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The first people from Portugal to arrive in the Hawaiian Islands actually jumped ship in 1794, yet the first recorded Portuguese visitor arrived in 1814. This visitor, John Elliot de Castro became a close associate with King Kamehameha I assisting the King as his personal physician. Fourteen years after de Castro arrived, commercial sugar crops grew popular as a cash crop in Hawaii; Portuguese sailors began to jump ship to work in the fields and to start their lives afresh. The Portuguese culture has had a large influence on the Hawaiian culture. For example, Portuguese have given Hawaii many of its traditional cuisine such as malasadas and spicy sausages as well as musical instruments such as ukulele and slack-key guitar. The Portuguese have added a special flavor to the boiling pot of Hawaiian culture.

 

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