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Meet the Pacific Islander who put Truk Lagoon on the scuba diver’s map and made it “the world’s greatest wreck dive.”
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    Pledge $8 or more About $8

    Kimiuo Aisek was 8 years old when he learned to ride a bicycle while working for a Japanese military construction office in Truk.
    REWARD: An e-mail from me thanking you, and hoping your bicycle tires never get flat. Arrigato gozaimas!

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    Pledge $17 or more About $17

    Kimiuo Aisek was 17 years old when he witnessed the Operation Hailstone attack on Truk Lagoon, February 17-18, 1944.
    REWARD: A custom designed Kickstarter Project sticker that says “I supported the Kimiuo Aisek Memorial Truk Lagoon Museum,” with the Blue Lagoon Dive Shop logo in the background, and a sincere kinisou chapur from the Aisek family.

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    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    The first 40 horsepower Yamaha outboard motors arrived in Truk in 1981, imported by James Fritz, Seaside Store. Each Blue Lagoon Dive Shop boat uses two of these motors.
    REWARD: One hard cover copy of the book. Isn’t this the “bottom” line of this Kickstarter campaign?
    (Please add $8 to your pledge for USPS priority mail from Guam to the US; $10 to Canada; $20 for international.)

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    Pledge $58 or more About $58

    58 was the number of Admiral Marc A. Mitscher’s Task Force that conducted Operation Hailstone, the attack on Truk, Feb. 17-18, 1944.
    REWARD: One hard cover copy of the book, one Kimiuo Aisek Memorial Truk Lagoon Museum supporter sticker, and a sincere kinisou chapur from the Aisek family.
    (Please add $8 to your pledge for USPS priority mail from Guam to the US; $10 to Canada; $20 for international.)

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    Pledge $73 or more About $73

    ’73 was the year Kimiuo founded Blue Lagoon Dive Shop and he finally made his first dive on the Aikoku Maru.
    REWARD: One hard cover copy of the book, and a Truk Lagoon certificate with the Aikoku Maru signed by Kimiuo’s son, Gradvin Aisek, acknowledging your support of “Witness to War” and the Kimiuo Aisek Memorial Museum, and a sincere kinisou chapur from the Aisek family.
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    Pledge $85 or more About $85

    85 feet is the depth at which divers can see the smoke stack of the Aikoku Maru.
    REWARD: Two hard cover copies of the book: one will be sent to you, and a second will be donated to a library in Guam or Micronesia, plus you will be acknowledged as a “deep” Kickstarter supporter in the book.
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    Pledge $98 or more About $98

    Pledge $98. 1998 was the year Kimiuo bought the Truk Continental Hotel from Continental Airlines, and celebrated the 25th anniversary of Blue Lagoon Dive Shop. REWARD: One hard cover copy of the book, autographed by the author, and one women’s style 1x1 rib scoop neck black 100% pre-shrunk ringspun cotton Anvil t-shirt, trim cup sleeves and side seam for a classic fit, with authentic Blue Lagoon Dive Shop embroidered logo near the heart (size will be selected on Backer Survey), plus you will be acknowledged as a “deep” Kickstarter supporter in the book. (Please add $8 to your pledge for USPS priority mail from Guam to the US; $10 to Canada; $20 for international.)

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    Pledge $135 (limit 50 VERY DEEP supporters)
    135 feet is the depth at which divers can see the superstructure of the Aikoku Maru with its twisted steel plates and missing bow.
    REWARD: One hard cover copy of the book, autographed by the author, and a fine quality print of Kimiuo’s last birthday card, created and signed in September 2000 by Titanic’s James Cameron and six other 1997 Titanic film crew members, plus you will be acknowledged as a “deep” Kickstarter supporter in the book.
    (Please add $8 to your pledge for USPS priority mail from Guam to the US; $10 to Canada; $20 for international.)

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    Pledge $160 (limit SIX VERY DEEP supporters only)
    160 feet is the depth of the Aikoku Maru 75mm stern gun, pointed up against three attacking Grumman Avenger dive bombers launched from the ”Mighty I” Intrepid aircraft carrier.
    REWARD: One hard cover copy of the book autographed by the author, an opportunity to speak by phone with Kimiuo’s son, Gradvin Aisek, at Blue Lagoon Dive Shop (at 9 a.m. local Chuuk time GMT+10), plus you will be acknowledged as a very “deep” Kickstarter supporter in the book.
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    Pledge $1944 (limit FOUR VERY DEEP supporters)
    1944 is the year Operation Hailstone was launched (and author Dianne Strong was born).
    REWARD: Two hard cover copies of the book autographed by the author, and I will meet you in Chuuk and dive with you for four days. The Aisek family will prepare a special feast to honor you and your support of Poppa Kimiuo’s biography and museum, and you will be acknowledged as a very “deep” Kickstarter supporter in the book. If you are not a diver and don’t like long plane rides, you can just donate this award!
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    Pledge $211 or more About $211

    Pledge $211 (limit ONE VERY DEEP supporter – you better be breathing trimix!)
    211 feet is the depth of the sandy Truk Lagoon bottom where the Aikoku Maru wreck lies.
    REWARD: Two hard cover copies of the book autographed by the author, Kimiuo’s (dusty but original) beloved Dallas Cowboy hat that he wore in 1998 when Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin interviewed him for his “Ghosts of War” documentary for Discovery Channel, and you will be acknowledged as a very “deep” Kickstarter supporter in the book.
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