On Sunday, July 16, 2017, Hawaii lost a great musician and songwriter.
Roland Cazimero died at Straub Medical Center with his family by his side. He was 66 years old.
For more than four decades, the Brothers Cazimero shared their gift of music with the world — Robert on bass and Roland on the 12-string guitar.
“Roland was always my orchestra,” Robert Cazimero said. “Roland’s voice was amazing, and he would hit notes that I, until this day, I could never hit.”
Together, they won multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and were inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
“That magic of singing with Roland Cazimero on the guitar and me on the bass, and having a moment like the brilliant full moon comes right up over the Waikiki Shell behind Diamond Head, are amazing memories that not only I have, but many thousands of people have as well,” Robert Cazimero reflected.
When asked to describe his brother, Cazimero did not hesitate.
“Kolohe would be a great way to describe my brother,” he replied. “However of the two of us, I always said if we were a monarchy, my brother would be king. More than me, Roland was the people’s choice, the people’s king.”
Roland Cazimero leaves behind a wife, Lauwae, five sons, and a legacy that will never be forgotten.
“My celebration of Roland right now supersedes any kind of missing my brother,” Robert Cazimero said. “I like knowing that he’s free and that he’s jamming anywhere and everywhere and being his lovable self.”
“It is with unbearable sorrow that I have to acknowledge the passing of Roland Cazimero.
I acknowledge, but I cannot believe it because I can still hear the music and with it, all of the memories of its creation, his joy, his talent, his humor, wit and passion.
When someone is as vibrant as Roland, whose music has so much energy as Roland, it just doesn’t seem right to speak of him in the past tense, because it just can’t be. It leaves me with no words because there are none.
Instead, I’ll just listen to his music and weep.
Aloha Roland.” – Jon de Mello, producer and manager, Mountain Apple Company