|• Mayor||Israel Maeoli|
|Time zone||UTC (UTC+11)|
Honiara is the capital city of Solomon Islands, administered as a provincial town on the northwestern coast of Guadalcanal Island. As of 2009 it had a population of 64,609 people. The city is served by Honiara International Airport and the sea port of Point Cruz, and lies along the Kukum Highway.
The airport area to the east of Honiara was the site of a battle between the United States and the Japanese during the Guadalcanal Campaign in World War II, the Battle of Henderson Field of 1942, from which America emerged victorious. After Honiara became the new capital of the British Protectorate of Solomon Islands in 1952 with the addition of many administrative buildings, the town began to develop and grow in population. Since the late 1990s, Honiara has suffered a turbulent history of ethnic violence and political unrest and is scarred by rioting. A coup attempt in June 2000 resulted in violent rebellions and fighting between the ethnic Malaitans of the Malaita Eagle Force (MEF) and the Guadalcanal natives of the Isatabu Freedom Movement (IFM). Although a peace agreement was made in October 2000, violence ensued in the city streets in March 2002 when two diplomats from New Zealand and numerous others were murdered. Conditions became so bad in Honiara that in July 2003 the Australian military and police units moved into the country to restore order. In 2006, riots broke out following the election of Snyder Rini as prime minister, destroying a part of Chinatown and making more than 1,000 Chinese residents homeless. The town eventually got devastated due to the riots and also severely affected the tourism in the city and the islands.
Honiara contains the majority of the major government buildings and institutions of Solomon Islands. The National Parliament of Solomon Islands, Honiara Solomon Islands College of Higher Education, International School in Honiara and University of the South Pacific Solomon Islands are located in Honiara as is the national museum and Honiara Market. Politically Honiara is divided into three parliamentary constituencies, electing three of the 50 members of the National Parliament. These constituencies, East Honiara, Central Honiara and West Honiara, are three of only six constituencies in the country to have an electorate of over 10,000 people.
Honiara is predominantly Christian and is served by the headquarters of the Church of the Province of Melanesia (Anglican), the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Honiara, the South Seas Evangelical Church, the United Church, the Seventh-day Adventist Church and other Christian churches.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography and climate
- 3 Politics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Landmarks
- 6 Culture
- 7 Sports
- 8 Transport
- 9 Sister cities
- 10 References
- 11 Bibliography
- 12 External links
The name Honiara derives from nagho ni ara which roughly translates as "place of the east wind" or "facing the southeast wind" in one of the Guadalcanal languages.1 The town has not been extensively documented and little detailed material exists on it.2
The Battle of Henderson Field (1942), the last of the three major land offensives conducted by the Japanese during the Guadalcanal Campaign of World War II took place in what is now the airport area about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) to the east of the city centre. During the battle, the U.S. Marine and Army forces, under the overall command of Major General Alexander Vandegrift, repulsed an attack by the Japanese 17th Army, under the command of Japanese Lieutenant General Harukichi Hyakutake. 3 The U.S. forces were defending the Lunga River perimeter, which guarded Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, that had been captured from the Japanese by the Allies in landings on Guadalcanal on 7 August 1942. Hyakutake's force was sent to Guadalcanal in response to the Allied landings with the mission of recapturing the airfield and driving the Allied forces off of the island. The Japanese initially landed with 3,500 troops but the force soon grew to over 20,000 personnel in total, roughly equal to America's 23,000; each side had about 13,000 troops.4
From the top of Mount Austin at 410 metres (1,350 ft), panoramic views of the north coastal plains, Savo and Florida islands, and the battlefields of World War II can be seen. The Japanese had held this hilltop in the second half of 1942 and showered artillery fire on American troops at the Henderson airfield below the hill. Eventually the hill was captured but the Japanese held on to the Gifu, Sea Horse, and Galloping Horse ridges for about a month. Most of the Japanese died of starvation, banzai assaults or direct killing.5
