4,010 (2000 census), increasing.
Milne Bay province: Esa’ala district, Ebadidi, Ni’ubuo, and Salakahadi area inland villages on west Fergusson island; central west coast, Fagululu; central south coast, Molima.
Tola’ai, Ai’alu, Tosila’ai. Tola’ai most prominent; Ai’alu mainly spoken in Fagululu; Tosila’ai is from remote mountains and is shifting to Tola’ai. Lexical similarity: 56% with Dobu [dob].
SOV (shifts to OSV or SVO depending on focus); mostly postpositions.
All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Some also use Dobu [dob], especially men, church and community leaders, traders, and travelers.
Latin script [Latn].
Molima refers to the south coast, but sometimes to the whole area; Ebadidi, Salakahadi, Ni’ubuo and Fagululu refer to local areas. Traditional religion, Christian.