Ysabel Province, Solomon Islands

The Climate Challenger anchored at Kia, Ysabel Province. Photo: Bernard Manus

Our trip through the Solomon Islands so far has gone well with great coordination by The Nature Conservancy’s ground coordinating team- John Pita on Ysabel and TNC staff in Honiara. The communities of Kia and Buala hosted us with great hospitality. We did our usual culture, conservation and climate change awareness presentations which were really well received and appreciated by both the people and community leaders of Kia and Buala.  In Kia the crew were able to meet the famous Rence Zama, ‘Home For Hawksbill’ movie star, and video interview some locals on climate change issues.

Climate Challenger crew pose with Rence Zama, ‘Home For Hawksbill’ film star at Kia. Photo: Manuai Matawai

The group also met Richard Hamilton and Glen Almany, marine scientists on Kia doing research on the hump head parrot fish. It has been a great experience for the crew to see new places for the first time. It has been a memorable journey so far that will never be forgotten.

The Climate Challenger departs Kia for Buala with Richard Hamilton on board. Photo by Manuai Matawai

On Buala, the crew were able to do a demo site for a dry stone wall next to Ivan Rotu’s place. We also left a copy of the dry stone wall video with Rotu for anyone interested. More than 50 people came to observe the walling demonstration. Manoi Ponowan also met with two people suffering from cancer and kidney stones. Manoi wasted no time looking around the forest searching for herbal medicine to treat the two patients.

Crew pose for picture, ready to perform at Provincial Government Office, Buala. Photo by Ivan Rotu

Climate Challenger crew build a 7 metre long dry stone wall on Buala as demonstration site for coastal protection. Photo by Manuai Matawai

Climate Challenger crew with Ivan Rotu and family after final stage of stone wall construction

We left Buala on Sunday afternoon around 5 pm crossing over the western tip of Ysabel. The weather was quite rough with thunderstorms but the moon gave us plenty of light to find our way. We arrived in Honiara around 3 pm. Willie Atu from The Nature Conservancy and the media team met us on the way and escorted us to the Honiara Yacht Club. The crew joined other TNC partners here in Honiara for the welcome reception dinner at the Sea King Restaurant. Yesterday, the team performed a cultural dance at the Honiara National Museum and will do more presentations this week including one for the Australian High Commissioner this Thursday night.

Manuai

Climate Challenger arrives at Honiara and crew pose with friend Jimmy Atu, son of Willie Atu – photo by Manuai Matawai

Joseph Ambou and Peter Ramohia thumbs up to celebrate safe journey through Honiara. Crew were hosted for dinner with TNC partners at Sea King Restaurant. Photo by Bernard Manus.

Climate Challenger dancers at Honiara Art Gallery/Museum.

Manuai introduces crew to public after cultural dance at National Museum. Photo by Bernard Manus

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6 thoughts on “Ysabel Province, Solomon Islands

  1. Poyep Kilepak

    Well done Manuai and team. Your journey through the new guinea & solomon islands, with pockets of climate change awareness is a milestone in itself which you & team has achieved. Also, you and team are in the history book already even though you are halfway through. This will be told for many years. I stand proud here in our homeland PNG as you and team sail through the histroy books.

    GOD WILL CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU ALL!

    Pass my hello to all your crew members.

  2. Manux and de Boiz,

    Great stuff. Our prayers are with you as you take on the challenge. Regards from everyone one at home here in Gordons, PomCT. Special one from Topun to his Dad!

    May our Good Lord Bless and Protect you all!

    Molean Kilepak

  3. It apprears that you boys are piling on a bit “ballast” – take it easy or you’ll have to get the “poss” out and do some paddling and dance hard. Anyway, good to see you boys are happy. Good so far. Next challenge – Nauru.

  4. Dad I’m happy u all are ok, jst wana wish u all d best n njoy… Bikpla 1 stret m ose tinim wat mi tokim u.. nice trip!! ta

  5. IMONG KAUYAP

    BRO, THANK YOUR CALL YOUR TELEPHONE YESTERDAY (28.10.2012) WAS GLAD TO HEAR FROM YOU AND TO LEARNED THAT YOU ARE ALL SAFE AND WELL (GOOD HEALTH). YOU MET MEL & NELLIE’S MUM (JUNE) AT HONIARA (GOOD UNION) AND I ALSO SPOKE TO HER. M NAISFALA YA!! WOW!! YOU GUYS ARE REALLY PUTTING ON WEIGHT BUT LUCKY YOU MADE AN EXTENTION TO THE CANOE TO CATER FOR THAT. ENJOY THE REST OF THE JOURNEY TO VANUATU, FIJI AND MARSHALL ISLANDS. IN SPIRIT WE ARE THERE WITH YOU ALL THE WAY, WIN THE INVISIBLE BEING, DWELLS WITHIN US ALL WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR TRIP.
    HYMEX

  6. papson

    Wish you all the best and safe journey to your next destination .still following your web and the updates was very inspiring for all to see regarding dry stone walling and awareness.
    keep the spirit and regards to all your crews and kandre Joseph Ambou..

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