His name was as formidable as his size — and Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole lived accordingly.
Kamakawiwoʻole was the singer-songwriter behind the classic ‘‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World,’’ a medley fashioned after the genteel, peaceful rhythms that fete island life.
About 10,000 people attended Iz’s memorial services and cremation. He is the only Hawaiian non-government figure whose body has lain in state at the capital. Even as his life was colossally brief, his memory fuels the musical distinction within Hawaiian culture today.
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