April 15, 2014

IZ now on Spotify!

IZ’s music is now on Spotify! All of IZ’s classic music is now available for listening on your computer or on the go with the Spotify App. For everything else IZ, shop our online store!

April 03, 2014

Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award

IZ will be an honoree of this year’s Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Awards! He’ll be joining some great names in Hawaiian music at this very special occasion! The Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon will be held in May.

February 06, 2014

#ThrowBackThursday – IZ from Makapu’u

A little Throw Back Thursday! Check out this awesome tribute to IZ via Island 98.5 and We Still Mighty!

November 08, 2013

IZ Fan Stories contest!

We want you tell us your Facing Future/Israel Kamakawiwo’ole story with a video or a picture!

• Submit a video telling us how his music/the album changed your life by uploading your video and sending us a link via commenting on this post, or email: http://www.izhawaii.com/Contact/
OR
• Submit a picture and a story that demonstrates how important that music and IZ have become in your personal life. Send via private message or email: http://www.izhawaii.com/Contact/
• Did you know IZ or get to meet him? Describe how, where and what happened.
• Do you have an autographed copy of this CD or any poster, hat, Tshirt? Take a picture and share it with IZ fans everywhere.
• Submissions can be anonymous, but feel free to include your name and location!

IZ’s music has touched people around the world and the emotional response of the listener is exactly what music should do!

As an added bonus, we will pick ONE submission to win an IZ prizepack! A T-shirt, the entire IZ CD collection (Facing Future, Alone in IZ World, IZ in Concert, E Ala E, N Dis Life, Wonderful World) IZ, The Voice of the People book, and a hook necklace!

Submissions will be accepted til December 31st, 2013!

Submission Agreement: By submitting your materials for inclusion in the 20th Anniversary Facing Future promotion, you are granting permission to Mountain Apple Company/Big Boy Records to use those materials for promotional purposes and are warranting that you have the right to grant this permission.

October 24, 2013

#ThrowBackThursday – Kuana Torres Kahele and IZ

Two generations of amazing Hawaiian music artists!!

From Kuana Torres Kahele’s Facebook:

THROWBACK THURSDAY: KTK and Braddah IZ
This is one of my fondest recollections from being a kid in school, growing up in Hilo…….The day IZ came.
He was (and is) such a role model for me. I enjoy his music, but more importantly, he was the first Hawaiian I really saw being successful. Through his career, I saw the promise of a future in Hawaiian Music.

Check out Kuana’s solo work as well as his group, Na Palapalai!

September 10, 2013

Awesome IZ Fan Art!

Amazing IZ fan art made by Michael Volpicelli! Here’s what he said about this portrait: “I made his portrait using words from his songs. I felt like by doing that it was not just a “picture” but something more to share his thoughts, his art/passion, and his feelings. Hope you Enjoy!” Mahalo Michael!

September 05, 2013

Sarah Brightman / IZ, “Hawaii ’78″ Duet NOW AVAILABLE!

Sarah Brightman’s “Dreamchaser” features a cover/duet track of “Hawaii ’78″ with Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole!

The exclusive version of “Dreamchaser” featuring this bonus track, is available through Target!

August 22, 2013

Track of the Day!

#TrackoftheDay – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo`ole – “White Sandy Beach of Hawai’i”

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June 18, 2013

IZ Fan Art!

More awesome and unique fan art from Osanai Makoto!

June 05, 2013

“Henehene Kou ‘Aka” Soundwave

Here’s something fun for you audiophiles out there! This is a printout of the waveform of IZ performing “Henehene Kou ‘Aka!” This is the technical visual representation of IZ’s music! What does IZ’s music look like to you? Listen to “Henehene Kou ‘Aka” on IZ’s, “Facing Future”, “Alone in IZ World”  and, “Wonderful World”!  

May 30, 2013

Sarah Brightman/IZ Duet – PREVIEW!

“Sarah Brightman has an unusual and beautiful duet partner on the latest song to arrive from her new album. “Hawaii ’78″ features the late and great Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, who originally released “Hawai’i ’78″ for his 1993 album “Facing Future.” That album also featured his most famous track, his cover of “Somewhere Over the [More...]

May 20, 2013

Happy Birthday, IZ!!

