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Likiep Atoll
Likiep Atoll



Likiep is an atoll of 65 islets, home to about 500 Marshallese, just 112 miles to the northeast of Kwajalein. World travelers Harry and Cheryl Hale made the trip from Kwajalein.

Likiep is unique in the Republic of the Marshall Islands in that it is the only series of islands and communities that were owned by Europeans. With the intent of developing a Copra (coconut) plantation, A. Capelle, a German, and J. deBrum, a Portuguese, acquired rights to the Atoll in 1876. From then through several generations, the Capelles and deBrums dominated the culture and community of the island of Likiep and its affiliated atoll islands, running them as a company community. The islands seem to have prospered during the peak years of copra production.

A lagoon view from the hotel.

Husking coconuts.
Gathering and processing of the coconuts took off starting in 1891 with 40,000 kilos and peaking in 1910 at 283,000 kilos. Subsequently, the demand for copra has been on a steady decline. Unfortunately for most of the Marshallese and the residents of Likiep, today copra is in such poor demand the industry is only in existence because of heavy governmental subsidies artificially inflating the value of the product.

The Catholic chapel on Likiep.

Deplaning at the edge of the runway.
Likiep was a relatively popular stop for passing sea captains as early as the 1500s with Spanish explorers. As well, the Russian explorer Otto von Kotzebue made several stops during his journeys in the 1800s. Capelle and deBrum took extra efforts to make travelers, merchants, and explores feel at home on Likiep and thereby helped give a comparatively cosmopolitan feel to the remote area. The deBrum house still holds fine wood furniture imported from exotic Southeast Asia as well as books covering broad topics of science and literate. The names deBrum and Capelle are still dominant in the small Likiep communities as well as spread throughout the country of the Marshall Islands. This distinctive community and area is well worth the visit not only for the unique culture but the natural beautify of the island and lagoon.

Debrum House

Furniture from Asia in the Debrum House.

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