Facing Future

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Facing Future
Studio album by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Released November 1, 1993
Recorded 1987, 1993 at Audio Resource in Honolulu, Hawaii; 1993 at Palehua, Hawaii
Genre Hawaii, folk, world
Length 56:37
Label Mountain Apple
Producer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Jon de Mello
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole chronology
Ka 'Ano'i
(1990)
Facing Future
(1993)
E Ala E
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Facing Future is an album by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, released in 1993.

The bestselling album of all time by a Hawaiian artist, Facing Future combines traditional Hawaiian-language songs, hapa haole songs with traditional instrumentation, and two Jawaiian (Island reggae) tracks. The album's sales have been driven not only by its popularity with Hawaiian audiences but by its popularity in the mainland United States and around the world, particularly the track "Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World," which has been licensed for use in movies (Finding Forrester, Meet Joe Black, 50 First Dates, Fred Claus, Hubble 3D, Son of the Mask) television shows (ER, Cold Case, Jon & Kate Plus 8, Life On Mars, Glee), and commercials (eToys). Facing Future reached platinum status in 2005.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Hawaiʻi '78 Introduction (Mickey Loane) (5:05)
  2. Ka Huila Wai (Alfred Alohikea) (3:18)
  3. ʻAmaʻama (Sam Alama) (2:11)
  4. Panini Pua Kea (Johnny Almeida) (3:06)
  5. Take Me Home Country Roads (John Denver, Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert) (4:56)
  6. Kūhiō Bay (Keliana Bishaw) (3:29)
  7. Ka Pua Uʻi (Bina Mossman) (2:53)
  8. White Sandy Beach of Hawaiʻi (Willie Dann) (2:37)
  9. Henehene Kou ʻAka (traditional) (4:22)
  10. Lā ʻElima (Elizabeth Kapeka Kuahuia) (3:37)
  11. Pili Me Kaʻu Manu (Johnny Spencer) (2:33)
  12. Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man (Del Beazley) (3:53)
  13. Kaulana Kawaihae (Alice Na`ai) (4:03)
  14. Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World (Edgar "Yip" Harburg, Harold Arlen / Bob Thiele (George Douglas), George David Weiss) (5:07)
  15. Hawaiʻi '78 (Mickey Loane) (5:15)

Personnel[edit]

  • Israel Kamakawiwoʻole – ʻUkulele, vocals
  • Del Beazley – Guitar
  • Mel Amina – Guitar
  • Gaylord Holomalia – Keyboards/programming
  • Analu ʻAina – Electric bass (uncredited)
  • Roland Cazimero – Acoustic bass, guitar
  • Mike Muldoon – percussion

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Israel Kamakawiwo'ole & Jon de Mello
  • Engineered & Mixed By Milan Bertosa
  • Mastered By Jon Golden

Charts and certifications[edit]