Today, May 20th, is none other than Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s birthday!! Happy Birthday IZ!! :)

April 29, 2013

Wayne Harada on Brightman/Iz duet – “Hawaii ’78″!

From the Star Advertiser‘s Wayne Harada is an article about Sarah Brightman’s cover of IZ’s “Hawaii ’78″! “So how did Sarah Brightman, who originated the role of Christine in both the London and Broadway productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” discover and proceed to record “Hawaii ’78,” a popular track by [More...]

April 23, 2013

IZ Art!

Check THIS out! IZ Corn Maze as seen from above made to commemorate the singer. Created by Aloun Farms in Kapolei, 2001.

April 23, 2013

IZ fan art!

IZ fan art from a Sand Castle competition in Texas.  Have you created or seen any IZ artwork?  Let us know in the comments or send us a message!

April 23, 2013

IZ Apparel BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Back by popular demand is our classic IZ logo t-shirt, available in Heather Gray and Stone colors!  Shirts are unisex and look great on both men and women!  Don’t forget that our IZ hook t-shirts are also still available! Shop the shirts HERE!

April 22, 2013

KHON2 – “Facing Future” 20th Anniversary

Check out this online article and video featuring the 20th anniversary of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole‘s, “Facing Future” album!   “It’s been 20 years since Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Facing Future” album made its debut.  Since then, it’s gone on to become the best-selling Hawaiian music album of all time and continues to inspire people around the world.  Many [More...]

April 19, 2013

Send a little aloha…in an “Over the Rainbow” Musical Message Bottle!

Looking for a special way to send some aloha to someone?

Look no further than our, “Over the Rainbow” Musical Message Bottle! Now you can share IZ’s music with your loved ones in a special keepsake glass bottle! Plays “Over the Rainbow” in full when you lift the lid! Only available at Hallmark Stores nationwide! If your local store doesn’t carry them, then please request them so we can continue to share IZ’s music with everyone!

April 17, 2013

Iz: The Man and His Music – Clip#2

A clip from the Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole DVD, “IZ: The Man and His Music – Island Music Island Hearts.” Features interviews, live performances, and a simple glimpse into one of Hawaii’s most treasured musicians.
Experience the bigger than life personality of IZ and learn about the man behind the music.

Purchase your copy of Island Music Island Hearts today.
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April 17, 2013

IZ on, “Hot Hawaiian Nights”!

A clip from the IZ DVD, Hot Hawaiian Nights. IZ plays with fellow musicians Roland Cazimero and Mel Amina.

Shop the DVD!

April 17, 2013

IZ: The Man Behind The Music – Clip #1

A clip from the Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole DVD, “IZ: The Man Behind The Music.” This DVD explores that man, through never-before seen interviews and stories with the help of friends and family who knew him best.
Experience the bigger than life personality of IZ and learn about the man behind the music.

Purchase your copy of IZ: The Man Behind the Music today!

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April 16, 2013

“Dreamchaser” – Available NOW!

Check it out!  Sarah Brightman’s newest CD release, “Dreamchaser“ featuring a duet track with local boy, Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo`ole on his hit, “Hawaii ’78″! “Dreamchaser“ is exclusively available through Target!

April 11, 2013

broadwayworld.com Article – Feat. Sarah Brightman and IZ!

Check out this article on Broadway World featuring Sarah Brightman and her duet recording with Iz for, “Hawaii ’78″! “Sarah Brightman‘s sensational new solo release DREAMCHASER is now available to order and you can now listen to a special bonus track that is only included on the Target Limited Edition, “Hawai’i ’78″, a duet with [More...]

March 29, 2013

IZ Tenor Uke Featured in Surfer Magazine!

Check out this recent issue of Surfer Magazine to see IZ’s Tenor Ukulele featured!

February 20, 2013

IZ Tenor Ukulele video review @ the NAMM Convention

The Limited Edition IZ IT Tenor Ukulele is now available at Martin Guitar retailers nationwide! Just like the Ukulele that IZ loved!

Check out this video from the NAMM Convention talking about this Ukulele!
Some fans have trouble pronouncing IZ’s last name–do you? How do you pronounce it?

