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    Hanuabada (Hanuada) National Capital District Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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Parer June 18, 1942

Location
Lat 9° 26' 60S Long 147° 7' 60E  Hanuabada village is comprised of huts built on stilts at the edge of Fairfax Harbor. In the Motu language, Hanuabada means "big village". A rock formation is known as Hanabada Point surrounded by huts on stilts. Also known as "Hanuada". Borders the Port Road to the north on the mainland of the southern coast of New Guinea. To the south is Port Moresby (Town) and to the northwest is Tatana Island and Motukea Island.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, Hanuabada village provided laborers for the Allied war effort in the Port Moresby area. Also, native laborers from other areas lived here during the war. Wartime maps often refer to this location as simply "Native village". During the Pacific War, many Allied personnel would visit Hanuabada to experience a native village, take photographs or buy or trade local crafts or foods.

Although the village was not directly targeted by Japanese air raids, many Japanese bombing missions targeted shipping in Fairfax Harbor including the June 18, 1942 sinking of MV MacDhui to the northwest of the village.

By 1943, a fuel jetty and pipeline was built from Hanabada Point into Fairfax Harbor allowing fuel from ships to be piped to the northeast over the hills to the east of Burns Peak into June Valley then down to the northern end of 5 Mile Drone (Ward Drome).

Today
Hanuabada is one of the last villages built on stilts over water on the southern coast of New Guinea. The village is much larger today encompassing the shore area to the west of the road with houses surrounding Hanabada Point. Today, houses are still made on stilts but have metal roofs, electricity and other modern amenities.

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June 15, 2019

 

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