooked. i honestly was about to give up and call my friends Suzy and Peter in Manoa Valley to come get me.

Then it happened… if you know Honolulu International Airport at all, Gate 15 sits across from a little kiosk that sells music, tapes and cd’s… they started to play Brother IZ. Gate 15 was for the second Houston flight, but for some reason i called gate 25 which was the only LA flight and was told they had one open seat and i was next on the list. i grabbed my luggage and ran. ran and ran some more. i got that last seat to LA. i came to Hawaii to do something, i got to do it, and Brother IZ helped me get home.

I believe Brother IZ got me on that flight. I believe he watches over Hawaii and her people, and i believe he still makes music.

Thank you IZ 🙂
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Name: Jay Jay
Email: Jealous64@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, October 03, 2002
Time: 12:51 AM
Comments
I don’t know where to start. I live in Australia and the final episodes of ER were recently screened here. After I watched it I could not get “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” out of my head. I talked about it with everyone who cared to listen. It is so haunting. It also crosses age boundaries. I am 38 years old, my niece is 11 and my brother-in-law is 50. We all love this song. I asked at the local record store but they couldn’t help me so I got on the internet and looked up the ER site– that is how I have ended up here. I was very sorry to hear that IZ had died. (It is also scary to think that it was at the same age that I am now.) My deepest sympathy to his family. Funnily enough I have been meaning to purchase the “Finding Forrester” soundtrack for some time. I never realised that the artist was the one and the same, IZ. Thank you for your very informative site.
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Name: Charlotte
Email: charlotte@jask.biz
URL: none
Date: Wednesday, October 02, 2002
Time: 07:17 PM
Comments
After discovering Israel’s music this past summer, only today did I have the time to find out more about this man with the beautiful and peaceful voice. Now I am stunned. I can’t believe that he has already passed on to the next life. I sit here in tears wondering why this man with such a gift would die so young. Yet I am sure that he lives on through his family and his music.
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Name: MGlassyPerry Again
Email: magpie@cascadeaccess .com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, October 01, 2002
Time: 08:09 PM
Comments
I just read over the last few months of postings here and I am so amazed at how many people seem to have the same experiences. How is it that hearing ONE song can get his spirit, his aloha, into our hearts so deeply? His music is almost the only kind I listen to, ever since I came upon it a year ago in the Forrester movie. (At the end of the movie I was transfixed, I had to wait until the very last credits rolled to get his name, and I had to hear every note. I have NEVER been effected this way by any person or music). I also cried when I tracked him down and found out he had died; in fact I still cry sometimes, like I lost my own brother. I can’t explain it, I have every one of his CD’s, and the Makaha Sons’,and wear Iz T-shirts, and found some Iz posters. I guess he is helping me be a better person, to lighten up, to be forgiving and to try to find my faith. Anyhow, it is nice to see that so many other people have been as deeply touched. Best thoughts and aloha to the Kamakawiwo’ole family from me and my family here in Oregon.
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Name: MG
Email: magpie@cascadeaccess.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, October 01, 2002
Time: 07:23 PM
Comments
Here in Oregon,still thinking about you and listening to you every day.You make a difference in my life. Love you like my real brother. Miss you a lot.
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Name: Koka Mason
Email: tropicalscott@charter.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, October 01, 2002
Time: 05:04 PM
Comments
Bruddah, You filled my life with joy as you shared your gift to the hearts of us all. I will never forget the day we met, or the day I flew back from the Big Island to have my last visit with you in the Capitol. Today, I still miss you, but I have you daily as I fly with the joys of your music. You were many things to us all, but most of all, you were love in a human form. Aloha, my friend….Koka
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Name: dks
Email: dks80@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2002
Time: 06:36 PM
Comments
A young man that was born and partially raised in Hawaii committed suicide a few weeks ago. His mother request some of IZ’s music be played at the funeral. It was the most incredible and absolutely the most beautiful voice and music that I have ever heard. I went out and bought ever CD of his I could find. I have never been to the Islands. But I feel that I have.I now would like to visit and am definitely going to study the culture. Amazing the death of loved ones can open doors that would not other wise be opened. Something as simple as music and an incredible voice can change the meaning of a senseless tradegy. That you IZ and watch over Eryck for us.
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Name: Norman George Hodgson
Email: norm2@earthlink.net
URL: pacificgemsource.com
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2002
Time: 06:20 PM
Comments
well…already life has changed…the man touched my heart and awakened a dream…feeling closer to life and feelings since “the Iz and his’s music” became a part of me…and in touch with so much more…thanks Iz…you are truly a Pacific Gem that belongs to all the world….
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Name: bharti
Email: bharti_s2000@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Friday, September 27, 2002
Time: 02:28 AM
Comments
i heard this song in the movie meet joe balck, i instantly fell in luv with the song, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole voice has some kindof magic in it.i wud also try to listen to all his songs, sure they wud be wonderfull too. His voice has so much depth, it actually makes u hollow from within,leaving some kondof a soothing effect.
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Name: Michael Dionne
Email: mdionne@bariatricrehab.com
URL: www.bariatricrehab.com
Date: Thursday, September 26, 2002
Time: 03:05 PM
Comments
I have worked and done charity visits to many folks of size up to 1000 pounds and I see a recurrent theme that many have great spirits. I recently met a nurse who worked with Israel at the time of his passing and she encouraged me to visit his music. I am now a big fan. Having been competed in martial arts and specialized in the care of those of size as a physical therapist, Israel’s spirit is reflective of the many soles I have worked with to restore walking and independence. He’s spirit does achieve a very special expression that few have. His music is full of life.

I continue to present my programs to help healthcare porfessionals nationally to improve care for those of size and before each program I now listen to Israel’s music for inspiration. Micahel Dionne Choice Physical Therapy, Inc. 5233 Indian Cirlce Gainesville, GA 30506 www.bariatricRehab.com
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Name: Mike Burk
Email: mburk_foxnews@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2002
Time: 06:36 AM
Comments
I only recently discovered IZ. After hearing “Somewhere over the Rainbow” on ER, I purchased Facing Future. I have not stopped listening to it since. The people of Hawaii were truely blessed to have this man. I am sorry that I only now have learned of him. I know that everyone and anyone that hears the music of IZ will be listening to a gift. I know the people of Hawaii miss this man. My best wishes to the Family of IZ, and to the people of Hawaii, Thanks. I have been touched.
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Name: Zoe
Email:
URL:
Date: Sunday, September 22, 2002
Time: 01:20 PM
Comments
Dear IZ: I was walking in Pier One one afternoon this week and heard your song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” it haunted me and at the same time gave me a sense of peace and love to hear such a beautiful voice with such an expression of love. I hurried home and searched the Web for more information than the girl at the store could give me. To my dismay, I learned that on the same day that I found your beautiful music I had already lost you. I am now reading everything I can and I have ordered CD’s. Thank you IZ, I know you can hear us singing your praises. And as for the Hockey Cluck, He or She must listen with their brain only and obviously there is no love or emotion there.
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Name: J
Email: chick_hockey_player2000@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, September 22, 2002
Time: 11:24 AM
Comments
Seriously you couldn’t sing!..that’s all i gotta say
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Name: Diana November
Email: dlnov@ocsnet.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, September 21, 2002
Time: 09:17 PM
Comments
Oh, how selfish I am to wish that we could have more music from you for years to come. I will be grateful that we have what we have and that God graced us by your talent.
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Name: Lora
Email: loralynn@comcast.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, September 21, 2002
Time: 02:39 PM
Comments
I did not have the good fortune to meet this man in his lifetime, but his music has certainly spoken volumes to me.

We were blessed to be able to visit Kauai in the year 2000 and fell in love with Iz’s homeland. We know now what he was singing about!

Such a lovely man with such a lovely message.

Lora
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Name: maer  ben-yisrael
Email: maer@dub-beautiful.org
URL: http://www.dub-beautiful.org
Date: Friday, September 20, 2002
Time: 05:51 PM
Comments
thanks iz…

it was beautiful.
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Name: Patricia Villalobos
Email: villalp@gchidta.org
URL:
Date: Friday, September 20, 2002
Time: 09:55 AM
Comments
I lost my Daddy this year. He too was a big man with an even bigger heart. In many ways “IZ” reminds me of Daddy. I’m sure he also lived by the same words my Daddy did: “Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. Sing like nobody’s listening. Live like it’s Heaven on Earth.” I know there is a heaven and I hope that Daddy has introduced himself to “IZ”.
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Name: Keiko
Email:
URL:
Date: Friday, September 20, 2002
Time: 09:53 AM
Comments
Lovely Man…Lovely Music. I am saddened that he passed before I could see him perform live. His soul shines out from his music and from his photos.
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Name: Beau Avery
Email: g_man@saintly.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2002
Time: 07:49 AM
Comments
I had never even heard of “Bruddah IZ” before six days ago. Some friends of mine played “Somewhere over the Rainbow” for me and I almost literally cried from the beauty contained in this man’s voice. Never had this som touched me before until I heard it sung by a man with so much love and compassion in his voice. I searched the web and found this site. I was really sad to read how IZ died. I would have very much like to have seen him in person, or even to have met him. If nothing else, just to tell him how his music really touched me. Maybe it would have mattered, maybe it wouldn’t have. Anyway, I will be buying as much of his music as I can get my hands on, I know that much. Much love to his family and friends.
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Name: Ian Albert
Email: Symfa13@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, September 16, 2002
Time: 08:42 PM
Comments
I first heard Israel When my girlfriend returned from the beautifal Island of Maui last Feb. I listened to his “Facing Future” cd and was in awe. His voice brought peace to my soul. his traditional Hawaiian Music made me treasure the natural things in life, Like Hawaii was to him. I wish, as I am sure all of you do, that a man like him, should be portrayed and looked up to all over the world. Hawaii Is a culture within itself, and an attraction for many. If I could meet Israel one time, I would shake his large hand, and tell him, “Thank you for showing me tradition at its finest. And thank you for all the memories you will give me.” Mahalo, Ian Albert
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Name: Ian Albert
Email: Symfa13@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, September 16, 2002
Time: 08:41 PM
Comments
I first heard Israel When my girlfriend returned from the beautifal Island of Maui last Feb. I listened to his “Facing Future” cd and was in awe. His voice brought peace to my soul. his traditional Hawaiian Music made me treasure the natural things in life, Like Hawaii was to him. I wish, as I am sure all of you do, that a man like him, should be portrayed and looked up to all over the world. Hawaii Is a culture within itself, and an attraction for many. If I could meet Israel one time, I would shake his large hand, and tell him, “Thank you for showing me tradition at its finest. And thank you for all the memories you will give me.”
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Name: Joannah Vaughan
Email: vaughajo@ohsu.edu
URL: http://www.ohsuhealth.com/cei/aboutus/elks.asp
Date: Monday, September 16, 2002
Time: 01:46 PM
Comments
Hi, I am so touched by Bruddah IZ’s rendition of “Over the Rainbow”. I am creating a video to promote the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic which serves children up to age 18 who need eye care. I would like permission to use IZ’s rendition of “Over the Rainbow” in the video.

The mission of the clinic is to give the gift of sight to children who may not otherwise be able to afford the treatments that are required. Who do I contact for permission? This is strickly a non-commercial, non-profit use of his material. thanks, Joannah Vaughan vaughajo@ohsu.edu
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Name: James P. Tobin
Email: puzzleist66@shaw.ca
URL: www.angelfire.com/poetry/invitationsofmysoul
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2002
Time: 02:00 PM
Comments
I was just introduced to his music while visiting Pender Island off the coast of B.C., Canada. It makes me cry tears of joy to hear such a lovely voice. May he rest in peace.
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Name: Regina Safarz
Email: reggiels@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2002
Time: 12:13 PM
Comments
During my current visit to Maui I became so enthralled by the music of IZ. I purchased several CD’s. His music makes me sad, happy and brings back so many wonderful memories of the island all at the same time. He truly is Hawaii. Thank you for the many hours of listening pleasure. My thoughts and prayers to his family, and Mahalo for continuing to allow us the pleasure of hearing this great singer now and forever.
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Name: Kristin Parker
Email: kristinparker@earthlink.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2002
Time: 02:54 AM
Comments
I know so little about IZ, but I heard his rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow on a TV program and I’ve been haunted by his voice since. I am converted and am trying so hard to learn more about this exceptionally expressive, soulful person’s music.
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Name: D Geer
Email: doug4967@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2002
Time: 09:42 PM
Comments
I was married in Oahu, Hawaii in 94 and thought i was in heaven. i became acquainted with Bruddah Iz when they used his ” somewhere over the rainbow” for the E-toys commercials then again in ” finding forrester” then had the pleasure of seeing it again in ” ER” Iz you have forever moved me with your songs
mahalo my friend

peace
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Name: Megan
Email: Summer7419@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Time: 06:44 PM
Comments
I love the remix he did of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” I love relaxing songs, and this guy was the best! I hope to have that recording played as I walk down the Asile some day.
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Name: June and David Hickman
Email: ghickman@insightbb.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, September 08, 2002
Time: 06:41 AM
Comments
We’ve just recently discovered Israel’s music, and it makes us feel good inside while listening to him. We were sad to find that he had passed away already. We would like to thank you for sharing his music, and information about his life with us.

Mahalo
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Name: A loving fan
Email:
URL:
Date: Saturday, September 07, 2002
Time: 05:12 PM
Comments
I am always so surprised that a person can travel all the way to Hawaii and not know how to spell KAUAI….and think the whole time they are on the island of”Kawaii”???….but luckily for them they left with the most beautiful music on the planet.
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Name: Suresh Babu
Email: msbabu@gsb.uchicago.edu
URL:
Date: Friday, September 06, 2002
Time: 08:51 AM
Comments
I visited the island of Kawaii recently. It was my first trip to the islands of Hawaii. Having grown up in the tropics myself, I was entranced by the lush green vegetation, the blue waters, and the beautiful people.

There was something else that held my interest — haunting songs sung to the ukelele — that I heard frequently. And one voice impressed itself on my memory. I found myself humming these beautiful songs quite often. I did not have a clue about the singer.

While waiting at the airport to depart from Kawaii, I heard the beautiful song “Over the Rainbow” being played in one of the gift shops. I ran over to ask the lady at the counter whose music this was. She said Israel. I bought the CD instantly.

Having returned home, I played the songs and started reading about Israel from the CD cover. I was extremely saddened to discover that the singer of these haunting songs had passed away a few years ago. I felt this sudden sense of loss.

It is amazing how powerful an effect his music has! Long live his memory! I have discovered IZ world which is a treasure.

Best regards to his family. Please write if you get a chance.
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Name: Job Serebrov
Email: serebrov@mindspring.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, September 05, 2002
Time: 07:55 AM
Comments
Memory Eternal
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Name: Teresa Souza
Email: BlkPantheressEye
URL:
Date: Monday, September 02, 2002
Time: 05:07 PM
Comments
His music has touched me in so many ways. He sang from his heart and soul. His music will forever continue to touch all that hear his wonderful voice.
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Name: mark
Email: ahsoitgo@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, September 02, 2002
Time: 04:39 PM
Comments
I just bought IZ’z ‘facing future’ and I am mesmerized by his rendition of ‘Over a rainbow’. I will miss his voice and spirit.
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Name: Tracy
Email: Gotadnc2da@aol.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, August 31, 2002
Time: 09:49 AM
Comments
“Somewhere Over The Rainbow” touches my heart and soul everytime I hear it. Thank you. I am grateful for this wonderful music in my life.
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Name: lesley covey
Email: lcovey@iowatelecom.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, August 29, 2002
Time: 12:27 PM
Comments
an added thought….to IZ’ daughter, ceslianne….your father has made such a positive, happy influence to my life. i hum his tunes all day. be proud, young woman, your father has made so many others happy, and thankful, to have had such a positive, beautiful person in our lives. thank you !!!!!!
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Name: lesley covey
Email: lcovey@iowatelecom.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, August 29, 2002
Time: 11:44 AM
Comments
I AM TAKING MY 2 YEAR OLD GRANDSON, HIS MOTHER AND MY SISTER TO HAWAII FOR CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR DUE TO THE BEAUTIFUL AND LOVING SONGS BY IZ GREAT ONE. HOW WE FOUND HIS WONDERFUL LOVING MUSIC IS BY THE SONGS THAT WERE ON E.R AND SAVING FORRESTER. MY 2 YEAR OLD GRANDSON WILL ABSOLUTELY ROCK OUT TO THE TUNES. MAY GOD BLESS IZ MEMORY TO THIS TRULY GREAT HAWAII’AN.
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Name: lisa bergman
Email: lisa1362@juno.com
URL: Netscape
Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2002
Time: 07:03 AM
Comments
I went into Borders records and I was bored so I decided to listen to all the world music that was available to listen to with headphones. I clicked on World of IZ and the sound of an angel came back to me. I immediately went home to learn more about this extraordinary man.. I had not realized he was no longer living and I am so saddened. What a loss to Hawaii and the world… and to all that knew the man and not just the singer. From what I have read here, I know the man was as special as the music. I imagine he will be an even bigger legend now than when he was alive which never makes sense, but it was probably the fact that he was deceased that made him on the Borders Records CD’s picked for the public to hear. Ironically, I found out about him probably because he passed on. I feel so sad.. I don’t even have the right to feel as sad as I do because I don’t even know the man, but there is this terrible sense of loss. I am so grateful for this message board where I can learn more about who he was. My regards to his loved ones. Lisa
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Name: Debbie Bobe
Email: bobell@tcworks.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2002
Time: 03:16 PM
Comments
We fell in love with his redition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, we heard it on ER. And upon researching him we found we fell in love with his music past his lifetime and was very sad. We thank him for what he left and hope his family is a peace with the legacy that he has left us. Debbie & Rick Arkansas
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Name: Brooke
Email: brookeboroughs@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2002
Time: 01:28 PM
Comments
In loving honor of your sweet soul.
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Name: mack francoise
Email: mackf@wanadoo.fr
URL:
Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2002
Time: 10:11 AM
Comments
I discovered you not a long time ago, because it is hard to fing your music in France, but what you did was wonderfull and made me cry a lot of time. Thank you so much
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Name: mack francoise
Email: mackf@wanadoo.fr
URL:
Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2002
Time: 10:02 AM
Comments
I discovered you not a long time ago, because it is hard to fing your music in France, but what you did was wonderfull and made me cry a lot of time. Thank you so much
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Name: ws
Email: doc@metech.com.pl
URL: na
Date: Monday, August 26, 2002
Time: 09:40 AM
Comments
Wlasnie siedze w domu i na zakonczenie Meet Joe Black ulyszalem Over The Rainbow.. To byla pierwsza i na razie jedyna piosenka Israela jaka znalem. Mimo to postanowilem sie tu wpisac, by uchylic glowe takiej osobie jak IZ. Nie ma co sie silic na jakies glebsze slowa – ogladajac ten film i slyszac ta piosenke, po prostu mi ich brakuje.
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Name: 27 IDX 106  –  Odinn
Email:
URL: http://www.hn.is/idx
Date: Monday, August 26, 2002
Time: 06:31 AM
Comments
Very good webpage you have here, and best greetings to all your visitors.

