Asan

The village of Asan represents true island living. Most of the homes in this village are perched in the lower portions of Nimitz Hill and offer views of the ocean and the historic Nimitz beach park.

In the pre-contact days, Asan was predominantly a small fishing village with neighboring village “Maina” being a popular hunting area. When the Spanish came to Guam, Asan transformed into a farming village as the river in the village is nutrient-rich and easily accessible. Hagatna in these times was the largest village on the island with over one-quarter of the population living in that village and most of the water needed to sustain that population came from Asan.

During WWII Asan became, what it is mostly known for today, one of the two main invasion points that lead to the liberation of Guam. Asan was host to a civil service building camp that was in place for about 20 years after the war until the Vietnam war when the camp was used to house refugees. It is estimated that more than 110,000 people transited through the camp. In 1978 the National Park Service acquired land at the beach invasion sites (Asan beach Park) and another parcel on the hilltop (Asan bay overlook) which was the Japanese command post during the invasion.

In 1980 the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Agency took on the village as a project and modernized it widening the streets, adding sidewalks, moving the utilities underground and building many new homes giving the village a more uniform look and feel.

Market SnapshotSeptember 2020