Event to celebrate Portuguese culture

The Portuguese Association of Maui will present its annual Festa Portuguesa (Portuguese festival) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Cameron Center in Wailuku.

The event will begin with a musical presentation by the Heritage Hall choral. Portuguese foods on sale will include bean soup, malassadas, Portuguese sausage hot dogs in sweet bread buns and codfish stew. The tiny county store will feature picked onions, chowchow and tremocos (lupin beans) along with fresh-baked breads.

Handmade items also will be available for early Christmas shoppers.

Docents from the Portuguese Genealogical & Historical Society of Hawaii will provide free assistance to residents seeking information on their Portuguese ancestors. The society’s database contains more than 300,000 names of immigrants from Portugal to Hawaii and their descendants.

Audrey Guerrero and Kathie Adelson, reigning state bisca champions, will be available to teach interested persons how to play this old fashioned Portuguese card game.

There will be a display of Portuguese artifacts, ceramics and linens.

Audrey Rocha Reed, producer of the weekly Portuguese radio program, will present folk tales and legends of Portugal at 1 p.m.

The Portuguese Association of Maui was activated in 2002. In addition to offering scholarships to college-bound students and participating in community activities, the association offers free certified translations of Portuguese documents and periodically sponsors Portuguese language classes.

The association is a partner with the Maui Puerto Rican Association in developing Heritage Hall.

For information on Festa Portuguese or on the Portuguese Association of Maui, call 877-0173 or 243-0065.