Israel Kamakawiwo`ole – Guestbook – 2003 Archive

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May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997

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GUESTBOOK  – 2003 Archive (January 2003-December 2003)

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Name: Beth Brewer
Email: Sekhomet@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2003
Time: 10:23 AM
Comments
finally found “Facing Future”, had lost the tape i made of a friends CD, so i bought the CD and listerned to it again after a few years of not being able to listen – was so wonderful to hear it again – Hawai’i ’78 always makes me cry, there is such longing and beauty in that song – it seems to speak for indigenous cultures everywhere. Thanks for having this website and honoring his memory so beautifully –

Aloha —

glendabeth brewer
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Name: Budd
Email: global_damage@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Time: 01:05 AM
Comments
Just recently heard of iz Thanks to an ad on nz tv amazing sound&voice the song was over the rainbow?sorry to hear hes been away for some time now r.i.p bruddah
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Name: Dan Pulley
Email: dpulley@nc.rr.com
URL:
Date: Monday, December 29, 2003
Time: 11:09 AM
Comments
I love you Brudda IZ . . . and always will. You and your music touched my soul. Thank you IZ! And thank God for your beautiful life and the short time we had you here on earth. I know your songs are now touching God’s soul. – Dan
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Name: Don Miskelly
Email: DLMISKELLY@COMCAST.net
URL:
Date: Monday, December 29, 2003
Time: 08:42 AM
Comments
His music brings peace to my soul. I am so sorry that he had to leave us so soon.
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Name: Karlie
Email: Irishdancer197@buckeye-express.com
URL: (none)
Date: Sunday, December 28, 2003
Time: 08:07 AM
Comments
I have just recently heard the song by Israel Kamakawiwo ole’ called “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/ What a Wonderful World” and it has quickly become my favorite song. This man had a beautiful voice and I am truely sorry he died so soon in life
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Name: Carlie
Email: I
URL:
Date: Sunday, December 28, 2003
Time: 07:56 AM
Comments
I just recently heard a song by Israel Kamakawiwo ole’ called “Somewhere over the Rainbow/ What a Wonderful World” it was the most beautiful song I think I have ever heard, and I am very sorry to hear about his death.
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Name: Kelly
Email: Nelope123@aol.com
URL: Http://www.klayzeekellyscreations.com
Date: Saturday, December 27, 2003
Time: 11:10 PM
Comments
I did not know of IZ until his rendition of “Over The Rainbow” from a movie soundtrack became a hit. What an angelic voice he had! I was hooked the first time I heard it! It is such a sad sad thing that he is no longer with us, but I know that he is in a better place, and someday we all will hear him singing again when we go where he is now. IZ did not just leave us with nothing, no, he left us all with his music, and his music will never grow old and we will never tire of it. The gift he gave us all is eternal. We all have truly been blessed by IZ.
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Name: Adriano A.
Email: atryano@libero.it
URL:
Date: Saturday, December 27, 2003
Time: 01:51 AM
Comments
Only this…FANTASTIC how “WONDERFUL WORLD”!!! Adriano from Rome-ITALY
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Name: Frank Medicine Wolf Springer
Email: maddog@ccountry.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, December 25, 2003
Time: 09:05 AM
Comments
Brudda IZ brings me back to the beach where I met my best friends on Big Island- Brudda Kawelu Medieros and his Ohana`. It is with an Aloha thought that IZ’s music brings a “mahalo” to my lips for the land and people of the Pacific Kings and Queens. “How would he feel- would his smile be content o crying?” “And then yet you’ll find Hawaii”. Brudda IZ sings to every heart. Our people believe that no one actually dies until there is no one left to remember him. I share the music, the islands, and ‘Aloha’ with my children and Grandchildren. It is shared both on the beaches and in the mountains when we are there. And all year long in the words, history, and music of the great Pacific people who, after all the greed and hate has been piled upon them, still know how to find the true heart of some visitors and take them in as family for the rest of time. My Ohana and myself are blessed by the kindness of Hawaii. We are humble before this friendship. “Don’t be scared- there’s people here for help you”. Brudda IZ still shares these words. In my heart- he still lives in my heart. Mahalo Brudda- mahalo Hawaii.

Bring me back to your sand and lava- I am humble- Aloha- Frank Medicine Wolf Springer– Pink Kahuna
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Name: Katy Roberts
Email:
URL:
Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Time: 07:21 AM
Comments
wow… the talent remains immeasurable, up to this day. K
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Name: Stefano Prudenzi
Email: prust@libero.it
URL:
Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2003
Time: 10:56 AM
Comments
grande grande grande
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Name: vickie
Email: vickie.dansbury@mail.mhcdc.org
URL:
Date: Monday, December 22, 2003
Time: 05:22 AM
Comments
I received Facing Furure as a Christmas gift; prior to this I was unfamiliar with IZ. I enjoy listening to this music. Praise God for IZ’s talent.

Thank you.

Vickie
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Name: joe wiercinski
Email: wazus@comcast.net
URL:
Date: Sunday, December 21, 2003
Time: 01:46 PM
Comments
Iz you are Hawaii in all that was and will ever be. After all my travels there it is my misfortune to have never met you but i was graced with the opportunity of hearing you. God but graces this world with a rare person only once in many a year and that one was you. Although at times the road may have been rough you left a beauty more precious then a gem, but like a gem you and your music while survive the sands of time eternal. Aloha Brudda IZ
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Name: doug elam
Email: elam_doug@hotmail,com
URL:
Date: Saturday, December 20, 2003
Time: 07:35 AM
Comments
i have been captured!!
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Name: Livio Salconi
Email: livio.salconi@libero.it
URL:
Date: Saturday, December 20, 2003
Time: 07:19 AM
Comments
… you never die in our hearts. You are still living in your music. Everywhere.

Happy Xmas Iz, everywhere you are ….
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Name: Malia Muraco
Email: mmladybug917@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, December 19, 2003
Time: 11:19 PM
Comments
i AM A HAWAIIAN GIRL THAT HAS STRUGGLED WITH WEIGHT ALL MY LIFE. i LIVE ON THE MAINLAND AND I AM HOME SICK!!!!!! i AM GOING TO COLLEGE TO BECOME A NURSE AND COME HOME SOON.I AM LOOSING WEIGHT AND HAVING GASTRIC BY-PASS SOON. i LOVE BRADDAH IZ AND THE ONLY TIME I FEEL THE ALOHA SPIRIT IS WHEN I HEAR HIS VOICE.i HOPE TO HEAR HIS VOICE WILE I GO UNDER SO I FEEL SAFE. I JUST RECENTLY LOST MY GRANDMOTHER MY PRIDE AND JOY AND I PLAYED BRADDAH IZ “SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAMBO” IT WAS ONE OF HER FAVORITES. MUCH LOVE AND ALOHA TO YOU ALL 🙂
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Name: Pakala Boyz
Email:
URL:
Date: Friday, December 19, 2003
Time: 12:46 PM
Comments
And still today, he continues to be in our lives. Soothing our souls, warming our hearts and strengthen our future. If anyone is Da Man after God … then let it be Bruddah Iz! Aloha, Pakala Boyz, Kauai, HI
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Name: Pakala Boyz
Email:
URL:
Date: Friday, December 19, 2003
Time: 12:46 PM
Comments
And still today, he continues to be in our lives. Soothing our souls, warming our hearts and strenthing our future. If anyone is Da Man after God … then let it be Bruddah Iz! Aloha, Pakala Boyz, Kauai, HI
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Name: Allan Anderson
Email: andersonflooringcentre@yahoo.ca
URL:
Date: Thursday, December 18, 2003
Time: 06:22 PM
Comments
Wow…… I am not sure what I should be typing……. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for …… Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderfull World….. For some reason I find it hard to explain why it touched me in a very personal way, but it did.

Thank you for connecting…….:o)

Love always

Allan Anderson

 
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Name: Veronica Paulson
Email: paulson.v@neu.edu
URL:
Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Time: 05:30 PM
Comments
I first heard his music while I was living in Hawaii…what a beautiful voice.
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Name: Roly Thompson
Email: rothomp@shaw.ca
URL: www.rolythompson.ca
Date: Sunday, December 14, 2003
Time: 11:33 PM
Comments
Learning to play the ukulele has brought me to IZ, and IZ has taught me the power of the fragile. Both the music and the man. Powerful. Fragile. Co-existing for only a short time in reality, but forever in memory…

“Beautiful souls come from beautiful places and when they’re set free they fly back home Beautiful souls leave beautiful memories with us left behind here, to help us grow strong..”
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Name: reijer morees
Email: r.morees@tiscali.nl
URL:
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2003
Time: 03:52 PM
Comments
i did not know this giant untill a few days ago

very impressed by his music and his personality

incredible how less we know untill we know

thankfull by knowing his music now and i will

inform other people about IZ
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Name: sara lytle
Email: rnslytle@prodigy.net
URL:
Date: Friday, December 12, 2003
Time: 10:15 AM
Comments
My family and I just discovered this beautiful man’s beautiful music. We are fans for life…and forever. With much love to IZ’s family and friends.
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Name: BRE-BEE
Email:
URL:
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2003
Time: 01:18 PM
Comments
WHEN I HEARD HIS SONG OVER THE RAINBOW I CRIED!!
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Name: Rachelle
Email: heytrouble@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Time: 07:53 AM
Comments
I’ve heard the voice of an angel on an episode of ‘E.R’ in May or June of 2002. The voice of Israel was that angel. When I heard his version of ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ has sent chills up my spin and tears in my eyes. His voice had burned a hole in my memory forever. God rest his soul and his talent. My thoughts and prayers will be forever with you.

Thank you Israel.
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Name: Pheenix
Email: warpedout469@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Time: 01:42 AM
Comments
unfortunatly i cant say i have any memories of iz… tho upon finding his music… wow, its encaptured a part of me iv never thought i’d ever see… i feel very mellow and at peace.. my condolences to the family and friends.. his bio portrays him as a great man full of life.. from what i read its a shame that this great man cannot be among us as of now… he definatly is an inspiration to many… and especially 2 me.
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Name: Jason & Sharon Tate
Email: huckleberry422@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, December 09, 2003
Time: 04:40 PM
Comments
We love Over The Rainbow and were wondering if he did any holiday music. Like christmas, etc.
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Name: leticia S. Allen
Email: lsalazar@dph.sbcounty.gov
URL:
Date: Monday, December 08, 2003
Time: 06:23 AM
Comments
I visited Maui for the firt time two years ago, and was back again early this year. While in Maui, I discovered Israel Kawakawiwo’ole(IZ)music. I love it! Just two months ago I realized that he is the one singing Over the Rainbow and that he is no longer with us…is a shame not having him with us.
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Name: Marshall Williams
Email: marhay21@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, December 08, 2003
Time: 06:10 AM
Comments
Love the man, love the music.

Wish I could find lyrics for “In This Life”.

Marshall
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Name: T.  Clark
Email: themann90@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, December 07, 2003
Time: 05:30 PM
Comments
I would just like to say that Iz’s over the rainbow song is an excellent piece. I have heard many of his others, but i must say, that one is the very best. I have been learning more about him and who he was, and what a great person he was. I would have liked to see him in concert or something here in Massachusetts, U.S.A. It’s a shame that he died long before i heard any of his music. thanks for the music Iz.. peace from Cape Cod
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Name: Linda  Christopherson
Email: queenmudbug@aol.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, December 04, 2003
Time: 03:49 PM
Comments
I just wanted to say that while visiting my brother in California this last week he introduced me to Israels 2 cds’ called Facing Future, and Alone in IZ World. I really love his mellow voice, and the Hawaaiian style of the music. I bought 2 cds.

I never heard anything like his voice before, and the Ukelele is just beautiful!! AWESOME
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Name: Erika
Email: eabondy@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Monday, December 01, 2003
Time: 11:48 AM
Comments
Words cannot describe the feelings this “Hawai’ian at Heart” gets when listening to the music of Bruddah IZ. His loss is heartfelt, even though I did not get to know his music until after his death. My condolences to his wife, son, and family, and to the extended family that is made up of the fans of the one and only IZ.
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Name: Mike
Email: sedgwick@ukonline.co.uk
URL:
Date: Sunday, November 30, 2003
Time: 11:42 AM
Comments
Just discovering the relaxing Iz :0)
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Name: Bob And Mary Downey
Email: teetime48@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, November 29, 2003
Time: 04:20 PM
Comments
We are in upstate NY but every time (daily) that we listen to Brother IZ’s music it truly brings us “home” to the islands. A true “gentle giant” with an angel’s voice.

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Name: Felix Castillo
Email: felixcastillo@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Friday, November 28, 2003
Time: 01:15 PM
Comments
I first heard Brother Iz’s rendition of “Over the Rainbo” a few months ago and I was floored by it. He touched my heart like few things have.

Thank you, Brother Iz.
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Name: keike
Email: keike051998@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2003
Time: 11:37 PM
Comments
Today is Thanksgiving 11/27/03. I am thinking and giving thanks to IZ.
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Name: Haikaa Yamamoto
Email: haikaayamamoto@yahoo.com.br
URL:
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2003
Time: 05:58 AM
Comments
As a singer, I find it truly inspiring to hear an artist whose voice seems to flow straight from heaven into a man´s vocal cords and out from his mouth. Israel Kamakawiwo was one such artist blessed from the heavens to sing without struggle, without fear … just opening his mouth and letting his soul take care of all the rest. Israel, wherever you are, thank you for this glimpse of heaven.
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Name: wnlinkjr
Email: wnlinjr@comcast.net
URL:
Date: Friday, November 21, 2003
Time: 02:48 PM
Comments
The music of Hawaii sinks deeply into my spirit. I fist heard IZ sing on KINE 105.1. With all of the other artists I was in 7th heaven That wss on 05 Nov 04. Now 21 Nov I learn that IZ is Gone. I weep.
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Name: kele
Email: redford2006@yahoo.com
URL: http://
Date: Friday, November 21, 2003
Time: 10:11 AM
Comments
I LOVE BRADDA IZ AND HIS MUSIC IT TOUCHES MY HEART EVERYTIME I HEAR IT AND HE WAS TRULY A GREAT MAN AND HIS FUNERAL CEROMONY WAS BEAUTIFUL…..REST IN PEACE BRADDA IZ
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Name: Cathi
Email: cathi@paradise.net.nz
URL:
Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Time: 06:00 PM
Comments
Kai ora from “The Land Of The Long White Cloud” New Zealand. I have just discovered this powerful soulful voice and now I find we lost him six years ago, will be going to my CD store to see if I can get his music. We are all richer for have heard this amazing guy, your music will live foreever in our hearts and souls Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, thanky uou his family for sharing him with us and still are.
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Name: meghann
Email: meghanni@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Time: 06:55 AM
Comments
wow, amazing talent, only just learned of his death, so sad. rest in peace.
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Name: Warren Williamson
Email: brab@sbcglobal.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Time: 01:02 PM
Comments
Oh, Iz……we miss you so much. Be happy beyond the rainbow! And for your life we say MAHALO KE AKUA!
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Name: Gina Bliesner
Email: ginarina4@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Friday, November 14, 2003
Time: 08:14 PM
Comments
Such sweet music, from a sweet man! Israel’s music brings comfort to the soul and I have enjoyed sharing his music with friends and “creating” more Brudda Iz fans! Australia is a long way from Hawaii, but his music is slowly filtering through, it is currently being heard on a television commercial. Peace be with you – Gina
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Name: chris
Email: ik2taf@tele2.ch
URL:
Date: Friday, November 14, 2003
Time: 08:44 AM
Comments
Hi,

I am a big fan of Bruddah Iz. Is was down for weeks when I heard of his death. I know it’s not normal for a swiss guy listening hawaiian music, but his lyrics and his emotions in the songs were more than just music. When I visited Oahu I first began to understand his songs really.

I want to send my greetings to his wife and children who were left behind too early.

Chris from Switzerland
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Name: Thomas D. Johnson
Email: rideamtrak@comcast.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2003
Time: 11:02 AM
Comments
As a thirty-something adult, I think I’ve been put close to tears less than five times. So when something does, I respect it’s power to touch me so deeply. IZ’s “Over the Rainbow” (a song I’ve never liked) caught me off guard with a massive sucker punch to the heart. New to screen writing, I will find a spot to hightlight his music in a motion picture. All that I’ve read echos his wonderous spirit. It is no wonder he was able to effect me. I hope his family will long be remembered, respected and cared for with the honor they deserve. Thank you IZ.
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Name: Mr. Indar Lange
Email: indarlange@hotmail.com
URL: www.indar.cjb.net
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Time: 07:43 PM
Comments
ALOHA, I know you can’t read this but maybe you still check out the internet in heven. I love you Bruddah IZ. Your music toutches my heart in every way. I am born and raised on the Big Island but now i am off to school in the mainland. I paln to bring money and jobs back to the island. Thank you for helping me get through this hard time being away from the ai’na. GOOD BLESS!

R.I.P. IZ …………………

Big Island INDAR LANGE
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Name: Mr. Indar Lange
Email: indarlange@hotmail.com
URL: www.indar.cjb.net
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Time: 07:39 PM
Comments
I love you Bruddah IZ. Your music toutches my heart in every way. I am born and raised on the Big Island but now i am off to school in the mainland. I paln to bring money and jobs back to the island. Thank you for helping me get through this hard time being away from the ai’na. GOOD BLESS!
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Name: A. Raino Trifonoff
Email: rainot@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Time: 05:20 PM
Comments
Nice site……tremendous loss. My condolences to Izzy’s family, friends, and fans.
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Name: David MIner
Email: Professor_chaos2003@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Monday, November 10, 2003
Time: 08:44 PM
Comments
I’ve never heard of Israel,until Nov,10,2003,when his song was plyed at the end credits to the movie “Meet Joe Black”and they speeded that up so they could get onto the next Program.So I took it upon myself to find his music and the song,Over the Rainbow.After searching extensivly I had finally found it.It was amazing his voice was a true gift.What I had not known was that this amazing singer had passed away.Immediately I broke into tears,for I had discovered a new artist “who at the first moment I heard his voice”was deeply moved.My girlfriend is sleep right now but when she wakes I plan to introduce her to Israel,and I would like to end this by giving thanks to the man,that is the voice Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
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Name: jim herring
Email: jherring@bridgeinc.org
URL:
Date: Friday, November 07, 2003
Time: 04:46 AM
Comments
Hearing Israel’s rendition of “over the rainbow” on a television commercial, I promptly sush my children while briefly enjoying his moving and soothing voice. I recently listened to more of this rendition on MSN’s website in a portrayal of pictures of American life. It was there I learned that the heart warming tune was more than a mere tune and of Isael. Now, I find in a web search that he has past on. While sad, I am greatful to have experienced his music. Thank you, Israel.
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Name: steve reed
Email: kreed@dc.rr.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, November 05, 2003
Time: 03:36 PM
Comments
Thank you, bruddah, for the inspiration to begin learning and perfecting the ukulele. Your voice and playing skills will continue to provide the impetus to perservere. This haoule will always be greatful for you and your music. You will live forever in the hearts and spirit of my family.

Steve Reed “Bruddah Tewo”
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Name: Monika
Email: zwei.zwoelf@web.de
URL:
Date: Monday, November 03, 2003
Time: 04:33 AM
Comments
Hello Friends,

the songs of IZ goes deep in my heart. I love every song of the album “Facing Future”

Thanks for the music IZ.

In love Monika
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Name: Kate Young
Email: Kateyoung99@Hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, November 02, 2003
Time: 12:53 PM
Comments
I am from Scotland and like many of the recent entries I came across Iz’s music through an episode of E.R. It moved me in a way I cannot express. It took a while to find out who recorded it and I will now make a point of listening to more of his music. I have raved about Over the Rainbow to anyone who will listen, and those who don’t are missing an amazing experience.
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Name: Michael Wolf
Email: soberollers@yahoo.com
URL: hawaii-sports.com
Date: Saturday, November 01, 2003
Time: 05:25 PM
Comments
I’m just a new houle which settled here in Dec.02 and brudda IZ has moved me with his genuine words and spirit which will go on and on. He brought and still brings out the true joys of life out here in gods country and relates how easy life can be. I’m always honored at listening to his music and just knowing a little about him makes me tear with joy. Hope others feel and will feel what I do. IZ is in all of us. God bless…
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Name: Robert Perkins
Email: robertnperkins@msn.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Time: 06:16 PM
Comments
Many mahalos! An angelic voice now singing with the angels in heaven. I’ve been a fan since the 70’s, thanks for the memories.
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Name: Joel and Crissy
Email: sandyfeet@houston.rr.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Time: 07:59 AM
Comments
My wife and I were blessed recently on a vist to Hawaii and discovered the music of Bruddah IZ.

