Monday, December 6, 2010

Hawaii Music Follow-Up

It is too bad we did not know the story of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole back when we celebrated Hawaii Day. He was a gentle giant whose first recording became the version of "Over the Rainbow" most familiar to an entire generation. As Pam remembered, his version was the opening of 50 First Dates, a film that would have been a more enjoyable -- if less informative -- selection for our Hawaii movie.

Israel died at a young age of complications related to his obesity. In this story by Renee Montagne, he is remembered for his devotion to his homeland, reflected in music that eschewed the sounds of tourist-oriented hula tunes.

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