Shine A Light: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

This weeks Shine A Light artist is Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, or Iz as he was called. Iz had one of those voices that stops you dead in your tracks. Native son of Hawaii, Iz passed away a few years ago. His funeral was held in the state capital and was the first artist to ever be given that honor. He was loved for his passion for Native rights, his gentleness and of course his voice.

When I watch these videos I’m remninded of what music should more often be, a communal thing, bringing people together, and the singer is part of the community. Aloha Iz. Thank you for sharing your gift in your short time here.

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