Center for Pacific Islands Studies Newsletter

No. 2 April-June 2004



Moving Islands—2004 Fall Writers' Festival at UH Mānoa

Culture Moves!—Center's Conference in 2005

Tongan to be Taught at UHM

News in Brief

Sima Urale to Be Writer-in-Residence

Enhancing Care for Marshallese Patients

Pan-Pacific Club Active on Campus

Jobwa Dance Performed in Honolulu

Interdisciplinary Pacific Studies, UCSC

Heyum Scholarship Awarded

Visitors to the Center

Occasional Seminars and Presentations

The Contemporary Pacific: Special Offer

Moving Images Database Updated

Faculty Activities

Student and Alumni Activities

Publications and Moving Images


Bulletin Board


MOVING ISLANDS—2004 Fall Writers’ Festival at UH Mānoa

“Moving Islands: Fall Writers’ Festival,” celebrating authors of Oceania and the Caribbean, will be held 8, 9, 10, and 12 November 2004 on the UH Mnoa campus. The Center for Pacific Islands Studies is one of the sponsors of the festival, which is a collaboration of the UH Department of English and the EWC’s UHM Islands of Globalization project. The all-star lineup of speakers includes Michelle Clift, Nalo Hopkinson, Witi Ihimaera, George Lamming, Jully Makini, Rodney Morales, Noenoe Silva, and Albert Wendt.

In panel discussions and readings, participants will explore the cultural, social, geographical, and political influences on their writing. Witi Ihimaera, author of The Whale Rider and numerous other stories and novels that draw on his Māori heritage, is taking part in the festival as part of his UH Distinguished Lecture Series residency during the week’s events. A festival website is forthcoming. All festival events, and Witi Ihimaera’s presentations, are open to the public at no charge. For more information, see the festival website at


The 2005 Center for Pacific Islands Studies conference, “Culture Moves! Dance in Oceania from Hiva to Hip Hop,” will be held 9–12 November at the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. It will be cosponsored and organized by Pacific Studies at Victoria University of Wellington in conjunction with the museum. The gathering will encompass traditional, contemporary, and hip-hop dance and include three nights and one day of performances by professional, high school, and community groups, as well as individuals. During the day there will be discussion sessions on the history, choreography, music, contexts, politics, and documenting of dance in Oceania, as well as performance workshops. The Pacific collection at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa will host a costume exhibition.

For general enquiries, please contact Katerina Teaiwa at or April Henderson at For enquiries on documenting the dance and the associated exhibition, contact Sean Mallon at News on the conference is posted on the center’s website,

Tongan to be taught at UHM

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures is pleased to announce the introduction of a class in elementary Tongan language beginning in August 2004. With the addition of Tongan, there are now five Polynesian languages (Hawaiian, Tahitian, Māori, and Samoan, in addition to Tongan) being offered at UH Mānoa. The Center for Pacific Islands Studies has provided support for Mori, Tahitian, and Samoan and was instrumental in making the offering of Tongan possible.

The days and times for the Tongan class have not been set. For more information, contact Naomi Losch, Chair of the Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, at (telephone: 808-956-7371), or contact the department secretary at 808-956-8672.


Scholarship Fund at UH Hilo for Hawai‘i and Pacific Island High School Graduates

Research scientist Alec D Keith and his wife, Kay, have donated $2.4 million to establish a scholarship fund at the University of Hawai‘–Hilo for graduates of Hawai‘i and Pacific Island high schools. The DxRx VIVA Inc Endowed Scholarship Fund, which is named after a nonprofit company recently founded by Keith and a partner, is designed to provide educational opportunities for Hawai‘i and Pacific Island students who show academic promise, but have difficulty paying for college. Keith serves on the UH Hilo Advisory Board and is an affiliate faculty member of the university’s Chemistry Department. The awards will be administered by the UH Hilo Financial Aid Office as part of the financial aid application process. Each applicant automatically becomes a candidate when he or she applies for financial aid, subject to the eligibility requirements.

Whetu Moana a Finalist for Book Award

The University of Hawai‘i Press co-edition of Whetu Moana: Contemporary Polynesian Poetry in English, edited by Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri, and Robert Sullivan, is one of the finalist titles for the 2004 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Robert Sullivan is an assistant professor of English at UH
Mnoa. Both Albert Wendt and Reina Whaitiri will begin teaching at UH Mānoa in August of 2004, when Wendt takes up his tenure as Citizens’ Chair of English.

Books in Hawaiian Now Online

It is now possible, through the website Ulukau, to access downloadable pdf-format books, in English and Hawaiian, on Hawaiian topics. The Bible, two Hawaiian-English dictionaries, a journal of archival Hawaiian texts, and a collection of Hawaiian-language newspapers are available, as well as a growing number of books, many published by Kamehameha Schools Press. The site is well on its way to becoming a true digital library. The Hawaiian language site is; the English language site is


Writer and film director Sima Urale is the first selectee for the Fulbright–Creative New Zealand Pacific Writers’ Residency at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Urale, the writer and director for several award-winning films, including O Tamaiti and Velvet Dreams, will be with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies from 9 August to 9 November 2004. Her writing project during the residency is to develop her full-length feature script, Moana, which explores the traditional stories of Polynesian myths and legends.

