Honiara became the nation’s capital after World War II with the construction of roads, wharves, storage sheds and most predominately, the Henderson airfield which is still used as the countries only international airport. Since taking over from Tulagi as the capital, Honiara continues to be administered independently at the various levels of government. Though Honiara has many unique characteristics and places to explore, a visit to Solomon Islands would be incomplete if you only spent your entire visit here.

MONEY EXCHANGE
Money can be exchanged at either the Honiara International Airport, or in town at any of the major banks. There is also access to ATM facilities in Honiara.
The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) also houses a series of displays depicting some of the traditional shell money as well as currencies from various other countries. It’s worth a look and open during standard business hours.

POST OFFICE
The central post office is located on the main road and stocks all the usual supplies. General postage, both locally and overseas, is reasonably priced and efficient. They also have a Western Union and internet café.

STREET PARADES
These are popular around town and regularly hold up traffic along the main roads. Whole days are dedicated to celebrate or promote various events such as Malaria awareness, cultural festivals and sporting accomplishments. The lively ensemble of floats and pedestrians wind their way through town in a boisterous cavalcade often including panpipes, traditional dancers and the occasional appearance of the official police band in full swing.

NATIONAL MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTRE
The Museum offers visitors a glimpse of island traditions with various exhibitions of weaponry, body ornaments, sculpture, painting and cultural dance. The Cultural Centre, located behind the Museum, displays a variety of traditional houses originating from the different provinces that make up Solomon Islands. There is a small souvenir shop just inside the main entrance that offers a unique variety of gifts. Admission is free with a donation box near the entrance.

PARLIAMENT HOUSE
The Parliament building was commissioned in 1994 as a gift from the United States of America for the 50 year anniversary of the events of World War II. The outside of the building is less appealing than the interior, which has been well crafted and smartly designed in a circular structure. The chamber lies in the centre of the building and intricate designs decorate the high ceiling. Above the ministerial seats is a gallery that is open to the public. Visitors are welcome and guided tours are available.


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