You Are also –> WELCOME <– To Visit My Webpage as well Have BIG fun…
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Name: Jan Pence
Email: Janpence62@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, August 26, 2002
Time: 04:46 AM
Comments
I have never been so moved by “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. May you Rest in Peace.
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Name: Woochang Hwang
Email: musiza@hitel.net
URL:
Date: Monday, August 26, 2002
Time: 03:49 AM
Comments
Too late to arrive here… Thank you Iz, for Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World. since enjoying films Meet Joe Black and Finding Forrester, It still moves me. When I found you here, Not only for moving, I have to tear… You must be living in a Wonderful World, somethere over the rainbow. Surely in my heart too. Peace, Iz.

Woochang, from Korea
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Name: Woochang Hwang
Email: musiza@hitel.net
URL:
Date: Monday, August 26, 2002
Time: 03:49 AM
Comments
Too late to arrive here… Thank you Iz, for Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World. since enjoying films Meet Joe Black and Finding Forrester, It still moves me. When I found you here, Not only for moving, I have to tear… You must be living in a Wonderful World, somethere over the rainbow. Surely in my heart too. Peace, Iz.

Woochang, from Korea
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Name: Ian
Email:
URL:
Date: Sunday, August 25, 2002
Time: 08:36 PM
Comments
I think you must have been one of the most loving kindest men to live Iz, save perhaps for Jesus. I base this only by your music, which is to say the least beautiful. I have loved almost all of your songs, especially the pretty traditional Hawai’ian ones. Somewhere over the Rainbow/It’s a Wonderful World still moves me to tears. I think I can safely reasonably talk in the second person despite the fact that you do not live in this world physically. You have moved on to much bigger and better places my friend, but you are still here in spirit:) Thanks for all the wonderful music, a nice little trip to Hawai’i, a break from the monotony of Indiana! You are in a good place now though, for which I am glad. Much love and happiness everyone
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Name: Mony & Joy Serrato
Email: shiro99@msn.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, August 24, 2002
Time: 04:13 PM
Comments
God Bless and much love from the mainland- San Diego, Bruddah Iz.
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Name: Mony & Joy Serrato
Email: shiro99@msn.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, August 24, 2002
Time: 04:12 PM
Comments
God Bless and much love from the mainland- San Diego, Bruddah Iz.
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Name: Mony Serrato
Email: shiro99@msn.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, August 24, 2002
Time: 04:07 PM
Comments
God Bless.
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Name: Kay Ambre
Email: isa4915@mchsi.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, August 24, 2002
Time: 11:44 AM
Comments
I just discovered Iz and he is wonderful! Bless his beautiful soul and may he rest in blessed peace.
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Name: Rosie
Email: soloniowausa@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, August 23, 2002
Time: 06:15 PM
Comments
What an icon to Hawaii. I only recently became aware of the music of IZ, while we were in Oahu for 2 months. It is really gentle, sweet music that will live on forever.
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Name: R WongDock
Email: wongdock@onvoymail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, August 22, 2002
Time: 05:52 PM
Comments
My husband and I went to the islands in 98 and again in 2000. That is when we first heard of IZ. It was love at first listen. My husband is hawaiian and may have some distant relation to Iz. We are so sad he is gone but it will make everyone cherish the music we did get from him. Rest in peace Iz.
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Name: Jackie
Email:
URL:
Date: Thursday, August 22, 2002
Time: 01:08 PM
Comments
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
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Name: Joey Bugayong
Email: joey416@edsamail.com.ph
URL:
Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2002
Time: 08:47 AM
Comments
I will never forget the soothing song that you sang in Meet Joe Black. Thank you for that.
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Name: maka
Email: makaiosimons@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2002
Time: 02:53 PM
Comments
bradda iz was an inspirement to me. I can play alot of his songs.

(P.S could you send me a bradda iz tee shirt?)
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Name: ME
Email: mepriddy@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2002
Time: 02:48 PM
Comments
Thanks Mike for turning me on to IZ. The whole family enjoys listining to IZ’s beautiful voice.
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Name: Tanya
Email: tatzuk@yahoo.co.uk
URL:
Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2002
Time: 09:53 AM
Comments
I only recently discovered Iz. What a voice, what music! I listen to him every day, there is such beauty in his songs.
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Name: cheryl anne nahu
Email: cheryl_nahu@telus.net
URL:
Date: Monday, August 19, 2002
Time: 06:40 PM
Comments
As a hapa kanaka growing up in Canada, not much emphasis was given to our Hawaiian side. And still, we heard Hawaiian music at home and as an adult, lots of Hawaiian music made its way into my home.

None has touched this poorly realized Hawaiian heart as much as Iz. If my Papa were still alive, he would cry as my son and I do when we listen to Iz’s magical voice.

I hope my end is way, way off but I’ve left firm instructions that Iz is to be played at my funeral. Thank you to you, his family, for your part in creating and sustaining this wonderful, wonderful man and his talent.

Cheryl Nahu
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Name: Charlie Lee
Email: calee13@comcast.net
URL:
Date: Sunday, August 18, 2002
Time: 02:29 PM
Comments
I’m sure he’s in heaven and so am I when I listen to his voice…..greatly missed.
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Name: (Rev.) James M. Dafoe
Email: JDafoe@peoplepc.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, August 18, 2002
Time: 01:39 AM
Comments
My wife, Velma, and I just recently became acquainted with Iz’s music. Even though we had lived in Hawaii for 13 years, we never had the opportunity to hear Iz in person. We are now enjoying his music, almost daily.
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Name: Rodney & Shannon
Email: Family.5@btopenworld.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, August 18, 2002
Time: 12:24 AM
Comments
My wife and I heard your voice sing in to our hearts on TV show ER. And you came in to our life that day. Thank you for the music you left for us.
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Name: Klaus
Email: geka999@compuserve.de
URL:
Date: Friday, August 16, 2002
Time: 11:59 PM
Comments
Since my trip to the beautiful islands of hawaii in 1999 I´m a great fan of IZ. His voice makes me dreaming of hawaii and the hawaiian people. From germany – Klaus.
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Name: Grace Hayashi
Email: boo_108@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Friday, August 16, 2002
Time: 05:18 AM
Comments
Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World, beautiful because he sang it so well. I never get tired of hearing it.
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Name: Grace Hayashi
Email: boo_108@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Friday, August 16, 2002
Time: 05:17 AM
Comments
Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World, beautiful because he sang it so well. I never get tired of hearing it.
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Name: Lori Bowman
Email: ralphy966@msn.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, August 15, 2002
Time: 02:36 PM
Comments
Talented man. I know he is missed.
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Name: Pat LaCross
Email: RLacpat@aol.com
URL: N/A
Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2002
Time: 06:04 AM
Comments
Thank you for keeping IZ memory alive!! I still cry when I listen to his beautiful voice.Fell in love with him many years ago when we first heard him sing in San Diego along with the Makaha Sons………purchased all their Music and was thrilled when he recorded some on his own.He was taken from his people way too soon…….now he is singing with the Angels and they are so lucky to have him.Aloha Iz,Pat
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Name: Giovanni Ruscello
Email: giovanniruscello@aol.com
URL:
Date: Monday, August 12, 2002
Time: 01:56 PM
Comments
Mahalo for the Great One
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Name: tikiman
Email: boris@freemejl.cz
URL:
Date: Sunday, August 11, 2002
Time: 03:58 AM
Comments
What is it “KHAI” or “KAI”??????????
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Name: Tom Dolan
Email: TDTD17@AOL.COM
URL:
Date: Saturday, August 10, 2002
Time: 11:28 AM
Comments
Long live IZ. His music will live on. His love spreads like wildfire!!!!!!!!!
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Name: Nancee Weeks
Email: Copycat008@aol.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, August 10, 2002
Time: 09:32 AM
Comments
I, like so many others, only recently became aware of his wonderful music, and when I got on the computer to search for more music, I was absolutely crushed to learn that he is gone. Absolutely crushed
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Name: Colleen &Tim Wilder
Email: kori4@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, August 09, 2002
Time: 10:56 PM
Comments
Hi people,We were just passing thru like many tourist do every August.we live in Japan and come to the states when we can.we are an American service family.After hearing “Alone in Iz World” we are hooked .It wasn’t till we wanted more that we realized this poor man was gone.How beautiful this gift was for us all.He will be missed but we will continue to buy his records and pass it on to everyone,this wonderful sound that can only be sung by a true island soul that realy was “Iz World” Much Love colleen/Tim
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Name: Katie Beirne
Email: LuvPoumate1884@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, August 09, 2002
Time: 07:49 PM
Comments
I bought 3 of Izzy’s CDs and love them all. I mourn the fact that I dicovered his music after his death. I am only 16 years old and hope that his family knows that even though he has passed, his music is still toutch people all over.
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Name: Alyson
Email: Swirlywhirlgirl@aol.com
URL: none
Date: Friday, August 09, 2002
Time: 05:08 AM
Comments
I just came back from Hawaii, but one day when I was there I was looking through CD’s. I stumbeled upon an Iz CD so I listened to it and the music was almost magical. I bought the CD and I later did some research on it. I learned that the singer of the music was not alive anymore so I became very sad. His music will always touch me and make room in my heart, and even though he is not living, his music will always be alive.
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Name: tikiman
Email: boris@freemejl.cz
URL:
Date: Friday, August 09, 2002
Time: 02:39 AM
Comments
PLEASE, how does say in hawaiian word “OCEAN”………….. please
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Name: curt & carolyn barthel
Email: cubart313
URL:
Date: Thursday, August 08, 2002
Time: 08:22 AM
Comments
Loved his singing and his “spirit.” We will miss him very much. He was not only a “bruddah” to his hawaiian “family” he was also a brother to all who are free thinkers and all those who could “feel” his musical messages.
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Name: Bob Muzzarelli
Email: themuzzs@cox.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, August 08, 2002
Time: 04:37 AM
Comments
Wonderful songs from a wonderful man!
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Name: Ina Ray Costa
Email: sdevices@pacbell.net
URL:
Date: Wednesday, August 07, 2002
Time: 12:31 PM
Comments
As a former native of Hawaii and living on the mainland for 30 years, I have always missed the islands. I listened for the first time IZ’s “Hawaii 78 Introduction” and “Hawaii ’78” and felt very connected to this brillant entertainer. He is one of Hawaii’s great sons and I am so happy to have been introduced to this wonderful musician.
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Name: John Gabbamonte
Email: jgabbamonte@comcast.net
URL:
Date: Wednesday, August 07, 2002
Time: 09:21 AM
Comments
I was turned on to Iz’s beautiful voice & music while in Hilo – riding in a shuttle to Rainbow Falls just this past July (2002). Thanks to Cousin Junior who told me who he was, Iz’s music provides me with a great sense of peace… Bruddah Iz – Sorry I never got the chance to know you while you were alive…My condolences to his family – may he live forever in your hearts and ours…God Bless you Iz…
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Name: tony donato
Email: tonydonato11@astound.net
URL: still working on it
Date: Wednesday, August 07, 2002
Time: 07:40 AM
Comments
Iz is gone , but his legacy lives on like the icons of the arts. I’m an artist and currently searching, absorbing, understanding and feeling his art, life and specially his philosophy on Hawaiian Sovereignty. If I feel I’m ready, I’ll go ahead paint him (not a portrait) with symbols of his inner thoughts. Just like I painted: Lennon, A.C. Jobim, Che Guevarra, etc… I would like to thank this web for being simple that touches all my senses and specially to Mr. Edward Sugimoto.
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Name: Doree Loesch
Email: doree_don@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, August 06, 2002
Time: 01:32 PM
Comments
I have four of IZ’s albums and enjoy all of them. My special favorite is “Facing Future” and my favorite song is “Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World”. Well I like them all. What a shame he isn’t with us anymore. Very glad he left this wonderful music for us to enjoy.

Doree California
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Name: ALAN
Email: BRUSHKING@AOL.COM
URL: SPORNETTE.COM
Date: Tuesday, August 06, 2002
Time: 11:27 AM
Comments
IZ’S MUSIC IS GREAT. THE MUSIC FROM IZ AND OTHERS FROM THE ISLANDS TAKES ON A MUCH BIGGER MEANING. IT IS ONE OF THE FEW MIND ALTERING GOOD-FOR-YOU THINGS THAT CAN TRANSPORT YOU FROM THE DAILY B.S. WE FACE TO A CERTAIN CLIMATE, A CERTAIN ENVIRONMENT, A CERTAIN ‘SPACE’ I, AND MANY OTHERS, OBVIOUSLY, HAVE FOUND IN ALOHA LAND.
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Name: Amanda D.I Brown
Email: $avage_Kid@yahoo.com
URL: rest in peace brah
Date: Tuesday, August 06, 2002
Time: 06:42 AM
Comments
Brudda Iz was a very special person. He knew how to make people happy and bring love through his songs. Rest in peace Brah. Much Alohas to the one who made a difference in our lives.
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Name: Rolalndo Gonzalez
Email: rush_mc@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, August 05, 2002
Time: 05:03 PM
Comments
I didn’t know a web site had been set up for Braddah IZ. Just happen to be looking on the internet and did a search. Came up with this site. Glad I found it. My wife and I have enjoyed Ole’s music for a while. I was stationed here when he passed away. Now I’m back. Lucky you live Hawaii!
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Name: Urban
Email: urbanrotar@yahoo.uk.co
URL:
Date: Monday, August 05, 2002
Time: 06:43 AM
Comments
Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, and the dreams that you dream of once in a lullaby…

Thanks for reminding me what I often forget; Life IS beautiful!
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Name: tikiman
Email: boris@freemejl.cz
URL:
Date: Monday, August 05, 2002
Time: 01:49 AM
Comments
does anybody know in which film sounds “over the rainbow” composition ????
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Name: Ken & May Ling
Email: mldr79@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, August 04, 2002
Time: 10:15 AM
Comments
We first discovered Iz in Kauai in 1998 and couldn’t wait to find out where we could see him perform in person. We were both very saddened to hear he had past the year before. His music still lives from year to year throughout the Islands. We spend 2 weeks every year in Kauai and it is as though his spirit lives forever. We love his music and purchased every tape and cd put out. His spirit will always live in our hearts as we will always continue playing his music on a daily basis. Thank you Brother Iz for what you have given us. May you rest in peace.
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Name: Te Ana
Email: buckrodgersau@bigpond.com.au
URL:
Date: Saturday, August 03, 2002
Time: 11:26 PM
Comments
A voice of an angel – if a song can make you cry and question your path in life it must come from a heavenly source. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole is a name I shall gladly store in the archives of my mind and may his songs infect the hearts of all mankind. Arohanui Te Ana (Australia)
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Name: Darwin Sparkman
Email: dsparkman@satx.rr.com
URL:
Date: Friday, August 02, 2002
Time: 03:51 PM
Comments
As a frequent visitor to Maui, I find it hard to believe that I am just learning of the woderful talent that Iz had.

He was a wondeful voice for all Hawaiian people!
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Name: Elizabeth & John Harrington
Email:
URL:
Date: Thursday, August 01, 2002
Time: 10:57 PM
Comments
Thanks for the memories!
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Name: Ruth
Email: artissanity@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, August 01, 2002
Time: 07:32 PM
Comments
I first heard “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” when I saw the movie Finding Forrester and I could not rest until I found who was singing it. Shortly before that I had spent two incredible weeks exploring Oahu. It is surely one of the most beautiful places on earth, and the inspiration for the “hauntingly beautiful” music of Iz. A friend who lives in Hawaii gave me Facing Future for Christmas and sometimes I just let it play and play because I can’t get enough of its beauty. To those of his family he left behind, my condolances and may you always keep his memory alive. I hope and pray his daughter has inherited his talent – I’ll be watching for her.
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Name: Vincent H. and Sanan Kilakalua
Email: vhkhawaii@aol.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, August 01, 2002
Time: 06:20 PM
Comments
We Love Cuzzin Izzy, Thank you very much for everything your fine music, your beatiful voice and your Love for mankind. Marlene, You, Wehi and baby take good care of yourselves. Malama Pono and Ahui Hou. Love and Aloha, Vincent and Sanan The Kanawaliwali Ohana

246 Modern Lane Marina, CA. 93933-2712 (831) 384-1614
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Name: mark cummins
Email: beasleypop@blueyonder.co.uk
URL:
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2002
Time: 09:05 PM
Comments
dear israel,my wife and i have just discovered your beautiful music very recently.we are expecting our first child and i sing your version of somewhere over the rainbow to the baby every day.everytime i sing it the baby moves which always makes us feel so good.thanks and god bless you from mark, fiona and baby in Dublin(Ireland).
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Name: Elisabeth Carriere
Email: ecarriere@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2002
Time: 01:36 PM
Comments
I heard the song “somewhere over the rainbow” at a friends house, and fell in love. It makes me ache for everything beautiful, all that I have experienced and want to. It soothes and calms me, I listen to it at least once a day.
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Name: Jan Rubenstein
Email: jrubens@attglobal.net
URL:
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2002
Time: 01:16 PM
Comments
My family and I recently returned to Virginia after 3 weeks in Hawaii, our first trip there. As we were traveling on the Big Island from Kohala to the volcano, we listened to the radio and heard Iz’s song “White Sandy Beach of Hawaii” and my 12-year-old daughter loved it and had to have the cd. We bought two of his cd’s and are enchanted with the music. Coincidentally, on our last day in Hawaii we went snorkeling to see dolphins and were snorkeling in the water near where Iz’s ashes were scattered, so we were told by our captain and crew on the boat.
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Name: Sue Linder
Email: sgl@mmgr.com
URL: www.msnbc.com
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Time: 07:02 AM
Comments
IZ’s music has brought my parents and me so much serenity and hope. My parents have instructed us to play his music at their memorial services when their time comes. His legacy of gentleness to the earth and to each other will live forever. May he always be blessed, and may his memory bring peace and smiles to his family and friends.

