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Israel Kamakawiwoʻole


Hawaii’s beloved entertainer who all became a country wide superstar in 1993 and tragically passed away just 4 years afterwards. He started playing music with old sibling and cousin at age eleven and continuing after both his companions went their split methods. His medley of “Someplace Within the Rainbow” and “Just what a Great Globe” reached #12 over the Billboard graphs and was applied to it series Glee, Scrubs, ER, and Lifestyle on Mars. The favorite Hawaiian musician and professional Moe Keale was his uncle. His music was found in the film Match Joe Dark, which starred Brad Pitt.

Quick Facts

Full Name Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
Date Of Birth May 20, 1959
Died June 26, 1997, The Queen's Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Place Of Birth Honolulu, HI
Height 1.88 m
Profession Folk Singer
Education University of Hawaii at Hilo
Nationality American
Spouse Marlene Kamakawiwoʻole
Children Ceslie-Ann "Wehi" Kamakawiwo'ole
Parents Evangeline Leinani Kamakawiwo?ole, Henry Kaleialoha Naniwa Kamakawiwo?ole, Jr., Over the Rainbow, Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World, What a Wonderful World
Siblings Skippy Kamakawiwoʻole
Awards Echo Award for Song of the Year
Music Groups Mākaha Sons
Nominations Echo Award for Best International Rock/Pop Male Artist
Movies Iz: Hot Hawaiian Nights, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole: The Man and His Music
Star Sign Taurus

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1Practiced in the Robert Louis Stevenson hut located where producer/performer Anthony Begonia used to live.



Hawaii Five-02015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Nostalgia Critic2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Impossible2012performer: "Kamalani"
Sykt lykkelig2010performer: "Over the Rainbow" - as Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole
Hubble 3D2010Documentary short performer: "Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World"
So You Think You Can Dance2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
Qwerty2007-2009TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Èxit2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rachael Ray2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cold Case2005-2008TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Forgetting Sarah Marshall2008performer: "'Ulili A" / performer: "Ka Huila Wai", "Henehene Kou 'Aka", "Aloha Ka Manini" - as Israel 'Iz' Kakakawiwo'ole
Página 22007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Fred Claus2007performer: "What a Wonderful World" - as Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole
Life on Mars2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten2007Documentary performer: "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"
Las Vegas2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
ER2002-2006TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Snakes on a Plane2006performer: "Henehene Kou'aka" - as Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole
Scrubs2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
Son of the Mask2005performer: "What A Wonderful World" - as Israel 'IZ' Kamakawiwo'ole
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School2005performer: "Over the Rainbow" 1939 - as Israel 'Iz' Kamakawiwo'ole
50 First Dates2004performer: "Over the Rainbow"
Charmed2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tempted2003TV Movie performer: "Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World"
Pasadena2002TV Series performer - 1 episode
Made2001performer: "Henehene Kou 'Aka"
Finding Forrester2000performer: "Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World"
Meet Joe Black1998performer: "Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World"
In God's Hands1998performer: "Hawaii 78"



Tempted2003TV Movie



Bu Lai'a the Hawaiian Superman1994Video shortHimself
Bu Lai'a the Hawaiian Superman1993TV SeriesHimself

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