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 that has a population of approximately 40,000 people and where the capital of Kirakira is located. Because this island was isolated for long periods of time, 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. This island celebrates August 3rd as its public provincial holiday that 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 70 of Makira’s resident bird species are endemic.
  • Two fig trees are also endemic to Makira.

Observing Makira-Ulawa Province Day

This Province’s Second Appointed Day is celebrated with a variety of different events. This includes an official opening ceremony that features speeches from politicians and civic leaders, to a cultural festival that shines the spotlight on 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 celebrated so that people still get their day off of work. It’s also common for 6-Month Pudding to be prepared, a traditional Makira delicacy. There are also traditional dances performed by various organizations throughout the province.

Where is it celebrated?
Solomon Islands (Local holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
August 3 Thursday
Next year (2024)
August 3 Saturday
Last year (2022)
August 3 Wednesday