Over the Rainbow Archive

  • In 1988 Milan Bertosa was finishing up a long day at his recording studio in Honolulu, Hawai’i. “And the phone rings. It was a client of mine,” Bertosa remembers. The client said “I have Israel Kananananananananaoi here and he needs to come in and use the studio”. Bertosa said he was shutting down, call tomorrow. But the client insisted on putting Israel on the phone. “And he’s this really sweet man, well-mannered, kind. ‘Please, can I come in? I have an idea,’ ” Bertosa remembers Israel saying. Bertosa finally accepted because Israel was such a friendly soul on the phone, and gave Israel 15 minutes to get there. Soon, there was a knock at the door. “And in walks the […]

    Israel “IZ” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole

    In 1988 Milan Bertosa was finishing up a long day at his recording studio in Honolulu, Hawai’i. “And the phone rings. It was a client of mine,” Bertosa remembers. The client said “I have Israel Kananananananananaoi here and he needs to come in and use the studio”. Bertosa said he was shutting down, call tomorrow. But the client insisted on putting Israel on the phone. “And he’s this really sweet man, well-mannered, kind. ‘Please, can I come in? I have an idea,’ ” Bertosa remembers Israel saying. Bertosa finally accepted because Israel was such a friendly soul on the phone, and gave Israel 15 minutes to get there. Soon, there was a knock at the door. “And in walks the […]

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