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

4.7 out of 5
791 Ratings

791 Ratings

moku ,

One of Hawaii's Greatest Artists

This is Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's best album and arguably one the best albums in Hawaiian music. Regardless of whether you've followed Braddah Iz (as he's more affectionately known in Hawaii) from his days with the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau or if this is your first foray into Hawaiian music, this is an excellent addition to any music collection.

Facing Future is composed mainly of traditional Hawaiian music with a few Jawaiian songs thrown in for good measure. Although things start off a bit somber with the opening selection, things quickly pick up in tempo with "Ka Huila Wai" and continue on with notables like "Kuhio Bay", "White Sandy Beach of Hawai'i" "Henehene Kou 'Aka", and "Kaulana Kawaihae". It's not until near the end of the album that you find the medley that Iz is best known for: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World". Overall, the album takes you on a journey through some of Iz's life and the issues that were important to him, specifically the Hawaiian movement and native Hawaiian culture, which is poignantly reflected in the closing track "Hawai'i '78".

Braddah Iz was big in life, not only physically but also spiritually, and his legacy in Hawai'i will continue on through his music. If there's only one Hawaiian album that you own, this should be it.

BCMystery ,

Subtle and Soaring

Like a lot of people, I've been aware of of Iz's "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" for some time. Today, I heard this album while sitting in a coffee shop. I'd planned on having a steaming cuppa joe and heading on my way -- instead, the melody of "Hawai'i '78 Introduction" captured me from the shop's sound system and I found myself sitting through the entire album. I was both enchanted and transported by music so powerful at moments it almost moved me to tears, so delightful at others that I found myself grinning at strangers. This music is both subtle and soaring, profoundly uplifting but with a melancholy edge. I couldn't get home to purchase my own copy fast enough.

BecauseOfYoux3 ,

Great

I am 13 years old and I had the opprotunity to go to the island of Maui. My dad happend to buy this CD, I think it is amazing. 5 stars!

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