Center for Pacific Islands Studies Newsletter

No. 2. April-June 1998


Pacific Collections are Focus on 1998 Annual Conference
Pacific Studies Initiative Workshop in September
NEH Summer Institute in 1999
1998-1999 Heyum Scholarship Winner Announced
News in Brief
Gender Issues Course: New Fall Offering
Center Visitors
Staff Activities
Student Activities
The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs
My Gun, My Brother, Vol 15 in PIMS
Other New Publications
Bulletin Board

Pacific Collections are Focus on 1998 Annual Conference

The 1998 University of Hawai'i Pacific Islands Studies Conference will be devoted to issues and concerns for Pacific Collections in libraries of the region. Pacific Collections: Developing Libraries for the Twenty-First Century, which takes place 5-7 November in Honolulu, will bring together librarians from institutions across the Pacific. They will join UH library faculty in examining such topics as collection development, acquisitions activities, bibliographic control, Internet access, and reference and instructional programs. The conference is designed to aid those who are involved in creating or furthering the development of Pacific Islands collections in academic libraries or other institutional settings.

Speakers will include Stephen Innes (University of Auckland Library), Jayshree Mamtora (Pacific Information Center, University of the South Pacific), Ewan Maidment, (Pacific Manuscripts Bureau), Joe Naguwean (New Guinea Collection, University of Papua New Guinea), and Kathy Creely (Melanesian Archives, University of California, San Diego). David Hanlon, Professor of History, UHM, will give the keynote address, and Michael Ogden and Alan Howard will address Internet resources. The conference, which is cosponsored by the Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) at the East-West Center, is convened by Karen Peacock, Pacific Curator, Hamilton Library, UHM. The funding for the conference comes from the center's US Department of Education National Resource Center grant. For further information, contact the conference organizer, Tisha Hickson, at the addresses and numbers on the masthead or complete the preregistration form at the end of this newsletter.

Pacific Studies Initiative Workshop in September

Following up on an organizational meeting held in Hawai'i in September 1997, this workshop, to be held at the University of California, Los Angeles, 10-12 September 1998, will discuss ways to develop and expand teaching about Pacific Islands societies and cultures in US college curricula and explore means of sustaining cooperation in this area through resource sharing and networking. The workshop will be of interest to those interested in internationalizing course offerings as well as those seeking to strengthen relations with local Pacific Islander communities.

Participating institutions include Seattle Central Community College, the Los Angeles Community College District, Los Angeles Harbor College, Sacramento City College, and Grossmont College.

Funding comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the center's National Resource Center grant, the East-West Center, and Kapi'olani Community College. The workshop is hosted by the office of International Studies and Overseas Programs, UCLA. For information, contact Geoff White, East-West Center, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848, email:, or Tisha Hickson at the address and email on the masthead.

NEH Summer Institute in 1999

A summer institute on Re-Imagining Indigenous Cultures: The Pacific Islands will be offered by the East-West Center and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, 14 June-16 July 1999. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute is offered as a forum for college teachers and others to expand their work in the humanities and Pacific Islands studies. The institute is directed by Geoffrey White and will bring together twenty-five participants for a five-week series of talks and discussions involving UH Manoa faculty and visiting speakers, including Epeli Hau'ofa, Margaret Jolly, Lamont Lindstrom, and Gananath Obeyesekere. It is open to US citizens and others who have been teaching in the United States. (Faculty in PhD-granting departments are not eligible, nor are students currently seeking degrees.) Application deadline is 1 March 1999. For further information, contact: Geoffrey White, East-West Center, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848. fax: 808-944-7070; email:

1998-1999 Heyum Scholarship Winner Announced

Robert Andreas, MA student in linguistics at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, is the 1998-1999 winner of the prestigious Heyum Scholarship. The competition, which is open to indigenous Pacific Islander students studying in the University of Hawai'i system, attracted many strong candidates from all areas of the Pacific and from throughout the system. Andreas, who is from Pohnpei, will receive a scholarship in the amount of $3000. The Heyum Endowment Fund was established by the late R Renée Heyum, former Curator of the Pacific Collection, Hamilton Library, to assist Pacific Islanders in receiving education or training in Hawai'i.

News in Brief

College of Business Administration Receives Grant to Support Hawaiian Students in All Fields

The UH College of Business Administration has received a three-year, $2.2 million grant from the United States Department of Education, to support students of Hawaiian ethnicity at all levels and in all fields. Criteria for support include well-thought out plans for degree work and a good academic record. The grant starts 1 July 1998, with funding available for fall 1998. Grantees will also be expected to work with the community. For more information contact Manu Kaiama ( or Richard Brislin (

Hawaiian Studies Students Visit Rapa Nui

Hawaiian students and community supporters who compose Hawai'inuiakea (The Large and Expansive Hawai'i) will be in Rapa Nui in July 1998 for a ten-day cultural exchange mission. Coordinator of the mission is Keali'i'olu'olu Gora. Hawaiians will share their knowledge of Hawaiian history and cultural practices with the people of Rapa Nui through chant ('oli), dance (hula), and song (mele).

