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Celebrate the Life and Music of Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo`ole OFFICIAL VIDEO

This slide show of “White Sandy Beach” was created in honor of Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo`ole’s 50th Birthday on May 20th 1959. It includes never before seen family photos from IZ’s wife Marlene. We posted 2 versions to IZ’s Facebook Fan Page and let his fans decide between “Hawaii ’78” and “White Sandy Beach”, after 3 days of voting his fans chose “White Sandy Beach” This is IZ’s label The Mountain Apple Company’s and his Fans Birthday gift to him. Happy Birthday IZ, you are truly loved and missed. www.mountainapplecompany.com – IZ Official Facebook Fan Page http

“SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole TRIBUTE “Judy Garland”

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW Israel Kamakawiwo’ole Tribute “Judy Garland” Israel “Iz” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole (May 20, 1959 — June 26, 1997) (pronounced [ka-maka-vi-vo-ole]) was an Hawaiian musician. He became famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993 with his medley of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World”, which was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and commercials. From childhood, his family called Israel by his Hawaiian middle name, Kaʻanoʻi, the “beloved one”. His name would later become the title name of his first solo album, Kaʻanoʻi, and also foretells the greatness of this “cherished one”. It is interesting to note here that part of his name, anoʻi, when simplified to noʻi may be a contraction of the Hawaiian word, nohi. Nohi means “bright-colored, vivid, as the rainbow” (see Hawaiian Dictionary, Pukui and Elbert). Nohi, rainbow, beloved one, and cherished one are powerful symbols in his life. Iz’s recording of the song “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” would become renowned throughout the world and continues to garner high acclaim. The song has come to be known as Izʻs “signature song”, the most renowned of all his songs. Kamakawiwo`ole was nicknamed “The Gentle Giant” by his admirers. He was described as always cheerful and positive, and he was best known for his love of the land and of the people of Hawaiʻi. Through his consummate ukulele playing and incorporation of other idioms (such as jazz and