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".
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
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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October 23, 2019