Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Na'i Tatte, Chule' Tatte

Hafa adai,
We Are Guåhan is pleased to announce its fourth series of Heritage Hikes: Nå’i Tåtte, Chule' Tåtte. The title translates to "Give Back, Take Back," as this series of hikes will deal with the Department of Defense's complex history of land taking and land returns on Guam. The title he upcoming Heritage Hikes will include 2 new sites, Ague Cove and Pågat Point, as well as a Sunday afternoon hike to Hila’an Village.

The hike schedule is as follows:
· Saturday, October 22, 2011 – Ague Cove (Difficulty: Easy. Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours)
Meet at Former FAA property (near NCS Dededo)
· Sunday, October 30, 2011 – Hila'an Village (Difficulty: Very Easy. Duration: 2 – 2.5hours)
Meet at Tanguisson Beach Park.
· Saturday, November 5, 2011 – Pågat Point (Difficulty: Medium. Duration: 3 – 4 hours)
Meet at Pågat trailhead along The Back Road.

WHEN: The show-time for the Ague Cove and Pågat Point hikes is 8:45a.m. with a go-time 9:00 a.m. The show time for the Hila’an Village hike is 3:30pm.
WHAT TO BRING: All participants must bring LOTS OF WATER. Participants are encouraged to bring sun block, bug repellant and light snacks or lunches.
WHAT TO WEAR: All hikes will have areas with dense jungle, so if you are sensitive to mosquito bites, please wear long sleeved shirts, pants and a comfortable pair of shoes. Participants should wear tennis / hiking shoes, shorts and a comfortable shirt. Swimming is an option and encouraged at Ague Cove and Hila’an Village, so come prepared with appropriate clothes and towels if you’d like to swim. Unlike Pågat arch and cave, swimming at Pågat Point is not recommended due to dangerous surf and sharp rocks.

HIKE DESCRIPTIONS:

The first hike is a new trek to Ague Cove. Although recently returned to its original landowners, DoD is considering re-“acquiring” this area, and the surrounding area, to build brand new housing and administrative buildings for the proposed relocation. The hike ends at a scenic cove that is perfect for swimming.

On the second hike, Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua will explain the historical significance of Hila'an Village, an area that was recently returned to GovGuam. There are over 70 latte throughout the area, which will give hike participants an opportunity to imagine what the village would have looked like.

The third and final hike is also a first for We Are Guåhan. The hike is to an area where DoD is planning on building a firing-range complex: Pågat Point. This area is north of the more popular hiking trail to Pågat arch and cave. Dr. Bevacqua will discuss the cultural and historic significance of the area, as well as DoD’s proposed plans to build five firing ranges there.
If you have questions about the Heritage Hikes, please contact leevin@weareguahan.com

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