A Day in Talofofo, Part One — Valley of the Latte

Friday, June 29th, was our daughter’s last day in Guam and we decided to make the most of it by spending most of the day in Talofofo on the other side of Guam. We got up early that morning and drove across the island from Agat to Talofofo  where we met my wife’s cousin Annie who had invited us to attend the annual Dinanna Pa’a celebration at the Valley of the Late Adventure Park which is located a few miles up the river from Talofofo Bay. The Dinanna Pa’a event celebrates Chamorro culture with lectures, demonstrations and dance performances.

My daughter and her family waiting for the boat to take us up to the Adventure Park. We waited about 20 minutes for the first boat but it filled up fast and we had to wait about five more minutes for a second boat.

My wife and her cousin Annie who invited us to the Valley of the Latte Adventure Park. We spent some quality time on our latest trip to Guam with Annie and her husband Dayton and her sister Doris and her brother Tommy and Tommy’s wife Jo.

Our river boat guide (an Oakland A’s fan!) and some of the people in our crowded boat.

That’s the boat in front of us cruising up the Talofofo River.

We stepped off the boat and were greeted by a hundred dancers dancing to the beat of a dozen drums. Most of the performers were representatives from various dance houses in Guam and Saipan called gumas.

Valley of the Latte map.

Latte stone remnants in the Adventure Park.

This dancing group came all the way from Japan to participate in the annual Dinanna Pa’a  Taotao Tano celebration.

Performers and visitors mingle at the annual Dinanna Pa’a Taotao Tano event.

Replica of an ancient Chamorro house with thatched roof and latte stone foundation.  We heard a lecture by a man who built a canoe in the manner of the ancient Chamorros and then he and his son sailed to many Micronesian islands just like his ancestors did thousands of years ago.

My son-in-law watches a palm frond being transformed into a flower.

The cruise back took about five minutes. During that time this member of the crew made two flowers out of palm fronds and then he gave them to my granddaughters just before we disembarked.

In A Day in Talofofo, Part Two you will see where we had lunch. Stay tuned.

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I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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6 Responses to A Day in Talofofo, Part One — Valley of the Latte

  1. disperser says:

    That looks neat. Something to experience, I’m sure.

  2. Peter Klopp says:

    It is truly fascinating to see old traditional customs being revived among indigenous peoples in many parts of the world. The dances of Guam must have been inspiring to watch. Greetings from Canada!

    • I stepped off the boat onto a dock that was only a few feet wide. Those dancers were only a few feet away from me. Seconds after I took that shot I saw one kid hit another on the head with his pole and realized I was in a dangerous position and so moved further away from the action!

  3. Stephen Bailey says:

    Nice job Jerry

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