HPU News for December 2011

Prominent Native Hawaiians speak at HPU

December 02, 2011

Robert Cazimero and Mapuana de Silva
Hula teacher Mapuana de Silva and Robert Cazimero, of the award-winning musical duo the Brothers Cazimero, perform during a visit to Sharky’s Cove. Their presentation was part of HPU’s Hawaiian Speaker Series.

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University welcomed internationally acclaimed musician Robert Cazimero and Mapuana de Silva of halau Mohala ‘Ilima to Sharky’s Cove  Nov. 28. About 70 attendees listened to the two respected kumu hula (hula teachers) at the final Hawaiian Speaker Series session of the fall semester.

“When these Native Hawaiians come to HPU, they’re sharing nuggets and gifts that students can take home and share,” said Dr. Malia Smith, assistant dean for General Education at HPU, who coordinated the series. “Students would come up to me and say it was their first cultural experience here.”

Attendees were treated to hearing Cazimero, a Na Hoku Hano Hano Award-winning member of the Brothers Cazimero, sing a cappella for a dance from de Silva.

Both de Silva, whose halau has garnered multiple wins at the illustrious Merrie Monarch Festival, and Cazimero shared stories of the significance of hula in Hawai‘i.

Smith estimated more than 370 people attended the series to listen to prominent Native Hawaiian experts, including William Aila, Pono Shim and Ramsay Taum. Next semester’s series is already being planned.

“It warms my heart that the students get a more enriching experience about where they’re studying,” Smith said.

For more information, contact Smith at msmith@hpu.edu.