We loved the music played on the radio, but had no idea who sang it. As we were leaving the state, my wife happened across it and we have played it every day since our return.

What a gift to the world. We were very, very sad to hear of his passing when I did a web search.

A beautiful man from a beautiful place.

Aloha
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Name: Harvey  & Betty Oury
Email: harvnliz@fuse.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Time: 04:46 AM
Comments
Betty’s brother just died and a friend sent “Somewhere over The Rainbow” to us. It is so beautiful. We know nothing about his music and want to buy some albums. Which one do you recommend. A tough question we know. He seems so at peace through his music. We pray that his life was as peaceful and happy. Harvey & Betty
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Name: Pat
Email: englishdonk@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, October 27, 2003
Time: 01:17 AM
Comments
So Good!

You Will Always Be Rembered
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Name: Donnie_boy
Email: hawaiian@kc.rr.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2003
Time: 05:45 PM
Comments
may IZ rest in peace…your spirit will always be with us..we love you iz
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Name: Leana
Email: got_roots@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Monday, October 20, 2003
Time: 05:02 PM
Comments
I recently became obsessed with this music when “Coast to Coast A.M.” began playing a clip as bumper music. I went to share my discovery with my daughter but to my surprise, she knew and loved it too! She had heard “Somewhere…” at a friend’s wedding in 2002 and she’s been a fan of Iz’s ever since… It proves that true beauty is timeless! Mahalo!
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Name: lillan gomez
Email: LILGOMEZ@PACBELL.NET
URL:
Date: Monday, October 20, 2003
Time: 11:15 AM
Comments
IZ MUSIC HAS SOFTEN MY HEART IN MORE WAYS THAN I CAN TELL YOU. WHAT A KIND AND GENTEL SOUL , A BEAUTIFUL VOICE……..MAY HE BE SMILING IN HEAVEN …I LOVE THE ISLANDS AND THE MUSIC ………
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Name: leroy avant
Email: leroyavant@aol.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, October 19, 2003
Time: 03:32 PM
Comments
i came back just a couple days ago to my beloved hawaii! i used to live in hawaii for a long time and it was sitting in my heart. i still miss it soo much! never heard of Bruddah Iz before! my good friend got me listen to the cd. can’t stop listen! what a powerful voice. how magical i feel hawaii in my heart so far away through bruddah iz. wish i had met him. may he rest in peace from a far place, far from Oah’u but close to the spirit of aloha marion
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Name: michael sears
Email: lego1959@yahoo.com
URL: hes was died at the 6,years honolulu
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Time: 03:02 PM
Comments
29 circle dr 1 wahiawa hi 96786 pleae send to me i need a inforamtion for the besend to me for the israel kamakawiwo ole shuld having the all thing is inforamtion most have a booking pictures to showing for michael sears is needing a i what the this alled to israel kamakawiwo ole .if not working to my e mail are off serviced.10/15/2003
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Name: michael sears
Email: lego1959@yahoo.com
URL: hes was died at the 6,years honolulu
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Time: 02:59 PM
Comments
29 circle dr 1 wahiawa hi 96786 pleae send to me i need a inforamtion for the besend to me for the israel kamakawiwo ole shuld having the all thing is inforamtion most have a booking pictures to showing for michael sears is needing a i what the this alled to israel kamakawiwo ole .
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Name: Nick Parker
Email: nick.parker@knology.net
URL:
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Time: 09:35 AM
Comments
Mahalo IZ for the wonderful songs you shared with us, and the love you continue to spread.
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Name: matt
Email: meinzems@alfredstate.edu
URL:
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Time: 12:59 PM
Comments
brudduh IZ was a pimp
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Name: pepe perez
Email: pepepe@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, October 07, 2003
Time: 03:42 PM
Comments
Ì’m so sorry because his music was the best of the world, I realy sorry.
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Name: francesco
Email: fracarpi@tin.it
URL:
Date: Sunday, October 05, 2003
Time: 11:24 AM
Comments
thanks iz. your music cleans our haerts and brings us far away. Me and my girlfriend can only say thank you, for your music, for alle the emotions.
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Name: Justin Manulani Velez
Email: manulani92@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Friday, October 03, 2003
Time: 09:11 AM
Comments
hi my name is justin velez i am only 11 going on 12 i discovered bruddah izs music since i was a boy i am hawaiian and puertorican i was so movingly touched by the music of israel kamakawiwo’ole that when i found out about the news of his death i was so mad he would of made many many hawiians proud to be hawaiian he always kept the sprit of the hawaiian people, and for that iz i thank of you

aloha, iuekini
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Name: Justin Manulani Velez
Email: manulani92@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Friday, October 03, 2003
Time: 09:09 AM
Comments
hi my name is justin velez i am only 11 going on 12 i discovered bruddah izs music since i was a boy i am hawaiian and puertorican i was so movingly touched by the music of irael kamakawiwo’ole that when i found out about the news of his deat i was so mad he would of made many many hawiians proud to be hawaiian he always kept the sprit of the hawaiian people and for that iz i thank of you

aloha, iuekini
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Name: Krista
Email: pogoqueen@earthlink.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, October 02, 2003
Time: 07:46 PM
Comments
I just discovered this man and his music at Border’s bookstore the other day. I bought ” Facing Future” after listening to a sample of it in the store. I absolutely love it. His music will live on forever.
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Name: Don
Email: DonNorman@Hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, October 02, 2003
Time: 12:12 PM
Comments
After hearing the rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World, I just had to buy a ukulele. Since I play guitar it is not a hard instrument whatsoever but I cannot find good chord voicings that go with IZ’s version. If someone knows where I can find the ukulele tabs for this song I would appreciate that. Thank you to whomever replies and thank you IZ for the song!
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Name: Barbara Knowles
Email: amarellis@aol.com
URL:
Date: Monday, September 29, 2003
Time: 01:11 PM
Comments
In September of 2003, my husband and I visited Hawaii for our 28th wedding Anniversary renewing our vows. While on the big Island we bought some CD’s of Israel. I was so moved and amazed at his voice I could not stop playing his songs all the time we were there and now at home I love to play them. May his memory live on as long as there is Hawaii.

Barbara & Fred Knowles

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Name: ade clark
Email: adeclark@supanet.com
URL: supanet
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2003
Time: 11:08 AM
Comments
got given copy of “somewhere over the rainbow” what a great song ….sung by a great man have now downloaded more wonderful to hear hope to fine more on web thanks IZ….. regards ade clark
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Name: Marguerite Perry
Email: magpie@cascadeaccess.com
URL:
Date: Friday, September 26, 2003
Time: 10:38 PM
Comments
I have to keep coming back to this site to read how others have been effected by this man. I only found Iz and his music two years ago (alas! too late to go see him!) and ever since I first heard his voice I barely want to listen to anything else. I have all of his and the Makaha Son’s CD’s, and I hope MT Record Co. will find some more recordings to release. His music touches my soul- maybe I am Hawaiian at heart- Istill feel as sad about his dying as if he was my real brother. Crazy, huh? I miss him! And I’m not the only one. I guess some kind of special love shines through in his voice that we really need now in this world. Greetings and mahalo to his family, from a “sister” in Oregon.
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Name: mary dellene
Email: mdellene@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Friday, September 26, 2003
Time: 03:30 PM
Comments
this is a very special voice which penetrates the listener in a very timeless and spiritual way. one is made to feel his presence and connect with his humanity and at the same feeling the tug of the restless spirit in us all. Iz lives on. As big as he was, he is getting bigger all the time. Thank you for sharing this space. Mary
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Name: Mikaele Sagapolu Kauihana
Email: KAUIHANA@msn.com
URL:
Date: Friday, September 26, 2003
Time: 02:47 PM
Comments
Brrada IZ Touch my heart with his songs. You will never find another hawaiian like him. A man with a big heart for our people and da kine songs that mean touched many others. I sit back play my ukelele and jam his song dat went big Over da Rainbow.

Bradda IZ if you and my Grandma Shirley could here me! ALOHA ‘OE to you both.

Mikaele Sagapolu Kauihana
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Name: Leca
Email: lecarsterling@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2003
Time: 11:00 AM
Comments
Thank you for my favorite version of Somewhere over the Rainbow- what a wonderful world”, my mother would play her “Uke” and my father would sing. It gives me great pleasure to play the IZ version over and over…… Me ke aloha pau a hui hou…….
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Name: joe aulett
Email: aulett@msn.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Time: 06:58 AM
Comments
I visited Hawaii in may 2003 and heard IZ for the first time. I was hooked after that and have now purchased 3 of his cd’s. His voice is great. May he rest in peace.
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Name: wayne
Email: res1d1ko@verizon.net
URL:
Date: Sunday, September 21, 2003
Time: 10:32 PM
Comments
To Bruddah IZ ohana… dont know if you heard…I sure hope the 2003 Emmy Awards on TV2-Khon gives credit to Bruddah IZ…heard his melody tonite during a tribute to Bill Cosby…yep! You indeed heard right…and hope that them mainland guys gives credit! Would be a nice tribute going alongside his unveiling of his statue in Waianae.
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Name: SRAMSHAW
Email: surveyors@midandwestkent.fsnet.co.uk
URL:
Date: Friday, September 19, 2003
Time: 01:02 PM
Comments
Can anyone tell me where to purchase iz cds in the uk i am handy for london and kent

thanks

steve
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Name: Makana Maele
Email: skaterboy22@verizon.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2003
Time: 10:23 PM
Comments
Good Music, Good Singer, Good Life.
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Name: IZ
Email:
URL:
Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Time: 12:13 PM
Comments
Thank you all for being so kind to me. I miss you all. My journey is not over yet. I am with my friends and family and they all thank you too. Soon someone will play my songs and create some of their own music thru my spirit. They will not come from Hawaii but from the mainland. Peace and love to you all. Peace & Love, IZ
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Name: bigboy
Email: bigboy@espn.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Time: 11:57 AM
Comments
Wow, you good singer bruddah IZ. Now you not here for sing live in concert, but your memory is big like you. I know just how you feel cuz I’m just like you. As a matter of fact I am you and you are me. We are the same. Thank you for being a good soul.
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Name: massimo merlin
Email: md546600@libero.it
URL:
Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Time: 06:10 AM
Comments
INDIMENTICABILE
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Name: Patty – Manhattan Beach, CA – USA
Email:
URL:
Date: Friday, September 12, 2003
Time: 08:45 PM
Comments
I heard his song, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” and I searched for it. Then one day I heard it again, but this time his name was mentioned. Well, I sought his CD which I haven’t received yet. Because of his songs and they way he sang it I want so badly to learn how to play the ukelele. Not and easy task for a senior citizen, but Brother IZ is an inspiration. I would have loved to see him in concert. I love the way he told a young person to put Jesus in their heart. Wow, and now IZ is talking with Jesus in person. My deep sympathy to his loving family.
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Name: steven lewis
Email: chiefwiggum41@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, September 12, 2003
Time: 01:09 PM
Comments
peace forever to the memory of IZ and to his family and friends.
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Name: Leivallyn Kaupu
Email: kainoa_12@hotmail.com
URL: www.angelfire.com/blog/pushaloha2003
Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Time: 02:18 PM
Comments
Bruddah IZ, what can I say about him. Well, I know for sure that his music will live on in our hearts and minds. How can we forget such a talented and ingenious human being? Never! I know I won’t. He has touched me in so many ways both emotionally and spiritually. I do believe he had a heart of gold and a soul full joy. His music came from his heart and spoke of true gladness and that is what I’ll truly miss. Last but not least, he is an inspirational motivator. Trust me! “Well Uncle, we are going to truly miss your smile, your voice, your words of spiritual joy and happiness, and of course, your music of love. Coming from the gang in Miloli’i-Big Island & Omaha, Nebraska, SUPE!!!” Until we meet again, A Hui Hou!
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Name: Martin Nolet
Email: webmaster@elvisinhawaii.com
URL: www.elvisinhawaii.com
Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Time: 06:59 AM
Comments
This week I returned from a vacation to the islands of Oahu, Kauai and Maui. In a small shop in Kauai I found a cd of IZ: Facing Future, I had heard his song somewhere over the rainbow on the radio the day before and was happy to find this song on this cd. I love the song and also the songs Hawaii 78 and Ka Huila Wai. Later on Maui I also got the cd’s Alone in IZ world and n Dis Life. I love them all. His music brings me back to Hawaii whenever I play his cd’s. Now I returned home and found out he is no longer alive. I’m sad to hear this. By the way, I’m from the Netherlands and had not heard about IZ music overhere. Great to hear songs in Hawaiian language. I only knew the standard traditional Hawaiian music before.
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Name: Donald Eric Tormondsen
Email: tormondsen@cox.net
URL:
Date: Monday, September 08, 2003
Time: 01:00 PM
Comments
I’m another one of those people who never saw Israel perform live and just recently discovered his music. However, I enjoy his music and morn his passing.

DT
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Name: Laura
Email: LETHOM1383@aol.com
URL:
Date: Monday, September 08, 2003
Time: 09:27 AM
Comments
I recently said goodbye to my mother for the last time on this earth. It is a loss so sudden that I can hardly bear the emptiness she left behind. I seek comfort in the littlest things. Certainly, one of the biggest comforts recently has been the calming music of Bruddah Iz. His cd’s are constantly in my player and I am comforted that he is singing to my mother somewhere… Laura
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Name: NANI
Email: malia66@comcast.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, September 06, 2003
Time: 09:58 PM
Comments
I have lived in Dallas, TX since 1980 but am originally from Hawaii. Israel’s music is truly beautiful and is touching in such a way that it makes me ache inside. His music brings back many bittersweet memories of my life in Hawaii. On Thanksgiving 2002, my sister who lived in Hawaii was brutally murdered by her boyfriend and I especially chose the song, “In This Life” to be played at her memorial. To this day, I can harldy bear to hear the song because it’s so incredibly painful. It brings back so many memories of my beautiful sister, whose life was cut so short. She loved this song so much and was such a huge fan of his as I am now. I also am a recently baptized Christian and when I read his bio, it was so wonderful to find out that he too was baptized before his death. One day in Heaven, I will be able to meet this wonderful man and reunite with my sister and all loved ones who have gone on ahead. This is a great website–keep up the great job!
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Name: Sharon Williamson
Email: salmonhead1@netzero.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, September 06, 2003
Time: 01:06 PM
Comments
Am still enjoying Iz. Favorite cd “Facing Future” It is in my car and on daily. Wonderful music with great sensitivity.
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Name: Judy De Sigio
Email: jdesigio@altrionet.com
URL:
Date: Friday, September 05, 2003
Time: 10:26 AM
Comments
Sept 5, 2003 Our tour guide introduced us to IZ on our ride back from Hana. Wow. Even though he is now with our Lord, his music continues to move hearts here on this planet. Mahalo!! Judy
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Name: kitten ferguson
Email: kittykitty44@hotmail.com
URL: http://groups.msn.com/BuffysGrave
Date: Friday, September 05, 2003
Time: 06:10 AM
Comments
wow I first heard of him from an episode on er and just cried n cried what a voice i just got 2 of his cd’s facing furute and alone god i wish i could afford every single cd he has but im handicapped and on ssi im lucky i got what i got i guess i bought them for myself for my birthday sept 6th. OMG i cried again finding out he passed away. i so wanted a signed picture of him and wished i cuold hug him. but ill hug heaven because i know thats where he is. may the god and goddess bless his friends and family i love him for creating such beauty. maybe i will write him a poem and e mail it here i am a writter. oh gee im crying again. i bet if he were next to me hed say dont cry, i will put my snail mail here can anyone mail me a tangable picture of him i can hang on my apartment wall. pleeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaasssssseeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kitten Ferguson 7700 66th st N # 407 Pinellas Park, FL 33781 727/547-1627 I love you IZ ….. I hope you can hear me up there. and i send bright blessings of peace love and golden white healing lite to all who read this hopefull his friends and family. Blessed Be = )
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Name: Ana Keilty
Email: anakeilty2@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, September 04, 2003
Time: 09:05 AM
Comments
I have been touched by IZ music, I was touring in Maui and I heard the song Over the Rainbow i could no help to fall in love with IZ and his music. I’ve already buy 3 more of his albums. I’m originally from Argentina and living in California. (9/4/03)
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Name: Rachel Panter
Email: rachandchris.panter@verizon.net
URL:
Date: Wednesday, September 03, 2003
Time: 01:47 PM
Comments
I was first introduced to Bruddah IZ in May of this year (2003) when I visited Maui for the second time. I cannot believe I had never heard of him before. I live in Oregon and every time I hear his music, I think of my favorite beach on Maui, the seven sacred pools near Hana, and the general feeling you get when you visit Hawaii and go beyond the tourist attractions. I wish the best for his family and hope the world never forgets such an extraordinary talented man.

Peace be with you IZ!
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Name: Karen
Email: KK6301@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, September 02, 2003
Time: 09:19 AM
Comments
Just wanted to say that every time I hear his rendition of “Over the Rainbow” it brings tears to my eyes. He had a beautiful voice and a beautifule sole from what I have read and it is a shame he has left us at such a young age.

But his music will be around to remind people of him for a very long time…
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Name: Rose
Email:
URL:
Date: Sunday, August 31, 2003
Time: 03:33 PM
Comments
Recently a friend of mine bought some of IZ’s CDs and played them in the car while we were driving along. This was my introduction to the sweet, uncomplicated voice of an angel.

Since hearing IZ’s music I have told others about him so they can experience the joy of hearing this man’s voice.
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Name: Antonio Díaz (Spain)
Email:
URL:
Date: Sunday, August 31, 2003
Time: 12:48 PM
Comments
May the gods keep the Giant Angel in the greatest of glories.
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Name: Jeff Wells
Email: Jeffwells@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, August 29, 2003
Time: 03:21 PM
Comments
Dear Marlene:

My wife, nine year-old son and seven year-old daughter just returned from a two week stay on the north shore of Kaua’i. (We rented a house on Tunnels Beach as we have done seven times over the last twelve years or so.) I was amazed that it took us this long to discover IZ’s music. We bought his CDs and DVDs and we’re now devoted fans.

My daughter loves IZ’s “Over the Rainbow”. My favorite is without a doubt “Hawai’i 78”: very moving and very powerful! It has certainly helped make us aware of the plight of the Hawaiian people with all of its beauty and tragedy.

What a voice!

