A detailed map of Hiw, showing modern villages (red) and ancient, now uninhabited villages (pink)
|Archipelago||Vanuatu, Torres Islands|
|Area||51 km2 (20 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||366 m (1,201 ft)|
|Highest point||Mount Wonvara|
|Population||269 (as of 2009)|
Hiw is the largest island in the Torres Islands in Torba Province. It is situated east of the Torres Trench, south of Vanikoro in the Solomon Islands. It has an area of 51 km2. The highest point is Mount Wonvara (366 m).
Vewoag Point (locally called Ngrë Twome), the northern cape of Hiw, is the northernmost point of land of Vanuatu. 1,6 km north of Hiw is a submerged coral reef, Ngwey Gakwe (formerly Recif Giraudeau), over which the waves break.
Hiw has a population of about 270 inhabitants.
They are distributed in three villages, all located on the east coast: Yogwye [ˈjɔɰwjə]; Yaqane [jaˈkʷanə]; and the main village Yögevigemëne [ˌjɵɣəˌβiɣəˈmenə], whose name is sometimes shortened to Yugemëne [ˌjʉɣəˈmenə].
The language spoken on the island is also called Hiw.
- 2009 National Census of Population and Housing: Summary Release (PDF). Vanuatu National Statistics Office. 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
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