Malaita Province

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Coordinates: 9°00′S 161°00′E / 9.000°S 161.000°E / -9.000; 161.000

Malaita Province
Flag of Malaita Province
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Coordinates: 9°0′S 161°0′E / 9.000°S 161.000°E / -9.000; 161.000
Country  Solomon Islands
Capital Auki
 • Premier Edwin Suibaea (since Jan. 2011)
 • Total 4,225 km2 (1,631 sq mi)
Population (2009 census)
 • Total 137,596
 • Density 33/km2 (84/sq mi)
Time zone +11 (UTC+11)

Malaita Province is one of the largest provinces of the Solomon Islands. It is named after its largest island, Malaita (also known as "Big Malaita" or "Maramapaina"). Other islands include South Malaita Island (also called "Small Malaita" or "Maramasike"), Sikaiana Island, and Ontong Java Atoll. The provincial capital and largest urban center is Auki, located on Big Malaita. The population of the province is 122,620 (1999). The area of the province in 4,225km². This province with Guadalcanal Province started to use Korean hangul in October 2012 for the written form of their tribal language.1


The people of the main island are of Melanesian ethnicity. The outer islands of Ontong Java and Sikaiana are of a Polynesian ethnicity.

The Melanesian population of Malaita has unique cultural traditions in social aspects of life. Bride price is a tradition which is unique to Malaita compared to the other islands of the Solomon Islands. In this practice the groom's parents present customary money of shells and food to the bride's parents.

The violation of cultural taboos and practices as well as causing personal offense is considered a cultural affront. Malaita culture calls for the exchange of valuables to ease and resolve the alienation that may thus arise. This is called fa abua or fa okae (compensation).



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