Jeff Wells San Anselmo, CA

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Name: Mike
Email: mfp21@cplaws.com
URL: www.cplaws.com
Date: Thursday, August 28, 2003
Time: 06:05 PM
Comments
I feel kinda stupid to be writing this when you all were fans for years. We just got back from the big island and we picked up Alone in Iz World because of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Dumb as this may sound it may change this old mans life. Years ago I considered the members of the Travelers Three to be friends. They made a huge difference in a young mans life (Thanks Charlie and Pete). Now another Hawaiian has spoken to my soul and we will have to see where it leads me. Mahalo Brudda Iz
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Name: K. Rapattoni
Email: Kjacrap@aol.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, August 24, 2003
Time: 05:21 PM
Comments
I purchased the Facing Forward cd after hearing “Over the Rainbow” prior to our last trip to Kauai from Dallas, Texas. Not only has it become my favorite cd but it has also become the favorite of my 3 small kids ages 8,7,&3. They beg me to play it. I am sure it will be worn out before long. He truly did have the voice of an angel. So many people share your loss. Thank you for sharing him with the rest of us. God bless you.
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Name: Gerhard Daniel
Email: privat@daniel-gebrschmidt.at
URL:
Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Time: 01:02 AM
Comments
I’ve heard TODAY from the death of BRUDDAH IZ !!! I was 1996 in Hawaii (2.x) and we’ve listened to this wonderful hawaiian music – the best we ever heard. May he rest in peace. G.& E: Daniel, Austria/Europe
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Name: Fred de Silva
Email: fdesilva@vicnet.net.au
URL:
Date: Sunday, August 17, 2003
Time: 02:06 AM
Comments
I have just come upon this website and ‘am devastated to learn of the sad loss of your musical Genius. I had never heard of the Makaha Sons of Ni’Ihau till I holidayed in Ohau in 1992 and heard the music playing in a record shop…. I had to have it. Mahaha Bash 3 will remain a treasured possession of mine for a long long time to come. Vale Jovial Genius!
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Name: Michael P. Harte, Esq.
Email: mharte@michaelharte.com
URL: www.michaelharte.com
Date: Saturday, August 16, 2003
Time: 09:34 PM
Comments
I am a 13 year old teen male, who was born in Hawai’i. I lived there up until 2 years ago, when i had to move to california, due to unforseen circumstances. I have been a huge fan of Iz for about 5 or 6 years. Every time i hear one of his songs, i think about all the great times i had in hawai’i growing up, and when he died in 1997, i was shocked. My favorite song is ‘Hawaii 78’, because i am extreamly saddened by the whole story about how the last queen of hawaii was dethrowned, it was queen Liliokalani (forgive the spelling, i know it’s not spelled correctly.). anyways, i only got to see him once, at the ‘Kings Shops’ on the island of Hawaii. I love his music, and i love hawaii, and i love all my friends there,and, if they’re reading this, especially Courtney, sorry i left. I REALLY miss Hawai’i.
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Name: Linda Correa
Email: LINCOR526@AOL.COM
URL:
Date: Saturday, August 16, 2003
Time: 09:45 AM
Comments
I just posted a “memory” and there is a typo — it should read August 2003 NOT 1993 — LOL I guess I need to stop living in the past – LOL

ALOHA…
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Name: Linda Correa
Email: LINCOR526@AOL.COM
URL:
Date: Saturday, August 16, 2003
Time: 09:43 AM
Comments
I visited Kauai for the first time in August 1993 and have been inspired by IZ’ music. I am so sad he is no longer with us to share his spiritual, beautiful music.
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Name: VICTOR THORNE
Email: VTHORNE@KPNX.COM
URL:
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2003
Time: 12:16 PM
Comments
The music, the music, the music. I have never felt such power. The way he makes an old song his, and new songs ours. I am filled with such emotion each time I listen to Facing Future. What will they say now that he is with them? I found him through the movie “Finding Forester”, but I will never loose his music. It is in my heart. Love to his family. I greave your great loss.
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Name: Selchie
Email: hightowers@cablespeed.com
URL: http://members.ebay.com/aboutme/*selchie*/
Date: Monday, August 11, 2003
Time: 11:53 AM
Comments
Today I discovered the gentle soul that sings the song I have been in LOVE with for many years… Iz Kamakawiwo’ole. The song is his renidition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World. I also discovered your wondeful website about him. I wish I would have known about Iz when he was still with us. I have fallen in Love… Universal Love… with him. He must have been so amazing to be near… truly an Angel sent here to us for a little while. I pray he is resting in peace and happy… with his family and his brother Skippy. What an amazing human being he was… I wish we would of had more time with him. Maybe I could have had a chance to hear him sing in person… I would have come to Hawai’i to see him gladly. I ordered his cd Facing Future and his DVD Island Music Island Hearts. Everytime I play my song from his CD and sing it with him… he is with me and I feel his presence. I think each one of us does when we sing with him… I think he comes to us to continue teaching us about Universal Love for each other and I guess as he would say Ma’holo… Love in Hawai’ian… I think. Sure makes me wish I was Hawai’ian. I live my life in the way of the Hawai’ian Love… which makes it very difficult to live near other people of the rest of the world. I do not relate to them… I relate to people like Iz. There is no way to describe that kind of Love and no way to truly put it into words… it just has to come out of you… and be witnessed. Those of us that live it… know it when we see it and share that special kinship with the other person. Iz manifested that special love… it simple flowed from him… and into everyone else around him. My heart is broken that he is not here and I miss him terribly even though I never knew of him before. I guess I miss what I know I have lost… but it is only from this material world. Because I truly believe like I said before, that he comes to each one of us that know of his special kind of Love. I wish I knew Hawai’ian words to say to you, but I do not. All I can say is God Bless to you and I hope that you were fortunate to have known Iz. I will continue to spread his Love and beautiful music to all I meet and know.

Aloha and Mahalo… my Ohana

Selchie
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Name: Dale
Email: idobro@new.rr.com
URL: www.idobro.com
Date: Sunday, August 10, 2003
Time: 06:02 AM
Comments
IZ was such a beautiful man, his medodies and great sense of urgency for the homeland of his fathers should inspire all of us to work toward a better, simpler world. Thanks to the angels above for letting this man grace our world and touch our hearts.
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Name: Cecilia
Email:
URL:
Date: Saturday, August 09, 2003
Time: 08:14 PM
Comments
His music is ineffable…I love it
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Name: Cherae Estrella
Email: cestrella_kiheihs@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Friday, August 08, 2003
Time: 10:44 AM
Comments
hi there.well i am only 15 but i am doing a project on IZ and this site is really useful for me.it is soooo sad that he had to die.but iwe all will miss him alot.but no worries cuz we going be with him again.will love you alot.bye
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Name: Jenny
Email: lifesaver55@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, August 04, 2003
Time: 09:26 AM
Comments
DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHERE I CAN BUY ISRAEL’S CD WHICH HAS THE SONG SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW????? PLEASE DO EMAIL ME.
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Name: Alan
Email: ABL2000-@aol.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, August 02, 2003
Time: 10:27 AM
Comments
Listened to his music during recent visit to Hawaii and found it enchanting and enlightening- shocked to find that he was deceased because there seemed to be so much activity around his music.
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Name: Bud Wilkinson
Email: budartwork@comcast.net
URL: budartworks.com
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2003
Time: 11:26 AM
Comments
I have read many tributes to Iz that echo my own personal experience.I discovered his music during a visit to Hawaii,and was captivated immediately.I listen to him often here in D.C., and remember how beautiful Hawaii is. His music just takes me there.While listening, I thought I would do an internet search on him,and was saddened to learn of his passing.His music will continue to touch people as he has touched me.God bless you Iz. Bud
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Name: Carl Badgley
Email: cbadgley@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Time: 04:34 PM
Comments
I have just discovered this wonderful man and his music. I cannot help but believe that he brought a more than unique gift to the earth. May he continue to do so. peace
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Name: Jim Harrison
Email: jlharrisoniii@charter.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2003
Time: 06:56 AM
Comments
I’ve been to Hawaii 5 times. Each time I make sure I buy one of Israel’s CDs. I think I have all of them, now. If not, I’ll get them when I return.

God bless his memory!
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Name: Randy Duncan
Email: randy@mo-net.com
URL:
Date: Friday, July 25, 2003
Time: 09:49 PM
Comments
Like many others, I’m a better-late-than-never fan if IZ’s songs. There’s so much in his music that moves me, esp. the more traditional Hawaiian songs, but I can’t explain why. My favorite, Hawaii 78.
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Name: Dr. Mark A. Jones
Email: mjones111865@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Friday, July 25, 2003
Time: 09:09 AM
Comments
I visited Hawaii for the first time in 2002 and found Iz’s music plying on the radio. I was so impressed that I had to go out and find it. I ws later shocked to hear of his passing and lamented and grew sad over the great loss. He truly IZ great and his music will live on forever. Thank you for continuing to share his legacy.

Mark
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Name: marcy cantor
Email: marcyjocantor@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Time: 02:43 PM
Comments
my brother got cancer the spring of 1996, he moved to the hospital where he stayed until he passed on august 3rd. However “Facing Future” was in the CD player and played many times each day. He never got sick of it and it made him feel happy. It was the first time I had been exposed to Bruddah IZ and I was hooked. Two years ago I met my now fiance, after two weeks of dating he played, “In this Life”in the car on the way to an adventure race, he said it put him in the mood. I was touched by the lyrics and the beautiful song. When Mark prosed to me he included the lyrics of “In this Life” in a book he made for me. It’s such an amazing song and touches us both so deeply. Thank you Bruddah IZ
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Name: Thiago Francisco Amaral Moreira de Assis
Email: thifama@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2003
Time: 05:37 PM
Comments
Hello there!

My name is Thiago and I’m from Belo Horizonte, Brasil!

Since I’ve listened the Iz’s music for the first time (in the end of 2002), I became totally surprised. The first music I’ve heard was the version of “Somewhere over the rainbow” and, at that moment, I didn’t believe that I was listening such a beautiful song! Wow! I felt my heart filling itself with pure poetry, extracted from the feelings of a man that was singing with your own life! I will never forget that first good surprise…

So, I would like to congratulate the creation of this homepage to honor a singer that, even though I didn’t meet him in life as a human being, conquested my most sincere admiration with your eternal music and presence!…

Yours truly, Affectionately, Thiago.
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Name: steven stuart
Email: ystuyo@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, July 18, 2003
Time: 08:55 AM
Comments
ISREALS MUSIC IS ONLY ONE OF A FEW THAT HAVE BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES FROM THE SHEAR BEAUTY OF IT. EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT FROM HAWAII, I HAVE SPENT SOME EXTENDED TIME THERE IN THE MILITARY AND HEARING CERTAIN SONGS LIKE “WHITE SANDY BEACH” BRING ME BACK TO THE PLACES I MISS DEARLY. THANKS IZ……
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Name: Joshua Sleight
Email: airforcebrat4@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Time: 02:54 PM
Comments
I loved and still love Bruddah IZ. I hope that his music will still survive
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Name: Ronildo da Silva
Email: ronisurf@yahoo.com.br
URL:
Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Time: 02:41 PM
Comments
I am so sory about my english,but I have to say I discover the music HAWAII 78 about a mounth ago and touch my hart and I discover IZ AND i AM SO Happy for one day He come for a CONCERT here in Orlando Florida were I live but a friend told-me His died years ago…I am so sad but I think He stay in good place… Good bless You… Bruddah.Salvem o Hawaii.
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Name: Emily
Email: SailSapphire@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Time: 01:16 PM
Comments
Wow…ive been trying to figure out who sings this song ever since i first heard it, on my favorite show, “ER”. the song, played in the episode when Dr. Green died, made me cry. Its a beautiful song. Thanks, Bruddah. RIP.
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Name: Kai Gottfried
Email: secret.world@gmx.net
URL:
Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Time: 05:23 AM
Comments
Aloha kakou!

Iz’ music, his lyrics, voice and his feelings for the kama’aina reached me at the other side of the world (germany). Because Iz, I try to understand the hawai’ian language and culture.

Once, I will come and visit his native land to feel the spirit, which I only can hear for now.

Wish you all the best and many fine times with his music…
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Name: Ken Woods
Email: kennethwoods@adelphia.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2003
Time: 09:12 AM
Comments
Thank you for creating this site for all of us who found out about “Bruddah IZ” after his death. His music is wonderful and helps me keep my own life in perspective — in ways that only his music seems to do. As I write this on July 12th, 2003 (anniversary of his ashes being scattered) — I think about how many lives he has touched and has yet to touch — even people like me who have never been to Hawaii. Thank you — Ken (Jensen Beach, FL)
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Name: LeRoy Snider
Email: Rsnider104@aol.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2003
Time: 08:23 AM
Comments
I feel the world of music has lost a future super star. It’s a shame that his talent and beautiful music only became well known outside the islands after his death.

LeRoy Snider, San Diego, CA
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Name: James
Email: bongoots21AThotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, July 10, 2003
Time: 04:44 PM
Comments
It’s not very often that a song can make me feel the way his rainbow/world rendition does. Thank you IZ.
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Name: Chris Ivanoff
Email: Ivanoffc@aol.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, July 10, 2003
Time: 10:45 AM
Comments
The sounds that make tears.
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Name: Raymond Tarte
Email:
URL:
Date: Wednesday, July 09, 2003
Time: 11:01 AM
Comments
Thank you for having touched so me so deeply. I wish I could have met you.
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Name: Joel
Email: HawaiianLuvah4U@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, July 08, 2003
Time: 04:27 PM
Comments
Well it’s been 8 years since Braddah IZ has past on to a better life… I bless the braddah who could put smiles on peoples faces… I miss his music and HIM so much… Even though he wasn’t my relative, in Hawai’i even if we arent connected by blood we are all braddahs n sistahs… We should remember the ALOHA he gave to the islands as well as his music….. I remember Braddah IZ on K5 on “Hot Hawaiian Nights” making people laugh and jus have a a great time… I DEEPLY MISS DA BRADDAH OF ALOHA and A GENTLE MAN…. I MISS YOU BRADDAH!

aLoHa!
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Name: Roy O
Email: kauai83@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, July 07, 2003
Time: 03:36 PM
Comments
IZ as I remembered him was one of the great ones, remembered him when he was with the Makaha Sons and playing at Kauai Resort Hotel and how I was tasked with driving them around, which ending up being a joy, since they were not like most of the musicians
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Name: Richard Schraa
Email: r.schra@home.nl
URL:
Date: Sunday, July 06, 2003
Time: 09:24 AM
Comments
Never heard of this singer before watching the Sean Connery movie ‘Finding Forrester’. In that movie, I remembered hearing a unique version of ‘Somewhere over the rainbow backed with Armstrongs What A Wonderful World’. What a song, what an atmosphere created. Funny that almost 2 years later I heard the same song in one of the last (for that season)episodes of my favorite series ‘ER’. The very sad part, with this song making it almost impossible to watch (emotionally seen). Fortunately the internet makes it possible to find the song, find the singer and find more of his songs. I’t’s very sad to find out that this great singer passed away before I even had the chance of knowing his music. IZ: thank you for the wonderful song I talked about. Hope to learn and hear a lot more of your music the coming years. A person is dead when he’s forgotten. Won’t forget about you, that’s for sure ! Rest in Peace…
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Name: David Hutchins
Email: dlhut777@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, July 05, 2003
Time: 07:48 PM
Comments
I just recently discovered the beauty of the music of Bruddah IZ and had to have one of his albums. That apparently is the situation with a lot of people, as I have read similar comments in serveral places. At least he was able to enjoy success during his lifetime, but I suspect that his fame is greater now than maybe at any other time. If I was banished to a desert island with only a few favorite albums, one would have to be an “IZ” album; perhaps more than one.
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Name: Joy Lee
Email: joy_ttw@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, July 01, 2003
Time: 08:15 PM
Comments
Hearing IZ’s songs can really make my day! His beautiful voice and moving melodies are unparalleled. I was saddened to find out that he has since past, but am grateful that his music will live on forever!
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Name: Juan A. Vallejo
Email: PULGABROS@satx.rr.com
URL:
Date: Friday, June 27, 2003
Time: 10:22 PM
Comments
Hi,I know this a late entry, today being 06-28-03, but I wanted to let you know how speacial Israel’s music and spirit have been to me. When I discovered IZ’s music in 2001, I was saddened to learn he had “moved on” to the next life. Being a musician myself, it was very easy to get into his music and message. Listening to his music everyday in my truck on my way to work, when I’m feeling depressed or low, IZ is there to lift my spirits. Today a local record shop had two of Israel’s DVDs from the Mountain Apple company and buying and taking them home, I saw him for the first time. He taught me so much and the music, beautiful. I was fortunate to find them. Here in San Antonio, Texas, Tejano music is king and Hawaiian music is rare. When I learned of IZ’s “moving on”, I was sad because I wanted so much to meet him but I guess when my time comes “to go”, I know I’ll get that chance, give him a hug, and say thanks. May God bless you and keep you…..

Love,

Juan A. Vallejo.
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Name: Tom Brown
Email: Beauzeau@att.net
URL:
Date: Friday, June 27, 2003
Time: 10:16 AM
Comments
Mahalo, bruddah, for your gifts to all us who have to stay here and endure.
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Name: Mahealani
Email:
URL:
Date: Thursday, June 26, 2003
Time: 05:08 PM
Comments
Love IZ Miss Iz …. Alwayz will .. I remeber it like it was yesterday. but you know I feel as though he made everyone stronger
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Name: Scooter
Email: bullrides48@ameritech.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, June 26, 2003
Time: 01:26 PM
Comments
I never knew the man personaly but his music has touched me. I heard in one of his live CD’s that if nothing else he wanted to spread love and peace through out and leave somting behind. IZ has done that, he has left an impression on many people myself being one of them. Though I live in the mainlands I can still feel Hawaii when I hear his music. He is definatly an artist I will never forget.

Rest in peace my friend I never knew….
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Name: beadjah
Email: julie.houston@guidant.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, June 26, 2003
Time: 02:44 AM
Comments
Israel’s music brings tears to my eyes. I could listen all day and night. I am taken to the beautiful place everytime I listen ; ) What a true and absolute treasure ; ) His presence lives on and on. Someday, I will meet him and tell him myself ; ) Mahalo for the aloha and the music. . . the IZ spirit lives on forever, beadjah
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Name: Juliette Becker
Email: juliettebecker@cox.net
URL:
Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Time: 01:48 PM
Comments
I discovered the beautiful and lyrical voice of Iz during my first visit to the Islands four years ago. I love to hear him sing, I feel a very definite connection to Hawaii and the spirit of Islands when I hear his voice and listen to the words and their meanings. What a blessing that he was with us as long as he was.I’m sure his spirit still sings. I know it does in my heart. Listening to his music brings me immediately back to the beautiful shores of Hawaii, especially Kaua’i no matter where I am in the world.
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Name: cristina gomez
Email: kristomasino@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Monday, June 23, 2003
Time: 06:16 PM
Comments
after listening to IZ music i ahd to find out more about him. His music,his voice is so beautiful. i can’t describe the feeling that comes over me when i listen to him. he puts me at peace.
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Name: Kathy Gaspard
Email: kathy@sugrbowl.gs.net
URL:
Date: Monday, June 23, 2003
Time: 05:17 AM
Comments
I just recently became aware of IZ Isreal’s works and can’t stop listening. His music is always uplifting and brings so much pleasure and joy to my heart. What a loss!
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Name: Mary C. Szabo
Email: marymarge@chartermi.net
URL:
Date: Monday, June 23, 2003
Time: 04:30 AM
Comments
I heard your music just by chance and fell in love with. I find I crave it more and more. Thank you for giving me a peaceful place to be.
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Name: HR Evangelista
Email: IslandRic@mac.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, June 22, 2003
Time: 07:16 PM
Comments
Aloha Malama Pono Bruddah IZ… He lives in all whose lives have been touched by this gentle man of great voice & stature, a monumental contributor to our Hawai’ian culture.
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Name: brady
Email: taco_brains@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, June 22, 2003
Time: 02:57 PM
Comments
i just found Israel Kamakawiwo`ole’s music yesturday and i was blown away the first time i heard his song was in an episode of ER and i was dying to know who made this song and now i found it, god bless IZ. we will remember you
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Name: Bonnie Nordell
Email: bonleenordell@aol.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 21, 2003
Time: 03:19 PM
Comments
I just recently discovered the fabulous sound of Bruddah IZ while in Hawaii for the first time. Wow..His voice is so beautiful,soothing and spiritual. I have all of his CD’s now. What a sad loss of such a beautiful human being who has brought so much pleasure to millions through his music. There isn’t a day goes by that we don’t listen to Isreal. Keep singing in heaven.
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Name: donatella
Email:
URL:
Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Time: 04:06 AM
Comments
i really love “somewhere over the rainbow”, absolutely beautiful voice, it gives me goosebumps…
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Name: Monte Nagy
Email: mnagysr1@alltel.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Time: 08:29 AM
Comments
I weep every time I hear the man sing, praise be to God for the blessings of song from IZ’s heart.
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Name: Allan Chris Sucgang
Email: FilZide24@aol.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, June 15, 2003
Time: 02:44 PM
Comments
God! bless you “IZ” you are the greatest!!! I know that you are with God right now, and still playing with your ukalele! miss you men!!!
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Name: james wilkinson
Email: jsisyphus@attbi.com
URL: none
Date: Sunday, June 15, 2003
Time: 09:10 AM
Comments
Love him. So greatful to have discovered him on an online radio station (Radio Paradise in Paradise California} . So very sad to have never been able to see him perform. May Buddha bless his soul.
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Name: Trevor Anderson
Email: stj@shaw.ca
URL:
Date: Sunday, June 15, 2003
Time: 07:09 AM
Comments
My whole family loves the music of Iz. Thanks for this page.