Urale is a graduate of the New Zealand Drama School Toi Whakaari, in Wellington, and the Film and Television School of the Victorian College of the Arts, in Melbourne, Australia. As part of her residency, she will visit classes and give at least one public presentation. She hopes to meet with Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders while she is in Honolulu, and to make use of the resources of the Pacific Collection at UH Mānoa’s Hamilton Library.

Urale’s residency at the university coincides with the expected formal launching this fall of the Academy for Creative Media at UH Mānoa. The program, which held its first classes in the spring of this year, expects to see its first BA degrees awarded in 2008.


Health-care workers in clinics, hospitals, and other community health organizations will have an opportunity to learn more about the social, cultural, and political background of Marshallese migrants in Hawai‘i at a workshop cosponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and Small Island Networks on 28 July 2004. Speakers at the workshop, “Understanding Marshallese Patients: Cooperating Across Cultures,” will review the impact of the Compact of Free Association and explore culturally patterned behaviors and beliefs that influence interactions with Americans and American social, educational, and health programs. Marshallese are the fastest growing Pacific Islander group in Hawai‘i.

The workshop presenters are Willa Ysawa Aaron (a Marshallese RN), Dr Wilfred Alik (a Marshallese MD), julie walsh (cofounder of Small Island Networks, a nonprofit organization working with families and providers in the areas of health and education), and Dr Neal Palafox (Chair of the Department of Family Practice and Community Health at the John A Burns School of Medicine, who has worked with Marshallese and other Pacific Islanders for over 20 years).

The workshop for health-care workers in July is part of a larger center outreach project to provide background information on the Marshall Islands and Marshallese in Hawai‘i to community members who work closely with people from the islands. Anthro-pologist julie walsh and Honolulu Theatre for Youth education director Daniel A Kelin II are working with the center on a teachers’ guide containing background information and classroom exercises that use Marshallese stories and folktales to teach about Marshallese culture, society, and environment.

As part of this project, twenty-five teachers from across the state took part in a two-day center-sponsored workshop in April that introduced teachers to the Marshall Islands and to some strategies designed to enhance school–family communication, encourage immigrant student classroom participation, and actively engage non-Marshallese students in learning about the islands. Kroeker and Kelin led the workshop, with the help of Hilda Heine, currently a scholar-in-residence at Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, and Jocelyn Howard, a member of the Chuukese community working to bridge the gap between Chuukese families and local schools. While the immediate goal was to give teachers some concrete strategies and skills for working hand-in-hand with families, the long-term goal is to help teachers see schools and education-related activities through Micronesian eyes, as a first step to creating understanding on both sides of the divide.


On the UH Mnoa campus, students from the Pacific and students with Pacific interests know they can find like-minded colleagues to have serious and not-so-serious discussions with, inside the circle of the Pan-Pacific Club (PPC). A fixture on campus for a number of years, the club’s mission is to

·       promote awareness and understanding of Pacific Island cultures, histories, and contemporary issues at the university and the East-West Center

·       provide an open-minded, caring, educational, and relaxed environment for Pacific Islanders and those interested in the Pacific region

·       extend the Pacific boundaries academically and socially, collaborating with academic and other resource units on campus

·       develop a “pan-Pacific” environment based on mutual respect for cultural diversity and a commitment to nurture a shared identity grounded in the common experiences of community members.

To this end, the club hosts academic, community education, and social gatherings. It is a major presence at the annual EWC East-West Fest, but the club members have also been known to put on their own exhibition of dances, crafts, food, and kava as their gift to the larger community.

Club members in 2003 elected an all-women slate of officers: president Hinanui Cauchois, vice-president Lani Kinikini, and treasurer Kym Miller-Kanono. Reflecting their interests in the academic and the social, the club’s active calendar included film showings, speaker nights (on topics such as archaeology in the Pacific, the situation in East Timor, and domestic violence against women in Tahiti), potlucks, and camping at Waimānalo. In addition, club members publicize and support each other’s presentations in events such as the Cultural Studies Capstone Forum. With the help of club member Robertson Szetu, the PPC also has an active web presence at, with a discussion forum, photo gallery, and listserv.

The club gets some funding from the EWC Pacific Islands Development Program, but members also pay membership dues and make and sell crafts at the annual EWC Christmas Craft Fair to raise money for club events. Academic year 2004–2005 is poised to begin, with a club structure in place and the door open to new members. Anyone interested in joining the club or collaborating on Pacific-related events can contact current president Cauchois at


The Marshall Islands secret Jobwa dance was performed in Honolulu to a full house at Kawananakoa School auditorium on 11 May. The dance can only be performed for and with the permission of the Iroij Laplap (High Chief) and in the presence of Iroij (a chief), and in the past 300 years it has been performed twice outside the Marshall Islands. Iroij Laplap Imata Kabua gave permission for the Jobwa to be performed for his brother Iroij Michael Kabua, who accompanied the group from the Marshalls. The group, which performed in Hawai‘i en route to California, was organized as a fundraiser to help send the Jobwa dancers to Palau for the Festival of Pacific Arts in July. The dancers also performed for free in Waikk.

