In the early 20th century several British and Australian firms began large-scale coconut planting.Economic growth was slow, however, and the islanders benefited little.With the outbreak of the Second World War most planters and traders were evacuated to Australia and most cultivation ceased.
• Solomon Islands Confirms Public Holiday July 7 (Solomon Times-Honiara) The Solomon Islands Minister for Home Affairs has announced that the Cabinet of the Solomon Islands had confirmed Thursday, July 7, 2016, as the date of the 2016 annual non-working public holiday in the Solomon Islands commemorating the Solomon Island's Independence Day.The first European to visit the islands was the Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira, coming from Peru in 1568.The people of Solomon Islands were notorious for headhunting and cannibalism before the arrival of the Europeans.• Solomon Islands 2014 Public Holiday Corrected (Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation-SIBC) The Director of Civil Affairs Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs of the government of the Solomon Islands, Robert Farodo, has announced a corrected date for the upcoming Whitmonday annual non-working public holiday in the Solomon Islands. In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities.
• Solomon Islands Public Holiday July 8 (The Solomon Star-Honiara) The government of the Solomon Islands has announced that it had declared tomorrow, Monday, July 8, 2013, as another additional non-working public holiday in the Solomon Islands, on account of this year's 35th Independence Day public holiday. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2017 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Solomon Islands, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above.Traditional trade and social intercourse between the western Solomon Islands of Mono and Alu (the Shortlands) and the traditional societies in the south of Bougainville, however, continued without hindrance.