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    Lofang (Lofung) Shortland Island | Western Province Solomon Islands
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Justin Taylan 2003

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Lofang is a small village on the southeastern coast of Shortland Island. Borders Kulitana Bay to the south and Faisi Island to the east and Harehare to the north. Also known as "Lofung".

Lofang plantation was planted with coconut palms for copra production.

Wartime History
On March 30, 1942 around 2:00am, Japanese vessels entered Shortland Harbor and landed two Special Naval Landing Force (SNLF) platoons in the early morning and met no resistance. One platoon remained in the area to begin establishing Shortland Harbor Seaplane Base. Occupied by the Japanese for the duration of the Pacific War.

Postwar, in the 1970s Alidice Lumber a timber logging operation was based here. Today, the Solomon Islands Police headquarters for the area is based at this location.

Japanese Memorial
A simple concrete block memorial, with a small plaque is built on a ridge behind Lofang. Its plaque reads: "In Memoriam: Sacred to the the memory of the soldiers of Japan and other nations who died in the Solomon Islands during World War II. We mourn brave men. We pray for everlasting world peace. This monument was erected by Japanese ex-servicemen who fought on the battlefields of the Solomon Islands. August 13, 1968."

ANU "Burns Philp & Company - Photographs of Lofung Estate, Shortland Island" AU NBAC N115-520

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October 23, 2019


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