In the words of legendary performer Robert Cazimero, “The day I wake up and can’t perform is the day it’s over.”
Cazimero will be reprising his solo performance at the Kauai Museum on Thursday to benefit educational and cultural programs at the museum.
This will be his fourth time making an appearance at the intimate setting inside the museum.
The 64-year-old singer and piano player will share his gift for ‘talking story.’
“I have stories to tell,” Cazimero said. “People deserve to be entertained and informed.”
With his brother Roland, Cazimero has performed with the New York Pops to a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall and at other venues worldwide, including Wolf Trap, Tokyo and the Hollywood Bowl.
Before he takes the stage, Cazimero, who has a slew of Na Hoku Hanohano awards, always asks family and ancestors and gods and goddesses for their blessings.
“Then I open my mouth and go,” Cazimero said. “I try to draw from the energy and spirits around me. They are always there.”
The award-winning performer recalled the night he played at the Waikiki Shell on May Day years ago.
“It was the second half of show and people were singing along and getting off on it,” Cazimero recalled. “When I finished the song, I turned around and the full moon had risen right above Diamond Head… it was so beautiful.”
Cazimero is looking forward to his return visit to Kauai.
“It’s honest, unconditional and healing,” Cazimero said, describing Kauai.
“Some Call it Aloha … Don’t Tell,” an album recorded with Roland was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Music Album in 2005. They were also inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
Giving an honest Hawaiian experience to his fans, none of Cazimero’s shows are complete without hula.
The musician was a kumu hula for 39 years and recognizes the impact of dance. He promises to bring two young male dancers with him for the museum show.
Besides performing world, Cazimero has another passion for mentoring.
“I love these days. I get to scold the young ones for what they are not doing,” Cazimero said.
Ticket prices are $100 per person and include heavy pupus from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The concert is from 7 to 8 p.m. There will be a no host bar and seating is limited.
Info: www.kauaimuseum.org/kauai-events/upcoming-events or call 245-6931.