Honiara Gold Class Movie Night.. (please NOTE: viewing changed to WEDNESDAYS).. Movie viewing: “Bridge of Spies”, When: Wednesday 31st May 2017, Where: Cinema: Taloa Cinema & DVD, Time: 6:15 for 6:30pm, Tickets: $35:00, $5:00 of which goes to a charity, new seating, new night..  Reply

Honiara Gold Class Movie Night
Wednesday 31st May, 2017

(fortnightly here after)

Bridge of Spies
(Historical drama/Legal thriller, 2h 22m)

Comment: “Spielberg brings humour to the spy thriller genre, while Mark Rylance and Tom Hanks add odd-couple chemistry” (The Guardian)
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Cinema: Taloa Cinema & DVD

(Rove sea front, Rove, diagonally opposite Rove Police Station)

Time: 6:15 for 6:30pm

Tickets: $35:00, $5:00 of which goes to a charity

Please note exciting new seating arrangements – scaffolding in place! 

BYO wine and beer

Food available ($15): Wraps (vegetable and chilli tuna) and Sausage sizzle

Snacks available ($5-$10): Ice-cream chocolate bombs, popcorn, ice-pops, soft drink, water

Plot: During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers’ only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man’s freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court.
Initial release: 2015
Director: Stephen Spielberg

Producer: Stephen Spielberg

Script: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance

Language: English (set in Germany and United States)

Awards: Academy Award, BAFTA, National Society for Film Critics’ Award, New York Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actor in Supporting role (Mark Rylance);

David di Donatello, Best Foreign Film (Stephen Spielberg)

Satellite Award, Best Art Direction (Adam Stockhausen)

movie/ dvd, Honiara..  ‘Tanna’, drama film/romance 1hr 44m, time: 6:15/ 6:30pm, Thursday 25th May 2017.. where; Rove sea front,  Taloa Cinema – DVD: tickets $20 ($5 goes to charity/ suggest), snacks, refreshments available to purchase.. byo wine/ beer.. note: more cinema movies planned 1

Greetings movie goers.
First movie, Tanna, this Thursday 25th May 2017, see details below. 

I hope you can join us.

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Honiara Gold Class Movie Night

Thursday 25 May, 2017

 (Drama film/Romance ‧ 1h 44m, 2015)

Comment: “glowing, anthropologically flavoured drama”

Cinema: Taloa Cinema & DVD

(Rove sea front, Rove, diagonally opposite Rove Police Station)

Time: 6:15 for 6:30pm

Tickets: $20:00, $5:00 of which goes to a charity (suggestions welcome). 

BYO wine and beer

Snacks available ($5-$10): Ice-cream chocolate bombs, popcorn, ice-pops, soft drink, water
 Plot: Tanna, the first feature film shot entirely in Vanuatu, takes place in the South Pacific island of its title, which houses one of the world’s last tribal societies, in a village called Yakel. After a young woman runs away with the man she loves to avoid an arranged marriage, villagers wrestle with preserving their traditional culture or adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom.

Initial release: September 16, 2016

Directors: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean

Cast: Marie Wawa, Mungau Dain

Languages: English, Tanna, Southwest

Nominations: Australia’s nominee for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language FilmAwards: AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score, Special Mention for Feature-length Fiction Film


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What’s Cooking..? Currently SOLD Out .. An ingenious upcycling idea.. created from an awesome team of students & their Teacher from a small Technical Institute in Henderson, Honiara, in the Solomon Islands.. these are For Sale.. (contact details included) (note: change made to email addy) 1

What’s Cookin’?
The senior Machine Fitting and Maintenance class at Don Bosco Technical Institute, Henderson have been hard at work over two months to create eight outside stoves from recycled materials.  


Having first salvaged several oil drums and other scrap metal from the tip, they used their cutting and arc welding skills to open and split the drums, creating stoves which are well insulated, with two deep shelves and a chimney. The fuel source is burnt separately from the food and is accessible from the back, guaranteeing the safety of the cook who can access the baked goods from the door at the front. Each stove has been hand-painted with rust-proof paint.

The students tell me that they worked in groups of three, managing to complete a stove within a week. Skills they are proud to have developed during this project include: working off a plan, completing a complex project within a given time-frame, using a variety of individual skills – such as welding, cutting and drilling, while abiding by occupational health and safety standards and maintaining all tools responsibly.

