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Category — Panguna

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

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

Jared’s Unique ‘Custom’ Store at Panguna

Jared is a shy Panguna man with an eternally, youthful smile. He doesn’t say much when you talk to him, just a few words and then the smile!

Smiling Jared

Smiling Jared showing some sweet potato baskets

But this simple man runs one of the most unique trade stores in all of PNG. [Read more →]

December 13, 2010   4 Comments

The Panguna Mine Experience…part 2

(Continued from previous post, the Panguna Mine Experience Part1)

Panguna Mine

Young Nelson & Bosco looking over Panguna Mine. More pics at the end of this post.

Before the crisis, the Panguna town supported 3,500 people, married and single that worked at the mine.

Facilities included supermarkets, post office, banks, schools, medical center, chemist, schools, cinemas, gymnasium and sports equipments, taverns and more.

Staff was housed in either the married quarters or the single quarters depending on their status. [Read more →]

December 5, 2010   15 Comments


At the end of November 2010, I was waiting for a PMV at Arawa to head up to Panguna.

Steps Up to Old Residence at Panguna

Steps Up to Old Residence at Panguna. More picture at bottom of the post.

I was a bit worried about getting past the much talked about No Go Zone at the Morgan Junction a few kilometers outside of Arawa town. [Read more →]

December 5, 2010   13 Comments