Welcome to This Is Saipan!

Working with 15th Parallel Photography’s excellent and professional team of photographers, This Is Saipan will share little known, seldom revealed facts, history, culture, tips, tricks, foods, events and some of the tall tales that make up the island’s past, present & future.

We’ll share some of our best photographic views of Saipan and introduce you to some of the people, businesses, special events, celebrations, festivals and perhaps, some of our visitors as well. Our website is dedicated to educating others about Saipan and the Northern Mariana Islands which schools have missed or left out. Through historical records, letters and professional photographic images, and personal interviews, we’ll do our best to offer one of the most in-depth and revealing accounts about Saipan and the surrounding islands. We’d like to show everyone the rich histories, cultures and lives that continue to flow through the sands of Saipan’s shorelines.

Many of these journeys will include powerful, colorfully radiant images of places, events, people and fun! We’ll also do our best to offer what information we can about the vital roles Saipan and her people played at a pivotal turning point during World War II.

We’ll offer a glimpse into the aftermath of Typhoon Soudelor’s (August 2, 2015), Super Typhoon Yutu’s (October 24, 2018), and Typhoon Hagabisi’s (November 2019), horrific Category 5 winds and high-speed rains that ripped through the islands, leaving 97.3% total property damages and the priceless losses of life suffered by so many families. (Source – FEMA)

Tropical storms, hurricanes, tsunamis and severe weather conditions are natural occurrences that are always near. We recognize these facts and know what actions are proper. Fortunately, super typhoons are extremely rare in the Northern Mariana Islands. With the devastation of the three most powerful cyclones to hit the earth, and having never taken place in the Northern Marianas in recorded history, we’re hopeful as we look toward a better future – together. We are prepared, yet hopeful, it won’t happen again in our lifetime.

Thank you,

Alexa Shaw ~ Photographer-Writer






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