The Jobwa is only performed by selected families from Ujae and is passed from one generation to another. Among the performers, aged 15 to 17, were 16 men who performed the stick dance, 4 chanters, and 2 drummers. Traditionally only women played the agge (drum), as drumming was used to send the men off to war. The 30-minute dance is many stories woven into one. It depicts, among other things, the launching of a canoe, fishing, the completion of a house, and ceremonies before and after a war.

The legend of the Jobwa describes the origin of the dance in the dreams of a man from Ujae, Lorenwaa, who slept for many months with no food or water. Lorenwaa dreamed about invisible people (the Noneip) dancing with sticks, who were led by a very handsome man, Dri Ikjet. The Noneip became jealous and eventually killed Dri Ikjet.


The Center for Pacific Islands Studies joined with the Pacific Islands Research Cluster at the University of California–Santa Cruz to cosponsor the conference, Approaches to an Interdisciplinary Pacific Studies, 21–22 May 2004 at the Oakes Learning Center on the Santa Cruz campus. The conference addressed interdisciplinary approaches to Pacific studies through the work of emerging young scholars currently located in various graduate programs in Hawai‘i and on the North American continent. Participants presented their works-in-progress, connecting these individual research projects to key theoretical and methodological questions surrounding the practice of Pacific studies. A conference organizers’ report will appear in the next issue of Pacific News from Mnoa.

Presenters included Reit Delsing, Noelani Goodyear-Kaopua, Nicole Adapon Santos, and Heather Waldroup of UC Santa Cruz, Hokulani Aikau of the University of Minnesota, Christine Taitano DeLisle of the University of Michigan, Pualeilani Fernandez of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Catarina Krizancic of the University of Chicago, and Alice Te Punga Somerville from Cornell University. Ping-Ann Addo, Kim Christen, James Clifford, Vicente Diaz, Elizabeth DeLoughrey, David Welchman Gegeo, Adria Imada, Pamela Kido, and Rob Wilson offered responses to the presentations.

The conference received assistance from UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Cultural Study, Department of Anthropology, Department of the History of Art and the Visual Arts, History of Consciousness program, Women's Studies program, and Graduate Student Association. Nicole Santos and Noelani Goodyear-Kaopua were the conveners. David Hanlon, Katerina Teaiwa, and Terence Wesley-Smith represented the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and served as respondents and discussion leaders.


Shaun Suliol, who was born in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia, is the 2004–2005 Heyum Endowment Fund Scholarship awardee. Suliol is a student at Kapi‘olani Community College, where he is enrolled in the eBusiness program and a member of its inaugural class. His interest in the eBusiness program was stimulated by the announcement of an undersea fiber optic cable that is to pass through Micronesia. He hopes to use his expertise to enhance Micronesia’s online presence and economic opportunities.

The Heyum Endowment Scholarship was established by the late Ren(c)e Heyum, former curator of the Pacific Collection, UH Hamilton Library, to help Pacific Islanders receive education and training in Hawai‘i. A competition is held annually, with applications due in mid-May. For more information, see the center’s website at

Trustees of the endowment welcome contributions to honor the memory of Ms Heyum and further her initiative. Donations may be sent to the UH Foundation/Heyum Endowment, University of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, HI 96822.


Among the visitors to the center during the period April through June 2004 were

·       John Connell, Department of Geography, University of Sydney

·       Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Department of English, Cornell University

·       Greg Dening, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University

·       Sia Figiel, author, American Sāmoa

·       Galumalemana Alfred Hunkin, Director, Samoan Studies Program, Victoria University of Wellington

·       Brij Lal, Head, Division of Pacific and Asian History, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University

·       Françoise Douaire-Marsaudon, Senior Researcher, Centre de Recherche et de Documentation Sur l’Oc(c)anie

·       Donna Merwick, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University

·       Joakim Peter, Director, College of Micronesia, Chuuk Campus

·       Pulefaasisina P Tuiasosopo, Director, Samoan and Pacific Studies Program, American Sāmoa Community College

·       Merieni Tupuimatagi, Wellington, New Zealand

·       Paul van der Grijp, Department of Ethnology, Universit(c) de Provence


Kimberlee Kihleng, Executive Director of the Mission Houses Museum in Honolulu, led off the busy month of April with a presentation entitled “(Re)Presenting the Past: A New Vision for Mission Houses Museum.” Her talk on 1 April was part of the Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series.

Also as part of the anthropology colloquium series, Stephen Wickler, visiting associate professor in anthropology, gave a talk entitled “Colonization and Interaction in Micronesian Prehistory: A Zooarchaeological Assessment.” His presentation addressed the question of animals as intentional or unintentional baggage accompanying the initial settlers of Micronesia. He is a researcher in the Archaeology Department at the Tromsø University Museum in Norway.

Elizabeth DeLoughrey, assistant professor of English at Cornell University and a Rockefeller Fellow at University of California–Santa Cruz for 2003–2004, gave a presentation on 27 April entitled “Island Transplantations: Breadfruit and Other Bounties,” which looked at eighteenth-century histories of commodity crop transfer between island spaces. Her talk was arranged by the EWC–UH project “Islands of Globalization: Exploring Pacific and Caribbean Linkages.”

