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Israel Kamakawiwo'ole — Ka Huila Wai
Album: Facing Future
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Released: 1993
Length: 3:11
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Kū wale mai nō, Ka Huila Wai
'A'ohe wai ia'u, e niniu ai

He aniani kū, mau 'oe nō
He hoa kūkā, pū me kāua

Aloha 'ia nō, 'o'i'o lele
I sa lele ahea, i ka moana

Aloha 'ia nō, 'o Waiohinu
Ka pali lele wai, a ke koa'e

Mai noho 'oe, a ho'o poina
I kahi pīkake, ulu ma'ema'e

Ha'ina 'ia mai, ana ka puana
A'ohe wai ia'u, e niniu ai
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this is what Google Translate thinks he is singing:

Just stand up, Come on
There is no water for me to dig it up

There is a glass of ice, you are always
A partner, with us

Hello, well
When flying at sea, at sea

Aloha is, Waiohinu
The water pump is the water pump

Do not live, and forget
On a peanut, fresh berries

It's coming, and it's going to happen
There is no water for me, and it can poison it
Thank you for playing something other than Somewhere over the Rainbow by this phenomenal artist. . So many great songs.
I just learned about radio paradise in late June and you are the first to play any of Israel's songs. This Facing Future album is one of his best and there is no other Hawaiian singer that can match his angelic tone, his clarity of pronunciation and his artistry. This album is about the plight of the islands and our land and hope... Hawai'i 78 Introduction gives me chills. La Elima is about the last fishing village Miloli'i and his voice is so melodic and beautiful.
 kcar wrote:


The very thing to cleanse the palate and clear your mind: 
 

 BTW: noted your occupation. Which do you find the greater torture: XML or Regex?

 
Using Regex to parse XML?

Actually I'm not good enough at regex to hate it.  I'm just confused by it.  XML on the other hand, PITA.
 KevinM wrote:
This is one of those songs that when it comes up on my iPod, I just hit repeat and listen for about 30 minutes

 
Theme song for Nutri Systems?
This is one of those songs that when it comes up on my iPod, I just hit repeat and listen for about 30 minutes
 AndyJ wrote:
Takes me away. Back to a home I left so long ago. It has changed, people are gone, land is not the same. Too much anger and hatred about everything. Now I can only get there with the help of the music and memories that bring smell and feel of the air and people from long ago. Growing old is no fun. Now a different beach, different air, very different people and the air and breezes fell and smell different. 

There is no going back. No going home. Aloha
 
I fear this is more prophetic than ever, today...
I was curious, so you might be too, think it's better in the native tongue:
"Ka Huila Wai"



Kū wale mai nō, Ka Huila Wai
'A'ohe wai ia'u, e niniu ai

He aniani kū, mau 'oe nō
He hoa kūkā, pū me kāua

Aloha 'ia nō, 'o'i'o lele
I sa lele ahea, i ka moana

Aloha 'ia nō, 'o Waiohinu
Ka pali lele wai, a ke koa'e

Mai noho 'oe, a ho'o poina
I kahi pīkake, ulu ma'ema'e

Ha'ina 'ia mai, ana ka puana
A'ohe wai ia'u, e niniu ai



The windmill just stands still 
No water comes swirling up

You are a constant reflection of me 
My companion, always conversing with me

Beloved indeed is Môlîlele 
When the clouds swirl, the ocean is stormy 

Beloved is the koae bird from 
The waterfall of Wai'ôhinu

Just don't you forget 
This attractive peacock

Tell the refrain 
No water comes swirling up
 
 
Iz lives!
love it...I could listen to his voice all day....so mellow and sweet!
 Jannne wrote:
Love to get my Hawaiian Hips Hulla..ing.  {#Dancingbanana_2} {#Dancingbanana_2} {#Dancingbanana_2}  thanks Issi (RIP) ...fa'afetai lava lau susuga tama'i'tai

