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“Though weak political leadership has never really succeeded in forming a single national identity out of this diverse archipelago, the various churches have done a lot for local people. Diversity goes hand-in-hand with tolerance here, so schools, hospitals and churches have been established through inter-faith cooperation.

Linguistically, the many peoples of these islands communicate with one another using pidgin English, a simpler version which bears little relation to standard English in either vocabulary or pronunciation. This form of English is not taught in schools, but it’s used in everyday life for communication among the inhabitants of the various islands. This common language and history, as well as a generally inclusive attitude as bought with it, if not a shared identity, at least a form of camaraderie. It also has a name – wantokism – which comes from the words ‘one talk’.

The most important institution for Solomon Islanders is the extended family. Since the direct, nuclear family is also part of this, it goes without saying that parents, siblings and so on are extremely important, but strong bonds also hold together a much wider network of relations. Anyone not belonging to such an extended family is automatically a black sheep, and no greater loss can be imagined than to be cut off from such a family.
To this end, children learn their first lesson right at birth. This is when the first message, or lesson, is given: that the newborn has arrived In a safe, warm family environment.

Children perceive from an early age that they are part of an extended family, where there are far more of what they would consider ‘family members’ than we are accustomed to in the West. It is primarily the task of the parents is to take case of the little ones, but a host of close relatives also help out. It is important that young children spend as little time as possible during these years in the company of strangers. Only when they can speak, and think independently, are they ever left alone.

While changes in the world have let to a modernization of both everyday life and the education system, and literacy has become much more important, children also learn a great deal in the home. There they are taught to pay attention, and to speak only when asked. Little girls are praised when they act like their mother, and boys when they act like their father. If a child does something bad it is the parents who feel ashamed, and if the child behaves well then the parents are praised.

In this traditional society, the roles of men and women, and an upbringing which prepares them for these roles, are highly emphasized. Household management and the cultivation of the garden are women’s responsibilities, while men are engaged in logging, canoeing, fishing and hunting.

Nowadays, as they find themselves increasingly hemmed in by the Western lifestyle, and receive a fuller education, these boundaries have begun to blur, but even today, a boy is considered a man if he can build a house, a canoe and a garden. A girl is considered a woman if she can cultivate a garden, cut down a tree, fetch water, and take care of the family even when her mother is not present.

This picture of a traditional society is darkened by the prevalence of discrimination against women and girls – women are generally given subordinate roles. There are relatively few girls in elementary education, and almost none in high school. Needless to say, this lack of education brings with it many health and social problems, such as poverty, child labor and abuse, teenage pregnancy and marriage, STDs, alcohol and drug use, etc.” (2017)


South Pacific -Solomon Islands - village - Elter photo

South Pacific - Solomon Islands - diligence to impress tourists - Elter phto

Solomon Islands - welcome - r.l. photo

Solomon Islands - Sikaiana - Tehaolei Beach

Practicals

Transport

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South Pacific - Solomon Islands - Honiara International Airport - Elter photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara highway - t.v. photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara - International airport - k.a. photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara -Boat to the islands of Nggela and Malaita - k.a. photo

Solomon Islands - bridge near Auki - Elter photo

Accomodation

Prices in hotels are high to the standard.

Food

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South Pacific - Solomon Islands - Stone Age oven - Elter photo

Solomon Islands - roasted pig - n.b. photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara - Central Market - k.a. photo

Shopping

ATMs are available in the city of Honiara.

Solomon Islands - Honiara - Central Market - k.a. photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara - market - d.l. photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara - Central Market - manioca - 20 USD each? - k.a. photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara - Central Market - tuna fish - k.a. photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara - Mendana Avenue - fishing shop - all sort of fish traps, nets are on sale - k.a. photo

Fun

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South Pacfic - Solomon Islands - Show must go on - Elter photo

South Pacific - Solomon Islands - Solomon's Got Talent - Elter photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara -Casino - k.a. photo

Public safety

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South Pacific - Solomon Islands - well-armed law enforcement officer - Elter photo

Solomon Islands - police car - communal car wash - r.l. photo

Health

Tap water is not drinkable. Do not even use for tooth brushing.

Solomon Islands - Honiara - The country's only footbridge has shamefully become a public toilet - k.a. photo

Others

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Solomon Islands - o.v. photo

Solomon Islands - clean beach - o.v. photo

Solomon Islands - roaming - y.m. photo

Solomon Islands - Malaita Province - Auki provincial capital - beach - k.a. photo

Background

Solomon Islands - national flag - by courtesy of Michael Jr Wasi (from Honiara)

Solomon Islands - kids - a.l. photo

Destination in brief

Solomon Islands is a sovereign state in Oceania, in the Southeast Pacific, east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu.

Size: 28,399 km² (10,965 mi²) - the country consists of six major islands and over 900 smaller slands

Capital city: Honiara

Population (in 2020): 686,200

Languages: English is the official language and Pijin is the everyday language, a lingua franca (intermediate)

Religions: 73%, Protestant, 19% Roman Catholic

The territory was a British protectorate until it gained independence in 1978. Solomon Islands is member of the Commonwealth.

Currency: Solomon Islands dollar (SBD)

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 540 USD

Most common surname: Mae (a Japanese name meaning ,,before" or “front”)


  

Geography

There is an increased risk of earthquakes and tsunamis.

November-April is a season of cyclones.

History

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South Pacific - Solomon Islands - WWII wreck - Elter photos

Solomon Islands - Honiara - Guadalcanal American memorial, memorates a military campaign in 1942-1943 - Elter photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara - American War Memorial - k.a. photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara - Japanese War Memorial (WW2)- k.a. photo

Nowadays

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South Pacific - Solomon Islands - This is not an open-air museum. This is a real vllage - Elter photos

Solomon Islands - Honiara - r.m. photo

Solomon Islands - outside of Honiara - k.a. photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara - Mendana Avenue - the main street - k.a. photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara - wayfaring - k.a. photo

People

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South Pacific - Solomon Islands - alertness - Elter photo

South Pacific - Solomon Islands - local beauty - Elter photo

Solomon Islands - m.w. photo

Solomon Islands - small kid - d.l. photo

Solomon Islands - men - d.l. photo

Solomon Islands - kids - y.m. photo

Attractions

Honiara

Solomon Islands - Honiara - traffic - k.a. photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara - taxi - k.a. photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara - Holy Cross Cathedral (Catholic)- k.a. photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara - Parliament building - k.a. photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara - Mendana Avenue - the main street - k.a. photo

Solomon Islands - Honiara - Mendana Avenue - the main street - k.a. photo

Vilu Military Museum - WW2 military equipment wrecks

Solomon Islands - Vilu village - Japanese field howitzer - 150 mm calibre - k.a. photo

Solomon Islands - Vilu Military Museum - aircraft - k.a. photo

Auki

Solomon Islands - Malaita Province - Auki provincial capital - commerce - k.a. photo

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