The students tell me that they’d recommend any kind of baking in their stoves, including fish, chicken, pudding, bread and even wedding cakes.
Bon Appetite to the new owners of the ovens. Three were still available at the time of writing and are available for $1,500 SD. If you wish to reserve one, you can do so by telephoning reception on 36 555 and leaving a message for Mr. Thomas Kevaro, the SMFM Head of Department. Alternatively, you can email me on a.k.willems@gmail.com

Bilikiki Dive & Cruises- Solomon Islands.. 1 space available for Easter 2017 14/04-17/04/2017 .. 3 nights- 3 days.. are you a solo traveller this Easter Wknd..  1

Bilikiki Dive & Cruises- Solomon Islands


All inclusive in cost of cruise.. diving in some of the best spots in the Solomon Islands, your accommodation (twin share cabins) all your meals, also for non-dive-ticket-holders: there is snorkelling, fishing (not near divers), swimming, relax.. speak or contact the Bilikiki team if you want more detailed information, contact info attached below..  

There are also 1 or 2 island stops, if fishing interests you, notify them in-advanced and the Bilikiki team will arrange a tinny and one of the team will take you to an allocated spot.. (fishing is not permitted within the Islands & reefs)

If you think you’ve missed out this time, you & frens will get another opportunity,  Bilikiki Dive & Cruise Solomon Islands has planned another dive cruise for 28/04-30/04/2017.. look for post towards the end of this week.. or contact them

contact: enquiries or bookings/ Honiara office: +677 20412 …. located upstairs near Yacht Club

Email: bilikiki@solomon.sb… 

Looking For New (Improved) Editor 4

Well the time has come, as the walrus said. There is only a few weeks before we ‘go finis’. 
I didn’t get to do all that I had wanted to do with Pineapple Post. Not by a long shot. But it is still a great searchable archive of how, why, when and where of life in Honiara created by Jackie Eager before me and an active Facebook page that reaches a few thousand Solomon Islanders. And as I look up the first thing I wrote about how to register your car, so I can do it before we leave, I know that at least that one article has been very useful.

Instead of following up Jackie’s fine work I’ve spent far too much of my time sick or injured and wallowing in existential angst. But what a remarkable spot to be laid low and uninspired by dis-ease, dysfunction and hopelessness. My Gauguin moment in the tropics, but without either the productivity or the underage sex.

Anyway it is time to move up and on for me. And for someone else to take over the editorship of Pineapple Post blog and Facebook page, I hope. And for Pineapple Post it will hopefully be the dawning of a new and more productive period.

If someone is looking for a project on the side or a focus to their time here this could suit you or a small group of friends. It is a great opportunity to meet interesting people and explore the Solomon Islands and make a significant contribution to life in Honiara for, not only the expats, but also the thousands of locals linked through the Facebook page.

Thank you to all those who have helped and contributed over the last twelve months or so. And to everyone, live long and prosper.

So if you think you might be interested in taking on the editorship of Pineapple Post, or volunteer a friend, or just want to know more about all this, contact me asap.

Gerald 8966071 or pineapplepost@hotmail.com

Bye, bye!! – Linocut 120mm x 120mm Gerald Soworka

Dive Guide Program in the Solomon Islands Reply

The Solomon Islands is one of the premier dive destinations in the world. The pristine coral reefs and spectacular variety of marine life is rarely equalled anywhere in the Pacific. The warm and crystal clear waters beckon diving enthusiasts from around the globe to immerse themselves, quite literally, into an earthly paradise. Diving tourism has been established for some time in the Solomons, and while it is still quite modest in size, most experts anticipate significant growth in this sector.

In the small town of Munda in the Western Province, where some of the best diving in the Solomons is found, a recent initiative has germinated that involves training six young Solomon Islanders to work as fully qualified Dive Guides, to meet the growing demand for Dive Professionals.

Belinda Botha is the Operations Director of Dive Munda, and also a qualified SSI Instructor Trainer. She has been able to garnish support from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and SIVB (Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau) to provide a training internship to a number of young locals, with the goal to fully qualify them as International Dive Guide Professionals through SSI (Scuba Schools International).
Dive Munda is a multi award winning dive operation, having recently been awarded the 2016 Dive company of the year by Luxury Travel Guide, and was the recipient of the Social Media Award from the South Pacific Tourism Exchange. Belinda was also recognised at the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry 2016 Business Excellence Awards as runner up entrepreneur of the year.
Belinda is a former Human Resources executive and has worked for many years in the international diving and tourism sector. She identified a need for more young Solomon Islanders to be trained to take a leading role in promoting and facilitating tourism and diving in their country. She also recognised a need for more women to work as Dive Professionals and has a policy that half her trainees be female.  
Belinda says “I believe the Solomon Islanders are the country’s greatest resource, and I aim to deliver a wholistic level of training, not just as Dive Guide Professionals, but also in tourism, customer service and relations and general life skills”.

