Solomon Islands

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  • Day112

    Flying into Henderson Field, Guadalcanal

    January 29, 2020 on the Solomon Islands ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    Over the years, I have visited numerous sites of significance to US Marine Corps history. Inchon, Iwo Jima, Belleau Wood to name a few. In a few short hours, I will be landing at Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. With great reverence . . . "We all stand on the shoulders of the past generation."

    By 1942, Japan’s span of control throughout Asia and the South Pacific was vast, reaching as far as, and taking control of Guadalcanal in July of 1942. That would be as far south as they would go, and they would not hold it for long. On 7 Aug 1942, the Marines entered the war in the Pacific, and made the initial landing on Guadalcanal with ~11,000 men of the 1st Marine Division under MajGen Vandergrift. Within two day, the Marines had established a beachhead, and seized control of what would soon become Henderson Field. After months of intense battles both on land and at sea, the Japanese withdrew from Guadalcanal on 7 Feb 1943, and the island was designated secure on 9 Feb. The US had established a foothold in the South Pacific, and initiated what would become the Island Hopping Campaign. This campaign would go on for the next 3 years with amphibious landings on numerous islands, ending with the seizing of Okinawa in 1945 and the subsequent dropping of the atomic bombs (from aircraft launched from Tinian, also seized by the Marines) on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Of additional significance, Maj Pappy Boyington and his Black Sheep Squadron operated out of Henderson Field in 1943, becoming one of the most famous flying squadrons of the war.
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    Henderson Field as it appeared in 1945.

  • Day117

    Honiara H3 (Guadalcanal)

    February 3, 2020 on the Solomon Islands ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    I am not back to 100% yet, but for the first time since my surgery, I was able to jog on trail without having to stop to catch my breath. It has been six months now since I was on my back in a hospital bed, and it seems my body is feeling pretty normal again. My pulse has now dropped from an average in 80s, back down into the low 60s and I have started to do some upper body workouts (just 10 pushups a day, but its a start - I feel pretty droopy in the arms after six months of nothing).

    Enjoyed an exceptionally good trail in the Solomon Islands yesterday. Had the opportunity to run with the Honiara H3 up on Vavaea Ridge, on Guadalcanal. Trail was mostly up and down on dirt roads and tracks, with a pack of about 25, good fun. Circle was short and to the point, with only one song, but that is common in these parts. :) The pack was very friendly, and we enjoyed dinner with a few hashers after the circle. Great times here in the South Pacific.
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    Not as much as it looks. Hash Cash was only $5 of local currency (60 cents US). So a Beer costs $2.50 US and water $1.25.

  • Day120

    US War Memorial (Guadalcanal)

    February 6, 2020 on the Solomon Islands ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    Started our last day on Guadalcanal with a 7 Kms hike around town with some new friends. Then quickly cleaned up, packed, and headed off to the airport. On the way, we had the opportunity to stop at the US War Memorial. Very impressive. Also got a look down on the landing beaches used by the Marines to assault the island on 7 Aug 1942.Read more

  • Day115

    The King Solomon Hotel

    February 1, 2020 on the Solomon Islands ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Our accommodations for a week on Guadalcanal. This hotel has a pretty cool makeup, built on the side of a hill, with a rail car for an elevator. The stairway is also a maze of stairways that lead up the hill. We are on the top floor, so walking is quite a hike, but the car ride is like a Jurassic Park adventure ride. Very interesting. Fortunately, they had the Super Bowl on TV here, so we got to watch it in our room, despite having to go to the lobby for internet access everyday. :)Read more

  • Day89

    Honiara, Solomon islands

    February 5, 2020 on the Solomon Islands ⋅ 🌧 30 °C

    Just some photos from Solomon Islands! I got a chance to scuba around a wreck but visibility was just ok. I was suppose to see a submarine the next day but it poured! A pretty rainy week here! Last day we went up to a war memorial and got a cool view in! Hashpitality was great from new friends Paula and Ian! On to Port Moresby in Papa New Guinea next!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Honiara, ሆኒያራ, هونيارا, Хониара, Ονιάρα, Honiaro, هونیارا, הוניארה, HIR, ホニアラ, 호니아라, โฮนีอารา, 霍尼亚拉