21 January 2007


I noticed I got some hits from the Republic of Kiribati after I referred to it in an earlier post. It appeared someone searched for that term and got me.

In that spirit, I feel I should say a couple of words about Kiribati, so that anyone looking for information doesn't totally waste their time.

The Republic of Kiribati is made up of many small islands. One of these islands is called Butaritari. That's the one I visited. Once upon a time, Butaritari was called Makin Island.

Makin Island was the site of one of our first offensive operations in the Pacific during WWII. You can read about that here.

As for the island itself... It's not very large. There's one building next to a dirt strip that serves as an airstrip. The local women who indulged me by stamping my passport wore old shorts, Joe's Garage-style shirts with their names on them, and sandals.

The official tourism site for Kiribati is here. If you have the chance, you should visit. I would.