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Transcript of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
In 1959 a boy in Hawaii was born who became one of the world's best musicians, and that boy's name was Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. He was born very large for a baby which was a problem later in his life.
As a child he was inspired to play the ukulele by his older brother Skippy Kamakawiwo'ole because he was a really good ukulele player. He went to school not to learn, but to sit on a bench all day playing the ukulele. Even when the bell rang, even when class started he just sat on that bench practicing and people watching and enjoying him play. He had two siblings his sister and like said his older brother Skippy.
After The Band
After they went to make their own songs Israel did not stop being a musician.
He was able to preform 29 songs and his biggest most popular song was “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” He did not write this song Louis Armstrong did. He did not write any of his songs because he wasn't educated. After that song everyone wanted his autograph and he was happy to sign them. He had more opportunities to go to places but, he weighed 956 pounds and his daughter Ceslie-Ann “Wehi” Kamakawiwo'ole and wife Marlene Kamakawiwo'ole helped him with his disabilities.
On June 26th, 1997 at Honolulu, Hawaii Israel Kamakawiwo'ole died. It was sad because such a great man died but, before he died in 1993 he said “I am not going to live forever so I should make it a good life”. They burned his body and put it into a huge bottle and celebrated how he was a such a great man so they poured his ashes in an ocean where they poured his older brother Skippy's ashes so it was sad but happy because how great of a man he was.
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
The Band name was Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau. The members of the band were:
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Louis Moon Kauakahi, John Koko, John K. Koko, Jerome K. Koko (And Before) Skippy Kamakawiwo'ole. Skippy was the leader. They had seven albums and two of them were Ho'oluana and Golden Hawaiian Melodies. Their Band lasted from 1976-1982 and had 35 songs. They had so many opportunities to go to great places like Japan and New York but because of Israel's conditions they weren't able to go to those places. In 1982 an extremely bad tragedy happened to the band the leader Skippy died at age 38. The band had to put his younger brother Israel as their leader. It was hard to go on without Skippy but they managed to do it. After wining many awards in 1982 the members split up to play their own songs.
Louis Moon Kaukahi
Jerome K. koko