Over the Rainbow…..

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This rainbow photograph was taken at the Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club on the island of Kauai.  I looked out the window and was astonished at the beautiful phenomenon that appeared right before me.  The rainbow was so large that I wasn’t able to capture the entire arch because I was inside in a confined space.  Anytime I see a rainbow it makes me so happy!

…….And I think to myself what a wonderful world……..

What a Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong
I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day and the dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
The colors of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people goin’ by
I see friends shakin’ hands
Sayin’, “How do you do?”
They’re really sayin’
“I love you”
I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
Don’t you think Satchmo was right?
What a wonderful world
You were right, Pops

Since I am in Hawaii I have to share one of my favorite renditions of the song by Louis Armstrong, found on YouTube

Published on May 8, 2013
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ENG ► Israel ‘IZ’ Kamakawiwo’ole (Oahu, 20 May 1959 – Honolulu, 26 June 1997) was an American singer and musician native of Hawaii. It is also known by the pseudonyms Bruddah Iz, or Bradda IZ, or simply IZ.
■ He became famous in 1993 with the release of the record ‘Facing Future’ containing the medley of the songs ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ (which was written in 1939 by Harold Arlen with lyrics by EY Harburg, played by Judy Garland and inserted in the column score for the film ‘The Wizard of Oz’) and ‘What a Wonderful World’ (standard brought to success by Louis Armstrong) executed in a version with just the ukulele accompaniment, played by the same Kamakawiwo’ole.
This song was included on the soundtracks of several films.
In the latter part of his life Israel ‘IZ’ Kamakawiwo’ole has suffered from a severe form of obesity, coming to weigh 340 kg being tall 188 cm., which was even more out the contrast between the size of his body and the tiny ukulele played by him.
He died from respiratory problems 26 June 1997 at the age of 38 years. The whole day was shown the Hawaiian flag at half mast. His body was exposed to the Capitol Building in Honolulu, where more than 10,000 people paid tribute to him.
■ His ashes – as you can see in the video – were scattered in the ocean at Makua Beach.
Iz was nicknamed ‘The Good Giant’ by his admirers. It is also remembered for being one of the last full-blooded Hawaiians: always smiling and optimistic about him was particularly appreciated the love he felt for his land and his people.

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