Portuguese center one step closer to fruition

KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Marlene Hapai, president and executive director of the Hawaii Island Portuguese Cultural Center is seen in this 2021 file photo.

Today marks an important milestone for the organizers of the Hawaii Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce Cultural and Educational Center — they will be inking signatures on a construction contract for the long-envisioned facility at the corner of Komohana and Ponahawai streets in Hilo.