I was honored to work with Visit Solomon Islands and spend two weeks meeting the people and learning the history of the area. To learn more about the Battle of Guadalcanal and World War II see my articles, videos and photos below. Thank you to SMITHSONIAN for sharing my story, “75 years after the Battle of Guadalcanal, walk … Continued

It was an honor to interview Roy Roush about World War II and the Battle of Guadalcanal. Roush enlisted in the US Marine Corps on July 4, 1942 at 17 years old the day after the end of his junior year of high school. He had dreamed of being a fighter pilot since he was … Continued

On August 7, 1942, the Battle of Guadalcanal began and it was a turning point in World War II. I wanted to explore this area and learn more about the people, the culture and the history for this important 75th anniversary. Where are the Solomon Islands? The Solomon Islands are an archipelago of 900 islands … Continued

During March 2017, I traveled for my first visit to the Solomon Islands to learn about the World War II history and take part in the spectacular SCUBA diving. This article is one of a series from my adventures and focuses on where to go in Gizo! Of the 2000 Americans that visit each year, most … Continued

“Al! You’re up early. And where’s your ‘shtick’?” I asked, using the word he substituted in place of ‘cane’. He opened the door for me before I put the key in the lock. “You shouldn’t walk around without it.” “Forgot,” he shrugged, waving away my concerns with a brusque motion of his hand. His posture, … Continued