Gloria de Sa Ph.D., faculty director of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Sonia Pacheco, archivist for the same institution, visited Hawaii this past June to contact Portuguese-American institutions in the archipelago with the aim of preserving and making available to the public information that documents the presence of the Portuguese on the islands. While there, they visited Hawaii’s Plantation Village in historic Waipahu, an outdoor museum that showcases the lifestyles and experience of the 400,000 people who immigrated to Hawaii to work the sugar plantations. The Plantation features 30 original and replica homes and buildings representing each ethnic group’s lifestyle from 1900-1930. At the time of their visit the museum was also presenting a special exhibit on the Portuguese, the first European group to work on the sugar plantations.
1. Portuguese women on the plantation (Hawaii’s Plantation Village, Waipahu)
2. Portuguese culture exhibit (Hawaii’s Plantation Village, Waipahu)
3. Azorean ‘Registo’, Portuguese culture exhibit (Hawaii’s Plantation Village, Waipahu)
4. Portuguese culture exhibit (Hawaii’s Plantation Village, Waipahu)