Remembering Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoole

It’s probably impossible to visit Hawaii without hearing the amazing voice and music of Hawaii’s beloved IZ, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. Today, IZ would have been 51, so let’s celebrate his life and music with this beautiful YouTube video set to the song, White Sandy Beach. (Email subscribers, click here for the video.)

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  1. A wonderful tribute to one of Hawaii’s greatest musicians of all time

  2. I’ve been listening to his songs many many times – and I always get so emotional !!! A wonderful man and musician !!!!
    THANKYOU Sheila !!

    Ciao , laura

  3. I’m not sure there will ever be a voice as iconic as Braddah IZ’s. I’m grateful that I get to enjoy his legacy through his music.

  4. I’m glad that you all enjoyed the Iz tribute. What an amazing talent who touched so many people around the world with his songs.

  5. its sad this guy died

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