We feel his loss. T
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Name: steven howard
Email: s.howard@ieee.org
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 14, 2003
Time: 07:30 PM
Comments
just found his music and it is incredible. Iz was real gift to our world
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Name: Pete Tofson
Email: pktofson@charter.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 14, 2003
Time: 12:15 PM
Comments
I heard the Rainbow/Wonderful World song on the radio for the first time the other day and I loved it so much I had to hear it again. As I was singing along in my car it somehow touched me in a way no other song has before. In my search for the song I came across your memorial page, and though I had never heard of him before now, I mourn his passing, and I find myself getting choked up listening to the song. I am very sorry for your loss.
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Name: JAVIER MORHY
Email: morhy@mail.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 14, 2003
Time: 03:54 AM
Comments
I LIVE IN TIJUANA MEXICO AND I LEARNED ABOUT IZ.S MUSIC THROUGH A FRIEND NAMED RON VALENCIANA OF THE NORTH SHORE NEWS. EVERYTIME HE VISITED ME HE GAVE AS A GIFT ONE OF IZ,S TAPES. I FELL IN LOVE WITH DA MUSIK INSTANTELY. HIS MUSIC IS INSPIRING AND HAS TAUGHT ME A LOT ABOUT THE HAWAIIAN CULTURE AND ALTHOUGH I DON,T UNDERSTAND DA LANGUAGE I DON,T NEED TO KNOW WHAT HE IS SINGIN, I CAN FEEL IT. TO BAD I CAN NOT GET HIS MUSIC HERE IN MEXICO. ALOHA TO ALL HAWAIIANS AND HAWAIIANS AT HEART LIKE ME.
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Name: Larry Babcock
Email: larryshawn@hotmail.com
URL: www14.brinkster.com/larryshawn
Date: Friday, June 13, 2003
Time: 05:24 AM
Comments
Bruddah IZ is dead? Doesn’t he talk about how Hawaiians live on both sides…he lives in my home and office every time I listen to his music. Mahalo for the Aloha you bring to my life Bruddah IZ.

ps. Say hi to my dad for me 🙂
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Name: Jen
Email: cuttywren2@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, June 13, 2003
Time: 03:51 AM
Comments
I was touched by Iz and his music for the 1st time a few days ago…..what a beautiful soul. Thank you
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Name: James(Jesse) Kauakahi
Email: makuakane_rambo@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, June 12, 2003
Time: 06:14 PM
Comments
I still rember the last time I saw IZ,I got of work early and wanted to see my brother Moon before he left for Japan.But somethine sort of pulled me to Queens Hospital,so I went in spent some time with IZ just hanging with the family then went home,The next morning my son Jimmy wakes me up to tell me,with tears in his eyes,daddy uncle Isreal died,I said huh,I just saw him yesterday.My heart was heavy,but Im glad I listen to whom ever pulled me to the Hospital the day before,at least I got to say Aloha to the guy with the big heart,I love you BRUDDA IZ.All my Love and Aloha to marlene,Wehi,Lydia,Hoke,My brother Moon,and the people of Hawaii,We all miss you my brudda Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole With all our Love Jesse Kauakahi and The Kauakahi Ohana
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Name: Cherie Korer
Email: korerc@qwest.net
URL: http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/humenne/humenne.htm
Date: Thursday, June 12, 2003
Time: 05:21 PM
Comments
I heard the music of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole just today and it has moved me deeply.

Rest in the deepest peace which you have given me this day.

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Name: Richard Kuhn
Email: mail@kuhnsklassics.com
URL: http://www.kuhnsklassics.com
Date: Thursday, June 12, 2003
Time: 04:17 PM
Comments
Always loved Hawaian Music, never thought I would be lucky enough to visit the Islands, then a trip to Maui. Paradise. Heaven on Earth. May my Soul now Jump to Heaven from Black Rock, there is no place heaven or earth like Hawaii. Then, a revalation, IZ… Bruddah IZ… His Music grabbed me, wrapped me around his finger, lead me above. I saw his CD’s everywhere, Who was this Big Man ??? Who was this IZ ??? I heard the Music and put it all together in a dream. I had to hear more. . . And here I am, Paying tribute to a Manb who enhanced my life, to an Island I am strangely drawn to. To a people who were wronged, and to the possibility of setting it all right. Bruddah IZ… THANK YOU !
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Name: William Hopkins
Email: williamhop22@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Time: 04:42 PM
Comments
Great vocalist. So far I have only heard “Over the Rainbow”, but I am searching for more music as we speak. The man’s voice seems to have a soothing power that is subtle and overwhelming at the same time. Knowing that he is no longer with us and no longer able to share that gift any longer breaks my heart. RIP IZ and condolences to everyone who loved him.
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Name: Christina
Email: free2fly_always@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Time: 07:38 PM
Comments
This man is amazing. The love and compassion that he had towards others was awesome. I am deeply saddened by his death. Sometimes I want to pretend that it’s not true, that he is still alive spreading his aloha to the people of the world.

My wish is that everyone has the opportunity to listen to Iz’s music and learn to love and except others with a deep appreciation of human life as he taught me to, to be able to see the world through this giant of a man’s eyes.

Aloha )i(
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Name: Roberto
Email: gwiddon_trustno1@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, June 09, 2003
Time: 10:40 PM
Comments
Sei un grande!!! Hai fatto sognare, grazie alla tua musica, milioni di persone!!!! Me compreso!!! GRAZIE DI TUTTO!!! Roberto, from ITALY
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Name: RoseMary James
Email: twicejames@la-tierra.com
URL:
Date: Monday, June 09, 2003
Time: 06:26 PM
Comments
His spirit lives on in his music and in our hearts. What a wonderful way to end the day listening to his sweet voice. I know that I will travel in my dreams to where all sweet voices meet! Thank you for leaving us such incredible music! I love his g
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Name: William
Email: mccormaw@rvr.edu.pe.ca
URL:
Date: Monday, June 09, 2003
Time: 10:06 AM
Comments
A lovely voice. Made me see a different way of things in the word. I wish I knew ya.
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Name: mel van den Berg
Email: onderzoek_za@hotmail.com
URL: www.cu2.nl/peronista
Date: Monday, June 09, 2003
Time: 03:14 AM
Comments
Hi, I am Mel, I live in The Netherlands. I heard the song “over the rainbow” performed by Izzy on ER. It sounded amazing to me, and I was desperate to find out who sang that song. When discovered it, I read he was already dead. Too bad when an artists with his kind of talent dies.

Rest in peace brother, Mel van den Berg
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Name: Kresimir from Croatia
Email: matisic2000@inet.hr
URL:
Date: Sunday, June 08, 2003
Time: 11:58 PM
Comments
I can say only one thing…he was and still is my inspiration…when i listen to him i remember of all the nice things that i had and have in my life…thx for all…
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Name: Friedrich Golbeck
Email: golbeck@onlinehome.de
URL: www.beratung-golbeck.de
Date: Sunday, June 08, 2003
Time: 12:25 PM
Comments
Collcting music of the world I incedently came to songs of Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole. Hawaii 78 was the first song I knew by bim. Sice then I became one of the biggest fans of him. From that time on, I only hear his music as well as the songs of Makaha Sons. As well I am now very intersted in his life and the country. I am very sorry, we can’t hear any new songs now. IZ has done a lot for Hawaiian music and his country. Good people leave us too early.
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Name: John Boyd
Email: mbe812@radix.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, June 07, 2003
Time: 02:06 PM
Comments
My wife and I just came back from a two week celebration in Hawaii of our 45th anniversary.

During this time there, I first heard the beautiful music of IZ. It lingered with me throught the many hours of travel back to the states. Now back home, I began my quest to learn more about IZ and his music. I am both very happy and very sad. First, to have found IZ in the first place and experience his messages of love and his beautiful music. And secondly I am so very sad that IZ is now gone and I didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy his love and music in person. Of this I am truly sad..

But the bonus is to have eventually found him in the first place. He and his love and music will always be playing in my heart.

Mahlo, Bruddah IZ, I believe now the great spirits of the universe are enjoying your presence, your love and your music.

I will forever be greatful for knowing of you.

John Boyd southern Maryland
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Name: Monica
Email:
URL:
Date: Thursday, June 05, 2003
Time: 05:59 AM
Comments
I thank IZ for the music, and I thank God for IZ.
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Name: LaVerneCorpuz
Email: wahineanuenue@msn.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, June 05, 2003
Time: 12:33 AM
Comments
God knew even before you were born that your insight of music and heart felt presentations were to become spiritually full circle. You have earned your position as one of God’s majestic voices in heaven. What you have left us is magical & wonderful! May God keep you under His tender loving care always. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN!
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Name: Alessio
Email:
URL:
Date: Wednesday, June 04, 2003
Time: 12:50 PM
Comments
Una voce che mi ha rapito…sono senza parole.
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Name: pam hogan
Email: phogan7258@msn.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, June 03, 2003
Time: 08:35 PM
Comments
Is made my heart sing with joy, he will live on forever in all our hearts.
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Name: Joe Craparotta
Email: jcra@optonline.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, June 03, 2003
Time: 03:29 PM
Comments
Just discovered this great artist and man. I’m sorry I never got to see him in person. His rendition of Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful world brings tears to my eyes every time…
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Name: Sarina
Email: sarinamina@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, June 03, 2003
Time: 06:17 AM
Comments
His loving, gentle spirit shines through in every note he sings. He has the power to move your soul, long after his passing. Thanks, IZ, for your sweet music – you’ll always be in our hearts. Rest in peace.
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Name: Essance & Tobyn Melendez
Email: essabin@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Monday, June 02, 2003
Time: 09:40 PM
Comments
I love braddah Iz… Got all his CD’s !! His memory will continue.. I will definitely have my children listen to his music and their children after that… and so on..!! best wishes to his family muahkxz!!
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Name: Melissa
Email: livingwithewolf@attbi.com
URL:
Date: Monday, June 02, 2003
Time: 11:49 AM
Comments
When I saw the ER episode with this GENTLE man’s version of “Over the Rainbow” in it, I knew I wanted a copy of the song. My health is not the best, and I’ve asked that this be played at my services. My sister helped me track down the recording via the internet, and I immediately ordered the “Facing Future” CD from the Hawaiian Music Store. I find his voice so soothing and beautiful that, were it not for financial constraints, I’d probably order all of his CDs. Thank you for the time and songs you so generously gave all of us.

Melissa
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Name: Karen Byers
Email: lkbyers@earthlink.net
URL:
Date: Friday, May 30, 2003
Time: 05:35 AM
Comments
I have just recently found IZ’s music and was so saddened to find out that he had died. However, with his beautiful music, which I listen to daily, IZ lives on!
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Name: Kris
Email:
URL: http://www.angelfire.com/theforce/the_13th_monk
Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2003
Time: 10:20 AM
Comments
I’m here in England right now, missing home more than ever. All I have is my uke and my local music cds. IK’s Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World is my favorite song. I performed it for the talent show here at school…I brought tears to the audience…it’s all from the local pride and IK’s memory 🙂 Rest in peace Bruddah IZ
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Name: Danielle
Email: Anotherdreamer21@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Time: 02:53 PM
Comments
As it stands, I have very recently just learned of the awesome talent that this man possessed, unfortunatly too late, however I feel so blessed that I even got the opportunity to hear what raw power he had….even though I have now listened to some of his music a thousand times over it still gives me goosebumps…..praise God that he may rest in peace
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Name: Gwendoline Hill
Email: gwenhill@sbcglobal.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Time: 01:19 PM
Comments
I was just introduced to Israel’s music on my recent vacation cruise to Hawaii by my tour bus driver, “Brother Herman.” I am deeply grateful and was moved by his version Of “Somewhere Over he Rainbow/What A Wonderful World.” I found the CD Facing Future on a stop in Hilo. His spirit is with me now & my condolences to his family; however, the world is better, I know from the spirit in his music.– Gwendoline Hill
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Name: Joseph Calvino
Email: jcalvino@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Time: 01:01 PM
Comments
My Daughter was teaching at Punahou when Pele decided to change Big Island a little bit. And I spent some tome visiting with her, and fell in lovw with Hawaii. Hawaii is still beautiful, but there is something missing and Bruddah IZ somehow felt it and was able to put it into his songs. He was truely a Hawaiian Super Man. And I know he is singing for the Ancients, and some of his friends that went before him. But he did wonderful things for all of us while he was with us. He has left a hollow spot that no one will ever fill.
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Name: LIKA
Email: swissmissrita@earthlink.net
URL: http://groups.msn.com/QUILTSNTHINGSBYSWISSMISS/quiltsnthingsinventory.msnw
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Time: 05:36 AM
Comments
i’m haole from switzerland, living on the mainland and my hart and sole belongs to the’aina of hawahii.all it took is one visite to mauii and i am so hooked got a kumu to teach me the ‘olelo and i listen to iz’s music and he touches my soul!!!! so sorry for our loss but thanks to god his voice and music will live on for ever!! nui nui mahalo and aloha to his ohana swissmiss lika
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Name: Daniel Bucio
Email: al92388@upaep.mx
URL: none
Date: Monday, May 26, 2003
Time: 05:53 PM
Comments
I just wanted to say that in this late mommens, the voice that jears louder in heaven is Iz’s voice, annd the angels make a little silence in theri singing… just to hear him sing!!! Iz is with God, and that can fill the emptynees that is left behind
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Name: Joan K Dobson
Email: joan@dobsononline.com
URL: dobsononline
Date: Monday, May 26, 2003
Time: 05:24 PM
Comments
Him music is a joy to your soul.
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Name: Glenn Odagawa
Email: Glenn@Theharp.com
URL:
Date: Monday, May 26, 2003
Time: 05:04 PM
Comments
It’s a sad day
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Name: stephen mcclelland
Email: sbatmanm@aol.com
URL:
Date: Monday, May 26, 2003
Time: 11:08 AM
Comments
What a wonderous voice. You can hear the kind soul shining through. God Bless.
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Name: Kim Greene
Email: Kimegreene@aol.com
URL:
Date: Monday, May 26, 2003
Time: 07:56 AM
Comments
We love you Iz, now and forever. Voice of a God, kindness, soul, angelic.
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Name: Ed Kaminsky
Email: springbok37@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, May 26, 2003
Time: 05:07 AM
Comments
What a most beautiful voice, a gift from God! Thank you IZ, you’ll live in our hearts forever. Although am Australian, am Hawaiian at heart!
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Name: Alanda Littlejohn
Email: slittle4@pacbell.net
URL:
Date: Sunday, May 25, 2003
Time: 07:25 PM
Comments
His music is wonderful, and moving with the sweetest voice. I was turned on to his music by friends that live in Kona. While visiting there we would listen to his music every evening, and I bought several of his albums while I was there. Love IZ! I will continue to purchase more albums
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Name: magpie
Email: magpie@cascadeaccess.com
URL:
Date: Friday, May 23, 2003
Time: 07:41 PM
Comments
Missing you lots, bruddah. Happy birthday.
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Name: sabrina pelekane
Email: i_len_gurl55@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Friday, May 23, 2003
Time: 08:33 AM
Comments
i really admireed the way that bruddah iz sang those sweet hawaiian music. by the way i always wantede to be a singer and i want to be just like bruddah iz…….

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Name: Kevin Nash and Family
Email: knash3@wi.rr.com
URL: www.knash.com
Date: Thursday, May 22, 2003
Time: 03:15 PM
Comments
My comments are in loving memory of my father John J. Nash who passed on 5/21/03 at age 70 at his home in Chicago, Il.

My father loved IZ so much that we have played his music at the services all day. I will cherish IZ and his music in fond memory of my father.

Thanks IZ. God Bless!

Kevin Nash Germantown, Wisconsin
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Name: Haoleus
Email: haoleus@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, May 22, 2003
Time: 02:55 PM
Comments
My nickname is Haoleus because i am a Haole from the US (mainland, NJ to be exact). That nickname was given to me by my more locally accepted shipmates aboard the USS Cushing stationed in Pearl Harbor.

I remember seeing the Facing Future album at the local record store and thinking the cd would be filled with tribal beats and grunting. I bought it only out of curiosity. Little did i know Iz had the voice of an angel and his cds would be the most prized cds in my entire music collection.

Besides countless hours of enjoyment the cd gave me more of an understanding of Hawaiian culture, history and pride.

Iz helped me understand what a truly beautiful place Hawaii is which i took for granted while i was there. Thanks to him i can bring myself back to when i was there when i listen to his music. I miss Hawaii, its beauty, its people and most of all its music.

Thanks for helping me wake up Iz. Rest in peace always. -Haoleus
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Name: Niller Sishwa
Email: came@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, May 22, 2003
Time: 02:43 PM
Comments
The only song i ever hear from Iz was somewhere over the rainbow/what a wonderful world and it is a very touching song, from his album facing the future!!!! Thankyou IZ
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Name: Marge Hartle
Email: hartlem@csus.edu
URL:
Date: Thursday, May 22, 2003
Time: 04:22 AM
Comments
What an absolute beautiful CD “E ALA E” and “Facing the Future”. I feel in love with his voice. Hawaii has lost a “great wonder”.

My Regards to his family.

Sincerely,

California
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Name: David Hurtt
Email: Airwolf81650@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Time: 02:53 PM
Comments
I love to sit and listen to IZ. Listening to him is just too relaxing and enjoyable. I was fortunate enough to visit Hawai’i back in Feb. 2003 and after visiting it,it makes me appreciate his music even more. Hawai’i is the only place I’ve ever visited for such a short time and missed it as much as I have since I’ve been back home. Listening to IZ sing makes me feel like I’m back in Hawai’i. God Bless You,Bruddah
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Name: Greg  Taufa’asau
Email: GTaufaasau@Hawaii.Com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Time: 02:44 PM
Comments
Bradah Iz, We grew up at the same time. You and I were about 14 years old when I started checking the “sounds out of Waianae”. Your music inspired me and many of my bradahs to place Hawaiiana deep in our hearts. I knew your future wife (Marlene Alo) from Halawa Valley, and grew up with their family. I performed on many stages back home, and created memories that will last a lifetime. My kumu’s were many: Darryl Lupenui, Obrian Eselu, Uncle George Naope, Edwina Siu, Manea Manuma, John Kaimikaua & Hula Halau O’Kukuna O’Kala. But I will never forget you as the inspiration to my music accomplishments. I memorized your first albums with skippy & the bradah’s. That was truly a time to remember and reflect. I left Hawaii in 1978 and attended College in the mainland on a Football Scholarship. I have never travelled away from home by myself. Whenever I was lost, or in an unknown place – I would pull out my guitar and start playing some of your songs. I was back home again and no longer feeling , lost. In fact, I started meeting new people and making new friends with your music & songs as a guide. You have helped me in many ways through the years. Thank You Bradah “IZ”. I can’t thank you enough for all that you hae meant to me. God Bless to you in Heaven, and to your Ohana back home. I’ll see you when the Lord calls me back home.

From my Heart – Greg “Tafa’s” Taufa’asau
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Name: Rosemarie
Email: alohanui84@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Time: 10:32 AM
Comments
Happy birthday IZ. We are still enjoying your music. God bless. Mahalo.
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Name: Steve Close
Email: alohasteve522@aol.com
URL: alohasteve522@aol.com
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Time: 02:50 AM
Comments
Words cannot describe what the music of Izrael Kamakawiwo’ole does for me. He penetrates deep into the soul, expresses nothing but pure beauty, peace, hope, and justice. I am all haole on the outside, but have such a deep love for the islands and the people of Hawai’i. IZ has brought peace to my troubled sould on more occasions than I can remember, and he will continue to do so for millions to come. IZ lives in all who listen, really listen. Mahalos
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Name: Jackie Miller
Email: jackiemiller21@yahoo.com
URL: e.hawaii.com/iz/izmemories.htm
Date: Monday, May 19, 2003
Time: 12:56 PM
Comments
Wow, what a voice! My husband and I just returned from Kauai from our son’s wedding and we “discovered” IZ by accident…what a wonderful FIND! I bought two CD’s and a video of his Hot Hawaiian Nights and we are now devoted fans. What a sad loss to the world but, thankfully, his voice lives on. Mahalo to IZ for his gift of voice to the world. Jackie Miller Danville, CA
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Name: Joe Donovan
Email: donovan@brokebiker.com
URL: www.brokebiker.com
Date: Sunday, May 18, 2003
Time: 09:16 PM
Comments
Just discovered the music. What beauty. What a testimonial the site gets signed everyday.