Cultural exchanges between Polynesians in Hawai'i and Rapa Nui are taking place in anticipation of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokule'a's planned sail to Rapa Nui during the summer of 1999. The canoe will leave Hawai'i in June, reaching Rapa Nui in October and returning the following December. In June of this year thirty Kamehameha Schools students from Honolulu traveled to Rapa Nui and helped plant 300 pounds of sandalwood and koa saplings as part of a cultural exchange. Professional exchanges are being discussed between Hawai'i's Department of Land and Natural Resources, which supplied the saplings for the students' trip, and Rapa Nui's national park officials.

Schoolchildren in Hawai'i will be able to find out about Rapa Nui and to learn some lessons of sustainability developed through voyaging by participating in the Let's Go Voyaging curriculum developed by Moanalua Gardens Foundation, the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and the Hawai'i State Department of Education. A teachers' workshop on these materials will be held on O'ahu on 5 September 1998. Four public television specials will be shown in conjunction with the voyage, probably in the fall of 1999.

Gender Issues Course: New Fall Offering

The center is pleased to announce a new course to be offered this fall. Gender Issues in the Contemporary Pacific Islands focuses on using gender as a lens through which the experiences of Pacific Islanders might be better understood. It examines a variety of film sources, creative works, and scholarly studies, focusing on the construction and use of gender categories in the representation of Pacific Islanders. Writings by authors such as Sia Figiel, Margaret Jolly, Dan Talaupapa McMullin, Grace Mera Molisa, John Pule, Laura Torres Souder, Teresia Teaiwa, Konai Helu Thaman, Haunani-Kay Trask, Lynn Wilson, and others will be featured for discussion and critique. Particular attention will be paid to changing gender relations in such contexts as colonialism, tourism, nationalism, and militarism.

Anne Hattori will teach the gender issues course (PACS 492), which will meet on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 to 7:00. Hattori, who has a masters in Pacific Islands studies, is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History, UHM. Her research interests focus on the United States naval administration of Guam and include the ways that gender and gender issues influenced the forms and policies of this administration.

Center Visitors

Kristine Vega, Chief of Operations, Peace Corps in the Pacific, and Douglas Weisburger, Desk Officer for Melanesia, stopped in Honolulu on 7 April en route back to Washington after attending a meeting of country directors in Apia, Samoa. Peace Corps has continuing programs in Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, and Niue.

Colin McDonald paid a farewell visit to the center on 7 May prior to the completion of his assignment as Consul-General of Australia for the States of Hawai'i and Alaska. He was a career diplomat who served as Australia's High Commissioner to South Africa, Fiji, and Egypt and the Sudan among other positions. McDonald and his wife, who were very popular in Honolulu, are returning to Canberra for their retirement.

The center hosted a luncheon for Pedro P Edmunds Paoa, Mayor, Easter Island, on 18 May following his visit to the center. Mayor Paoa was in Hawai'i to mark the beginning of a sister city arrangement with Maui County, Hawai'i.

Laurel Monnig and Alice Oleson, doctoral students in anthropology at University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin, and Ilisa Lam, MA student in anthropology, New School for Social Research, visited the center in June en route to Pohnpei, Guam, and the Marshall Islands to explore possible sites for doctoral research. They were in Honolulu to attend the School of Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Studies Moving Cultures conference and to conduct research in the Pacific Collection. They also examined chapters of the Robert C Kiste and Mac Marshall manuscript, American Anthropology in Micronesia: An Assessment, which is forthcoming from University of Hawai'i Press.

Peter Woolcott, Australia's new Consul-General to Hawai'i and Alaska visited the center on 19 June, shortly after assuming his duties in Honolulu.

Ambassador William Bodde, career foreign service officer who held several posts relevant to the Pacific Islands, stopped by for lunch on 24 June with center director, Robert C Kiste. Bodde served as the American Ambassador to Fiji and the Marshall Islands, was the first director of the Office for Pacific Island Affairs when it was created in 1978, and negotiated the Compacts of Free Association with the three freely associated states in Micronesia. Now retired in Bethesda, Maryland, Bodde was in Honolulu for a short teaching assignment with the UH College of Business Administration and Japan-American Institute of Management Science (JAIMS).