“This has been such an exiting project, full of cultural sensitivities and plenty of laughter. It’s so much fun seeing such happy faces, and it’s heartwarming watching people grow and develop on a fast track program. It’s just phenomenal”
One of the trainee Dive Guide Trainees, Junior Ziru, 25, says “Training to be a Dive Guide makes me feel proud of myself and my family. I love to dive in the sea and I look forward to completing the course, when I will have my first experience of working as a Dive Guide. I feel lucky to have a good instructor who has taught me many skills.”
Another of the trainees, George Kasa, 22 says “I found it was amazing, the first time I experienced swimming under the sea, and learning what is under the sea. Belinda has taught us many things and there is more to go.”
Janita Kuangan, 29, looks forward to working in the dive industry. “I look forward to having a professional job. I am really happy and proud to be one of the trainees. I’m looking forward to being with the guests on every dive, and exploring the underwater with them. We have shared a lot of knowledge and gained a lot of skills. We share love and respect for each other and the guests, and take care of one another. I understand how important it is to look after the dive sites very carefully. A huge thanks to Belinda.”
Zaza Bedford, 18 says “It has been a great experience to learn new stuff, being underwater and learning about the fish and other life. Learning professionalism in diving, learning about the environment and the importance of teaching the communities about taking care of the reefs. And a big thanks to Belinda!”
Jenorita Lamupio 26 also embraces the Dive Guide program as a great learning experience “Of how important it is to keep the reefs intact. Somehow I have an opportunity to create something myself. The program has given me much knowledge and has helped me break the barriers to talk with the guests.”
Joan Sasa, 22 says she is also very proud “I feel fine and proud. Scuba diving is amazing and I love the environment. I look forward to be a good dive guide.”
Dive Munda’s existing Dive Master is Brian Daga, he has been working as a guide for twenty years. He has observed changes in the young people from his community who have enrolled in the Dive Guide program, “I’ve noticed how excited they are to see things under the water that they have never seen before. They are meeting people from all around the world. I’ve noticed how they have learned to be punctual and on time for work, and now they have greater opportunities for work around the Solomons.”
Once qualified as Dive Professionals, the guides will be able to apply for a position at any of the dive operators in the Solomons, including Dive Munda’s sister company, Solomon Island Dive Expeditions (SIDE) operating the Dive Liveaboard boat MV Taka.
Belinda hopes to be able to expand the Diveguide training program to other provinces of the Solomons as she envisions securing further funding from stakeholders to help meet the growing demand for well trained professionals in the dive tourism market.
Written by Andrew Trahair – Dive professional for SIDE Dive Munda

Belinda Botha

SIDE Dive Munda

Operations Director

SSI IT #48303 & PADI MSDT #211565

Cell: + 677 789 6869 or Office: + 677 62156 (Solomon Islands)

belinda@dive-solomon.com or for bookings: divemunda@dive-solomon.com


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New favourite place: Roderick Bay, Central Province Reply


We first found Roderick Bay some weeks ago after a long walk about which my Dearly Beloved is threatening write some time. It’s such a special place that before we left we booked in with Patrick, Mary and John for a whole weekend. When we finally made it back across, all was as hoped – maybe better.


The most obvious spectacular feature of Roderick Bay is the wreck of the World Discoverer. Up close it’s as dominant as you would expect but far more interesting. Small trees are now sprouting out of it and birds are nesting in it. By blocking a part of the bay it creates almost a swimming pool, bounded by magnificent old trees that creep out into the water. Enter this sheltered pool by wading across the sand, or dropping from a rope swing, or throwing yourself off the flying fox that’s strung between the wreck and the shore. (Note: Contrary to advice from a mate who thinks such things should not be promoted, the flying fox does work and is strong. We saw it tested by a full-sized Aussie bloke. But of course it’s dangerous because to get on it you have to climb the rusting wreck. Plus some people have a tendency to squeal in flight, which could get annoying if you’re trying to rest.)