Brij Lal, former UH Mānoa history professor, currently professor of history, Australian National University, returned to the Mānoa campus to give a talk, “Fiji 2004: Problems and Prospects,” on 28 April. Speaking to a full house, he reviewed recent events and attitudes in Fiji and answered questions on the most stubborn problems facing leaders and communities.

Katerina Teaiwa, assistant professor in Pacific Islands studies, presented “Between Our Islands: A Cinematic Approach to Place, History, and Culture,” on 28 April. In this multimedia presentation to students and faculty of Pacific studies and the School of Architecture, she reviewed her research in Fiji, Kiribati, Australia, and New Zealand, looking in particular at the evocative nature of environments and the linkages and layering of places that are disparate in time and space but brought together in meanings and movements, past and present.


The fall 2004 issue of the center’s journal, The Contemporary Pacific, is in press. Among its contents are:


Traveling Stories, Colonial Intimacies, and Women’s Histories in Vanuatu

            Margaret Rodman

Tackling Māori Masculinity: A Colonial Genealogy of Savagery and Sport

Brendan Hokowhitu

Toward a Viable Independence? The Koniambo Project and the Political Economy of Mining in New Caledonia

            Leah S Horowitz

Christianity, Calamity, and Culture: The Involvement of Christian Churches in the 1998 Aitape Tsunami Disaster Relief

            Philip M Fountain, Sara L Kindon, Warwick E Murray



This Magnificent Accident: An Interview with Witi Ihimaera

            Margaret Meklin and Andrew Meklin


Political Reviews

The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2003

            Karin von Strokirch

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2003

David Chappell, Anita Jowitt, Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka, Jaap Timmer

The issue also contains book and media reviews.

Cover of The Contemporary Pacific, featuring art of Ake Lianga.

This issue celebrates the art of Ake Lianga on the cover and throughout its pages. Ake Lianga was born in 1975 into a large family on the island of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. He has been pursuing his art since childhood. In his village school no art classes were available, yet he worked hard on his own. Many of his ancestors had been carvers and weavers and he looked to his family for inspiration and encouragement.

While still in school, Lianga won the design competition for the logo for World Food Day for the municipality of Honiara. In 1995 he won the South Pacific Contemporary Art Competition and was traveled to Sydney, Australia, to participate in a group exhibition at New South Wales University. This gave him an opportunity to meet and work with contemporary artists from all areas of the South Pacific. Lianga returned home freshly inspired to explore new techniques and themes.

Lianga applied for and successfully secured a Commonwealth Arts and Crafts award in 1996 that enabled him to study at any other country in the Commonwealth. He chose Canada and enrolled at North Island College in Courtenay, British Columbia. Once relocated to Vancouver Island, Lianga settled into the community and life at the college, graduating in Fine Arts in 1999.

In 1998 Lianga was the successful artist in a competition for a new logo for the South Pacific Peoples Foundation, which is now known as the Pacific Peoples Partnership. In December 1999 Lianga moved to Victoria to be with his fiancée. He was married in April 2001, and now makes Canada his home. To see some of Lianga’s artwork, go to  

This year we have a special offer for all new subscribers to The Contemporary Pacific, as well as past subscribers who renew for two years—a free back issue of your choice! Choose from among any of the issues (through the end of 2003), including special issues. If you are renewing or subscribing by telephone, fax, e-mail, or online form, simply note your first and second choice for the bonus issue. (If you are ordering online, select two-year renewal and enter your first and second choice in the comments box.) A subscription flyer is enclosed with this newsletter. For issue contents, and to subscribe online, see the journal webpage at


The Center for Pacific Islands Studies online searchable database of films and videos related to the Pacific Islands has recently been updated at The database now contains entries for over 2,900 films, videos, and DVDs. It can be searched by title, location, subject, year, and distributor, and can also be browsed by title. Film entries now link directly to the distributor list, which has also been updated.

Academics who use Pacific films in their teaching may be interested in a resource prepared by CPIS and the EWC, “Selected Pacific Films for Teaching,” at This resource draws on the recommendations of teachers who have used films in their classes. The films are grouped by category and have links to film reviews, if available. The creators of the list welcome suggestions for other films that are useful in teaching about the Pacific. They can be sent to Tisha Hickson at


No surprise—travel was the main item on the schedule for many faculty as the spring semester ended and the summer break began.

The interdisciplinary Pacific studies conference at University of California–Santa Cruz, 21–22 May 2004, claimed the attention of geography emeritus professor Murray Chapman, as well as CPIS core faculty David Hanlon, Katerina Teaiwa, and Terence Wesley-Smith.

Vilsoni Hereniko and his wife, Jeannette Paulson Hereniko, flew to Fiji in late May to show their feature film, The Land Has Eyes, to Rotumans there. Their purpose was to thank the many Rotumans who had helped them during filming on Rotuma in 2001. Jan RENSEL and Alan HOWARD accompanied them to Rotuma from 2 June till 8 June and provided logistical support for eight screenings of the film, in villages around the island as well as at the high school. Vili and Jeannette also arranged to show the film twice in Suva (including once as a fundraiser to support the Rotumans attending the Pacific Arts Festival in Palau, and once at the University of the South Pacific) and in Nadi. Young people on Rotuma were delighted to see their fellow islanders in a motion picture, and older people’s faces were awash with tears at the depiction of Rotuman life 40 years ago. The islanders expressed their profound thanks to Vili and Jeannette for all their years of hard work in making this dream come true.

