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Kamakawiwo'ole, Israel Ka'ano'ilocked

(20 May 1959–26 June 1997)
  • Rona L. Holub

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Kamakawiwo'ole, Israel Ka'ano'i (20 May 1959–26 June 1997), singer, musician, and activist for Hawaiian rights and sovereignty, known to his fans as Iz, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the son of Evangeline Keale, manager of Harris Kalaeikini's Steamboat Lounge (Steamboats), a popular Waikiki nightclub, and Henry Kaleialoha Naniwa Kamakawiwo'ole, Jr., a bouncer at the club and driver of a sanitation truck at the U.S. Navy shipyard at Pearl Harbor. Israel spent his early years in working-class communities several miles outside of downtown Honolulu, most often in the company of his maternal grandfather in Palolo. During the summer his grandfather took him to his native Niihau, the smallest of the Hawaiian islands and one that had been off-limits to outsiders for more than one hundred years. This experience enhanced his cultural education, as it is considered “the most Hawaiian place on earth.”...

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