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Google Doodle Celebrates Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s 61st Birthday

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the U.S., Doodle celebrates the birthday of native Hawaiian `ukulele player, singer-songwriter, and activist Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole.

Best known for touching the world with his beloved rendition of “Over the Rainbow” and forever changing the face of Hawaiian music, Bruddah Iz would have been 61 today.  Through his joyful songs and lifelong advocacy for the islands’ values and culture, Israel has been widely referred to as the “Voice of Hawai’i.”

 

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