Book: ‘Between the Sea and the Sky’ by Donna M. Binkiewicz – Editor’s Note


Driven by a family tragedy, Margarida takes a leap of faith with her children to leave the Azores and start a new life in Upcountry Maui. The family is part of a wave of immigrants who worked on Hawaii’s sugarcane plantations in the 1880s. Witnessing the forces of business expansion and political revolution, Margarida and her children persevere in their lives. daily tasks, maintain their Portuguese traditions and strive to ensure a lasting home. The men work the fields for the planters, then set up their own farms and ranches, while the women help make ends meet and serve the growing community with midwives. Over three generations, the family helps build and sustain Upcountry communities during times of adversity, economic depression and war. Their story captures the power of family and the courage on their journey to making their dreams come true.

The author offers a blend of well-documented history and creative storytelling to bring the family saga to life. The book allows readers to put themselves in the shoes of immigrants from the Azores and authentically experience the social and economic changes underway in Hawaii before WWII.

About the Author

Donna M. Binkiewicz is originally from Maui, Hawaii. Donna began her college education at Maui College, received her BA in History from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as an MA and PhD. at the University of California, Los Angeles. She teaches American history at California State University, Long Beach. She is married, a mother of two, and lives with her family in Los Angeles, California.

His first book was Federalizing the Muse: US Art Policy and the National Endowment for the Arts, 1965-1980 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004). She has also published numerous articles and academic reviews.

His latest book Between Sea and Sky: The Saga of My Portuguese American Family in the Maui Hinterland, 1880-1940, explores the immigration of a Portuguese family from the Azores to Maui and their struggles for a better future, in the context of Hawaiian and American history.

Book Details

  • Title: Between Sea and Sky: The Saga of My Portuguese American Family in the Maui Hinterland, 1881-1941
  • Author: Donna M. Binkiewicz
  • Editor: Independently published
  • Publication date: August 17, 2021
  • Tongue: English
  • Paperback: 235pp

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