Joe
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Name: willard Gage
Email: whg3@rcn.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, May 18, 2003
Time: 04:07 PM
Comments
i heard a wonderful song, a rendition of somewhere over the rainbow and what a wonderful world that just blew me away. It was an unadorned accoustic version of these songs that was absolutely brilliant. One man with just his voice and a ukalele produced something so special and so superior to almost any other piece of music i’ve ever heard. Then i heard that he has since passed away and although all i know of this man is this song i have to say that this news was crushing.
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Name: Vanessa
Email: hope_f_germany@yahoo.de
URL: http://www.freehomepage.de/members/vanessafreier
Date: Saturday, May 17, 2003
Time: 05:27 AM
Comments
Hello, im Vanessa 15years old and iam searching for my dad, all informations that i have are in my homepage. Please take a minute and read it. Here is my homepage: www.freehomepage.de/members/vanessafreier
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Name: Rodrigo Serri de Abreu
Email: blessedatheist@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Friday, May 16, 2003
Time: 01:14 AM
Comments
I love listening to Iz’s pourt-porri from “Meet Joe Blcak”. I was searching for further info about him, ‘cos I knew nothing. I am sorry to here that he’s not among us, but he’s music will remain meaningful in my life.

Love
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Name: NeSsA
Email: lovelymeeh@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, May 15, 2003
Time: 11:00 AM
Comments
when i first heard izzy it was on the movie joe black something like that but after that i knew my mother loved that song so i bought her the cd and since then i have been a fan
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Name: madfiddler
Email: mark@madfiddler.co.uk
URL: http://www.madfiddler.co.uk
Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Time: 01:51 PM
Comments
Like many people, I had not heard of this guy until I saw the ER episode featuring Somewhere over the Rainbow.

What a voice, this man had a gift. Thank you.
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Name: christine
Email:
URL:
Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Time: 04:55 AM
Comments
Sa voix a traversé les frontières et elle nous fait désormais rêver à travers le monde. Je n’ai que très recemment entendu sa voix et j’en suis tout de suite tombée amoureuse. elle a réussi à me transpercer au plus profond de ma fragilité et de mes émotions. Je n’ai plus qu’à courrir chercher ses derniers albums aux magasins et permettre d’explorer encore plus son univers. j’ai hâte et je n’hésiterai pas à vous laisser de nouveau mes impressions. Quel sincère tristesse j’ai eu de savoir qu’il ne faisait plus parti de notre monde… Mais je pense qu’il continuera à être présent parmi nous, car ce n’est pas possible autrement… avec tendresse pour la famille de IZ
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Name: Gerry
Email:
URL:
Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Time: 03:11 AM
Comments
What a wonderful gift he has given the world. Unfortunately, I only recently discovered his music.
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Name: john jackman
Email: diesel4you@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Monday, May 12, 2003
Time: 02:19 PM
Comments
i heard izzies “over the rainbow” on e.r and loved it.then again i heard it a couple of weeks later in the begining of the charmed ones.i thought “funny”its that song again.well i’ve been going thru a tough time lately and i was thinking of something to cheer my soul and izzie’s song crossed my mind,so i decided to search the internet for this calypso type version of”over the rainbow”.i found izzie and am very sorry to hear he is not on this plain with us anymore.i am going to the music store tomorrow to find this beautiful and touching music. thank you,izzie. you are still touching people and that is a beautiful thing. john jackman
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Name: Annie
Email: Annie@surfsideexpress.com
URL:
Date: Friday, May 09, 2003
Time: 09:35 PM
Comments
Mahalo Bruddah IZ. You are still so alive to us. I hear you in my sleep, I see you in the wind I feel you in my heart. You will never be gone, Mahalo Bruddah IZ Annie
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Name: Sonny Van Gelder
Email: sonnyvg@prodigy.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, May 08, 2003
Time: 10:38 PM
Comments
We love you and we love your legacy Bruddah Iz. You and your music will forever be in our hearts, and we shall pass along to our children and grandchildren so that they too may also pass along…all the love and joy we find in you and in your beautiful music. Aloha oe, Iz…we shall meet agian. ~Sonny Van Gelder KBCS Bellevue-Seattle 91.3 FM~
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Name: Angie
Email: angelfaerie2007@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, May 08, 2003
Time: 04:50 PM
Comments
Aloha!!! I recently started listening to Iz’s music with my parents! And although i am only 13 he has touched me in a way no other music every will! I am proud to spread the word about this beautiful man’s music and although he is gone i will remember him forever!
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Name: andre mason
Email:
URL:
Date: Thursday, May 08, 2003
Time: 01:53 PM
Comments
this is an great site honoring iz. thank you for it
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Name: keola lindsey
Email: makauoleoutlaws@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, May 06, 2003
Time: 10:35 AM
Comments
one love to bruddah IZ i loved all your songs it ment a lot your music will always live on so will your loveing heart for da island’s and da Hawaiian people Aloha ahuiho keola lindsey
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Name: michael
Email: michael_sinko@mail.ru
URL: sigourney.hotmail.ru
Date: Tuesday, May 06, 2003
Time: 07:33 AM
Comments
In Russia only a few days ago was shown ER’s 8-th season with IZ’s song “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. I’ve never heard His songs before, what a shame! A have been sitting all day, trying to find any information about Him, only now I’d succeeded… No one knows, where he will find, where lose… He was the God!
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Name: David Dowden
Email: StCbastien@aol.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, May 03, 2003
Time: 06:24 AM
Comments
IZ’s voice could make you laugh or make you weep. Such a powerful, refined, and blessed instrument. Listening to his cds overwhelms me and makes my heart yearn for both Hawaii and him. Aloha.
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Name: Deb
Email: debdarby@adelphia.net
URL:
Date: Friday, May 02, 2003
Time: 07:46 AM
Comments
My husband and I discovered Iz about 20 years ago and we purchased our first cd. We always wanted to see him in person, but everytime we were on the islands, he was not performing. We eventually purchased all of his recorded music. When we arrived in Sept of 1997 for our annual trip and discovered his demise we were saddened, but we had always said he had the voice of an angel. He will be saddly missed, but not forgotten by his people and his dedication to the islands nor by his ‘people’ on the mainland. When we first heard his voice in a commercial, we were exhilirated to know that others would also know the joy of his voice. As the entertainment industry discovers his music, so will many new fans. We miss you, Bruddah!
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Name: Harvey ‘Halawe’ Berish
Email: Harvey@worldofpageantry.com
URL: www.worldofpageantry.com
Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Time: 08:46 AM
Comments
Over the past 23 years I have brought more than 50,000 young musicians to partipate in the World Of Pageantry Hawai’i Invitational ‘International Music Festival’… Part of our festival is to introduce our young visitors to Hawai’i Nei and our Hawaiian Ohana… We make it a point each year to introduce our students to ‘IZ’ and his music… I only wish they could see him in person.. he was truly a magical performer…. I listen to his music just about every day….
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Name: Joe “Maika” Campos
Email: maikaboi_66@hawaii.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2003
Time: 12:26 AM
Comments
Dis one’s out for Braddah IZ, may he rest in peace and his music last forever in our hearts!!
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Name: Barry D. Chalcroft
Email: barry@chalcroft.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2003
Time: 09:24 PM
Comments
I just listened to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s medly of Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World on the NPR site. I had heard a bit of the song before but it didn’t register with me at the time.

This time, I listened and cried as the sound went straitto my soul. I cried for the beauty of his voice and for knowing the world had lost something priceless with the death of this man. As a singer / musician myself I listened in awe to a voice and musical talent that I could never even try to describe or even try to put into words.

God bless you Israel Kamakawiwo’ole you have touched me deeply with your song and I will never forget…

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Name: Armida Pedraza Price
Email: tiguapueblogirl@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2003
Time: 03:50 PM
Comments
Brother Israel’s voice and talent will forever remain in my heart. I thank the Creator for having blessed us all with his immeasurable gifts. As a Pueblo Indian woman, I deeply appreciated Iz’s great love for the Earth and all creation. Mahalo All My Relations, Armida Pedraza Price (Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Nation)
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Name: kawika reis
Email: kawikareis91@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Friday, April 25, 2003
Time: 12:38 PM
Comments
IZ the man and he will always be the man
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Name: Delthia Mahiai
Email: dkaena2@excite.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Time: 07:13 PM
Comments
Aloha Bruddah IZ

The days I remember you playing your ukelele out side of our homes in Makaha. It was wonderful listening to those songs. Mahalo Bruddah for always sharing your time with me.
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Name: Dave Halas
Email: DJHandRJH@LVCM.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Time: 09:00 PM
Comments
The first time I heard Israel was at our employee of year gala. The sony was used with video clips and I have been hooked ever since. What a beautiful voice. I too was saddened when I found out such a talent had gone on to heaven so early. I have only heard the Over the Rainbow song and I look forward to listening to his other songs.

Dave from Vegas
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Name: kainoa piekanski
Email:
URL:
Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Time: 10:28 AM
Comments
brudda iz
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Name: valérie
Email: valerie.stivala@laposte.net
URL:
Date: Monday, April 21, 2003
Time: 11:07 AM
Comments
Hello

I’m french and i discover IZ in first in the famous movie “meet forester” and recently in a french tv advert for insurance i really like his voice and songs they make me feel happy and well

thank you for your website that allow me to have further information about IZ and to know what his life was

valerie from Paris in France
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Name: Vickie
Email: vickieplatz0@msn.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, April 20, 2003
Time: 05:28 PM
Comments
My husband and I bought IZ’s CD Facing Future this March when we were in Maui. I have listened to this CD so many times because of IZ’s voice and the beautiful Hawaiian music. It is a shame that the good die young. At least he is with his brother.
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Name: Jason
Email:
URL:
Date: Friday, April 18, 2003
Time: 08:52 AM
Comments
I just wanted to say I loved his music. It soothes the soul. I could tell that he had a big heart. He is missed dearly.
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Name: Macee
Email: may161@excite.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2003
Time: 07:41 PM
Comments
Your music has enriched may life. Thank you for the gifts you have given the world, most of all the gift of yourself to your family, your beautiful wife and daughter. Rest in peace and I’ll be waiting for a performance from you if i get a ticket into heaven 😉

Dearest family and friends of Mr. Israel, after hearing great reviews of his Over the Rainbow mele, i was sad to hear that he had passed away. He has given the world so much. His work and he will be truly remembered. I send my (belated) condolences.

Love always, Macee
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Name: Cathy Jo & Jane Alice
Email: JHolt@4state.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2003
Time: 10:49 AM
Comments
I am dedicating this to Iz. When my mother and I first found about Iz and started to listen to his tracks. We fell in love with you Iz but unfortantly we got into your music a couple a months ago. alas your already gone to the next life.

We are major fans none the less and we plan to buy everything that you have gave to us all which is the joy of your music. or atleast mom shes really obsessed lol. you will live on in the hearts and souls of the people who listen to your music. you certanly live in our hearts anyway hehe. well dats enough for now. i hope we can spread your great music for others to enjoy.
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Name: Jan Niemczyk
Email: janitadave2002@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Time: 04:16 PM
Comments
My husband and I “discovered” IZ about a year ago after a trip to Maui. Wish we’d have known him sooner. The first cd we bought was Alone in Iz World, and then Facing Future. There has never been a voice like his. His music is so beautiful, it touches way down deep in your soul like no other. Mahalo.

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Name: Richard & Ayala Talpai
Email: Ayala@FiberFanatics.com
URL:
Date: Monday, April 14, 2003
Time: 07:28 AM
Comments
We’ve just now come across Israel’s music. It is deeply touching. So sorry to be WHITE!!! We want indigenous bodies next time… And yknow, someone with such a beautiful and moving voice as his wouldn’t have to spend much time here on Planet Earth. Much love and love and Love to you his family and friends.
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Name: Barbara Ward
Email: mashallaha@aol.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, April 13, 2003
Time: 08:10 AM
Comments
I discovered Iz’s music on a visit to Hawaii and was very impressed with the beauty of his voice. I have purchased two albums, “Facing Future” and “N Dis Life” and will seek out more.
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Name: sabine müllmaier
Email: sabinemondschein@web.de
URL:
Date: Sunday, April 13, 2003
Time: 12:58 AM
Comments
I’m so happy about finding the music of israel. My life is not so easy at the moment but when i hear this music i feel so happy.

Greetings and love from Germany, munich
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Name: Patti Smith
Email: Smithpatti8@aol.com
URL: AOL
Date: Friday, April 11, 2003
Time: 11:08 AM
Comments
I only recently discovered the music of Iz. It has touched my life and made it richer. I bought the “Facing Future” CD and that is all I listen to! I was saddened to hear of his passing. It is always the most talented and gifted ones who leave us to soon. I have never been to the islands but hope to go someday. I have a new appreciation for them now that I have heard Iz sing “Hawaii 78”. It is just beautiful. And the medley of “Somewhere over the rainbow/What a wonderful world” is pure genius. Iz has reached into my soul with his music and I mourn for the loss of a man I never knew. To his family and friends, I offer my sincere condolences and hope that you keep Iz’s music alive for generations of others to come.
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Name: SUZEN HALFPENNY
Email: SAGE@REDSHIFT.COM
URL:
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2003
Time: 12:31 PM
Comments
Aloha to you reading this..I just returned from the Kohala Coast and started playing the concert disc and just had to find someone to write to and express my heartfelt gratitude for these discs of IZ. My first trip to your beautiful islands was in 1957 when I was only 9 years old and my heart never left. It was only 10 years after WW2 and still so pristine even on Oahu…driving around the island in those wonderful old open station wagons and getting my first taste of fresh pineapple from the little table set up in the fields. ( For free, what a concept!) I returned 20 years later with my former husband being stationed at Pearl. My daughter was born at Tripler…and still it was incredible to see the stars in the sand at Waikiki…when Kui Lee was still alive and Don Ho was sending people home dreaming of Hawaii. I think Duke Kahanamoku was still there as well. But with age memory fails. I divorced and remarried a man also in love with your home and has taken me there twice a year for 25 years…it is home to us. I am ashamed to say that I never purchased the music because it broke my heart to listen to it when I was away from the land I love so much. This latest trip was with a friend of 35 years that has listened to me talk about the most Loving place in the world and she too fell in love with the land as well as my friends that live the Spirit of Aloha every day. She experienced the Love they share so freely and our hearts almost burst from the feeling of “true Aloha”… I found it possible in my heart to purchase 2 discs of “IZ” and put them on for my husband as soon as I arrived…he got such tears in his eyes for missing the experience… We go back in Oct to Kona…our home away from home…. (I will need new discs by then because I am sure these will be worn out.) Losing IZ must have felt like the cruelest loss to his family (as well as extended and blended family) but how blessed it is to have his voice in song to carry us all thru this horrific time on our planet. Listening to his words of Love drives home the need to use Love and not war to settle anything. Thank you so much…from my heart I am so happy to find a place to express my feelings for what I have been given almost all of my life. Sending thoughts of Peace and Love, Suzen Halfpenny
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Name: Angie Hampel
Email: speedygonzales9@cs.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2003
Time: 04:24 AM
Comments
Israel’s music has inspired my husband and myself in so many ways. I am so thankful for his remake of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World” and it puts joy in my heart and keeps me smiling. Thanks to our beautiful memories of our honeymoon combined with his music, we plan on visiting Hawaii every year.
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Name: Angie Hampel
Email: speedygonzales9@cs.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2003
Time: 04:22 AM
Comments
Israel’s music has inspired my husband and myself in so many ways. I am so thankful for his remake of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World” and puts joy in my heart and keeps me smiling.
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Name: Brittany
Email: Pualei19@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Time: 01:26 PM
Comments
Iz’s music has always been my absolute favorite. Israel is the only one who sings with lyrics that express my love and passion for extraordinary Hawaii! Everyone who has that love in their heart feels the same about this very influential artist! I’m sending dear Israel a big MAHALO and sweet ALOHA to his family and friends.

Brittany (Pua Lei)
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Name: Mahealani
Email: baybeegurlie@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Time: 11:21 AM
Comments
This is a message to a great and inspiring man that i know as my revivor…bruddah iz! through all the hard times i grew up with , with my family and allthe hardships…i am so comforted with the music and messages and advice of bruddah iz..my favorite song is “starting all over again” because lord know’s how much i’ve tried and had to start over…every time i hear that song, i just sit there and kry but i guess that is what his songs are supposed to do..make you think about life and your purpose on the earth…and for that i give much maholo… to the family…thanx for supporting your son,brother,cousin or whoever he may be to because of you guys and the support and love it helped him to aspire and dream and fulfill his wishes….mahalo nui!

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Name: carlos larkin
Email: wordauteur@yahoo.com
URL: http://raisedonritalin.blogspot.com
Date: Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Time: 11:13 AM
Comments
I discovered Iz too late to ever meet the man behind the voice. But, I feel I have known him my whole life, due to the inexpressable beauty and touching nature of the music he left behind. Mahalo nui loa Bruddah Iz.
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Name: Isabel
Email: Sabeliullet@htomail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, April 07, 2003
Time: 03:51 PM
Comments
Today I finally can show respect to the man I have wondered abour for so long. I was 12 when I was introduced to his music and his words, and they made me cry. I introduced him to my 7 year old sister and6 year old brother they cried because they could understand the beauty that was and still is in the music he created. He is an insperation to all in my family.
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Name: Tracy
Email: alpinemisstres@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Monday, April 07, 2003
Time: 02:31 PM
Comments
Love his music,I just returned from a 3wk stay in Hawaii,discovered his music,had to take some home to the mainland.
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Name: SANDY SUTHERLAND
Email: HAWAIIANBYCHOICE@HOTMAIL.COM
URL: MSN
Date: Monday, April 07, 2003
Time: 09:44 AM
Comments
ALOHA IZ, YOU DONT KNOW ME…BUT YOUR LOVE YOUR HEART YOUR MUSIC AND YOUR MANA CHANGED MY LIFE. IT IS ONE THING TO WATCH A SHOW AND CRY, BUT FOR A VOICE TO BRING THE SOUL SUBSTANCE; JUST DOESNT HAPPEN TOO OFTEN IN THIS LIFE. SO I WILL LISTEN TO YOUR CDS…UNTIL THEY NO LONGER PLAY…AND BUY NEW ONES. BUT ONE DAY I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING YOU SING AMONG THE ANGELS…FOR WITH YOUR MANA; YOU TRULY ARE ONE. MAHALO, SANDY. P.S. MY HUSBAND AND I BOUGHT A HOME ON THE BIG ISLAND. WE WANT TO LIVE IN A PLACE WHERE THERE ARE ANGELS ON EARTH. THANK YOU IZ.
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Name: Marshall and Paulette
Email: marshallandpaulette@yahoo.ca
URL:
Date: Saturday, April 05, 2003
Time: 10:08 PM
Comments
A great voice from a great man. Israel is our “most played” C.D His wit and humour have us constantly laughing. We never fail to laugh when he talks of “Quack”…who was caught blowing bubbles in the pond. Would loved to have seen him perform live.