 
Janne- I had only seen "hula" in the Polynesian Cultural Center, blahblah. Good stuff but in, like, hula - in a museum? No bueno. Then I went to my Philippine friend's daughter's wedding and the young gals danced the hula for a traditional wedding blessing. Holy sh*t!! You could have cut the sexual tension in the air with a CHAINSAW!  The menfolk, including me, were literally bewitched- checked out of the Consciousness Hotel you might say.  It was sooooo intense, mesmerizing, powerful. It was the next year I went to Hawai'i  for my fiend's wedding and heard Isreael on the radio. Wow, that changed my little whitetoast life, I gotta tell 'ya. Look up the German word anschauung. No word for it in English.
Oh, what fun! To hear something like this tossed into the mix brought a smile to my face - Sometimes joyousness is exactly what we need, and this song was a great little escape - thank you :-)
This is why I listen to Radio Paradise! Thank you William.
...love this guy! R.I.P.!!!
Nice!  I have this album.
love me some brother Iz, got married in Hawaii and picked up a CD on my honeymoon, love playing it cooking breakfasts for the family, just something about drinking coffee listening to him the in the morning just starts the day off so well.
 AvoidingWork wrote:

Well, that was the connection my mind made, but now that I have double checked the script, that line isn't in the restaurant sketch.  So, I don't know.  I just don't know.  I'm afraid, that I just don't know.  I'm ......

 

The very thing to cleanse the palate and clear your mind: 
"Meaning of Life" still from "Mr. Creosote" skit: "And finally sir...a 'waffer' thin mint?" 

 BTW: noted your occupation. Which do you find the greater torture: XML or Regex?
Loved this. I hadn't heard it before.
Takes me away. Back to a home I left so long ago. It has changed, people are gone, land is not the same. Too much anger and hatred about everything. Now I can only get there with the help of the music and memories that bring smell and feel of the air and people from long ago. Growing old is no fun. Now a different beach, different air, very different people and the air and breezes fell and smell different. 

There is no going back. No going home. Aloha

Love the big man's voice.  Too bad Brother Iz left us so early.
That made my day, I love Hawai'i especially Kaui'i!!!
 stangalbraith wrote:
Thank you so much for playing some of the truly Hawaiian material from Brother Iz. His repertoire is so much greater than the Rainbow/Wonderful World for which he has become famous. Hearing him sing in the Hawaiian language is magical even though I have no understanding of the actual words.

 
Yes indeed
Thank you so much for playing some of the truly Hawaiian material from Brother Iz. His repertoire is so much greater than the Rainbow/Wonderful World for which he has become famous. Hearing him sing in the Hawaiian language is magical even though I have no understanding of the actual words.

You are a constant reflection of me 

My companion, always conversing with me 


 kcar wrote:
Lrobby99 wrote:
Yes, Sir. Whatever you want, Sir. Right away, Sir.
   

AvoidingWork wrote:

*Chuckle*  You're a cruel Man Lrobby99, but fair.

 
? Was Lrobby99 making a reference to MR. Creosote, or...?

Lovely voice. I know some of his songs get over-played in treacly occasions but he had great talent.  

 
Well, that was the connection my mind made, but now that I have double checked the script, that line isn't in the restaurant sketch.  So, I don't know.  I just don't know.  I'm afraid, that I just don't know.  I'm ......
Love to get my Hawaiian Hips Hulla..ing.  {#Dancingbanana_2} {#Dancingbanana_2} {#Dancingbanana_2}  thanks Issi (RIP) ...fa'afetai lava lau susuga tama'i'tai
Lrobby99 wrote:
Yes, Sir. Whatever you want, Sir. Right away, Sir.
   

AvoidingWork wrote:

*Chuckle*  You're a cruel Man Lrobby99, but fair.

 
? Was Lrobby99 making a reference to MR. Creosote, or...?

Lovely voice. I know some of his songs get over-played in treacly occasions but he had great talent.  
 doktorpsilo wrote:
Yay! Something other than "Over the Rainbow"!
 
