Lyman Museum presents ‘The Portuguese and Hawai‘i’

  • Courtesy of HAWAII STATE ARCHIVES Children and a woman carrying bread on Kauai.

  • Courtesy photo Hawaii Council on Portuguese Heritage.

  • Courtesy of HOMEGROUND Portuguese and Hawaiian musicians circa 1915.

  • Courtesy of BISHOP MUSEUM Waipahu classroom circa 1914.

Portugal was a very powerful and wealthy nation 400 years ago.

So why did large segments of its population leave to seek better lives elsewhere? And why did entire families brave treacherous, five-month-long sea voyages to travel halfway around the globe to Hawaii?


Was what they found here worth the sacrifice?

And, after 150 years in the Islands, what has been their legacy?

Local historian and teacher Tom Goltz presents this compelling program twice at the Lyman Museum in downton Hilo: from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, and from 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.

Admission is free to museum members and $3 for nonmembers.

This presentation is part of the museum’s Patricia E. Saigo Public Program Series. Seating is limited.

On Monday evenings, additional parking is available at Hilo Union School on Kapiolani Street, and doors open at 6:30 p.m.


The Lyman Museum is located at 276 Haili St.

For more information, contact the museum at 935-5021 or visit

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