Hawai‘i Bids Final Aloha to Musician/Entertainer Roland Cazimero
Family and friends of island musician and entertainer Roland Cazimero are mourning his loss after his death on Sunday, July 16, at the age of 66.
Roland is one-half of the multi-Na Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning duo, the Brothers Cazimero, along with his brother, Robert.
Prior to the formation of the Brothers Cazimero, Roland was part of The Sunday Mānoa group that also included his brother.
“Roland was innovative and created aloha where ever he went,” said KAPA radio personality Jacqueline “Skylark” Rosetti. The Sunday Manoa flourished when Roland and Robert joined Peter Moon. What the two brothers created was pure magic—20-plus years of May Day concerts, 15 years at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 36 albums—and Roland still found time to create two solo releases, sharing his rhythm his beat his heart.”
Skylark said Roland was always willing to help others in the business as well.
“He will be missed by many,” said Skylark.
The Brothers Cazimero duo was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame in 2006. Two years later, they earned the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.
The brothers also hosted an annual Lei Day concert on Maui at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center each year in May.
During the 2014 Maui concert, Roland Cazimero excused himself from the stage during a performance Maui Arts & Cultural Center and went to the hospital for further evaluation after falling ill.
Media reports indicate that he had suffered from a lengthy illness and was recently hospitalized.
“On behalf of the people of Hawai‘i, I express my deepest condolences to the Cazimero ʻohana,” said Gov. David Ige. “We join you in mourning the loss of a legend in Hawaiian music. Roland Cazimero’s legacy and music will live on in our hearts.