+1 that!  I think he's a fine niche artist and I'm sure "Over the Rainbow" will remain a special song... But it's hard to appreciate when used in lots of commercials and teary tv endings etc.
Yay! Something other than "Over the Rainbow"!
There's only so much one can take in a day... I'm tuning out!
Still very nice!
 scraig wrote: 
bump
One of the greats. I love all his albums. Thanks for putting Brudda Iz into rotation.
Every body get up and dance

 gypsyman wrote:

Nice. I'm gonna have to try that. {#Clap}

 
I totally second that
Aina Aloha, bruddah.
brudda IZ , da kine , R.I.P.....{#Sunny}mahalo bro...{#Bounce}
So pleased to hear IZ doing some wonderfully authentic Hawaiian music.
"Pe-lo manei kiki bo-bo"

Joe  Isuzu 
 steelinox51 wrote:
I love this album!

 
x2  

Izzy's versions of 'Wonderful World' and 'Over The Rainbow' can make the most cynical heart tear up.
I love this album!
 AndyJ wrote:

Hawaiian music is Sunday-In-The-Park or Sunday Afternoon in Backyard, cooking, drinking beer with friends and everone singing or dancing.. Nice gentle, human... Something we all should do a bit more often...
 
Nice. I'm gonna have to try that. {#Clap}

Israel, Keola Beamer, The Brothers Cazimero, if there's a heaven, I hope that Hawaii is a hint of what it might be like.


It sincerely breaks my heart to think Israel has passed. Sing on, my brother.
Just such a great disc.  Can play it all the way through.
 kurtster wrote:
8 to 9
 
It's a 9 for me. One of best singers of his type I know...
Oh so sad - I shipped a present back to my mom from Hawaii, and she open the box and took out the shirt, and accidentally threw out the CD!  
This is a very popular song to hula to in the islands...Mahalo Bill XOX

Hawaiian music is Sunday-In-The-Park or Sunday Afternoon in Backyard, cooking, drinking beer with friends and everone singing or dancing.. Nice gentle, human... Something we all should do a bit more often...
 iTuner wrote:
This is where I head to Pandora…
 

buh bye...
 bindi wrote:
Was Israel really born in Hawaii?  I have not seen a birth certificate!  :-)

Too bad his weight finally did him in - an amazing voice.
 

He was a true son of Hawaii, has falsetto voice melts me !

Sadly his sumo weight class was a factor in his demize..
 Lrobby99 wrote:
Yes, Sir. Whatever you want, Sir. Right away, Sir.
 
*Chuckle*  You're a cruel Man Lrobby99, but fair.
 scraig wrote:
ALOHA FRIDAY!!!
 
Yes!  ...and again! Perfect Friday tune! Thanks, RP!

8 to 9

Love the old style... Nice to hear it again... makes one remember Sunday Mornings in Manoa and Palolo  (different loves) before the fog lifted..
Bill:

A pleasant diversion on a gloomy day. Mahalo nui loa. 
So sad ... he died young. 
Eclectic. Hard to argue with 4 songs ago we were listening to King of Road

Great song. The picture reminds me of a AbFab scene: (paraphrased from memory)

Eddy - "Inside of me there is a skinny person trying to get out"

Eddy's mum - "Just the one, dear?"


 fredriley wrote:
"I'm leaning on a lamppost at the corner of the street, in case a certain little lady comes by. Oh me, oh my..."


 
How come there's no George on RP? C'mon, Fred, upload something!

I would but I don't have anything of his digitized.

Was Israel really born in Hawaii?  I have not seen a birth certificate!  :-)

Too bad his weight finally did him in - an amazing voice.
nice, makes me want to drink a mai tai{#Cheers}


No, Sir, no!!
 huebdoo wrote:
I remember listening to him signing "Over the Rainbow" when I held my first born in my arms after her first bath at home. I remember thinking that my life was perfect.

Thanks to his gentle, perfect voice ... it is my daughters favourite tune (shes now 7) and mine too

thanks RP...

