TARD members hosted to a special dinner to farewell prominent To'abaita leader
Mr Swanson Konofilia is a renowned church leader (now retired) of the South Seas Evangelical Church (SSEC) who hails from the Gwaiau highlands in the interior of North Malaita but was raised on a coastal village in Malu'u. He is married to Grace of Bellonese origin in the Rennel and Bellona Province.
Left: women guests serving their food; Right: the salad with other dishes on the table
Mr Konofilia and Grace recently went to New Zealand for a few weeks of church ministry before flying to Suva to spend a few days with daughters Joyce Konofilia-Maetoloa and Joy Konofilia-Ramosaea who are both active TARD members in Fiji. They will fly to Honiara tomorrow while Joy and her two children have already left in a Solomon Airlines flight yesterday.
Invited guests during the special farewell dinner include TARD members with families; Avaiki student members; the president of the Solomon Islands Student Association at USP, Steven Maesiola; a Solomon staff at the Forum Secretariat, Mr Johnson Honimae with family; Solomon sugarcane era connections in Wailoku; a staff of the Student Academic Centre at USP; other Solomon families and several Indo-Fijian friends.
On Sunday last week, Mr Konofilia and Grace were also invited to a TARD meeting and refreshment to welcome new and continuing members whereby he was offered an opportunity to encourage and bless student participants.