Makira-Ulawa Province Day

The Solomon Islands have nine provinces, and one of them is the Makira-Ulawa Province. The main portion of this province is Makira Island, an island with a population of approximately 40,000 people, where the capital, Kirakira, is located. Because this island was isolated for long periods, a variety of unique fauna and flora has evolved on it.

This includes unique fig trees, lemurs, and over a dozen bird species that are endemic to the island. The island celebrates August 3rd as its public provincial holiday, which commemorates the establishment of the province’s government. This day is known as Makira-Ulawa Province Day.

Fast Facts About The Makira-Ulawa Province

Below are some facts about this province and the people who live on this island. We hope the following facts illuminate the beauty, splendor, and uniqueness of this island and its people.

  • Five languages are spoken in Makira. These include Arosi, Bauro, Fagani, Kahua, and Owa.
  • Makira has more saltwater crocodiles than any other island in the Solomon Islands.
  • 12 out of the 70 resident bird species in Makira are endemic.
  • Two fig tree species are also endemic to Makira.

Observing Makira-Ulawa Province Day

The province’s Second Appointed Day is celebrated with a variety of events. This includes an official opening ceremony featuring speeches from politicians and civic leaders, and a cultural festival that highlights weaving, music, netball, and other traditional forms of entertainment. Because it’s a public holiday, most businesses and non-essential government offices are closed, and it’s a day off for the general public.

If this holiday falls on a Sunday, then the following Monday is usually observed so that people still get their day off work. It’s also common for 6-Month Pudding to be prepared, a traditional Makira delicacy. Additionally, traditional dances are performed by various organizations throughout the province.

Where is it celebrated?
Solomon Islands (Local holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
August 3 Saturday
Next year (2025)
August 3 Sunday
Last year (2023)
August 3 Thursday