 

Wow, did THIS board get off track. Time to bring it back to the music.

Beautiful post, huebdoo. I will think of this every time I hear IZ's "Over the Rainbow."
 fredriley wrote:
"I'm leaning on a lamppost at the corner of the street, in case a certain little lady comes by. Oh me, oh my..."

 
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha *breathe* ha, ha, ha, ha, ha (UK in-joke. . . carry on. . . as you were)
Can all ways make me happy
 sqqqrly wrote:

Examples?

 
Glad you asked:

https://paganwiccan.about.com/b/2009/09/03/arizona-pastor-calls-for-obamas-death.htm (Rev. Steven Anderson)
https://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=a80fb9ef697d8b6381e725e5b3da72c1 (Rev. Wiley Drake)

Note to flyboy—so it's not BS, and I'll accept your take back on the facts. I was unaware that ministers were calling for Bush's death from the pulpit as well. No matter what I thought of his policies and his presidency, I find any such notion repugnant and morally abhorrent. Fair enough?

Israel was featured on NPR's Top 50 Voices of All Time. Apparently, the album he did with the "Over the Rainbow" is still the top selling record of Hawaiian music. He had a beautiful talent.


Yes, Sir. Whatever you want, Sir. Right away, Sir.
Great story from NPR about Brother Iz:
Curse you, Bill! It's not fair to play this on a day when snow is flying past my window!

 Decoy wrote:
taken from us far to soon
 
Really? As if the diabetes caused by a fatty, starchy island diet could not have been avoided by eating more fruits, fish, and vegetables. I lived on Maui for a year and I soon found myself in the best shape of my life. Your really have to work at being unhealthy there, and yet so many islanders are.


Aloha !  Great soul

This is where I head to Pandora…
"I'm leaning on a lamppost at the corner of the street, in case a certain little lady comes by. Oh me, oh my..."


Great song, but even a better album cover!!!{#Roflol}
Let the midnight special shine a light on me.
Let the midnight special shine it's ever lovin' light on me.
Yes let the midnight special shine a light on me.
Let the midnight special shine it's ever lovin' light on me.
{#Yes}
taken from us far to soon
 araujokrl wrote:

Somehow I do not think it is as simple as a lack of self-discipline either. Probably a lot (was) going on with him that we just don't know about.
 
Many Native American tribes in the southwest have the same obesity problem.  It's not so much the food that contributed to the problem but the consistent supply.  As I've heard it, many humans that lived in a place where food was not in constant supply developed a feast and famine diet.  Their bodies adjusted to this by absorbing food in the feast times by building up fat reserves to then consume in the times of famine.  With the modern day availability of food their bodies just continue to hold fat for use later that is not needed.

That being said there are a lot of physically fit Native Americans who don't suffer from an obesity problem.  So I don't know. 

I think genetically the cards can be stacked either for or against you.  Being blessed to come from a family with a slender build, I have great respect for the people who have overcome obesity.  It's not something that I want to see if my will is strong enough to conquer. 

beautiful voice....{#Yes}
 xc_para_puravida wrote:

Biology demonstrates that native peoples' metabolic systems can't cope with the alcohol, sugar, processed food and chemically-laden meat of the industrial food model - and other folks aren't doing too well eating that crap either.
 
Or maybe he was just eating too damned much of it.  Mweep-mwow

 flyboy (Sarah Palin's Hometown) wrote:


I'm going to go ahead and call BS on that one.  You can't go and generically say that there are "several' preachers calling for the President's head without something to back it up with.  I myself have yet to agree with anything that I've heard come out of President Obama's mouth, and hate his policies with a passion.  I also think he's personally an arogant prick, an enemy of the state, and an illegitimate President.  I hope he's removed from office absolutely as soon as possible.  But I don't wish him or anyone else death.  I guess that's the difference between me and the Bush haters, Bill Ayers, Rom Emanuel, etc.
 
