10,800 (1999 SIL), increasing. 1,500 monolinguals.
Isabel province: central Santa Isabel island, on Maringe side, Gnulahaghe village southeast to Kuma’ihaui; Kia district, Hograno coast villages; Gao-Bughotu region, scattered villages.
Maringe (Maringhe), Hograno (Hogirano).
Vigorous. Literature could be used by Blablanga and Gao, Kokota, and Zazao. Kindergartens, religious services, commerce. Positive attitudes. Others recognize it and Bughotu [bgt] as the major languages of the island. Also use Bughotu [bgt]. Used as L2 by Blablanga [blp], Gao [gga], Kokota [kkk], Zabana [kji], Zazao [jaj].
Latin script [Latn].