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Top 5 favorite Hawaii music artists (ever): HAWAII Magazine Facebook poll results




No. 1


Israel “Iz” Kaanaoi  Kamakawiwoole


Until tracks on Facing Future were released in 1993, it was just about impossible to imagine anyone successfully reworking Somewhere Over the Rainbow, the classic Academy Award-winning ballad written for The Wizard of Oz (1939) and sung by Judy Garland. But Israel “Iz” Kaanaoi  Kamakawiwoole did just that with his ukulele medley “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World.” After debuting in the No. 25 spot on Billboard Magazine's Top Pop Catalogue chart, one dozen years later, on Oct. 26, 2005, Facing Future became Hawaii's first certified platinum album, selling more than a million CDs in the United States. Its other famous tracks include: Hawaii 78, White Sandy Beach of Hawaii, Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man, and Kaulana Kawaihae. Before releasing his first solo album in 1990, Kamakawiwoole formed the popular traditional Hawaii musical group Makaha Sons of Niihau with brother Skippy and Louis "Moon" Kauakahi, Sam Gray and Jerome Koko. Bruddah Iz passed away in 1997.

Video above: "White Sandy Beach of Hawaii" by Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwoole



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