After Rotuma and Fiji, Vili and Jeannette flew to Russia, where The Land Has Eyes was an official selection for the Moscow International Film Festival. A small but enthusiastic audience attended the screening and twenty stayed behind for an after-film discussion that lasted almost an hour. Most of the questions were about Rotuma—its language, culture, and relationship with Fiji. An interpreter was present throughout, including during the screening. The film is also going to Palau as part of Fiji’s contribution to the Festival of Pacific Arts in July.

In June, Pacific Curator Karen Peacock traveled to Saipan, Guam, and Pohnpei, acquiring materials for the library and visiting colleagues. Peacock was able to obtain a number of much-needed legal and statistical publications, as well other items, including recordings of popular music. While on Pohnpei, Peacock gave a talk at the College of Micronesia (COM), outlining the UH Pacific Collection’s current activities and programs. Among those attending the seminar was CPIS student Mariana Ben Dereas, who teaches Micronesian studies at COM. Peacock’s travel was funded by the center’s National Resource Center grant.

Terence Wesley-Smith continued his travel after Santa Cruz with a three-week trip to New Zealand in June and early July. The centerpiece of the trip was the Otago Foreign Policy School, an annual event at the University of Otago, in Dunedin. The title of his talk at the conference was ’There Goes the Neighborhood: State Failure and Regional Intervention in the Pacific.’ Terence was also scheduled to speak to the same topic in Wellington, Christchurch, and Auckland.

Also following the Santa Cruz conference, from 22 May to 20 June, Katerina Teaiwa traveled to Jamaica, St. Kitts, Trinidad, and Barbados to network for the Ford Foundation–funded East-West Center–University of Hawai‘i project “Islands of Globalization.” She also attended the Calabash Literary Festival at Treasure Beach, Jamaica; the Caribbean Studies Association conference in St. Kitts; and the Stuart Hall conference in Kingston. At the University of the West Indies she recorded a program on Pacific music for the Globetrotting program featured on Radio Mona.

According to Katerina, “This trip really put area studies into perspective for me. It was as if the Pacific islands were thrown into relief by experiencing some of the Caribbean islands. Both the landscape and built environment of the places I visited were similar to the South Pacific, but the absence of a dominant indigenous paradigm and the intense level of creolization reflected a significant difference. One thing that was definitely similar, though, was the incredible level of generosity among the people I met and new friends I made. My trip will directly contribute to the Islands of Globalization seminar for which we’ll now add the following themes: gender relations, Carnival studies, language, consumption and lifestyle, and a comparative focus on food.”

For the rest of the summer, Katerina will be in New Zealand for meetings on two UH projects; in Australia to present at the David Nichol’s conference in honor of Greg Dening; in Palau to film and interview people at the Pacific Festival of the Arts; and in Fiji as part of an “Islands of Globalization” contingent to the University of the South Pacific.

Center director David Hanlon will visit Kosrae and the Marshalls from 10 July through 23 July for research on his biography of Tosiwo Nakayama, first president of the Federated States of Micronesia. He’ll also be meeting with Kosraean and Marshallese officials on center-related matters.

A number of center affiliate faculty are working on curriculum projects. John Mayer, assistant professor in the Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures (DHIPLL), is continuing his work on a modern, monolingual Samoan-language dictionary, Pua Gagna, and revising his dissertation for publication. He is also deeply involved in the planning and convening of two Samoan-language conferences during July at UH Mānoa: the twelfth annual conference of the Association of Samoan Language Educators in New Zealand (FAGASA) and the fifth annual meeting of the International Samoan Language Commission. The center is providing support for both conferences.

Rapata Wiri, an assistant professor in DHIPLL, and Yuko Otsuka, an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics, are also working on language books. Rapata is working on a Māori-language textbook for use in classrooms in Hawai‘i and abroad, and Yuko Otsuka is writing a reference grammar for Tongan and a textbook to be used for a course on the Polynesian language family.

David Chappell, associate professor of history, continues to work on his book about the radicalization of the anticolonial movement in Kanaky New Caledonia in the 1970s. In early December, he will present a paper, entitled “The Kanak Awakening: Indigenous Intellectuals (Re)Invent the Nation in Kanaky New Caledonia, 1966-76,” at the Pacific History Association Conference in Noumea.

Davianna McGregor, associate professor in ethnic studies, moderated a program, “Mo‘olelo o Kaho‘olawe: Memories as History,” on 13 May for the Hawaiian Historical Society. The evening of song and sharing of stories about the history of the island of Kaho‘olawe included a screening of the award-winning film Kaho‘olawe: The Breath of Our Ancestors, which is about to be released on DVD.

