Extra flights for Tinian Hot Pepper Festival

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(MVA) — Star Marianas Air, in cooperation with the Marianas Visitors Authority and the Tinian Mayor’s Office, will extend its normal hours of operation during the 16th Annual Tinian Hot Pepper Festival slated for Feb. 15-16, 2020.

On Feb. 15 and 16, scheduled flights will be extended by three hours, with the last flights leaving Tinian at 10:30 p.m. Flights will leave Saipan hourly at the top of the hour (starting at 7 a.m.) and Tinian hourly at the bottom of the hour (starting at 7:30 a.m.).

The Marianas Visitors Authority’s ferry service between Tinian and Saipan on Feb. 14-17 is sold out.

The Tinian Hot Pepper Festival kicks off on Feb. 15, 2019.  The Marianas Visitors Authority and co-sponsor Tinian Mayor’s Office will hold the 16th Annual Tinian Hot Pepper Festival on Feb. 15-16, 2020, at the Fiesta Grounds in San Jose, Tinian.  MVA photo

The Tinian Hot Pepper Festival will be held at the Fiesta Grounds in San Jose, Tinian, adjacent to Kammer Beach. This year’s major sponsor is IT&E. The festival, affectionately knowns as “Pika Fest” among locals (“pika” means spicy), pays homage to Tinian’s small but famous “donne sali” hot pepper. Activities will include dances, bands, and other live entertainment; cooking competitions, indigenous craft sales; and more. Festivalgoers will have the chance to purchase a variety of local dishes, join the umang (hermit crab) races, participate in sports activities, and join the hot pepper eating competition, itself.

In addition, the 65K Pika Bike Race on Feb. 15 will begin at 6 a.m. To register or for more information, contact Dawn Sarmiento at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Alex Gozon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Air service between Saipan and Tinian is provided by Star Marianas and takes 15 minutes. Airport shuttle will be offered by MVA to and from the festival site. Accommodations are available at Tinian Ocean View, Lorilynn’s Hotel, Tinian Street Motel, Fleming Hotel, Green Lion House Hotel, and the Marpo Valley Inn. Free camping is available at Kammer Beach, Taga Beach (toilets, barbecue pits, and outdoor showers available) and at the adjacent Tachogna Beach (toilets, barbecue pits, and indoor showers available).

For more information, contact Tinian field operations supervisor Vida Borja at 433-9365 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or MVA community project specialist Ray Villagomez at 664-3210 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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