The version in this video is sung by the Hawaiian singer Israel Ka'anoi Kamakawiwo'ole, nicknamed "Iz." Iz was born on 20 May 1959 and died on 26 June 1997 of respiratory failure (he suffered from a weight-related respiratory illness and endured several hospitalizations). Throughout the later part of his life, Iz was obese and at one point he weighed 758 pounds (344 kg)and since he was 6 feet 2 inches (1.9 m) tall, he was also nicknamed "The Gentle Giant" by his admirers.
I´m very sorry I cannot embed the original video where he sings the song -just his voice and the ukelele- while you watch scenes from his life and death, but click here if you are interested. I´m sure you´ll enjoy it.
This song has come to be known as Izʻs "signature song", the most renowned of all his songs.
Israel was described as always cheerful and positive, and he was best known for his love of the land and of the people of Hawaii, that´s why, when he died, there was a state funeral at the capital building (only two other people have had this honour in Hawaii's history) and the Hawaii State Flag flew at half-staff on the day of Iz's funeral. Israel's body was cremated, and thousands of fans gathered and cheered as his ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean at Mākua Beach on the Waianae coast where he was raised - a beautiful and happy ceremony, as you can see in the official video. As someone said, "aloha, brother, and let the waves carry you."
Aloha & Mahalo !!