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Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

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Vocalist

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    (May 20, 1959-June 26, 1997)
    Also known as Braddah Iz
    Recorded 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World (1993),' 'Hawaii '78 (1993),' 'White Sandy Beach of Hawaii (1993),' 'Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man (1993),' 'Kaulana Kawaihae (1993),' 'E Ala E (1995),' 'Kaleohano (1995),' 'In This Life (1996)' and 'Starting All Over Again (1996)'
    Member of the traditional band Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau
    Died of a respiratory condition (1997)

Why he might be annoying:

    His voice is often described as 'haunting.'
    He became extremely obese later in life.
    At his heaviest, he weighed nearly 750 pounds (340 kilograms).
    He needed a forklift to get into airplanes.
    Almost all of his songs are about Hawaii.
    He supported having Hawaii sovereign from the United States.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was an accomplished ukelele player.
    He never intended his rendition of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' to be a big hit (he sang it in a five minute midnight recording session).
    He was known as the 'Gentle Giant' for his optimistic and caring personality.
    He was one of Hawaii's most popular entertainers.
    He advocated peace, and spoke against drugs and gang violence.
    He had been one of the last known 'pure-blooded' Native Hawaiians in the world.

Credit: Ratman


Featured in the following Annoying Collections:

Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 14 Votes: 7.14% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 52 Votes: 38.46% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 116 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 21 Votes: 38.10% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 11 Votes: 36.36% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 6 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 5 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 17 Votes: 35.29% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 19 Votes: 42.11% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 20 Votes: 45.00% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 74 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 28 Votes: 46.43% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 53 Votes: 37.74% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 1258 Votes: 31.56% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 322 Votes: 44.41% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 129 Votes: 43.41% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 74 Votes: 51.35% Annoying