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Definition of HONIARA
town W Pacific ∗ of Solomon Islands on Guadalcanal Island pop 49,107
Town (pop., 2004 est.: 57,600), capital of Solomon Islands, southwestern Pacific Ocean. Situated at the mouth of the Mataniko River on the north coast of Guadalcanal, Honiara is a port and communications centre which trades chiefly in coconuts, timber, fish, and some gold. It developed during World War II around the site of a U.S. military headquarters and became the capital in 1952.