Meet Hawaii’s Once Most Wanted, Ceslie-Ann Kamakawiwo’ole

Ceslie-Ann Kamakawiwo’ole is the daughter of Hawaiian singer, songwriter, and activist Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, famously known as Bruddah Iz.  She enjoyed the media attention thanks to her father till she became Hawaii’s most wanted for a crime she committed. Ceslie- Ann was the only child of her father and her mother, Marlene Kamakawiwo’ole.

Personal Life

In her private life, so little is known about Ceslie-Ann Kamakawiwo’le; only her parents are known. It is unclear if she had someone with whom she was romantically involved. However, whatever happened and she was arrested, she must have struggled with her love life and probably does not have kids.

Reasons Why Ceslie-Ann Became Hawaii’s Most Wanted

Ceslie-Ann Kamakawiwo’ole started trending in 2015 after a Mercedes SUV was reported missing.  The vehicle owners had alerted the police that someone had stolen their car; fortunately, Ceslie Ann was caught on camera stealing and driving the car off from where it was parked.

The video of Ceslie-Ann stealing the Mercedes circulated, and she was on the ladder of the police. Ceslie-Ann’s video of stealing the car was also telecasted on KHON2. A bounty of twenty thousand dollars was put on her as the most wanted criminal in Hawaii.

Ceslie-Ann was arrested and taken into Honolulu Police custody.

Her Father

In his music career, Ceslie-Ann’s father was part of the Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau music group, with whom he released several albums, including Ho’ola, Ho’oluana, and Kaela. As a solo artist, Israel Kawakawiwo’ole released his first album in 1990, winning two awards; Male Vocalist of the Year and Contemporary Album of the Year.

Israel’s second album, Facing Future, released by The Mountain Apple Company, peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Top Catalogue Chart, and it sold over a million CDs in the US. In 1997, during the HARA awards ceremony, Ceslie’s father watched the event from his hospital bed.

As an activist, Ceslie’s father used his position as a music star to promote Hawaii’s independence and rights. He would put whatever he wanted to pass across on his music lyrics.

Ceslie-Ann’s Father’s Death

Ceslie-Ann’s father had obesity for most of his life; he was often hospitalized for being overweight. He had chronic cardiac and respiratory issues, prompting him to be at the hospital frequently. He was hospitalized at the Queen’s Medical Center on the night of his death. Israel died on June 26, 1997, aged 38, due to respiratory failure, a complication of obesity.

Ceslie-Ann’s father was laid to rest on July 10, 1997; the same day, the flag flew at half-mast to show respect to the fallen music star. Israel’s koa wood casket lay at the state capital building, Honolulu. Ceslie’s father’s ashes were featured in music videos many people viewed.

Ceslie-Ann’s Current Whereabouts

After her arrest, Ceslie-Ann’s media attention was reduced, and it isn’t easy to trace where she is currently based. It is unclear if she was ever released to continue with her life. Besides, she has stayed away from the spotlight since she is not even on social media handles.


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