Alison (*wave*) asked me if I knew of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole better known as Iz in Hawaii.
He unfortunately died just before I moved to Hawaii in 1997, but his memory is still quite fresh in the hearts and minds of Hawaii folk. I heard many of his songs played at the mall and such, and for such a big guy, he had an incredibly delicate voice. He was a role model to many Hawaiians and if I remember the stories correctly, helped many kids keep off the streets by learning traditional Hawaiian songs.
Really cool. Thanks Alison for bringing up his memory. I need to try to get some of his stuff for myself.