Every Sunday, we feature an inspirational quote from our upcoming documentary, The Hawaii Wisdom Project.
“I think that the best advice I can give, and it sounds terribly trite, is to be true to who you are. Not so much to what people think you should be, but what you want to be.”
–Robert Cazimero from the Hawaii Wisdom Project
Together with his older brother Roland, Robert Cazimero (born Roland Uluwehi Cazimero) has played an essential role in the evolution of modern Hawaiian music. More than a quarter of a century after their debut concerts, the Cazimerobrothers continue to be one of the island’s best loved and most successful acts. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of their annual Lei Day Festival, at the Waikiki Shell, they were joined by a 13-piece, all-star band of instrumentalists and singers and a 30-member troupe of hula dancers.
Studying the art of komu hula dancing under Aunti Maiki Aiu, Cazimero graduated as part of Aiu’s Papa ‘Unika Lehua class in 1973. Joined by his brother, he spent 12 years as resident band at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Monarch Room. The duo has continued to tour throughout the world. As guests of the New York Pops, they performed to a sold-out audience, at Carnegie Hall, in January 2000. The brothers have appeared on numerous television shows, ranging from the Miss America Pagent to Jim Nabors and Dolly Parton‘s television special broadcast from Hawaii. Tickets for their annual Christmas shows, with the Honolulu Symphony, have been snapped up as soon as they have gone on sale. They continue to perform regularly at Don Ho’s Island Grill and Chai’s Island Bistro.