February 18, 2013

Iz: The Man and His Music – Clip

A clip from the Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole DVD, “IZ: The Man and His Music – Island Music Island Hearts.” Features interviews, live performances, and a simple glimpse into one of Hawaii’s most treasured musicians.

Experience the bigger than life personality of IZ and learn about the man behind the music.

Purchase your copy of Island Music Island Hearts today.
http://www.izhawaii.com/store
http://www.mountainapplecompany.com/i…

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/israelkamakaw…
Twitter: http://twitter.com/izhawaii

February 12, 2013

New IZ Fan Art!

Check out some of this awesome fan art of IZ by Thierry Cattant!

View his blog HERE!

February 08, 2013

IZ Tenor Ukulele Now Available!

It’s finally here! Unveiled at NAMM last week, the IZ 1T Tenor Ukulele is now available at Martin Guitar retailers nationwide!

It has a list price of $1,999.00 and has a bunch of awesome features, such as a beautiful quilted mahogany construction, an East Indian rosewood headplate adorned with “IZ” inlaid in Hawaiian koa!

Check out Martin Guitar’s website for more details and to find a store near you!

January 14, 2013

“Hawai’i 78″ Remix by Sudden Rush

Aloha IZ fans! Popular Contemporary Hawaiian group, Sudden Rush, have just released a powerful remix/cover of Hawai’i 78 (one of IZ’s signature songs!) entitled: HAWAII 3000, featuring Uncle Willie K!

Check out the preview at our site! Available for $0.99 download, and on iTunes!

And don’t forget to check out IZ’s version of, “Hawai’i 78″!

January 09, 2013

Iz on the 25 Greatest Hawaii Albums

Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo`ole’s song, “`Opae E” on the album Alone in IZ World, is featured in Honolulu Magazine’s The 25 Greatest Hawaii Albums of the New Century.

The album ranked 3rd on the magazine’s list!

“Alone In IZ World” was compiled after the passing of Iz in 1997.  Luckily, Jon de Mello recorded every studio moment to tape – outtakes, banter, lighthearted covers.  The result was an unheard revelation.

Check out, “The 25 Greatest Hawaii Albums of the New Century” and, “Alone in IZ World” now!

December 28, 2012

“E ala E” video

OFFICIAL Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole – “E ala E” Video

December 14, 2012

Pictures of Iz by Robert Knight

Noted rock photographer Robert Knight shot Israel at a karate demonstration by martial arts grandmaster Walter Godin.

December 13, 2012

IZ and his wife

IZ with his wife, Marlene.

December 11, 2012

Iz @ Pat’s at Punalu`u

IZ at Pat’s in Punalu’u.

The Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau often played for Sunday brunch at Pat’s at Punalu’u.

December 04, 2012

Inspiration from braddah Iz

“Be strong, know who you are, no be shame, stand up, e ala e.”

November 30, 2012

Jon de Mello on Braddah Iz’s music

“Iz will affect the world as long as there is music. Next to Don Ho, he’s done more for the popularity of Hawaiian music than any other Hawaiian. Israel has put Hawaiian music and the Aloha Spirit on the radar screens of people around the world. He is alive in the hearts of millions of fans.”

- Jon de Mello, CEO Mountain Apple Company • HAWAI‘I

Jon de Mello is Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole’s producer and lifelong friend. He is the CEO of Mountain Apple Company, IZ’s record company in Hawai‘i.

Check out Mountain Apple Company’s Facebook page and discover more great Hawaiian Music!

November 29, 2012

Iz’s Youth

Quick-tempered in his youth, Israel often found himself in trouble. Years later, he advised young Hawaiians to “avoid pilikia.”

November 25, 2012

Iz and the Makaha Sons

IZ with the Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau.

Photo from IZ: Voice of the People, a full color, hardcover coffee table book featuring tons of exclusive IZ stories and photos! A perfect Christmas gift, this book is sure to bring holiday joy to any IZ fan in your life (or you)!

Get IZ: Voice of the People HERE!

November 21, 2012

Classic Iz Performance

IZ singing for a crowd.

November 16, 2012

Archive Iz Poster

Old poster for an IZ Tribute Concert held in 2000.

