The Brothers Cazimero are consummate performers who have made their indelible imprint on the face of contemporary Hawaiian music. Their talent, longevity and sales success have placed them in a league of their own, untouched by any other performer in the history of Hawaiian music.
The early 1970s were a remarkable time as the Hawaiian culture and music began an amazing resurgence in Hawai‘i. Leading the way down this amazing new path were The Brothers Cazimero, carrying a torch that sparked a new interest in music performed in the Hawaiian language with a contemporary sound that has never been duplicated.
They are masters of their craft – their musicianship and stylish vocals blend to produce a style that is now part of the fabric of Hawaiian history. Their contribution to Hawaiian music and dance has continued to show outsiders to these islands as well as indigenous people how important these components are to the past, present and future of Hawai‘i. The components of the past play an enormous role in all aspects of The Brothers Cazimero performances. Their presentation of the chants, dances and songs of their ancestors serve to honor those musicians, composers, teachers and elders who paved the way for what they are able to accomplish in Hawaiian music today. As they honor the past, so do they continually look to explore new music and dance forms while remaining true to their heritage.
2004’s Some Call It Aloha…Don’t Tell showcased Robert and Roland’s majestic talents, and earned them a nomination for the first GRAMMY award category for Best Hawaiian Music Album. The album went on to receive seven Hoku nominations.
The Grammy-nominated duo was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame in 2006, joining the ranks of Hawaiian music legends. In 2007, Robert and Roland were again given Na Hoku Hanohano honors, taking home the award for Christmas Album of the Year for Caz Christmas.
In May 2007, The Brothers Cazimero showcased their 30th Annual Lei Day Concert at the Waikïkï Shell, celebrating 30 years of consistently sold out May Day concerts. The men of Halau Na Kamalei and the ladies of the Royal Dance company have always accompanied Robert and Roland on stage telling intricate stories with the hula. Thirty years of successful concerts—without forgetting other annual Caz events like the Cazimero Christmas Concert—is an indication of their exceptional fan base and wide appeal. The Brothers Cazimero may seem to have transformed May Day into a big event produced on a grand scale, but Robert still calls it the day to “make a lei, wear a lei, give a lei.”
Fast forward to 2008. In March, The Brothers Cazimero were recognized by their peers and received lifetime achievement awards from the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts. They were honored in a luncheon at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, where they were headliners from 1982 to 1994. Robert and Roland reminisced about their formative years as members of Sunday Manoa in the early 1970s with Peter Moon, and thanked him for helping them “step out of the box.”
A few months later, the Caz released Destiny, the 38th album from The Brothers Cazimero, both as individual and solo artists. It is a representation of all that they are, and has received nothing but the highest accolades from music critics. And they’ve proven them right! After its release, Destiny was announced as the No. 1 album in Hawai‘i, and No. 3 on Billboard’s World Chart.
"It's what we've always tried to do," Robert said in an interview with the Honolulu Star-Bulletin's John Berger, "but I think the maturity of who we are and what we have become has helped validate and cement even more the history and the legacy and the destiny of what Roland and I have been doing."
Remarkable entertainers on stage, The Brothers Cazimero achieve a full-bodied sound that emanates from two traditional instruments, the acoustic bass and a twelve-string guitar. Their music has been celebrated around the world and has been licensed for use in film, television and commercial projects, and was most recently featured in the hit movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Not only do residents of Hawai‘i find that this music has magical qualities, but visitors to these islands will take home multiple copies to use for relaxation as they get back in everyday routines, give to friends and relatives and as living souvenirs of their vacation to this island paradise.
The Brothers Cazimero have taken the beauty of Hawaiian music and dance for encore performances in Carnegie Hall in New York City (including a performance with the New York Pops), Wolftrap and Hollywood Bowl, as well the World Expo in Brisbane, Australia, Hong Kong, Tokyo; and annual performances in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle to sell out crowds. They have been guest stars each Christmas in always-sold out holiday shows with the Honolulu Symphony.
The Brothers Cazimero's achievements are not limited to recording and stage. National television credits include the Today show, PM Magazine, Good Morning America, Real People, Jim Nabors Special from Hawai‘i, the Miss America Pageant and the Dolly Parton TV special from Hawai‘i. Hawai‘i TV has produced numerous specials about their career and they have been part of almost every musical showcase that has been broadcast from Hawai‘i.
Their musical talent, incredible showmanship and infectious humor have bridged cultural gaps that naturally exist with ethnic music and dance. The aloha spirit that remains an integral part of their entertaining, whether live, on records or TV, is spreading throughout the global village and with it, a better world is possible.