Market Visits Reply


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The markets in Honiara are a great place to get fresh fruit, vegetables and much, much more. They’re also great places to experience the buzz of town and I look forward to my trip each week to see what I can find. I generally just visit the Central Market and the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Market. but I’m sure there are many smaller ones around too.

Here are my top 5 market tips (so far!):

  1. Take small ‘market’ money (coins, $5, $10, $20 notes) as you may not be able to get change for large notes. There is no bartering in the markets, items will have a set price often displayed on a piece of cardboard.



Nughu Day Cruise Reply

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Boat Cruise to Nughu Resort: Saturday 19th April 2014

Spend a day out with family and friends and explore the beautiful Buena Vista Island and Nugu Beach Resort. Cruise to the island on the MV Daystar. Swim, snorkel or just relax on the beach with a picnic brought along from home or buy a hotdog or soft drink available for sale. Whatever you decide to do this cruise will make your Easter one to unwind and enjoy

Adults: $400 SD, Children: $200 SD (Note food and drinks not included)

Dengue Fever on the Rise Reply

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(Photo: James Gathany)

The message is being spread around Honiara that Dengue Fever is on the rise and we all need to be careful and take precautions.

When you’re out and about, make sure you wear appropriate clothing. Use insect repellant and perhaps keep it in your bag or car to make sure it’s always on hand: include it into your daily routine. At your home, clear your property of any pools of untreated water, empty tins, overgrown grass and the like. These environements will encourage mosquitoes to breed.

More information is available from the World Health Organization, including that ‘Dengue is not transmitted directly from person-to-person and symptoms range from mild fever, to incapacitating high fever, with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, and rash. There is no vaccine’.

Honiara Hole-In-One! Reply


It’s not often that the stars align to create an event of both pure amazement and intense joy but last Saturday, a blessing was bestowed upon the Honiara Golf Club when Mitch Pirie scored a hole-in-one.

Mitch was having just a normal round of golf when he decided to trust in his natural, enthusiastic swing. Giving the ball a major whack, he looked off into the distance to see where his efforts had landed. As it was a sunny day, he squinted as he tried to determine where his ball was now located. And then, from behind him, his fellow golfers began to speculate, with a little hesitation, that it may have gone into hole number 7 on the first hit.


Maravagi 2

By Robin Perry

What: Maravagi is a simple but stunningly-situated resort which is managed by the local community and is conveniently located only 1.5-2 hrs banana boat ride away, in the western part of Central Province. This makes it a perfect choice for an easy and reasonably cheap weekend away from Honiara’s big smoke.

There are approx. 10 bungalows, each with 2-3 beds and flush toilet plus basic shower. There is also a large dorm which sleeps around 10 people. The resort is located next to a small village on Mangalonga island, on the water’s edge. There are not really any beaches in front of the resort, although there is a small stretch of sand without any reef or rocks in the shallows, making it a good spot to splash around in. There are long-ish stretches of sand about 5 mins walk away from the resort towards the surfing point.

The community has agreed that the reef directly out the front of the resort should be protected as a small, local marine reserve. This means you can look out from the large communal hut/dining area directly over the water’s edge onto crystal clear water teeming with colourful fish and coral. Prices can vary but are usually AUD30 per night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided at AUD 10-20/head for each meal. Food is simple but tasty, usually involving fresh fish.


Multipurpose Tortillas Reply

By Jackie Eager


For the past few weeks I’ve been searching in the shops for tortillas, or wrap bread, with little luck.

I’ve been trying to cut down on naughty food and so thought some lettuce and carrot wraps for lunch would help me avoid all the gorgeous fish and chips on offer around Honiara.  Sure, I could just order a salad but somehow, I always get to the counter and ‘fish and chips’ are the only words that are spoken. Occasionally ‘burger with chips’ also makes an appearance but never does the word ‘salad’ get uttered.


Triathlon Club Reply

By Cid Mateo

With the year now in full swing and people finding their mojo in paradise, I’d like to tell you about a small local project a few of us are involved with – the local triathlon club.

It meets Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings for swimming training at its home base in Kakambona.  All are welcome, we just ask that you introduce yourself to the Nathan (Thomo), the club’s head coach, or the senior group, and keep in mind that the team is training.  The club holds monthly races on the last Saturday of the month, including triathlon relays, and swim-run (aquathlon) events, which you are welcome to join.

The beach belongs to Margaret and Godfrey, who live across the road, and their relatives. If they are around, introduce yourself and please respect their home.  The club is extremely lucky to have access to the beach to train and race.

The club’s profile is growing thanks to local recruitment – they are mostly young men, but also a group of young women are training towards their first triathlon. This is a very big achievement in this environment.


Talemaot: Solomon stories of peace and conflict Reply

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“TALEMAOT: Solomon stories of peace and conflict” is a collection of creative writing on the topical issues facing the country today by Solomon Islands writers and includes poems, short stories and short film scripts. TALEMAOT includes stories about everything from politics to disasters, family disputes to enduring friendships and humour to tragedy.


SI Golf Federation Fundraising Drive Reply

Public Auction – NEW DATE May Sun 25th

Location: Golf Club Car Park      Time: 12:00 noon

Time to turn your items into cash! Companies, Individuals looking to get rid of a few items??  Now is the time!

You can register your items with us. Whether it’s big or small, new or old. We can help you sell it through our public Auction day. You will be surprised at what prices you can get through our Auction.

Only $50.00 to register your items. We only charge you when your item is sold.

To register items, please call Capital Events on Tel: 28147/7483308/7646160 or email

Fashion Find: Christian Dior Jacket 1

I’m just loving this velvet Christian Dior jacket which I found at the bale store near the ANZ bank, just up from the Lime Lounge. It’s in perfect condition, with the silver ‘D’ still hanging off the zip. I felt it was such a bargain at $20 that I had to buy it even though it’s the wrong size!

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