This is the official video for “Over the Rainbow” it currently has over 9.5 million worldwide views on youtube!
The scenes from the concert at the Miloli’i fishing village warm my soul. I would give anything to have been there.
As always Iz’s music is just simply beautiful and calming. Thank goodness we can enjoy it in his memory.
My family never can hear IZ enough my grandkids can be anywhere in the house and they hear his music and they come running.
No matter how many times I listen to IZ’s Over The Rainbow, I always get “chicken skin” and teary eyed. Two years ago I moved to Washington State and there are so many people up here who love his version of Over The Rainbow! The radio station I have on at work plays IZ almost everyday, and now my co-workers start humming and singing along. He is still spreading the ALOHA!!!
His music and spirit live on forever…
I first heard IZ’s rendition of Over The Rainbow along with several other songs of his at a friends funeral. They all stuck in my head. When I found out he passed away several years ago, I was broken hearted. Such a beautiful voice and powerful music. I went out and bought all his albums, books and videos. Loosing him was a great loss. I listen to his songs all the time. My regards to his wife, daughter and friends he left behind. Great video.
I love IZ music and have every CD of his that I can find. I always stop what I am doing when I hear him singing “Over The Rainbow” which is being used in all kinds of commercials now, and am always dissappointed when they only play a part of it.. I regret that I never attended any of his concerts and that he was already gone before I first heard him.
His early work as a member of the Makaha Sons with his brother is something I treasure and play often. Mohalo Mountain Apple for bringing IZ back again!
Bruddah IZ lives with us fo eva. I can not listen to Bruddah enough even when he was with the Makaha Son’s of Ni’ihau from Hanks and at Ranch House in Aina Haina.
Bruddah IZ Forever
It still brings tears to my eyes when I hear his voice and music…especially this one, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The last time I heard it was played at my mom’s funeral back in 72′ (under a different version), but I still like the lyrics – I was only 12 yrs. old at the time.
Only, IZ can sing this and touch so many hearts. Too bad, I only discovered his music back in August 2005 and he has already passed away, but I’m enjoying all the CD’s music he’s created, even bought the video and book, too!
Hawaii should declare a national holiday for IZ on his birthday, so that us Californians can celebrate with them.
One of my favorite songs. I came upon this video of his ashes being dumped in the bay by accident one day on YouTube. I watch it often and I cry every time. Today is no different.
Just a bit before a trip to Hawaii I was introduced to the music of IZ. I have never been the same. Found out I am a land-locked islander. Can never get enough of this magical voice.
We first visited Hawaii in1988 we did not get back to the islands in 1989 but have been there every year since. In 1993 I heard Iz’s music for the first time and fell in love with his voice is styling and the music about Hawaii that he sang about. I own every video and every recording I can get my hands on. Some of which I have worn out and had to re-purchase. Iz the Man is deffinatly an Hawaiian treasure and should be declared a national treasure. I love the islands I love the music and I love the people.
God came down to us thru Israel’s voice and words and lives on forever in our hearts. Amen I lived on Lunalilo Street before H1 and later in Aiea in 1958 1959, and 1960 and I always vowed to return. When I first heard his recordings, the tears would not stop, only later I found he had returned to God in 97, before I had returned in 2000. He lives on in our hearts and minds, I am so happy that he left his legacy for us in his beautiful voice and he truly lives on.
how can words even describe what gifts and blessings IZ has given to us all….thank you IZ….thank you God
i have fallen in love with your song. i have never heard it before but i went to walgreens to make a DVD for my fathers funeral and this song was one of the choices. It was the perfect fit. not only did everyone in the family love it, but it was so untraditional. Dad would have loved it. we will cherish this song forever. thank you.
Nasa has a contest going on at songcontest.nasa.gov Vote for over the rainboe by IZ ,100,909
vote but we need more to put this song on the space station ,be blessed and vote more than once
The world needs to hear this beautiful Hawaiian from space!!!:)
Was introduced to the music of IZ while stationed in the U.S. Army in Hawaii. What amazing powerful music he created. He definitely opened up the world’s eyes to Hawaiian Music!
…da gibt es wohl keine Worte mehr.
Das scheint mir die Superlative :-))
god mucisc going to miss it a lot
Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World by IZ stole my heart. When I watched the video of his ashes being spread in the bay, a tear came to my eye…such a talented man with the voice of an Angel…
Now IZ lives on in his beautiful music that thrills my soul and makes my spirit soar! I am so saddened by his death, but grateful to Jon for being his producer and friend and one who continues to produce music for all of us who found love in our being for IZ!
Thank you Jon and ty for allowing me to post my sentiments here. Blessings of abundance, Mel
Obrigado meu bom Anjo,ao ouvir a tua voz as coisa ficam mais fáceis de lidar.Fica bem e olha por nós,ALOHA IRMÃO!
Une bouffée d’air pour l’âme…
I had this song played at my Mother’s funeral last November 16, 2010. She used to sing “The Rainbow Song” to me as a child. It seemed fitting that I play this for her tribute. She loved Hawaii in 1976 and I love her, and miss her horribly! Here’s to you Mom!
With our times so full of violence and hatred, IZ’s voice singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow and It’s a Wonderful World assures me that there is good in this world. It reminds me of my childhood and I listen to it with my two children often. It gives me hope that things will get better.
every time i hear this man’s voice; it moves me to tears; good tears; or may be the regret that he is not on this earth; it’s like i can feel is gentle soal all around the room; quite comforting. whenever, i’m having a down day; this voice uplifts me. thank you IZ.
I have a recording of Brother singing over the rainbow and right at the beginning he says something like two names or something. Can ANYBODY PLEASE tell me what he says
Absolutely beautiful voice and individual. The world is a poorer place for losing such a talented and beautiful person.
He is so uplifting, brings a tear to my eye listening to him. Does make you appreciate what and who you have. We should also learn from him
IZ i Love your voice it is so angelic.
the first time I ever heard your voice was at my Great Grandma’s funeral they had Somewhere Over The Rainbow playing as her song and I loved the fact that they used this song and all though it was a sad moment in my life even if i was only 4 years old I fell in Love and felt uplifted by the sound of your singing hopefully one day I will meet you in person and maybe even listen to you sing 🙂 I love you and so do may others in my family like my gandmother Patricia and my Grandfather Milton. If you ever read this I hope that you smile and know that you make a very amazing difference in this world just by singing.
“This one’s for Gabby.” (Gabby Pahinui, a legendary Hawaiian slack key guitarist).
First heard this version of this song in the film 50 First Dates, fell in love with the tune and melody all over again, then add Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole’s voice and Ukulele and you have one of the most beautiful songs ever performed. When happy, sing along loud, when sad sit back listen and it will be better, then press repeat, again and again
I went to my great grandson’s kindergarten graduation yesterday and after each child received their diploma, the teachers put on a slide show of all the kids from the 5 kindergarten classes, taken all thru the year and there was Iz, singing Somewhere over the rainbow…..I kept wiping the tears away because it was so beautiful, not sad. I told my sister about it and she sent me Youtube with Iz singing and now I learn he passed away. What a wonderful soul and here we are, left with his legacy of love and wonder and it will always be. I am wiping tears away now. There is good in the world. Thank you Iz. Thank you God, for giving us Iz.
I can listen this song over and over, and over with non stopping
Somewhere over the rainbow, Way up high…..
I close my eyes and listen to his voice, so beautiful, so peaceful
It makes me fly just like the blue birds
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