BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
DESIGNING an official logo for the Honiara Youth Council would be Mr Lemuel Steve Rauona’s legacy for young people in Honiara as his contribution for youth development in Solomon Islands.
Mr Lemuel Steve Rauona is from the Central Youth of the South Sea Evangelical Church (CY-SSEC), and the HYC’s executive member are proud of his work in creating a logo for the HYC which will remain a legacy for generations to come.
Last week, HYC and relevant stakeholders in Honiara convened at the OG conference room to officially launch the logo, and the event begins a history for HYC and Mr Rauona – logo designer.
When asked what would be the one thing he will support young people in the community with, Rauona said, it is the logo because embedded is a thousand words which signifies inclusiveness of youths in Honiara.
Rauona is an artist with a background in abstract painting.
Over the years HYC has been in operation as an ad hoc entity which has raised confusion between Honiara City Council and Honiara Youth Council, which are two different bodies.
To clear out the confusion among organisations and youths within Honiara, HYC tasked Rauona to create a logo with instructions from the HYC executive and community youth group.
Due to time limitations, financial reasons and resources, HYC did away with the idea of a competition and had the executive select within its cycle instead.
The logo embodies a light green complexion to represent young people’s energy and amazing potentials for development both in the community and national level.
Inside the logo, reflected is the local and national government colour which symbolises HYC and community youth groups strong partnership towards youth development in the country.
In the centre, there is a HYC designed word flattered with a youth friendly style where the letter Y is drawn depicting a person flying, a reflection of young people.
HYC and young people are satisfied with the logo, and now it can be used in any form of their activities as youth-led organisation in the Honiara City to voice and channel their concerns to the local and national government.
Rauona said, he was humble and proud at the same time to take up the responsibility and used his artistry as his contribution to HYC and youths in Solomon Islands.
He said his drawing inside the logo speaks louder of youth’s inclusiveness toward economic and social development in Honiara or Solomon Islands as a whole.
Rauona adds that he was happy and thanked the HYC executive for the trust given to design the logo although challenging, he is happy that his work was noticed, all the more, involved in something like this.
He grew up to the artist that he is today, with interest in the art he does dating back to his primary school days up to his completion of secondary education at King George Sixth.
His specialty, abstract painting, became a passion and one which sprung strongly from influence of Mr Douglas Rae, who was a well-known artist and graphic designer in the country.
“I am not good at imagination but I’m good in observation,” Rauona said.
Recently, he attended a graffiti workshop facilitated by a renowned artist, Mr Justin also known as “Julla” who is a professional graffiti writer and street artist from Australia.
The workshop was organised by Oxfam Solomon Islands.
That was what made Mr Rauona today, and now he is slowly pushing his way up—dreaming of becoming a renowned artist in the country and region as well someday.