Hoarafushi (Haa Alif Atoll)

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Hoarafushi
ހޯރަފުށި
Island
Hoarafushi is located in Maldives
Hoarafushi
Hoarafushi
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 6°58′50″N 72°53′45″E / 6.98056°N 72.89583°E / 6.98056; 72.89583Coordinates: 6°58′50″N 72°53′45″E / 6.98056°N 72.89583°E / 6.98056; 72.89583
Country Maldives
Geographic atoll Ihavandhippolhu Atoll
Administrative atoll Haa Alif Atoll
Distance to Malé 317.57 km (197.33 mi)
Government
 • Council Secretariat of the Hoarafushi Council
Dimensions
 • Length 1.75 km (1.09 mi)
 • Width 0.45 km (0.28 mi)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 1,826 (including foreigners)
Time zone UTC+05:00 (MST)
Area code(s) 650, 20

Hoarafushi (Dhivehi: ހޯރަފުށި) is an inhabited island of Haa Alif Atoll, Maldives and is geographically part of the northern-most atoll in the country, Ihavandhippolhu Atoll. It is an island-level administrative constituency governed by the Hoarafushi Island Council.

History[edit]

The people who live in Hoarafushi claim to have originated from Gudhanfushi, a vanished island adjacent to Huvahandhoo. The population moved to Huvuhandhoo as Gudhanfushi eroded away before moving onto Hoarafushi. The new settlers also called the island 'Huvarafushi'.

Etymology[edit]

The island is named after the great frigatebird, known as the 'hoara' in Dhivehi, which used to be seen there.

Geography[edit]

The island is 317.57 km (197 mi; 171 nmi) north of the country's capital, Malé.[2]

Demography[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
2006 2,204—    
2014 1,728−21.6%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]

Services[edit]

Healthcare[edit]

Currently the island has a government established Health Center from where the people of the island can get basic health facilities 24/7.

Education[edit]

The Hoarafushi island has 3 well known educational institutions.

  1. H.a Atoll School (ހ.އ އަތޮޅު މަދަރުސާ), a government manipulated educational institution. (LKG to Grade 12)
  2. Adam Saleem Hadhaanee Pre-school (އާދަމް ސަލީމް ހަދާނީ ޕްރީ ސްކޫލް), Private. (Kindergarten)
  3. Thauleemul Bayaah (ތައުލީމުލް ބަޔާން), a private educational institution mainly focused on Qur'an Studies.

Police and security[edit]

A police station was established by the government to ensure the safeguard of the people living in the island.

Notable people[edit]

  • It is believed that Huyy Ali Didi, the first poet of the Maldives is buried at the Kuda mosque on this island.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 33. Retrieved 9 August 2018. 
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Boulter.com. Retrieved 9 August 2018. 
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 9 August 2018. 

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