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Ka 'Ano'i [Original recording reissued]

Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'oleAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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The growing success of Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole, a Hawaiian vocalist known to many simply as "IZ," is an amazing story just waiting to be told.

In 1993, following a successful recording and performing career as part of the Mäkaha Sons of Ni‘ihau group, Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole released his solo CD “Facing Future” which launched an impressive solo ... Read more in Amazon's Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 16, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Discos Tropical
  • ASIN: B00000I3US
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Better known among his fans as "Iz," Israel Kamakawiwo'ole was a phenomenon in the Hawai'ian Islands totally below Mainland radar. So important was Iz's singing to Native Hawa'ians and Hawai'i residents alike that Governor Ben Cayetano declared a statewide day of mourning when Iz passed away in 1997--this despite his controversial Hawai'i-sovereignty politics. Ka Ano'i was the 1991 winner of the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Award for best contemporary Hawai'ian album, and Iz himself won for best male vocalist that year. This album is appealing mainly for its honesty and simplicity: simplicity of tone consistent with the casual ukulele and slack-key sound, and honesty of voice through Hawai'i-enhanced allegorical tracks like "Coney Island Washer Woman" and "I'll Be There." A later version of Iz's "Over the Rainbow" was featured in the 1998 film Meet Joe Black, as well. Despite his imposing stature, Iz was an embodiment of the simplicity and gentleness in the music itself, more noticeable in this early album than in his later work. --Erik Macki

Product Description

'KA 'ANO'I,' release in 1990, was the first solo album by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. An exploration of new avenues, delving into material of a more contemporary nature. 'The kid with the 'ukulele' is defining himself as both a master musician and a superb entertainer. His brand of top form showmanship couples crisp, fresh 'ukulele stylings with a voice as rich as his deep Hawaiian heritage. A real treasure not only to the people of the islands, but to all who appreciates fine artistry.

