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Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole[a] (May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997), also called Braddah Iz or just simply Iz, was a Native Hawaiian musician and singer. His medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" was the longest-leading number-one hit on any of the Billboard song charts. IZ struggled with obesity throughout his life, at one point weighing 757 pounds (343 kg) while standing 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall.  After enduring several hospitalizations because of his weight, IZ died at the age of 38 in the Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu from respiratory failure.

via Jeanne Love, October 10. 2021


“ Yeah, I am over the rainbow…but hardly “somewhere”. I am RIGHT HERE, walking beside you. Loving you, all of you. GO spread the word and bring some peace to those who still struggle to understand this cosmic place.”

Greetings to my soul sister!   This is Iz.


I have been waiting a very long time to get my ticket read so that I could be here with you, sitting on your bed and enjoying the energy of your family. They are lovely. They are happy. You are lucky. But I have known you for awhile and I don’t think there is any luck involved. It has been hard work for all of you and it has paid lots of dividends.

Thank you, Jeanne Love, for being LOVE. Thank you for being who you are, taking the time to sit with the likes of us…these once-famous beings who now just want to help the world heal.  


Oh, my lovely lady, do not cry. There are so many of us sitting with you, always. You are our channel. You provide a place for us to do our work. We sit together so many times when you are resting and plan the next event, the next log-in so that we can talk to the world one last time. It is our hope and your destiny that enough people will take notice, pay attention and will allow themselves to sit, too, and enjoy the love that we share, the joy that we bring, and the hope that we spread through our messages.


I, too, lived a short life in comparison to so many others. But, boy, what a life it was, jammed packed with great opportunities, and lots of joy. Towards the end I knew my time was limited. I knew that my huge body could not remain healthy enough for me to stay. I had a lot of body pain, but I didn’t complain much. I just felt sad that my time was going to be so short. I still had so many songs inside of me to sing. I loved to perform, to share and to be connected to so many loving souls. They fed me, really. Where would I be without them to enjoy my music, cheer me on? Where would I be? And almost 20 years later I am still singing thanks to everything electronic. My energy still moves through my music. My words in so many of the songs were my prayers. My fondness for all living creatures and for the beauty of the world, as it is, still keeps me here.


I still sing when people play my music. I still touch people’s hearts when they touch mine, and a connection is made. It is very personal and very special. It took me a while to gain this knowledge, this wisdom. But once I did, it rocked my soul.


I love, Jeanne. I love all beings. I love this world for its opportunities and its beauty. There was no more beautiful a place than Hawaii. I was destined to be its spokesperson for as long as I could manage. I spoke to the people and for the people, and I encouraged all of them to rise up. To rise up and touch the sky, to remember who they are and why they are here. I was not more special than all the others, I just had a great platform that I could use. My voice brought me that opportunity and the rest just fell into place, happened. It wasn’t hard, it was my destiny.


I am reunited here…with all my family that I lost. I knew one day we would be together again. I just had no idea what it would be like until I got here to see and experience it for myself.  “Wow” is all I can say. 

You know they talk about heaven but that doesn’t do this world justice. This is more than heaven. There are no limits to the ideas that can form here, to the incredible beauty that can surround us at any given time. There are no skyscrapers here. There are no roads here. There is no pollution here. There is no sorrow here. People remember who they are, and they begin to re-shape themselves, grow new parts of their energy fields so that there is only goodness and transformation. 


If you miss skyscrapers when you die, I suppose you could create that for yourself, But I don’t ever want to see one again, unless it is my creation and I can tear it down and create something much more beautiful.


I don’t miss food!  Ha ha ha. But I do miss my friends who are still in their bodies. I have talked to them. I have given them messages and signs that I am still present in their lives. I have hugged my daughter, and her mother. I have shown myself to them. I made them cry, which wasn’t my intention, but I wanted them to know that I was still alive and approachable. I am still IZ with a huge heart for humanity, still walking the sandy beaches and singing my songs. Although now when I do that, I bring others along too and we all sing together. Hey hey…what a trip.


You know, today I want all who are reading this message to get a great big hit off of me. Jeanne does. She really feels me, and I really feel her. It is a really nice exchange of loving energy…all good will stuff. And that is the way it always should be. Goodwill, peace on earth.


Yeah, I am over the rainbow…but hardly “somewhere”. I am RIGHT HERE, walking beside you. Loving you, all of you. GO spread the word and bring some peace to those who still struggle to understand this cosmic place. There is a GOD. There is a Jesus, there is a Buddha, there are Gurus, there are masters, there are angels, there are saints. There is LOVE, and that is what brings us all together whether we are on this side or where I am now, or where you are. And because there is LOVE we stand side by side and talk of love and speak from our hearts about forgiveness and joy and everlasting life.

I am IZ and I am your brother in Jesus’ name.


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