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Category — Bougainville

Arawa Photos Before the Crisis

Once upon a time, there was thriving coastal town on the east coast of the island of Bougainville.

Arawa, before the crisis, more pics at the end of this post

Known as Arawa, it was built on an old coconut plantation that began along a beautiful sandy stretch of beach known locally as Loloho. The town stretched all the way to the port of Kieta. [Read more →]

August 4, 2011   17 Comments

Little Canoe Girl of Bougainville

Once upon a time, there was this little girl….

I shot this video of a little girl with a canoe in Bougainville, at Pidia village. This village lies below the hills of Kieta-Arawa. This village is where they will shoot the Mr Pip video. I hope this little girl is in it. Enjoy.

April 6, 2011   No Comments

Kongara Manee Resource Centre Video Part 1

This is a video Part 1 of the Manee Resource Center in Bougainville. I visited in November 2010.
High up in the hills of Kongara, overlooking Kieta and Arawa is The Manee Resource Centre, a brilliant project in the middle of the Kongara mountain forests being built for the preservation of certain old traditional knowledge of people in this area. It is entirely self funded. You can read the article here http://www.myamazingparadise.com/?p=328&lang=en-us#more-328
Enjoy the video

April 6, 2011   No Comments

The Giant ‘Avatar’ like Trees of Sohano Island

I was shocked by the size of these huge raintrees on Suhano Island in Buka. These were huge, with massive overhanging branches like something out of a Hollywood movie. No doubt these trees on this historical island must be at leasts 100 yrs old. The giant Suhano Island trees are in the photo below. To give you an idea of the scale of the trees, there is a man, at least 6feet tall standing at the base of the tree on the right.

Giant Suhano Tree with man standing underneath.

Giant Suhano Tree with man standing underneath.

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February 13, 2011   5 Comments

Bougainville: Pidia Kids and Culture Dance Video

The people of Pidia, in Arawa, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea really believe in passing on their culture and knowledge to the younger generation. I shot this video in November, 2010 during a village stay there. Hit the read more button and enjoy the video [Read more →]

February 13, 2011   1 Comment

Arovo Island Video

Arovo Island was a super famous resort before the Bougainville crisis. Now  an old jetty and seawalls are the only reminders that their was a resort here.
But its still beautiful, with white, super sandy beach, jungle, a ton of birds and more. [Read more →]

February 13, 2011   5 Comments

Papua New Guinea Food: Tamatama from Bville (video)

Tamatama is a traditional Bougainvillean food. It is made from pounded sweet Bougainville Taro and sweet cooked Banana, coated with coconut milk/oil.

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February 13, 2011   No Comments

Pidia Village – One Night in a Village in Bougainville

“ When you are travelling in the canoe at night, you have to slap the side of the canoe with the paddle every time you bring it out of the water, so the dugongs know that you are approaching,” the young man explained to me.

Mother & Child at Pidia Village

Mother & Child at Pidia Village

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January 6, 2011   1 Comment

Pisin Island – an island in Bougainville that is still growing

When I was in Bougainville, staying at the Pidia village ( Arawa), I asked my hosts if there was an interesting island nearby.
Pisin Island

Pisin island - to the big blue sea

From what I heard, several islands began to appear around the seas just off the Arawa coastline during the period of the crisis and they were not ‘discovered’ until the period of the ceasefire and peace in the early 2000’s. [Read more →]

January 4, 2011   9 Comments

The Best Coffee Shop Up at Panguna

On my recent visit to Panguna, I was surprised to find a coffee shop with freshly baked scones. [Read more →]

December 19, 2010   1 Comment