Saturday, September 24,
2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Keauhou finds passion and joy in the performance,
preservation, and perpetuation of traditional
The name, “Keauhou,” was suggested by Hailama Farden,
while the trio played music at the Kamehameha
School’s Midkiff Library. This library is home to
the waʻa (Hawaiian canoe) named “Makani Hou o
Keauhou,” under which the group performed and named.
Translated as “the new wind of Keauhou” this waʻa
became the inspiration for the group name, “Keauhou.”
While the Hawaiian language offers a multiplicity of
meanings and translations, the groups name can be
translated as “the new/renewed generation.”
This name defines the young trio, Kahanuola
Solatorio, and brothers, Nicholas and Zachary Lum,
as they strive to bring forth inspiration from
Hawaiian music of the eras preceding them, and
contribute to a renewed respect and interest for the
incomparable beauty of traditional Hawaiian music.
These three graduates of the Kamehameha Schools
Kapālama found their musical roots through their
involvement in the many musical and cultural
opportunities offered at Kamehameha Schools. They
sang in the Concert Glee Club, played in the Band,
and both Lum brothers held the esteemed positions as
their class’ student director in the world-renown
Currently, Kahanuola, Nicholas, and Zachary are
Masters candidates in the fields of Education,
Ethnomusicology, and the Hawaiian language,
respectively, at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
All three are active and passionate educators and
cultural practitioners in their field.
In 2008, Keauhou was awarded first place in the
unamplified traditional Hawaiian music contest, “Ka
Himeni Ana,” held annually at the Hawaii Theater.
Since then, the group has performed at a variety of
esteemed public and private events.
Kahanuola, Nicholas, and Zachary are truly thankful
for the many opportunities and honors with which
they have been blessed, as well as the many more to
come. The group plans on recording their first album
dedicated to their flavor of traditional Hawaiian
music in 2016. With the relationships between them
and the guidance of Ke Akua as top priorities, the
members of Keauhou hope to offer a seemingly-new
sound to the Hawaiian music scene, inspired by those
who have come before. Pā mai ka makani hou o Keauhou.
For Hawaiians, coming of age in the 1970’s was a
turbulent time, but for Robert Cazimero it was
the time when he discovered himself and his life’s
purpose…Hawaiian music and the art of Hula. This
discovery has taken him on an amazing journey. While the
journey was not without turbulence, his path became
clear and he followed it to where he is today; at the
top of his game in his music and certainly in the art of
Robert’s twin passions have always been inter-related.
They are the threads that weave the intricate patterns
that are Robert Cazimero. His musical talent was
recognized at the age of three, followed quickly with
piano lessons while still in elementary school where his
quickness endeared him to his instructors while his
ability to vary and improvise astounded them. Robert’s
secondary education required participation in the
Kamehameha Schools’ Concert Glee Club and Hawaiian
Ensemble. His knowledge of music deepened but more
importantly, he came in contact with the person who
would serve as his Kumu Hula (hula teacher), Maiki Aiu
Lake and just at the right time for the Hawaiian
cultural renaissance was blooming.
And so it came to be that at the height of the Hawaiian
cultural renaissance, Robert Cazimero was learning the
art of hula from one of the most respected masters of
the dance form. Already known for changing the familiar
sound of Hawaiian music, Aunty Maiki infused Robert with
her vision of him starting an all male halau (hula
school). Men dancing hula as a halau was something that
had not happened in decades. She envisioned men dancing
hula with pride and masculine grace and Robert soon
shared this passionate image.
Over the ensuing decades Robert has realized Maiki’s
dream again and again, dedicating his energy to the once
vanishing tradition of male hula. With the knowledge
passed on from Maiki coupled with his own talent and
passion, Robert has inspired hundreds of men to carry on
this magnificent art form.
In 1975 Robert Cazimero created Hālau Nā Kamalei O
Lililehua, the only male halau in the Hawaiian Islands.
Starting with six students from Kamehameha Schools, his
hālau went on to compete at the Merrie Monarch Festival
in 1976, the first year kane (men) were allowed to
participate, and won the overall men’s award. The hālau
also swept the kane divisions and the overall title in
2005, as well as took 1st place in the ‘auana, 2nd in
the kahiko and 1st overall in the 2015 Festival. The
hālau continues to live by Aunty Maiki’s motto: “Hula is
the art of Hawaiian dance expressing all that we see,
hear, feel, taste, touch and smell; hula is life.”
Today, Robert Cazimero is considered to be one of the
most respected kumu hula of Hawaiian dance. The men of
Nā Kamalei perform around the world, and for 40 years,
they have carried on the tradition of male hula.
Cazimero has taught about 200 students across two
generations, with several who went on to start their own
Robert’s elegant voice is so distinctive that whether he
performs on piano or with his brother Roland as the
Brothers Cazimero, he is instantly recognized and people
are compelled to listen. Recording music has also played
a vital part of Robert’s life journey. During that
journey he has been a part of close to 40 full album
projects; many considered classics in the history of
Hawaiian music. The popular success of the music he has
made and participated in is recognized through dozens of
awards, performances on the world’s most prestigious
stages and the millions of albums that have been bought
by people around the world.
Robert’s passion and talent have played a huge role in
taking Hawaiian music and dance to diverse stages from
Carnegie Hall, Wolftrap, Tokyo, and the Hollywood Bowl;
his voice has graced the orchestra’s of the New York
Pops, the LA Philharmonic, the Boston Pops and of
course, the Honolulu Symphony. Hula is always an
integral part of these shows as it is in all
performances large and small of the Brothers Cazimero
and whenever he performs a solo engagement.
While it’s not too early to measure the impact of
Robert Cazimero on the world of Hawaiian music and
dance, it is way too early for Robert to stop creating
for the passion continues as does his life’s journey on
the path of hula and Hawaiian music and so we joyously
present to you Hula, a collection of some of Robert’s
favorite music for the Hula.