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Te Kauhiva Tokelau: Composing and Choreographing Cultural Sustainability, by Candice Elanna Steiner, moves from Tokelau to the diaspora, the classroom, and then the stage in order to understand the role of Tokelauan pehe ma fātele (songs and dances) in the culture and language efforts of Te Lumanaki o Tokelau i Amelika, a Tokelau culture and language school based in Central O'ahu in Hawai'i. This is CPIS Occasional Paper 45.
Candice Steiner is a PhD student in ethnomusicology at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.


The latest issue of The Contemporary Pacific (27:1, 2015) includes an article about environmental changes in the Pacific and another about the PNG fashion magazine Stella; dialogue pieces on Austronesian youth and language reclamation, representations of Melanesia, and Pacific Islander performances of resilience in the face of climate change; and a resources essay on the use of diacritical marks in Samoan language. The art of Fatu Feu'u is featured. Reviews of issues and events in Micronesia and Polynesia, along with several book and media reviews, round out the issue.

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Remaking Pacific Pasts: History, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Theater from Oceania, by Diana Looser, is the latest volume (number 28) in the Pacific Islands Monograph Series, published by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the University of Hawai'i Press. It offers the first full-length comparative study of drama by Pacific playwrights, with an overview of significant works produced throughout the region over the past fifty years. Detailed case studies focus on how Pacific dramatists, actors, and directors have used theatrical performance to critically engage the Pacific's colonial and postcolonial histories in Hawai'i, Aotearoa/New Zealand, New Caledonia/Kanaky, and Fiji.
Diana Looser is an assistant professor of theater and performance studies at Stanford University.

Baninnur: A Basket of Food is a collection of creative works published by CPIS in conjunction with Blackmail Press in Auckland. Guest edited by recent MA graduate Kathy Jetnil-Kijner and copy edited by CPIS GA Candi Steiner, this project was instigated and coordinated by CPIS Outreach Director Katherine Higgins. The cover art (above) is by Joy Enomoto.

The latest issue of the center’s newsletter, Pacific News from Mānoa, is online. To be added to the electronic mailing list, please contact <>

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