Holhudhoo (Noonu Atoll)
|Geographic atoll||Miladhummadulhu Atoll|
|Administrative atoll||Southern Miladhunmadulu|
|Distance to Malé||176.57 km (109.72 mi)|
|• Length||0.630 km (0.391 mi)|
|• Width||0.380 km (0.236 mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+05:00)|
Holhudhoo (Dhivehi: ހޮޅުދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Noonu Atoll. The island is second most populous island in the atoll with 2038. The Name Holhudhoo means Little island (Holhu, Hulhu means little and Dhoo mean island.) as opposed to Meedhoo or maadhoo meaning large island.
The island's current population has been pretty recent, with estimated immigration of nearby islanders from 17th to 19th century. But a cemetery was discovered in the middle of the island, which proves that an older population has been living or has lived and abandoned the island before the current inhabitants.
In the Maldivian history, mention of Holhudhoo has been scarce. One notable case was of Holhudhoo Nevin, whose family played a large part in the Maldives history in 19th and early 20th century.
Holhudhoo population is a mix of people from all over Maldives. The total population of the island is 2038.
Resident Population (Census 2006)1,527 (The remaining Population works in resorts and resides in capital Male' for education and jobs)
Male 680 Female 847 Age structure 0-18 722 19-25 174 26-64 503 65+128 Annual Growth Rate- 0.38 Sex Ratio 80.28
The island boasts one of the oldest schools in Maldives. Meynaa School was found in 1947 by Ibrahim Meynaa Kaleyfaanu. The school currently teaches up to 12th standard. in addition Holhudhoo Pre School provide education for small children. The islands Literacy Rate is 96.73.
The island is administered by 5 elected councillors who are elected for a term of 3 years. The current members were elected from the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Maldives Development Aliance (MDA) and Pregressie Party of Maldives (PPM).
Holhudhoo shares a parliamentary district with Miladhoo and Magoodhoo called Holhudhoo Dhaairaa. The current member of parliament is Ali Mohamed (Alibe) elected as a member of MDP, but later Joined PPM.
Holhudhoo has health center, which can cater for minor diseases and public health. but for major health problems the people usually take a boat ride to Manadhoo Atoll Health center, Ugoofaaru Regional Hospital or Male'.
Holhudhoo's economy has been fishing and agriculture based till the early 1990s. The island current economy is supported by people working in the resorts and construction industry.
In the island jobs are Mainly provided by Meynaa School, Island Council, Health center and utilities.
In addition shops and restaurants also provide jobs.
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