Thank you, IZ.
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Name: Sharon sharon
Email: sharon2468@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Time: 02:03 AM
Comments
I have no memories to post. I only found out about Iz and his music two weeks ago, through a magazine article that said his songs were “hauntingly beautiful”, and I had to learn more or someone who has such talent. Much to my dismay, I found this beautiful voice had been silenced five years ago! I ordered some cds and await them. In the meantime, I am reading all I can to find out about the man behind such beauty. Even in death, Iz continues to make peoples lives better…bless you Iz wherever you are!
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Name: Gary Shif ” Kali”
Email: gtime@worldnet.att.net
URL:
Date: Sunday, July 28, 2002
Time: 10:19 AM
Comments
You left us way too soon, but you’ll be with some of us forever.

Kali
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Name: Michael Levi
Email:
URL: http://www.hasbara.us
Date: Sunday, July 28, 2002
Time: 08:03 AM
Comments
How sadly true it is that the good seem to die young . The legend is gone, but the music lives on eternally in all of us, you in Hawaii, and the rest of us, born and raised there and now living elsewhere. Even here in Oklahoma and beyond, Braddah Iz fills our hearts and feeds our souls with his unique voice and lyrics that will enrich our lives for years to come. Aloha, Iz…..the music plays on!! Israel advocacy www.hasbara.us
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Name: Keoni K Bulawan
Email: oniboyb@cox.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2002
Time: 02:05 PM
Comments
He Was A Great insperation in my and my family live He will be Missed Malama Pono
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Name: Lynn Page Tracy
Email: LTracy@frazee.com
URL:
Date: Friday, July 26, 2002
Time: 10:29 AM
Comments
Just a note to let those who care know what joy this man brings to a lady that was born and raised in Hawaii, but has not had the opportunity to return in more than 20 years. His music brings it all back to me… the peace, the love, the aloha. Thank you for sharing your love and memories of this man and his music. He was truly the gentle giant with the voice of an angel.
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Name: Jayson Tarawhiti
Email: jaysontarawhiti@hotmail.com
URL: http://www.networkmarketingnews.com/nmnhome/jartar/Personal%20Web%20Page.htm
Date: Thursday, July 25, 2002
Time: 12:43 AM
Comments
Brudda Iz iz da man. Kia ora!
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Name: AJ Catanzaro
Email: ajcatman@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2002
Time: 08:44 PM
Comments
My fondest memory of my recent hawaiian vacation will be the rememberence of the first time I heard IZ’s version of “Somewhere over the rainbow”. That song will forever be etched in my memory of Hawaii.
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Name: Von
Email: von@scottsboro.org
URL:
Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2002
Time: 03:27 AM
Comments
I, too, have been brought here by “Finding Forrester.” The music was so moving. Listening to the cd is a roller coaster ride of emotions. I am blessed simply to have heard it.
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Name: malama kaualani
Email: kaua73@aol.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, July 21, 2002
Time: 09:59 PM
Comments
I first heard his music when i went home for family reunion his voice spoke to my soul. i wasn’t raised on the island. but all of my anseters are there. his voice,his music will always be an insparation to me. we are hawai’ian ohana nui loa,ole’e pono.aloha
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Name: Chraoibhin Persons
Email: kraveen99@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, July 21, 2002
Time: 02:00 PM
Comments
hanau hou!
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Name: Jeffrey Higa
Email: aikidohimchamp@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, July 19, 2002
Time: 08:03 PM
Comments
oh bruddahIz oh so sad yeah, i will always will listen to the music so soothing relaxing, ah every day no matter eating poke or eating plate lunch or eat shave ice at the beach i will always have your song in my head tanks bro u r so ONO

peace
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Name: Kyle
Email: kyle@somewhereover.com
URL: www.somewhereover.com
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2002
Time: 05:39 PM
Comments
I recently tried to send this e-mail to IZ’s former e-mail address. The e-mail was returned so I decided to post the message here…

I have been going through a difficult time in my life since the World Trade Center attack. I recently moved to Denver Colorado and started working in a coffee shop. One of the songs that they play in the shop is your Over the Rainbow rendition. The song touched me deeply and made me feel happy for the first time in a long time. I can only imagine you now looking down on all of us and smiling. What a wonderful world it must be for you looking down and knowing that you continue to make so many people happy.

We all go through troubling times in our lives, but the simplicity of your work makes me feel relaxed, happy and alive!

I grew up in Indiana and basketball was extremely popular. A minister at my church said that he imagined Heaven was like an endless basketball court full of all the greats. I bet Heaven is a beautiful sunset for you on a nice beach with many friends around, and music, yes, nice music. Someday I will thank you personally on your beach, but as for now I wish you an Aloha from the mainland.

Peace…

Kyle
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Name: Elizabeth
Email: Powerpuffpiggy@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2002
Time: 03:01 PM
Comments
omg I didn’t know he was dead! I first heard his song “somewhere over the rainbow” in “Finding Forrester” and in “ER.” I fell in love with the song and listened to it like 100 times in a row. I just saw your site about him and I was like “WHAT?!” Maybe we’re talking about a different person….anyways I will miss him deeply even though we may be talking about a different person.
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Name: Mechelle Leyman
Email: mleyman@trentnathan.coma.u
URL:
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2002
Time: 02:29 PM
Comments
I have heard the version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” so many times but never knew how to find out who had the beautiful voice. I can now purchase some of the most calming music I have ever heard. Rest in peace.
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Name: Pat Yancey
Email: pyancey@uky.edu
URL:
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2002
Time: 09:29 AM
Comments
Beautiful person, beautiful music.
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Name: Brent
Email: bgillis01@aol.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2002
Time: 08:15 AM
Comments
A truly great artist. His rendition of Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a wonderful world is singlehanded the best ever done. I wish his family the best. His music will be missed.
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Name: Gary Titus
Email: gary@djgarytitus.com
URL: http://www.djgarytitus.com
Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2002
Time: 06:48 AM
Comments
In searching the internet to find out who sings “Somewhere over the rainbow / What a wonderful world” I learned about Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole. I have been asked about this song a number of times. I will now be able to tell people about IZ. Thank you.
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Name: Barbara C. Venditti
Email: bvenditti@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2002
Time: 01:43 PM
Comments
I lived in Kailua, Oahu from 1955 to 1957. My husband was in the Marine Corps.at Kaneohe Bay. We lived at 324 S. Kalaheo Ave. I taught at the Punahou with Jiggy Blaisdell Clark and my daughter,Elizabeth, was born at Tripler Army Hospital. I learned about 17 hulas which I still remember and can do. In March of this year I was in St.Augustine,FL and heard the most beautiful Hawaiian music coming out of a record store in the mall. I followed the sound and the clerk introduced me to Iz. I memorized the Hawaiian motto when I was at Punahou and the first and last cuts on Facing Future make me cry. The life of the land is preserved in its righteousness. Aloha nui o ka koi. Barbara

 

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Name: Eric R. Gignac
Email: eric.gignac@lmco.com
URL: www.redchilemoon.com
Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2002
Time: 08:21 AM
Comments
How can you miss someone you never knew? I’ve just started listneing to your music and there’s a pain in my heart that you’re gone. I never knew you but I’m going to miss you. -Erg.
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Name: Michael Stricklin
Email: mstricklin@centurytel.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2002
Time: 04:04 AM
Comments
I am new to his world. I am sad I missed it the first time around, but I and the rest of the world will continue to discover new insights because of his influence….

thank you…
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Name: John Donahue
Email: donahuej001@hawaii.rr.com
URL: none
Date: Monday, July 15, 2002
Time: 11:53 PM
Comments
Hello Israel fans. Just wanted to say I am new to Hawaii on my tour in the military. My wife and I did not know Hawaiian music but bought one of Israel’s albums by chance. Wow! I am amazed with the pure beauty of his voice. He is one of the rare singers you can hear is singing from their heart and soul. It is easy to see why his memory and music is so cherished in Hawai’i’.
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Name: Barbara
Email: Lindylady48@aol.com
URL:
Date: Monday, July 15, 2002
Time: 08:52 PM
Comments
Hello…..thank you for a wonderful site about Israel and his life, and his music. I heard “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as background music for the show ER…..and had to research and learn more about the man with the great voice. Thank you for all you have done to honor and memorialize him. Sincerely, Barbara
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Name: Al & Phyllis Wilkerson
Email: alwilkerson@comcast.net
URL:
Date: Monday, July 15, 2002
Time: 07:05 AM
Comments
We just visited your beautiful islands and I heard the ending song from movie “Finding Forrester”. Like alot of other people I wondered who was singing so I asked a worker from The Hawaiian Music Store. He talked about all of the talents of the “spiritual giant” IZ. What a shame to have such a talent die at such a young age. Keep working hard to get his work into the mainstream. He is truly a legend.
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Name: Reginald Steward
Email: reginald.steward@verizon.net
URL: http://www.cashlaunch.biz
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2002
Time: 02:47 AM
Comments
I did not know him but I do know that his music had a diviness that comes from the spirit.His music will live on forever.
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Name: Allen Ashby
Email: aashby1@excite.com
URL:
Date: Friday, July 12, 2002
Time: 12:34 PM
Comments
Like many others, I discovered the wonderful sound of IZ after his death. His music touches me deeply…. I will purchase many copies of his CD and give them as gifts… What a voice…

Allen Ashby Las Vegas, Nevada
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Name: William Powell Jr.
Email: william400@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Friday, July 12, 2002
Time: 09:26 AM
Comments
Loved the music at the end of “Finding Forester.” God Bless.
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Name: John
Email: jfcncc@comcast.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, July 11, 2002
Time: 03:18 PM
Comments
Thanks, I enjoyed your site very much and appreciate the time you took to create and upkeep it.
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Name: Raven
Email: TheRaven00@aol.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, July 11, 2002
Time: 02:27 PM
Comments
Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us….we shall meet one day somewhere over the rainbow. God’s Blessings and Love.

Peace….
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Name: Pam
Email: plytle1@comcast.net
URL:
Date: Wednesday, July 03, 2002
Time: 05:24 PM
Comments
I just heard “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and remembered it from the last “ER” of Mark Greene. What a beautiful, lyrical voice….and a sincere tragedy in his loss. I can’t wait to buy a copy of his music (or two)! My best to all who loved him!
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Name: Steven
Email: sruple@mail.fairfield.edu
URL:
Date: Wednesday, July 03, 2002
Time: 08:26 AM
Comments
Iz blessed us all. May he be waiting for us when we all get there, singing. Take good care of his daughter.
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Name: Mark H
Email:
URL: http://www.purple-pride.com
Date: Monday, July 01, 2002
Time: 06:35 PM
Comments
I also just found out about IZ and his music. What a wonderful voice and lyrics. His music is truly that of the angels and brings true joy to anyone who listens to it truly is a blessing. Rest in Peace big Fella! And thanks for the music.
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Name: Jim Greene
Email: dchristy3@earthlink.net
URL:
Date: Monday, July 01, 2002
Time: 02:54 PM
Comments
His powerful music is stronger than ever, and felt all around the world. Thanks for the sounds of heaven.
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Name: Ian Scott
Email: iscott@iscott.com
URL: www.iscott.com
Date: Monday, July 01, 2002
Time: 08:04 AM
Comments
Wow, I just this week heard music by this man, and am so sad to hear of his passing. A great loss to this world, peace Brother.
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Name: Anthony  & Judith Curzon
Email: anthonyandjudy@primus.ca
URL:
Date: Monday, July 01, 2002
Time: 12:29 AM
Comments
we think…well done, nice sound, fine choice of tunes ….hi from Canada
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Name: Bev
Email: bevcro@gte.net
URL:
Date: Sunday, June 30, 2002
Time: 06:34 AM
Comments
Rest in peace IZ. Thanks for the music, bruddah.
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Name: Andrew
Email: abrewster@strangebrewster.com
URL: www.strangebrewster.com
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2002
Time: 03:17 PM
Comments
I unfortunately like many other posts on here only came to know him after his death as a result of the movie “Finding Forrester” with the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. That version/variation of the song is the only one I’ve ever heard that is in the same league Louis Armstrong’s version of “What a Wonderful World”. I bought the soundtrack to the movie because of that song and because I love Miles Davis’ music alot as well.

I found alot of mp3’s of Iz online yesterday that are great as well so I’m going to pick up a couple of his CD’s later today. I’d encourage anyone who loves “Over The Rainbow” to check out some of his other music as well.

Anyway, as another post I read stated, hearing this man’s sweet soul speaking through his voice in that song makes it obvious that somehow, somewhere, he is indeed still alive and smiling at this very moment as you’re reading this. Thank you Iz.
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Name: Kathleen Lamb
Email: LADYLINCS3@aol.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2002
Time: 01:45 PM
Comments
I live in the UK and have only recently discovered Israels’ music, his voice moves me to tears, I wish he were here to tell and enable me to say thankyou for such purity of sound. May he rest in the peace of hea
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Name: C Banks
Email: CBanks@tambcd.edu
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2002
Time: 07:18 AM
Comments
I am in total awe of the gentle sounds that I have only heards snips of on Amazon.com. I wish that I had been aware of his music long before now. I have ordered CDs after hearing “Over the Rainbow” from the music of “Meet Joe Black.” I am sorry that we will not be hearing new recording of his beautiful voice, but at least we are privileged to hear his romance with music through the gift of technology.
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Name: alexandra
Email:
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2002
Time: 03:00 AM
Comments
wow. i had never heard israel before. until i heard a beautiful song on dr. greene’s last episode on ER. the song [over the rainbow/its a wonderful world] moved me to tears. i am so glad i found his music, although maybe too late.
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Name: Rieko Sugai
Email: rieko401@yahoo.co.jp
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2002
Time: 12:39 AM
Comments
I’m writting from Japan. I really like his songs. When I’m listening his songs, It makes me feel good. I bought ‘Facing Future` When I have went to Hawaii. It’s so good. I love`Somewhere Over The Rainbow`. I just want to say to him `Thankyou!`
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Name: Bob Adams
Email: bobadams57@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Friday, June 28, 2002
Time: 02:02 PM
Comments
I heard his music for the first time this spring and I just love it.
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Name: Stephen McGowan
Email: stephen_mcgowan@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Friday, June 28, 2002
Time: 11:11 AM
Comments
I’ve only just discovered Israel, but I just love his music, so so refreshing and soon all my neighbourhood will know Israel’s music in the land DownUnder.
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Name: Leslie
Email: ltgooch@bellsouth.net
URL:
Date: Friday, June 28, 2002
Time: 06:50 AM
Comments
Listening to this wonderful man, has been a touch in the heart. I finally got his CD’s. And to listen to Iz is to touch him, the music, the Islands. Home for me, which I miss dearly. I wish I met this man, but will some day. Listen to him, and you will be touched. Aloha
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Name: Susan Baumgart
Email: susanb7@cox.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2002
Time: 06:49 PM
Comments
Blessings to IZ and his family. His music speaks directly to my heart, body, mind, and soul. I thank God for his time with us, and wish him God’s blessings and the music of Mother Earth as he moves ahead in spirit.
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Name: Joanne Stephens
Email: beachpony@earthlink.net
URL:
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2002
Time: 07:12 PM
Comments
My husband & I just discovered Iz’s beautiful music the night before last while watching “Meet Joe Black”. We found his web site today & raced to store to buy his Facing Future CD. It truly touched our hearts & souls! After listening to it from beginning to end, I got back on the web site to read more about this incredible person & realized that today was the fifth anniversary of his passing. (Pretty amazing coincidence! ) His beautiful soul had touched me so deeply that I found my self crying my eyes out at my computer over his loss. He will live on forever in all of our hearts. Thank you for your beautiful music Iz & I hope to meet you on the other side some day! Mahalo Joanne
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Name: Joe DiCioccio
Email: jsa95@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2002
Time: 06:50 PM
Comments
For your beautiful music, your voice of an angel, your spirit, let us hope that someday we all get the message… Mahalo
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Name: KEITH Garcia
Email: keith@baldsound.com
URL: www.baldsound.com
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2002
Time: 12:25 PM
Comments
What an amazing voice. It will live on forever and ever. Thank you for sharing your gift with us.
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Name: Jana Lea
Email: gandjlea@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2002
Time: 09:51 AM
Comments
I just ordered the CD Facing Future. Read a wonderful article in the People magazine that his song was part to the ending to ER. I lived in Maui for 3 years before moving to Texas. I loved the Hawaiian music I heard in Kihei. thanks.
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Name: D. Lauren Smith
Email: dlaurens@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2002
Time: 09:39 AM
Comments
I cannot stop listening to the song Hawai’i ’78. It touches my soul deeply. Oh to have Bill Gates’ type money to buy the land and give it back to the people of Hawai’i.

Thank you for the wonderful music!!!!

 

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Name: Kihapiilani Scholtz
Email: ha-y-ninwa@msn.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2002
Time: 09:17 AM
Comments
i am a big bruddah IZ fan who was fortunate to attend his funeral and now i am a HAWAIIAN living in Washington State. Every time me and my family listens to his music we get homesick. Just a little note for you IZ we love you and miss you. KEEP IT REAL CAUSE THE BRUDDAH IZ-REAL! To end with the words of a true angel “HAWAIIAN”.
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Name: walt brown
Email: musicube@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2002
Time: 09:42 PM
Comments
IZ had the heart of a warrior,the body of a sumo wrestler and the voice of angel. His music lives on and is forever new. Take care Bruddah and we’ll see you one day on the otherside.

