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...Though best known for his medley cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s focus on preserving and innovating Hawaiian traditional music made him the island’s most popular entertainer. Born...

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Facing Future

Dan Kois

Dan Kois is a contributing writer to New York magazine and a film critic for the Washington Post. He was the founding editor of New York’s culture blog, Vulture, and has written for the New York Times, Slate, the Oxford American, Television Without Pity, and Honolulu Magazine. He lives in Arlington, Virginia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

33 1/3 Books

...Even at four in the morning, the strip clubs and watering holes surrounding the Honolulu studio were still hopping. The recording engineer heard a car pull into the lot, and soon the biggest man he had ever seen walked in. When he stepped...