Noenoe Silva, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, is developing new Pacific-focused courses for the department’s indigenous politics program. She is also partici-pating in an indigenous knowledges conference at Penn State and doing consulting work with the Native American Studies project at Dartmouth College. In addition, she is working on a study of Kalaupapa (the historic Hansen’s disease settlement on Moloka‘i, now a national park) based on Patients’ letters, and on a longer-term project on the history of Hawaiian-language newspapers. In addition to all this, congratulations are in order for Noenoe—her book Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism has just been published by Duke University Press (see Publications), and she was promoted to associate professor on 1 July.


Congratulations and a warm aloha to two graduating CPIS MA students, Dale Hood and Matthew Ka‘opio. Dale’s Plan B paper was “The Waiwai of Waiāhole and Waikāne: The Construction and Operation of the Waiāhole/ Waikāne Water Ditch and Tunnel System 1900 to 2000.” The paper describes the history and the consequences of the engineering triumph that was the Waiāhole/ Waikāne water ditch system, which collected millions of gallons of water from the windward side of O‘ahu, carried it through the Ko‘olau mountain range, and deposited it onto the dry land of central O‘ahu for the sugarcane growers. As Dale notes, the ditch system “made some people wealthy beyond imagination while making others, usually native Hawaiians, poor beyond belief.”

Matthew’s Plan B paper, “Written in the Sky,” is a novella, the protagonist of which is a fourteen-year-old Hawaiian youth, Ikauikalani. Ikau, made newly homeless by the death of his grandmother, embarks on a journey to find a long-lost relative who holds the key to his Hawaiian ancestral legacy. Matthew, who is also a painter, has completed the cover art for his novella, which will be published by Mutual Publishing this fall.

Joining Dale and Matthew as a May graduate, with an MA in geography, is Anna Naupa from Vanuatu. Anna’s thesis was “Negotiating Land Tenure: Cultural Rootedness in Mele, Vanuatu.” Anna has returned to Vanuatu to work.

Alexander Mawyer (MA 1997) and wife Kirsten are the proud parents of Pohākeaokahōk&#ū‘ula Garrett Mawyer, born 9 December 2003. Alex and Kirsten are both in Chicago in graduate school. Alex is writing up his research in Mangareva and looking forward to graduating in 2005 with a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Chicago.

Andrew Bissonette (MA 1992) completed an LLM degree in International Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy at the University of Arizona College of Law in May 2001. Since that time he has been splitting his time between living in southern Arizona, doing consulting work in northwest Mexico, and teaching International Environmental Law, Federal Indian Law and International Comparative Indigenous Peoples Law at University of California, Santa Cruz. In Mexico, he has been working with the ejidatarios to create an economic development plan that protects both the culture and the natural environment of the area. According to Drew, both the teaching and the consulting have been challenging and rewarding.

Te Maire Nui, a documentary film about the 6th Festival of Pacific Arts, written by UHM anthropology graduate student Guido Carlo Pigliasco, has been accepted for showing at the 9th Festival of Pacific Arts in Palau in late July.


Available from UH Press

Pacific Jewelry and Adornment, by Roger Neich and Fuli Pereira, photographs by Krzysztof Pfeiffer, showcases more than 250 of the finest examples of traditional jewelry from throughout the Pacific. An introductory essay explores the significance and use of these pieces, which are highly varied and include jade, whale teeth and bone, shark teeth, tapa, shells, and plant fibers. Robert Neich is curator of ethnology at the Auckland Museum and professor of anthropology at the University of Auckland. Fuli Pereira is curator of the Pacific collection at the Auckland Museum. 2004, 192 pages. ISBN 0-8248-2882-8, paper, US$33.00.

Korewori: Magic Art from the Rain Forest, by Christian Kaufmann, translated by Robert Williamson, presents carved wooden statues from the Korewori River area of Papua New Guinea. With more than one hundred figures, the Museum der Kulturen Basel has the world’s largest collection of these works. Christian Kaufmann is curator for Oceania at the Museum der Kulturen Basel. 2004, 104 pages. ISBN 0-8248-2819-4, cloth, US$50.00.

Cargo, Cult, and Culture Critique, edited by Holger Jebens, is a collection of essays by scholars writing about Melanesia, Fiji, Australia, and Indonesia. Conceived as a reader for undergraduate and graduate courses, the collection delineates and substantiates key issues and positions in the contemporary reevaluation of phenomena known as cargo cults. Contributors include Nils Bubandt, Vincent Crapanzano, Douglas M Dalton, Elfriede Hermann, Martha Kaplan, Karl-Heinz Kohl, Stephen C Leavitt, Lamont Lindstrom, Ton Otto, Joel Robbins, Jaap Timmer, and Robert Tonkinson. 2004, 36 pages. ISBN 0-8248-2814-3, cloth, US$55.00; ISBN 0-8248-2851-8, paper, US$23.00

UH Press books can be ordered through the Orders Department, University of Hawai‘i Press, 2840 Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96822-1888. Website:

Other Publications

The Institute of Pacific Studies (IPS), University of the South Pacific, has a number of recent books.

·       Chinese in Fiji, by Bessie Ali, traces the migration of settlers from China to Fiji from the 1870s to the present day. 2002, 287 pages. ISBN 982-02-0339-2, paper, US$27.00

·       Cook Islands Māori Names: Ingoa, by Jon Jonassen, gives definitions and colloquialisms attached to specific names, which play an emotional, physical, and spiritual role in Cook Islands Māori society. 2002, 159 pages. ISBN 982-02-0334-1, paper, US$15.00.

