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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tinian Hot Pepper Festival on Feb. 15-16, 2014

The 10th Tinian Hot Pepper Festival on Feb. 15-16, 2014, is offering twice the fun this year with the addition of the 14th Annual Tinian Turquoise Blue Triathlon & Reef Swim on the same weekend.

The event will be held at Kammer Beach within walking distance of the seaport and

downtown San Jose. Available hotels on island include Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino, Fleming Hotel, Lion House, Lorilyn’s and Street Motel. Some hotels offer airport shuttle, as well. Air service is provided by Freedom Air and Star Marianas. The Marianas Visitors Authority will also offer a boat charter for $30/person round trip. Charter reservations may be made by calling MVA Accounting at 670.664.3200.

The celebration honors donni sali, a small but potent hot pepper that is indigenous to the island. The event is also co-sponsored Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino. Activities will again include cooking competitions, indigenous craft sales, and live entertainment including cultural dances, and Hapi the clown. Sample a variety of local dishes, catch the umang (hermit crab) races, join numerous sports activities (including beach volleyball and dragon boat races), or join the donni sali eating competition, itself. Festival times will be from 1pm to 10pm on Feb. 15 and from 10am to 10pm on Feb. 16.

The 14th Annual Tinian Turquoise Blue Triathlon will be held on Feb. 15 at 7:30am, offering a 1.5K swim, 40K swim, and 10K run. The reef swim consists of three courses: 1.5K, 3K, and 4.5K. Applications are available under the Events Calendar at www.mymarianas.com.

Tinian is also accessible within minutes of Saipan via airplane or via connecting flights from Rota and Guam. For more information, contact the MVA Tinian office at 1433-9365 or email at vborja@mymarianas.com. (MVA)

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