Nina Kealiʻiwahamana and Robert Cazimero Perform and Preserve Queen Liliʻuokalani’s Songs

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HONOLULU (HI Now) - “As an entertainer, I’ve been very lucky to perform many of the Queen’s songs, and yet, if you ask me about her music, I know just a small percent of what she’s done,” said Cazimero. “To actually go through her music, to read what she had to say at the time, it’s a great tool to have.”

Queen LIli’uokalani wrote over 400 songs in her lifetime, including the classic “Aloha ‘Oe,” but she was not the only musician in the royal family. Queen Lili’uokalani, her brothers King David Kalākaua and Prince Leleiohoku and her sister Princess Likelike would hold musical contests together. They were referred to as “Na Lani ʻEhā,” or “The Royal Four.”

“I would have loved to have been there, just to see how they’d react to each other’s songs,” said Kealiʻiwahamana. “All of their songs are so famous and loved by all of us.”

Kealiʻiwahamana and Cazimero both share the goal of perpetuating Hawaiian culture through their music. They hope that in the future, even if most young people are not interested in learning about Hawaii’s history, the information will still be there for those who are.

Tune into the Queen LIli’uokalani Keiki Hula Celebration on K5, Monday-Thursday.

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