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Hundreds celebrate life of entertainer Roland Cazimero

Michael Tsai
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

More than 500 people gathered Sunday for a celebration of life honoring beloved Hawaiian entertainer Roland “Kalani” Cazimero, who died July 16. The Grammy-nominee, who had perfect pitch, won multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, was inducted in the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, and received the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Tara Teriipaia places a flower upon an offering of lei presented by Waikiki hula performers who have danced with Cazimero.

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Pictured performing hula in the foreground is local dancing legend Kalo Mataele Soukop.

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After a voyage on the Hokulea, his ashes will be scattered in front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Pictured are guests recording a performance by Robert Cazimero at the celebration.

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

More than 500 people gathered Sunday for a celebration of life honoring beloved Hawaiian entertainer Roland “Kalani” Cazimero, who died July 16. Pictured is Robert Cazimero receiving a Tongan tapa at the celebration of life event.

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

Friends and family gathered at the Royal Hawaiian hotel Sunday to honor beloved Hawaiian musician Roland “Kalani” Cazimero, who died July 16. The Grammy nominee was a multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award recording artist, a Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame inductee, and earned a Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. His brother Robert performed the mele “Kuuipo i ka Hee Pue One” next to an altar bearing Cazimero’s ashes and lei.

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Roland Cazimero’s widow, Lauwa‘e, performed a hula in honor of her husband.