Everyone Knows This Popular Song, But Very Few Actually Know Who Sang It


When Israel Ka’ano’i Kamakawiwo’ole begins playing the first verse of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” most people are immediately mesmerized by his soulful voice and gentle ukulele strumming. But, behind the music, lies a man that has touched the lives of million with his artistic skill and Hawaiian advocacy projects.

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During his life, Israel was known as the “Gentle Giant.” Despite his enormous stature, his soul and singing voice was as soft as could be! Unfortunately, the Gentle Giant’s size was the cause of his devastating demise.

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