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The building of Buakonikai village from initial breaking of mount Ioretan till the completion of the church building was done with man power, no machines were used.

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Comment by Takaniko Kaitetara Ruabete on June 3, 2010 at 1:00pm
Mauri Stacey,
Again, apologies for taking too long on the history of Buakonikai church. Last night I contacted Rev. Allan Hedstrom to seek his permission to use materials from his writeup on Buakonikai Church titled "Faith Community, Betereem Ae Boou Methodist Church, 1995". Good news, we could use all if it will benefit the church and our Buakonikai community. I was actually assisting him all the way when he did his writeup so I was fortunate to have a copy with me. Most of the information we need is therefore already on hand. There are few more major highlights that we need to polish up before we pass them over to you for proper editing and page publishing on the net. Permission for this have also been given by the Buakonikai Repair Committee and the church by letter. Hopefully we are not putting too much burden on you amidst your many tasks for our poor Banaban people. On behalf of the community of Buakonikai village I extend to you in advance our many thanks for your kind and untiring assistance for this humble cause - the strengthenning of our faith on the God that our elders put their total trust on since He first appeared to them in 1885.
God bless.
Taka.
Comment by Takaniko Kaitetara Ruabete on May 31, 2010 at 11:34am
Mauri Stacey and forgive us for moving sluggishly on this. A lot had been documented by Rev Alan Hedstrom and we still have to get his permission to use his text. There are also many more that hasn't been documented before and we need to make sure they are authentic records. One that need no authentication which most of us Buakonikaians (age 45yrs upwards) know quite well is the very beginning of the digging where each family of Buakonikai stood around the foot of the hill in respective families (parents and children) and after the pronounciation of the beginning of the "breaking" of Mt Ioretan the families started the digging for the building of the church which lasted 40yrs.
Comment by Bua Bentitai Temo on May 31, 2010 at 11:04am
Mauri Takaniko,
Bon akea tamnein Tibuu ae Eritai irouia maneu ma tariu aikai...bwa are ea bon tia ni mate imwain nakomain tamau ae Bentitai nakomai Rabi..tao tia bon mamataku naba n am tamnei..
Ena tekeraoi temakuri ao tia boo moa..
Comment by Stacey King on May 31, 2010 at 10:57am
Mauri all the Buakonikai mob... how are we going with the History of the Buakonikai Church? Maybe some of the younger generation could start on this project and get advice from their elders on it. I can help with the English editing... ha ha if you need it. Really looking forward to putting the story behind these wonderful and very important historic photos.
Regards Stacey
Comment by Takaniko Kaitetara Ruabete on May 31, 2010 at 10:44am
True...siblings of the same biological parents share some similarities. I'm sure you should be able to find a photo of your greatgrandpa tugged out somewhere with your older bros and close relatives. The old people have a habit of keeping photos in their Bibles...it's their album and you will be suprise to find many old photos tugged away in them.
Comment by Bua Bentitai Temo on May 27, 2010 at 7:41pm
Mauri Takaniko,

Ko tekeraoi bwa iai am tamnei ni kanuringa..ao e raba te tangira ba ngaia tia nora tamnein tibum ae Ruabete...tao ai bon ti tebo teiteina ma tibu are Eritai, ke kanga?
Comment by Takaniko Kaitetara Ruabete on May 27, 2010 at 10:06am
The man with the hat, sulu and no shirt is me granpa, Rev. Ruabete. I forgot the name of the old man with white shirt. He used to live in Buakonikai when we were young. At the time of the photograph Itiramatang would look very youthfull. Nei Temwemweiti is the 3rd one behind this man, holding the jute bag. Rest unknown but will be identified in time.
Comment by rusira on May 26, 2010 at 9:32pm
Taka, antai tamneia aikai?....titebo ma Tiramatang, the man wearing a shirt.

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