Kennedy Island, Solomon Islands

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Kennedy Island is a small uninhabited island in the Solomon Islands that was named after John F. Kennedy, following an incident involving Kennedy during his World War II naval career. Kennedy Island lies 15 minutes by boat from Gizo, the provincial capital of the Solomon Islands' Western Province.''PT-109'' incidentThe island is notable for its role in the story of PT-109, part of the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II. In August 1943 it was to this island that the crew of the PT-109, commanded by then Lieutenant Kennedy, swam after their craft was rammed and wrecked by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri. Two American sailors died in the incident. Kennedy later had the crew swim to the larger Olasana Island.A small shrine to Kennedy, built by Solomon Islander Eroni Kumana who aided in the rescue of the crew, stands on the island.Recent historyThe island remains uninhabited, but is a tourist attraction. In 2003 a race was held where participants re-enacted Kennedy's swim.Previously a public area, it was acquired in 2004 at a cost of SI$7000 (US$950) by Joseph Douglas, an advisor to then Caretaker Premier of Western Province Clement Base. The legality of the sale was the subject of a legal challenge.
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  • Originally Plum Pudding Island but now known as Kennedy Island because this is where JFK and his crew landed after their PT boat was run over by a Japanese boat and from which they were rescued by a g...  more »
  • Went on a half-day trip from Fat Boys resort. Met by Joel, who has lived on the island for 2 years, and his trained parrot Kennedy! There was an information board that showed there was more to Kennedy...  more »
  • Beautiful island, also referred to as Kennedy island. Best way to get there is to get your boat from Gizo Hotel. Fraction of the cost of excursions offered by the cruise ship.
  • Dance experience and friendly PNG parrot
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