Park Programs October 2013
Contact: Rufus Haspalur, Park Ranger, 671-333-4051
Throughout October: The T. Stell Newman Visitor Center hosts spectacular exhibits and movies about the history and natural resources of Guam and an outstanding bookstore operated by Pacific Historic Parks, our supporting non-profit partner. The visitor center is open every day from 9 am – 4:30 pm and is located just outside Naval Base Guam main gate.
October 5, Saturday: 2 pm at Asan Beach - "Sailor's Story" - Join us for a look at quaint, pre-war Guam and the story of how one young man became caught up in a tragedy he never could have expected. (30 minutes)
October 6, Sunday: 2 pm at Piti Guns - "Guns Hike" - Meet at the Veterans Cemetery on Route 6 and we'll caravan to the short hiking trail that leads to 3 large coastal defense guns. Although these are the only guns in their original positions protected by the park, we'll discover another reason why they are particularly unique. (45 minutes)
October 12, Saturday: 2 pm at Ga'an Point - "Tiny Peleliu" - The Battle of Peleliu brought new meanings to the extremities of military loss and conquest. By September 1944, island assaults were familiar to the US Marine Corps - learn how this small island became a game-changer that still echoes controversy. (30 minutes)
October 13, Sunday: 2 pm at Asan Beach - "Ridge Hike" -Discover hidden Japanese fortifications and historic sites along the Asan Ridge Trail. Nearly 70 years ago, Chamorros were forced to build these defenses as Guam's first Liberation Day approached. (45 minutes)
October 19, Saturday: 1 pm at Visitor Center - "Curator's Corner: October 1943" - The world at war 70 years ago comes alive with a hands-on display of museum artifacts. Our curator also sheds light on what was breaking news in October, 1943: the Chinese advance into Burma in a sprawling, far-flung theater of war, and the Americans bomb Wake Island, somewhat closer to home. (Two hours)
October 20, Sunday: 2 pm at Visitor Center - "Science Sunday: Coral Reef Health" - Surrounding Guam are fisheries, marine preserves, and some of the most beautiful coral in the world. Dr. Peter Houk discusses Marine Protected Areas across Micronesia, describing their importance and current status, but also their limitations as a fisheries management tool.
October 26, Saturday: 2 pm at Apaca Point - "The Impact of Chuuk" - The island-hopping campaign across the Pacific brought new challenges, yet large pay-off, for the Americans. Learn about the devastation of Chuuk, a single step in the march toward Japan, but to its Micronesian residents, the only world they'd ever known. (30 minutes)
October 27, Sunday: 2 pm at Asan Bay Overlook - "Hidden Treasures of George Tweed" - When the famous navy man fled to the jungle in 1941, hiding for nearly 3 years during Guam's Japanese occupation, he couldn't imagine what he'd need to survive. The tools he used ranged from primitive to modern, but each speak of another help that remains timeless. (30 minutes)
Did You Know?
During the Japanese occupation of Guam, the Asan Beach Unit was a rice paddy?