One afternoon we were able to go see an old Japanese Lighthouse. After WW I, the Japanese were in control of the Chuuk islands. The islands were closed to outside visitors during that time. On the southern end of Weno, our island, they built a lighthouse. During WW II the Americans did not invade, but instead, they bombed several islands in the lagoon. This was called Operation Hailstone. The Japanese had runways on several of the islands here and all of them were bombed. Much of the Japanese fleet had been moved out just days before the attack. However, nearly 200 Japanese ships and planes are sunk in the lagoon. As a result, the major tourism visitors here are the divers who come to see the wrecks.

The Sapuk Lighthouse is about the only Japanese “tourist site” to visit that is not under water.

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Elder Eliason is taking pictures of Sister Hardy and Sister Eliason plus our two “guides”. A closer view of the lighthouse and Sister Hardy. The jungle is trying to take over as the steps show.

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The path through the jungle is almost overgrown, but it is really beautiful.

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In places, it is dark because of all the growth. This spot was beautiful because of the light coming through. Our little guide pointed out a small hand dug cave that was right next to the path and almost totally hidden by the jungle. We assume it was a place they might use to defend the trail.

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The views from the top were amazing. The right photo shows an island named Tonoas. It was actually the main island during the Japanese occupation. The far left tip of the island is where we land when we go to visit the Tonoas seminary once each month.

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The far left tip of our island is near a village called Wichap, where we also go to visit a seminary class. It is probably only about 4 miles away, but there is no road. We would have to go all the way back around the island to drive there. That would be about a 13 mile drive and would take nearly an hour and a half.

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On the way back, we stopped at a place that used to be some kind of resort. There are old swimming pools, a few cabin-like buildings, a large main building, and pools with fish and turtles. The gates are usually open, but no one seems to be running the place.

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You can see some of the local fish and turtles in these photos.

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This is a better shot of the turtle. The last picture was taken on top of the “main building”.



  1. I am loving your blog!! Not only do you get to serve the Lord but look at the paradise you are in and the history that you are learning! It looks like it is very humid though from the picture of Rick at the top of the lighthouse 😉 and I guess that’s a no brainer since you’re on a tropical island. Our mission ends in August but I think we are going to submit to stay on. Nothing better than serving. God bless you as you serve.

  2. I woke up thinking about you this morning and so I thought I would check out your blog. It looks like you are having a great time and doing so much good. Robert and I so look forward to being in your shoes. Enjoy each moment.

    • Thank you so much for your thoughts. We are so glad to be here. Even during and after the typhoon, it is wonderful to be here and to be a part of the Lord’s kingdom. The humanitarian guy for the church region was on the first flight in after the typhoon. He left yesterday after more than two weeks of work. It has been a testimony builder to watch the humanitarian service facet of the church in action. We have moved tons of rice and water. We have opened roads and cleared homes and yards of fallen trees. While others have now started to mobilize food and water, we are delivering tools and teaching about planting crops to replace some of the crops that have been lost.

  3. We love you, we miss you, we are glad you made it through the storm untarnished! We had a nice sacrament meeting all about missionaries and thought of you all day. May God continue to bless you! The Toone Family back in the ole 7th ward.

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