Hyakutake's soldiers conducted numerous assaults over three days at various locations around the Lunga perimeter. Along the Matanikau River, the principal river flowing through what is now central Honiara, tanks attacked in pairs across the sandbar at the mouth of the river behind a barrage of artillery. Artillery, including 37 mm (1.5 in) anti-tank guns, quickly destroyed all nine tanks. At the same time, four battalions of Marine artillery, totaling 40 howitzers, fired over 6,000 rounds into the area between Point Cruz and the Matanikau, causing heavy casualties in Nomasu Nakaguma's infantry battalions as they tried to approach the Marine lines. Both sides incurred heavy losses during the events of the overall battle, especially the Japanese attackers.6 After an attempt to deliver further reinforcements failed during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in November 1942, Japan conceded defeat in the struggle for the island and evacuated many of its remaining forces by the first week of February 1943. The Quonset hut built by the Americans can still be seen in the back lanes of the town and numerous memorials give testament to the war.7
Honiara officially became the capital of the British Protectorate of Solomon Islands in 1952. The infrastructure had been fairly well developed by the U.S. during the war which dictated the decision of the British Government to shift the capital to Honiara.89 Government buildings opened in Honiara from early January in 1952. Sir Robert Stanley was based at Honiara during his time as High Commissioner of the British Solomon Islands, the Condominium of New Hebrides (Vanuatu) and the Gilbert and Ellice Islands colony.10 Macu Salato arrived in Honiara in early August 1954 and was based in the town, conducting surveys all across the islands and investigating leprosy.11 He departed and returned to Fiji in late March 1955.11
The town grew significantly after Honiara became the capital city, receiving two-thirds of the allocations granted for the country's economic development in the 1960s and 1970s, resulting in substantial infrastructure development. Population growth was very slow and only about 5% of Solomon Islanders were living in the city. However, the Bellonese population significantly increased; they established permanent and semi-permanent houses in the Honiara vicinity, typically along the banks of the White River.2 The town was affected by creolization.12 In the 1960s, Pijin became its principal language, and the mother tongue of a generation of young urban adults and children.13 Through Honiara the language spread and has since become the main language spoken in the islands.13
Rhys Richards, a New Zealand historian and former New Zealand High Commissioner of Solomon Islands, spent many years in Honiara.14 In 1979 Honiara was still a relatively small town in terms of population, especially for a capital city, with 18,346 people, of which 10,870 were men, and 7,476 were women.15 In July 1978, Honiara became the new capital of the independent Solomon Islands.8
An International Express Mail Agreement and regulations were signed between the United States and Solomon Islands governments in Honiara and Washington, D.C. on 19 April and 27 June 1991, coming into effect on 1 August 1991.16 On 6 November 1998, a peace agreement was signed in Honiara between the United States and Solomon Islands governments.16 However, since the late 1990s, Honiara has been the centre of ethnic violence and political unrest in the country.17 The area around Honiara was the battle ground of rival factions during the unrest as a result of the dominance of the more aggressive Malaitans, who were outsiders, and the local mild Guadalcanal islanders.9 A coup attempt occurred in June 2000 which resulted in violent rebellions and fighting between the Malaita Eagle Force (MEF) and the Guadalcanal natives of the Isatabu Freedom Movement (IFM). Violence was prevalent in the streets of Honiara, and although a peace agreement was made in October 2000, violence ensued in March 2002 when two diplomats from New Zealand and numerous others were murdered.17 Conditions became so bad in Honiara that in July 2003 Australian military and police units moved into the country to suppress the shenanigans, increase security, rebuild the damaged city and safeguard its shattered economic, political and legal institutions.17 In 2006, riots broke out following the election of Snyder Rini as Prime Minister, destroying part of Chinatown and displacing more than 1,000 Chinese residents; the large Pacific Casino Hotel was also totally gutted.18 The commercial heart of Honiara was virtually reduced to rubble and ashes.19 Three National Parliament members, Charles Dausabea, Nelson Ne'e, and Patrick Vahoe,20 were arrested during or as a result of the riots. The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), the 16-country Pacific Islands Forum initiative set up in 2003 with assistance from Australia, intervened, sending in additional police and army officers to bring the situation under control. A vote of no confidence was passed against the Prime Minister. Following his resignation, a five-party Grand Coalition for Change Government was formed in May 2006, with Manasseh Sogavare as Prime Minister, quelling the riots and running the government. The army part of RAMSI was removed and rebuilding took shape.21
