Marlene Kamakawiwo’ole- Wife of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Who is Marlene Kamakawiwo’ole?

Marlene Kamakawiwo’ole is the ex-wife of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

Israel is a native Hawaiian singer, lyricist, and musician. He is also an advocate of Hawaiian sovereignty.

Israel and Marlene Kamakawiwo’ole had been blissfully married for over 15 years. 

Marlene used to work in the cardiology department of Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center during her career. However, she is currently residing in Hawaii with her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren as of 2020.

In this article, we will share exciting information about the wife of Israel, Marlene Kamakawiwo’ole.

Marlene Kamakawiwo'ole bio, relationships, career and net worth
Marlene Kamakawiwo’ole Biography

Quick facts

Full nameMarlene Kamakawiwo’ole
Also known asMarlene Ah Lo
NicknameLeni, Mar, Marley, Lene, Lele, and Mali
Age61 years old
Sun signCapricorn
TraitsPositive: Ambitious, helpful, and disciplined
Negative: Pessimistic, stubborn, and reserved
BirthplaceHonolulu, Territory of Hawaii, USA
Currently residingHawaii, USA
EducationNo information
HobbiesListening to music, reading, theatre play, and artwork
Marital statusWidow
SpouseIsrael “IZ” Kamakawiwo`ole
ChildrenCeslie-Anne Kamakawiwo’ole (daughter)
Net worthUSD 3 million
Social mediaNone
Height168 centimeters, 5 feet 6 inches, 1.68 meters
Eye colorDark Brown
Hair ColorDark Brown
Favorite actorWill Smith
Favorite singerBeyonce

Early life

Marlene Kamakawiwo’ole is a 59-year-old Hawaiian woman who was born in 1962. However, her precise birthdate is unknown due to a lack of information.

Similarly, her birth name is Marlene Ah Lo, and she was born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii. As per the reports, she is interested in listening to music, reading, theatre play & artwork. 

Nevertheless, she is also a pet lover. She stands 5 feet 6 inches tall.

Similarly, she is attractive, her eyes are dark brown, and her hair is dark brown.


Marlene married Israel in 1982 after dating him for a while. Both had a strong bond; you can see their pictures on social media. By the grace of God, they gave birth to a daughter Ceslie-Ann, in 1983.

According to the reports, Marlene was previously in a relationship with a guy. However, the name of the guy is not known.

Marlene Kamakawiwo’ole formally adopted two of her oldest grandchildren from Wehi, who has four children. On the other hand, Marlene is parenting her two younger children alongside their father.

In her Pearl City home, Marlene is raising her two eldest grandchildren.

Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole (husband)

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole was born on May 20, 1959, in d Ni’ihau, Hawaii to Henry “Hank” Kaleialoha Naniwa Kamakawiwoʻole Jr. and Evangeline “Angie” Leinani Kamakawiwoʻole.

Israel was popularly known as Bruddah Iz or Iz. He is a singer, songwriter, and activist. Also, Israel is still known as the “voice of Hawaii” in his home state of Hawaii.

The husband of Marlene was overweight. He was 757 pounds. It resulted in several health difficulties, including cardiac and lung problems.

In June 1997, Israel got hospitalized at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. Unfortunately, the singer died suddenly on June 26 due to obesity-related issues.

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole died at the Queen’s Medical Center at 12:18 a.m. His final resting place was in the Hawaii State Capitol building.

Furthermore, the Hawaiian flag was half-staff on this particular day.

Most importantly, Israel’s koa wood coffin is displayed at the Honolulu State Capitol.

Similarly, Marlene’s husband is the third person in Hawaii to receive this accolade and the only non-government official.

Approximately 10,000 people turned out for Israel’s funeral. Nevertheless, his family dispersed his ashes at Makua Beach in the Pacific Ocean.

Marlene’s late husband’s ukulele playing and blending of various genres have left an indelible mark on Hawaiian music. Interestingly, Israel used a variety of musical styles, including jazz and reggae.

Then, on December 6, 2010, Israel Kamakawiwoole became the Voice of Hawaii by NPR.

Similarly, Marlene’s late husband, Israel, received the German national music award “Echo” on March 24, 2011.

In addition, Google Doodle released a page on May 20, 2020, to commemorate Israel Kamakawiwoole’s 61st birthday.

Related: About the famous singer’s lifestyle here.

Ceslie-Ann Kamakawiwo’ole (daughter) 

Marlene Kamakawiwo'ole with husband and daughter

Marlene had only one child from her marriage with Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. Her name is Ceslie-Ann Kamakawiwo’ole.

Additionally, she was born in the year 1983. Ceslie is also known as Wehi.

Ceslie-Ann is married, and she has five children. 

Interestingly, Kiara and Elijah Parker-Kamakawiwo’ole, two of her children, also enjoy music. Similarly, the ukulele is their favorite instrument.

Nevertheless, they take part in local festivals regularly. As a result, Wehi’s children are familiar with their grandfather’s music, despite never meeting him.

Additionally, police arrested the daughter of Marlene Kamakawiwoole for driving a stolen car. She became Hawaii’s Most Wanted for not the terms of Hawaii’s Opportunity (HOPE) Probation.

The career of Marlene Kamakawiwo’ole

Marlene Kamakawiwoole is Israel Kamakawiwoole’s celebrity partner. Late Israel is also known as the “Hawaiian of the boldface, the brave eye.”

Bruddah Iz or Iz is another name for Israel. Similarly, Marlene’s late spouse was a well-known Hawaiian musician, singer-songwriter, and proponent of Hawaiian sovereignty.

Aside from that, Marlene worked part-time at Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center in the cardiology department.

Regarding her late husband’s accomplishments, Israel Kamakawiwoole’s CD Facing Future was a commercial success outside Hawaii. Similarly, in 1993, the late singer released his second studio album.

Israel’s medley of Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World was also published on his albums Ka Anoi and Facing Future.

In the same way, he recorded this song in one take in 1988. In a 2011 interview, Milan Bertosa provided this knowledge.

When Marlene’s late husband recorded this song, it was after 3 a.m. Milan Bertosa, the owner of a recording studio in Honolulu, was where he recorded it.

Several films, many T.V. shows, and television ads used the music of Israel. In fact, in the year 1999, this song became extremely popular.

Besides that, the T.V. advertisement featured a portion of the song.

Controversies of Marlene Kamakawiwo’ole

Interestingly, Marlene Kamakawiwoole is clear from rumors and clashes. However, some of the talks and addictions of her husband are still available in the reports.

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole grew up as a troubled punk adolescent who dropped out of high school. Similarly, he developed a drug and alcohol addiction while staying late at night in the shady parts of town.

Besides that, Marlene and Israel have no controversies, rumors, addiction, or other negativities.

net worth

Furthermore, there is no confirmed information on her net worth or revenue. However, according to the source, she has a net worth of USD 3 million. She inherited the wealth from her late husband.

After her husband died, she inherited it. Adding to it, her husband was a well-known musician who earned money via his career.

Social media

Marlene Kamakawiwoole does not appear to have a personal account on any major social media platforms, including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Tiktok, etc.

Since she believes in her privacy, she tries to avoid social media. However, here are the links to the social media accounts related to Marlene and Israel.

Instagram: Israel has about 105 thousand followers on his Instagram, official site, Facebook, and Twitter.

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