Julie L. Kessler
lawyer traveler writer

Out & About

Testament of the Solomon Islands

Nov. 25, 2016

My interview with Solomon Islands High Court Chief Justice, Sir Albert R. Palmer, entitled "Testament of the Solomon Islands" appeared in yesterday's edition of The Asia Times.  The full article can be viewed on the link below.

http://www.atimes.com/article/testament-solomon-islands/
tagged: Solomon Islands, Solomon Islands High Court, Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer, Guadalcanal Campaign, Andrew Nori, Malaitan Eagle Forces, RAMSI, FFA

Secrets of the Solomon Islands

Nov. 21, 2016

My article "Secrets of the Solomon Islands" appeared on the front page of yesterday's edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. With the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor coming up on December 7, 2016 and the 100th anniversary of JFK's birth in a few months, it was a particularly poignant time to be in the Solomons. A memorable experience in a truly memorable place.

 

A full PDF version of the article is attached.

https://www.vagabondlawyer.com/uploads/News/Secrets_of_the_Solomon_Islands.pdf
tagged: Solomon Islands, Lt. John F. Kennedy, P-T 109, WWII, Pacific theater, Tavanipupu, Western Provinces, Vilu WWII Museum, Guadalcanal, Bonegi Beach 1, Bonegi Beach 2, Kinugawa Maru, Hirokawa Maru,

Lumatapopoho Village in the Solomon Islands

Nov. 20, 2016

Sweet Dalissa of Lumatapopoho Village in the Solomon Islands. Named after Condoleeza Rice according to her grandfather, Primo.

 

Sweet Dalissa of Lumatapopoho Village in the Solomon Islands. Named after Condoleeza Rice, according to her grandfather, Primo.

tagged: Lumatapopoho Village, Solomon Islands

In the Solomon Islands

Nov. 20, 2016

 

It's not every day one gets to walk on an uninhabited atoll in the middle of the South Pacific. Marairaro, near Honoa and Tavairaro, off the eastern tip of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. October 2016.

tagged: Marairaro, Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands and Fiji

Oct. 13, 2016

Off shortly to the Solomon Islands on assignment in advance of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and the 100th anniversary of JFK's birth. JFK's boat, PT-109, was attacked by the Japanese in the Solomon Islands and capsized. He was rescued several days later after swimming several miles, often carrying one of his crew. For his leadership, courage and valor in saving his men, he received the Navy Medal of Honor, and for the injuries he sustained, the Purple Heart.  While in the Solomon Islands, I will also be interviewing the Honorable Sir Albert R. Palmer, Chief Justice of the High Court.

 

On my way back to the US, I will be spending a few days in Fiji also on assignment, on the island of Yasawa. 

 

Several newpaper articles to follow. Stay tuned.

tagged: Solomon Islands, P-T109, Sir Albert Palmer, Yasawa Fiji