·       Illness and Cure in Tonga: Traditional and Modern Medical Practice, by Siosiane Fanua Bloomfield, looks at Tongans’ concern with the social and spiritual aspects of health and curing. 2002, 188 pages. ISBN 982-213-005-8, paper, US$32.00.

·       Weavings: Women Doing Theology in Oceania, edited by Lydia Johnson, contains contributions by 28 women who have woven together their personal, cultural, and global experiences with their training in biblical and church traditions. 2003, 221 pages. ISBN 982-02-0347-3, paper, US$37.00.

·       Mana 13(2). Special Kiribati Issue contains poetry, Children’s stories, short stories, and artwork by Kiribati writers and artists. It includes articles on Kiribati archiving and publishing. 2003, 137 pages. ISSN 0379-5268, paper, US$16.00.

·       Uvea, edited by Elise Huffer and Mikaele Tui, is the first book written entirely by Wallisians living on the island of Wallis. Themes include the chiefly system, language, traditional and contemporary education, religion, and custom today. 2004, 198 pages. ISBN 982-02-0363-5. paper, US$25.00.

·       Life in the Republic of the Marshall Islands has contributions from 21 people, edited by Veronica C Kiluwe, Anono Lieom Loeak, and Linda Crowl and translated by Kiluwe, Maria Kabua Fowler, and Alson J Kelen. A joint publication with the USP Centre in Majuro, this book recounts people’s experiences and reflections on life in their country. Among the accounts are chapters dealing with specific legends and traditions, memories of growing up in the Marshals, and more contemporary issues such as off-island adoption and the ongoing struggle of Rongelap survivors. 2004, 266 pages. ISBN 982-02-0364-3, paper, US$25.00.

·       Re-Thinking Vanuatu Education Together, edited by Kabini Sanga, John Niroa, Kalmele Matai, and Linda Crowl, contains critical reflections on Vanuatu’s education system. It is jointly published with the Vanuatu Ministry of Education. 2004, 348 pages. ISBN 982-02-0361-9, paper, US$35.00.

IPS books are available from the USP Book Centre at

Innocence to Independence: Life in the Papua New Guinea Highlands 1956–1980, is a memoir by coffee planter Judith Holllinshed that “charts her chance arrival in the Highlands, the trials and joys of building a household and a way of life, the people she came to know, the country’s transition to independence, and her observations of the beautiful and treacherous landscape she inhabited.” Published by Pandanus Books, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University; 2004, 261pp. ISBN 1-74076-047-6, paper, A$34.96.

Also available from Pandanus Books is The Kanak Apple Season: Selected Short Fiction of D(c)w(c) Gorod(c), edited by Peter Brown. This volume is the first English translation of works by Mme Gorod(c), vice-president of the government and the leading Kanak writer of New Caledonia. She has published two volumes of short stories and two volumes of poetry in French. In the volume edited by Brown, she draws on the ethnic complexities of New Caledonia’s past to create a work that reflects a heritage of bloodlines, family, cultural tradition, and colonialism. 2004, 227 pages. ISBN 1-74076-040-9, paper, A$29.95.

Mining and Indigenous Lifeworlds in Australia and Papua New Guinea, edited by Alan Rumsey and James Weiner, aims to provide insight into the effects of mining and other forms of resource extraction on the indigenous peoples of Australia and Papua New Guinea. It offers a comparative focus on indigenous cosmologies and their articulation or disjunction with the forces of “development.” Published by Sean Kingston Publishing & Publishing Services, 2004. ISBN 0-9545572-0-4, cloth, US$54.99; ISBN 0-9545572-1-2, paper, US$20.99.

I Stret Nomo: Girls in Vanuatu Can Do Anything, edited by Shirley Randell and Jeannette Bolenga, tells the stories of 43 women in nontraditional professions in Vanuatu, in their own words. The women include the first female ni-Vanuatu doctor, dentist, and pilot, as well as car and aircraft mechanics, electricians, and builders. Published by Blackstone Publishing, 2003, 76 pages. ISBN 982-329-021-0, paper, US$20.00. For more information, contact Shirley Randell at

The Waterlily Diary of Jack Atkinson, edited by maritime historian Colin Amodeo, of Christchurch, New Zealand, tells the story of seven New Zealanders who bought an elderly wooden ketch, the Waterlily, and sailed to the Pacific in the midst of the Great Depression of the 1930s. Published by Clerestory Press, 2003. ISBN 09582201-3-5, paper, NZ$15.00. For more information, write to


Postcolonial Dilemmas: Reappraising Justice and Identity in New Zealand and Australia, edited by Toon Van Meijl and Michael Goldsmith, is a special issue of the Journal of the Polynesian Society, Vol 112(3), September 2004. The issue contains articles by Van Meijl, Goldsmith, Ann Sullivan, John Morton, and Senka Bozic-Vrbancic.