Cheers Marshall and Paulette.
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Name: Michelle Russell
Email: mikala6357@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, April 05, 2003
Time: 06:46 PM
Comments
Although I never got to see Bruddah Iz in concert, his music has always been apart of my life. From my childhood till now and it will always be apart of my life. Thank you Bruddah Iz. You truly are the Hawaiian Supa Man. You are greatly loved and missed always.
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Name: Ashley
Email: a.drayton@sk.sympatico.ca
URL:
Date: Saturday, April 05, 2003
Time: 02:45 PM
Comments
My teacher let me listen to a song by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, it was somewhere over the rainbow/what a wonderful world. This song touched my heart in a way that was just amazing. I am unfortunate that i was unable to know about Israel Kamakawiwo’ole earlier in my life. Ever since i heard that first song by him I have been listening to as much as I can of him. His voice was amazing and its sad to hear that he died at such a young age. I know his music will live forever in my heart and all around the world in many peoples lives. I will never forget the sound of his voice from these songs that i have been lucky enough to listen to, his voice was full of soul and passion and lifts my heart to want to be able to have that much passion for the things I accomplish in my life. For everyone out there who has listened to one of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s songs, share them with as many friends as possible so they can hear the Joy that it has brought to many hearts.
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Name: Richard Hele Umu
Email: lbpolyking@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, April 04, 2003
Time: 01:22 PM
Comments
with this great music it touches me deep in my heart and reminds me of my father who passed 12/24/02. when i listen to this music I think of my father waiting for our family to be reunited and as he watches he smiles on me and that gives me great strength to carry on.

god bless richard umu age 16
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Name: Mike Pollet
Email: mgkmrp@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, April 04, 2003
Time: 06:51 AM
Comments
Israel i love You,Your beautiful voice, singing and song soar through my days and dreams.
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Name: Carla McKimmy
Email: revolaggin@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, April 03, 2003
Time: 08:27 AM
Comments
Only in the past couple of weeks, due to employment at a Hawaiian Coffee Shop (Keoki’s Surfin’ Ass) here in the mainland, did I meet Iz. I was heart broken to find that he is not alive anymore. Still, Iz, I want to thank you for introducing me to a world of music more beautiful than any I have known and I treasure hearing your voice each morning as I open the shop and play your CDs. You give me peace and I am greatful. Aloha Hawaiian Superman
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Name: Alan Compton
Email: EmeraldHDRider@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, April 02, 2003
Time: 12:05 PM
Comments
I was introduced to his music just recently and now I am a fan of not only his music but also his way of seeing life. Thanks for the music Bruddah Bu.
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Name: Steve
Email: hawaii@nectar-dude.com
URL: http://photos.nectar-dude.com
Date: Tuesday, April 01, 2003
Time: 12:46 PM
Comments
respect!
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Name: Kiana
Email: mauigirl@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Monday, March 31, 2003
Time: 01:42 PM
Comments
I just wanted to commemorate Braddah Iz’s memory. He was a great man. I love the song Hawaii 78 because it is so powerful and moving. I love all of his albums. Even though he is in a better place now, he’s missed so much. Much aloha Braddah Iz.
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Name: Marco
Email: fojfaz@tin.iy
URL:
Date: Monday, March 31, 2003
Time: 11:54 AM
Comments
Form the other side of his world: a great lost…
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Name: Jenni
Email: cowgirl4325@aol.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, March 30, 2003
Time: 05:56 PM
Comments
I just wanna say that IZ is the best! I wish I woulda found out about him sooner but over here in the mainland ya never get to hear any hawaiin music. its really a bummer cause i love it so much. but i really think IZ is an outstanding artist. Go IZ!!!!!
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Name: Tom Campbell
Email: bashovega@aol.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, March 30, 2003
Time: 05:17 AM
Comments
Iz was the voice of Hawaii that can take me back to my childhood on Oahu. I am far away from these beauties now, but whenever I hear Iz sing, I am instantly back in the world which holds still such an enchantment over me. I truley wish that I could have enjoyed his song in person, because if he can be so moving as a recording, I can only dream of what the experience would have been for real.You will never stop giving, thank you.
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Name: Nathan & Kari Chitwood
Email: karic@montanapoms.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, March 29, 2003
Time: 06:06 PM
Comments
We love your Music, Thank you for sharing!!
God Bless You!!
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Name: Carol
Email: overbrook@comcast.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, March 29, 2003
Time: 03:43 PM
Comments
I just discovered Iz while vacationing in Hawaii. I was touched by his music and his message. His voice will live on.
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Name: steve
Email: mailmrp@btinternet.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, March 29, 2003
Time: 01:44 AM
Comments
Hi Folks

Can anyone tell me if i can get a video of IZ in a live concert, did he do any, i got the 2 new DVD’s but i am really wanting a live concert vidoe, CAN ANYONE HELP

thanks

steve
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Name: Yevette Sakamoto
Email: YTAZ2002@aol.com
URL: Honeygurl 96792
Date: Friday, March 28, 2003
Time: 10:28 PM
Comments
My hearfelt sincere to the family of IZ! I am a mother of 3 children and I was born deaf but is partial hard of hearing(on one side), but his music did not stop me from hearing this beautiful sounds of IZ. I can dance hula and so does my girls. These songs brings”happiness” and words that can relates to our daily lives that is the “past, present, and future”! Mahalo nui loa, for the Love that you have given us,and when I was a little girl, u gave me a hug in the backstage at the Kanakapila concert and said to me, “aloha, my love! I will forever cherish that in my heart and I was loved by you, too!
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Name: Yevette Sakamoto
Email: YTAZ2002@aol.com
URL: Honeygurl 96792
Date: Friday, March 28, 2003
Time: 10:20 PM
Comments
My hearfelt sincere to the family of IZ! I am a mother of 3 children and I was born deaf but is partial hard of hearing(on one side), but his music did not stop me from hearing this beautiful sounds of IZ. I can dance hula and so does my girls. These songs brings”happiness” and words that can relates to our daily lives that is the “past, present, and future”! Mahalo nui loa, for the Love that you have given us,and when I was a little girl, u gave me a hug in the backstage at the Kanakapila concert and said to me, “aloha, my love! I will forever cherish that in my heart and I was loved by you, too!
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Name: samuel smit
Email: www.twoinchputt@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Friday, March 28, 2003
Time: 05:18 PM
Comments
I have just discovered israel, and it has brought an inspirational touch to my life. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have helped me throught a great ordeal in my life, Thanks again and god bless Wherever you are

sam
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Name: Em
Email:
URL:
Date: Friday, March 28, 2003
Time: 12:36 AM
Comments
I keep coming back to this message book, because I love reading how more and more people are discovering this wonderful man and the beautiful undying legacy he left us. As far as this “Hawaiian at heart” is concerned, the world needs Iz’s words of love and wisdom more than ever. It’s been a few years now since I was last in Hawaii, and I’m feeling the urge to go back. But till then, Brudda Iz helps to fill the void. Aloha and mahalo, ohana…
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Name: cj curtis
Email:
URL:
Date: Thursday, March 27, 2003
Time: 12:31 PM
Comments
your music did more for me than and therapy or medication ever could…i love you RIP
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Name: Ashley Maka
Email: honeygurlxtc@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Time: 10:11 AM
Comments
braddah iz wuz such a big loss.he had pride in everything he did.he had some of the best songs ever heard.
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Name: Gayle
Email: gak@uwm.edu
URL:
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Time: 05:31 AM
Comments
I had never heard of Iz until I heard him sing Over the Rainbow on ER when Dr. Green died. I was struck by the beauty of Iz’s voice and made it my “duty” to find out more about this man with the incredibly sweet voice. I found a cd and became hooked. I now own five and listen to them constantly at work. So much so that several of my office mates are now also hooked. I was devastated to find out that Iz had died several years ago. I’m just grateful that I’ve “discovered” Iz and will have his music to listen to. Mahalo, Iz!

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Name: EMERSON LAGARDE
Email: ROBOWAN67@HOTMAIL.COM
URL:
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Time: 04:46 AM
Comments
ALL, IS REDUCED IN SIMPLE WORDS, HOW, IZ SAID: “THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC”, A BIG MA, A BIG MEMORIES
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Name: Kanani
Email: hapahawaiian11401@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Time: 04:26 AM
Comments
He had an amzing voice!
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Name: Buffy & Edward Longoria
Email: bafo@dynegy.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2003
Time: 07:17 AM
Comments
My husband and I recently went to Hawaii after the loss of our infant son, Max. During our stay we discovered the beautiful music of Iz. His music is moving and brings tears to both of our eyes. May Iz sing his beautiful words to our loving son in heaven.

Aloha & God Bless, Buffy and Edard Longoria
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Name: Lynne Taylor
Email: lynne.taylor@fvrl.bc.ca
URL:
Date: Monday, March 24, 2003
Time: 05:05 AM
Comments
I was just in Hawaii in February 2002. It was the first time I had ever heard Israel. I was so impressed that I bought one of his CD’s – IZ The Man and His Music – it was wonderful. I was so sorry to learn of his passing. Hawaii lost a beautiful, talented man.

Lynne Taylor
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Name: Loki’ ILeina Ahu Abbott( Rose’ Elaine )
Email: gprose64@prodigy.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2003
Time: 11:16 PM
Comments
Listening to Israel music brings me the greatest memeories of my father, John Hoopii Aina Ahu. I can sit all day and play these cd’s and see my father’s face. The world lost a most wonderful voice. I send my respects to his family and wish them the best…..Mahalo
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Name: Larry Rogers
Email: Bolarark@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, March 21, 2003
Time: 01:28 PM
Comments
On my 25th anniversary I visited the islands of Maui and Oahu. Celebrating my anniversary in Hawaii was a dream come true. You see, I had a friend Richard Takahashi whom I had met in Vietnam in 1966 and the purpose of our visit was two-fold. To visit a great friend from Waialua and celebrate being married for 25 years. While in Maui, before going to see my friend, I heard the music of Brother Iz……absolutely fell in love with the sound. After visiting my fiends Richard and Leanne in Oahu, I found that he had grown up with Iz’s older brother who preceded Israel in death. Felt as if the music and my friendship had some kind of a tie after that revelation. My wife and I have adopted “White Sandy Beach” as our song and I want the song “In dis Life” played at my funeral. We are residents of Arkansas but a part of my heart lives with my friend and his wife in Hawaii…….I hope to return again to that beautiful island and I wish nothing but “ALOHA” to the family of Bruddah IZ………..May God always bless you!
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Name: Nat Erickson
Email: bug261@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Friday, March 21, 2003
Time: 01:25 PM
Comments
Thx Iz, your music is like no other. I wish you were around to translate Na Ka Pueo/Keyhole Hula. I know the song by heart now, but I don’t know what it says. You’ll live forever.
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Name: Sybil Vosler
Email: sybil@unblinkingeye.com
URL:
Date: Friday, March 21, 2003
Time: 06:40 AM
Comments
I just made my first trip to Hawaii (Oahu) and was stunned by its beauty in spite of the highrises, traffic and sprawl. I also discovered IZ though I had heard his Over the Rainbow before. His Hawaiian music is incredibly beautiful and I am saddened to learn he has passed on before I ever found him. I would hope his spirit lives on.
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Name: Jay Owens
Email: jayo@nettaxi.com
URL:
Date: Friday, March 21, 2003
Time: 12:13 AM
Comments
I am heart-broken to find out that the angelic voice that I have come to admire, had fallen silent five years previous. I first found Iz’s music from watching HBO’s “Taxi Cab Confession’s”, at the end of which they play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. Now, you have to understand the magic that was captured in that recording since I am neither a “Wizard of Oz” fan or a friend of Dorothy. However, his version of this song reached deep within my soul and plucked at my heart strings in such a way that I had to find out who the artist was. I was able download many versions of that song from various artists and after previewing about half of them I found Iz. My deepest condolences go out to the family! It has to be comforting to know that though he is not physically with us, he continues to live on in his music and the hearts of those whom continue to discover it. Though I never knew you, I feel as if I have lost a friend.

Jay Owens
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Name: Carolyn Delas
Email: Carolyn_d@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, March 20, 2003
Time: 06:09 PM
Comments
I wish I had found out about Israels music in a way other than being a couch potato watching ER on tv and from a lifetime movie but I cant. His voice is so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes. I was saddened when upon finding this site I realized he is no longer alive. That is such a loss for the world.
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Name: Wayne Corrigan
Email: wlcorrigan@wcb.pe.ca
URL:
Date: Monday, March 17, 2003
Time: 11:25 AM
Comments
Wounderful music.
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Name: Dale & Susan LaCoss
Email: dlacoss@accn.org
URL: internet explorer
Date: Monday, March 17, 2003
Time: 08:43 AM
Comments
We heard Somewhere over the rainbow on ER and loved it but were not sure who did the song, til we went hilo hatties and I was listening to different artist and came across this title and I had to show it to my wife. They where sold out so we check another store and the same. So we had been looking for since here in Michigan and found it at Barnes & Noble. Wish the family well and sorry for there loss. Dale
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Name: FIJI
Email: msufiji@earthlink.net
URL:
Date: Friday, March 14, 2003
Time: 02:35 PM
Comments
3/14/03 We just returned to Michigan from a vacation to Hawai’i where we fell in love with IZ’s music. We heard it at virtually every resort/hotel we stayed at on Hawai’i, Maui and on Oahu. I managed to find and purchase some of his CD’s in Honolulu, but was not aware that “Bruddah IZ” was no longer with us until I arrived home and searched for his website. Nobody mentioned that to us. We are so sad to learn that this gifted, gentle giant is gone. While it is unusually late to offer our condolences to the family (ohana?) now…..we want you to know how much we love the music and aloha feeling that IZ has brought to our lives. We will cherish his music, and life, forever.

(where can I find a translation of Hi’ilawe ?)

Mahalo

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Name: KALONA LEE MUNOZ
Email: KALONA248@AOL.COM
URL:
Date: Friday, March 14, 2003
Time: 09:33 AM
Comments
ONCE I DISCOVERED IZ AND HIS MUSIC I FELT THAT MY LIFE HAD A NEW MEANING. IT BROUGHT TO MY LIFE A GENTLE PEACE. IF YOU SHOULD ANSWER THIS EMAIL I AM TRYING TO PURCHASE AN IZ TEE-SHIRT AND HAVE HAD NO LUCK ON THE INTERNET. MY SOUL IS WITH THIS GREAT MUSICIAN AND HIS FAMILY.

LOVE KALONA
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Name: Maria Nader
Email: naders2@columbus.rr.com
URL:
Date: Friday, March 14, 2003
Time: 05:17 AM
Comments
My nephew introduced me to IZ…What a voice!!!! I was thrilled and find great peace in his music…He will be missed!
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Name: marivic s. pelea
Email: becksayshello@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2003
Time: 10:47 PM
Comments
Like everyone else who first heard Iz’s voice, i was captivated. I caught the tale end of the song somewhere over the rainbow/what a wonderful world at 11.15 last night. Hearing the lyrics and the gentle fusion of 2 classic songs, i knew i had found the song for the graduation class for my nephew next year. While it was never my fashion to call a radio station for the singer’s name, i was moved to do so. I am saddened to realize that i was a little too late to express my appreciation for a wonderful song but rejoicing in the hope that Iz is happier where he is today. May his voice lives on. Please help me in locating this hard-to-find cd. It would be a fitting tribute to play this song for the next generation to appreciate. God bless you all, IZ fans. 🙂
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Name: Leshay Gusman
Email: flirta_grl@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2003
Time: 07:48 PM
Comments
Thanks for putting this site up. His Hawaiian Songs will never be forgotten. He da man iz why!!!! All the way from Kauai… Aloha
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Name: S. Lauria
Email: nwoserrc_sl@noeca.org
URL:
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Time: 09:46 AM
Comments
I heard your beautiful voice and my soul was truly touched. How I felt to discover you and learn that you were gone. You touched the earth with your heavenly voice, and I will thank you always. Rest well.
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Name: Stephanie Sanchez
Email: sikauai@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2003
Time: 03:20 PM
Comments
I just wanted to remember IZ. It looks like it’s been awhile since anyone has signed and I have to stay I haven’t forgotten you BRUDDAH. I still listen to your music and while I walk home from work everyday your Hawaiian Suppa Man still motivates me to walk up the hill home faster. I also watch the videos I have and Joe Black just to hear him. You’re gone but not forgotten. Your music has a message in it. We just have to listen.
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Name: meli
Email:
URL:
Date: Monday, March 10, 2003
Time: 09:26 PM
Comments
he truly had a gift 🙂
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Name: Cynthia Bier
Email: tiabear@attbi.com
URL:
Date: Monday, March 10, 2003
Time: 10:19 AM
Comments
I just wanted to say how much I loved Israels music from the very first time I heard him sing. I haven’t known his music for very long but the songs I have listened to tells me he was awesome, unique, wise, genuine, and a good man of God. His words of wisdom brought tears to my eyes and the songs he sang were so beautiful. I don’t think there will ever be another Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. I know I would have loved to meet him. Some of the things he would talk about in his live versions made me wished that I could have met him and really get to know his life..Very good teacher…
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Name: Tim Vander Stoel
Email: td_upp_racing12@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, March 09, 2003
Time: 03:35 PM
Comments
Iz I never had the chance to meet you in person, but I know some day when my vehicle is all out of gas I will get the wonderful chance to stand tall and enjoy your precince.
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Name: Susan Sullivan
Email: tutti@montana.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, March 08, 2003
Time: 04:36 PM
Comments
IZ’s music has touched my life with his gentleness and his beauty. It saddens me greatly that he has gone on to his great reward. May he rest in peace and love.
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Name: Robert Milkovich
Email: robert.milkovich@sympatico.ca
URL:
Date: Friday, March 07, 2003
Time: 08:20 PM
Comments
I’m coming to Hawaii on Monday, March 10, and was researching Hawaiian culture and history in preparation for my trip. I always like to buy music of every culture I visit – I came across IZ and found samples of his singing on the ‘net. WOW!

I immediately went to the music store to look for his music. I found Facing Future right at the front of the shelf of the World / Hawaiian section – the last copy – I knew it was for me.

I’ve been listening to it for hours. I am transfixed. IZ’s voice is other-worldly – what a gift he had – I’m so sorry he’s gone, for he obviously brought joy and healing through his music to many, many people – why do these spirits go home early? I can’t wait to buy more of his CDs, and to see where he came from.

Thanks to his family and community for bringing him to us and nurturing and encouraging his talent.

I haven’t even arrived in Hawaii yet and already my life has become richer. I wonder what I will experience once there…

Robert Milkovich Toronto, Canada
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Name: James Chubb
Email: JChubb@eastdevon.gov.uk
URL:
Date: Friday, March 07, 2003
Time: 11:58 AM
Comments
I only heard a snippet of his music this morning driving to work and it moved me to find out more. Incredible.
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Name: Roberto García Rojas
Email: robertuz@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Friday, March 07, 2003
Time: 04:51 AM
Comments
Someone said:

The nice souls and voices don´t stay with us for a long time, but they stay enough time to give us the reazon to keep on watching every sunset and every down and giving thanks to the sky for their wonderful gift.

Thanks for your music IZ

Roberto Garcia – Santa Cruz – Bolivia – 2003
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Name: G. borgonovi
Email: borgonovi@tin.it
URL:
Date: Friday, March 07, 2003
Time: 12:17 AM
Comments
today is 07/03/03 and i’m very very sad. i discoverd this beautiful artist only yesterday , when i listened over the raimbow at the end of finding forrester. today i wuold like to know more about this voice and i dicover that he died in 1997 🙁 only 38 years old i think that always in nature the most beautiful things not live for a long tome like butterfly.

in loving memory giulio
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Name: John Brown
Email: johnb@eng.musashi-tech.ac.jp
URL:
Date: Thursday, March 06, 2003
Time: 07:36 PM
Comments
My son introduced me to IZ recently. Great music!
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Name: susan hass
Email: petrifiedwood@rangeweb.net
URL:
Date: Thursday, March 06, 2003
Time: 02:54 PM
Comments
I AM SO SAD TO (JUST) LEARN TODAY THAT ISREAL KAMAKAWIWO’OLE ENTERED THE SPIRIT WORLD. IT WAS JUST RECENTLY THAT I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO SEE THE MOVIE ” MEET JOE BLACK “. I FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS HEART FELT VOICE AND WAS TRYING TO FIND HIS CD ON INTERNET.

THIS HAS EFFECTED ME DEAPLY, AND MY HEARTFELT LOVE GOES TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AND OF COARSE THE WORLD FOR THIS HUGE LOSS TO OUR LIFES. I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE IT. MUST BE THE CREATOR NEEDED HIM MORE THAN US.

I WANT HIS MUSIC TO BE PLAYED AT MY MEMORIAL SERVICE, WHEN I PASS ON. I HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYONE SING > OVER THE RAINBOW AS BEAUTIFUL AND HEARTFELT AS ISREAL.

HIS SWEET,GENTLE,AND LOVING SPIRIT WILL LIVE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER. SUCH A BREAK TO THE HEART AND SPIRIT FOR ALL OF US WHO LOVED HIM. PEACE,JOY,HAPPINESS,AND GREAT HEALTH BE WITH ISREAL’S FAMILY & FRIENDS. I AM BESIDE MYSELF. BEST OF ALL GOOD WISHES, SUSAN HASS
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Name: Kim
Email: ZeRavnArab@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, March 05, 2003
Time: 06:10 PM
Comments
Please accept my condolences to IZ’s FAMILY & FRIENDS even though it is almost 6 yrs later. I can not express in words how empty his loss makes us feel and how we regret not “knowing” of him before his passing.

After spending a week on Oahu this past Jan. I wanted to take home, to Idaho, “the sounds of Hawaii.” I fell in love with the music. While at the Stadium Swapmeet my husband and I kept coming across Israel’s CD’s so we bought one. Yes, I have to admit we had not heard of him.

