Everyone is invited to the annual Dennis Aguiar Portuguese Day in the Park on Feb. 10 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gilbert Carvalho Park in Hilo. This event is sponsored by the Hawaii Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce each year to celebrate all things Portuguese. Carvalho Park is at 890 Waianuenue Ave.
Members of the Chamber will start the day making Portuguese bean soup at the park and will demonstrate the baking of bread in the forno, the traditional Portuguese stone oven. The soup and fresh bread will be served at noon, free to those in attendance.
The Portuguese Chamber began its day-in-the-park event in 1996. In 1997, Dennis Aguair became chairman of the event. He would interact with the people gathered at the park, asking them what they enjoyed, what they would like to see added to the event, etc.
He served as chairman of the event for eight years. In 2004 at its October quarterly meeting, the Chamber voted to honor Aguiar by renaming the event after this dedicated supporter. Aguiar passed away one week later.