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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 Kanak Awakening: The Rise of Nationalism in New Caledonia, by David Chappell, is the latest volume (number 27) in the Center for Pacific Islands Studies–University of Hawai'i Press Pacific Islands Monograph Series. Most studies of modern New Caledonia focus on the violent 1980s uprising, but the genesis of that rebellion began with a handful of university students who painted graffiti on public buildings in 1969, and such activists discussed many of the same issues that face the country's leadership today. After examining the background of that movement, this work traces the rise of a nationalist movement that ultimately restored self-government and legalized indigenous aspirations for sovereignty in a local citizenship with its own symbols.
    David Chappell is an associate professor in the UHM Department of History.


  • Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom, by David Akin, is number 26 in the center's Pacific Islands Monograph Series. This book is a political history of the island of Malaita in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate from 1927, when the last violent resistance to colonial rule was crushed, to 1953 and the inauguration of the island's first representative political body, the Malaita Council. At the book's heart is a political movement known as Maasina Rule, which dominated political affairs in the southeastern Solomons for many years after World War II. The movement's ideology, kastom, was grounded in the determination that only Malaitans themselves could properly chart their future through application of Malaitan sensibilities and methods, free from British interference.
    David Akin teaches anthropology at the University of Michigan.


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  • The latest issue of The Contemporary Pacific (26:1, 2014) features the work of artist Visesio Poasi Siasau and includes articles about climate-change migration in the Pacific, the views of contemporary Native Hawaiian and other archaeologists about Hawaiian archaeology; and the effect of genetic labeling of “risk” related to obesity on Polynesian communities. Dialogue essays address Oceanic historicities and Pacific Islander identity in Australia, and a Resources essay deals with efforts and challenges in archiving Pacific websites. Numerous reviews of books and films round on the issue.
  • The latest issue of the center’s newsletter, Pacific News from Mānoa, is online. To be added to the electronic mailing list, please contact the editor, Katherine Higgins, at <khiggins@hawaii.edu>.
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