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141 of 158 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the version I was looking for. December 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album by IZ, however was looking for the version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World" that I heard on a tv toy commercial. The CD "Facing Future" is the one with the correct version.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven for the Ears March 16, 2000
By Kathy
Format:Audio CD
If you can't appreciate the whole CD--go buy the soundtrack for Meet Joe Black! If you enjoy IZ, you'll like both versions of Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World. By the way, the Meet Joe Black version can be found on the Facing Future CD.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars... February 24, 2001
By Vicki
Format:Audio CD
is only because of the sound quality. This early CD was before Israel signed with Mountain Apple Company and the recording quality isn't quite as good as his later CDs. Having said that, the music is great. For an Iz fan it's a must-have. It's the only recording on CD of Men Who Ride Mountains and I love his version of You Don't Know Me. Again, a must-have. Look for the video, Island Music Island Hearts - The Man and His Music. It's the only video, produced after his passing, and it gives you the sense of this man's immense love for people and their love for him.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I am a hawaiian and hawaii born and bred islander, I am blessed by the fact that my parents brought me up with hawaiian music but most of all the late great Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole. The day that shocked hawaii I was out and about with my family when my father stoppped at a gas station as he came out of the gas station a newpaper in his hand and a heartbroken look on his face..." what's the matter daddy" he handed me the paper and i started to cry there it was "Braddah Iz passed away at the age of 38 in his sleep last night" I couldn't beileve it such a beautiful voice silenced he will never make another record.But just to have had Braddah Iz on this earth for just this short time to hear the music with and without the makaha sons of Niihau is truly magical..so his music lives on. I've read all these amazing reviews of Braddah IZ...I am happy and touched that so many people have been touched by his music. Unforunately i didn't know braddah iz but in a way all us hawaii born islanders always seem to truly know braddah Iz, his music touched us all. to understand how huge Braddah Iz was he is still mourned and celebrated in hawaii and his music is still played constantly on the radio.The day of his birth and passing is celebrated like a national holiday. When you listen to any of the LATE and GREAT Israel Kamakwiwo'Ole's cds..you will hear one the most beauitful voices god ever put on this earth. But when you look at this man ,this giant man with this amazing angel like voice you will be blown away. god gave this late singer the voice of angel. a voice that must have been blessed and touched by god himself and it was...the songs , music and lyrics will leave you speechless and breathless .. Read more ›
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is less of a review and more of a rant February 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I've read all these reviews(except for the latest) and they all seem to be people from the states dissing on the CD because the one song they know from is it "isn't the one in the toy commercial! " Well boo-hoo. Listen to the other tracks - IZ is the man.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There's more to an album than a 30 second soundbite January 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If you are looking for ethereal melodies, "Kana'i Aupuni" is hauntingly beautiful. The version of "Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" here isn't the one most are familiar with (it's found on the Meet Joe Black soundtrack and Iz's "Facing Fututure" album) but it's pretty groovy in its own right with its reggae inspiration. This is an early album, and it does suffer somewhat from overproduction, but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This album will most likely appeal more to people who are already fans of Iz than people who have never heard him before, but everyone should have one of his albums in their collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IZ IS THE MAN August 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I FIRST HEARD OF ISRAEL KAMAKAWIWO,OLE IN 1998 WHILE VISITING MAUI FOR THE FIRST TIME.HIS SOUND IS SO GENUINE AND SOOTHING IT INSPIRED ME TO PURCHASE HIS ENTIRE CATALOGE.MY WIFE AND I LISTEN TO A DIFFERENT C.D. EACH NIGHT WHILE FALLING ASLEEP.WE ARE TAKEN FROM THE MAINLAND TO THE ISLANDS EVERY TIME WE HEAR HIS WOUNDERFULL VOICE.I SHARE MY DISCOVERY OF THIS WOUNDERFULL MAN TO ALL OF MY FREINDS AND FAMILY AND THEY TO ARE SOOTHED BY HIS SWEET SOUNDS
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A BIT DISAPPOINTED May 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I was a bit disappointed with the version of "Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" on this CD. I heard it in the movie "Finding Forrester," and thought this CD would contain the same version, but it doesn't. It is still an excellent version of the song though. Other than that, this CD is fun, lighthearted and full of Hawai'ian flair. Iz has a wonderful, soulful voice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Iz's Ka 'Ano'i
Another amazing addition to my collection of Iz's songs. They are so beautiful, and my students enjoy the soft lyrics and music. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda L. Porras
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I love Iz but this isn't really the kind of traditional Hawaiian music I like. But the teens probably like it.
Published 12 months ago by judy xenofos
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
awesome awesome lets have a party that's what this cd will make you say when you play this cd. YEAH
Published 14 months ago by christine schoch
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Makes me want to go back to Maui. You can tell Israel really loved his home and his voice is soothing.
Published 15 months ago by eagless
5.0 out of 5 stars Ka' Ano' I
This a good cd. Basically it is a variety of styles rather than just Hawaiian. I'll look for others by him in the near future.
Published on December 4, 2011 by William S. Romey
5.0 out of 5 stars Mahalo, Israel
We lived in Hawaii for over two years and Israel's music is so representative of the true, not tourist, Hawaii. Read more
Published on April 12, 2011 by Cholly
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing voice true spirit of Hawaii
If you have a love of Hawaiian music this is a must for your collection. Israle sings from his soul.
Published on January 21, 2011 by HA
1.0 out of 5 stars i should have looked a little closer...
I selected this CD because of the image shown on Pandora Radio while the performer was singing "Over the Rainbow". This CD did not have the same version. Read more
Published on December 4, 2010 by Z-Woman
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL
THE FIRST TIME I HEARD IZ SING "OVER THE RAINBOW" ON THE TV SERIES "EMERGENCY," I LOVED HIS VOICE. HIS GENTLE MANOR AND SWEET PERSONALITY REACHES YOU, IN EVERY SONG HE DOES. Read more
Published on August 30, 2010 by Mary M. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere?
Love this man's voice and interpretation of every song but was very disappointed that the version of somewhere over the Rainbow was not the version I was expecting. Read more
Published on December 4, 2009 by Dale I. Lantvit
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