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Secrets of the Solomons

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Just a few feet offshore at Bonegi Beach 2 rests partially submerged Kinugawa Maru, the enormous Japanese transport ship bombed by the US.

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Market day in Marau.

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    At Vilu WWII Museum near Honiara are several war relics, including an American bomber, above.

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Kasolo, above, was later renamed Kennedy Island, in honor of Navy Lt. John F. Kennedy. The future president swam to the island after his patrol boat was hit by a Japanese destroyer and capsized in 1943.

Growing up in Hawaii, I am no stranger to lovely tropical islands with unusual histories. Read more

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