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Kimiuo Aisek (1927-2001) was the founder of the diving industry in Truk Lagoon, Chuuk State. The Lagoon is known worldwide as the "ultimate wreck diving paradise." Scuba tourism is a major contributor to Chuuk's economy, as well as for the Guam-based employees of United Airlines.
The public is invited to join us as we "Talk Story" to show how any person with determination can make a good life for his children and grandchildren.
Admission is free and the program will be bilingual and honor the Chuukese culture. People are encouraged to bring island-style skirts to sell, and provide contact information for orders for floral "mwaramwars" for special events.
Among the speakers will be UOG President Robert Underwood and FSM Consul General Robert Ruecho. The invocation will be offered by Deacon Ankin of the Santa Barbara Church in Dededo.
Mistress of Ceremonies will be Dr. Dianne "Chaiwak" Strong, the "adopted American daughter" of Mr. Aisek. A retired UOG professor, she has been diving in Truk Lagoon since 1973. She will present brief historical video clips of Kimiuo Aisek, a tribute from the FSM Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America, Asterio Takesy, and a greeting from Kimiou's son, Gradvin Aisek, of Blue Lagoon Dive Shop.
The event is co-sponsored by the Chuukese Community of Guam, the University of Guam's College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS), and Professor Chaiwak.
Kimiuo Aisek's biography is being written by Dr. Strong, and is a current fundraising project on Kickstarter.com. To date 90 per cent of her $20,000 goal -- or $18,066 -- to publish the book has been pledged by 142 backers. The campaign ends Sept. 18.
Proceeds from the book will also support the Kimiuo Aisek Memorial Museum, currently under construction in Weno, Chuuk.
For additional information, contact Dr. Dianne Strong at 687-3647, or firstname.lastname@example.org
"Witness to War: Truk Lagoon's Master Diver Kimiuo Aisek"
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