• belongs to the Admiralties sub-group of the Oceanic family of languages
  • Oceanic is the Eastern branch of Austronesian which includes Formosan languages, the Malay-Indonesian languages, and Malagasy (spoken in Madagascar)
  • Pohowa is spoken in the southern central area of Manus Island, part of Manus Province, Papua New Guinea
  • there are about 1,000 speakers of the language