Gift Guide: Must-Read 33 1/3 Books

Facing Future (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole) by Dan Kois

Of all the entries in the 33 1/3 canon, Dan Kois’ choice was perhaps the most unusual. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole is better known on the mainland U.S. as the man behind the gentle ukelele cover of “Over the Rainbow” that appears in umpteen romantic comedies than as an innovator of popular music. But Kois proves us wrong on this count, and tackles not only Kamakawiwo’ole’s place in popular music, but also the state of pop music and culture in Hawaii, from rampant meth addiction to luaus and sugar cane.