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

Sir Frank Kabui

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6th Governor General of Solomon Islands
In office
7 July 2009 – 7 July 2019
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterDerek Sikua
Danny Philip
Gordon Darcy Lilo
Manasseh Sogavare
Rick Houenipwela
Preceded byNathaniel Waena
Succeeded byDavid Vunagi
Personal details
Born (1946-04-20) 20 April 1946 (age 73)
Suluagwari, Solomon Islands
Spouse(s)Grace Kabui
Alma materUniversity of Papua New Guinea

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 careerEdit

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] Whereas David Campbell was the Solomon Islands' first local lawyer, Kabui was the country's first law graduate upon completing his studies at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1975.[5][6][7] Kabui also served as Chairman of the Law Reform Commission.

Political careerEdit

2009 nominationEdit

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.[8] The list of candidates also included former Prime Minister and current Speaker of Parliament Peter Kenilorea and five other candidates.[9] 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.[10] His election came as the country celebrated thirty-one years of independence.[10]

Kabui attended a ceremony at the Lawson Tama Stadium on 7 July 2009, where several thousand people saw him take his oath.[10] He inspected a guard of honour by the Royal Solomon Islands Police and received the royal salute during a parade.[10]

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.[11] Marau was awarded during the Independence Celebration in Lawson Tama.[11]

On 9 October 2009, Kabui was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George.[12]


  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. ^ "Sir Albert praises lawyers' calibre". The National. 2016-09-15. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  7. ^ "Solomon Islands GG praise contributions of Makira/Ulawa Province to national development". May 5, 2011. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  8. ^ "Frank Kabui is New Governor General" Solomon Times.
  9. ^ [2] One Television. Archived July 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ a b c d "New Governor General for Solomons". Solomon Times. 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
  11. ^ a b "First gold medalist sprinter awarded". Solomon Star. 2009-07-09. Archived from the original on June 8, 2013. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  12. ^ Honours and Awards, The Gazette, London, 9 October 2009
Government offices
Preceded by
Nathaniel Waena
Governor General of Solomon Islands
Succeeded by
David Vunagi