Honiara is located on the northwestern coast of the island of Guadalcanal and includes a sea port at Point Cruz. The Matanikau River flows through the town, past Chinatown, badly affected by the 2006 riot. The town revolves around the Kukum Highway, which connects it with the Honiara International Airport (formerly known as Henderson Field) about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) to the east of Honiara across the Lunga River. To the west of the town centre are the suburbs of White River and Tanaghai.22
The climate is tropical, more specifically a tropical rainforest climate, with an average daytime temperature of about 28 °C (82 °F). The water temperatures range between 26 °C (79 °F) and 29 °C (84 °F). Damper periods are predominant between November and April. The average amount of precipitation per year is about 2,000 millimetres (79 in) and thus somewhat lower than the average on the Solomon Islands as a whole (3,000 millimetres (120 in)). However, Honiara is subject to monsoons.23
|Climate data for Honiara|
|Average high °C (°F)||31
|Average low °C (°F)||23
|Precipitation mm (inches)||274
|Source: Weatherbase 24|
Honiara is divided into three parliamentary constituencies, electing three of the 50 Members of the National Parliament. These constituencies (East Honiara, Central Honiara and West Honiara) are three of only six constituencies in the country to have an electorate of over 10,000. East Honiara, with an electorate of 30,049 in 2006, is the only constituency in the country with more than 20,000 voters. Following the 2006 general election, the city's representatives are:252627
|East Honiara||30,049||Douglas Ete (Reformed Democratic Party)||National Election 4 August 2010|
|Central Honiara||19,539||Moffat Fugui (Independent)||National Election 4 August 2010|
|West Honiara||13,128||Namson Tran (Independent)||National Election 4 August 2010|
Honiara developed economically at a much faster rate than other parts of Solomon Islands; during the 1960s and 1970s some two-thirds of the investment into economic development in the country went into developing the infrastructure of Honiara, despite the fact that at the time only some five percent of Solomon Islanders lived there. 28 Like Tulagi, the town did not grow substantially as a result of industrialization.29 As Trevor Sofield says, "The shops and businesses in these centers served the needs of the government officials and expatriate businessmen, planters and traders. Honiara, like many other ex-colonial cities, still reflects the political, economic and cultural structure of its former metropolitan mentor much more than it does the national traits of Solomon Islands society."29
Honiara is Solomon Islands' springboard for tourism activities. The country's tourist office, Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau, is on Honiara's main thoroughfare, Mendana Avenue. Situated between the Yacht Club and the popular Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel, its officers provide tourist information and can radio ahead to announce visitors' arrivals to guest houses in the remoter areas. Honiara contains several banks including the Westpac Bank, the ANZ Bank and the National Bank.30 Anchorage facilities are available in Honiara Port for both national and international ships.31
The violence which had plagued Honiara and the islands since the late 1990s had a devastating impact on the economy due to the fact that virtually all tourist organizations around the world specifically warned tourists wishing to visit the islands to stay away, especially in 2002 and 2003 at the peak of the troubles.17 In 1998, the country earned around $13 million from tourism and just $629,000 in 1999, equating to an average spend per visit of only US$254 (about US$35/day).17 In 1999, tourism in the city and nation accounted for just 4.38% of the total GDP.17
