33 1/3 No. 70

“A tiny book about a 1993 album by an enormous Hawaiian musician I’d never heard of, Israel ‘Iz’ Kamakawiwo’ole. The book is so small it almost fits in a pocket, but it accomplishes a lot in 168 pages. It vividly brings Iz to life and makes you care about him; it uses the complex afterlife of Iz as a means to explore timeless questions about art, commerce, and colonialism, in a metaphor that’s organic to the material; it tells a credible anecdote about Iz beating the crap out of Jimmy Buffett in a urinal. And the prose is beautiful. An obvious labor of love.” –James Fagone, author of The Woman Who Smashed Codes

“Thorough and precise.” –Wayne Harada, Honolulu Advertiser