Some Hawaiian artists who achieved fame include Don Ho and Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole. Both singers were known on the mainland as well as in the islands. On the visual artist front, one of the most famous is Robert Wyland, known for painting giant marine scenes on the outside of buildings in Hawaii and places like Orlando, Florida, and Laguna Beach, California. As of 2008, Wyland painted 100 of these murals with life-sized humpbacks, orcas and even manatees.Continue Reading
Don Ho was best known for his laid-back island style and his signature song, "Tiny Bubbles." His shows started in the 1960s, and eventually he became the headliner at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, then later at the Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel. During the 1970s, "The Don Ho Show" brought his sound to the mainland. His last performance was two days before he died on April 14, 2007.
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, affectionately known as Iz, was born in Honolulu but could trace his lineage back to the little known island of Niihau. He started singing at the age of 10, where he'd play his ukulele and sing at Steamboats, a club in Waikiki. One of his most famous songs was an island version of "Over the Rainbow." Hollywood used his music in several films, including "50 First Dates" and "Finding Forrester." Iz passed away on June 26, 1997.Learn more about Art & Literature