As the capital of Solomon Islands, Honiara contains the majority of the major government buildings and institutions, including Honiara Lauru Land Conference, Honiara Solomon Islands College of Higher Education, International School in Honiara, University of the South Pacific Solomon Islands, Honiara Solomon Islands Ports Authority. These centres are involved in marine research in Solomon Islands.32 The Dodo Creek Research Station of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands is based in Honiara. 33 Honiara Central Market is the centre of trading activity in the islands and contains many market stalls selling a wide range of goods. East of the mouth of the Mataniko River is the beach where, in the shallow waters of the sea, wrecks of a Japanese ship destroyed on 23 October 1942 by American artillery and small arms can be seen. At the back of the beach there is a settlement called the Lord Howe Settlement, consisting of a large community of Polynesians from Ongtong Java in the Western Provinces.5 Chinatown, with its high porches, is said to look like an "Asian Wild West".5
Honiara Children’s Park is a property of the Honiara Beautification Committee. The park, the only children’s recreation area in Honiara, is located along the eastern coast of Honiara town as all other areas in the region are private property. According to a study, the park is in danger and needs to be protected as the coastline is subject to erosion; the erosion is recorded to be about 6–8 metres (19.7–26.2 ft) between the old coastline and the eroded coastline. This erosion needs to be checked by building a retaining wall.34
The Guadal Canal American Memorial is a significant attraction. It was built at the initiative of Robert F Reynolds, Chief of Valors Tours Ltd.35 To mark the 50th anniversary of the Red Beach landings, the U.S. War Memorial was dedicated on 7 August 1992. An account of this is also inscribed on red marble tablets inside the monument compound.5 The Solomons Peace Memorial Park, built by the Japanese war veterans in memory of all those who were killed in World War II, is about 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) down the coastal road.9 There are numerous other relics from World War II in and around Honiara, described by Lonely Planet as "spooky".36 Also seen is the memorial erected in honour of Sergent Major Jacob Vouza, a highly decorated war hero who escaped after the Japanese tortured him and lived to tell his story.5
The National Parliament house, located on the hill above Hibiscus Avenue, built with American aid, is a concrete structure of conical-shape, which was inaugurated in 1993. The dome has exquisite tapestry, frescoes, and traditional artwork. The parliamentary session is held for about three to four weeks, bimonthly during March/April, July/August, and November/December. The proceedings can be watched by the public from the public gallery which has accommodation for 600 visitors. The parliament building was built at a cost of US $5 million in honor of the 450 U.S. soldiers and 1,200 marines who died during the Guadalcanal operations during the war. Ironically the building was originally built by a Japanese firm.537
The National Museum, located opposite the Mendana Hotel, has exhibits of traditional handicrafts and historical artifacts, particularly exhibits on archeology, currencies, arms, languages, personal ornaments, traditional music and dance, agricultural implements, life and natural environs of the country, fishing tools and tackles, and many publications and handicrafts. The Cultural Centre of the museum has a display of eight traditional houses, built in 1981, from the nine provinces of Solomon Islands. The museum hosted the first Melanesian Arts and Crafts festival in 1998, and also organizes dances on the festival stage opposite the museum. There is also a (155 millimetres (6.1 in) Japanese howitzer on display between the museum and the police station, which is called "Pistol Pete". It was used for bombarding the Henderson Airfield during the Guadalcanal fighting. On the opposite side of the police station is the Central Bank, which has a display of traditional currency. It also has some exquisite Rennellese wood carvings and paintings.5 The Cultural Centre behind the museum has exhibits of several traditional architectural styles. The National Art Gallery arranges painting exhibitions at the Old Government House, the former residence of the Governor General. A large collection of historical importance can be seen at the National Archives which is open to the public.38
The Botanical Gardens of the National Art Gallery is popular for afternoon strolls, and is noted for its orchids and shrubs. It houses a herbarium, a lily studded waterbody, well-planned walkways, and the Watapamu village, representing a typical village of the islands, which is named after the water pump located nearby.5 An Anthropology Museum is also located in Honiara, which has exhibits of recent origin.
