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The Island and People of Saipan

Hafa Adai!!! I lived and worked on the island of Saipan from 2002 through 2005. Saipan is one of 14 islands in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) located in the Western Pacific Ocean. Saipan lies about 1,200 miles south of Tokyo, Japan and 1,500 miles east of Manila, Philippines. The CNMI is part of the United States. The population of Saipan is composed of Chamoros, Carolinians, Palauans, Chukese, Philippinos, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Thais, Bangladeshes, USA mainlanders, and others. Chamoros and Carolinians (indigenous population) are US citizens. I have included a few photos from the island of Rota. Rota is a neighbor island to Saipan and part of the CNMI.
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Saipan Beach and Boat
Saipan Beach and Boat
Saipan Sunrise
Saipan Sunrise
Fisherman
Fisherman
Coral Road
Coral Road
Old Shipwreck (Rota)
Old Shipwreck (Rota)
Rota Coast
Rota Coast
Rota Coconut Village Hotel
Rota Coconut Village Hotel
Pool at Rota Coconut Village Hotel
Pool at Rota Coconut Village Hotel
Village of Song Song, Island of Rota
Village of Song Song, Island of Rota
Rota Sunset
Rota Sunset
Tourist and Saipan Dancers
Tourist and Saipan Dancers
Taste of the Marianas Dancers
Taste of the Marianas Dancers
USA
USA
Political Campaigning - Island Style
Political Campaigning - Island Style
Saipan Coast
Saipan Coast
Plumeria Flower
Plumeria Flower
WWII Japanese Pillbox on Tank Beach
WWII Japanese Pillbox on Tank Beach
Saipan Sunset
Saipan Sunset
Rota Coast
Rota Coast
Rota Coast
Rota Coast
Plumeria Flower
Plumeria Flower
Rota Coast
Rota Coast
Forbidden island
Forbidden island
Old Japanese Temple
Old Japanese Temple
Suicide Cliffs
Suicide Cliffs
Suicide Cliffs
Suicide Cliffs
Memorials at Base of Suicide Cliffs
Memorials at Base of Suicide Cliffs
Memorial with Flower
Memorial with Flower
Flame Tree Flower
Flame Tree Flower
Old Japanese WWII Tank
Old Japanese WWII Tank
Saipan Sundown
Saipan Sundown
Beach Road at Night
Beach Road at Night
Saipan Island Looking South
Saipan Island Looking South
Saipan International Airport (in background)
Saipan International Airport (in background)
Saipan Island Looking North
Saipan Island Looking North
Saipan Island Looking Southwest
Saipan Island Looking Southwest
Saipan Island Looking West (Garapan)
Saipan Island Looking West (Garapan)
Going Fishing
Going Fishing
Hafai Adai Hotel
Hafai Adai Hotel
Windsurfers at Microbeach
Windsurfers at Microbeach
Saipan Windsurfing
Saipan Windsurfing
Flame Trees
Flame Trees
Parade Route
Parade Route
 Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Gov. Fitial
Gov. Fitial
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
 Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
 Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Enjoying the Parade
Enjoying the Parade
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
 Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Miss Liberation Day
Miss Liberation Day
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Liberation Day Parade (July 4th)
Tourist Request for Photo with American Sailor
Tourist Request for Photo with American Sailor
Flame Trees on Hillside
Flame Trees on Hillside
Typhoon Chaba
Typhoon Chaba
Afternoon Rain
Afternoon Rain
Saipan Junk
Saipan Junk
Coconut Tree
Coconut Tree
Japanese Memorial to War Dead
Japanese Memorial to War Dead
Japanese Memorial
Japanese Memorial
Buddha
Buddha
Shrine on Rota
Shrine on Rota
Saipan Plant
Saipan Plant
Saipan Plant
Saipan Plant
Korean Peace Memorial
Korean Peace Memorial
Banana Leaf
Banana Leaf
Boats
Boats
Old Japanese Canon
Old Japanese Canon
Hey you! Want to dance?
Hey you! Want to dance?
Flame Tree and Flags
Flame Tree and Flags
Good Advice
Good Advice
Flame Tree and Temple
Flame Tree and Temple
Coconut and Flame
Coconut and Flame
Sunset Fishing on Saipan
Sunset Fishing on Saipan
Playing on the Beach at Sunset
Playing on the Beach at Sunset
Boat from the Philippines
Boat from the Philippines
Japanese WWII Machine Gun Bunker
Japanese WWII Machine Gun Bunker
Fishing
Fishing
Dance with a Tourist
Dance with a Tourist
Night Market Dancers
Night Market Dancers
Night Market dancers
Night Market dancers
Night Market Dancers
Night Market Dancers
Bayani Agbayni (Otso-Otso) and the Sex Bomb Girls (Spaghetti Song) Saipan Concert
Bayani Agbayni (Otso-Otso) and the Sex Bomb Girls (Spaghetti Song) Saipan Concert
Saipan Flower
Saipan Flower
Paddling Out to Fish
Paddling Out to Fish
Japanese Shrine
Japanese Shrine
Avalokiteshvara
Avalokiteshvara
Saipan Sunset
Saipan Sunset
American Memorial Park
American Memorial Park
Saipan Soldier's Family
Saipan Soldier's Family
Veterans Day
Veterans Day
Fish Market (closed after dark)
Fish Market (closed after dark)
Amelia Earhart Stayed Here (maybe??)
Amelia Earhart Stayed Here (maybe??)
Another Saipan Sunset
Another Saipan Sunset
View From My Former Balcony (Lau Lau Bay)
View From My Former Balcony (Lau Lau Bay)
Saipan Sunset
Saipan Sunset
Saipan Night market
Saipan Night market
My Wife at Night market
My Wife at Night market
Second Hand Smoke (Saipan Night Market)
Second Hand Smoke (Saipan Night Market)
I Left the Island with More Than Just Memories
I Left the Island with More Than Just Memories
Saipan Local Music
Saipan Local Music
Saipan Style
Saipan Style
Saipan Rock
Saipan Rock
Local Guys
Local Guys
Coworkers
Coworkers
Coworkers (egg toss competition)
Coworkers (egg toss competition)
Swing Away
Swing Away
For Romey
For Romey
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