Songs & Stories Podcast: Bonus Episode
Show notes: This is an audio interview with Hawaiian music legend Robert Cazimero, conducted at the Kahilu Theatre on May 21, 2022, before his evening concert. Toward the end of the podcast, you’ll find bonus material with Robert Talking about the 1974 Waimea Music Festival and the double live album he and his brother appear on.
Steve Roby: Today’s performance is your 36th concert at the Waimea Theater in May. Can you give us a little bit of the history here? Back in 1978, it looks like you and your brother started the Lei de Mayday tradition at the Waikiki Shell, and somehow it branched out to the Big Island.
Robert Cazimero: It branched out here to Hawai’i Island and Maui. It became a triad of events that started in Honolulu that went to Maui first because it was usually the day after Mayday. We always did Mayday concerts on May Day. So whatever day that was, the next day would be on Maui. And then the weekend after that, we’d come to Waimea. But I always looked forward to Waimea because our family’s from Kohala, right over the mountains. So, any time I could come to Waimea, it would be a treat.
Roby: Well, let’s talk about today’s show. Are there special guests? I’m sure you have dancers. Your shows are always spectacular. Can you give us a little insight into what those watching on Kahilu TV can look forward to when they see it?
Cazimero: I had I have had special guests in the past. And after Roland’s passing, I continue to do it that way. I don’t have a special guest as far as someone singing is concerned. But I have four dancers with me, three of the guys from my hula school in Honolulu, and our fourth dancer is a young girl from this area. And we used her last year when we had a small show here at the theater. So there will be five of us on stage—beautiful, wonderful. I’m not sure who’ll be in the audience tonight. So, whether there’s someone special coming up from there, we’ll have to wait to see…
Read a review of Robert Cazimero’s 2022 Kahilu Theatre concert here.
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