November 14, 2012

Quotes from Braddah Iz

“Dis music is feelingz dat goin’ last fo’eva and dat all generationz to come can fall back on.”
- Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole

November 13, 2012

Iz Hook Shirt

Have you gotten your Official IZ Hook Shirt yet? Get yours today!

November 08, 2012

IZ in Top 10 Cover Songs, Better Than the Original

Israel Kamakawiwo ‘Oles Ukelele Version of “Over the Rainbow” was featured at #3 in Terrific Top 10′s list of cover songs, better than the original. “Over the Rainbow” was written by E.Y Harburg for the 1939 movie “The Wizard of OZ”, and was originally sung by Judy Garland.

August 13, 2012

IZ at Borders

Are you nostalgic for record stores–where fans could browse all kinds of music, and artists had a chance to interact with their fans?

Here is IZ at his last autograph session at Borders Books & Music – Ward Centre, in Honolulu, Hawaii. IZ would always stay til everyone in line got an autograph, no matter how late–even if the store wanted to close. Shelley Coscina, Mountain Apple Company’s VP is in the upper right hand corner. Mahalo to Les Honda from Borders for this wonderful memory!

June 26, 2012

Remembering IZ

Today we are remembering the great Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo‘ole and how lucky we are to have had the opportunity to work with him and know him N Dis Life! IZ, you live in our hearts and minds every day! You are missed by millions around the world.

Share how much IZ has meant to you at our Fan Map. https://www.izhawaii.com/fans

May 30, 2012

Waimanalo Blues

Here’s a trip down memory lane, a rare video of IZ performing almost 20 years ago, with other Hawaiian music greats, Roland Cazimero, Henry Kapono, and Cyril Pahinui!

May 21, 2012

New FAN section!

Aloha IZ fans! We’ve finished gathering all the wonderful stories, photos, and videos you’ve shared with us, and put them together on a giant map for all to read and enjoy!

And since we had such a great response, we will be continuing to accept more fan submissions! Feel free to fill out the form at the site! https://www.izhawaii.com/fans/

Or if you don’t have a story or picture to share and you just want to be listed on the map, you can just put your name and/or location and we’ll add you to the map!

Note: Submissions are not automatically added; please give us a few days to add it. Mahalo for your patience.

Aloha!

May 20, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, IZ!

HAPPY 53RD BIRTHDAY, IZ!

To celebrate this year, we collected fan stories and photos from around the world! Come back tomorrow to check out our brand new FANS section!

In the meantime, here’s some other great fan works!


This is Sungha Jun, a famous acoustic finger-style guitarist from South Korea; here he is covering “Over the Rainbow”!


Here’s a video of a fan who did a digital painting of IZ!

Here’s another portrait of IZ by fan Donovan Crisp!

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole by ~SprayCaint123 on deviantART


Here’s “The Piano Guys” with an instrumental cover of “Over the Rainbow”! Filmed on O’ahu on the North Shore!


Did you know Pearl Jam covered “Over the Rainbow” a few years back? Here’s a video of Eddie Vedder giving a very heartfelt performance in concert in Hawaii!


Here’s a very cool solo a cappella of “Over the Rainbow” by Youtuber daiyel!


Here’s one of IZ’s many young fans performing his rendition of “Over the Rainbow” :)

May 08, 2012

“Over the Rainbow” Music Box

IZ’s birthday is coming up on May 20th. If someone else you know also has a birthday coming up, check out your local Hallmark store for the perfect gift! They’ve got a wonderful music box that plays IZ’s “Over the Rainbow” AND you can record your own personal greeting! When someone opens the box, it will alternate between your greeting, and the song. It’s also a memory box, and you can add your own photo and other keepsakes.

Here’s a demo of the music box in action!

Call your local Hallmark store for availability. http://stores.hallmark.com/ Retail price, $19.99.

April 06, 2012

Together In IZ World: Be part of HIZ story

You are a huge part of IZ’s success. Now become part of his story. His ‘ohana (family) around the world has grown in to a tight-knit, knowing community of music lovers. Get to know this community better by hearing their story and comparing it to yours.

Tell us how you discovered IZ, did you see him in concert, what’s your favorite song, how often you listen to IZ, has his music helped you through a rough patch?…it’s all part of the story.

