Turtle time: Arnavon Islands/Vavaghio Guest House. A Genuine and Unique Isabel Experience Reply

By Gary King

(Editor’s note: this is the time of year with the best chance of seeing both green and hawksbill turtles laying and hatching on the same night and I can personally attest to the quality of the snorkelling and service at Vavaghio and the Arnavons.)

The Arnavon Islands is a Marine Protected Area (recently registered under the Protected Area Act of the Solomon Islands). It is a very special place and one trip that ex-pats must make before finishing their contract in Solomon Islands!
This conservation area was established in 1995 by The Nature Conservancy (“TNC”), a large US conservation organization, in consultation with customary landowners from Isabel, Choiseul and Wagina.


Meet Young Norlah School dropout earns a living weaving reggae baskets.  Reply

Take a look around Honiara City and you will find many young girls venturing into small business activities trying to earn an income.
With their natural ability, or talents if you like, whatever money they earn helps meet family needs.
Most girls involved themselves with opportunities provided by authorities such as the Rapid Employment Scheme, the offshore seasonal workers scheme while a good number join up with the highly commended Youth at Work program.

But this is not enough given the high rate of school dropouts and idle youths flooding into Honiara from the provinces in search of means to earn an income.
One such youth is Norlah Hugue, who is making use of her natural talent in weaving custom baskets to earn her some money.

Norlah was with her aunty in their stall at the Art Gallery area in

Honiara when Solomon Women Newspaper caught up with her this week.
Norlah is from Billy Passage in Marovo Lagoon, Western Province.

Norlah’s interest begun as a curious observing youth, seeing her mother weaving custom baskets and string bags back in her home village, when she was at a tender age of 12.
She attended Patukae Community High School from 2012 to 2014 but was forced to leave school due to lack of financial support for her school fee.
“That is when I decided to start making use of my knowledge in weaving baskets and handcrafts to earn my own pocket money,” Norlah recalled. More…

Our culture – our nation … Don Bosco Technical Institute Reply

The Staff and Students of Don Bosco – Henderson and Don Bosco – Tetere most cordially invite you to the Cultural Night, celebrating OUR CULTURE – OUR NATION on Thursday, 21st July 2016 in the DBTI–Henderson Gymnasium from 6.00 PM to 8.00 PM
We are celebrating the “Unity in Diversity” of Solomon Islands With Music and Dances from the Provinces Performed by the Bosconians of Henderson and Tetere. Our special guests are the AKKORDEON HARMONISTS an Accordion Orchestra from Germany and THE BAND from Honiara.

Please take your seats by 5.45 PM
Kindly inform the number of persons accompanying you, the latest by Tuesday, 19th July.
Contact us via Telephone: 36555, 7723720

E-mail: rector@donbosco.org.sb

Facebook Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1570086083285307/ 

Andrew MacLean



The Youth Market is back Reply

For the June Youth Market we are back at the Art Gallery grounds and bringing back the entertainment, competitions and great food, services and crafts that have been so successful! 
From June 29- July 1 the Youth Market will be showcasing young entrepreneurs that have taken part in our business training, as well as the talents and skills of young people in music, dance and BMX riding.

Come for lunch or to watch and enjoy the competitions.
What: June Youth Market

When: 9 – 4:30pm 29- 30 June and 1 July

Where: Art Gallery
Local bands will be playing from 9-12pm. The competitions will be on at the following times:
Wednesday 29th at 2pm, BMX competition
Thursday 30th at 2pm, Song competition
Friday 1st August at 1pm, Dance competition
Come by and say hello!
Our Youth Market is supported by our sponsors Bmobile Vodafone and SIBA Sounds. 

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West Guadacanal Coastal Trek Reply

By Emily Russell

Photography by Peter Johnstone

Stunning coastal scenery, neat and friendly villages and a solid hit of exercise combined to make the West Guadacanal coastal trek a super enjoyable and rewarding weekend away. Impeccably planned and graciously led by our guide Stanley (tel # 7429305), we walked 38 kilometres over two days (day one 15km, 4-5 hours walking; day two 23km, 7-8 hours walking) along a great mix of shaded coastal track, sandy beaches and rocks (including a bit of scrambling). After driving to Lambi (about two hours from Honiara, 4WD required), we were taken by banana boat to Tangarere (a further 1.5 hours). The track took us through several villages, past a couple of logging camps and across several streams and rivers, two of which are home to crocodiles – thankfully none were hungry enough to bother us!  