The reference to provenance—in parenthesis—seems redundant for it can be inferred from the "argument" (or lack thereof) {#Think}


 sqqqrly wrote:

Examples?

 
Steven Anderson
Wiley Drake

Of course, these guys are quite coo coo  {#Propeller}

What scares me is the comments made by conservative talk show hosts that make it seem that Obama is endangering the constitution and America...with the implicit message that such grave peril calls for drastic action. I've heard Walton & Johnson going off, seeming to intentionally get people really upset. This is Texas. There are guns everywhere. Most elementary schools have a shooting range. Okay, that's not true, but we DO have lots of guns. Just scares me and pisses me off at these radio jerk-offs.
 Darrooon wrote:
It always surprises me when Bill G pronounces his last name, effortlessly.
 
I do believe Bill may have spent some time living in the islands.  Is this so, Bill?
Maybe he can also translate the song's title or does anyone else out there speak or read Hawaiian?  {#Ask}
 WonderLizard wrote:

Y'know there are several American Christian preachers who lately have been calling for the President's death, some by natural causes, others by any means; some because he's a black man, others because they disagree with his initiatives. I believe using the pulpit to promote murder is a perversion,however protected, of our First Amendment rights. And you just know there's some whacko nut job out there who's going to figure the preacher's got something going and is going to do his bidding—an outcome too horrible to contemplate. So, your sentiment, and I'm hoping fervently that you didn't really mean it—that you got lost in the anger of the moment, just doesn't have a place in these dialogues. There is no good time for wishing death upon others, but right now, I believe we need to be a little extra sensitive.
 

I'm going to go ahead and call BS on that one.  You can't go and generically say that there are "several' preachers calling for the President's head without something to back it up with.  I myself have yet to agree with anything that I've heard come out of President Obama's mouth, and hate his policies with a passion.  I also think he's personally an arogant prick, an enemy of the state, and an illegitimate President.  I hope he's removed from office absolutely as soon as possible.  But I don't wish him or anyone else death.  I guess that's the difference between me and the Bush haters, Bill Ayers, Rom Emanuel, etc.
 WonderLizard wrote:


Y'know there are several American Christian preachers who lately have been calling for the President's death, some by natural causes
 
Examples?

 h9xh9xh9x wrote:
Is this a Dylan song too? It sounds like him from the back.
 

It may sound like him from the back, but the album cover certainly doesn't look like him from the back {#Tongue}
My fav from Bro' Iz!  Aloha!  {#Good-vibes}
Troy Palomalu in 2025, reflecting upon a stellar football career.
 WonderLizard wrote:

Y'know there are several American Christian preachers who lately have been calling for the President's death, some by natural causes, others by any means; some because he's a black man, others because they disagree with his initiatives. I believe using the pulpit to promote murder is a perversion,however protected, of our First Amendment rights. And you just know there's some whacko nut job out there who's going to figure the preacher's got something going and is going to do his bidding—an outcome too horrible to contemplate. 
 


Absolutely despicable.  They are no different than those scumbags calling for Bush's death a year ago.

I meet this wonderful man when working the flights between Honolulu and Molokai, what a big man with even a bigger heart!
he help start the resurgence of the interest in Hawaiian culture to the very people he knew and loved..the locals of Hawaiian ancestry.
I always wonder how he got his fingers to move on that little fret board.
Oh and buy the way thank you for pronouncing his name correctly .....
OK you can now follow this song up with Pail Ridge by the great Jimmie Hindrex
Aloha !
 FerrariF1Fan wrote:


YOU IGNORANT PIECE OF CRAP! DIE PLEASE..........................
 
I think you're attacking manbirdexperiment, not rotterdam, who did little more than object to MBE's cartoon and citation of The Deity. That said, I'm going to object to the second idea in your post. If you think MBE is an igorant piece of crap, well, okay. But suggesting that his death solves your/his/our problem(s) is, IMHO, over the top.

