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You are probably not familiar with this name: Israel Ka’ano’i Kamakawiwo’ole (his last name translates from Hawaiian as “The Fearless Eye, the bold face.” But, you have probably heard him sing. When he was ten years old, he would get up on stage with his ukulele and perform. He was called “the kid with the ukulele.” Those who heard him perform on stage knew he was something special.

His amazing voice allowed him to have a very successful recording career. He battled with obesity and had respiratory and cardiac issues. He died in 1997 at the age of 38. He is remembered as a supporter of indigenous Hawaiian rights and made significant contributions to Hawaiian culture. Watch the video to see and hear him sing.

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If you want to learn more, click here. The link will take you to Israel’s official website. Share away, people.