The Coconut kindergarten

Every week, the parents of children at a small kindergarten in Fiukwai, Malaita, have to pay fees to keep their children in the school. But even though the children come from low-income families, their parents have no problem paying for their children’s education. This is because the ‘fees’ are paid in coconuts. And it just…

Melanesian culture at its best

Melanesia is said by many to be the last frontier, when it comes to culture. Ancient traditional dances, practices and “kustom” remain commonplace, and alive in this part of the world. It’s something that must not be taken for granted, according to Papua New Guinea Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato. As the fifth Melanesia Arts…

West Kwara’ae SSEC youth rally concludes well

Youths within South Sea Evangelical Church (SSEC) West Kwara’ae Association 1(WKA) successfully ended the youth rally over the weekend from 27th – 29th June 2014. The program started on Friday with a triumph match started from the main road up to the church compound. Despite the unkind rain, the youths really enjoyed the program. There…

Florida proposes pana festival

Pana festival has been proposed as the next event to be held in Florida Island next year. This was revealed by Director of Pata Sauragi Home stay Peter Sagupari to the Solomon Star during the official closing of the 3rd yacht festival held at Roderick Hideaway accommodation on Friday. Mr Sagupari said the pana festival…

Manetiva supports Green Tourism

The Central Island government has thanked the services offered by Green Tourism Solomon Island Ltd to the province and encouraged them to expand the services across to other islands in Central. Stanley Manetiva highlighted this during official closing of the 3rd yacht festival at Roderick Bay Hideaway accommodation over the weekend. Mr Manetiva said since…

Gela’s traditional fishing way highlighted

A traditional fishing method used by Ngela ancestors was highlighted during the three day yacht festival at Roderick Bay Hideaway over the weekend. Called Kwarao fishing, it was a traditional fishing method did by Gela people on swallow water where wild ropes brought from the bushes were tied up together and stretched  several metres in…

Victory for anti-corruption

The sentencing of John Poloso for defrauding the state of more than $1.5 million sends a strong message to the public according to Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI). Last week Mr. Poloso was jailed for two and the half years by Magistrate Jim Seuika after pleading guilty to two counts of false pretence. In a statement…

Locals learn better driving

Three officials of the Solomon Islands Electricity Authority [SIEA] have completed a week-long driving instructors’ permit course organised by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) last week. They have joined 40 other local participants to expand their driving skills and also build capacity to run their own accredited driving schools one day. Their participation was made…

Santa Ana celebrates arrival of modern communication

Solomon Islands are rich not only in the diversity of the customs, culture, rituals and lifestyle of the people; they are also generously endowed with natural resources. These natural resources include not only the mineral resources that Alvaro de Mendana who named it the Solomon Islands so many years ago but also the natural resources…

MMF: Announce the new police chief

Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) is calling on the government to quickly announce the new Police Chief. The call came following reports the name of the new police chief has already been submitted to the Office of the Prime Minister for its final say. Forum President Charles Dausabea claimed people of this country are so excited…