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Vocalist
    (May 20, 1959-June 26, 1997)
    Birth name is Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
    Recorded 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World (1993),' 'Hawaii '78 (1993),' 'White Sandy Beach of Hawaii (1993),' 'Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man (1993),' 'Kaulana Kawaihae (1993),' 'E Ala E (1995),' 'Kaleohano (1995),' 'In This Life (1996)' and 'Starting All Over Again (1996)'
    Member of the traditional band Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau
    Died of a respiratory condition (1997)
    His voice is often described as 'haunting.'
    He became extremely obese later in life.
    At his heaviest, he weighed nearly 750 pounds (340 kilograms).
    He needed a forklift to get into airplanes.
    Almost all of his songs are about Hawaii.
    He supported having Hawaii sovereign from the United States.
    He was an accomplished ukelele player.
    He never intended his rendition of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' to be a big hit (he sang it in a five minute midnight recording session).
    He was known as the 'Gentle Giant' for his optimistic and caring personality.
    He was one of Hawaii's most popular entertainers.
    He advocated peace, and spoke against drugs and gang violence.
    He had been one of the last known 'pure-blooded' Native Hawaiians in the world.

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