About This Is Saipan
Welcome to my educational website.
Working with 15th Parallel Photography's excellent and professional crew of photographers, This Is Saipan, is looking forward to sharing little known, seldom revealed facts, history, culture, tips, tricks, foods, events and some tall tales that make up the island’s past, present & future.
We’ll share some of the best views Saipan provides and introduce you to some of the businesses, special events, celebrations, festivals, local people and perhaps, some of our visitors. This website is being dedicated to educating the world through historical documents, letters and records as well as experienced remembrances and – our images. We’d like to teach everyone about the rich histories, cultures and lives that 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 provide 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 (August 2, 2015), Super Typhoon Yutu’s (October 24, 2018), and in November 2019, Typhoon Hagibisi, tore through Saipan and the Mariana Islands with horrific Category 5 winds and high-speed rains that ripped through the islands, leaving 97.3% total property damages and the priceless losses (Source – FEMA), of life suffered by so many families.
Tropical storms, hurricanes, tsunamis and severe weather conditions are natural occurrences that are always near by in the tropics which we recognize and know to how to act accordingly. Fortunately, super typhoons are rare around our island home. With the devastation of two so close together and having not occurred in the Northern Mariana Islands in recorded history. We’re hoping it won’t happen again in our lifetime.
Most importantly, This Is Saipan has been designed to educate and help each of us learn from history and today so we do not forget, even the smallest of ideas can change our future.
Alexa Shaw, Just A Simple Photographer