Portuguese American Journal

Book | They Came in Ships to Terra Nova | By Kahealani Martins Curammeng – Editor’s Note

Capture the experiences of the Portuguese immigrants as they traveled 15,000 plus miles in the cargo section of a ship to the “terra nova,” the “new land.” They took the risk of leaving their family, friends, and beautiful motherland to seek a better life for themselves and their families, despite their fears. This book describes the treacherous voyages across the stormy seas and reveals the primitive conditions that they had to endure. They experienced a variety of trials including seasickness, lack of privacy, lack of hygiene, cramped living quarters, and spreading of diseases and illnesses. There were deaths and there were births but also dancing, music, and laughter. Get a glimpse into their lives and experiences by reading this one-of-a-kind book. A compilation of over 300 color pages, 382 newspaper articles written during that time, and 70+ photos. A book you will want to leave for your descendants.


About the Editor

Kahealani Martins Curammeng, a psychologist and private investigator, has contributed to her expertise in researching family history. Her research focuses on the immigration of Portuguese to Hawaii and on developing resources to help others with their research. She was born and raised in Hawaii, educated in California, and currently lives in Hilo where she was born. Through DNA testing, Kahealani met cousins in Sao Miguel, Acores and spent ten days getting to know them and exploring the homeland of her great-grandparents. Her desire is to leave an enduring, historical legacy to her two children and four grandchildren.

About the Illustrator

Kanela Curammeng Wells is a personal creative designer and owner of Akamai Graphics located in Southern California. Akamai Graphics is a brand development, graphics design and web design company with clients throughout the United States and Hawaii. Her design philosophy is to create with purpose so that she can help individuals and their company have something valuable, meaningful and beautiful to grow their brand. Kanela is also talented in designing book covers, which makes her the perfect artist for book designs.


Book Details

Title: They Came in Ships to Terra Nova

Author: Kahealani Martins Curammeng

Editor: Kahealani Martins Curammeng

Publisher‏: Legacy Publishing

Publication Date: July 20, 2023

Illustrator: Kanela Curammeng Wells

Language‏: ‎English

Paperback‏: ‎308pp

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