Frank Kabui

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Frank Kabui

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6th Governor General of Solomon Islands
In office
7 July 2009 – 7 July 2019
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Derek Sikua
Danny Philip
Gordon Darcy Lilo
Manasseh Sogavare
Rick Houenipwela
Preceded by Nathaniel Waena
Succeeded by David Vunagi
Personal details
Born (1946-04-20) 20 April 1946 (age 73)
Suluagwari, Solomon Islands
Spouse(s) Grace Kabui
Alma mater University of Papua New Guinea

Sir Frank Utu Ofagioro Kabui, GCMG, CSI, OBE (born 20 April 1946) was the Governor General of Solomon Islands from 7 July 2009 to July 7, 2019.

He is also a trained judge, having been his country's first law graduate in 1975, and is a former member of the Solomon Islands Bar Association (SIBA), having twice served as its president.


Legal career

Kabui was born on 20 April 1946.[1][2] He is a former High Court judge and Attorney General.[3] He was twice elected President of the Solomon Islands Bar Association, the second time in 2007 to succeed Ranjit Hewagama.[4] He was the first law graduate from the Solomon Islands, graduating from the University of Papua New Guinea in 1975.[5] Kabui also served as Chairman of the Law Reform Commission.

Political career

2009 nomination

Kabui was nominated by the National Parliament to become Governor General after the fourth round with thirty votes. The Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Edmund Andresen, received eight votes while Kabui's predecessor, Nathaniel Waena, received seven. Three members were not present.[6] The list of candidates also included former Prime Minister and current Speaker of Parliament Peter Kenilorea and five other candidates.[7] Following the completion of this nomination process in Parliament, the formal appointment as Governor-General was then issued by Elizabeth II, Queen of Solomon Islands. Kabui will serve for a five-year term.[8] His election came as the country celebrated thirty-one years of independence.[8]

Kabui attended a ceremony at the Lawson Tama Stadium on 7 July 2009, where several thousand people saw him take his oath.[8] He inspected a guard of honour by the Royal Solomon Islands Police and received the royal salute during a parade.[8]

On 8 July 2009 in Honiara, Kabui presented an award to athlete Jim Marau, who was Solomon Islands first South Pacific Games gold medallist, achieving this feat in 1975.[9] Marau was awarded during the Independence Celebration in Lawson Tama.[9]

On 9 October 2009, Kabui was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George.[10]


  1. ^ "KABUI, Sir Frank (Utu Ofagioro)", Who's Who 2013. UK: A&C Black, 2012.
  2. ^ Mr Frank Kabui is elected new Governor-General designate of Solomon Islands
  3. ^ [1] Solomon Star News Archived February 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Maeava, Rachel (2007-08-25). "Moti Should Step Down: Bar Association". Solomon Times. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
  5. ^ "Kabui says no surprise in winning GG election". Radio New Zealand International. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Frank Kabui is New Governor General" Solomon Times.
  7. ^ [2] One Television. Archived July 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b c d "New Governor General for Solomons". Solomon Times. 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
  9. ^ a b "First gold medalist sprinter awarded". Solomon Star. 2009-07-09. Archived from the original on June 8, 2013. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  10. ^ Honours and Awards, The Gazette, London, 9 October 2009
Government offices
Preceded by
Nathaniel Waena
Governor General of Solomon Islands
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