Y'know there are several American Christian preachers who lately have been calling for the President's death, some by natural causes, others by any means; some because he's a black man, others because they disagree with his initiatives. I believe using the pulpit to promote murder is a perversion,however protected, of our First Amendment rights. And you just know there's some whacko nut job out there who's going to figure the preacher's got something going and is going to do his bidding—an outcome too horrible to contemplate. So, your sentiment, and I'm hoping fervently that you didn't really mean it—that you got lost in the anger of the moment, just doesn't have a place in these dialogues. There is no good time for wishing death upon others, but right now, I believe we need to be a little extra sensitive.

I'm going to stand by MBE's "right" to make an ass of himself, and suggest that you need to think about what Izzy would have said in response to MBE. I believe he would have extended his hand in peace...

manbirdexperiment wrote:

Awww stop talking for God...as he is...God surely he can set up his own RP account who knows he might like it...we only have your word that he doesn't


Wow! Great Monday morning mix, Bill. An extra thanks since I couldn't find any coffee in the studio this morning.
The world needs more of this kind of music.  Beautiful melodies, harmonies and soothing rhythms.
I hope they play the Ramones next........
 Rotterdam wrote:

Me and just about everyone else is sick and tired of this cartoon. Please can you come up with something more original? And please can you learn something about the music you attack before you do so?

 

YOU IGNORANT PIECE OF CRAP! DIE PLEASE..........................
RIP! YOU WERE AN INCREDIBLE VOCALIST!
RIP, Brudda Iz. You are sorely missed.
 Darrooon wrote:
It always surprises me when Bill G pronounces his last name, effortlessly.
 

But that's Bill's job. He is a professional. Don't try this at home
His music always fills my heart.  Perhaps it's because of my love for the Hawaiian islands...
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Amen to that!

 
I wit' ya bro, Bill doesn't believe in banning apparently, but if ever it was deserved....
btw - just which beach would dat be dat you be on?  See you @ Wreck Beach sometime maybe and hit ya wit' a little old homegrown BCBud bro!   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wreck_Beach
Meanwhile, back to the Islands and the  heights of my heart and the depths of my soul wit' Bro Iz!  {#Good-vibes}  {#Sunny}

The album's called Facing, but looks like it's on the verge of mooning.
 Rotterdam wrote:

Me and just about everyone else is sick and tired of this cartoon. Please can you come up with something more original? And please can you learn something about the music you attack before you do so?

 
Amen to that!

 manbirdexperiment wrote:

 
Me and just about everyone else is sick and tired of this cartoon. Please can you come up with something more original? And please can you learn something about the music you attack before you do so?

 manbirdexperiment wrote:

 
God called. He said he wants this picture back. He also said he needs to talk to you. {#Wave}
ALOHA FRIDAY!!!
brudda iz rules..
love him...
It's snowing here in Canada's wannabe California.  75+ cm (approx. 30 in) and still coming down. 
I was dreaming of a white Christmas but this is overkill:
 
https://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/12/25/bc-travel-conditions.html

All this and earthquakes, too!
Take me to the islands, mon!

Love Brudda Iz...{#Bananajam}
what's with all the shallow people who can only comment on his weight?? He was a very talented man, with a beautiful voice, that's what matters.
 manbirdexperiment wrote:

 
manbirdexperiment... I guess the result was a COCK?

Reminds me of my Honeymoon! {#Daisy}

I remember listening to him signing "Over the Rainbow" when I held my first born in my arms after her first bath at home. I remember thinking that my life was perfect.

Thanks to his gentle, perfect voice ... it is my daughters favourite tune (shes now 7) and mine too

thanks RP...

It always surprises me when Bill G pronounces his last name, effortlessly.
Ahh... Iz.  You were da finest kind!

What a great song.  I love hearing this each time it comes around.
According to Wikipedia, he died of weight related illness at 38 yrs old (in 1997). He was over 700 lbs. He was highly revered in Hawaii, and they said a bronze bust of him that was unveiled weighed over 200 lbs.