Mahalo
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Name: Richard Paul
Email: rixxard@cs.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2002
Time: 07:33 PM
Comments
I just discovered who sang that soul moving Music from the Grand finaly of E.R., Last Night 06/24/02. I played This song (Over the rainbow) for 4 hours this Morning, as I drove to Work. When I first heared this song by IZ, it made me Cry as It was my Mom’s Most faverite song in the World. and When I heard this Angelic Voice Singing this, I broke Down! Remembering My Mother.

When I came home from work today I decided to go on the internet to find out More of this Man with the Voice of an Angel, only to find that he’d already passed on to Heaven, on the same day I lost my Mother. and I also found that IZ, and I was born on the Same Day. I feel lucky for me because I now have IZ’s Music in my hart, and can hear him until I meet him in Heaven and can hear him sing with all the ages of Angels. How Happy all you must be to have had the privlage to have known and loved him.

Be strong all his Children and family, because you will all be together again in god’s Time.

With Love!

Rich.
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Name: woody kalohe woodward
Email: rykersdad@hotmail.com
URL: msn.com
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2002
Time: 05:50 PM
Comments
my wife just returned from kailua kona and she brought back the facing future cd and i was an instant fan i was also sad to find out that iz had passed away but i know in my heart that iz and gabby are playing da kine music for our creator aloha for now woody
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Name: David Rodrigues
Email: davidr@pacbell.net
URL:
Date: Monday, June 24, 2002
Time: 08:20 PM
Comments
IZ is somewhere over the rainbow.

Peace.
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Name: Guy Pastorius
Email: luvislandgirls@aol.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2002
Time: 01:23 PM
Comments
In loving memory of bruddah Iz! I’m from the mainland but have spent many years in Hawaii. I wish I could have met this great man! I’m not of Hawaiian blood, but my heart is true, and I love da Islands like a true Hawaiian! I want to bless his family and to thank God, for bringing into this world such a wonderful teacher and spirit!!I live in the mainland now but wish I was in hawaii where I feel the spirit and “live aloha”. Peace to you bruddah Iz… Mahalo
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Name: Dave Larose
Email: dave@paccollege.com
URL: www.paccollege.com
Date: Friday, June 21, 2002
Time: 09:55 PM
Comments
Israel’s haunting, eerie melodic tones have been flaoting around me like a vague nimbus for years without me really zeroing in on what I was hearing. Then this Spring the television show ‘ER’ used IZ’s Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World to it’s dramatic perfection. I then did a search on the Net and all the sounds snapped into place for me… Meet Joe Black, Finding Forrester, eToys.com, a trip that I made to Fiji for my Honeymoon… it seems to me that his soulful intonations have been a part of my life for so long… I now know what has to be added to my life’s music library, and somehow, am certain that it always was and will be… keep paddling that canoe, we’ll all eventually be pulled to you bruddah IZ.
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Name: Betty Ann
Email: karrbetty@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Friday, June 21, 2002
Time: 01:54 PM
Comments
Just love the ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ rendition on Facing Forward. What a beautiful voice. I often listen to this CD over dinner … very soothing. I found IZ when I watched Meet Joe Black and heard Somewhere Over the Rainbow on that sound track. Love it! Rest in peace and know you still bring much joy to a troubled world.
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Name: Bill Paterson
Email: xyz08086@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Friday, June 21, 2002
Time: 07:48 AM
Comments
Iz music is so beautiful that it hurts. It’s almost too much to bear.
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Name: JACK CIALLELLA
Email: JCIALLELLA@VALERO.COM
URL:
Date: Friday, June 21, 2002
Time: 04:41 AM
Comments
As a lover hawaiian music, I just found Iz’s music to be enlighting, touching, moving, and enjoyable. I lost my 20 year daughter to a sudden heart aliment 3 years ago and everytime I listen to Iz’s music it brings good memories of him and my daughter.

I am Hawaiian at heart thats why I love Iz and everything he stands for. His wife and family must be awfully proud of Iz as his music still lives on even here in Pennsylvania.
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Name: j peoples
Email: dakie1@attbi.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2002
Time: 05:59 PM
Comments
as one of you said…. he renewed my aloha spirit… sometimes… we forget the things that really matter…. Never forget the Aloha Spirit that lives in each of us… Born in Hawai’i. Hawaiian at heart. Thanks IZ! You da best!
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Name: Penny Hill
Email: duffie.hill@att.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2002
Time: 05:09 AM
Comments
my life continues every day and as an artist i continue to discover new things but the impact that hearing IZ’music and heart made upon me remains as strong and true as the first second i heard his voice and message thank you for your efforts to make his mesage available to others without commercial influence…

don’t know how to spell it but but mahalo Penny
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Name: Cheryl Thomas
Email: Cthom1206@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2002
Time: 03:26 PM
Comments
I love his music…it makes me happy
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Name: paul gibson
Email:
URL:
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2002
Time: 07:49 PM
Comments
I was so inspired by his “over the rainbow” song, I was compelled to learn more about IZ. I feel part of me in his voice, a part of me that has been held deep within me until now. I will hear his voice forever!!!!
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Name: Joe Holm
Email: jdholm3@cox.net
URL:
Date: Monday, June 17, 2002
Time: 06:49 AM
Comments
I found him like others, thru the ebay commercial and ER. Over The Rainbow had always been a hopeful dreamy song. Now I hear his version, so sad, it is a song of loss and passing. Such a beautiful, soft voice, I am sure he was like that in life.
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Name: Randol Kemp
Email: lodnar@juno.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2002
Time: 05:48 AM
Comments
I feel so moved whenever I hear Somewhere Over the Rainbow…

Pure and Holy…..
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Name: THE MADDYS
Email: TMADDY@GVTEL.COM
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2002
Time: 04:02 AM
Comments
WHAT A WONDERFULL TALENT,HE WILL BE TRULY MISSED BY THE WORLD.I CAN ONLY PONDER ON THE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC HE HAD YET TO SING.
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Name: Dnitra & Brennan
Email: ayersauto@turquoise.net
URL:
Date: Friday, June 14, 2002
Time: 04:29 PM
Comments
Aloha.

I just wanted to say how important Bruddah IZs music is to myself and my son Brennan (5). We listen to his CDs all the time, and because of that, Brennan seems to have more of an appreciation for Hawaii each day. He said this morning that when he grows up, he would like to teach people Hawaiian Culture so that Bruddah IZ would be happy. He once asked me if he was Hawaiian, because he was born here. It was hard to explain to a three year old. But a friend of ours told him that he was not Hawaiian blood, but Hawaiian heart. I think Bruddah IZ would have liked that.

We recently traveled to the Mainland, driving across Oklahoma and parts of California, and in each rental car, we listened to Bruddahs tape. We truly felt as though we had brought a bit of Hawaii with us, and couldnt wait to return.

Isreal is our Hawaiian Supa’man, and will always be remembered by our family.

Mahalo.
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Name: Becky Hoekstra
Email: fiddlefaddle@skyenet.net
URL:
Date: Friday, June 14, 2002
Time: 03:25 AM
Comments
I have laughed and cried and danced and cried some more since I bought my first CD of IZ one week ago. Thank you for sharing your music with us Israel.
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Name: Leinani
Email: Meru137@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2002
Time: 11:15 PM
Comments
Bruddah IZ We all miss u and ur music, even if u r dead u will live on in each and everyone of us who listen to ur music and in every new born hawaiian in this world ur words touched us all and made most of the kids open there eyes and learn more about there land and culture….Mahalo to u bruddah IZ for u was da best singer that lived and will always live…….till the end of the world…
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Name: GERI SUIDA
Email: gsuida.ssuida@verizon.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2002
Time: 06:45 AM
Comments
I really enjoy his music. I only became aware of this talent when they used his version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on the season finally of ER.

May he rest in peace knowing that his music is still bringing joy to us all.

Geri
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Name: Maureen Mooney
Email: MaureenMM@aol.com
URL:
Date: Monday, June 10, 2002
Time: 11:36 AM
Comments
Hello. I’ve never done anything like this before, but I feel absolutely compelled. I discovered Iz’s music at the end of a movie soundtrack. The credits were too fast for me to catch the name so I just searched the web under “Over the Rainbow” and found enough info to order “Facing Future” through Amazon. I listened to the CD over and over on a long car drive Saturday and just could not stop crying tears of happiness and longing even though I don’t understand one word of Hawaiian. Ode to Joy is the only thing that comes to mind – being so blown away that the music transports you. I LOVE all kinds of music but this kind of reaction is very rare indeed and must be treasured. I wish very much that I’d been aware of his music while he was still alive. I would have been on a plane to Hawaii at a moment’s notice to catch him in concert. What joyful memories for all who who did! Thank you Iz. There ARE angels and you clearly were a treasure to behold.
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Name: Dan Silverio
Email: silverid1225@yahoo,com
URL:
Date: Monday, June 10, 2002
Time: 10:03 AM
Comments
Very informative site. Thank you from people like me who are just discovering the music of I. Kamakawiwo’ole. I just wish you could have some links with sites where I could buy some of his CD’s. I know you are trying to make this site just as a tribute only but I think there is room for the links that I requested to further keep his memory strong not only for the folks that know him and of him, but also for people llike me who are just discovered his great music. Mahalo!
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Name: oboltyo (DHB)
Email: oboltyo@fastmail.fm
URL:
Date: Monday, June 10, 2002
Time: 05:12 AM
Comments
so sorry to find out that this man has left us. I only now came across his music and was so intrigued by it. My best wishes to his family and friends.
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Name: Susan Bell
Email: r.bell20@verizon.net
URL: Hawaiian at heart
Date: Sunday, June 09, 2002
Time: 07:00 PM
Comments
I just returned from 3 weeks on the Garden Isle with my husband and 4 yr old son. I was very happy to finally complete my collection of Iz’s CDs and to get the video. I brought it back to our rental house and waited for a quiet moment alone to watch it….I actually could not watch it for several days because I knew it would make me sad to finally see and experience IZ’s amazing talent. I was not disappointed….I never met this man or even saw him until this time and yet I wept. No music has such a profound effect on me……the ability to make me so nostalgic for the Islands, happy and joyful and melancholy all at the same time. I want to thank Bruddah IZ for his legacy of love, compassion, tolerance and incredible humanity. His message is a very important one for all of us to live by. He loved his Island home and all it’s people, and all his many fans….how lucky for all of us. I read the messages here weekly and I am astounded by all the peoples of the world who are touched by his music. Mahalo for maintaining this site. My most heartfelt thoughts go out to IZ,s wife and daughter and all his family, friends and fans. We will never forget you dear Isreal….NEVER.
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Name: Denis Rodrigues Silva
Email: denisdacopasa@ig.com.br
URL:
Date: Sunday, June 09, 2002
Time: 04:35 PM
Comments
I’m Brazilian. I don’t understand English.I’m using a dictionary. I knew music’s Israel listening brazilian’s radio called Guarani FM in this year. The music was “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful Word” and then I’m in love. I enchanted whit his voice, his song. I try to buy his disk record but I don’t to encounter. When I knew what he died I to grow silent and my heart to grieve. i wish that Israel and all his family have peace and happiness.
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Name: Anne Barsi
Email: queensfancy@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, June 09, 2002
Time: 04:23 PM
Comments
Israel’s music was brought to my attention through a commercial just after my daughter was born . . . only a few seconds of him humming Over the Rainbow, and I was so touched by his voice. I found him through a TV Guide article, sadly it was a note of his passing. My daughter and I listen to his music often. His music brings me such joy and serenity, yet at the same time I often find myself tearful that he has passed and his voice has been silenced by his journey home to Heaven. Surely, Heaven has been made even more delightful with his presence. I wish all his family and friends peace, love, health and happiness. You are in my thoughts when I listen to the music, and I have no doubt he watches over you all with great love. Aloha
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Name: Tom Green
Email: kokopeli@zekes.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 08, 2002
Time: 04:22 PM
Comments
I fell in love with native Hawaii music when a friend turned me on to the Brother’s Caziemero in 1978. I just discovered Israel’s music this year when my family went to Hawaii without me but brought me back “Lost in Iz World”. What music! While ‘Over the Rainbow’ is a all time masterpiece I will cherish hearing forever, I also enjoyed Iz’s version of ” ‘Ulili E ” which is also recorded by the Brothers Cazimero on their ‘Follow Me’ album. Growing up in the dry desert lands of southern Arizona makes me very appreciative of the talents of Iz and other native Hawaii artists. May the family and close friends of Iz smile and have peaceful and prosperous lives. I can’t wait to get to heaven to hear Iz in person.
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Name: Wayne Breedlove
Email: pwbreed@attbi.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 08, 2002
Time: 12:39 PM
Comments
I mearly wanted to say THANKYOU
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Name: David B. Allard
Email: csdballard@
URL: worldnet.att.net
Date: Saturday, June 08, 2002
Time: 08:08 AM
Comments
I first heard IZ’s music when I came home to Hawaii with my family. I thought it to be very beautiful and I enjoyed listening to it. I heard the song “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” on the ER episode “On The Beach”, and it brought back so many memories. May we all remember the gift you left for us. Thank you IZ,and may God keep you in his hands

Aloha…
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Name: Heather  Reavis
Email: heather_amie@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Friday, June 07, 2002
Time: 07:22 PM
Comments
This morning as I drove home from dropping my husband off at work I turned the raido on and they were talking about this song shortly after they played it and all at once I rembered when I was younger My nieghbor Nana who was very good friends with Don Ho would play this song and how happy it made me feel to hear it and when I heard it today it gave me that feeling again
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Name: Vincent
Email: vinz2007@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, June 06, 2002
Time: 11:01 PM
Comments
I m only a young french who have just discovered Iz, but i have never heard before in my life such astrng voice. Each time i hear one of his songs, my mind leaves my body and goes in some peacefull and hopefull world… Thanks to Iz. Vincent
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Name: sylvia Jean
Email: sylviaja@rrsan.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, June 06, 2002
Time: 07:27 PM
Comments
awesome person . fantastic music
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Name: sylvia Jean
Email: sylviaja@rrsan.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, June 06, 2002
Time: 07:26 PM
Comments
Please send news letter
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Name: Kathy
Email: ub402920@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, June 06, 2002
Time: 12:41 PM
Comments
I’ve just discovered IZ’s music, I love it, it takes me back to the islands. I wish he were still around to make beautiful music for us.
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Name: Kathryn T. Molohon, Ph.D.
Email: kmolohon@nickel.laurentian.ca
URL:
Date: Thursday, June 06, 2002
Time: 05:57 AM
Comments
Thank you for your outstanding contributions to music, and to life itself.
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Name: Matt Gallant
Email: bluemelon@clinic.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, June 06, 2002
Time: 05:52 AM
Comments
We are thinking about using “Somewhere over the rainbow/What a wonderful world” for our wedding song. His version is absolutely wondeful.
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Name: Marie Telepneff
Email: marie.telepneff@hyprotech.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, June 05, 2002
Time: 05:19 PM
Comments
Like many people, my husband, Father Gregory (a Russian Orthodox priest in San Francisco) and I discoved Israel’s sweet voice posthumously. We have caught up with his gift to the world, but are saddened by the loss of such a wonderful human being and talent. As Orthodox Christians, we will continue to honor Israel’s memory with heartfelt prayers. God’s love surely touched him and will continue to do so forevermore. Most Sincerely, Matushka Maria Telepneff Holy Virgin Cathedral, San Francisco, California
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Name: Stacy Kreel
Email: stacylynnkreel@yahoo.com
URL: MSN
Date: Wednesday, June 05, 2002
Time: 05:16 PM
Comments
Thank you for everything and I just want to say you made the best hawaiian music out of all the ones I’ve heard and you’re cd “N Dis Life” #2 really sing my feelings because you were right in the life you were loved by me.
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Name: AJ ALANIZ
Email: BIGALANIZ@AOL.COM
URL:
Date: Wednesday, June 05, 2002
Time: 06:13 AM
Comments
I HAVE JUST DICOVERED HIS MUSIC. WHAT A WONDERFUL LEGACY AND GIFT IT IS!

I WILL LISTEN TO THIS AND DREAM FONDLY OF HOW IT MAKE ME FEEL
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Name: Sheryl Barabad Stolworthy
Email: Sheryl_B_Stolworthy@msn.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, June 04, 2002
Time: 10:47 AM
Comments
I finally discovered the singer of the most beautiful rendition of “Over the Rainbow” late last night while reading a magazine! I’d always wondered who’s voice and ukulele could touch my heart the way this singer did! I’m glad to finally know the name of this talented and gifted artist, but I am sorry to hear that he had passed away in 1997 (to my surprise). My condolences to Mr. Kamawiwo’ole’s family. May he rest in peace.

a new fan, Sheryl Barabad Stolworthy Glendale, Arizona 03-June-02
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Name: Rita Ann Gaebleein
Email: es_gaebelein@lgca.org
URL:
Date: Monday, June 03, 2002
Time: 09:45 AM
Comments
I have only recently become familiar with the music of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. I guess I should begin to tell you that the song “over the rainbow” has a very special meaning for me. and when I heard Isreal’s version of the song…I just fell in love with it, and was compelled to find and purchase the album on which it is recorded. In searching for information on the artist and the album I discovered that he had died. I almost feel that I’ve lost someone. I think my mother has guided me to this wonderful album… Now a brief explaination of why I love this song so much.. Soon after my mothers death (about a week or so) I had a dream in which she was cradeling me in her arms (as you would an infant) even though I was an adult, and she was singing Over the Rainbow to me, I could feel her and smell her…the dream was so real that I Know my mother was there that night. So, now everytime I hear that song it brings tears to my eyes (a good thing) and I feel close to her…To hear Isreal’s version is just the most wonderful that I have ever heard…it is so haunting and beautiful…the way it was ment to be performed and heard…I am so sorry for your loss…I wish I had been aware of his music and passion for his land befor his death. And now I will continue to discover his music and his haunting lyrics
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Name: Silone.L.Fitiao
Email: Keilanipearl@aol.com
URL:
Date: Monday, June 03, 2002
Time: 05:06 AM
Comments
hello, I’m Keilani Pearl Fitiao. i’m from Long Beach, California.
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Name: John & Machelle Lorf
Email: jlorf@cwiconsulting.com
URL: http://www.cwiconsulting.com
Date: Sunday, June 02, 2002
Time: 06:39 PM
Comments
Your music has touched our lives in a way, which no one has ever done through song.

