Israel Ka’ano’i Kamakawiwo’ole was a talented Hawaiian musician known for his lovely ukulele arrangements. He was also a supporter of indigenous Hawaiian rights. Israel was called the “Gentle Giant” due to the fact that he had beautiful, soft singing voice despite his enormous frame.
Unfortunately, his size was also his downfall, as his obesity led to a number of cardiac and respiratory issues, and ultimately his premature demise in 1997 at age 38. His contributions to Hawaiian culture have made him a Hawaiian legend.
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