I'll begin this topic with a salute to one great Hawaiian musician. But he was much, much more than a great musician. For anyone else who knows of his music, or who will discover it now, maybe we won't even let this topic go anywhere else .....
I was reminded in another topic about how much I love the music of Israel Kamakawiwi'ole. He passed away in 1997. He seemed to be a truly beautiful person ..... it is so sad that he's no longer with us ......
"Kamakawiwo'ole was nicknamed 'The Gentle Giant' by his admirers. He was described as always cheerful and positive, and he was best known for his love of the land and of the people of Hawaii."
I don't know more than 2-3 words of the Hawaiian language. But when I listen to Iz, I don't feel that I need to understand the words. It seems like his music pours itself into the heart, or it just creates a nice feeling. If you don't believe me, or if you don't know about the great Iz, just feel it for yourself ....
"You'll never find another Hawaiian like me" ......
Ka Pua U'i
Aloha Ka Manini
"Somewhere ...." English [and Hawaiian*] soundtrack, with Spanish translation:
This one just might break you down .......
So now I'll be very interested to find out how many other people appreciate Bruddah IZ, or any other notable Hawaiian musician!