Mahalo
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Name: Barbara Zeller
Email: bzbbaz@hotmail.com
URL: http:
Date: Sunday, June 02, 2002
Time: 02:32 PM
Comments
Oh, how I miss this man, his beautiful voice, his ideals, his personality, and above all, that he is no longer with us. I know that it is selfish, of me, but, I can only imagine, how his wife, and daughter miss him still. It is like an open wound that does not heal, with the passage of time.

Is Gaylord, still around? The one who played keyboard, for Izreal?

Please keep this page open, and let us all remember him.
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Name: Theron Unrath
Email: docdpmd@aol.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, June 02, 2002
Time: 03:52 AM
Comments
Just love the song Over the Rainbow and I looked up to see who the artist was and found out that he had died in 1997. I think this was a great lose not only to his wife and daughter but also to Hawaii and the World. I listen to his mucis when ever I’m in my truck, if his wife and daughter have a web site I would love to e-mail with them.
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Name: Scott Elve
Email:
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 01, 2002
Time: 07:16 PM
Comments
My Biggest Insperation in music and in life.
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Name: Beth
Email: bethiea@aol.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 01, 2002
Time: 03:06 PM
Comments
I first heard Iz singing “Over the Rainbow” on a PBS promotional spot (I used to work for PBS and would see these promos over and over again !) I always thought it was such a beautiful, poignant version of the song. Then, of course, came the recent episode of ER where this same song is playing as Dr. Greene, in a scene more beautiful and hopeful than sad, slips into death from a brain tumor. I had no idea that the man who did this lovely music was, himself, already deceased. Even though he’s no longer with us here on Earth, I hope he somehow knows how much his music has touched many, many people !
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Name: Betty
Email: pnbmills@aol.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 01, 2002
Time: 01:02 PM
Comments
I hated Judy Garland’s Over the Rainbow until I heard Isreal,s. His voice and music is like warm honey even if the words aren’t right. I have played it so much until I have the whole family singing it. He could have hummed the phone book and it would have been fine. So young and so much warmth comes through. I never knew the man, but I hear the kindest spirit when I listen. Thank you
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Name: Mark & Yesenia Ruiz
Email: Mark@rolla.us
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 01, 2002
Time: 08:51 AM
Comments
Just wanted to say how much we enjoy his music, we played it for our unborn daughter and now that she is 3 months old, I know we will enjoy it for years to come as a family.

Grace and Peace

The Ruiz Family
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Name: Billie Brown
Email: bbrown@auditconcepts.com
URL:
Date: Friday, May 31, 2002
Time: 02:08 PM
Comments
May 30, 2002

My husband and I recently vacationed in Kauai and I quite by accident found IZ while I was there. I overheard his music playing in the lobby of the hotel we were staying at and immediately asked the manager to please tell me who it was singing. Our vacation would not have been the same without him. We were so saddened to hear of his passing.

He sings like an angel and we bought several CD’s while we were there and played them constantly.

We’re home now, and still every morning we sit on our back porch and have coffee and listen to IZ. We seem never to tire of it. I loved his saying on the IZ album “We Hawaiians, we live on both sides” I believe it.

Thank you all for sharing him with us.

Billie Brown Dallas, Texas
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Name: jacob crawford
Email: crawdaddy007@hotmail.com  
URL:
Date: Friday, May 31, 2002
Time: 05:47 AM
Comments
I recently first heard somewhere over the rainbow/ what a wonderful world when it was played on the episode where Dr. Green passed away on ER. He was in Hawaii with his family, and he was listening to Israel’s version when he passed in the night. It was very sad. My whole family now loves this song. I am sorry to hear that he is no longer with us, but I look forward to learning about him and his music. Jacob
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Name: Johannes Eckert
Email: Hutablage_des_Zorns@gmx.de
URL:
Date: Friday, May 31, 2002
Time: 05:41 AM
Comments
I have just discovered IZ music. It came all over the Atlantic Ocean, even to Germany. And – I´m afraid – I just discovered, that he has already passed away. The music is so beautiful, it will stay forever in my mind.

 

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Name: Julie
Email: jandj8562@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, May 30, 2002
Time: 12:59 PM
Comments
I will see you, hear you, and always remember you in every rainbow I see! Your voice has reached my soul and makes everything I see and do more spiritual. How proud Marlene and Ceslianne(Wehi) must be! Thank you for the positive effect you continue to have on so many!
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Name: Christian
Email: christian_schimmelpfennig@yahoo.de
URL:
Date: Thursday, May 30, 2002
Time: 11:35 AM
Comments
Hi, this is Christian writing from Germany. This evening I have seen the movie “Forrester”. It es a really great film. But the last song of the film performed by Irael Kamakawiwo is so good, that it stimulated me to download it immediately. And tomorrow I will go shopping and listen to a CD from Israel Kamakowiwo. His voice sounds so good.

Greetings from Germany Christian
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Name: Mike Gloria
Email: mikey3@cox.net
URL:
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2002
Time: 01:22 PM
Comments
I can’t listen to Izzie’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” without either getting a huge smile on face thinking of the sensitivity and feeling that he gives it or a tear in my eye from knowing that his gentle yet powerful voice has been silenced forever. Rest well Brahdda.
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Name: hula keoni
Email: lsaliquidforce17@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2002
Time: 12:32 PM
Comments
aloha bruddahs and sistahs through me whole life i have been a true follower of bruddah IZ. i would have to say dat bruddah is da man. i live by his music and hope to one day play like him. his soal will allways be in me memories and me prayers. ive met da bruddah once in me life. i will never forget him. every now and then when im not havin a good time i play his music and its like hes with me. all me worries just float away into the sea. every night i make shure to put his cd on and fall alseep to it. its amazing. i try and turn as many bruddahs on to it as i can. there will never be another like him. IZ is my hero. SOMEWERE OVER DA RAINBOW BRAH…. ALL MY LOVE mahalo
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Name: hula keoni
Email: lsaliquidforce17@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2002
Time: 12:32 PM
Comments
aloha bruddahs and sistahs through me whole life i have been a true follower of bruddah IZ. i would have to say dat bruddah is da man. i live by his music and hope to one day play like him. his soal will allways be in me memories and me prayers. ive met da bruddah once in me life. i will never forget him. every now and then when im not havin a good time i play his music and its like hes with me. all me worries just float away into the sea. every night i make shure to put his cd on and fall alseep to it. its amazing. i try and turn as many bruddahs on to it as i can. there will never be another like him. IZ is my hero. SOMEWERE OVER DA RAINBOW BRAH…. ALL MY LOVE mahalo
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Name: David Dubois
Email: jdaviddubois@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2002
Time: 08:39 AM
Comments
Aloha

I have made 8 trips to Hawaii in the past 10 years and am sorry to say that it took me some time to discover the music of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. I now have copies of most of his CD’s and will finish the collection this year when I return. The loss to the world was great with the passing of Bruddah Iz. But we are all so fortunate that he has left such a rich legacy of music so that others may enjoy it. Again my sincere sympathy.

Mahalo,

David
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Name: joyce cabell
Email: mtgreek@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2002
Time: 08:33 AM
Comments
i just heard of iz and his music from the movie “finding forrester” and i love it. i have always liked hawaiian music; and want to visit the islands in the near future. i bought my first iz cd today; and will buy the rest of his cd’s. the music world did lose a wonderful singer.
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Name: joyce cabell
Email: mtgreek@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2002
Time: 08:16 AM
Comments
i just heard of iz and his music from the movie “finding forrester” and i love it. i have always liked hawaiian music; and want to visit the islands in the near future. i bought my first iz cd today; and will order or buy the rest of his cd’s. the music world did lose a wonderful singer.
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Name: Jasmine
Email: J69Midnightangel@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2002
Time: 11:42 AM
Comments
Aloha/ Hafa Adai/ Talofa, I just wanted to say that Isreal was a great guy. I loved his voice. I know one of his cousin’s here in TX, she’s really nice. You know, I been away from the islands too long, I didn’t even know of his passing. I feel so bad. But may he rest in peace.
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Name: brodie
Email:
URL:
Date: Monday, May 27, 2002
Time: 09:06 PM
Comments
Just discovered the music of IZ. Living in Canada I had to order the cd as an import, quite expensive but no regrets. I can’t wait to hear more. I wish I had known of IZ while he was with us. I share the heartfelt feelings of those here before me.
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Name: Dallas Teo
Email: dt152001@yahoo.com
URL: n/a
Date: Sunday, May 26, 2002
Time: 10:39 AM
Comments
I live in california, and I was so happy to hear that someone was actually trying to preserve our culture through music, and that is when i heard Of Iz. His Music is very uplifting and they all make sense. The younger generation can now see how important our culture is through Iz’s music. He brings the life of the island into the main-land showing everyone that us hawaiians are not happy about how Hawaii was annexed into the US, and are fianlly showing it and doing something about it. I was very sorry to hear of his death. He will live on through his family and his music. I regret the fact that i heard of him after his death because it would have been a dream to actually meet him and shake his hand. Aloha Oe Iz.
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Name: John Rockey
Email: rockey_2@hotmail.com
URL: http://www.members.shaw.ca/rockeyis/john.htm
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2002
Time: 07:59 AM
Comments
My wife ask me to find a beautiful rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” that she heard somewhere. So I searched the net and found your beautiful music. You will be missed but your music is forever. Thank you.
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Name: Beth Tanaka
Email: btanaka@sbcglobal.net
URL:
Date: Friday, May 24, 2002
Time: 09:06 PM
Comments
Iz you’ve been a friend and will be missed. Your songs will always live in the hearts of those who knew you and those that hear your words and songs. I can honestly say that it was a pleasure knowing and meeting those in your family. Now that I am away and listen to your music I know what it is to love Hawaii as much as you did. Thanks for being there and mostly for allowing those who were touched to just express themselves. Mahalo for making this website.
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Name: Kelsey
Email:
URL:
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2002
Time: 03:53 PM
Comments
Thank you for your moving, powerful music – it is a gift I will cherish for the rest of my life, although I have never met you. I have cried every time I’ve heard your rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Thank you, and peace.
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Name: sue
Email: sajsanfat@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2002
Time: 10:36 AM
Comments
do you pronounce his name I. Z. or Iz?
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Name: Sasha Melody Kealoha Naone
Email: hawaiian_built_7455@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Monday, May 20, 2002
Time: 02:31 PM
Comments
ALOHA UNCLE IZ I JUST WANTED TO SAY HAU’OLI LA HANAU ‘IA ‘OE!!! WHOA UNCLE YOU 43 ALREADY… I ALSO WANTED TO SAY WASSUP. I HOPE THAT YOUR BIRTHDAY WAS FILLED WITH JOY.TAKE CARE OF YOUR SELF AND TAKE CARE OF THE FAMILY. ME KA ALOHA PAU’OLE A HUI HOU!
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Name: Stephen Wolf
Email: ssw77@aol.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, May 19, 2002
Time: 11:27 PM
Comments
I have recently become a big fan of Bruddah Iz’s music. I did not know he had passed away. However I was amazed to find this site while listening to his song and realizing that today is his birthday. Happy birthday Bruddah, God bless.

Stephen
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Name: Howard Hawver
Email: hlhmh@aol.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2002
Time: 07:52 AM
Comments
I was very unfortunate not to have seen Brudda IZ in concert. His music shows us all how big his heart was. I have almost worn out his CD’s. His insite to humanity and his love for people has to be one of the bright spots for anyone who really knows his music and the person. Brudda IZ has to be one of the truly beatiful people that has touched my life. I am not Hawaiian but would like to think of my self as a Hawaiian at heart. It somehow makes me feel closer to this man and others like him. Brudda lives forever in all our hearts. Mahalo Nui Loa. Mai poina!
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Name: Cindy Obermeyer
Email: obfour@bigskytel.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2002
Time: 05:59 AM
Comments
I am able to keep my wonderful memories of the Hawaiian Islands alive throught the beautiful music of Israel. Thank- you!
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Name: sijmen wesselingh
Email: sijmen2@hetnet.nl
URL: www.geocities.com/sijmen2
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2002
Time: 03:19 AM
Comments
Is there a site with guitar tabs of Iz’ music ? Thanks

Sijmen, the Netherlands
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Name: A Hawaiian at Heart
Email: garyrutledge@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Friday, May 17, 2002
Time: 06:43 PM
Comments
Bruddah Iz will always live in my heart through his music. He made me understand what it was about Hawaii that I loved but couldn’t articulate. It was the spirit of the people and the beauty of the land. Like Bob Marley, his music came through him from God and I’m thankful to have heard it. Mahalo nui Bruddah Iz!
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Name: Greg Huntingford
Email: gregh@hwired.com
URL:
Date: Friday, May 17, 2002
Time: 06:13 PM
Comments
I found you out too late. What a voice. I will always enjoy your music.

Greg
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Name: Lori
Email: Lori5867@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, May 17, 2002
Time: 10:49 AM
Comments
Well I first discovered “Iz” on ER when the guy died, and my friend was like the Hawaiin version of Somewhere over the rainbow is the best, and I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about. Then i downloaded it, and whenever I hear it now, I smile.
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Name: Nick M.
Email: Jackass24_7@hotmail.com
URL: N/A
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2002
Time: 08:48 PM
Comments
I am 14 years old and I was listening to somewhere over the rainbow one night and I started to cry. A song like that makes you look at all the shit going on in this world today and see that the simple things in life are the best. Let Isreal’s soul live on in the hearts of people who know that the only thing bigger than this man is his heart. Peace
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Name: steve
Email:
URL:
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2002
Time: 08:28 AM
Comments
After hearing the most beautiful cover of Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful world, I had to find out more about the person behind that wonderful voice…and was saddened to learn of his passing, but he does live on in his music, and I will let my friends know of Bruddah IZ, so they too will know the beauty of his spirit through his music.
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Name: Michael DeSimone
Email: northgate1@aol.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2002
Time: 08:07 AM
Comments
I first heard this recording of Somewhere over the rainbow in Etoy’s commercials. But it wasnt until I was watching my wife and my favorite TV show, ER. You see we have been watching this show since the first episode aired in the early 90’s and have grown attached to many of the characters, especially Mark Greene. Now this was his time to go and he was to pass away quietly in Hawaii with his children and wife. When this aired we were quite taken with him finally leaving the show, but what made the episode remarkable was Israel Kamakawiwo’ole singing the farewell song. Now I am a normal man, a wife, 3 kids and am an Staff Accountant. But I owe this much to Israel, you have touched our hearts with your music and the world has lost a treasure. May your music live on….
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Name: David
Email: Gato3970@aol.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2002
Time: 06:47 AM
Comments
Recently IZ’s rendition of “Over the Rainbow” was played almost in its entirety on a very moving episode of the television show “ER.” I had heard a small part of it before on a television commercial but didn’t fully appreciate the beauty of it until hearing a full version. It brought tears to my eyes with it’s incredible tone and feeling. His rendition gave a new, deeper meaning to the song and I’ll never forget it. I think all of our lives are richer for it.
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Name: Kevin M. Lapp
Email: computers_1@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2002
Time: 06:42 AM
Comments
one of the greatest singers, wish I could have personally met him.

I will miss you Brudah!!!
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Name: Mohalahaunani
Email: mohalahaunani@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2002
Time: 06:43 PM
Comments
Braddha Iz’s song E Ala `E inspired this letter protesting the Akaka Bill. I am na kanaka wahine who tore up the Akaka Bill. Writing in from Singapore!

TO: Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka cc: ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, FR: Mohalahaunani great grand daughter of Kahikina Nainoaelua, Kahana O`ahu ————————————————————

Dearest Uncle Kahikina,

First allow me to send a rainbow of my aloha to you, Uncle, in Washington. I pray that you will be open to an URGENT change of action that will benefit our people and to abandon and abort the thought of making our people into a new Indian Tribe through your Akaka Bill. My pu`uwai quickens my spirit to write you, Uncle and to convey my thoughts to you.

What are the silent truths that speak and beckon us to question the wrongs committed against us, na Kanaka Maoli of the Kingdom of Hawaii? Let us look at the canvas of America’s history with our people. The portrait that their actions have painted:

1) A broken treaty with the Kingdom of Hawaii under our beloved Queen Lili`uokalani;

2) Treason;

3) Theft of a Kingdom;

4) Illegal status – Counterfeit Government;

5) Act of War against our peaceful nation;

6) Genocide against our people for more than a century that continues in present times;

The list goes on…surely Uncle, you cannot possible want to be associated with this destructive portrait. Be the hope of our people, Uncle! * “Defend our Birthright to be Free,” Give our Children LIBERTY…I beseech you, Uncle, bring closure to our people’s grief. Echo the voice of our freedom! KU KANAKA!

Lovingly, concerningly and sincerely conveyed,

Mohalahaunani

* taken from E Ala `E song sung by Braddha Iz — recommended to listen in its entirety
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Name: liz
Email: lizflys@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2002
Time: 10:27 AM
Comments
My deepest sympathies to your family. Iz’s version of Somewhere over the Rainbow not only is the bestest version I’ve ever heard but will remain so forever! I’m sure he’s over the rainbow and smiling down on all those he’s touches when they hear his beautiful and touching version.
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Name: Deanna Petersen
Email: dpetersen@eaptemps.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2002
Time: 07:26 AM
Comments
Bruddah IZ’s music has brought me so much peace and soothing during difficult times in my own life. I am so grateful for his music and for the power of his messages about life, what’s really important, Hawaii and our connection to God. Thank you so much. We are sharing our music with friends, family.
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Name: LK
Email: leokeeley@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2002
Time: 03:47 AM
Comments
Iz was a giant. How lucky are the Hawaiians to have a man such as this as one of their own.

