Managaha Island Historic District
With its beautiful beaches and the wide variety of marine activities available, Managaha Island is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to the CNMI. It is also an official historic district and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more about Managaha Island Historic District in this guide from Triple J Saipan.
Where is Managaha Island?
Managaha is about 1.6 miles off the west coast of Saipan in the lagoon. It is an uninhabited small island, also called an islet, that is 13.2 acres in size. As a popular day-trip destination from Saipan, the island offers wide, sandy beaches, as well as snorkeling, parasailing, and jet skiing. Many locals find it an ideal place for a weekend camping trip.
Why is Managaha Island a Historic District?
The National Registry of Historic Places (NRHP) is dedicated to the preservation of historic sites, buildings, and other structures, that have historical significance. Managaha Island has earned a place on the registry for two major reasons:
- The Burial Place of Chief Aghurubw – Chief Aghurubw was a legendary Carolinian chief who led his people from Satawal in the western Caroline Islands to Saipan after a devastating typhoon. He is to this day revered as a great leader and was well-known for his skill in traditional navigation. There is a statue of him on the island, and Chief Aghurubw Day is celebrated there every year on the last Saturday of September. His burial ground is considered sacred to the Carolinians.
- World War II Fortifications – Saipan was occupied by Japanese forces in 1941 and was liberated by the U.S. in 1944. There are extensive Japanese fortifications from World War II on the island, including the remnants of bunkers and a large anti-aircraft gun.
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