"Israel 'IZ' Kamakawiwo?ole has emerged as the voice of the people of his beloved Hawai?i. As his music and image have spread, fans all over the world want to know more about this iconic figure. Now, everyone, through this book by Rick Carroll, can discover the personal side of IZ. His music was his passion; his family and friends were his treasure. On these pages many of his family, friends, and associates share stories that will make you laugh and cry and that bring to life this giant of Aloha. It was my privilege to produce Israel's music-??music that continues to shape the world's perception of Hawai?i. That music resonates deeply with people from all walks of life, and Israel's message lives on in the people of Hawai?i and in Hawaiians at heart everywhere."