Iz will be seen as a giant 1,000 years from now.

RIP, Bruddah Iz. We are better people because you walked the earth alongside us. As we say in Irish: ‘A chara. ach solas ard a ta se elag.’

Mahalo.
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Name: Suzanne Parker
Email: subonz@yahoo.com
URL: yahoo
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2002
Time: 12:37 AM
Comments
I too found Israel Kamakawiwo’ole because of the movie “Finding Forrester”. I too bought the soundtrack just for that song and discovered IZ. I too then found out he had died, I sat down and sobbed to lose what I had just begun to know, a tender, healing songbird of the finest, sweetest vocals and a beautiful soul. I am missing you.
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Name: Die Fledermaus
Email: diefldrmas@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2002
Time: 06:48 PM
Comments
I am completly new to IZ I heard his Somewhere over the Rainbow on NBC’s ER and had to find out who this was. I am amazed at his voice and saddened at his death. I wish I had known about him before his untimely death.

Maus

 

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Name: jerry E.
Email: Longhairj420@aol.com
URL: http://members.aol.com/longhairj420/101.html
Date: Monday, May 06, 2002
Time: 07:14 AM
Comments
Cuz!!!…i’m ready to record my next song …”MAUI”… i need your blessing.
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Name: Mike Straughn
Email: ml_straughn@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, May 05, 2002
Time: 05:41 PM
Comments
I just recently fell in love with his CD Alone in IZ World, he had a beautiful voice. I wish could have known him earlier. Mike
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Name: Joseph
Email: keekkeo@msn.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, May 05, 2002
Time: 04:53 PM
Comments
I love hearing him sing it sometimes makes me cry and feel good. May God bless his family and may his music live on in the hearts of those who loved him and cherished his words in his songs.
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Name: David Wethington
Email: datastar@hawaii.rr.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, May 05, 2002
Time: 04:10 AM
Comments
Nice site and a very nice tribute to Iz and his great talent.

Iz, we miss you, but we are so glad you passed this way!

Aloha,

Dave Wethington
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Name: Les Grant
Email: submariner@telusplanet.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, May 04, 2002
Time: 04:30 PM
Comments
I’ve been so involved in jazz that I completely overlooked this man’s tremendous talent until just recently when I heard “Over the Rainbow” and then discovered more and more of his music legacy. I’m knocked out, completely, and play his music night and day, never tiring of it.
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Name: Dr. Ken Bryant
Email: drken5@attbi.com
URL:
Date: Friday, May 03, 2002
Time: 06:30 PM
Comments
I am a minister for 55 years and have a radio broadcast of 2 hours on SAT PM on three stations. My hearing aid friend told me about Israel .. I called up the web page thinking I might be able to listen. My broadcast can be heard every SAT PM on KPDQ-FM in Portland, OR 10-12 midnight pacific time. I wonder if he did any Gospel music. I have over 17,000 titles in my data base .. been doing it along with my ministry for 42 years.

God bless. KEN BRYANT
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Name: Bob Urell 
Email: BobUrell@juno.com
URL:
Date: Friday, April 26, 2002
Time: 09:18 PM
Comments
I’ve yet to hear anything so heartfelt as his “Over the Rainbow”.
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Name: al padilla
Email: maria.padilla3@verizon.net
URL:
Date: Friday, April 26, 2002
Time: 06:38 PM
Comments
i am a relative newcomer to hawaiian music, but i have been so moved by IZ and his music,manner,love,words,life,love of people, i am left wanting, i have all his cd’s 1 video, but if there are any more videos of him i would love to have them to remember him in mind as well as ear. MAHALO, AL PADILLA
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Name: Greg Shirk
Email: Buff8fan01@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2002
Time: 11:50 AM
Comments
I feel very fortunate to have seen Bruddah Iz live several times while I was stationed on Oahu. He was a great man and taught us many things through his music. I miss him and Hawaii very much. He will never be forgotten.

Malama pono,

Greg
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Name: Nathan K. Kamae
Email: alohaboykamae@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2002
Time: 11:13 AM
Comments
Thanks for da times. Much the love.
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Name: Bob Alabaster
Email: bob@usscreen.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2002
Time: 02:01 PM
Comments
I’m a Jewish kid from the Bronx, living in Arizona. Iz’s music has touched me deeply. His message, his spirit, lives on, even here, even now. Rest in Peace my brother.

Bob Alabaster Cave Creek, AZ
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Name: Louise Frechette
Email: frechette@cybertours.com
URL:
Date: Monday, April 22, 2002
Time: 05:10 AM
Comments
We love you and miss you even in Maine.
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Name: CHYANNE TIANA LOVINA COLOMA
Email: CHYDAANGEL@AOL
URL:
Date: Sunday, April 21, 2002
Time: 11:20 PM
Comments
IM SORRY TO THE WONDERFUL FAMILY THAT LOST BRUDDAH IZ.MY FAMILY AND I FEEL THE SAME WAY U GUYS FEEL CAUSE BRUDDAH IZ WAS OUR MAN DA MAN DAT WE THOUGHT THAT WAS DA BOMB.NOW EVEREY TIME WHEN HIS SONGS COME ON THE RADIO WE JUST HAVE A DREADFUL FEELING.IM SORRY TO YOU GUYS WHO LOST DA BIG MAN BUT HE WILL STAY IN EACH AND EVEREYONES HEART THE PEOPLE WHO WAS DA BIG FANS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Name: JR MORI (CHUUKESE)
Email: chinren_X3@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, April 21, 2002
Time: 05:53 PM
Comments
no music touches me as deep as yours…for that, i thank you, and will always remember you…thank you very much… much love goes out to you… (micronesia)
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Name: Jean Neely
Email: jneely@coin.org
URL:
Date: Sunday, April 21, 2002
Time: 01:56 PM
Comments
I used Israel’s song Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World in a video that I made for my parents 50th anniversary. It was the music playing behind pictures of their childhood and adolescense. It was perfect and beautiful.
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Name: Cynthia Ritchey
Email: cynritchey@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Friday, April 19, 2002
Time: 06:35 AM
Comments
I never knew you, would have loved to sing and creat music with you. Thank you for sharing what treasures you had been blessed with, I know you will rest in peace and the world will never forget your beauty.

Aloha.
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Name: Mike George
Email: michaelgeorge@clearchannel.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2002
Time: 06:53 AM
Comments
Miss your wonderful voice-play your music all the time!!!!!
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Name: Desmond Smith
Email: desmondlewissmith@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2002
Time: 05:00 PM
Comments
Bruddah’s music hits me so hard, I cry whenever I hear it… such a beautiful person, you will be missed. When I have children, they will be raised playing your music!
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Name: Kang,Mihye
Email:
URL:
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2002
Time: 02:55 PM
Comments
I miss Hawaiian superman..
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Name: Maili
Email: jmailip88@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2002
Time: 09:41 AM
Comments
I am only 13 yeaes old and i Have fallen in love with Iz’s music. Even though he only reamins in our memories, he is still in inspiration to others.
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Name: Lee
Email:
URL:
Date: Sunday, April 14, 2002
Time: 01:54 PM
Comments
A hiki i keia la, ua pololi makou, ua make wai, ua lohelohe mai, a ho’olohe i kou leo. . .

Even in this day, we hunger, we thirst, we listen carefully, and we hear your voice. . .

Aloha aku i ka ohana o ko Bruddah Iz
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Name: kD
Email: kdjyc1999Ahotmail.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, April 14, 2002
Time: 04:37 AM
Comments
braddah Iz a true inspriration to us all. His music will never die. But him as a person will always be missed. But we will always feel his mana. but someday we all going get together and eat the stew that braddah Iz stay keeping hot for us mahalo for everything we miss you alot and all our aloha goes out to his family and friends. k-den aloha
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Name: James R. Messenger
Email: jrmhome@bellsouth.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2002
Time: 02:43 PM
Comments
April 13, 2002

I have just now discovered IZ through his masterpiece album “Facing Future.” It had been my hope to tell him that I was in awe to know such an extraordinary artist existed. I am devastated to know of his loss, but I would like to go on record that I believe IZ to be a giant in the art of music, whose work should live a mighty long time.

What a talent! My best to his wife and daughter and family. You were touched by greatness, and it has been my good fortune to learn — however late — of this remarkable man and his extraordinary voice and depiction of the wondrous Hawaiian Islands and its culture.

My best,

Jim Messenger Marietta, Georgia
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Name: Rich Koch
Email: LINDA-RICH.KOCH.FORDS@worldnet.att.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2002
Time: 02:29 PM
Comments
What a great voice ,tremendous performer.way to young,would loved to have see him perform in person.
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Name: Denn
Email: denn_74_center@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2002
Time: 02:54 AM
Comments
Hello everyone, I have been listening to IZ now for about 4 months, and his music greatly changes the way I look at my life, and I juts enjoy it so much, he has the most soothing voice, he relaxes me, thanks for keeping him in memory with this site.
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Name: Evette W. Lau
Email: evette.lau@charterfunding.com
URL:
Date: Friday, April 12, 2002
Time: 01:47 PM
Comments
Iz is greatly missed, but music and his angelic voice remains forever.
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Name: Irma
Email: aleidae1@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, April 12, 2002
Time: 08:51 AM
Comments
I started listening to IZ’s music on (4/11/02) and now I am totally hooked. I’ve downloaded his music at my house and at my work and I am recomending him to all my friends.

He might not be with us in physical form, but he will always be with us in spirit and mind.
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Name: Paul Procissi
Email: p_p_p_99@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2002
Time: 08:15 PM
Comments
I first heard IZ on public radio one beautiful day in early spring. He was singing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’, and I was moved by his sweet voice and how well it caught the moment and the day and my own feelings. I contacted the station and learned his name. I have since acquired most of his music and am always amazed at the great talent and feeling of this man who left us all to soon. The world is a better place for his having been here. Aloha IZ!!
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Name: Dr. David Babulski
Email: dbabulsk@lanier.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2002
Time: 06:19 AM
Comments
Iz has made a big difference in my life. While of polish heritage I am Hawaiian in heart. It is so rare that you hear music that is made of pur love. Iz may be gone but he will never be forgotten.
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Name: Aaron Ka’apuni
Email: drumdog96792@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, April 09, 2002
Time: 08:46 PM
Comments
Braddah Iz and I go back in the middle stages of the Makaha Sons of Niihau. Hank’s place in Kaimuki and at their Makaha home. I was always treated as family and he took me as a brother. I remember a jam we did at the Pokai Bay restroom with John Koko, Glen Foster, Jeff Nuuanu and a bunch of other guys. The acoustics was awesome and it was just pure kanikapila. Plenty of music, but most of all a sincere feeling of brotherhood. 1997 I lost two precious things, Israel in June and my dad in September. Braddah Iz, “You da man!” ALOHA!
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Name: Maria Villegas
Email: hula_lady2000@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, April 09, 2002
Time: 04:09 PM
Comments
He was the best, I LOVE and ENJOY his music. He was “fo real, True Local Braddah, in heart and soul.” His music will always bring me back to my memories of growing up on the big island…Maria
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Name: staci j vigil
Email: staci_v@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, April 08, 2002
Time: 07:40 AM
Comments
My mother introduced me to brudda iz’s music last year and I must say it touches my heart brings so much emotion I am brought to tears with joy from listening to it. I wish I could thank him myself for all his music has done for me when i am sick or in good health what a terrible loss you must suffer as well as all who enjoy and rejoyce with his music thank you staci j vigil of colorado
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Name: Buzz Holland
Email: bjholland2001@msn.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, April 06, 2002
Time: 06:45 AM
Comments
Bruddah Iz, your music is still awesome. You are the epitome of aloha. I consider myself very fortunate to have lived in Makaha in the mid 80’s and to have had the opportunity to see you perform many times with the Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau. I fondly remember the concerts at the Shell, the Sheraton Makaha, Waianae School and the annual Mother’s Day Celebrations at the paneola west of Makaha Beach. I returned to Hawaii a couple of years ago and was very saddened to learn that you were gone and that I would not be able to see you in concert. I have all of your music and listen to it often. God Bless you and may the spirit of Hawaii live eternally in your music.

Mahalo, Buzz Holland Kingsville, Texas
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Name: Nick Carabetta
Email: NinjaTurtle4321@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, April 05, 2002
Time: 02:38 PM
Comments
I first heard IZ on a commercial for E-toys, only I didn’t realize it was him until I heard him on the Finding Forrester soundtrack. I was so inspired by his version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World that I took up the Ukulele. I’ve been trying to figure out the chords on his arrangement of Over The Rainbow but can’t seem to do it. If anyone happens to know those chords and wouldn’t mind taking the time to send them to me I would greatly appreciate it.

Nick Carabetta
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Name: Susan Bell 
Email: r.bell20@verizon.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, April 04, 2002
Time: 06:03 PM
Comments
My one true regret in life will be that I never got to meet you or hear your music live…..Yet everyday I get to be with you as I listen to your angelic voice on my stereo. You embodied the spirit of aloha and of Hawaii….your message of pure and unconditional love is a lesson for all people to hear and live each day. I am only a Hawaiian at heart, but the culture and beauty that is Hawaii has been a part of me for many years. Mahalo to you IZ for making life a little sweeter for so many people. I love you.
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Name: Aleka Padilla
Email: Hmgrwnhawaiian@aol.com
URL: N/A
Date: Tuesday, April 02, 2002
Time: 05:12 PM
Comments
Iz has touched my life as well as my familys’.I just want to thank hin and his family for all that he has done!
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Name: Teri Roberts
Email: ccaesar1@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, April 02, 2002
Time: 04:44 PM
Comments
Bruddah….you’re missed.
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Name: Darlene M
Email: usmakefive@peoplepc.com
URL: www.peoplepc.com
Date: Sunday, March 31, 2002
Time: 08:04 AM
Comments
My condolences…
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Name: Hector Acevedo
Email: HACEVEDO5@MSN.COM
URL:
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2002
Time: 06:57 PM
Comments
We just recently found out who did this version of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and then purchased the CD of IZ music. I find it very soothing. We live in El Paso, TX. Thank you.
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Name: Philippe Sauvie
Email: philippesauvie@earthlik.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2002
Time: 08:56 AM
Comments
I was visiting the Hawaiian Islands for the first time and was staying in a hut on Kawaii and was listening to a local radio station (KONG) I think it was. I rememember hearing this artist ‘cousin IZ’ and enjoying his music a great deal. A few days later a sad announcement came over the air the DJ announced the passing of this man. . . I bought one of his tapes before heading home to Oregon. (They played IZ’s music on the flight home). Both my boy and I have enjoyed his music since). And whenever I hear his music living on in the popular media I am reminded of the beauty of the man and the Islands. P.S.
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Name: Pacifico Bacalzo/Dallas,TX
Email: pacificob@webtv.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2002
Time: 04:41 AM
Comments
Such a beauitful voice. He is Hawaii.
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Name: Bob Smith
Email: robert.smith@dcaa.mil
URL:
Date: Friday, March 29, 2002
Time: 08:38 AM
Comments
A great artist
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Name: Larry W. Jones
Email: lwj001@hotmail.com
URL: http://www.pic-a-pagediscounts.com/music.html
Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2002
Time: 09:19 PM
Comments
Feel free to compose music or change words if need be. Enjoy!

Kaku’na ‘o aloha mala’lo Hanale’i mahi’na

Under Hanalei Moon (Lyrics by Larry W. Jones 3-26-2002)

Like the gentle winds that blow there…. is my love for you. Hand in hand we strolled the sands….my love’s still true. Hanalei bay is calling….me back to you. Beams of love are under…Hanalei Moon.

hui (chorus)

Hanalei Moon…..I’ll come to you. Hanalei Moon….You’ll be there too. Gentle winds are calling…. me back to you. Beams of love are under…Hanalei Moon.

(instrumental reprise)

On the isle they call Kauai…. a flower for you hair. Gentle winds and mem’ ries…. waiting for me there. Hanalei bay is calling….me back to you. Beams of love are under….Hanalei Moon.

hui (chorus)

Hanalei Moon….I’ll come to you. Hanalei Moon….You’ll be there too. Gentle winds are calling…. me back to you. Beams of love are under….Hanalei Moon.

Beams of love are under….Hanalei Moon.
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Name: Ali’i Pearson
Email: alii.pearson@sun.com
URL: www.geocities.com/kingalii/
Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2002
Time: 11:33 AM
Comments
I wish I had one chance fo’ meet Braddah IZ. I grew in Waipahu and moved to California in ’89. I’ve always listen da old kine Hawaiian music, like C&K, Kalapana and Olomana. Couple years back I listen’d to couple CDs from Braddah IZ, but it wasn’t ’til recently I actually LISTEN’D to Braddah IZ. When I stay feeling small kine home sick, I listen to Braddah IZ’s concert CD, it make me feel like I’m home again. Mahalo fo’ Braddah IZ! Once again I wish I had an opportunity to attend one of his concerts… but, awe… God Bless You Braddah IZ! Someday I hope to meet you in Heaven…

Mahaloz’ Braddah Ali’i
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Name: charles gallagher
Email: cgalstark
URL: @yahoo.co,uk
Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2002
Time: 10:33 AM
Comments
i’ve only recently found bro iz K instantly his voice moved me to follow it further he brings a forgotten joy back to life and song something akin to the majic songs of the fifties i never knew of you in your life span bro iz, but you stay with me in mine peace

charlie gallagher
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Name: Zea
Email:
URL:
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2002
Time: 05:48 PM
Comments
I’ve never knew who he was until I heard his rendition of Somewhere over the rainbow, then I started searching for who was singing this great song. I started listening to other songs of his, and realized that I’ve heard them other places at other times. I love his music, his style, his sound. My condolences go out to his family and friends.
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Name: Angela Spicer
Email: kegg@pipeline.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2002
Time: 06:41 AM
Comments
My friends just introduced me to Iz, and I absolutly love his music. I am very sorry hearing her died.
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Name: Grace
Email: gem2you@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2002
Time: 10:13 AM
Comments
I feel such a loss as I’ve only now (March 2002) just discovered the wonder and spirit of Iz’s voice, humour and spirituality through his songs.

