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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.

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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 Contemporary Pacific (26:2, 2014) is a special issue, Global Sport in the Pacific, guest-edited by Fa'anofo Lisaclaire (Lisa) Uperesa and Tom Mountjoy. In addition to an introduction, seven articles, and an epilogue, it includes an essay on resources for researching the topic. The photography of artist Greg Semu is featured. Reviews of issues and events in Melanesia and the region as a whole, along with numerous book and media reviews, round out 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 <>

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