Photo Gallery - June 2004
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Joe deBrum's "Likiep Plantation Haus". One of only two places to stay in the outer islands, Joe's place is very popular and is very affordable. Joe has 2 huge diesel generators and a dining room with a very modern kitchen. He and his wife are lovely people and Joe is full of great stories and a pleasure to talk to.
Jonah found a guy on the beach (Jiimmy Capelle) who raises and releases sea turtles. This photo shows one tank on the left with 30 or 40 baby turtles which were only 3 or 4 days old. The tank on the right has 3 or 4 medium sized turtles.
This poor animal is going to be eaten first however. Shortly after this photo was take, this turtle was butchered for meat. While people we met like Jimmy who raises baby turtles seem to be doing a good job keeping the turtles around, the people of Likiep (and all of the Marshall Islands) also eat turtle.
Unlike turtles, Tuna (like these) are not a distressed or endangered species. The captain caught two of these tuna (including the big boy at center) with Allen Capelle and his friend Anthony one evening.
Allen Capelle, who is a member of the island council, also is the acting mayor while the mayor (his Uncle James) is off island on Majuro (which seems to be most of the time). Allen was a gracious host and spent many hours chatting with us about subjects ranging from fishing and weather to US politics (Allen listens to NPR daily which is broadcast from the US missile testing facility at Kwajalein Atoll, about 120 miles away).
Jordan butchers the big tuna, taking only the meaty fillets and leaving the head and carcass for Allen and his friend (which they value highly). He gave them the other tuna he caught, a small 35 pounder. Allen caught the other 35 pounder also seen in this photo. The meat from this Tuna fed us for 2 weeks. !
Waiting for the plane. The schedule is a bit loose. The truck in the background is the village owned vehicle, cared for by Allen and the Mayor. There are 3 or 4 trucks on the island and a handful of motor scooters.
One of two planes owned by Air Marshall Islands, the Dash 8 is the larger of the two. It makes the run from Majuro to Wojte, to Likiep then to Kwajalein, then back making the same stops at Likiep then Wojte to Majuro.
Kate chats with Joe deBrum. Joe is the oldest man on Likiep at 74 years old. Joe's grandfather (along with Adolph Capelle) purchased Likiep from the Iroij (chief) back in the late 1800s. deBrum was Portuguese and Capelle German. They each took a Marshallese wife and the island is populated with their descendants. Many deBrums and Capelles live on Majuro and on Kwajalein as well as a large contingent in Oakland, California.
Jonah working hard at school. Jonah is doing great in the third grade. As of the end of June Jonah has begun his summer vacation which will last till we return from our visit to the US at the end of August.
After sailing back to Majuro we anchored for the night at Anemwanot, an islet about 5 miles from the town. This photo was taken just after sunrise. We were both glad to be back in Majuro but sad to have left Likiep.