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    Hawain River East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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Justin Taylan 2005

The Hawain River is located to the east of Banak and to the west of Boiken and Wewak crossing the west coastal road towards Boiken and Dauga and beyond. Pronounced "Hawaiian".

Wartime History
After the Allied landings to the west, retreating Japanese Army troops followed the Hawaiin River inland to Maprik, abandoning their heavy equipment and guns along the river as they lightened their loads for the inland march.  Until the 1970s, much of this abandoned equipment was still present and some guns were recovred by David Pennefather.  It is unclear if any still remains today.

Japanese Burial Areas
Area villages include: Molomogu Village (along the Molomugo River, an arm of the Hawain), Singang Village. A large Japanese burial area is reported near the Kuyoko Creek near Horama and Karawai.

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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