OUR MISSION & VISION
Our primary mission is to build a Portuguese Culture & Historical Center to promote and preserve Portuguese culture and Portuguese values in Hawaii.
Our plan is to ensure that Portuguese culture, education and artifacts can be enjoyed by the Portuguese community, and the community at large, in Hawaii for years to come.
Portuguese Culture & Historical Center strives to create and maintain an environment that is fun and rewarding for PCHC volunteers, members and the community. We do this through our educational, charitable and religious activities.
We also promote and maintain the Portuguese House at the Plantation Village in Waipahu, on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS
BOARD MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES
Larry Cravalho 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 Manyak 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.
Dan Nelson is very active within the Portuguese community, here in Hawaii. He is the President of Portuguese Genealogical & Historical Society of Hawaii. the Vice President of Hawaii’s Plantation Village and Treasurer of Puerto Rican Heritage Society.
He taught for 38 years as a science teacher. After 13 years he retired from teaching at St Andrews Priory.
Donald Keliinoi grew up in Hawaii and graduated from Saint Louis High School. Post high school, Donald studied at UCLA Business Schools and at the University of Hawaii, where he received a BBA in Accounting.
While Donald is currently retired, he spent many years working at HMSA and at CEO Work Comp Hawaii, a subsidiary of HMSA.
Glenn Medeiros was born and raised on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. As a teenager, he began a professional career as a singer/Songwriter. For the next eight years, Glenn traveled to almost forty countries, selling over seven million records, recording eight albums, almost twenty music videos, and writing over 200 songs with hit records like “Nothing’s Gonna Change my love for You” and She Ain’t worth it.”
In 1994 Glenn moved from the world of entertainment into a new career in education. In three years, he attained a BA in History/Humanities for the UH West Oahu. Several years later, he received a master’s degree in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix.
After teaching for years as both an elementary and high school teacher in public, and high school teacher in Public, Catholic, and private non-denominational schools, Glenn became the Vice Principal at Maryknoll Elementary School. He was later offered to working the same capacity at Maryknoll High School. After receiving his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the university of Southern California in 2014, Glenn became a full time Assistant Professor at Chaminade University in its School of Education. Finally, 2015, Glenn was offered the position of Head of School at Saint Louis School in Honolulu, Hawaii, and a year later President, where he is now in his sixth year at the helm.
In his first year as President of Saint Louis School, Glenn was responsible for overseeing the creation of a new strategic plan that successfully led to the opening of a new elementary school in August of 2016. In on short year, enrollment at Saint Louis School grew over 20 percent, with a focus on the use of a blended-learning model that balances personalized instruction. This , added with an added focus on rigor, relevance, and relationships, place-based learning and an expansion of the arts, Saint Louis School provides and environment where all young men can reach their full potential no matter what their respective God-given talents are.
Beyond his responsibility as President, Dr, Medeiros is a board member of Saint louis School, the Saint Francis Healthcare system, Saint Joseph School, the Marianist Center of Hawaii and Hawaii Society for Technology in Education. He is also a member of the Committee on Culture and Arts for the City and County of Honolulu, while also volunteering his time as a major in the Civil Air Patrol as part of Saint Louis School’s 77th Squadron, Finally, Glenn is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lay Marianists, and Maryknoll Affiliates.
Rick Saunders was born and raised on the windward side of Oahu in Kailua. He currently resides in Aiea.
A Graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama - class of 1983. After graduation from High School, he attended the University of Hawaii, Manoa on a football scholarship and graduated with a Secondary Education degree in History.
After college and a tryout with the San Diego Chargers, now Los Angeles Chargers, Rick returned home. He taught in various public and private schools on Oahu and coached football at various high schools for almost 30 years.
Rick also served in the US Navy Reserves for 21 years and retired in 2017 as a Lieutenant Commander. He's currently the owner of a fundraising/wholesale local snack shop business in Aiea. It has been in operation on Oahu for over 24 years. In addition to running his own business, Rick also works as a full-time Safety Manager for Hawaii Stevedores.
Richard "Rick" Saunders III
Harvey Teves was raised on Kauai and graduated from Kapaa High School. He moved to Honolulu to attend Chaminade University where he received a BS in Economics.
In 1962 he became a U. S. Army Security Agency and in 1966 joined the
National Security Agency (NSA) in Washington, DC. By 1972 Harvey changed fields and became a contractor for Malia Land & Construction Co. New Zealand
He has also worked for HATCO Construction Company and Punahou Schools. Harvey is semi-retired, living in Hawaii.