353 – locals explain the significance of a RNZAF inscription

Overnight we stayed in a very clean leaf hut in lovely, friendly village. The hut had an adjacent toilet and the village had a water pump that was more than adequate for washing off the day’s sweat, salt and grime! We took all our own food, which was fine – delicious, actually. However, for those with more time or less stamina, Stanley is exploring options for a second overnight stay along the way, which could potentially include a meal prepared by local villagers and perhaps some insights into local life and history. If you have the time, this three day option would be well worth it. Overall, I highly recommend the walk and Stanley as your guide. He had everything covered – safekeeping place for our car in Lambi, boat and accommodation ready to go, even coconuts ready to drink at a couple places along the way. The distance over two days and the potential proximity to crocodiles mean it is not a walk for the faint-hearted, though with notice Stanley should be able to arrange boats for the scarier river crossings. He could also cut the distance down by adjusting the boat drop off point or picking upp outside of Lambi (potentially on the other side of the deeper crocodile river) – alternatively, he could use his strong connections into the local communities to arrange a boat to cross the crocodile river(s). I would certainly recommend you explore these options with Stanley if the distance or crocodiles would otherwise put you off: it is a beautiful walk and Stanley makes it super easy to organise. Just give him plenty of notice – there is no phone coverage so he has to visit or otherwise get messages to people in order to set things up.  

331- rest stop day 1 – coconuts after a quick dip in a stunning inlet

Guide for walls of West Guadacanal -Stanley: ph. 7429305

Russell Island dive trip Reply

(I recently flew over the Russell Islands. It looks spectacular from the air. I can only imagine how amazing it is under the water. This trip look terrific.

When life on land is all too much there is always scuba. -Ed.) 

by  Shaz Kozak

It’s time to get out and do some exploring! We have a free weekend and are making a run for the Russell Islands. We’re rarely able to do the Russell Islands on a two day weekend so this is a special opportunity for you! Join us and discover some amazing new dive sites.  More…

My Wogasia, my Santa Catalina Reply

By An anona atawa woman

With Wogasia 2016 only a couple of weeks away I thought it was time to share a former participants experience. It is long and detailed but I think you will find it very interesting.

The anonymous participant attended wogasia in 2011 and what follows is an excerpt from her diary and gives a great account of the woman’s experience. Hopefully in a couple of weeks I will have lots to share about the men’s side of things.

– Ed.
2/6/11, Thursday evening at home, and following days

Cathy and I are still using each other for reality checks: yes, the Wogasia really did happen. It’s still pretty incomprehensible though – surreal, alien, hooley-dooley – just … incomprehensible. I know I have to write it out soon or I’ll wake and it’ll vanish, and I so desperately don’t want that to happen. At least I took a few notes. Pity they don’t make much sense any more.

Try for a chronology. More…

Tavanipupu day trip May 16 on the 360 catamaran Reply

Lots of spots left for trip to Tavanipupu the long weekend.

Comfort, good food, beautiful scenery and great company. Suitable for families and young children.

Don’t waste  a whole long weekend in Honiara. Book at GTS travel for this one. (Details above)

360 day trips are back.

They were a great way of getting out and about to the nearby islands in the comfort and convenience of a big vessel .

I would love to go but have to go to the Arnovans so Cat needs company. More…

Opportunities for creative youth 17 – 29 Reply

By Sam Ryan

Youth of Solomon Islands magazine encourages young people to submit their creative content


Youth of Solomon Islands (YOSI) Magazine, produced by Youth@Work to profile young people and their achievements, is now seeking creative content from young people 17-29 for Issue 5. The theme of issue 5 will be “Narawei: young leaders driving change”, and young people are encouraged to send in features, columns, poetry, creative writing, photography and visual art that is about young people doing and thinking about things differently. Content is due on June 3, but young people are encouraged to contact the team to discuss their ideas for articles, stories and content before the due date.

Free workshops:

The Youth@Work team will be holding free classes in creative writing, feature writing, drawing and photography this weekend, to help young people gain skills and ideas to contribute to the upcoming issues. Creative and feature writing will be taught on Saturday 7 May from 1-3pm. Photography and drawing will be taught on Sunday 8 May from 1-5pm. All workshops will be held at the Youth@Work office in Tandai, opposite Freswota bus stop and after Good View shop. To book a space for the free classes, call the Youth@Work office on 29257 or email yosi@youth-at-work.org. More…