Greater Nett & Western U
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An Introduction to Nett

A view from Dolen Nett, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)

Dolen Dolekei at sunset, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)

Children at Nanipil, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)

Nett (pronounced nĕtch) is the youngest of Pohnpei’s traditional chiefdoms. Originally a semi-autonomous region within Sokehs chiefdom, Nett became independent in 1874 after the paramount chief of Sokehs, the Wasai Sokehs, tried to extend the scope of his authority over Nett by simultaneously adopting its highest-ranking chiefly title (Lepen Nett).

In 1886, Mesenieng, the part of Nett that now comprises Kolonia Town, was the center of a fierce land dispute between American Protestant missionaries, local chiefs, and the Spanish colonial government. The missionaries eventually abandoned their station to the Spanish, who, in turn, became the new focus of Pohnpeian ire. A year later, after the Spanish tried to force Pohnpeians to work without pay, a group of men from Sokehs and Nett united, killed fifty Spanish soldiers, and besieged the colony before finally dispatching the governor. This event would later be echoed in the 1910 Sokehs Rebellion, which was led by one of the key players in the Rebellion of 1887: a man called Niue and later titled Soumadaun Sokehs.

The most notorious foreigner in Nett was James F. O’Connell, an Irishman who ended up on Pohnpei in 1828, was adopted by a lesser chief, and tattooed in the traditional way. The Tattooed Irishman’s fanciful account of his years on the island was published in 1836 under the title Eleven Years in New Holland and the Caroline Islands. It’s a fascinating work full of bold exaggerations, downright lies, some very strange misconceptions, and also a bit of honest history.

Nett & Western U Eco-Adventure Guide

This 18 x 20 inch (45.72 x 50.8 cm) full-color double-sided field guide folds down to 9 x 4 inches (22.86 x 10.2 cm) and covers all but the most interior regions of Nett Municipality and the coastal district of Awak Pah in U. It contains:

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Greater Nett & Western U Attractions

Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

Dolen Nett / Pohnlehr

Dolen Nett Dolen Nett ("hill of Nett") is a steep-sided mountain running the length of the Nett Point peninsula. Leaf-shaped, this peninsula juts north into the lagoon east of Kolonia and is said, in myth, to have been formed by the ...
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Lou Rahn Cave & Waterfall

Lou Rahn Cave & Waterfall Tucked away in the little-seen Nett hinterlands is one of Pohnpei’s most beautiful hiking destinations. Uluhlen Lou Rahn, a fence-like ridge, extends northwest from the place where the mountains of U meet those of Nett, hiding ...
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Nan Kiepw & Na Malek

Nan Kiepw Nan Kiepw Nan Kiepw, which means “in the lilies,” is a hillside overshadowed by Dolmweir peak. A Pohnpeian myth tells of a Yapese magician, named Sou Iap, who voyaged to Pohnpei and was responsible for the creation of Sokehs Rock) ...
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Nan Koropwung Cliff & Caverns

Nan Koropwung Anyone who takes a good look at the mountains on the eastern border of Nett will note a dark patch of naked basalt amid the otherwise unvarying green of the steep hillsides. This is the cliff-wall and caverns of ...
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Nett Point

Nett Point Nearly all of Pohnpei's coastline is surrounded by mangroves, and though these otherworldly swamp forests are incredible to explore by kayak, canoe, or paddleboard, they tend not to make good swimming spots. As a result, Nett Point -- a ...
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Marine Parks

Marine Parks Awak Pah Marine Park Awak Pah Marine Park is the most well-known of the parks in the area and has a nice big sign right out on the main road. From the parking area near the owner's house, a 0.2 ...
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Nahnalaud — the Big Mountain

Nahnalaud -- the Big Mountain The highest mountain in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is called Nahnalaud (which means "big mountain") and is located almost in the exact middle of Pohnpei Island. Pohnpeians consider the mountain sacred and regard it ...
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Protected: Paddling in Nett, U & Northern Madolenihmw

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Pohnpei Diving – North Side Sites

North Side Dive Sites "Manta Road" Manta Road is easily Pohnpei's most famous dive spot due to its resident community of manta rays (including the all-black Black Morph variety) that cruise back and forth through the narrow channel as they filter-feed. The ...
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Nett & Western U GPS Data

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Pohnpei Marine Protected Areas (MPA)

Marine Protected Areas (MPA), Sanctuaries, and Forest Reserves Pohnpei Island currently has eleven marine protected areas, including three mangrove forest reserves and two stingray sanctuaries. Two areas (around Palikir Pass and Penieu Island) have been proposed as future MPAs, but these ...
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Fat-Tire Biking

The Best Type of Bike Pohnpei is a wild place. There are no paved bike paths or bike lanes on the roads. Off-road conditions are muddy, rocky, slippery, and very rough. Potholes are everywhere. For these reasons, mountain bikes are the ...
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Kalangan to Miller Benjamin and Relio Lengsi for helping to check central Nett and western U‘s place names for accuracy; Peterson Anson of Pohnpei Transportation & Infrastructure for helping to create the beautiful shaded relief on our maps; Danko Taborosi of Island Research & Education Initiative (IREI) for his considerable support and technical assistance; and the Australian Government for funding the production of this guide.

Eco-Adventure Map Guides >> Greater Nett & Western U