Send us your IZ stories, photos, artwork, videos, etc. and on the week of May 20th, IZ’s birthday, we will post all the submissions we’ve received from you, the fans.
Together In IZ World.

How to submit your fan story: Just fill out the form below! Click here or scroll down. If you have any questions or trouble with the form, please comment or email us.

Over time, we have heard from fans around the world where they told us of babies being born while IZ played in the background; or consoled by IZ’s music, sad goodbyes as people have dealt with death; countless brides have told us they walked down the aisle to Over The Rainbow. Adults have told us that when they were a small kid, they stood in line to get an autograph and still cherish it. The rainbow of fans around the world and their love of his music is what connects these unique memories all together. We’d love to share your story with the world.

Submission Agreement: By submitting your materials for inclusion in the Together in IZ World promotion, you are granting permission to Mountain Apple Company/Big Boy Records to use those materials for promotional purposes and are warranting that you have the right to grant this permission.

Note: Please don’t panic if you see a grey/blank screen after you submit the form. If you scroll up you will see the confirmation that your submission was received.

April 03, 2012

Support Mountain Apple Company!

Aloha everyone! Please “LIKE” the Mountain Apple Company Facebook and receive FREE downloads of IZ songs! Mahalo!

http://www.facebook.com/mountainapplecompany

March 08, 2012

NEW IZ Digital Download – Fan Favs!

Aloha IZ fans! We’ve JUST released a new IZ compilation, exclusively for download at izhawaii.com! It contains 10 fan favorite songs as well as a BONUS never before released track of Hawaiian Sup’pman, available ONLY through this special album download. Just click the link!

For those looking to share IZ with their family and friends, this album is a perfect selection of songs to introduce IZ into their world. Aloha!

March 05, 2012

IZ T-Shirts

Singer Mike Keale wearing an IZ t-shirt at a music kiosk on Kauai. (Mike is IZ’s cousin and the nephew of Moe Keale!) Get your own IZ t-shirt! ($14.99 to $16.99) https://www.izhawaii.com/store/

February 29, 2012

IZ Facebook passed the 50k fan mark!

IZ’s Facebook just surpassed 50,000 fans/likes over the weekend!! :) A HUGE mahalo to all the fans, new and old, from Hawaii and around the world, for all your support! IZ would be so proud. And keep IZ’s spirit going and continue to share his music! We’ll be at 100,000 fans in no time!

February 29, 2012

“Pakalolo Will Tickle Your Feet”

Check out this rare footage of IZ performing at a correctional facility in Hawaii, back in 1994. The song is “Pakalolo Will Tickle Your Feet”! Enjoy!

February 24, 2012

IZ featured in ARC Music catalog

Aloha UK fans! If you receive ARC Music’s mail order catalog, you’ll see none other than IZ’s Facing Future on the cover for Spring 2012! ARC Music boasts the largest and finest selection of World and Folk music, and we’re so happy they chose Facing Future and 50 Greatest Hawaii Albums of All Time as featured titles!

February 24, 2012

E Ala E

This song was composed by IZ’s dear friend, Leo Anderson Akana. IZ found it inspiring and wanted to record it. Jon de Mello decided that it was the perfect song and had the perfect addition… a recording of Hawaiians chanting from some of the observations of the 100th Anniversary of the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani. E Ala E continues as an anthem to the Hawaiian people as they acquire proper recognition as the indigenous people of Hawaii.

E Ala E is available on IZ’s album of the same name!

February 09, 2012

White Sandy Beach

From the first album we worked on with IZ, he insisted on doing a favorite of his, White Sandy Beach. IZ told us that a man named “Willie Dan” was the composer, but Mountain Apple Company could not find the publisher or composer, despite looking high and low. It was about a decade after IZ’s passing that “Willie Dan” finally contacted us. One of the reasons that we couldn’t find him was that “Willie Dan” was a pen name for his compositions!

Anyway, we were finally able to connect with the composer, and now Mountain Apple Company is the publisher of this great Hawaiian song. Even though IZ never got to know “Willie Dan” we’re sure he’s happy that their collaboration continues to bring joy all over the world.

White Sandy Beach is available on IZ’s album Facing Future!

