If you’ve never heard Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, you need to check this out.
Kamakawiwo?ole was nicknamed "The Gentle Giant" by his admirers and was described as always cheerful and positive, and he was best known for his love of the land and of the people of Hawaii.
Isreal was significantly obese and carried over 700 pounds on his 6 foot 2 inch frame. In spite of this, he lived his life loving others and his native Hawaii.
Ten years after his death in 1997, On July 4th, 2007, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole debuted at No. 44 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart with "Wonderful World." It was also his second time at number 1 on Billboard’s Top World Music Chart.
People like Israel Kamakawiwo’ole are not forgotten because the love they project towards the world around them leaves a indelible impression.