Prominent educational institutions in Honirara include Honiara Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE);39 The Woodford International School;40 and the University of the South Pacific (USP) Solomon Islands Campus.4142
The Woodford International School, also called the International School, was initiated in the mid-1950s with about a dozen students. It was expanded under Solomon Islands' National Development Plan in the 1970s with the aim to attract investment and expertise into the country. In 1979, following independence in 1978 from the British rule, with British aid, new school buildings were built. The school has experienced name changes: it was known as Honiara International School in September 1989 and took on the name of Woodford International School in the 1990s. It is now a fully recognised independent education authority, and the government of Solomon Islands is only involved in providing a grant to the school.40 Since 2007, the management has started a programme of enhancing the building and other infrastructure facilities of the school to seek recognition as an "IB World School".40
The University of the South Pacific (USP) Solomon Islands Campus at Honiara provides education to students of the South Pacific.43 Some of the major disciplines which are offered on a semester basis are the Arts and Law and Education, Business and Economics, Science, Technology and Environment and other disciplines with a gamut of subjects in each discipline. The duration of courses varies from 10 to 32 hours of teaching spread over a number of weeks.41 The relevant texts are prepared in the Laucala Campus in Fiji and adopted in the campuses of all USPs.42
The Public Library is on Belan Avenue, between Chinatown and the market place, while the National Library is just behind the Public Library. Books authored by Solomon Islanders are available at the University of the South Pacific Centre, which is behind the National Gymnasium to the east of Chinatown. Books are also on sale at Riley's Pocket Bookstore in the lobby of the Honiara Hotel with works by authors including John Saunana and Julian Maka'a.44 Another bookstore opened in 2010 called the "Save Senta"; it is located at Point Cruz in Honiara.45 Australian Newspapers are available at the news stalls in the Anthony Saru building. Solomon Islands Development Trust in New Chinatown publishes a quarterly journal titled Link on issues of local concern and environmental issues.46 The daily newspaper is Solomon Star while Solomon Times and Solomon Voice are weekly publications.47
The National Referral Hospital of Honiara (NRH), also known as the Central Referral Hospital, is the main hospital and the largest in Solomon Islands.48 It is located opposite the Honiara Hotel. As of July 2012 the hospital, which suffers from overcrowding, 49 had 300 to 400 beds with 50 doctors.48 In 2008, its accident and emergency department served 55,234 patients and its general surgery department operated on 1,971 patients.48
Another hospital is the Central Hospital. Now called the Nambanaen, it was originally a wartime hospital built by the Americans who called it the "Ninth Station". It was substantially enlarged with assistance from the Government of Taiwan in 1993.5
Honiara has several hotels and restaurants. Honiara Hotel is a traditional hotel and features a dance show on Friday nights.50 Other hotels include The King Solomon Hotel, Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel, Solomon City Motel and Quality Inn, Honiara. Also of note is the Pacific Casino Hotel, a $20 million Chinese hotel and casino in Honiara which replaced the The King Solomon Hotel, which was gutted during the 2006 riots.5152 Restaurants of note include the Capitana Restaurant of the Mendana Hotel (serving Japanese cuisine), the Le Rendezvous Restaurant of the King Solomon Hotel (serving Oriental cuisine), Club Havanah in the Honiara Hotel, Raintree Cafe, Ning's Coffee Shop, and Hong Kong Palace, located in a "blood-red pagoda on Hibuscus Avenue".51 The Lime Lounge and the Point Cruz Yacht Club are also trendy drinking and eating spots; the Lime Lounge is decorated with the work of local artists.51
In 1974, Polynesian Dances of Bellona (Mungiki), which included suahongi form, forbidden to be performed by the Christian missionaries in the past, was revived and recorded in Honiara. Suahongi is performed at the conclusion of the ritual of sharing in a ceremony called manga’e, (performed by men) of the surplus harvest of fishing and garden crops. The dance is performed to highly rhythmic songs which are in the form of a “feature call and response, speech–song”, including the short history of the island of Bellona.53 The Melanesia Arts and Crafts Festival was held for the first time in Honaria in 1998 when five Melanesian Countries participated.54
The present trend in dancing among the youth of the Islands and in Honiara also is freestyle dancing, which has become integral to the night life and entertainment scene. These dance bears no resemblance to the traditional dance forms of the Solomon Islands, and are copied from the films You Got Served, the Step Up franchise and Stomp the Yard.55 Panpipe performances are held at the Mendana Hotel in Honiara every week.38 The famous Panpipe band is the Narasirato from Are’are in south Maleta. The Mao dancers from Kawara’ae, the Wasi Ka Nanara Pan Pipers, Tamure dancing, and Batikama Adventist bamboo band are other well known groups. Gilbertese dancing is also popular along with Panpipe music groups. Most of these dances are performed in many leading hotels of Honiara.56
