WATCH: Braddah Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s legendary ‘Hot Hawaiian Nights’ performances

WATCH: Braddah Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s legendary ‘Hot Hawaiian Nights’ performances
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, lovingly known across Hawaii as Braddah Iz, performs at a a taping of the musical concert program Hot Hawaiian Nights.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the best-selling Hawaiian music album of all-time, Hawaii News Now is taking a look back at the life and legacy of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole — including some of his most well-known live performances.

Here are some of the songs Kamakawiwo’ole performed on Hot Hawaiian Nights at the height of his musical career in Hawaii.

“Living In A Sovereign Land”

Hot Hawaiian Nights: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's "Living In A Sovereign Land"

One performance starts with Braddah Iz welcoming the crowd — and everyone watching on TV across the state — before kicking off the show by playing the song ‘Living In A Sovereign Land’ from his 1996 album ‘N Dis Life.’ Be sure to catch the jokes he makes when introducing his band!

“Henehene Kou 'Aka”

Hot Hawaiian Nights: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's "Henehene Kou 'Aka"

Many of the most-popular songs that Iz played live, including 'Henehene Hou ‘Aka,’ an ode to the neighborhoods near Diamond Head where Iz grew up, come from his album ‘Facing Future.’

“Ka Huila Wai”

Hot Hawaiian Nights: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's "Ka Huila Wai"

He dedicates his performance of Ka Huila Wai to the people of Ka’u on Hawaii Island — specifically, to the “kupunas out there.”

"Ka Pua U’i”

Hot Hawaiian Nights: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's "Ka Pua U'i"

His rendition of Ka Pua U’i includes an impromptu hula on the cramped stage where the Hot Hawaiian Nights filming took place.

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