Inarajan is a jewel of a village, left in many ways the way it was in the early 20th century. Throughout the decades, Inarajan has been spared by the typhoons and earthquakes that flattened other parts of the island. Walking through the historic district’s narrow streets lined with houses crafted more than 100 years ago, it’s easy to imagine life in Guam during the 1910’s.
Inarajan is one of two villages that celebrate the coconut, or the niyok in Chamorro. The fruit is one of Guam’s most important native plants. The coconut tree appears on the Guam seal and the Guam flag, illustrated with its branches leaning over the Agana River flowing out to sea.
The first Coconut Festival in Inarajan was organized in 1948, and continued for six years. The Historic Inalåjan Foundation revived the festival in 2010 in conjunction with the annual fiesta honoring the village’s patron saint, Saint Joseph or San Jose.