Honiara is predominantly Christian and is served by the headquarters of the Church of the Province of Melanesia (Anglican), the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Honiara, the South Seas Evangelical Church, the United Church, the Seventh-day Adventist Church and other Christian churches. There are many congregations of American and Australian style charismatic and evangelical movements. There are also members of the Bahá'í Faith, Buddhist, Jehovah's Witness, Mormon and Muslim such as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.57
The Church of Melanesia, an offshoot of the Anglican Church, was established in 1849 by George Augustus Selwyn of New Zealand. Initially, it was the Church of the Province of New Zealand, but in 1975 it became part of an ecclesiastical Province covering Solomon Islands, the Republic of Vanuatu and the French Territory of New Caledonia in the South Western Pacific.58 The Church of Melanesia in Honiara operates three missions, the Melanesian Board of Mission, the Melanesian Brotherhood and the Mission to Seafarers Society from Honiara. The Melanesian Board of Mission, with the Reverend Canon Sam Sahu, as mission secretary, oversees the Home Mission and the mission in other regional countries.59 The Most Reverend. David Vunagi has been archbishop of Melanesia since May 2009, when he formally took over the post at the Cathedral Church of St Barnabas, Honiara.60
The Melanesian Brotherhood, established by Ini Kopuria on 28 October 1925, also has offices in Honiara. Ir operates in East Asia, Australia and the Pacific, and Europe, and as of 2012 has 96 Brothers in active mission work. It is a Religious Community of the Anglican Communion, similar to other Religious Communities, committed to "vows of celibacy, obedience and poverty", by training young men into religious pursuits and evangelism.59 The Mission to Seafarers Society, also with its offices in Honiara, with its network of chaplain, honorary chaplain, staff and helpers, communicates with seafarers in the Port of Honiara and many ports of the world with the specific objective of spiritual and practical welfare of seafarers belonging to many races and creeds, and their families.59
Honiara has three main stadiums, the largest of which is Lawson Tama Stadium, considered to be the national stadium of Solomon Islands.61 The stadium, funded by FIFA,62 is built into the hillside and can hold roughly 10,000 people.63 The stadium hosted the 2012 OFC Nations Cup. The most recent and most prolific winners of the Telekom S-League, Koloale FC and Solomon Warriors FC, respectively, are both based out of the city.64
Yachting is popular in Honiara and it contains the Point Cruz Yacht Club on the harbor.65 Honiara Golf Club lies on the eastern side of the town, not far from the Lunga River, near the King George VI High School (between Honiara and the airport) was initially 9 hole course on a flat land which was earlier an airstrip. A 18 tee 11-hole golf course was built in the late 1960s.656667 Boxing, rugby, athletics, basketball, netball and volleyball are also practiced.61 Netball leagues are organized in Honiara for girls and is well-organized in surrounding larger villages, usually by women's clubs.68
The city lies on the Kukum Highway and is served by Honiara International Airport. The old Henderson Airport, destroyed by the Americans in 1942, was the site of the new International Airport, built here in 1998. The airport has been improved to receive large aircraft. However, Solomon Airlines, the state owned airline, had to discontinue its operation for some time due to political unrest. Solomon Airlines now operates on international routes and has code share agreement with Qantas, Air Vanuatu, Air Niugini and Air Pacific.21 Flights reach Honiara from Brisbane by two main airlines, Solomon Airlines (four times a week) and Pacific Blue (twice a week). Air Pacific connects Nadi, Fiji with Honiara once a week, and Air Niugini twice a week.69 World War II historic sites, near the domestic wing of the airport include the American War Memorial and a Japanese AA Gun, and a dilapidated steel control tower which overlooks the runway.7021
The sea port of Point Cruz is the main port of entry into Solomon Islands. Many international shipping companies operate as the port has facility to handle 20 feet (6.1 m) containers21 Passenger boats services operate from Honiara’s main wharf at Point Cruz and many shipping companies provide these services. Notable operators are the MV Pelican Express and MV Solomon Express, offering services once week to Malaita and the western provincial cities of Mbunikalo, Seghe, Noro, and Gizo.71 The 26-hour boat trip to Gizo is said to be one of the most scenic of the Pacific.72
- Room 2006, p. 168.
- Kupiainen 2000, pp. 128-134.
- Degan 2003, p. 125.
- Isom 2007, p. 253.
- Stanley 2000, p. 873.
- Williams 2004, p. 36.
- & Hargis 2012, p. 21.
- Stanley 2004, p. 970.
- McKinnon, Carillet & Starnes 2008, p. 258.
- Gina 2003, p. 48.
- Kiste 1998, p. 26.
- Arends, Selbach & Cardoso 2009, p. 51.
- Kortmann Schneider, p. 692.