After listening to Alone in IZ world, I felt great sadness, as it occurred to me that he may have passed on. Searching on the Web brought me here. Thank you for the opportunity to express my gratitude to Iz for sharing his beautiful gift with all of us. Listening to him brings me to Hawaii – – paradise on earth. Sincerely……
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Name: Jacque Morehead
Email: jkmrhd@aol.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, March 17, 2002
Time: 01:37 PM
Comments
Aloha, My husband and I recently took my 80 year old mother to the Hawaiian Islands. This was a dream come true trip for her. While walking through a store in Maui, we heard Israel singing “Wind Beneath My Wings”. There is something very spiritual about his voice.I find his music moving and listening to it helps me recall the beauty of Hawaii and my favorite Island Kauai. I came to your web page to find out more about him… the man behind the voice. I think your site is a nice tribute. I stumbled upon it from Dogpile ( the mega search engine). I am spreading IZ music across the state of Virginia by sharing it with friends. We cannot find his tapes/cds here. Maybe we can change that. Mahalo, Jacque
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Name: Larry Miquelon
Email: lmiq@onebox.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2002
Time: 01:00 PM
Comments
Hello,

Saw the man and his music video in the store and simply bought it being intrigued by the pictures and what was said on the cover. Never hearing of IZ or his music I was touched and impressed. Beautiful!
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Name: Po’mai’kai Ho’Olani
Email: Hoolani31@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2002
Time: 12:50 PM
Comments
Bruddah IZ was a man of many heart. He was aperfect example of what we Hawaiians are and will always be, also he was a good example of what it means to be Hawaiian. Let us not forget dis great man,HOOTAH!!!!! Just like his song he is and will always be our HAWAIIAN SUPERMAN!!!!!Kou aloha ka’u a`e E hi’ipoi nei Haku`iku’i `eha I ko’u mana’o. God bless all people especially the family of Bruddah IZ!!!HOOTAH!!!!!
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Name: Bob Strickland, Oakville
Email: strick17@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2002
Time: 11:49 AM
Comments
It is with great sadness that I learn of the passing of this great artist. I recently heard the version of somewhere over the rainbow (my favourite song) that was made popular by the movie. I didn’t realize who was singing until today when I decided to surf the net as a result of a book I just read called Hotel Honolulu. I had the pleasure of living in Makaha for a year in 1982 and as well as surviving Huricane Iva, I was lucky enough to play lead guitar for Larry Akana and The Rainbow Lights Band. I also had the great pleasure of sitting in at the Sunday jam at the Rusty Harpoon with the Sons. I left Hawaii in 1983 to return to Canada but I have always wondered what hapened to all the great musicians that I met when I was there. I am pleased to learn of the success of these great guys and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of such a great talent.
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Name: william kalamakuaikalani  DeBolt
Email: boronda4@hot mail
URL:
Date: Friday, March 15, 2002
Time: 09:05 PM
Comments
brudda iz: you always numba one in dis hawaiian’s book, your songs are like being out at swanzy beach park with my grandpa watching him fish, you got da voice like da haole roy orbison. surelly da hawaiian gods are having you sing for aloha braddah
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Name: val
Email:
URL:
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2002
Time: 02:40 PM
Comments
aloha
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Name: Raymon Cunha
Email: rcunha@uic.edu
URL:
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2002
Time: 09:22 AM
Comments
Today is my 43rd birthday. I was born in 1959 just like IZ. My family lived in Hawaii, in Kailua from 1967 to 1974. My father was born in Wailua, and his father was a Portuquese immigrant who became a sugar cane plantation foreman. My sister Anne has given me IZ’s “Facing Future” CD as a birthday present, and I’m listening to it as I write this. Though our family had some hard times when we were living in Hawaii, there is a lot that I remember with a great deal of fondness and a sense that some of my roots are there. Anyway, to whoever reads this, I want to say thanks for IZ’s music. I never learned a great deal of Hawaiian when we lived there, so I was wondering if there is anywhere to find translations into English of some of the songs on “Facing Future”? You can let me know via e-mail. Thanks again, and Aloha!

Ray Cunha
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Name: kalani
Email: xpoidogx@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2002
Time: 10:26 PM
Comments
has i sit and ponder the true beauties of my life.i am blessed to have IZ provide the soundtrack to it….bless you braddah..
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Name: Kammi
Email: tinymoxiegirl77@excite.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2002
Time: 07:31 PM
Comments
Everytime I listen to IZ’ songs, I can see him in my mind, singing and making people happy. I still miss hearing him making new songs but I still have all of his cds. He will be in my heart at all the time, no matter where I go. I believe that he is surrounded with angels in heaven….

Love ya, Bruddah IZ!

Kammi

Pearl City, Hawaii
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Name: margaret evans
Email: margevans@shaw.ca
URL:
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2002
Time: 11:22 AM
Comments
I was first introduced to the magical sounds of this man, by a CBC radio host Stuart McClean of the program Vinyl Cafe. It struck such a chord with me, I madly went out to seek and find this music. I found it, and fell in love with the voice and gentleness of him. I was so sad to find out that I was too late to know of him when he was alive. I have been lucky enough to receive a computor, and an opportunity to find this site on the web. I think the human race lost something very special on the 26th of June of 1997. Isreal will live a long time in the hearts and souls that he has entered .
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Name: Scott Greenhaw
Email: alley_cat_boy@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, March 10, 2002
Time: 06:53 AM
Comments
I first heard part of “Over the Rainbow” in a Fisher Price commercial. Everytime I heard it I would feel such a longing in my soul, though it was just a bit of the uke in the beginning. I finally discovered what the song was and who the artist was from the movie “Finding Forrester”. After buying Facing Future and falling for the other music by IZ I took the disc to the Auto Dealership I work for on a slow weekend and played it for the crew of six.After listening to the disc one of them hopped on his motorcycle and went and bought six more copies of the same disc. Then to find this website and read about other people with similar stories is amazing.It’s a very sad thing for such a man to pass so young, but he definitely lives on in more ways than one.
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Name: ardhi
Email: ardhi@exittoafrica.com
URL: www.exittoafrica.com
Date: Saturday, March 09, 2002
Time: 08:02 PM
Comments
Hello, I just saw the movie Joe Black and was curious to know who sang the song at the end. It is done beautifully. My brother died some years ago and I don’t really know why it matters, but somehow after reading about Iz and the website I wanted to email the maker. It seems like he is your brother. I guess he is no matter what.

Ardhi

I realize that commercialism in some ways separates us all and is an eyesore, but it is also the media that has the potential to bring us together, ironic. It is probably just the human greed involved in the media that separates us so well.
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Name: Melanie Eckert
Email: meckert1@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, March 09, 2002
Time: 03:24 PM
Comments
This man had the most beautiful male voice I have ever heard. Thank you for soothing, Iz.
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Name: Bruce DD Mac Rae
Email: bmacrae@ups.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, March 06, 2002
Time: 06:20 AM
Comments
I am a changed person because of my belief in our Lord and the most beautiful music I have ever heard…the music that is IZ. Aloha Bruddah IZ, we will meet one day.
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Name: Mário Rui
Email: mario.santos-312aemail.pt
URL:
Date: Wednesday, March 06, 2002
Time: 12:47 AM
Comments
well, I’m trully sad for kamakawiwo’ole’s death, I got surprised today when I found that he died, I eard his first song when I saw the movie Meet Joe Black which is a wonderful film but it wouldn’t be the same without kamakawiwo’ole’s song in the end which gives an unique end to the film, since than it became my favorite song cause it made me feel so calm and pieceful as never before, I’m about to buy some of his cd’s because I believe they’re also unique as well, well in the end I just want to say that I, as well as everyone else, am not going to forget you for sure till the rest of our lives because kamakawiwo’ole there’s only one and no other, I’ll see you in heaven
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Name: Mário Rui
Email: mario.santos-312aemail.pt
URL:
Date: Wednesday, March 06, 2002
Time: 12:47 AM
Comments
well, I’m trully sad for kamakawiwo’ole’s death, I got surprised today when I found that he died, I eard his first song when I saw the movie Meet Joe Black which is a wonderful film but it wouldn’t be the same without kamakawiwo’ole’s song in the end which gives an unique end to the film, since than it became my favorite song cause it made me feel so calm and pieceful as never before, I’m about to buy some of his cd’s because I believe they’re also unique as well, well in the end I just want to say that I, as well as everyone else, am not going to forget you for sure till the rest of our lives because kamakawiwo’ole there’s only one and no other, I’ll see you in heaven
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Name: Dante Cancelli, Esquire
Email: Peckville@msn.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, March 05, 2002
Time: 03:17 PM
Comments
I listen to Iz’s CD’s (I’ve got them all) every evening now for the past few months, having vacationed in the Hawaiian Islands last Thanksgiving and becoming acquainted with his music at that time. I am sorry he passed away. I truly enjoy his music.
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Name: Raul Fernandez
Email: fernandezcorp@juno.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, March 03, 2002
Time: 10:25 AM
Comments
A little about me: I am currently 16, and attending Colonial High School, here in Orlando, Florida. I love listening to music (although not really playing/composing). I am oroginally from Guatemala, and moved here at age 3. I am an honor student, and top 3 in my Junior Class (We are the class of 2003, and we rule!!). I’ve never been to Hawaii, but hope to visit some day (when i become a doctor).

I know Iz is sitting now in heaven, somewhere over the rainbow, smiling up above, thinking what a wonderful world. Aloha, Raul Fernandez

PS. SMILE 🙂
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Name: Raul Fernandez
Email: fernandezcorp@juno.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, March 03, 2002
Time: 10:17 AM
Comments
I have recently heard Israel’s Music, and I think it’s great. He sounds like a very nice, and serene type of person. I only wish I’d heard of him earlier so as I could have appreciated his music more. He was a great man, and his voice shall be remembered forever. I only wish I could have met him, he was a very inspirational singer.

Thank You, Raul

PS. SMILE 🙂
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Name: Joe McKeague
Email: mrbojangles178@aol.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, March 03, 2002
Time: 08:14 AM
Comments
Iz, I know you sit next to god on a cloud and he is intimidated. Every true hawaiian loves misses you braddah.
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Name: Ebony Kaikala
Email: Tita17@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, March 01, 2002
Time: 01:09 PM
Comments
Aloha, my name is Ebony Kaikala, from da island of Maui. I useto live on O’ahu, but we moved because my mom missed her family. I have always been found listening to Braddah Iz’s music; his music is so true and understanding,it makes u feel so relaxing and proud to be living in da 808 state that we call Hawaii. My mom always talks about da olden days, but braddah iz sings about da olden days. I’d just like to say much love out to da Kamakawiwaole ohana and to da rest of his family and frenz that we all know miss him. Braddah Iz will always be here in hawaii and in da hearts of all hawaiians, because Braddah Iz is da heart of all local people and Hawaii. Even though he’s gone his soul and music will live on forever.When music is played, think of Iz, when u hear music, know it is iz who is calling all musicians to be as great as he was….. My mom sends her alohaz out to dat family of Braddah Iz, her name is Virginia Piimauna, from Hana. Aloha no, malama pono and a hui hou!!!!!! Take kea and god bless…. Aloha, Ebony Kaikala
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Name: Bruddah Paul
Email: pjlukey@bloomington.in.us
URL: http://www.m3jobs.com
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2002
Time: 01:30 PM
Comments
Like many, I found him in a commercial and a movie.

A messenger of love. He left young (like Enoch). Now perfect and incorruptable in body and spirit, his work remains, and still speaks to us left behind.

Brudda Bu says he played a sweet tenor Martin. I’m going to learn to play ukelele too – I want everyone eventually to know how much I love them…
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Name: Amanda Hill
Email: hill01@msn.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2002
Time: 04:38 PM
Comments
I discovered Iz after the death of my father in 2000. His words soothed me and brought back memories of my father and his home in Hawaii.
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Name: Jay Vinton
Email: jvinton@jenkens.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2002
Time: 05:51 AM
Comments
The music and story of Bruddah IZ came late to me. Not until I met my lady friend Haunani, did I come to know his beautiful songs and message.

I am forever touched, even as a non Hawaiian, by the inspiration and pride that he embodied in the Hawaiian people, through my lady Haunani, and through his music, I have come to honor and respect all things Hawaiian. I am hispanic and the cultures are very similar especially the one of Familia or Ohana. Honor and blessings to you IZ, for I would have loved to just shake your hand. Mahalo for what you have taught me, even as I am older, I am wiser too.
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Name: Michael Watters
Email: mwbrucelee@aol.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2002
Time: 12:31 PM
Comments
I just wanted to say that Iz is amazing he moves me in ways that no musician ever has. It is a shame that a man with such great talent had to die so young. He is inspired me and I am actually learning the Ukelele. Thank you IZ for everything you have done. ~peace~ M. Watters
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Name: Richard Turnbull
Email: DickT719@charter.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2002
Time: 03:42 PM
Comments
I just became familiar with his music. What a beautiful voice. Wish I had known his music earlier.
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Name: R. Bruce Moore
Email: brmoore1@mindspring.com
URL:
Date: Monday, February 18, 2002
Time: 01:26 PM
Comments
We first heard Iz’s music on a boat trip to snorkel Molokini. Immediately bought a CD. Several friends in Idaho have now purchased their own. This music will always remind us of the beautiful time we had in the Aloha state. In Him, Bruce
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Name: Erich Vonk
Email: evonk@gmx.de
URL:
Date: Monday, February 18, 2002
Time: 11:19 AM
Comments
Forgive me – please- for being late.

This man will live 4ever

in all tender hearts

There’s no end

to the power of love
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Name: Jeanette
Email: electrolass@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, February 18, 2002
Time: 07:32 AM
Comments
I first heard IZ on a radio station during a stay in Maui where I was married. I didn’t know then that this wonderful voice was gone. I put his CD on whenever I need to feel sunshine or imagine something beautiful. Thank you IZ. I guess as long as I have the CD, IZ will never be gone.
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Name: a oliver
Email:
URL:
Date: Sunday, February 17, 2002
Time: 11:48 AM
Comments
I heard somewhere over the rainbow for the first time today. My god!
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Name: Nigel Allan
Email: nallan@auroranet.nt.ca
URL:
Date: Sunday, February 17, 2002
Time: 11:16 AM
Comments
I heard his rendition of “Over the Rainbow / Beautiful World” on the radio in Canada and it literally brought me to tears. His voice is so beautiful and I was overcome with sadness at the thought of the world losing such beauty. I don’t know that someone’s voice has ever touched me so deeply. Thankyou.
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Name: Vose
Email: c.vose@worldnet.att.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2002
Time: 04:55 PM
Comments
I first heard your music at the end of “Finding Forester” and then again in “Meet Joe Black” (which I just recently viewed). I fell in love with your music.

Thank you so much for your beautiful voice

You are missed so much.
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Name: Rainer Busch
Email: eternalpeace@gmx.de
URL:
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2002
Time: 05:55 AM
Comments
This wonderful voice is that, what means Aloha in our hearts and life. Ho’omana’o i aloha.
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Name: Steve Lumpkin
Email:
URL:
Date: Friday, February 15, 2002
Time: 12:00 PM
Comments
Your music is an eternal gift to us all. You are missed.
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Name: Robert
Email: Kahunapoi@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2002
Time: 04:47 PM
Comments
He will always be a part of the my Hawaiin Ohana
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Name: Margot Morpeth
Email: mmorpeth@cox.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2002
Time: 01:57 PM
Comments
This is the most peaceful and beautiful music I have ever heard. Iz will live forever in his wonderful music. Thank you for sharing with us.
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Name: Sean Kirkpatrick
Email: corenfa@pacbell.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2002
Time: 07:02 AM
Comments
I just heard The Gentle Giant on All Songs Considered from NPR. I am astonished and the beauty of his singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World. I am very sorry to hear that he has passed on, but heaven must surely be rejoicing at having such a wonderful musician present to lead the choir!
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Name: James Christie
Email:
URL:
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2002
Time: 03:42 PM
Comments
This guy was the man!!
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Name: Douglas Emond, Marblhead MA USA
Email: d.emond@easternbk.com
URL:
Date: Monday, February 11, 2002
Time: 04:44 PM
Comments
Here I am – 2/11/02 – sitting in my kitchen – at 9:44 pm est listing to facing future…..while my wife and kids are sleeping – completely enjoying the melody’s – and I am an irish, french canadian, american – go figure!~
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Name: Anna
Email: sok_anna@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, February 11, 2002
Time: 03:21 PM
Comments
…if birds fly over the rainbow, why, then oh why, can`t I…?!
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Name: Michael Saliba
Email: asaliba@videotron.ca
URL:
Date: Monday, February 11, 2002
Time: 01:58 PM
Comments
This is really the first music and singer that has touched me in a long long time.
Thank You
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Name: Scott Rossi
Email: liljitney069@aol.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2002
Time: 11:45 PM
Comments
I have recently discovered the amazing songs of IZ, all I can say is they have touched me in a way I never thought possible. I have never heard such beautiful music and singing before, it is ethereal…I appreciate your site to the highest degree for your nobility and humility and your respect of this obviously great man. I will cherish his music as the treasure it is.
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Name: David Dosh
Email: dhddds@msn.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2002
Time: 08:49 AM
Comments
Hawaiian is spirit, his music is inspirational and touches me deeply. In tomes of stress IZ bring me back to the calm I need to function. Mahalo IZ !!!
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Name: Lori James
Email: lorijames@shaw.ca
URL:
Date: Friday, February 08, 2002
Time: 12:01 PM
Comments
I was recently in Maui for the first time and was exposed to the wonderful voice and energy of Iz. It is sad that somebody so talented an full of life left this earth so early. I hope wherever he is, he is sharing his passion and talent with those surrounding him.

