Agana Heights

Not only does it remain a village setting, having opted out of opportunities for sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and smaller lots, but it also remains quaint, yet central to the capital of Hagatna. Agana Heights is situated in the middle of the island, and because it is situated up high, it commands views of the Philippines Sea and the central and northern portions of Guam.

The village was once named Tutujan, which is derived from the Chamorro word Tutuhon, meaning to begin, start, or to set out. There is another theory stemming from the word Tutuhan, which refers to a trail along the cliff line between the village’s Fort Apugan and Government House.

Agana Heights is also home to more civic organizations, churches, and clubs than any other village. It plays host not only to Government House, but to the Shriners Club, Elks Club, the Archbishop’s house, the Agana Heights General Baptist Church, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, and the Christian Science Church. This is in addition to schools, and other groups.

Before World War II, Agana Heights was the area where residents of the lower-lying Hagatna walked uphill to farm the land. During the Spanish occupation of Guam, the village’s Fort Apugan served as a lookout for enemy ships. This same spot is today a popular tourist destination to take in the expansive views of the capital, the sea, and the cliff lines of the north.

The Fonte River is also located in Agana Heights and is popular for people wanting to fish or to swim. This winding river cascades down from the mountains, through Agana Heights, and in the neighboring village of Maina.

Market SnapshotSeptember 2020