- Treadaway 2007, p. 10.
- Lemps 1984, p. 66.
- States 2007, p. 244.
- Cooper & Hall 2005, p. 253.
- Spiller, Penny (21 April 2006). "Riots highlight Chinese tensions". BBC News. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- Huisken, Thatcher & 2007, p. 92.
- "Third Solomons MP arrested over riot". The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 April 2006. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- "Doing Business in the Solomon Islands" (PDF). pitic.org.au. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- Google Maps. Maps (Map).
- Govan 1995, p. 96.
- "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Honiara, Solomon Islands". Weatherbase. 2011. Retrieved on 24 November 2011.
- "Constituencies and their Members of Parliament". National Parliament of Solomon Islands. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- "2006 election results". National Parliament of Solomon Islands. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- "Listing of Members of Parliament by Political Parties". National Parliament of Solomon Islands. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- Bennett 1987, p. 326.
- Sofield 2003, p. 194.
- Stanley 2004.
- "Honiara Port". Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA). Retrieved 15 August 2013.
- Hunnam, Peter (2001). Marine resource management and conservation planning: Bismarck-Solomon Seas ecoregion : Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands. World Wide Fund for Nature. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- Elevitch 2006, p. 240.
- "Effects of rising sea levels at Children’s Park – Honiara, Solomon Islands" (PDF). usp.ac.fj. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- Stanley 2004, p. 98.
- Planet 2010, p. 365.
- "The National Parliament". Lonely Planet.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Introduction to Guadalcanal". guadalcanal.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Solomon Islands College of Higher Education,Original: (SICHE)". UNEVOC Network Portal. Retrieved 7October 2012.
- "Woodford International School". Woodford International School. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Programmes and Courses". University of the South Pacific. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Regional Centre for Continuing and Community Education Programmes". University of the South Pacific. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Welcome to the University of the South Pacific (USP) Solomon Islands Campus". University of the South Pacific. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- Stanley 2004, p. 997.
- "Save Senta Ltd officially open for public". Solomonstarnews.com. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- Stanley 2000, p. 883.
- Nexus Strategic Partnerships, Rowan; Carillet, Jean-Bernard; Starnes, Dean (2007). Commonwealth Education Partnerships 2007. Nexus Strategic Partnerships Ltd. p. 258. ISBN 9780954962913. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
- "Working in a Hospital in Solomon Islands". Hermannoberli.ch. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
- & Stanley 2004, p. 998.
- McKinnon, Carillet & Starnes 2008, p. 257.
- Crocombe 2007, p. 175.
- Stanley 2004, p. 994.
- "Polynesian Dances of Bellona (Mungiki), Solomon Islands". Smithsonianfolkways.si.edu. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- Stanley 2004, p. 56.
- "Freestyle Dancing: The 'IN' thing". Solomon Times Online. 22 August 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- Stanley 2000, p. 880.
- "Ahmadiyya Solomon Islands". Ahmadiyya.org.au. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- "The Church of Melanesia's Homepage". Melanesia.anglican.org. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Provincial Directory - Mission Organisations". Anglicancommunion.org. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Enthronement of new Archbishop". Melanesia.anglican.org. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- Honan, Mark; Harcombe, David (1997). Solomon Islands. Lonely Planet. p. 73. ISBN 978-0-86442-405-1. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
- Islands Business. Islands Business International. 2004. p. 20. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
- Pacific islands monthly: PIM.. Pacific Publications. 1994. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
- "Solomon Islands-List of Champions". Retrieved 13 August 2013.
- Stanley 2000, p. 875.
- "Golf". Visitsolomons.com. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
- Pacific Islands Monthly. Pacific Publications. 1968. p. 43. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
- Office 1976, p. 121.
- McKinnon 2009, p. 393.
- Stanley 2000, p. 870.
- "Getting there & away". lonelyplanet.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- Stanley 2004, p. 999.
- "Luganville and Honiara establish sister city relations". Vanuatu Daily Post. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- Arends, Jacques; Selbach, Rachel; Cardoso, Hugo C.; Van Den Berg, Margot (2009). Gradual Creolization: Studies Celebrating Jacques Arends. John Benjamins Publishing. ISBN 978-90-272-5256-2.
