15 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole enjoyed a global hit with his medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" before his passing in 1997. But that was just a taste of his updated traditionalism. Facing Future is Iz's warm and enveloping love song to the islands he called home, expressing his hope that Hawaii's native culture would never succumb to commercialism.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole enjoyed a global hit with his medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" before his passing in 1997. But that was just a taste of his updated traditionalism. Facing Future is Iz's warm and enveloping love song to the islands he called home, expressing his hope that Hawaii's native culture would never succumb to commercialism.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Deke ,

For those with the spirit of the islands

Either you get it or you don't. If you do then this is an album that speaks volumes. It is at the same time both inspirational and profoundly sad, while bringing hope for the future.
If you haven't been to Hawai'i then go, if you have and yearn for what the islands gave you - listen to this album, it can take you there until you return.

Dean Jones ,

Dean Jones

I first heared this song at the end of the movie, '50 first dates' with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, and it had me in tears! Israel's voice is beautiful and truly conveys the emotion and the message of the song. Thankgod i found it available to buy here! Cheers Itunes!!!!!!

PJE Bedford ,

Amazing - cheers radio 1's JK & Joel

Heard this (over the rainbow / wonderful world) the other day on Radio 1 as JK & Joel are doing the afternoon show. They were trying to get it officially released as a single which prob explains y it's so high on the current chart. It really is an amazing song which it seems very few knew about. Thanks to Radio 1 & I Tunes more now will.

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