The snorkelling’s great. There’s staka coral claiming the wreck plus the family running the guest house is protective of the coral beds all around. Some of the coral is huge but the water is clear and deep enough to save you from worrying about scratching your tender bits as you float above. Plenty of pretty fish, as usual, and my Dearly Beloved saw a sea horse, and that was pretty special. If the sun’s a worry you can even find places to spectate on the sealife in the shade. Highly recommended.


For those who aren’t into getting wet there are various walks on offer. The village is apparently only 10 minutes away so we accepted the open invitation to visit on our own. We missed the direct path across the headland, walking instead between the small family settlements along the water’s edge. Noone seemed to mind – just lots of friendly greetings. In some more open stretches we got views of the mighty hill (mountain?) that a guide would gladly take us up but … no, not us, not this time.


We didn’t make it round to the village, partly because we were worried about the tide coming in and catching us between a couple of rocky outcrops, partly because it started to rain (though it’s not as if it was cold!), and mainly because the rest house is too comfortable and we were too keen to get back to our books and coffee and swims. Is there anything more soothing than a strong splashy storm over a secure thatch roof?


And so to the rest house! It’s one small family settlement hosted by Patrick and wife Mary, with John, Walter and other charming family members on hand to answer questions (John and Patrick speak English) and make sure you’re comfortable and happy. When you pull in at the sandy beach you walk first into what’s probably a dance ground or football yard when there are enough feet around, with shaded benches for spectators around the edges. Next there’s the long open leaf hut/hall where the thermos was always ready for coffee and where Mary served our excellent local-style meals, including yummy lots of vegetables!


Past that there are three guest bungalows. The first is not yet plumbed into the ground but otherwise fully welcoming; the third is unfinished; and ours in the middle was just right. Up a few stairs from the garden and on one side was our bathroom with a new clean dunny, shower and handbasin – to be shared with guests from the first bungalow if there are any. At the moment (but I believe not for long) there’s a problem with the dam so the tap wasn’t running but they provided buckets of fresh water for the shower and you could fill another bucket from the sea for flushing.


Across from the bathroom was our bedroom with one double and one single, and fresh flowers of course. The bed was comfortable and the mozzie net was generous. Best of all, there were long louvre windows all around to catch every breeze. Maybe even better still, off the bedroom we had our own balcony over the water. Day and evening it was paradoxically noisy with birds and lapping water and occasional distant children but at the same time totally still and peaceful.


The family that runs Roderick Bay is keen and committed to making a go of this. The spare tourist dollars they earn go into tourism development, from small improvements like the purchase of a mirror and mats for the bathroom to bigger ones like finishing the other two bungalows so that they can cater for more people at a time and bring down the cost of the boat from Honiara. Very happy to support them in return for such a precious easy escape. I still haven’t succeeded in photographing the flying fish on the way so will gladly be back for another go.



Transport: Canoe with OBM from beside the Yacht Club early Saturday morning, takes maybe one and an half hours p(more or less depending on the sea and number in the boat). Come back early Monday morning rather than wasting Sunday. I got home to shower and change and still made it to work by 9:00, perfectly acceptable by Honi standards.


• Swimmers, obviously, and water toys like snorkel and floaty rings in case you want to lie in the water with your book, plus maybe walking shoes if you’re likely to go wandering.

• There’s only a little solar electricity to provide light in the dining hut in the evening so don’t bother bringing the computer so you can catch up on work. (Haha – as if!) Take a torch for wandering after dark.

• Throw in some mozzie repellent – there’s a mean pleasure to be had watching them fail to get you through the net but you have to get up eventually.

• Be prepared with safe shoes and gloves if there’s any chance you’re going to want to clamber on the wreck.

Cost: $3,400 for a couple including all transfers, meals, accommodation, etc for 7am Saturday to 6am-ish departure Monday 

Contact for further info and bookings: Patrick, ph 7484172 If he doesn’t answer he’s probably out somewhere so send a text message and he’ll get back to you.

Room with a viewParangiju Inland Mountain Lodge 3


Parangiju Inland Mountain Lodge is one of the newest places to eatand/or sleep in Honiara. And not only is the food good but the view is spectacular. The owners Stephen and Serah Riniu are rightfully proud of the venue on the hilltop lookout they have created.


Located inland from Henderson near the Tenaru Falls it looks out over the airport far below across the ocean towards Central Province. The air is cooler and drier up there, so it makes a lovely escape from the city.

The food is well above the usual Honiara standard. They use mostly fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The simple set menu is lovingly prepared and presented beautifully by chef Eh-ma. Even our fussy, never satisfied, vegetarian friend was well catered for at short notice. More…