The 2018 Chief Aghurubw Day celebration would be held on Managaha Island—as per tradition—instead of the initial proposal at Micro Beach.
According to Aghurubw Foundation vice president Mark Rabauliman, the initial proposal to hold the celebration at Micro Beach in Garapan, was scrapped after several discussion within the foundation, which is currently headed by president Kodep Ogumoro Uludong.
“It will still be on Managaha. …[Micro Beach] was something to be explored, but majority of the committee voted for it to be held on Managaha,” he said.
The 2018 Chief Aghurubw Day celebration, which is the 48th iteration this year, marks the arrival of the first Carolinians in the CNMI. The group was led by Chief Aghurubw. They had come from the Caroline Islands, an archipelago of tiny islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, which at the time had just been hit by a powerful storm.
According to Rabauliman, the committee chose Managaha for this year’s celebration due to its historical significance. An area in Micro Beach is reportedly the settlement of the very first Carolinians.
Rabauliman clarified that the committee considered Micro Beach in anticipation of a large turnout.
“The committee is expecting a large turnout, but then there are a lot of other functions happening [in the Micro Beach area],” he said. “At the end of the day, you just have to stick with tradition.”
The annual event is celebrated every September on the islet.
The foundation vice president noted that while the specifics of the celebration, which is this coming Sep. 29, 2018, has yet to be finalized., the committee is going to reach out to ferry-providers.