'His gift of music': Roland Cazimero's legacy remembered

(Image: The Brothers Cazimero/Facebook)
(Image: The Brothers Cazimero/Facebook)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Roland Cazimero, the guitar playing half of the legendary musical duo The Brothers Cazimero, died Sunday surrounded by his family.

Cazimero was 66, and had suffered from a lengthy illness. He was hospitalized two weeks ago and had been on dialysis, according to family.

"We know, we know that all of Hawaii is grieving with us, but we are blessed by his gift of music," said Cazimero's twin sister, Kanoe. "He was kind to everyone."

Entertainer and friend Marlene Sai said Cazimero was an unbelievable talent.

"Incredible, incredible guitarist. Incredible musician," she said. "The talent was unbelievable."

Cazimero, with his older brother Robert, made a huge mark on modern Hawaiian music. The two won numerous Na Hoku Hanohano awards, and for more than a decade, served as the resident band at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel's Monarch Room.

In January 2000, they performed a sold out show at Carnegie Hall.

And six years later, The Brothers Cazimero were inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame.

The brothers also made a host of TV appearances and their songs -- from "My Sweet Pikake Lei" to "At Home in the Islands" -- have served as a soundtrack for a generation in the islands.

Entertainer Melveen Leed said Roland Cazimero, known as "Bozo" by friends, wasn't just talented, but humble, funny and generous.

"Bozo was ahead of his time, in his music," Leed said. "He just had that extra talent, that extra feel."

Cazimero is survived by his wife, five sons, two sisters and four brothers. Services are being planned.

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