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Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole

Beloved Israel “Iz” Ka’ano’i Kamakawiwo’Ole sings his renowned medley of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World.” Israel was among the most celebrated of Hawaiian performers with a kind and gentle spirit that is evident in his touching voice. He tragically died in 1997 of an heart attack at an early age (38) and has been sorely missed by his many adoring fans. According to Wikipedia: “The Hawaii State Flag flew at half-staff on July 10, 1997, the day of Kamakawiwo╩╗ole’s funeral. His koa wood coffin lay in state at the Capitol building in Honolulu. He was the third person in Hawaiian history to be awarded this honor, and the only one who was not a government official. Approximately ten thousand people attended the funeral.” The 64 photos of Rainbows were selected from Google and Bing image searches for “rainbow” to help visualize Israel’s soaring words and melodious Spirit that still touches and inspires our deep places many years after he has gone. Thank you Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole.

Ku’e Ku’e: Native Hawaiian Sovereignty

I created this music video in 2004 from photos that I took while researching for 3 months in Hawaii. The video was used in a public lecture entitled Ku’e Ku’e presented at The Evergreen State College as part of an academic program called Islands. I was particularly interested in studying and illuminating the struggles of native Hawaiians towards sovereignty and self-governance. Sites photographed include: University of Hawaii Manoa, The Bishiop Museum, Iolani Palace, Waikiki, North Shore, Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hilo, and various other locations on both Oahu and Hawaii (the Big Island)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Simple Gifts Piano/Cello Cover – The Piano Guys

Download the MP3 for FREE here: thepianoguysfreestuff.com (limited time only) Support us by downloading this song at one of the following links Our site: thepianoguys.com iTunes – itunes.apple.com Amazon.com – www.amazon.com SUBSCRIBE to our YOUTUBE Channel here: www.youtube.com Follow ThePianoGuys here: www.thepianoguys.com Facebook www.facebook.com Twitter: twitter.com Story behind the song: Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson were booked for a Piano Guys show in Hawaii. How could we resist filming our next video in the land of Aloha — beautiful beaches, green mountains, and fresh pineapple?? We went to our Founders and Facebook fans to ask what song they wanted us to play there. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was the nearly-unanimous response. But you know how we are … we couldn’t “just” do this tune by itself…so in the studio we found a made-in-heaven matchup in the timeless melody from the Shaker Hymn “Simple Gifts” written in the 1800’s (also used by Aaron Copland in his Ballet “Appalachian Spring”). We feel it’s an especially appropriate mash-up because of our profound love and respect for the Hawaiian culture — a people who are so good at finding happiness in simplicity. As you probably could hear we borrowed a lot of ideas from Iz’s version which has become the stuff of legend. This arrangement is, in part, a tribute to him. Getting a piano onto a sandy beach and then onto a big hill in a famous ranch within the SAME day (we only had 8 hours to film) was no