Marshall Islands Resort kicks off its three-day 20th anniversary celebration Thursday August 4 with an opening ceremony from 5:30pm, and Friday and Saturday will see a range of cultural activities on the lagoon side of the hotel, along with canoe races (Friday afternoon) and Iron Man (Kone Jubar) and recycle boat fishing tournament (Saturday afternoon).
The Resort’s celebration is guaranteed to excite even the most languid of local coach potatoes.
Resort General Manager Hirobo Obeketang and Waan Aelon in Majel Director Alson Kelen are teaming up to put on a memorable show that will involve canoe races, an Iron Man (“Kone Jubar”) competition, a bottom fishing tournament, and a recycle boat fishing tournament for youth nine-to-15 years of age.
Friday will will feature races for Class A and Class B canoes, while Saturday will feature the Kone Jubar, bottom fishing and recycle fishing tournaments.
In addition to this activity happening on the lagoon, with races ending and fishing tournaments weighing in at the Resort, Hirobo and Alson said they are inviting handicraft stores, craft makers, carvers, Marshallese lei weavers, local food cooking and other cultural practitioners to be part of the three-day “Keeping the Iakwe Spirit Alive” themed Marshallese cultural extravaganza.
Hirobo and Alson expect up to 26 canoes to join in the races, and are hoping that lots of adults will help their children to come up with something that floats for the recycle fishing race that will happen in the lagoon between Delap Park and the Resort. “Anything that floats can be entered in the recycle fishing tournament Saturday,” said Alson.
Read more about this in the August 5, 2016 edition of the Marshall Islands Journal.