BY JARED KOLI
The 37th Guadalcanal Second Appointed Day celebration at Marau in East Guadalcanal draw a huge turnout of people around Guadalcanal as well as visitors from Honiara and sister provinces to witness one of the biggest Guadalcanal Day celebrations.
Manikalaku substation where the four-day long event is held attracts around 2000 people coming together to witness and take part in the events.
Guadalcanal Premier Francis Sade said he was happy to see people in the Tasimauri region come out in great numbers to be part of the event.
This is something that most of these people did not have the privilege to witness over the past years, according to GPG.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, his spouse and the National Government delegation also arrived in Marau to honor the celebrations.
Upon his arrival, the Prime Minister paid a visit to the failed Marau mini hospital and met with a team of the province’s health workers as well as greet and chat with the sick.
The prime minister took a walk in the mini hospital and was briefed by the Nurse in charge of the current status and the work that health workers are carrying out at the mini hospital.
He was then shown the area earmarked for the new Guadalcanal township project at Marau by a team from the Guadalcanal Provincial Government.
Guadalcanal Deputy Premier Lazarus Rina said this year’s theme, “Inclusiveness and Sustainability: Harnessing Opportunities through Township, Culture, and Tourism Development” means that no one is left out.
“…but for us to enhance our opportunities on the township we will be having, as well as culture and tourism development,” Mr Rina said.
Prime Minister Sogavare also hosted a dinner at Tavanipupu Private Island Resort.
Black Wine Band, Sharzy and 2-Four-1 bands are also here to spice up the programme with entertainment.