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500 Years & 500 Seconds w/ Fokai Amphibious Minded, John “Barbs” Barber

John Barber has always been Fokai Amphibious Minded since ever since, taking on huge waves, catching big ocean game on a kayak, and capturing all of that, along w/ phenomenal photos of nature and the stars. John “Barbs” Barber is a definitely must follow on Instagram at @johnbarbs671 ( )  Read More →

500 Years & 500 Seconds Interview with Frank “The Crank” Camacho w/ Co Founder of Fokai, Roman Dela Cruz

500 Years & 500 Seconds Interview with Frank “The Crank” Camacho w/ Co Founder of Fokai, Roman Dela Cruz. On May 8, 2021, Frank Camacho had a video interview with the Co-Founder of Fokai Industries, Roman Dela Cruz. Roman Dela Cruz is one of the very close friends and seniors of Frank Camacho. Camacho has great respect, love, and admiration... [Read more of this review]

500 Years & 500 seconds w/ surfing protege Irie Fitzgerald

500 Years & 500 seconds w/ surfing protege Irie Fitzgerald. Raised on Guam and daughter of Brian and Tatami Fitzgerald, Irie (17 years old) has been on a tear and making waves in the JR surf realm. She had recently placed 3rd overall under 18 women’s WSA (Western Surf Association) Championships in California. We catch up with Irie in 500 seconds... [Read more of this review]

Ancient CHamoru Canoe Builders: Agad’na

From: Guampedia The ancient CHamorus who were skilled at canoe building and navigation were called agad’na. Early European accounts regularly marveled at these CHamoru vessels, William Dampier, saying in 1681 for instance that: One cannot stop talking about their great velocity, craftsmanship and lightness, because in the whole universe I do... [Read more of this review]

From the Desk of Guam’s Historian: CHamoru oral histories March 2021 Newsletter CHamoru oral histories are a powerful tool in the interpretation of our sainas (elders), finaloffan (past) and hinanau (a journey). For more than five decades, I have emphasized using Finu’håya (CHamoru language) in understanding and learning of the CHamoru finaloffan and hinanau. There is no alternative since... [Read more of this review]


The Spanish training ship “Juan Sebastián Elcano” arrives at the Umatac Bay of the island of Guam, thus commemorating the 500 th anniversary of the arrival of the Spaniards in these islands called as a whole Las Marianas, located in the area of Micronesia (Pacific ocean). It was on March 6, 1521, after four months without stepping on land, that... [Read more of this review]

Spanish Navy ship Juan Sebastián de Elcano arrives in Marianas waters!

Spanish Navy tall ship Juan Sebastián de Elcano arrived Feb. 26, 2021 in Guam’s waters to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Magellan’s visit to the island.  Read More →

Guma’ Mahiga and Acho Marianas Chamorro Slinging Demonstration Umatac Bay. 500 Years

Guma’ Mahiga and Acho Marianas Chamorro Slinging Demonstration Umatac Bay. 500 Years Fr: Guam PDN Representatives from Guma’ Mahiga and Acho Marianas have gathered to prepare for an upcoming slingstone demonstration in honor of the CHamoru people and culture that encountered Ferdinand Magellan during his arrival to Guam, at Umatac Bay, Feb.... [Read more of this review]

The First Battle. September 11, 1671. Chamorro Spanish War

A History of Guam. By Lawrence J. Cunningham, Janice J. Beaty The First Battle. September 11, 1671. The attack came on September 11, 1671. Thirty Spanish and Filipino soldiers stood behind the walls. They fired guns called arquebuses. They also shot crossbows. Two thousand Chamorros surrounded them. Some men rushed toward the stockade. The soldiers... [Read more of this review]

HITA TALKS at the Guam Museum: Guam Slinging

Shortly after a performance at the Tir de Fona Internacionale, members of Acho Marianas Guam engage in The University of Guam’s HITA TALKS  with Carlos Madrid of the Micronesian Area Research Center for a conversation through the past, present, and future of Guam Slinging and its role int he 500 year anniversary and commemoration of Guams first... [Read more of this review]

Chamorro Slinging | Acho Atupat

Chamorro Slinging The sling and sling stone have been a part of Chamorro History between 1500 years to 3500 years depending on who you talk to. As a citizen under the only national flag of the world with a sling stone–I’ve been fascinated with slinging for a really long time now. But like most other locals, was happy enough putting it on... [Read more of this review]

Chamorro Slinging Tutorial Capitol F (Acho Atupak)

Guelo Slinging Tutorial Capitol F (Acho Atupak) // The Fokai Shop Agana. How to use a Chamorro sling also known as Acho Atupak. How to use a sling // fokai // acho atupak    Read More →


Stone slinging is an indigenous martial art with the ancestors of the Mariana Islands. Long suffocated with the Spanish colonization almost 500 years ago–Sling-stone artifacts are still found or “received”. Buried in the ground, underwater, or sometimes even in plain sight above surface–Sling-stone gifts have been digested as... [Read more of this review]


Original Article from Pale Eric CHAMORRO….THE ENGLISH WAY In recent years, there has been a greater interest among many people to revert to or continue to use Chamorro words, even though they are used in an English context.But we are often unaware just how much we are a product of our times, and the overwhelming English-language environment many... [Read more of this review]

Saina: Elders

Original Article Here. Elders, parents, ancestors Parents and other elders are important in CHamoru family and culture. CHamorus gain respect and status as they age. Younger relatives and friends show deference and respect to elders by sniffing or kissing the right hand or a cheek while saying ‘ñora or ‘ñot (for señora or señot)... [Read more of this review]