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Convention honors Portuguese heritage in Hawaii

(HawaiiNewsNow) - Dr. Nuno Mathias, the consul general of Portugal in San Francisco, will address the State Convention of Portuguese Organizations (SCOPO) at a dinner on August 3. The convention takes place August 2 through 4 at the Pagoda Hotel. Earlier Saturday, Consul General Mathias will attend a luncheon of the Hawaii Council on Portuguese Heritage.

At the SCOPO dinner, Consul General Mathias and Honorary Consul John Henry Felix will present Doris Naumu, president of SCOPO and the Portuguese Genealogical Society, and Laura Figueira, president of the Hawaii Council on Portuguese Heritage, with the prestigious Consul's Cup for their distinguished service in perpetuating the Portuguese heritage in Hawaii.

While in Honolulu, Consul General Mathias will also meet with Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and City Council Chair Ernest Martin. He will also meet with Bishop Clarence "Larry" Silva and Vicar General Gary Secor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, as well as with leaders of Hawaii's Portuguese community.

A career diplomat, Consul General Mathias assumed his post in San Francisco in June 2012. He served at the Portuguese embassy in Washington, D.C., from 1998 to 2003, and at the Portuguese embassy in Maputo (Mozambique) from 2004 to 2008. Following those assignments, he returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lisbon, where he served as Head of Department for Justice and Home Affairs at the Directorate General for European Affairs, from 2008 to 2009. From 2009 to 2012, he served as Director for European Institutional Affairs and Bilateral Relations at the Directorate General for European Affairs.

Consul General Mathias joined Portugal's diplomatic service in 1993 and was advisor to the Portuguese delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in 1994 and 1995. Born in Lisbon on June 12, 1968, he earned a law degree from the Autonomous University of Lisbon and a postgraduate degree in European studies from the Catholic University of Lisbon. He is married and has two sons.

Saturday's SCOPO dinner will also feature a performance by American fado singer Ramana Vieira and her ensemble. Fado is a well-known style of mournful melodies and lyrics, popular in Portuguese nightclubs. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $20. Dinner, beginning at 5:30 p.m., can be purchased for an additional $40.

SCOPO is a general membership meeting of all the organizations that are members of the Hawaii Council on Portuguese Heritage, founded in 1977, a century after the start of Portuguese immigration to Hawaii, with the mission of preserving and perpetuating Portuguese culture in the Islands. The SCOPO tradition was born in 1940 when the Associated Portuguese Welfare Association met on Kauai for the first gathering of member organizations from each of the major Hawaiian Islands. Some 36,231 Portuguese immigrants came to Hawaii between 1878 and 1978.

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