Facing Future is an album by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, released in 1993. The best-selling 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, Son of the Mask), television shows (ER, Cold Case, Jon & Kate Plus 8, Life On Mars, Glee, Scrubs), and commercials (eToys). Facing Future reached platinum status in 2005.
- Israel Kamakawiwoʻole – ukulele, vocals
- Del Beazley – guitar
- Mel Amina – guitar
- Gaylord Holomalia – keyboards, programming
- Analu ʻAina – electric bass (uncredited)
- Roland Cazimero – acoustic bass, guitar
- Mike Muldoon – percussion
- Produced by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole and Jon de Mello
- Engineered and mixed by Milan Bertosa
- Mastered by Jon Golden
Charts and certifications