- Bennett, Judith A. (1987). Wealth of the Solomons: A History of a Pacific Archipelago, 1800-1978. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-1078-8.
- Cooper, Chris; Hall, Colin Michael (2005). Oceania: A Tourism Handbook. Channel View Publications. ISBN 978-1-873150-87-0.
- Crocombe, R. G. (2007). Asia in the Pacific Islands: Replacing the West. email@example.com. ISBN 978-982-02-0388-4.
- Degan, Patrick (1 May 2003). Flattop Fighting in World War II: The Battles Between American and Japanese Aircraft Carriers. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-1451-2.
- Elevitch, Craig R. (1 June 2006). Traditional Trees of Pacific Islands: Their Culture, Environment, and Use. PAR. ISBN 978-0-9702544-5-0.
- Gina, Lloyd Maepeza (2003). Journeys in a Small Canoe: The Life and Times of a Solomon Islander. firstname.lastname@example.org. ISBN 978-1-74076-032-4.
- Govan, Hugh (1995). Cymatium Muricinum and Other Ranellid Gastropods: Major Predators of Cultured Tridacnid Clams. The WorldFish Center. ISBN 978-971-8709-70-2.
- Great Britain. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1976). British Solomon Islands Protectorate: Report for the Year. H.M.S.O. for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. ISBN 978-0-11-580182-2.
- Hargis, Robert (21 August 2012). World War II Medal of Honor Recipients (1): Navy & USMC. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-78200-206-2.
- Huisken, Ron; Thatcher, Meredith (2007). History as Policy: Framing the debate on the future of Australia’s defence policy. ANU E Press. ISBN 978-1-921313-56-1.
- Isom, Dallas Woodbury (1 July 2007). Midway Inquest: Why the Japanese Lost the Battle of Midway. Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-34904-0.
- Kiste, Robert C. (1998). He Served: A Biography of Macu Salato. email@example.com. ISBN 978-982-02-0133-0.
- Kupiainen, Jari (2000). Tradition, trade and woodcarving in Solomon Islands. Finnish Anthropological Society. ISBN 978-952-9573-23-3.
- Kortmann, Bernd; Schneider, Edgar W. A handbook of varieties of English, Volume 2. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 978-3-11-017532-5. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- Lemps, Christian Huetz de (1 January 1984). Un jeune État mélanésien: Les Îles Salomon (in French). Presses Univ de Bordeaux. ISBN 978-2-905081-03-2.
- McKinnon, Rowan; Carillet, Jean-Bernard; Starnes, Dean (2008). Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands. Lonely Planet. ISBN 9781741045802.
- McKinnon, Rowan (1 August 2009). South Pacific. Lonely Planet. ISBN 978-1-74104-786-8.
- Office, Great Britain. Foreign and Commonwealth (1976). British Solomon Islands Protectorate: Report for the Year. H.M.S.O. for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. ISBN 978-0-11-580182-2.
- Planet, Lonely (1 October 2010). The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World. Lonely Planet. ISBN 978-1-74179-211-9.
- Room, Adrian (2006). Placenames of the World: Origins and Meanings of the Names for 6,600 Countries, Cities, Territories, Natural Features, and Historic Sites. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-2248-7.
- Sofield, Trevor H. B. (12 June 2003). Empowerment for Sustainable Tourism Development. Emerald Group Publishing. ISBN 978-0-08-043946-4.
- Stanley, David (3 December 2004). Moon Handbooks South Pacific. David Stanley. ISBN 978-1-56691-411-6.
- Stanley, David (2000). Moon Handbooks South Pacific. David Stanley. ISBN 9781566911726.
- Stanley, David (3 December 2004). Moon Handbooks South Pacific. David Stanley. ISBN 978-1-56691-411-6.
- Treadaway, Julian (2007). Dancing, Dying, Crawling, Crying: Stories of Continuity and Change in the Polynesian Community of Tikopia. firstname.lastname@example.org. ISBN 978-982-01-0813-4.
- States, United (2007). Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force on January 1, 2007. Government Printing Office. ISBN 978-0-16-079737-8.
- Williams, Barbara (30 September 2004). World War II Pacific. Twenty-First Century Books. ISBN 978-0-8225-0138-1.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Honiara.|