Iz, the one and only


Thursday 27 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

Anyone remember this giant of a man?


This was the late and very great Israel “Iz” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole, who brought his own beautiful style of music to the world from 1976 until his passing in 1997 at the age of 38.
Many times over the years have I listened to his dulcet tones, especially in times of grief – I just find his voice so incredibly calming.
One of the most poignant moments for me in this video is the cheering of the crowds when his ashes are poured into the ocean. Funerals and memorial services should be just that; a celebration of their life.
I hope you enjoy this flashback 🙂



12 thoughts on “Iz, the one and only

  1. Anonymous says:

    That was the first time I have heard that, it was so beautiful I just sat and cried softly to myself
    it conjured up such a special place, Thankyou

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  2. One of my favorite performers. A very sad loss for us fans!

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  3. Sue Slaght says:

    This song played when Dave and I renewed our marriage vows for our 25th wedding anniversary so it holds a very special place in my heart. Thank you for sharing this video which i have not seen before. Yes may we all leave this world with those behind celebrating.

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  4. Lynn says:

    One of my very favourite versions of this beautiful song.

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  5. lamputts says:

    I’ve heard and admired this version of the famous song many times without really questioning who sung it. Thank you for enlightening me and I look forward to discovering more of his music.

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  6. fredrieka says:

    did not remember this I love this song what a voice


  7. dayphoto says:

    He’s voice is just beautiful! The world is a sadder place but the world over the rainbow is more blessed!



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