Monday, April 8, 2013


April 2nd we were excited to welcome T.J. and Amanda to Honiara.  T.J. has a degree in history and loves it.  We have been saying for the last 18 months that he would love to see all of the WWII history here in the Solomons. 

T and Mandy coming off the plane in Honiara
We loaded them in the Land Cruiser and began their week long tour
(No, T's not driving)

We drove to Selwyn College and showed them our favorite beach



We found a "token" pig
Old broken dugout canoe
We showed them the oil palm plantations
We made sure they tried the native food
Their first taste of fresh coconut milk from a green coconut
Next day:  The WWII open air museum
Cheryle's favorite Solomon Island plant, the shy bush.
When you touch the leaves of this plant they fold against themselves
as though they are shy.
Cheryle giggled every time she found one.
The bird of paradise flower is one of our favorites

Solomon Island laundromat-washer.....
.....and dryer
We never tire of the beautiful sea
We stopped at the almost completed White River chapel.  we are so excited for this little branch to be blessed with this beautiful building.  They have met in an old dirty school house for 3 years.
T chose to visit us this week because it is Ken's 65th birthday.
The celebration began early and lasted 5 days, wow, lots of cake and ice cream.

The first day was with Elder Bacon and Elder Aching.  Elder Aching was leaving the next day
to return home to Samoa for a hernia operation.

To celebrate Ken's birthday, Cheryle booked a day cruise to a private island

The weather was great-a perfect day
First stop, Tulagi, the Colonial Capitol of the Solomons until WWII
T and Amanda climbing out of a WWII Japanese cave
Cheryle and Ken waited outside the cave

A native family returning to their Island after shopping at Tulagi
They raised a sail to help them home
Back on the boat
We arrive at the private island of Mbike
 Leaving the boat, we walked through the beautiful, warm, clear water to the Island. 

Cruise ship that ran aground in about 2000 after hitting a reef
A beautiful sunset at the end of a once in a lifetime experience
The American WWII Memorial
Iron bottom sound in the background
The Solomon Island flag
Shopping at the main market
Happy 65th Birthday
Monday evening we invited all of the Elders over to celebrate Elder Mitchell's birthday.
rear l to r:  Elder Tuisalega, Elder Potrie, Sister Mitchell, Elder Kingstone, Elder Falevai, Elder Iati.
front l to r:  Elder Sione, Elder Thomas, Elder Mitchell, Elder Bacon, Elder Judge.
Signing the Solomon Island
Missionary sheet
A 65th birthday should be a pretty big deal.  This one definitely was, 5 days of celebration!!!!





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