To a man who’s voice touched my heart and soul.
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Name: KEHAULANI COLE
Email: HAYNSONDAH@aol.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, February 07, 2002
Time: 01:32 PM
Comments
ALOHA, MY NAME IS KEHAULANI. I AM A VERY BIG FAN OF IZ’S. PARTIALLY BECUZ I AM VERY BIG FOR MY AGE AND THE FIRST TIME I SAW HIM HE JUST MADE ME FEEL BETTER ABOUT MYSELF. I FEEL LIKE HE HELPED ME. I WAS VERY SORRY TO HEAR THAT HE HAD DIED. I DID LIVE IN HILO ON THE BIG ISLAND BUT NOW I AM LIVING ON THE MAINLAND. I HAD NO CHOICE. MY PARENTS THOUGHT IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR ME AND MY SISTER’S. ALOHA KEHAULANI 2/7/02
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Name: Sebastian
Email: R@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, February 06, 2002
Time: 06:47 PM
Comments
I Known him when i saw the movie “finding forrester”,when i heard the song “Over the rainbown/What a wonderful World” i start looking from his songs, pictures, cds, etc. In my country i don´t have the possibility to buy his cd´s, so im very sad about that. I can say that he is a great singer, one of the best i ever listen.
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Name: Peter Moonen
Email: p_moonen@sunshine.net
URL:
Date: Wednesday, February 06, 2002
Time: 06:21 PM
Comments
I was struck by the simplicity and the beauty of Israel’s Over the rainbow composition from Finding Forrester. I am sure it has struck many others as it did me. This version alone will keep his memory alive. Mahalo, Iz.
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Name: Elizabeth Chesney
Email: elizabeth.chesney@phs.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, February 05, 2002
Time: 11:16 AM
Comments
I’m sorry I never got to hear Iz in person. His music will live on, thankfully.
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Name: Tavita Kahihikolo
Email: angus793@
URL: none
Date: Tuesday, February 05, 2002
Time: 06:48 AM
Comments
as a fan i loved iz his singing just made me feel good on the inside but made me dance on the outside. I use to listen to iz all day until i moved to the mainland with my parents but im just writing to show my love and respect to the Ohana. So with closing words i say mahalo and ahui ho.
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Name: Lindall Lee & Helen Guillory
Email: lguillory@ashland.com
URL:
Date: Monday, February 04, 2002
Time: 01:23 PM
Comments
We loved his rendition of ‘over the rainbow’ in the music track of Finding Forrester
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Name: Carol Griep
Email: cgriep@interpac.net
URL:
Date: Monday, February 04, 2002
Time: 12:53 PM
Comments
My only regret in life is never seeing Iz sing in person. He was and still is greater than life it self. I listen to his music everyday.
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Name: Al Irvine
Email: airvine@verizon.net
URL:
Date: Monday, February 04, 2002
Time: 12:24 AM
Comments
I finely got this time to bring myself to write to you, to tell you Aloha even dull it’s been over 5 years. I retired in the US Army in 1997. Herd about your passing, I was perfromming in Okahoma, the next day headed back to Hawaii in the plane just hearing your songs and remembering when you came to Waihole Waikane back in 1976/77 to play before we went on, The group that I was witn were call THE OPALA. I was so happy that this group came to help this Hawaiian pepole cause someone were going to kick them out of there Home land & we kokua the cause! to the Hawaiian’s here. I’ve move on to the service for a career and play all over the world letting them know that we do not live in grass shack’s, But! live to kept hawaii well in heart, from a person like you and many other like you that learn the right was back in the old time’s. For this is leave to you that is reading this. Thanks !!!!!!!!!!! for having something like this so a person like me can show it’s feeling and to help to get bye from a man like IZ.

Cuz this is your Cuz’s (Al} just to let you know that I have sang your song all over the WORLD and wish that we could make that group like The Makaha Son of Niihau (Q)do you think that I can join Them!!!!!!! well we will never Know. When you see my DAD your uncle tell him I made it

MALAMA PONO CUZ AL —————–> ALOHA

 

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Name: tammy oberly
Email: boberly3@home,com
URL: none
Date: Sunday, February 03, 2002
Time: 12:34 PM
Comments
as soon as i saw your picture on your cd’s and heard your music.you became my gentle giant. you are so graceful in every way. i only wish i had listened to you music and you earlier. may god be with you and your family for eternity.i hope your music is playing all over heaven.
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Name: Georg
Email: gr@tplus.at
URL: http://www.race.at
Date: Sunday, February 03, 2002
Time: 02:52 AM
Comments
hi to all music-lovers around the world from austria and www.race.at
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Name: Brandi-lee Pohai’naleikealohapoina’oli Palau-Ganal
Email: Hawaiiantita@juno.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, February 02, 2002
Time: 05:11 PM
Comments
will i like to say you are da best.your cds are da best.will all i like to say is we miss you and we love you.
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Name: Carla Pereira
Email: carla@harpers.org
URL:
Date: Friday, February 01, 2002
Time: 10:51 AM
Comments
I’m a New Yorker who grew up on the East Coast and never had occasion to listen to any Hawaiian artists or music. Then I heard Israel’s version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and from the first sound of his voice, I was completely overcome. I felt great joy and and at the same time haunting loneliness in his voice. He was truly blessed with a great gift.
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Name: jerry
Email: JerryCoWin@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2002
Time: 06:41 AM
Comments
Bruddah IZ… Your great talent, your sincere heart, your magicial voice…

They are in my soul.

Aloha, Iz.

Heaven must have needed a singing angel…
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Name: Luca
Email: lucabac@libero.it
URL:
Date: Monday, January 28, 2002
Time: 07:39 AM
Comments
Iz – A gentle man with a big heart and a delicate sound. you live in mine mind forever.
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Name: K.G. Bell
Email: kahikealoha@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Monday, January 28, 2002
Time: 12:11 AM
Comments
Iz was a marvelous man, a supreme humanitarian who I hold in esteem next to Dr. King, Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Sitting Bull, and Queen Liliuokalani. His death, tragic and seemingly needless should have woken Kanaka Maoli to the following fact: the messenger has passed away, and now we must see if those who heard the message really believe in the principles which Iz espoused or if they merely enjoyed him as a piece of entertainment. This summer, a friend of my fiancee was visiting from France. The night she landed, I asked her if I was the first Hawaiian she had met, and apologized for the low culture that my people live under as a result of their inability to assimilate into contemporary culture. She smiled, and said “Don’t worry, I know Iz’s music.” His music has served as a vehicle to our recognition, around the world. We need more heroes like him, and we need them to stay with us.
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Name: ALEKA
Email: sandigracio.antoni@gte.net
URL:
Date: Sunday, January 27, 2002
Time: 03:30 PM
Comments
I will miss you and your music. they there all so touching to the heart and soul and it will live on for ever. GOD BLESS
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Name: Donna LeClair
Email: shaka_ent@hotmail.com
URL: shawmail
Date: Sunday, January 27, 2002
Time: 10:49 AM
Comments
I have just found the music of Israel and was so taken with him and his voice. I felt an instant kinship. When I found out he was no longer alive and was so young I was so sad and almost in tears. I too lost my husband in 1998. My condolences to his family and all who loved him.
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Name: Angie Smith
Email: angiesmith@rocketmail.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, January 27, 2002
Time: 08:31 AM
Comments
While in Hawaii last week, I bought a CD and it is beautiful. I was saddened to learn that this big-hearted, soulful man is not with us. I am blessed to have found his music, and to have visited your homeland. Take good care… continue… Mahalo… Angie
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Name: Rusli Arshad
Email: rusli@consultant.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2002
Time: 06:50 PM
Comments
Great voice and great humour as shown in IZ world. Audiophile-grade recording too! Your beautiful renderings pulls on my heart strings. God must have wanted you for his own. A really big loss to the rest of us you leave behind. Definitely my number ONE cd in my collection. I love you Bruddah!
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Name: Summergirl!
Email: Summerlady@onebox.com
URL: http:\summergirl.net
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2002
Time: 02:13 PM
Comments
It’s 2002…we still thinkin’ bout you! Aloha wao ia oe…
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Name: DJ KAIATANO
Email: DJ_KAIATANO@KQMQFAN.COM
URL:
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2002
Time: 05:48 AM
Comments
HEY BRADDAH IZ I KNOW YOU ARE THERE AND MY FAMILY AND I REALLY MISS SEEING YOU AT THE CONCERTS AND WATCHING YOU DOING THE THINGS YOU DO BEST AND THATS SINGING YOU ALWAYS MAKE OUR HEARTS MELT WITH YOUR MUSIC I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANKS FOR MAKING EVERYBODY DREAMS COME TRUE BRADDAH IZ YOU ARE THE MAN TAKE CARE & GOD BLESS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WE LOVE AND MISS YOU…….
ALOHA DJ KAIATANO
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Name: Frederich
Email: vestner@mediaone.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2002
Time: 02:11 PM
Comments
Like many, I first heard Israel’s music on the soundtrack of Meet Joe Black, awhile back actually, while I liked the song, I never really looked much into it. I heard it once again in Finding Forrester, and struggled to remember where I heard it. I fell into a world of wonderful, not just Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful world. Thank you IZ for introducing me to a whole new world of music. My condolences to family, friends and fans alike.
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Name: Kevin J
Email: ksjordan@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2002
Time: 05:57 PM
Comments
Mahalo, bruddah IZ for all your music and your spirit that lives even still as we enter the year 2002. May you look down upon us and laugh and tell your duck jokes and talk on computer in a better place which you now know.

Mahalo, bruddah IZ for being a part of this earth and sharing your music and spirit with those of us that are Hawaiin at heart.

Kevin (Hawaiin at heart)
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Name: Paul
Email: monterrey11@hotmail.com
URL: http://www.geocities.com/paris/metro/7253/rainbow.html
Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2002
Time: 07:21 AM
Comments
There seems to be no end of finding beauty in this world. Surprise – it’s Bruddah IZ and “Over the Rainbow.” If only I could touch one heart how he has touched many.
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Name: Miranda
Email: venusisabella@shaw.ca
URL:
Date: Monday, January 21, 2002
Time: 08:45 PM
Comments
I just discovered who sings the “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” medly that I love so much, and I find that he has passed on. What a beautiful song to remember him by.
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Name: molly keen
Email: keenthings@aol.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, January 20, 2002
Time: 03:07 PM
Comments
I am thankful that I found Israel’s music. His beautiful voice has brightened my life.

Thank you, Israel.
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Name: Bob Smith
Email: robert.smith@dcaa.mil
URL:
Date: Friday, January 18, 2002
Time: 07:44 AM
Comments
His music touched me! I got on CD I lovedd it so much I got all of Iz’s music
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Name: Tommy Smith
Email: tsmith@digiterm.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2002
Time: 03:42 PM
Comments
Smiles and tears in the same 30 seconds. I was just introduced to Iz and was instantly enchanted by his music. In a lust to hear more I read about his life and find out he has passed away years before I met his music. This is a happy and terribly sad moment. God Bless Iz! You live by meeting new people everyday.
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Name: Pat
Email:
URL:
Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2002
Time: 10:35 PM
Comments
A heavenly voice. I just discovered him tonight. Rest in peace, IZ
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Name: Matthew Laeno
Email: williebubba12@yahoo.com
URL: roadrunner.com
Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2002
Time: 04:28 PM
Comments
you really were a great inspiration to me and your music still lives in everyone who has heard it. God Bless
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Name: Daniel Townley
Email: danieltownley@worldnet.att.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2002
Time: 02:59 PM
Comments
IZ is in our hearts forever.
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Name: Mary Barton
Email: lindbart@msn.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, January 12, 2002
Time: 09:46 AM
Comments
I recently discovered IZ looking for contemporary Hawaiian music prior to a vacation trip there. His beautiful clear voice and sweet humor won my admiration instantly. I am so glad his musical legacy has been preserved. What a wonderful discovery. mary
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Name: Mary Barton
Email: lindbart@msn.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, January 12, 2002
Time: 09:45 AM
Comments
I recently discovered IZ looking for contemporary Hawaiian music prior to a vacation trip there. His beautiful clear voice and sweet humor won my admiration instantly. I am so glad his musical legacy has been preserved. What a wonderful discovery. mary
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Name: Susan Bell
Email: r.bell20@verizon.net
URL:
Date: Friday, January 11, 2002
Time: 01:18 PM
Comments
Thank you for maintaining this site. I was listening to IZ’s music in my car today and wondered what info I could find online about his life. I discovered his beautiful music while on a solo trip to Kauai many years back….Like everyone else, I fell in love with him. He made it so easy to feel a connection with the Islands and the Hawaiian people and culture. I have returned to Kauai every year, now with my family in tow…we spend as much time as possible in our little rented house and try to become one with these beautiful Islands and the wonderful people….I could go on and on….I have many stories of our travels there that illustrate the Aloha spirit, but no one does it better than Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, with his incredible voice and music. He lives on in my heart forever. Thank you again, Susan Bell Santa Barbara, Calif.
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Name: Mary Thanh
Email: younme247@msn.com
URL: http://angelfire.com/stars3/maryandnavy
Date: Thursday, January 10, 2002
Time: 01:40 PM
Comments
Dis one is dedicated to bruddah IZ. Much love and aloha to you. Such a wonderful person and a great music artist. love and aloha- mary Thanh
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Name: Christopher Ching
Email: hawaiianboy808@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, January 10, 2002
Time: 12:25 PM
Comments
I’m a seventeen year old living in Seattle, Washington. Away from the family and friends from Hawaii I struggle to find happiness, for nothing can replace the hole I have for Hawaii. Bruddah IZ is my light and my inspiration to find Hawaiian happiness in everyday I spend here on the mainland.
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Name: Taylor
Email: kainoa9@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, January 08, 2002
Time: 01:25 PM
Comments
braddah iz + fam, we haole now…we moved mainland ahwile ago but the local lives on. i know your out there IZ and thanx for all the great aloha songs
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Name: Kristine Gaa
Email: kristine_gaa@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, January 07, 2002
Time: 08:51 PM
Comments
I love Iz’s voice. It’s like a lullaby and makes me proud to be a Pacific Islander. Although not Hawaiian, I find myself standing just a little taller, just a little more proud of my heritage as a filipina. May his voice inspire the People to recognize, cherish, and fight for the heritage that is uniquely theirs. My only regret, that I did not discovery his magic until after he passed from this earth.

Rest in peace, Israel Kamakawiwo`ole, knowing that your voice will inspire and hearten future generations to come.
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Name: Chip Wasson
Email: carl.wasson@gsa.gov
URL:
Date: Monday, January 07, 2002
Time: 07:02 PM
Comments
Lovely, its all about the music. Looking future to more Hawaiian music!
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Name: Eva Tessler
Email: raoni1@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Monday, January 07, 2002
Time: 10:54 AM
Comments
Bruddah IZ:I only regret I could not share your music with my beloved husband Daniel who also passed away in 1997. Mahalo nui loa for your sweet voice. You live in our hearts.
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Name: pat easterling
Email: easterling_pat@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, January 07, 2002
Time: 07:22 AM
Comments
I first heard Bruddah Iz in a cabin in Volcano – what a voice – what a spirit – It’s cold here in Utah in January and in two weeks we will be in Lanikai! Iz makes my heart swell. I am so thankful for being raised in Hawaii and learning about the music and the culture. ALOHA
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Name: Lyz
Email: jeilyz@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, January 06, 2002
Time: 06:50 PM
Comments
i knew der wuz sumthin special about IZ wen i first saw his CD but it took me dis long to finally listen to his music..dis is d sound of tru love for music..my “Sunshine”, who lives in Hawai’i, says u’ll enjoy life when u share ur SMILE to d world and IZ taught me to embrace it~
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Name: John McCaa
Email: jkm30@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, January 04, 2002
Time: 04:58 PM
Comments
I’m a latecomer to his music but what a wonderful joyous sound
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Name: Reg Baldock
Email: regb@free2air.com.au
URL:
Date: Friday, January 04, 2002
Time: 04:52 PM
Comments
First heard Israel on the soundtrack of “Meet Joe Black” and again last night on the soundtrack of “Finding Forrester” “Over the rainbow/What a wonderful World” plays in my head all the time. When I found this great voice,I find that he has left this World. A great shame. Reg Baldock (Australia)
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Name: Daniela Colasanti
Email: dcolasanti@virgilio.it
URL:
Date: Thursday, January 03, 2002
Time: 11:08 PM
Comments
I knew his wonderful music only this year. His first song I listened has been Over the Rainbow and since then IZ is the sound of my heart and I’ll thank him for what he is giving to me.
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Name: Leo
Email: leopoldolombardi@libero.it
URL:
Date: Thursday, January 03, 2002
Time: 09:21 AM
Comments
Ho scoperto da poco e per caso la tua musica. Mi riesce difficile pensare che da oltre quattro anni non sei più con noi e che non sarà più possibile ascoltare tue nuove canzoni. Tu, paladino delle minoranze etniche e cantore delle tue meravigliose isole trasformate dal progresso, mi stai regalando intense emozioni. Grazie Iz, tu e la tua musica rimarrete per sempre nel mio cuore. Ciao.
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Name: wendy gordon
Email: wendygordonuk@yahoo.com
URL: yahoo
Date: Wednesday, January 02, 2002
Time: 02:32 PM
Comments
only just discovered iz, had to find out more. love the site, thanks for the info. shall visit again love wendyxx
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Name: o.d. phillips
Email: o.d.phillips@dunbararm.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, January 02, 2002
Time: 11:24 AM
Comments
I am saddened that IZ has passed away. Unfortunately for me, I discovered his music long after his death.
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Name: VINCE KAPAHU
Email: RUKRONIC@MSN.COM
URL:
Date: Tuesday, January 01, 2002
Time: 12:42 PM
Comments
I MISS YOU MY BRUDDAH. I MISS THE GET TOGETHERS WITH NALU, ANALU, & PAKE DOWN ON AMANA ST. BUT I KNOW THAT YOU’RE HERE WITH ALL OF US. NO TEARS IN MY EYES, BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD GOOD TIMES TOGETHER. A HUI HOU!

ALOHA, VINNY “MAKE MAN”
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Name: Gianluca Golferelli
Email: ggolfarelli@akros.it
URL:
Date: Tuesday, January 01, 2002
Time: 07:18 AM
Comments
“Somewhere, over the Rainbow” he’s singing his songs for Angeles…..
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