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Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole Album is the First Hawaiian Recording to Go Platinum
Published November 27, 2005

Kamakawiwo'ole died in 1997, having suffered respiratory ailments due to weight problems.

Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole's "Facing Future" album recently became Hawaii's first RIAA Certified platinum album, having sold more than one million CDs in the United States.