Staff Activities

Vilsoni Hereniko, associate professor in Pacific Islands studies specializing in Pacific literature, film, and drama, was honored in April when he was chosen to give one of four lectures in the Presidents' Club Maile Lecture Series for spring 1998. Hereniko, a playwright from Rotuma, Fiji, spoke on "Negotiating Identities: A Pacific Islander's Perspective." The series highlights outstanding faculty by bringing their work into the community. Congratulations, Vili!

Center faculty were well represented at the Pacific History Association and Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE) conference in Honiara, 22-26 June. The conference opened with an address by Prime Minister Ulufa'alu and a session on Solomon Islands history, told by Solomon Islanders, including elders from outlying provinces, with presentations of drama, poetry, storytelling, dancing, and singing. Former UHM student David Welchman Gegeo gave the opening keynote address. In the sessions that followed there were papers by center faculty members David A Chappell, Deborah Waite, Linley Chapman, and Murray Chapman as well as Luciano Minerbi and graduate students Antoinette Konia Freitas, John Fugui. Asenati Liki, Phyllis Maike-Ganileo, Katerina Teaiwa (a CPIS student), and Ulalia Woodside.

Student Activities

Congratulations to Kazumi Nishihara, a new graduate in Pacific Islands Studies in May. Her thesis, "Behind the Scenes: Untold Stories of Modekngei," concerns the Palauan educational, religious, and political movement Modekngei and the contrasting ways it has been viewed by American and Japanese scholars.

Two students, Keala Losch and Michelle Nelson, are spending this summer studying in New Zealand at the University of Auckland, under an exchange agreement between the University of Auckland and the University of Hawai'i. They are the first students to take advantage of the exchange agreement, which was signed in 1996.

The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs

The fall 1998 issue of The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs (Volume 10, Number 2) is in print. The contents include:


"Indigenous Knowledge and Empowerment: Rural Development Examined from Within", David W Gegeo

"Grassroots, Rock(s), and Reggae: Music and Mayhem at the Port Moresby Show" Karl Neuenfeldt

"Sleights of Hand and the Construction of Desire in a Papua New Guinea Modernity" Deborah Gewertz and Frederick Errington

"Nationalism and Interdependence: The Political Thought of Jean-Marie Tjibaou" Alban Bensa and Eric Wittersheim


"The Ocean in Us" Epeli Hau'ofa

Political reviews

"The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 1997" Karin von Strokirch

"Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1997" Chris Ballard, David A Chappell, Sandra Tarte, Terence Wesley-Smith


"From Photons to Electrons: The Film Guide, Moving Images of the Pacific Islands" Alexander Mawyer and Book Reviews.

My Gun, My Brother, VOL 15 in PIMS

My Gun, My Brother: The World of the Papua New Guinea Colonial Police, 1920-1960, by August Ibrum K Kituai, is a history of the Papua New Guineans engaged as police by the Australian colonial regime to help them run the colonial administration and often to perform the most hazardous and most unpopular responsibilities. The book, the latest volume in the Pacific Islands Monograph Series (PIMS) published by the Center for Pacific Island Studies and the University of Hawai'i Press, is based on extensive interviews with former policemen, written records of the time, and reminiscences of colonial officials.

August Kituai received his doctorate in history from Australian National University and currently teaches at the University of Papua New Guinea. In his book, he explores the process of pacification and control of Papua New Guinea communities by the Papua New Guinea policemen and the admin-istration and links these events to wider issues in the colonial history of Papua New Guinea and, by extension, of the Pacific Islands and beyond. Cloth, ISBN 0-8248-1747-8, $48. Available from Orders Department, University of Hawai'i Press, 2840 Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96822-1888; (A flyer describing this and other University of Hawai'i Press books on the Pacific is enclosed with this newsletter.)

Other New Publications


A Vision for Change: A D Patel and the Politics of Fiji, by Brij V Lal, is an analysis of the life of one of the leading voices for Fiji independence and "the social and political equality of all people within Fiji." Lawyer A D Patel was a brilliant, fiery, and persuasive orator and advocate who championed causes such as the common roll (with one person, one vote), social security, the localization of the colonial civil service, as well as a country-wide library service, and the need for a university in Fiji. Born in India, Patel made the decision, after arriving in Fiji in 1928, to devote the rest of his life to his adopted homeland. Published by the National Centre for Development Studies, the book is number six in the History of Development Series. Contact NCDS, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia. ISBN 0-7315-2350, paper, A$25 plus postage.

He Served: A Biography of Macu Salato, by Robert C Kiste, describes the life of a remarkable Fijian, Macu Salato, who, along with a career in the Fiji medical service, was appointed to the Great Council of Chiefs and elected Mayor of Suva. He also served as Fiji's Acting High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Secretary-General of the South Pacific Commission, and Acting Director, Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center. Published by Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, Box 1168, Suva, Fiji. ISBN 982-02-0133-0, paper, F$10 and US$20.60 (includes sea-mail postage).

