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    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 ......

    From wikipedia:

    "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 ....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_17vGYa81s
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPUx5...eature=related

    "You'll never find another Hawaiian like me" ......
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6JG9...eature=related

    More:

    Ka Pua U'i
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj1xd...eature=related

    Aloha Ka Manini
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzDF9RVs0ps

    Kaleohano
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqF5AvERMNg

    "Somewhere ...." English [and Hawaiian*] soundtrack, with Spanish translation:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-A05...eature=related

    This one just might break you down .......
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqF5AvERMNg

    So now I'll be very interested to find out how many other people appreciate Bruddah IZ, or any other notable Hawaiian musician!

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    Last edited by jandros; 07-30-2008 at 08:58 PM.

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    Maybe I should define the topic a little more? Anything relating to Hawaiian music, Hawaiian performers, or non-Hawaiian musicians/groups who perform Hawaiian music? ... and other music that is closely related to Hawaiian ... new music, old music, Hawaiian songs/lyrics that someone has written ..... anything that allows us to enjoy and appreciate the musical genre of "Hawaiian", and even the language itself.

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    oh my.. my... hawaiian music... i really like it.... is really beautiful...

    i love the song somewhere over the rainbow... i watch on youtube a really beautiful girl singing this song

    Connie, 6 yrs old...

    the first love is gone ... am waiting for the last one!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zahra2008 View Post
    oh my.. my... hawaiian music... i really like it.... is really beautiful... somewhere over the rainbow... Connie, 6 yrs old...
    Yes, I saw that not long ago. Her voice is amazing! And singing a cappella!! And she's soooooo cute and so sweet, a little princess It was just incredible, and even Simon was a little unbelievable .....

    When I first found the video of this Hawaiian man, Iz, singing Over the Rainbow, I thought, ah it's just gonna be Andy Williams or somebody like that, all over again ... but it's amazing how some people can make an old song sound so fresh!

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    More Iz: Henehene Kou ' Aka
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPUx53G0uGg&NR=1

    Nice song, good harmony. You can read his lips really well and maybe learn a few words

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    Traditional Hawaiian music and dance was functional, used to express praise, communicate genealogy and mythology and accompany games, festivals and other secular events.

    Some kinds of chants express emotions like angst and affection, or request a favor from another person.


    I will try to take hawaiian's dance class soon


    Hawaiano y Tahitiano
    the first love is gone ... am waiting for the last one!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zahra2008 View Post
    ... and from that link I found the link below, and then I wanted to see if the tiny girl on the left of the screen could keep up with the big girls .....

    http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=MUoSZF...eature=related

    Interesting dance and nice rhythm, I like the drums. I have a couple of mp3's with strong drums, but I can't find any good videos yet.

    edit: Good luck with the lessons!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandros View Post
    More Iz: Henehene Kou ' Aka
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPUx53G0uGg&NR=1

    Nice song, good harmony. You can read his lips really well and maybe learn a few words
    For u and I.... nice song... good harmony as u say...
    the first love is gone ... am waiting for the last one!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandros View Post
    ... and from that link I found the link below, and then I wanted to see if the tiny girl on the left of the screen could keep up with the big girls .....

    http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=MUoSZF...eature=related

    Interesting dance and nice rhythm, I like the drums. I have a couple of mp3's with strong drums, but I can't find any good videos yet.

    edit: Good luck with the lessons!
    she did a pretty good job...
    the first love is gone ... am waiting for the last one!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zahra2008 View Post
    oh my.. my... hawaiian music... i really like it.... is really beautiful...
    Maybe Iz (the guy in all of my links so far) was the very best? And maybe it was because he had so much love for Hawaii and for the music .....

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