January 26, 2012

“Over the Rainbow” on Jon & Kate Plus 8


Jon Gosselin has roots in Hawaii, which is why he chose to renew his vows in the islands (on Maui), and play IZ at the ceremony. Unfortunately things haven’t turned out for the best, but here are 2 clips of Jon & Kate Plus 8 remembering the good times!

January 16, 2012

“Over the Rainbow” as Sweet as Sugar

This Austrian sugar commercial illustrates how everyone–man or animal, loves sugar! We think the same can be said about IZ’s music, do your pets like to listen with you?

January 11, 2012

Braddah Iz article on dailykos.com!

Braddah Iz article on dailykos.com!

January 10, 2012

SALE! Wonderful World Easy Piano

Have you ever wanted to play some of IZ’s songs? Maybe your New Year’s resolution was to learn to play music?

As part of our New Year’s sales we have IZ’s Wonderful World Songbook – Easy Piano on sale for $9.98! (was $19.98) Check it out!

January 04, 2012

IZ T-Shirts – New Year’s Sales

We’re having some New Year’s sales!! First up, IZ’s classic Hook t-shirt! Small to XL $14.99 (was $18.99) – http://mountainapplecompany.spinshop.com… XXL to XXXL $16.99 (was $21.99) – http://mountainapplecompany.spinshop.com…

January 03, 2012

“Over the Rainbow” in NYC Times Square on New Years!

“Over the Rainbow” was played in New York Times Square on New Years! Check it out on this brief clip..

December 29, 2011

“Over the Rainbow” in Finding Forrester

As 2011 draws to a close, we leave you with a clip of “Over the Rainbow” from the closing scene in Finding Forrester, a movie about a young man, inspired by a talented writer to pursue and hone his own writing skills. Has IZ inspired you to pursue music (or anything!) in life?

We hope that you have a great 2012!! Happy New Year!!

For more on IZ, check out: https://www.izhawaii.com/ and add us on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/israelkamakawiwoole

December 22, 2011

IZ in Rice Krispies commercial #3

This Rice Krispies commercial with IZ’s “Over the Rainbow” reminds us of the simple joy of spending time with your loved ones.

We hope you’re spending the holidays with the ones you love! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

December 14, 2011

Even more pics from IZ: Voice of the People!

IZ: Voice of the People is a full color, hardcover coffee table book featuring tons of exclusive IZ stories and photos! A perfect Christmas gift, this book is sure to please any IZ fan in your life (or you)! On sale at Mountain Apple Company for only $9.98! We’ve got two more images for you of IZ with the Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau…

December 08, 2011

More pics from IZ: Voice of the People!

The perfect Christmas gift, IZ: Voice of the People is a full color, hardcover coffee table book which features a cornucopia of exclusive IZ history and photos! This book is sure to please any IZ fan in your life (or you)! Buy it for only $9.98! Here’s another exclusive sneak peek photo of IZ with the Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau…

December 02, 2011

IZ: Voice of the People

If you’re looking for a great holiday gift for the IZ fan in your life (or for yourself!) the book, IZ: Voice of the People is now on sale for $9.98! http://mountainapplecompany.spinshop.com/details/63093 This is a full color, hard cover coffee table book, that illustrates IZ’s amazing life and career. Here are a few pics… IZ [More...]

November 23, 2011

“Over the Rainbow” in Dutch Insurance Commercial

This week’s IZ clip comes from a Dutch insurance company. This commercial shows the full spectrum of the human experience, the ups and downs and everything in between. “Over the Rainbow” is definitely in the soundtrack to life for many of us!

For more on IZ, check out: www.facebook.com/israelkamakawiwoole

Happy Thanksgiving to all of IZ’s fans!! :)

November 21, 2011

“Over the Rainbow” – Car commercial with Jeremy Irons

IZ’s “Over the Rainbow” is a song that really makes you stop and smell the roses in life. This Italian car commercial emphasizes enjoying the sights, sounds, and feelings that surround you while driving.

Where’s your favorite place to relax and listen to music? Driving in the car? Relaxing on the beach?

November 08, 2011

IZ on Japan’s “Amazing Voice”

NHK’s Amazing Voice will be doing an episode featuring The Brothers Cazimero and IZ! They were at our office today filming! The episode will air in Japan some time in early 2012.

