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1966 Yap and the Outer Islands… A Photo Journal

In the next week I will be publishing the pictures and excerpts from my mom and my uncles if I can get them to tell their story as well.


In 1961, my mother, Su Rowe Tucker, moved to Pahala, on the Big Island where her father and mother (My Grandparents) Dr. P.E. (Ted) Rowe and Elizabeth (Betty) Rowe were the Physician/Surgeon for the private Pahala Hospital run by C. Brewer Corp.

In 1965, Dr. Rowe (my grandfather) was hired for two years by the US Federal Government to run the Yap Hospital from 1965 to 1967.  In 1966, my mom and my two uncles, Bob and Mike Rowe, went to visit them in Yap.

My Uncle in the back and my mom the white lady enjoy a “Kodak Moment” (© Damon Tucker)

A Chief (© Damon Tucker)

House on the Water (© Damon Tucker)

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  1. I am working on a historic preservation plan for the state of Yap and would love to include some of the photos that you’ve posted in the plan, as examples of traditional culture circa 1960s. Also, the Yap State Historic Preservation Office may be interested in copies for its historic collections. Great stories of that time!

  2. In 1967 I was hit by a motorcycle in Yap. It is likely your grandfather treated me at the hospital.

  3. Is it possible that Dr Perry Rowe and Elisabeth Rowe were from the Friday Harbor WA area and prior to that, Everett WA? If so, are they still alive?
    The islands and people are beautiful and many thanks for providing the information. Best
    Alt email is ranney.adams@edwards.af.mil

    • Yes, my grandparents lived in Friday Harbor and Everett.

      Unfortunately both have passed away. My Grandmother in the early 90’s and my grandfather late 90’s.

      They lived a very fulfilling life.

  4. Damon, I just noticed this. This is cool…my dad was in Yap just before your grandpa was there…he was doing some electrical work. My father even made a slide presentation about Yap for my brothers’ classes on Oahu, and the teacher and kids were thrilled. We loved hearing his stories while growing up — such a special place. Thanks for the memory jog…


    • I’d love to see any pictures if you have them. I have a scanner if you’d like to scan them as well.

      Walmart can take “Slides” and make them into digital pictures if you only have slides.

      I have a few “slides” that I’d like to get digitized as well.

  5. Great photos Damon!! I visit Yap every two years. It’s so interesting to see the Yap of past. Not much has changed. Thank you for sharing your family photos.

  6. The house on the water was a Men’s Ceremonial house across the bay from Colonia, On Yap island. It was a place where the elder men taught the younger men about “the meaning of life” and other important masculine things. Women in turn had smaller places for them during their menstrual periods because`Women” were considered unclean during that time, it gave the women time too get away from daily and get some rest from the many daily chores.

  7. Yes… My mom is a good looking lady… feels very awkward to say that though.

    At the time of these pictures… she was a pretty well known model and featured in a few magazines.

  8. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these pictures Damon!!!! Keep em coming!

    Did I mention your mom was (and is) beautiful?

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