Films and Videos

Ia Orana Gauguin: Photographies d’un Retour (2003) is a new video that encompasses two films by Jacques Navarro-Rovira, retracing, through photographs, Gauguin’s two stays in Tahiti and the Marquesas. The 54-minute video is available in VHS-PAL format from the Mus(c)e de Tahiti et des Iles. It will also be available in DVD. The price for the video is US$25.00; e-mail:

Kau Lā‘au and Ma‘ama‘a: Traditional Hawaiian Ulua Fishing (2003) is a new video that shows the steps involved in two traditional ulua fishing methods and explores broader issues of fishing and Hawaiian culture in general. The 28-minute video was produced by Pili Productions and is accompanied by a 14-page viewer’s guide written by Charles Langlas and Craig Severance. DVD versions of Kau Lā‘au and Ma‘ama‘a should be available by September of 2004. For more information, contact Charles Langlas at

Micronesian Seminar has two new videos on its list. Smokey Joe: You Smoke, I Choke (2003, 30 minutes) tells the story of Smokey Joe, a good boy with a bad habit, as he begins to understand the effects of smoking on himself and others. Suicide: Finding a Better Way Out (2004, 33 minutes) is a documentary that explores the causes and ways of addressing the epidemic of suicide in Micronesia. Each video is $10 and is available from Micronesian Seminar at


Pacific and Conflict Studies

“Securing a Peaceful Pacific: Preventing and Resolving Conflict in the Pacific” is the title of an international conference on Pacific and conflict studies, to be held 15–17 October 2004 at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. The conference aims to bring together Pacific peoples and others (such as aid workers, NGOs, soldiers, and diplomats) with firsthand practical experience of dealing with conflict in the Pacific. The themes of the conference are preventing conflict, resolving conflict, and postconflict reconciliation and reconstruction. There is no call for papers, but people interested in taking part in the seminars that will be offered should register their interest with Sheryl Boxall at Persons interested in leading a seminar should contact John Henderson at or Karen Nero at


SPACLALS in Apia, Sāmoa

The 9th triennial SPACLALS (South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Association) conference will be held at the National University of Sāmoa, in Apia, 24–26 November 2004. The conference, titled “Culture, Crisis, and Change,” will look at the major issues of cultural identity, tradition, hybridity, and modernity in postcolonial contexts. The website is Abstracts of proposed papers are due by 30 July 2004 and should be sent to Sina Va‘ai at the Department of English and Foreign Languages, National University of Sāmoa, PO Box 5768, Apia, Sāmoa; e-mail:

PIPSA Conference 2004 in Noumea

The 2004 conference of PIPSA (Pacific Island Political Science Association), “Governance and Stability in the Pacific,” will take place 3–5 December 2004 in Noumea, New Caledonia (immediately preceding the Pacific History Association conference). Abstracts for proposed papers should be sent by 30 September 2004 to PIPSA president Ivan Molloy at or to secretary Cate Morriss at

ASAO on Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i, in 2005

The 2005 meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania will be held 1–5 February 2005 at the Radisson Kaua‘i Beach Resort, on Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i. Information on the meeting, including proposed sessions, can be found at

European Society for Oceanists

The sixth Conference of the European Society for Oceanists (ESfO), “Pacific Challenges: Questioning Concepts, Rethinking Conflicts,” will be held in Marseilles, France, 6–8 July 2005. Eleven sessions are planned to cover topics such as colonial grievances, justice, and reconciliation; a comparative study of settler societies in the South Pacific; the dynamics of Pacific religiosity; rethinking political conflicts; festivals and strategies of communication; and transculturation. For information on keynote speakers and session descriptions, see the website at

Conferences Announced in Previous Newsletters

·       “Dialogue Across Cultures: Identity, Place, Culture,” 12–14 November 2004 in
Melbourne, Australia, is sponsored by the
Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies at Monash University. For information,
contact Stephen Pritchard at

·       The 16th Pacific History Association Conference, “Pacific History: Assessments and Prospects,” will be held in Noumea, New Caledonia, 5–10 December 2004. Send inquiries to the secretary of the PHA conference committee, Frederic Angleviel, at BP 4477, Noumea 98845, New Caledonia; e-mail:

·       “History and the Island Churches of the Pacific in the 20th Century” will be held at the Pacific Theological College, in Suva, Fiji, 20–22 October 2004. Contact the Reverend Dr Kambati Uriam at for information.

·       A multidisciplinary conference on Germany in the South Pacific is being planned for spring 2005. For more information, contact Miriam Kahn at

·       The 20th International Congress for the Historical Sciences will be held in Sydney, Australia, at the University of New South Wales, 3–9 July 2005. The website is


Women and Gender Issues in Fiji

A call for papers on women and gender issues in Fiji has been issued for a special, November 2005 issue of the journal Fijian Studies. The guest editor for the issue is anthropologist Jacqui Leckie, at the University of Otago. The organizers are looking for papers that directly or indirectly address women’s or gender issues in contemporary Fiji or the past. Some possible topics are

·       Gender and power

·       Poverty and gender

·       Art, representation, and gender

·       Crossing genders and transsexuality

·       Gender and development

Proposals can be sent to Dr Leckie at Anthropology Department, School of Social Sciences, University of Otago, Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand; e-mail: Papers are due by 1 December 2004.



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