November 08, 2011

Another Free Download!

Aloha! For anyone who hasn’t added us at our new Facebook page, Mountain Apple Company, we’re offering ANOTHER free download for anyone who adds/Likes us there! After you’ve added/Liked us, just go to this link for a free download of IZ’s “Henehene Kou ‘Aka”! http://www.facebook.com/mountainapplecompany?v=app_190322544333196 Share with your friends so they can get the download, [More...]

November 08, 2011

IZ in Austrian Sugar Commercial!

This Austrian sugar commercial shows how a childhood dream can be reached, “Over the Rainbow”!

What’s your favorite sweet that takes you, “Over the Rainbow”?

November 08, 2011

“Over the Rainbow” in a European Car Commercial

IZ’s “Over the Rainbow” in a very cute European car commercial showing the bond between a man and his car.

Songs always remind us of special people (or things/events/times) in our lives. What does “Over the Rainbow” or any of IZ’s songs remind you of?

November 08, 2011

Free Download!

Aloha! We’re currently offering a free download for anyone who adds/Likes us at our Mountain Apple Company Facebook page! After you’ve added/Liked us, just go to this link for a free download of IZ’s “White Sandy Beach”. http://www.facebook.com/mountainapplecompany?v=app_190322544333196 Share with your friends so they can get the download, too! And you can also check out [More...]

October 25, 2011

“Over the Rainbow” in 50 First Dates

Here’s a clip from the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore movie 50 First Dates (which takes place and was filmed in Hawaii!) featuring “Over the Rainbow” in a sweet, romantic tone.

Do you know someone who played IZ at their wedding?

October 12, 2011

The beauty of Hawaii with IZ as the soundtrack

This week’s IZ clip is from the TV show, Aerial America, which explores the United States from a bird’s eye view. Get a glimpse of Hawaii’s scenic beauty that inspired IZ’s music!

For fans who don’t live in Hawaii, have you ever visited the islands? If so, what’s your favorite scenic lookout here?

October 06, 2011

Over the Rainbow in Spain

IZ continues his sweep across Europe! “Over the Rainbow” is quickly climbing the charts in Spain and is the #2 most downloaded single on iTunes there!!

Here’s a clip from Spain’s TELE 5, featuring “Over the Rainbow”!

October 06, 2011

IZ in Japanese magazine, Ukulele Time

IZ was recently featured in the Japanese magazine, Ukulele Time. Here’s all the articles for any Japanese speaking fans!

Click on the other images to check out the other articles!

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October 04, 2011

IZ in Rice Krispies commercial

This clip features one of our favorite cereals, Rice Krispies! “Over the Rainbow” has been used in so many commercials that are aimed at children and young parents because of the gentleness and innocence of IZ’s voice. Do you listen to IZ with your kids? (He’s sure to calm them down!) Take a look at what Kelloggs did with this Rice Krispies commercial! What’s YOUR favorite cereal?

September 22, 2011

Hawai’i 78 in Race the Sun

IZ’s music has been heard in movies, too! “Hawai’i 78″ was featured in the 1996 film Race the Sun. It was based on the 1990 solar race car team from Konawaena High School that went to the World Championship that year. IZ loved having his song in this movie as it was about kids from Hawai’i, and he loved kids.

And if you like the song, we’re offering it as a free download! Just click the button below!

September 15, 2011

Japanese IZ ad

It comes as no surprise that IZ is well loved in Japan, here’s a sample of what fans are seeing over there!

If you’d like to get this t-shirt, it’s available at our store!

September 14, 2011

This week’s IZ clip: Korean cosmetics commercial


Here’s this week’s IZ commercial clip! This Korean cosmetics/health food company used “Over the Rainbow” to showcase the essence of nature in their products. It only makes sense to use a beautiful song to promote beauty products!

September 14, 2011

40,000 fans on Facebook and counting!

Aloha everyone! We’ve broken the 40,000 mark in Facebook fans!! A HUGE mahalo to all of IZ’s fans throughout the world for your continued support and love of IZ and his music. With your help, we’ll get to 100,000!

