Facing Future

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Facing Future
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Facing Future.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1, 1993
Recorded1988, 1993
LabelMountain Apple
Israel Kamakawiwoʻole chronology
Ka 'Ano'i
Facing Future
E Ala E
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

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.[2]

Track listing[edit]

1."Hawaiʻi '78 Introduction"Mickey Ioane5:05
2."Ka Huila Wai"Alfred Alohikea3:18
3."ʻAmaʻama"Sam Alama2:11
4."Panini Pua Kea"John Kameaaloha Almeida3:06
5."Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver Cover)"John Denver, Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert4:56
6."Kūhiō Bay"Keliana Bishaw3:29
7."Ka Pua Uʻi"Bina Mossman2:53
8."White Sandy Beach of Hawaiʻi"Duc Huy2:37
9."Henehene Kou ʻAka"Traditional4:22
10."Lā ʻElima"Elizabeth Kapeka Kuahuia3:37
11."Pili Me Kaʻu Manu"Johnny Spencer2:33
12."Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man"Del Beazley3:53
13."Kaulana Kawaihae"Alice Na‘ai4:03
14."Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World (Judy Garland/Louis Armstrong Cover)"Harold Arlen, E.Y. "Yip" Harburg / Bob Thiele, George David Weiss5:07
15."Hawaiʻi '78"Mickey Ioane5:15
Total length:56:37


  • 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[edit]