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Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (1959–1997)

All Hawaii mourned, and more than 10,000 people turned out for a state funeral in honor of Israel Ka'anoi "Brudda Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole. The son of Henry Kalei'aloha Naniwa and Evangeline Leinani Kamakawiwo'ole, Israel was surrounded by music growing up; his uncle was Moe Keale, a very well-known and respected musician, and his parents worked at a ... See full bio »


(age 38) in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall
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 2017 Diana and I (TV Movie) (performer: "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" - uncredited)
 2010-2015 Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- E 'Imi pono (2015) ... (performer: "Henehene Kou'Aka" - uncredited)
- Ko'olauloa (2010) ... (performer: "Hawai'i '78 Introduction" - uncredited)
 2014 Nostalgia Critic (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- In Loving Memory of Justin Carmical (2014) ... (performer: "Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World")
 2012 The Impossible (performer: "Kamalani")
 2010 Sykt lykkelig (performer: "Over the Rainbow" - as Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole)
 2010 Hubble 3D (Documentary) (performer: "Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World")
 2009 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Two of 14 Voted Off (2009) ... (performer: "Over the Rainbow")
 2007-2009 Qwerty (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #3.38 (2009) ... (performer: "Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World")
- Episode #2.6 (2007) ... (performer: "Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World")
 2008 Èxit (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.12 (2008) ... (performer: "Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World")
 2008 Rachael Ray (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Dreams Come True with Valerie Bertinelli (2008) ... (performer: "Over the Rainbow" - uncredited)
 2005-2008 Cold Case (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- The Road (2008) ... (performer: "Over the Rainbow" - uncredited)
- Wishing (2005) ... (performer: "What A Wonderful World / Somewhere Over The Rainbow")
 2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall (performer: "'Ulili A") / (performer: "Ka Huila Wai", "Henehene Kou 'Aka", "Aloha Ka Manini" - as Israel 'Iz' Kakakawiwo'ole)
 2007 Página 2 (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2007) ... (performer: "Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World")
 2007 Fred Claus (performer: "What a Wonderful World" - as Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole)
 2007 Life on Mars (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.8 (2007) ... (performer: "Over the Rainbow" - uncredited)
 2007 Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (Documentary) (performer: "Somewhere Over The Rainbow")
 2006 Las Vegas (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Father of the Bride Redux (2006) ... (performer: "Over the Rainbow")
 2002-2006 ER (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Graduation Day (2006) ... (performer: "Over the Rainbow" - uncredited)
- On the Beach (2002) ... (performer: "Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World" - uncredited)
 2006 Snakes on a Plane (performer: "Henehene Kou'aka" - as Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole)
 2006 Scrubs (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- My Way Home (2006) ... (performer: "Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World" - uncredited)
 2005 Son of the Mask (performer: "What A Wonderful World" - as Israel 'IZ' Kamakawiwo'ole)
 2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (performer: "Over the Rainbow" (1939) - as Israel 'Iz' Kamakawiwo'ole)
 2004 50 First Dates (performer: "Over the Rainbow")
 2003 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Sumo East and West (2003) ... (performer: "Aloha Ku'u Pua", "Na Ka Pueo/Keyhole Hula", "Yokozuna", "Wai'ialae")
 2003 Charmed (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Lucky Charmed (2003) ... (performer: "Over the Rainbow")
 2003 Tempted (TV Movie) (performer: "Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World")
 2002 Pasadena (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Don't It Always Seem to Go? (2002) ... (performer: "Over the Rainbow")
 2001 Made (performer: "Henehene Kou 'Aka")
 2000 Finding Forrester (performer: "OVER THE RAINBOW/WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD")
 1998 Meet Joe Black (performer: "Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World")
 1998 In God's Hands (performer: "Hawaii 78")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Album: Facing Future (1993) See more »

Alternate Names:

Israel 'Iz' Kamakawiwo'ole


6' 2" (1.88 m)

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Personal Quote:

I guess this is gonna sound kind of weird, but I'm not scared for myself for dying. Because I believe all these places are temporary. This is just one shell. Because we Hawaiians live in both worlds. See more »


Practiced in the Robert Louis Stevenson hut located where producer/performer Anthony Begonia used to live.



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