This is the authorized and official release of the funeral service agenda from Marlene Kamakawiwo`ole, wife of the deceased. This agenda has been diligently planned with the utmost respect to the final wishes of Israel.
Israel Ka`ano`i "IZ" Kamakawiwo`ole, 38, of Honolulu, Island of O`ahu, died June 26, 1997. He was born in Honolulu, O`ahu, Hawai`i, and was the son of the late Henry Kaleialoha "Tiny" Kamakawiwo`ole and the late Evangeline Kea`le Kamakawiwo`ole. He was the brother of the late Henry Kaleialoha "Skippy" Kamakawiwo`ole of the Makaha Sons of Ni`ihau, and the late Evangeline Leinani "Baby" Kamakawiwo`ole.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene Ku`upua Ah Lo Kamakawiwo`ole, and their 14-year old daughter, Ceslianne Wehekealake`alekupuna Ah Lo Kamakawiwo`ole. He is also survived by his sister, Mrs. Lydia Ka`ehukai Kauakahi, wife of Louis "Moon" Kauakahi.
The funeral will be held as follows:
Wednesday, July 9, 1997, Israel will be lying in state at the Rotunda of the State Capitol from 5:00-10:00 p.m. There will be an opening ceremony at 5:00 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m., a service will be held. Aloha attire. The family is requesting that any wreaths or floral arrangements be presented at the Rotunda of the State Capitol between 3:30-4:30 p.m., so they may be appropriately displayed prior to 5:00 p.m.
This evening has been arranged by Marlene and the Kamakawiwo`ole family with the thought in mind of providing the people of Hawai`i nei with an area large enough to accommodate them so they can come and express their Aloha to Israel, due to the overwhelming response received from the people to the family upon receiving the news of Israel's passing.
This has taken considerable planning, and the family is very grateful to the State of Hawai`i and Governor Ben Cayetano and his administration for granting permission to the family for the use of the Rotunda at the State Capitol for this evening.
Musicians will be performing during the evening, and this is being arranged by Mr. Gaylord Holomalia. Please contact him at 732-1346 for inquiries about the evening's events. Musicians interested in performing should call Gaylord for remaining time slots available.
The media is welcome to attend the event, and an area will be provided for those that attend. The family's intent for this evening is to share their time of grieving with the people of Hawai`i nei and would like to have Israel's casket open for viewing. It is a special time for people to express their sympathy and would allow people that personal experience. However, it is the family's express wish that no still cameras, video or audio recording devices be allowed in the Rotunda. We ask for your kind and considerate cooperation in regards to this matter.
Saturday, July 12, 1997, between noon and 2:00 p.m., ceremonial scattering of ashes at Makua Beach on the Wai`anae Coast. It was Israel's express wish that his ashes be scattered at Makua, where his late brother, Henry Kaleialoha "Skippy" Kamakawiwo`ole's ashes were scattered in 1982.
For those who are not able to attend but would like to send their condolences or express their sympathy by mail, please send to P. O. Box 308, Aiea, HI 96701.
Borthwick Mortuary will be conducting the funeral arrangements.