On Thursday, Hawai'i music legends Robert and Roland Cazimero, better known as the Brothers Cazimero, will be honored in San Francisco. The Brothers Cazimero are known for putting a modern twist to the songs of their elders. They helped spark interest in Hawaiian music and culture among a whole new generation, contributing to the Hawaiian Renaissance of the 1970s.
This resurgance of what is now known as contemporary Hawaiian music took place at the same time as my childhood on O'ahu. Before forming their own group, Robert and Roland were part of the Sunday Manoa, a band led by Peter Moon. Their 1969 album, "Guava Jam," is considered by some to be the first truly contemporary Hawaiian album and is No. 2 on HONOLULU Magazine's list of the 50 Greatest Hawai'i Albums of all time.
The Brothers Cazimero released their first album under The Mountain Apple Company label, "Ho'ala," in 1978. I was eight years old and at that time influenced primarily by my parents' albums by the Beatles, Helen Reddy and Barry Manilow. But I quickly developed a love for contempoary Hawaiian music and the Cazimeros' "Pua Hone" by Dennis Kamakahi remains one my favorites.
Their impact, however, reaches far beyond Hawai'i’s shores. With 38 albums to date, and performances at Carnegie Hall, Wolftrap and the Hollywood Bowl, the Brothers Cazimero helped to spread Hawaiian music around the globe.
A Bay Area business group will honor the Hawai'i music legends, during the 8th Annual Five Star Aloha Gala on Thursday, June 10, at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. The event is produced by the Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kulia I Ka Nu'u Scholarship Program. Tickets for Five Star Aloha are still available.