Choiseul (Lauru) is a large island in the western Solomons. Varisi is one of the (according to Ethnologue) four languages spoken here. Scheffler's ethnography of Choiseul Island 'pertains only to the Varisi area', but given the cultural uniformity of Choiseul, 'it is probably valid in general terms for the island as a whole' (Scheffler, 1965, p. v)