As I write this I am listening to CD number five of IZ’s, continuing to be touched by his voice and presence. I can’t say that I have had an artist move me as much as IZ has. With the beautiful sound of the Hawaiian language coupled with IZ’s angelic voice equals unparalleled music I don’t think can be found anywhere else. His clarity in melody joined with the ukulele is another sure beat to send chills throughout your body. Even though I listen to a CD every morning before work and sometimes again in the evenings I continue to be moved by IZ just as I was the first time I heard him.

Hawaii ’78 is an especially meaningful song to me but I can’t listen to it without getting choked up. In part it is that song that led me to further research Hawaii’s history.

My apologizes if I have rambled but I just HAD to let someone know how much we DEARLY LOVE IZ & his music. IZ brings out in us all the emotions that are a part of being human. He is a true Hawaiian epitome of what humanity should be.

Sincerely, Kim
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Name: deb wenham
Email: dtwenham@bigpond.net.au
URL:
Date: Tuesday, March 04, 2003
Time: 06:57 PM
Comments
thanks bruddah Iz – your music is finally being heard in Australia- so sorry you are gone.
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Name: Bracy Elton
Email: elton@cray.com
URL:
Date: Monday, March 03, 2003
Time: 11:30 PM
Comments
I am a guitarist and singer and was always struck by the song at the end of Finding Forrester but never got around to learning more about it.

My stepdaughter and her boyfriend were watching the DVD this evening; they left before it was over, so I watched the rest and was reminded of that song. I decided to write down all the words, which I did. Then I sought to find out what I could about the performer, thinking that perhaps I’d write him to learn about the chords, if I didn’t figure it out. I was excited that google.com found some hits, but I was really saddened to learn that Israel died over 5 years ago. What a shocker! Anyway, I aim to learn that song now not just because I really like it, but to honor IZ..
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Name: Ken Posney
Email: ken@kenposney.com
URL: http://www.kenposney.com
Date: Monday, March 03, 2003
Time: 11:30 AM
Comments
I don’t know when I first heard of IZ, but I think his music found me, on Kaua’i…after that, his music did what I think it was meant to do, it changed me. It helped me to understand what is important and who is important. It has changed the way I view everything in my life.

Mahalo Nui,

POZ
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Name: Denise Sagerholm
Email: denise.sagerholm@awi.state.fl.us
URL:
Date: Monday, March 03, 2003
Time: 11:18 AM
Comments
I grew up in Hawaii from 1959 to 1970 and it truly was paradise. I first picked up a ukele when I was five years old and began a love for hawaiian music and culture. We had a family that lived across the street from us in Foster Village, the Pangs, that performed hawaiian music as a family band and I use to hang out there and listen for hours. When I came across BRUDDAH IZ, a couple of years ago, he brought back such excellent memories of my love for Hawaii. I was truly saddened by his passing. Keep his music alive! Aloha!
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Name: aznlurkerz
Email: overmind1b@hotmail.com
URL: none
Date: Sunday, March 02, 2003
Time: 09:57 PM
Comments
Thanks for the inspiration.
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Name: Bob Gappa
Email: bobber@discover-net.net
URL: it is commercial and I won’t post it here
Date: Sunday, March 02, 2003
Time: 12:01 PM
Comments
I miss you brudda IZ. I didn’t know you in this life but you still found me. How big the world looks when I stand but somehow the gods showed me something bigger. I can’t stop these feeling of joy I’ve had since I’ve heard you sing and I don’t want to.

We over look so much in our hurry towards the end we need to stop a moment and realize You now sing in a place my ears can’t hear My heart now carrys a burden of too much joy I want you to have some mahalo
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Name: Charles (Kale) Ott
Email: ott46@aol.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, March 01, 2003
Time: 10:29 AM
Comments
Met brudda IZ in Kaimuki in 1981..I will never forget him, and his music.

I cannot express the peace he brings me… as he has brought to many others I am sure.

Over the Rainbow will be playing in the background as they Read over me…miss ya IZ
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Name: dh
Email: dh@dbhglobal.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, March 01, 2003
Time: 04:41 AM
Comments
Respect…Love…Thanks…
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Name: Jay C. Adams
Email: jca5440@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Friday, February 28, 2003
Time: 11:21 PM
Comments
I moved here from the mainland and I have been inspired by Bruddah IZ’s music. I have met many locals and I have visited many of the places that were depicted in his videos. The islands of Hawaii are a great treasure and deserve much respect that many take forgranted. I am deeply saddened by the loss and I wish that I could have experienced the magic of his music during my visit. God bless you Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and may you rest in peace.

Regards,

Jay C. Adams
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Name: Dawn McAllister
Email: fiercemthr@aol.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2003
Time: 01:36 PM
Comments
Great life (too short), great music, great loss.
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Name: Andrea Taylor
Email: dreataylor@msn.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2003
Time: 12:41 PM
Comments
Every time I hear that voice, I get shivers. At first I want to cry and then I am happy for the beauty that he creates. Each time I sing my son “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, my heart catches in my throat at the depth of feeling that Iz brought to the song. If there is a heaven, I know what we will hear when we get there.
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Name: Mark Rocha
Email: Markarocha@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Time: 02:25 PM
Comments
Hello

I fell in love with Isreal’s song “Over the Rainbow”. So I looked him up. When I saw he had past, I started crying.

Thank you for touching me Bruddah IZ.

Love Mark
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Name: Michael
Email: spirited011@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Time: 11:10 AM
Comments
Israel, Thank You!
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Name: pat finlay
Email: pat.finlay@cox.net
URL: don’t know what this means
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Time: 08:10 AM
Comments
I got lucky and found Bruddah Iz’s CD featured at Borders Book and Music in 2002. When I heard it I was taken aback by the beauty of his voice and bought it immediately. I feel the haunting sound of his voice when he talks about his dad. I looked up this web site today because we are traveling in May to Maui and would of gone wherever he was performing in Hawaii while there. I was shocked and saddened to find out he had died. I’am sorry. I agree with his thoughts on all the changes the Hawaiian Islands have gone through. My prior visit to Maui the local paper had an article on building a multi lane road from the airport to Lahaina. My view is would change the environment in a negative way. I talked to a owner of a business in Maui who said if our governer wasn’t half hawaiian he would of given it all away. I realize that a new governer has been elected and hopefully
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Name: Ngozi  O
Email: toniavic1@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Time: 06:10 AM
Comments
I came to know about your music “Somewhere over the rainbow” and i love it. Your music will ever live – it’s a great loss to all of us.
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Name: Kyle Oi
Email: kyleoi@cox.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2003
Time: 07:33 PM
Comments
Ever since my father brought home that first ablum, I have loved to listen to your music that is ever full of emotion, passion, and love for your home in the Islands. Rest in peace cous and may God bless you for your amazing, beautiful, and loving contribution to this world.
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Name: vyenna
Email: vyenna2003@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2003
Time: 06:31 PM
Comments
rest in peace Bruddah IZ i love listening to your music
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Name: Rudy
Email: lazarus@gwi.net
URL:
Date: Monday, February 24, 2003
Time: 04:12 PM
Comments
My wife and I visited Hawaii last year and heard about the big hawaiian known as IZ, we bought one of his cd’s on our last day in Oahu and now I own all five plus his two most recent videos. What a great man he must have been, I listen to his music almost every day. I have never seen him but I feel as if I personally know him through his music. Mahalo
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Name: Sharolyn
Email: SharolynBW@aol.com
URL:
Date: Monday, February 24, 2003
Time: 03:54 PM
Comments
I had no idea that Iz had passed – I only just came to know his music ——– a friend told me of this “big Hawaiian” whose voice haunted her —— and I’ve been listening ever since…….. I’m so saddened by his death……. and will forever appreciate his love for his native country…. and his beautiful, sincere voice. Facing Future is wonderful…
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Name: Debra Ough
Email: Honolulunights@aol.com
URL:
Date: Monday, February 24, 2003
Time: 09:22 AM
Comments
I love you for the happiness and positive outlook you’ve brought to my life. God Bless You Always!
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Name: Cathy Woodworth
Email: cathyo@svtel.net
URL:
Date: Monday, February 24, 2003
Time: 09:14 AM
Comments
Facing Future is a beautiful CD – I can’t explain the feelings that come to the surface while listening to it, but suffice it to say, I’ve cried more than once. It’s a treasure and am grateful to have such lovely music in my home.
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Name: Tom Parrish
Email: tparrish@cox.net
URL:
Date: Monday, February 24, 2003
Time: 07:07 AM
Comments
Iz’s song “Over the Rainbow” was used at the end of the movie, “Finding Forrester” starring Sean Connery. I have also heard it by telephone when put on hold by the local Apple Computer store in Chandler, AZ. His album, “Facing Future” was sent to me a few months ago by my daughter, who lives in Kaluha, Oahu.

Iz has a beautiful, haunting voice that is most unique. This reminds me of another great voice that died young–Karen Carpenter.
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Name: Keisha
Email: knkersey76@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Monday, February 24, 2003
Time: 05:42 AM
Comments
I can’t remember the first time I heard Bruddah IZ, but I do remember the feeling when I heard his Over the Rainbow medley. It returned when I heard it on a commercial for E- Toys…I cried everytime I saw it. Just saw Finding Forrester and found out who the man was behind the voice that moves me to tears everytime I hear it. I’m anxiously awaiting Facing the Future in the mail to hear more of his work and can’t wait to find out more about him.
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Name: JG
Email: jonola@torg.is
URL:
Date: Sunday, February 23, 2003
Time: 12:33 PM
Comments
Great, great artist. Regards from Iceland…
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Name: Kona Dickson
Email:
URL:
Date: Sunday, February 23, 2003
Time: 06:09 AM
Comments
Mahalo Nui Loa for da tunes. Your music is legendary and you will continue to live through your music. I’m sure you are serenading the heavens.
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Name: Gale Day
Email: galebug@sbcglobal.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2003
Time: 02:38 PM
Comments
I am totally blown away by the beauty of this mans voice and his ability to storytell. I am late to discover him but am haunted by his music.
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Name: Michael Soudant
Email: Msoudant@aol.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2003
Time: 09:36 PM
Comments
What a gift for beauty this man had. I only heard his music a few days ago and I rushed out to buy some to hear. “In This Life” is a beautiful an anthem to love and hope as I have ever heard. I miss him though I will never meet him
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Name: Conor Shanahan
Email: cinemanshanahan@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2003
Time: 02:05 PM
Comments
I have recently come into playing the ukulele and iz has been my inspiration. Never have i heard more of an angelike voice, and coming from such a beautiful man. I am working on Somewhere over the Rainbow, and im dedicating my performance to bruddah Iz.

Peace and love to you Iz, and to all.
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Name: del ‘trotter’ mcfadden
Email: trotterv1@uboot.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2003
Time: 03:16 AM
Comments
he was the best bruddah that anyone would ever want
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Name: kOrI
Email: rOxY_gUrL_8o8@yahoo.com
URL: http://www.geocities.com/rOxY_gUrL_8o8/rOxY.html
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Time: 02:29 PM
Comments
He WuZ dA bEsTeSt MaN iN dA wHoLe WoRlD…a TrUe KiNd HeArTeD bRaDdAh! 🙂
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Name: lori claudio
Email: Lclaudio49@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Time: 11:33 AM
Comments
I have heard Iz for the first time, this week. My God, he had the voice of an angel! What a loss!!!!!
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Name: Lee
Email:
URL:
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Time: 03:07 PM
Comments
Truly love the voice of braddah Iz. His voice puts you in another state of mind, the words touches your soul. Miss you braddah IZ.

It is sad that hawaiian music didn’t make it to the grammys, please visit http://www.petitiononline.com/mapoeha/petition.html He may not be here to accept the award but let’s hope in due time they will put a section in there for hawaiian music so people like Iz is awarded for their lovely talents
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Name: Robert L.Vowel
Email: thevowels@shaw.ca
URL:
Date: Monday, February 17, 2003
Time: 05:25 PM
Comments
May Hawaii never forget him !! I am from Calgary, Alberta ,Canada and we will always enjoy his music!!
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Name: Robert L.Vowel
Email: thevowels@shaw.ca
URL:
Date: Monday, February 17, 2003
Time: 05:23 PM
Comments
May Hawaii never forget him !!
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Name: Leilani Fraser
Email: llfraser@doc.govt.nz
URL:
Date: Monday, February 17, 2003
Time: 11:28 AM
Comments
Tena Koutou Katoa …

I’m from Aotearoa, New Zealand and like many others I discovered Iz’ music after he passed away. I watched the movie “Race the Sun” (featuring Halle Berry) which was filmed in Hawai’i and heard a snippet of the song “Hawai’i 78” towards the end of the movie. I didn’t know who was singing the song, but I noted on the credits that the singer was Iz. That song is definitely my favourite.

A truly beautiful man, with a wonderful voice …

Moe mai i roto i te Ariki, e te tama.

Kia Ora Koutou, Leilani xxxx
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Name: Tia
Email: Nahiku_gurl@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2003
Time: 07:36 PM
Comments
Braddah Iz was 1 great singa. His songs made me feel really happy when i was down. my favortie songs was in dis life, and wind beneath my wings/he hawaii au. GOD BLESS. kia’i luna makou o BRADDA IZ a ho’omaika’i akua!
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Name: Titus Martin
Email:
URL:
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2003
Time: 05:38 PM
Comments
I am from Arkansas and just recently heard his music and was changed forever on how I view music. I play tuba in my high school band and I play guitar. I recently picked up on ukulele. I wish I could have met him. He has got to be the coolest guy ever. He is truly my hero.
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Name: Michael Mervilde
Email: crisis2081@aol.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2003
Time: 11:13 AM
Comments
Your voice could move mountains. Rest easy.
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Name: Susan
Email: wiselady51@wideopenwest.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2003
Time: 04:50 AM
Comments
Blessings to those who have found IZ. His music has made my life richer.

Peace to his family.
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Name: Heath Howes
Email: bananaz@xtra.co.nz
URL:
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2003
Time: 12:44 AM
Comments
I just wanted to let you know that his beautiful music finally reached us here in New Zealand Via the TV Show ER. Since hearing the song “Over the Rainbow” I have listened to this talented artist and can only wish that he provides the same amount of joy and happiness through his music as he has provided me where-ever he may be….
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Name: Marguerite
Email: magpie@cascadeaccess.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2003
Time: 10:18 PM
Comments
I love to keep coming here to read about how much other people love Iz,too. I am so glad that I have a chance to listen to his music and his messages, and will always be so sorry that I did not even know about him until he was gone.I still cry over him. I am a jeweler, and play his music almost exclusively as I work. His voice and his love and his fun are built in to what I make. How is it that there are so many of us so deeply touched by him? And I can’t even speak the language. Amazing. BIG ALOHA.
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Name: Paulette Bopp
Email: paulettebopp@earthlink.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2003
Time: 12:10 PM
Comments
I go to Hawaii every year and this past December I was shopping in a store and they were playing an IZ CD…well I came home with three CD’s and play them constantly in my car. I am a huge fan, what a gift this man left to the world!
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Name: Celeste Kaneakua
Email:
URL:
Date: Friday, February 14, 2003
Time: 08:23 PM
Comments
Well im only 15 years old. Ever since i was small i have always looked up to him. Him and his music has always touched our hearts. “my family” Braddah IZ is my angle who is also my best friend.

Dearest Braddah Iz and his family, well at least we no that he (you) is in a better place and well taken cared of.

Braddah IZ you will always be in my heart…
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Name: Celeste Kaneakua
Email:
URL:
Date: Friday, February 14, 2003
Time: 08:22 PM
Comments
Well im only 15 years old. Ever since i was small i have always looked up to him. Him and his music has always touched our hearts. “my family” Braddah IZ is my angle who is also my best friend.

Dearest Braddah Iz and his family, well at least we no that he (you) is in a better place and well taken cared of.

Braddah IZ you will always be in my heart…
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Name: Mike Evans
Email: mwevans58@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Friday, February 14, 2003
Time: 07:27 PM
Comments
I have just started listening to IZ’s music and learning about him. For the past few days, I have been able to think of little else. I found his CD ALONE IN IZ WORLD and have been listening to it almost non-stop. There has never been another artist that has touched me like this. I can’t explain what it is that I feel about this man and his music. I’m listening to music that I don’t understand the words–and I love it! Music has never meant so much to me. Perhaps I have been “touched by an angel”. Thanks IZ!
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Name: Mike Evans
Email: mwevans58@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Friday, February 14, 2003
Time: 07:15 PM
Comments
I have just started listening to IZ’z musuc and learning about him. For the past few days I have been able to think of little else. I found his CD ALONE IN IZ WORLD
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Name: A Loving Fan
Email:
URL:
Date: Friday, February 14, 2003
Time: 08:01 AM
Comments
Happy Valentine’s day IZ….our hearts are forever yours.
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Name: Louise Fayollet
Email: louisexpress@caramail.com
URL:
Date: Monday, February 10, 2003
Time: 03:13 PM
Comments
I am very impressed and disapointed about the story of IZ i HOPE PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE TO DISCOVER THIS ARTIST
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Name: michael sears
Email: lego1959@yahoo.com
URL: be send a video of the israel kamakawiwo.ole
Date: Monday, February 10, 2003
Time: 09:49 AM
Comments
michael sears 95 kawananakoa lp honolulu,hawaii 96813
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Name: Tony Williams
Email: rallywilliams@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, February 09, 2003
Time: 02:51 AM
Comments
a great loss to all of us, such a devine voice
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Name: Leonard and Sachiko
Email: archiesboy@eudoramail.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, February 08, 2003
Time: 05:57 PM
Comments
I just found out about Iz about a month ago, and I brought home one of his DVDs tonight. My wife and I just watched. What a fabulous person! What grief to find out that he has already passed on. Our prayers and blessings to him, his family and friends.

Leonard & Sachi Los Angeles
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Name: Patrizio Visco
Email: patrizio.visco@iol.it
URL:
Date: Saturday, February 08, 2003
Time: 07:18 AM
Comments
Great and immense anyhow…
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Name: Jordan
Email: JOrdanm6453@aol.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, February 06, 2003
Time: 06:51 PM
Comments
Hey i just like say Izrael miss ya and i love your music.
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Name: Sue Lee
Email: sklee123@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, February 06, 2003
Time: 11:34 AM
Comments
I bought IZ in Concert when I was in Maui. Really enjoyed his music. His music comes from the heart and it is so real.

It wasn’t until today that I learned that he is no longer on the earth.

I just want to say that his life is well lived.

Thank you.
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Name: Manuel Markewitz
Email:
URL: http://www.ignorama1.de
Date: Wednesday, February 05, 2003
Time: 01:13 PM
Comments
Hi, Im from Germany and i will say some german worts to Israel K.

Er hatte die Stimme eines Engels, und ich hoffe das er die Menschen die ihn kannten verzaubern konnten, nein, ich weiß es!

M.M.
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Name: Joni Goeders
Email: joni.a.goeders@lmco.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, February 05, 2003
Time: 07:42 AM
Comments
Recently found IZ and his music on a trip to Kauai in Dec. 02. I have fallen in love with this gentle giant. He will be missed by all who knew him – the world lost a lot when he passed.

Would love to have more information on the man IZ or communicate with those who still regard him as a Hawaiian hero he was.
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Name: Schober
Email:
URL: www.bluescreenshome.de
Date: Wednesday, February 05, 2003
Time: 07:18 AM
Comments
i heared his cover of “somewhere over the rainbow”. and i think it’s one of the greatest songs i’ve ever heared and i thing nobody in heaven can play the ukulele as god as he did…
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Name: Sean Hornof
Email: seanhornof@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, February 04, 2003
Time: 09:18 PM
Comments
I have just recently heard his music. I love it. In trying to decide what to buy I considered Makaha sons as a close competitor with IZ only to find out he sang with the group. Best wishes to his family who where blessed while here.
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Name: Scott Mitchell
Email: scott@scottmitchell.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, February 04, 2003
Time: 11:12 AM
Comments
I heard his music playing at Borders the other day and had to by it! I’ve been to Hawaii several time and feel a spiritual connection to the islands. I’ve been listening to the CD continually for 3 days now and it lifts me and at the same time brings me saddness and longing for Hawaii.

Bless you IZ

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Name: chris saxer
Email: chris@cpsaxer.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, February 02, 2003
Time: 03:08 PM
Comments
IZ lives on in his wonderful music…what a beautiful voice. It’s just great that many still discover him.

