Israel "Iz" Ka?ano?i Kamakawiwo?ole (May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997) (pronounced [ka?maka??iwo'?ole]) was a Hawaiian musician, and nephew to entertainer Moe Keale.
He became famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993. His medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World" was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and commercials.
Through his consummate ukulele playing and incorporation of other genres (such as jazz and reggae), Kamakawiwo?ole remains one of the major influences in Hawaiian music over the last 15 years.
Throughout the later part of his life, Kamakawiwo?ole suffered from severe obesity and at one point carried 770 pounds (350 kg) (55 stone) on his 6-foot 2-inch (1.88 m) frame. He endured several hospitalizations and died of weight-related respiratory illness at Queen's Medical Center on June 26, 1997, at 12:18 a.m. He was 38 years old. He is survived by his wife Marlene Kamakawiwo'ole and his daughter Ceslieanne "Wehi".