The late Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (Kah-MAH-kah-VEE-voh-OH-lay), did something rare in music.
What island was Iz from?
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole was a Hawaiian singer born in Honolulu in 1959. He grew up on the island Ni’ihau, which to this day remains the only island with a 100 percent Hawaiian population and cannot be visited without an invitation from a resident.
Is Maui based on Israel Kamakawiwoʻole?
Maui himself was someone that I recognized through the stories that I’ve heard as a little girl growing up in Hawaii. The remembered Hawaiian singer, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, more commonly known as “IZ,” wrote about Maui, who he called a Hawaiian Superman.