Cazimero performance to benefit Kauai Museum

LIHUE — Robert Cazimero, half of the favorite Hawaiian contemporary duo The Brothers Cazimero, returns for a performance on Kauai Sept. 19.

As usual, it is for a worthy cause — this time a benefit for the Kauai Museum.

“We’ve all been to amazing museums,” Cazimero said. “But on Kauai there’s this little gem, this little pearl, that needs to be cared for an supported.”

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Kauai Museum and will feature heavy pupus and a no-host bar.

In May, Cazimero played on Kauai with his brother Roland to raise funds for Kauai Hospice, accompanied by singer-songwriter Amy Hanaialii.

This time around, he brings with him the men of Na Kamalei O Lililehua, his all-male hula halau.

“I’m bringing two dancers with me, and I have one there on Kauai,” he said.

Cazimero says he sometimes goes into a performance with an “outline” of what he wants to do. On Kauai, it’s different, he said.

“I have no idea yet what we’re going to do,” he said. “I think I’ll let the island decide for me.”

The Brothers Cazimero have combined for nearly 40 recordings and three DVDs, have earned more than 20 Na Hoku Hanohano awards and were nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Hawaiian Music Album. In 2006, the two men took things one step further with an induction into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame.

Cazimero has been performing benefit concerts for Kauai Museum for several years now. It is an experience he describes as “intimate,” and an opportunity to connect with local residents.

Cazimero also has a deep connection with the history of Kauai, which has been captured for generations in storytelling and chants.

“I think that Kauai is an island that is remarkable and amazing in its own way,” he said. “I see it being rolled up into the museum itself. It’s such an understated opportunity to learn something at the Kauai Museum, to be able to touch that history.”

Tickets for the Kauai Museum fundraiser cost $100.

“Come enjoy the evening. Come support this pearl, this Kauai Museum,” Cazimero said. “Everyone needs the help these days and we are grateful for any kind of assistance we can receive.”

Information: 245-6931 or visit www.kauaimuseum.org.

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