Savunese residing outside of the
Savu Islands update friends and relatives on the
islands and elsewhere by radiogramming their
news. The radiogram is an important part of
Savunese tradition, keeping friends and relatives
up-to-date on family matters. It is an expeditious option
to relay information, when there is no telephone
or internet service available.
Savunese radiogram messages typically concern
life's major events, such as the birth of a child
or the passing of a loved one (the so-called
family's message - a grief message). Radiograms
are also used to alert family when someone is
returning home, so they can be collected at the
harbour. Listeners are usually asked to pass the
message on. Such messages also inform people when
they can board a ferry, since schedules are not
The notice board serves the same function as the
radiogram by passing on family messages. Any
Savunese (or anyone related in some way to
Savunese) wishing to post a message on the notice
board can submit their message via the form
below. The sender needs to include their name and
address and the name and address of the people to
whom the message is addressed. See below for
examples of radiogram-style messages.
Too avoid misuse, anyone posting a message must
provide their contact details, which will not be
released or used for any purpose other than
verification. However, we cannot take
responsibility for any inaccuracies or false
information contained in any messages appearing
on the notice board. Messages may be edited for
clarity and are published in good faith.
a) Grief message:
The parties concerned: A Grief message from Ama
Kale Muhu and family (or from the big family of
Muhu in Califonia, USA) is addressed to the big
family of Muhu, Kale, Radja, Dj'ara, Rohi in
Illinois-USA, Savu, Rai Djua, Koepang, Java,
Maumere-Indonesia and Sydney-Australia, as well
as friends and relatives, wherever they may be.
Message content: Please be informed that our
brother, son, grandson/great grandson B'ole Kale,
son of Ama Kale Muhu and Ina Kale Muhu in
California passed away on January 1st, 2010. The
funeral will be held on January 5th, 2010. To
anyone who happens to read this message and has
knowledge of the families mentioned above, please
forward this message. Your kindness is
b) Travel plans:
The parties concerned: A radiogram from Ama Kale
Muhu in California-USA addressed to Ina Kale Muhu
and all relatives in Lede Unu-Rai Djua.
Message content: I will be leaving from the USA
on the 5th of March 2015 along with other family
members, bringing the hair (reu ketu) of our son
B'ole Kale who passed away in year 2010. We will
be arriving on Rai Hawu ferry to Savu (the main
land), on the 2nd of April 2015 at 10.00am.
Please fetch us from Biu Harbour in Eastern Savu.
To anyone who reads this message, please pass it
on to the relevant people, mentioned above. Your
kindness is highly appreciated.
Source: Postcard of the Savu Islands, Volume II
© 2006 Ina Tali/Francesca Von Reinhaart