Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Facing Future

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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 into the studio, the floated floor shifted beneath the engineer's feet. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole engulfed the engineer's hand in his and said, "Hi, bruddah."

The product of that impromptu recording session, a delicate medley of "Somewhere Over the...

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Overview

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 into the studio, the floated floor shifted beneath the engineer's feet. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole engulfed the engineer's hand in his and said, "Hi, bruddah."

The product of that impromptu recording session, a delicate medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World," has driven sales of Facing Future to nearly two million copies. Each time the medley is licensed to appear in advertisements, in movies, even on American Idol, Mainlanders embrace it anew as a touch of the unfamiliar in their otherwise staid record collections. But in Hawai'i, a state struggling with the responsibility of its native heritage, Facing Future is much more. Gaining unprecedented access to Israel's family, friends, and colleagues, Dan Kois tells the remarkable story of Bruddah Iz and the album that changed his lifeā€”and his death.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826429056
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Publication date: 12/10/2009
  • Series: 33 1/3 Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 406,462
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Honolulu, 1988

PART ONE Chapter One: Drive With Aloha Chapter Two: Local Chapter Three: Makaha Brothers

PART TWO Chapter Four: Ongoing Friction Kamakawiwo'ole Chapter Five: Young Street and Palehua Chapter Six: The Introduction

THE SONGS OF FACING FUTURE Hapa Haole Songs Hawaiian Songs

PART THREE Chapter Seven: Royalty Chapter Eight: Hits Chapter Nine: The Beach and the Condominium Chapter Ten: Bruddahood

Glossary of Hawaiian and Pidgin Terms

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    If you love Israel and his music you need to read this book..

    I first met Israel and his music by hearing Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World. I soon fell in love with all of his music even if I had no idea what the words were I felt the emotion he communicated. I wanted to know more about him and now I do, But more than that I learned about Hawaii and it has changed my idea of the islands and it's people. There is so much to learn in this little book. I would reccommend it to anyone who is a fan.

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