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The Voice Of The People
by Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
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Here, nine years after his death at the age of 38, is the full story of how a local Hawaiian boy rose to unrivaled celebrity on the strength of his one-in-a-million voice and a four-string ukulele. It is a story about fame and celebrity and triumph over adversity, about a boy who rose from humble origins, overcame drugs, youth gangs, and the loss of his parents and his only brother to give hope to others. It is the story of a man who stood up for his people at a critical junction in Hawaiian history to demand justice and sovereignty and became the voice of a nation. It is the story of the Hawaiian singer who attracted a worldwide audience with a single song about a rainbow. Featuring many never-before-published photos and based on scores of personal interviews, articles, and anecdotes from family, friends, recording artists, and fans, this definitive chronicle examines the life and times of Israel Kamakawiwoole, one of Hawaiis greatest musicians.
About the Author
Award-winning journalist and travel writer Rick Carroll is the author of many books about Hawaii, including six titles in the best-selling Hawaii's Best Spooky Tales series. With his wife, Marcie Carroll, he edited Hawaii: True Stories of the Island Spirit, which critics called the best example of contemporary Hawaii nonfiction. Their other books in national release include The Unofficial Guide to Hawaii and The Unofficial Guide to Maui.
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