Hoava is member of the Northwest Solomonic branch of the Oceanic group of Malayo-Polynesian languages. It is spoken by about 460 people mainly on New Georgia island and in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands, and also in Marovo Lagoon in the same province.

Hoava is considered a dialect of Hoava-Kusaghe. Many Hoava speakers also speak English, Roviana, Marovo and Solomon Islands Pijin. Hoava is written with the Latin alphabet.

Hoava alphabet and pronunciation

Hoava alphabet and pronunciation

The /ŋ/ sound is also written ṉ.

Download an alphabet chart for Hoava (Excel)

Corrections by Frank Kulak

Sample text

Taloa ria maqoru pa Ramata ra, maqoru tadi hinaquru, karua, la pa Podokana, taloa pita-e na neba, ṉari.


The war canoes left Ramata, war canoes of girls, two of them, went to Podokana to look for cut nuts, ngali nuts.

Sample text provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample video in Hoava

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Information about Hoava

Oceanic languages

Adzera, Ahamb, Äiwoo, Aneityum, Apma, Araki, Are, ꞌAreꞌare, Arosi, ’Auhelawa, Avava, Babatana, Bola, Big Numbas, Buhutu, Bwaidoka, Caac, Cheke Holo, Dorig, Gela, Ghari, Hiri Motu, Hiw, Hoava, Kahua, Kakabai, Kaninuwa, Kokota, Kove, Kurti, Kwaio, Kwara’ae, Lau, Lehali, Lenakel, Lewo, Lote, Lo-Toga, Löyöp, Marovo, Maskelynes, Mato, Mavea, Mono-Alu, Motu, Mussau-Emira, Mwotlap, Nafsan, Nahavaq, Namakura, Nduke, Neve‘ei, Neverver, Ninde, North Efate, Nume, Paamese, Raga, Rotuman, Roviana, Sa, Sakao, Saliba, Siar, Sio, Ske, Tamambo, Tami, Tigak, Tirax, Tolai, Touo, Ubir, Ughele, Vitu, Vurës, Western Fijian, Yabem, Yapese

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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