What a loss.
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Name: katlup
Email:
URL:
Date: Sunday, February 02, 2003
Time: 11:32 AM
Comments
I cannot say how wonderful his music makes me feel. It is gentle loving music in harmony with the essence of Hawaii.
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Name: matt
Email: barefrun@aol.com
URL: www.teddynet.tk
Date: Saturday, February 01, 2003
Time: 06:52 PM
Comments
i was just given one of iz’s cds, and i was touched. thankyou, wherever you are.
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Name: Brandee Puanani Pang
Email: b_puanani@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, February 01, 2003
Time: 08:44 AM
Comments
What a wonderful tribute to an outstanding artist.
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Name: Horst Schwarz
Email: horst.schwarz@gmx.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, February 01, 2003
Time: 04:29 AM
Comments
Lieber Israel,

du wirst uns unvergessen bleiben!

HS, Munich03
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Name: Jessica
Email: 05jebird@ksbe.edu
URL:
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Time: 09:24 PM
Comments
Bruddah IZ is forever the most talented and deep man to ever step foot on Hawai’i. Even though he no longer lives his music is still heard throughout the island. So even though his body is no longer here, his beautiful soul lives on through his song. Even when we seem to lose out roots, Iz will always be able to show us what where are home is. My heart goes out to you. ‘Oi aku ka nui o kona pu’uwai ma mua o ka moana. Aloha.
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Name: Dan Ellestad
Email: tscnfl@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Time: 07:47 PM
Comments
I’m 38 years old,I work construction. last summer I herd the story of IZ on the radio he talked about IZ’s life and how he had passed away. he played over the rainbow and here- ing that song made me cry so hard I could’nt go into the store I was parked in front of.5 months later I finnaly get a computer and E-mailed (Down home music .com)and asked them about this guy that did an awsome remake of Over the rainbow. He gave me his name and the name of the CD and I went down town and bought it. I’ve Had the CD for4 hours now and I haven’t stoped crying yet. Im so saddened for not knowing of him when he was with us.Tomarrow I’m going to buy the rest of the copies and bless my friend with his beutiful voice. GOD BLESS IZ AND HIS FAMILY!!!
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Name: Erik T. Eicholtz
Email: eich10@iolky.com
URL: www.61south.com
Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Time: 02:59 PM
Comments
If it weren’t for N.B.C. using Iz’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, I may have never heard one of the most beautiful voices ever known to man!!! When it was played on “ER”, I froze in my chair and cried like a baby. I could not rest till I found out who sang it. His voice has moved me like no other ever has. If it wasn’t for the World Wide Web, I may have never found him. I just ordered one of his cd’s and am sure to order them all. Thanks so much for this web site and may Iz’s voice live forever through his recordings!!! Erik T. Eicholtz, drummer for Lew Jetton and 61 South.
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Name: Bruddah Kani
Email: kanikoila@hawmail.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Time: 11:36 AM
Comments
iz was the GREATEST that ever lived! I LOVE IZ FOREVER< HE RULES, freaking yah, dude he is a dude of coolness
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Name: alice
Email: njali53@cox.net
URL:
Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Time: 10:51 AM
Comments
Iz, your words bring me back home to Hawaii each time I hear you. I hear the ocean pounding the shore, feel the caress of the breeze against my cheek, and smell the fragrence of plumeria. I am miles away from the snow and cold and running barefoot along the shore. You are close, bruddah, very close. Mahalo. Aleka
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Name: Kainoa Hudman
Email: Kainoa1437@aol.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2003
Time: 11:27 AM
Comments
I jus wanted to say that IZ has helped me through somemany roads in my life….even with his passing he will always be remembered… We love you
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Name: Tim
Email: wildepuzzles@msn.com
URL:
Date: Thursday, January 23, 2003
Time: 09:56 PM
Comments
I only recently came to know of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole through the movie ‘Finding Forester’ – the movie was excellent, but what I couldn’t get out of my head was the glorious rendition of ‘Over the rainbow/wonderful world’ at the end of the film. I practically wore out the video tape rewinding and playing it over and over again! My very sweet and observant wife presented me with the appropriate CD for Christmas, and I’ve since purchased another – give me time and I’m sure I’ll eventually get them all!

Though I’ve lived in the US for a few years I’m originally from Australia – which goes some way to explaining my ignorance of the music – but I’ve since been singing it’s praises to all and sundry back home, and in fact searched for a site like this to direct friends and family to. The astonishing part about finding the site was to discover that ‘Iz’ and I share exactly the same birthday – right down to the same year, 1959! Makes his untimely passing even sadder in a sense for me.

It’s a lovely site and a great tribute to him, as well as to the many people who obviously cared deeply for the man and his astonishing voice and music.
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Name: Tim Ewick
Email: KNIGHTLY12@aol.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Time: 06:45 AM
Comments
Though his light may have faded, the hope and light in his music lives on. I am saddened to lose this unknown friend.
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Name: C. Shawn Sapriken
Email: dyrt2@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2003
Time: 12:02 PM
Comments
I live in Canada and my girlfriend lives in America, with over 800 highway miles between us. I spent this last Christmas with her – two weeks that was entirely to short – and the experience was bittersweet. It was my first trip to the US, and the first time in months that I saw my girl. During the Christmas holidays, she introduced me to Iz’s music, specifically “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World”. Normally, I listen to metal or industrial music because it expresses the anger and frustration I sometimes feel but have no outlet for. Izrael’s voice and music are a salve, taking me away to a place of peace and calm and daydreams. I didn’t know him, and more the pity, I will never get the chance. But, he left his beautiful music and spirit, neither of which will pass away but instead live on in the hearts of those who were privileged to share his joy and unabashed love of life through his enchanting Hawaiian stylings. “Somewhere…” has become “our song”, mine and my girl’s, and listening to it helps to ease the time and distance between us, it’s bittersweetness giving voice to our own. Goodbye, Iz. You are loved and missed.
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Name: Richard
Email: booboo_rdw@iwon.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2003
Time: 06:35 AM
Comments
ISRAEL KAMAKAWIWO’OLE is the best of all time. He is missed by us all.
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Name: justin brown
Email: liftdram4u2nv@aol.com
URL:
Date: Monday, January 20, 2003
Time: 09:12 PM
Comments
i was never fortunate enough to meet iz but in a way i feel i have, i have been going through a tough time lately and i was introduced to his beautiful music from my parents. they went to the island of kauai, and brought me back his c.d. i cannot thank his family enough for allowing the rest of the world to experience his views and music. he was a beautiful artist who has helped me get through the toughest time of my life. his song”in this life” is so moving, i listen to it all the time. i just wanted to take a moment and let his family know i really admire him and look up to him, and thank them for sharing his music with the world. thanks you som much he was a great man. Love, justin brown
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Name: Stephan Circle
Email: Circ360LC@yahoo.com
URL: ?
Date: Monday, January 20, 2003
Time: 06:25 PM
Comments
I am just a typical middle america teen, and i’ve never really heard music that touched me like iz’s. My father who happened to decide on ukelele’s as the flavor of the week happened to be playing one of iz’s cd’s and i loved it. I can’t seem to find better lyric’s with more meaning anywhere. In this life is My girlfriend and i’s song and i love it! Iz still lives on in my heart, and many others. -Circ
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Name: Ed Hughs
Email: shughs@nmsu.edu
URL:
Date: Sunday, January 19, 2003
Time: 04:55 PM
Comments
I have just discovered his music this Christmas through the gift of a CD from a friend and I like it.
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Name: Alvin Umphfres
Email: alumphfres@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, January 19, 2003
Time: 02:45 PM
Comments
The album, “Facing Future” was the album that my wife and I listened to the most on our second trip to Kauai – everyday, rain or shine.

It was only today (01/19/03) that I realize that IZ passed away before I got a chance to know him.

Now he definitely ‘somewhere over the rainbow.’
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Name: Susan Pojmanski
Email: captainjimstar@msn.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, January 19, 2003
Time: 01:31 PM
Comments
Truely a musical angel. He gives me goosebumps.
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Name: Stewart Miura
Email: chevrolet83@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Sunday, January 19, 2003
Time: 12:26 PM
Comments
The first time I started to listen to hawaiian was about a year and a half to two years. My Mother always listened to hawaiian music and I started getting into it and she has some tapes from Bruddah Iz and I asked who this singer was and she told me that it is Iz and I started to listen to his music and it turned my life around from his music and even though I have never met him or went to his funeral but through his music it feels like I have known him for a long time through his music. Every time I listen to his music, I get serenity because he sings calmly and how the way he sings his songs.
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Name: Nino
Email: a.volpe@iconet.it
URL:
Date: Sunday, January 19, 2003
Time: 06:26 AM
Comments
Thank you Israel, for what you gave us
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Name: Gilbert Hawkins
Email: Ghawk12345@aol.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2003
Time: 04:30 PM
Comments
I was at a Borders book store in Chicago and his “Facing Future” was being played over the PA.I enjoyed every song so much that I bought the CD.I’m surprised that I haven’t heard of him before (I’m 68 years old and have gone to Hawaii 5 times and hope to go back again) I’m sure he’s being missed, A new fan, – Gilbert Hawkins
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Name: Manny Causland
Email: manmarjejo@aol.com
URL:
Date: Friday, January 17, 2003
Time: 03:24 AM
Comments
My wife just lost her parents to cancer with in a seven month period. We heard IZ’s version of Over the rainbow/What a wonderful world.

For christmas I bought her the CD Facing the future and we played it christmas morning and we all had a good cry. This man has a powerful voice and the emotion that comes through just chills you to the bone.

May God bless IZ and his family, and may the world rejoice in his music.
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Name: PAT ESPASANDIN
Email: TNPESPASANDIN421
URL:
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2003
Time: 01:21 PM
Comments
I JUST RECENTLY DISCOVERED IZ MUSIC HE HAD A GREAT BEAUTFUL VOICE AND I HAVE PURCHASED HIS CD AND 2 DVDS MY 5 YR OLD SON HAS AUTISUM AND HE TOTALLY ENOYS IZ MUSIC AND MOST OFF HIS DVDS HE WATCHES THEM OVER AND OVER. IZ IS ALLIVE IN HIS MUSIC AND VIDEOS AND WHAT A GREAT GIFT FROM GOD HE WAS AND IS… PAT ESPASANDIN AND FAMILY 1/16/03
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Name: Gimaywon
Email: gim_n@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2003
Time: 04:19 PM
Comments
I really enjoy listening to you sing, i can always feel your song, and i am lifted. Facing the future always motivates me to move on. Many condolences to Izs’ family.

Mahalo
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Name: island girl
Email: honey_girl_692005
URL:
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2003
Time: 10:49 AM
Comments
HIS MUSIC HAS LIFT MY SOUL LEAVING ME WITHOUT DOUBT, THERE WERE TIMES WHEN I THOUGHT LIFE WAS NOTHING AND HIS SONGS KEPT ME STRONG, COMING FROM A NATIVE HAWAIIAN BACKGROUND IT HURTS TO SEE MY PEOPLE SUFFER WITH ALL THIS RACISM AND THE ILLEGAL BATTLES WE HAD TO FACE, IF I HAD ONE WISH IT WOULD BE FOR MY PEOPLE TO LIVE WITH OUT SHAME AND SELF DOUBTS TO COME TOGETHER AND UNITE, PRESERVE OUR LANGUAGE AND CULTURE, TAKE BACK WHAT WE SHOULD ALREADY OWN.

WE SHALL OVER COME NOT LATER BUT NOW.

ISLAND GIRL
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Name: Aaron Tumale
Email: Ronimac87@aol.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2003
Time: 04:55 PM
Comments
Bruddah Iz was more than a man. He was what legends, heroes, and greatness was made of. From his first record he was already destined for huge things. And the music he played reflected the fact that his heart was bigger than all of it. Aloha Bruddah Iz.
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Name: Nick Moran
Email: stlambertman@netscape.net
URL:
Date: Monday, January 13, 2003
Time: 09:31 AM
Comments
His music touched me deeply
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Name: Nathan Daum
Email: allieverdoissurf@hotmail.com
URL: none
Date: Sunday, January 12, 2003
Time: 07:31 PM
Comments
My best friend brought me back a copy of the album “Facing Future” after his last trip to the islands. I listened to the cd for the first time as I was driving back to my house on christmas night. My friend told me that I would love it. I do. I was instantly carried away by the light (but oh so pure) voice and easy strumming guitar. I don’t listen to that cd, I feel it. It resonates throughout my body to the very depths of my heart. What peacefulness there is! What tranquility! My soul has been touched. Mahalo.
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Name: Elder Louis L. Martin Jr.
Email: mafhawaii@hotmail.com
URL:
Date: Friday, January 10, 2003
Time: 09:40 PM
Comments
Music has always been part of the lives of the Hawaiian people. For Brother Iz it was his love for music that made him what he is today, a legend. Brother Izrael Kamakawiwo’ole is now singing for our Heavenly Father, and if you beleive and listen very carefully, you can still hear the voice of our Brother Iz. Sing my brother for I will remember you always and someday I will sing along with you. “Meke Aloha Pua Ole A Hui Hou”
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Name: Ant
Email: ant32@shaw.ca
URL:
Date: Wednesday, January 08, 2003
Time: 02:08 PM
Comments
Bruddah IZ, though sadly gone on, has changed my life forever. Recently I visited the islands for the first time and caught the Hawaiian bug which makes soooo many return. I have been learning the ukulele and IZ has been my biggest inspiration. Now I want to learn and sing in the Hawaiian language as well. Not to mention go back.

Thank you cousin IZ, your words and music have changed a bug to a deep seated love and respect of all things Hawaiian. I truly feel I am now a Hawaiian at heart, and it is now my goal in life to spread the Aloha. Mahalo dear IZ!
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Name: Jean Landers
Email: Jean.H.Landers@kp.org
URL: none
Date: Wednesday, January 08, 2003
Time: 08:41 AM
Comments
A good friend who has been working in Hawaii gave me IZ’s Facing Future CD for Christmas. I had to go buy a CD player so I could listen to it. I have enjoyed it so very much that I want more of his music. IZ’s music resonates in my soul and has made me both laugh and cry. IZ tells the stories of his people with his music – people who were treated in many ways even less well than some of my ancestors were. I am part Native American – Cherokee. May IZ and his music live forever.
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Name: Kathy m.l. Keliiheleua
Email: hawaiian_prid80
URL:
Date: Wednesday, January 08, 2003
Time: 08:18 AM
Comments
I really enjoy listioning to his music. I am really sad that he had passed a way. I was one of many people who came to the funeral and bareal.
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Name: Celeste Cecchini
Email: PHAROAHCC@attbi.com
URL:
Date: Tuesday, January 07, 2003
Time: 07:56 PM
Comments
I am new to IZ but have come to love his beautiful voice. He was sent here for a reason. I think his voice lifts us to a higher place if only for a moment. His lovely voice sings out even if his worldly body is gone. Love, Celeste
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Name: Marc
Email: marc.lansard@libertysurf.fr
URL:
Date: Tuesday, January 07, 2003
Time: 11:09 AM
Comments
Hello, I My name is Marc as you can see, I’m 17 years old. I live in Lyon. This summer my great sister died after a car crash. She was 22 years old, her name is Gaëlle. She will stay forever in my heart and I would never forget her. At this time I work as I can in my college. 4or 5 months ago, one of my school’s friend sent me this really really beautiful song. I immediatly loved it. It was so nice, that ‘s why when I listened to it, I always think to my sister. Since the beginning I spent many hours to listen this music. But as you can see, I can’t speak, understand, and write english very well. That’s the reason why I don’t really understand these lyrics of this song. Today I decided to search them by internet, and I came here. I’ve read some of your message and I start to understand better what is the story of this song. And now I like IZ more than before. This coincidence! Whithout knowing lyrics, I felt that this song has been writen in order to recall, to remember somebody… Now, I am more and more interested by this song. If anybody could help me to understand this music (by sending me the lyrics and/or recounting Bruddah’s life) I would be really pleased. I hope you will send me back.

To Gaëlle, my loved sister, and to Bruddah.

Marc

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Name: Marjie Pinard
Email: marjie@michiana.org
URL:
Date: Sunday, January 05, 2003
Time: 06:22 PM
Comments
My sister and I both loved Iz’s songs of his heart. It wasn’t until the death of our dear brother Mike that we found he too loved Iz. My tears flow reading about Iz… for both him and Mike. Mike was disabled for years and lived in much pain. Yet he took care of our father ( who died 3 months before Mike) and endured many emotional and physical injuries from our brother Stas who lived in the same house. But Mike had the best gift that any person could have…a FRIEND named Eugene. Eugene and his wife had visited Hawaii , and purchased Iz’s tape. At Mike’s funeral, Gene told us how he had played it for Mike and told him that he wanted it played at his funeral. Mike said “Gene, you have to promise me that you will play it for my funeral.” Gene did.

And at that time, my soul heard all the angels!
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Name: Bethany
Email: bethanyann621@yahoo.com
URL:
Date: Saturday, January 04, 2003
Time: 08:50 PM
Comments
I just “found” Israel this week. My friend had his “Somewhere over the Rainbow” tribute playing…I fell in love with that song and wanted to hear more of his songs. My friend Laura and I fell in love w/ Israel’s music instantly and she went to the website to find that he was no longer w/ us. It saddens me to know that such a wonderful person could be gone… I want to tell his wife to be strong and his daughter to remember him well. My dad died when I was 4, and I want to tell her that she will see pieces of him coming through in her. Little quirks, and personality traits will become apparent. Sweetheart, that is him living on in your heart…and I know that he must be….Rest in peace Iz.
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Name: Jillian Champlin
Email: jillian@rnetinc.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, January 04, 2003
Time: 11:53 AM
Comments
Israel’s music is the most touching and relaxing music i have ever heard i am 15 and i have decided that israel’s music is my favorite and he is my favorite singer. i am deeply sorry to find that a man that has touched me so with his words is gone is heart wrenching and i want to thank him so much for singing……..god bless
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Name: matt johnson
Email: jawa@wwt.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, January 04, 2003
Time: 10:50 AM
Comments
i just discovered iz’s music, and i am very touched by it.

iz will be greatly missed.

matt johnson
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Name: Amit Margalit
Email: amit@hishome.net
URL:
Date: Saturday, January 04, 2003
Time: 07:21 AM
Comments
A year and a half ago I first heard your voice, and lived for about 2 months not knowing you have left us by then. For me you left the day I learned of this.

You have influenced my life more profoundly even than most people I have met. I have never met you, but I will miss you dearly.

Aloha ia’oe. E ola mau kau ‘uhane ma ka pu’uwai ko kakou!

Amit
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Name: Patsy Chandler
Email: pchandler7@austin.rr.com
URL:
Date: Friday, January 03, 2003
Time: 02:11 PM
Comments
I have recently discovered the magic of IZ and am spellbound. I lived in the beautiful, mostly unspoiled Hawaii from about 1953 – 1956 and find that the music of IZ captures that wonderful time before Hawaii was a state and so commercialized and full of tourists!
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Name: Carlos
Email:
URL:
Date: Friday, January 03, 2003
Time: 09:06 AM
Comments
Wonderful singer, nice song used in Young americans tv series.
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Name: martine
Email:
URL:
Date: Thursday, January 02, 2003
Time: 04:55 PM
Comments
Amazing!!! his voice is rare and can never be replaced!
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Name: Marco Aicardi
Email:
URL:
Date: Thursday, January 02, 2003
Time: 12:18 PM
Comments
I’ve heard “Over the Rainbow”: FANTASTIC!!!

I’m sorry not having heard him before his death.

Rest in Peace.

Marco
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Name: Dennis Gurwell
Email: dennisgu@mindspring.com
URL: bonnemusiquezydeco.com
Date: Wednesday, January 01, 2003
Time: 01:39 PM
Comments
I had the privilege of seeing IZ with the Makaha Sons of Niihau on New Year’s Eve in, I believe, 1978, in a bar just outside Honolulu. It was one of the most memorable musical experiences of my life. I will never forget the beautiful voices of IZ, his brother Skippy, and the rest of the guys in the band. I’ve been away from the Islands for about 13 years, but recently got re-aquainted with IZ’s music on a trip to Kauai this past Christmas. It seemed that wherever I went, someone was playing one of IZ’s CD’s.

Although, I am sad at his passing, I’m thankful he was here long enough to leave the rest of us his beautiful voice and music.
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  • He has a lovely haunting voice and am deeply honoured to have heard his songs but alas what a sad loss. No matter where you are your music lives on and on. Thank you

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