Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

Hawaiian recording artist; musician

Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole (May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997) was an American singer and musician. He was also known as Bruddah Iz. He was best known for his versions of the songs "Somewhere over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World", recorded in 1988 and released in 1993. He also played the ukulele to his songs. He was a Native Hawaiian and supported independence to become a sovereignty.

Kamakawiwoʻole's signature

Kamakawiwoʻole was born in Honolulu. He was married to Marlene. They had a daughter, Ceslieanne (born c. 1983).

Kamakawiwoʻole had health issues because of his obesity. He died on June 26, 1997 in Honolulu, at the age of 38.[1]


  1. Enomoto, Catherine Kekoa; Kakesako, Gregg K. (June 27, 1997). "ISRAEL 'IZ' KAMAKAWIWO'OLE". Honolulu Star. Retrieved 15 February 2017.

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