MEET THE 2020 PORTUGUESE CULTURE & HISTORICAL CENTER BOARD
Larry was born on Oahu and raised on the islands of Maui and Oahu. As a young man he worked for the family business in Kailua, and after graduation he joined the Air Force. Upon his discharge, Larry became involved with the Jaycees and coached youth baseball for 15 years.
After working various jobs in sales and home construction, he decided to make a change in his life. In 1976 he went to work at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as a civil service employee. Larry retired after 40 years of service working as a Planning and Engineering Manager for our Nuclear Submarine fleet.
He now owns a sports officiating business coordinating roughly 89 game officials, working the major sports - Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Football, and Soccer.
Larry became very involved with the Portuguese community as a volunteer working at the Portuguese Genealogical Society. This inspired him and peeked his interest in the idea of starting an organization whose goal would be to build a Portuguese Community Center on Oahu.
Another important change Larry made is his life was marrying Thongyod Y Yeipuy "Dang". They've been happily married for 29 years.
PCHC Vice President
Wilma Souza Boudreau was born and raised on Kauai in the Territory of Hawaii. A member of a large Portuguese family, her grandfather was a plantation manager under King Kalakaua and Makee ownership.
As a young girl Wilma sang with a group that performed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village (then Kaiser's) as well as on ships and submarines at Pearl Harbor. Her group was vocally trained by the Von Trapp family (of the Sound of Music fame) and went on to record three albums and 2 single records which provided funds to help build three churches on Kauai.
After going to California to attend college, Wilma married her husband of almost 57 years, Richard. Together they left for Houston, Texas for nine exciting years at NASA on the Moon Landing Project. They, along with their two children Michele and Roland, returned to Palos Verdes, California where Wilma began her 32-year Real Estate career, specializing in assisting clients from Hawaii while working as a volunteer at the Jeanne Jugan French Catholic Care Home for 19 years.
Since her retirement, Wilma has used her "Social Work" degree to get involved in different non-profit organizations here in Hawaii.
Maryann was born and raised on Oahu, a member of a large Portuguese-Slovak family. Her mother's parents came from Portugal on the High Flyer.
As a young girl Maryann was active as a girl scout. After marrying her husband William of 50 years they moved to San Jose, California where her husband worked in the Air Force. After his retirement they moved to San Diego so her husband could attend a golf academy. After his graduation they moved back to Massachusetts and settled in Dudley.
Maryann has one son in St. Augustine, Florida, one in Webster Massachusetts, a daughter in Honolulu, five grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren.
She worked for Travelers Insurance Company for 15 years and then continued working for various Insurance Agents. She later worked for Sears in various departments, retiring after 10 years.
She currently works for Military Bakery and Deli Services as a cake decorator and is involved in the various Portuguese clubs on Oahu and the Aina Malia Catholic woman's group.
Daniel was born in Wailuku, Maui and raised in Happy Valley. His family later moved to Omaopio, Kula, Maui. He is graduate a of St. Anthony School for Boys on Maui. After graduation, he attended Honolulu Business College on Oahu were obtained a Junior Accounting degree.
Daniel retired from Kamehameha Schools, formally known as Bishop Estate after forty years of service. He currently works part time for the City and County of Honolulu at Neal S. Blaisdell Center.
Daniel is married to Phyllis and has two loving daughters, Darnell and Dona. He also has two grand dogs Kooper and Albert.
He is very active with St. Ann Church in Kaneohe which is his parish. He is also on the Educational Board for St. Patrick School. He also enjoys going to Washington State and traveling.
Daniel’s Portuguese heritage began with the arrival of his great-grandparents, Antonio de Medeiros Pires and Maria da Conceicao do Rego Lopes from Ponta Delgada in the Azores. With their hopes for a better life, his Grandparents, Frank Medeiros Pires and Mary Cravalho and parents, Frank J. Pires and Emma Ladera, the Portuguese Cultural and Traditions continued throughout his formative years.
Daniel and his family continued to perpetuate his Portuguese heritage by joining the Camoes Players to learn the traditional Portuguese dances from Mary Carvalho and Josephine Carreira. Today, he is a member and the president of Nova Esperança Association. He is also involved with The Punchbowl Holy Ghost, The Hawaii Council on Portuguese Heritage and the Portuguese Culture and Historical Center.
This position on the PCHC Board is currently available. If you are interested, please contact PCHC President Lawrence Cravalho.
Donald is a retiree.
He is a former HMSA Vice President Marketing and CEO of Work Comp Hawaii.
Donald graduated from Saint Louis High School in Honolulu.