On June 24, the Guam Visitors Bureau launched an online campaign designed to reassure visitors that Guam was a safe and healthy destination. A GVB video titled “Visit Guam Safely” begins with greetings from former governor Carl T. C. Gutierrez, in his signature sunny yellow shirt, and features the local mascot Che’lu the Ko’ko’ Bird demonstrating to travelers what they can expect when they come to Guam in the “new Covid-19 safe environment.”

“As we begin to settle into the new normal, our island...

June 4, 2020

                            Dr. Bwarenaba Kautu. Photo courtesy of Greenville University

The dark skies and heavy rain in Boston make for the perfect weather to cozy up indoors with Netflix and hot chocolate. However, Harvard scientist Dr. Bwarenaba Kautu, who has been holed up in his home, itches to return to his lab after weeks of being in quarantine. Kautu, a medical researcher, is not too worried about returning to work during t...

During World War II, governments around the world launched the “Dig for Victory” campaign to encourage people to build backyard gardens not only to supplement their food rations but also to boost morale; hence, the birth of “victory gardens” that eased the strain on public food supply.

Now amid World War III against the Covid-19 pandemic, people are fighting the burden of isolation imposed by the governments’ stay-home directives designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

On Guam, many resi...

February 9, 2020

“Where is Guam?” was trending on Google search in August 2017 when North Korea was threatening to nuke the island. Many Americans then learned about Guam for the first time.

The small island drew the world’s attention, and those who didn’t know already have since learned that it is U.S. territory. The devastation left by hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands also educated the world about the political situation of these territories.

"It's sad that these unfortunate...

January 27, 2020

Ohala Adoptions founders Lori Boss, Traci Anderson and Kelley Larsen

The number of children waiting to be adopted has dramatically risen in recent years. There are 280 children currently living in Guam’s foster care homes, according to the Archdiocese of Agana.

Ohala’ Adoptions, Guam’s first adoption agency, builds a bridge between families looking to adopt and children in need of homes. And amid the recurring debate on abortion, the agency also provides a “compassionate choice” for young single m...

December 5, 2019

In a reversal of roles, talk show host Andrea Pellacani finds herself in the hot seat as she answers questions about her job at Newstalk K57 and her life outside the radio booth. Pellacani, the voice behind K57’s midday broadcast, is known for her intrepid opinions on current events.

But once the microphones are turned off, she admits to shunning the crowd for quiet spaces A childhood friend once teased Pellacani, “I would be shocked if you took that job.” To which, she responded: “Challenge acc...

November 7, 2019

Former Guam resident Dana Kiyabu, David Koresh’s sixth wife, talks about her upcoming memoir revealing her life inside the Waco cult’s compound

 Who would have thought the infamous Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh had ties to Guam?

“I was David’s sixth wife,” said Dana Kiyabu, who grew up on Guam. She is a former member of the Branch Davidian community in Waco, Tx.

Kiyabu made a three-day stopover on Guam in October and showed up in a church in Dededo. The Pacific Island Times had a ch...

October 4, 2019

 In the digital age, with technology being more accessible, making a film seems so much easier. Today more and more aspiring filmmakers try to make it big by submitting entries to international film festivals. As YouTube essayists claim, “Any loser with a camera-phone can make a film.”

Yet, filmmaking is not a one-man piece of art. Although Sean Baker’s Tangerine and Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane prove that iPhones can create compelling stories, their success is due to experience and team effort.

Whi...

September 11, 2019

She was well on her way to reach the top of her world. With lofty goals within reach in just a few more years, she had no other plan for her life. Caren Deleon Evangelista was sure this was exactly where she was supposed to do.

But last year, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It derailed everything and put all of her plans on hold. Despite such life-altering event, the 38-year-old Evangelista remained positive. “It was a huge turning point in my life,” said the sergeant first c...

August 14, 2019

 In a café full of laughter and jazz, a quiet man in an orange robe reflects upon his spiritual journey. Since 2005, Adrienne Palacios has been on a path to self-enlightenment through Buddhism.

Originally from Saipan, Palacios moved to Thailand, his mother’s home country, where he learned to make peace with his pain and became the first Chamoru monk. “Pre-monk life, my heart was in pain from different experiences throughout my youth,” he said. “Only a person in pain can cause pain in another. Whe...

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