September 09, 2011

This week’s IZ clip: Hungarian Bank Commercial

IZ’s voice complements a range of themes and emotions. Last week we brought you a cute and very clever little old lady, this week, we’ve got a whimsical bank ad from Hungary, it definitely lives up to the “rainbow” in Over the Rainbow!

September 06, 2011

“How You Gonna Ac’” Labor Day Weekend 1994 concert

Aloha everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. 17 years ago, IZ performed at the Waikiki Shell on Labor Day weekend for his “How You Gonna Ac’?” concert. How many of you were there? We wanted to take a trip down memory lane and ask IZ’s fans to share their stories or photos from that [More...]

August 31, 2011

“Over the Rainbow” in Norwegian Lottery commercial

IZ’s rendition of Over The Rainbow has inspired so many producers to cleverly use the song….check out what the Lotto in Norway did! Let us know what you think!

August 23, 2011

“Over the Rainbow” and IZ featured in Swiss magazine

IZ has been sweeping across Europe with his hit “Over The Rainbow” (as we mentioned in a previous post, it recently it went Gold in Switzerland!) One of the best glossy magazines in Switzerland, NZZ Folio, devoted an entire issue to the song in general and features a few stories about IZ’s success. Read it [More...]

August 17, 2011

Problems with the Free Download or other issues

Update: Aloha IZ fans! Good news, the technical issues we were experiencing have been solved! We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced. Check out IZ’s Facebook fanpage, where you can get the free download (just click the tab in the menu on the left that says “Free Download”), purchase IZ merchandise, and receive [More...]

August 03, 2011

“Wonderful World” lyric explained

IZ’s fans span the world, and many may be unfamiliar with some of the Hawaiian words used in some of his songs.  We wanted to share this email from a fan, asking about a particular lyric in the song “What a Wonderful World“, and Jon de Mello’s explanation. Hi, I’ve been spending all day today [More...]

July 29, 2011

Over the Rainbow… in a card!

Someone’s birthday coming up? What better way to wish them a Happy Birthday than a card with IZ! This brand new Hallmark card not only features “Over the Rainbow“, but has a cute pop-up with glittery flowers and butterflies! Perfect for that cheerful person in your life! If flowers and butterflies aren’t what you’re looking [More...]

July 27, 2011

IZ #1 on UK iTunes!

Over the Rainbow is #1 on the UK’s World music charts on iTunes!

July 22, 2011

IZ’s Music Sweeping Across the World!

Aloha IZ fans! Sorry for the lack of posting recently, we’ve been very busy with new releases from other amazing Hawaiian music artists! But we wanted to let you know about the worldwide success of IZ’s music! Alone in IZ World has gone Gold in Belgium after reaching #1 on their radio and album sale [More...]

May 18, 2011

Want to give IZ as a gift?

Everyone loves getting gifts in the mail and in this day and age of instant gratification and digital everything, we can send people gifts via email.

May 10, 2011

IZ T-Shirts and Sticker’s now Available.

It has been a very long time since we have sold the “IZ Hook Shirt” that so many purchased from Israel at his concerts. Stickers were also another IZ favorite to hand out to fans that he met everywhere he went. After years of requests for both items, we have created these pieces of IZ [More...]

May 10, 2011

IZ hits #1 in Portugal and #5 in New Zealand!

IZ continues to climb the charts all over the world and this week his “Somewhere over the Rainbow – The Best of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole” album hit #5 in New Zealand! Also, for his second week in a row IZ’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World medley has hit #1 on Portugal’s Digital Singles charts! [More...]

March 08, 2011

Get the IZ App Now!

We are excited to announce that IZ has officially hit the mobile web with his new App! It is available on iTunes, Android Marketplace and the Blackberry App World. Best part is, it’s FREE. Get it here!

February 18, 2011

IZ Tops Germany’s All Time Download Charts

Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole breaks yet another record in Europe by beating our artist’s like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Shakira in Germany’s All Time Download Single Charts with 512,688 downloads!

February 11, 2011

Old Treasure.

This afternoon we had a visit from Israel’s wife Marlene and in her hand was a small ʻukulele case with scribbles and stickers all over it. No it wasn’t THE ‘ukulele from IZ’s performances.