The Pacific Writing Forum has published two new books. The Bond of Time: An Epic Love Poem is by well-known Niuean poet, and artist, John Puhiatau Pule. He is also the author of two novels, The Shark that Ate the Sun, Ko E Mago Ne Kai E La, published by Penguin in 1992, and Burn My Head in Heaven, published by Penguin in 1998. ISBN 982-366-002-6, paper, 88 pp, F$9.75 plus postage.

Musings on Niue, edited by Larry Thomas, former Acting Centre Director of the University of the South Pacific Extension Centre in Niue, is the first anthology of creative writing from Niue. The stories and poems it includes came out of a creative writing workshop conducted by Thomas and capture many aspects of contemporary and past life on the island. ISBN 982-366-001-8, paper, 65 pp, F$7 plus postage. To order Pacific Writing Forum books contact the Department of Literature and Language, University of the South Pacific, PO Box 1168, Suva, Fiji; email: (Also see Bulletin Board in this newsletter.)

Oral Traditions of Anuta: A Polynesian Outlier in the Solomon Islands, by Richard Feinberg, has been published as part of Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics. The volume, which contains the original, dictated texts of forty-five historical and quasi-historical tales, along with Feinberg's translations and notes, is the product of twenty-five years of collaboration between anthropologist Feinberg and the people of Anuta Island. Published by Oxford University Press; ISBN 0-19-510683-0, cloth, $85.

Modern Papua New Guinea, edited by Laura Zimmer-Tamakoshi, is a book of readings that attempts "to bring some perspective and understanding into Papua New Guinea's varied social scene and the challenging political and economic realities of a recently independent Third World country." Contributors, many of whom teach, or have taught, in Papua New Guinea, represent a variety of disciplines in the social sciences. Published by Thomas Jefferson Press, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO 63501-4221; email:; ISBN 0-943549-51-5, cloth, $40; ISBN 0-943549-57-4, paper, $25.

The Fiji Constitution Review Commission Research Papers, Volume 1: Fiji in Transition and Volume 2: Fiji and the World, edited by Brij V Lal and Tomasi R Vakatora, have been published by the School of Social and Economic Development, University of the South Pacific. These are a selection of the papers commissioned on domestic issues such as land, ethnic minorities, education, the economy, the status of women, and religion and state, as well as on multicultural and multiethnic situations around the world. ISBN 982-01-0333-9 (Vol 1) and ISBN 982-01-0334-7 (Vol 2); paper, F$15 per volume, F$25 a set; US$30 per volume, US$55 a set. Contact School of Social and Economic Development, University of the South Pacific, Box 1168, Suva, Fiji; email:


Volume 9, Number 1 of The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs, a special issue on logging the southwestern Pacific, edited by Kathleen Barlow and Steven Winduo, is being reprinted. Included in this issue are articles on forest exploration in Papua New Guinea; the struggle for control of Solomon Island forests; changing forestry regimes in Vanuatu, the Lakekamu River Basin Project; and incremental agroforestry. There are also dialogue pieces on regulating the forest industry in Papua New Guinea and the role of Solomon Island nongovernment organizations, as well as a bibliographic review essay on logging in the southwestern Pacific. This popular issue sold out almost immediately after it was printed. It is available from Journals Department, University of Hawai'i Press, 2840 Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96822-1888. The price is US$23 in Hawai'i and destinations outside of the Pacific and US$16 in the Pacific Islands.


ESfO Conference to be Held in Leiden in 1999

The Board of the European Society for Oceanists (ESfO) has announced that the 1999 conference will be held in Leiden, 25-27 June. It will be organized jointly by the Centre for Pacific Studies (CPS) of the University of Nijmegen and the Irian Jaya Studies Programme (ISIR), which is coordinated by Leiden University. The conference theme, Asia in the Pacific, will be addressed in the keynote address and in some of the workshops. Proposed working sessions are: movements and migrations of ritual practices; tourism and cultural identities; impact of foreign occupation and migration; conversion and missions; the trader's dilemma; consumption and identity; mythemes; local and global identities confronted with universality; feelings and forces of displace-ment; languages and other semiotic systems; resource exploitation; knowledge and knowing; and fertility and the foundation of social and cosmic order in the Pacific.

The organizers would like to have short abstracts (no longer than 150 words), by 1 March 1999, from those wishing to present papers. For more infor-mation and a preliminary registration form contact the ESfO Organizing Committee, ISIR, Nonnensteeg 1-3, 2311 VJ Leiden, The Netherlands; fax: 31-(0)71-5272632; email: Jelle Miedema and Paul van der Grijp are the chairman and deputy chairman, respectively.

Nineteenth Pacific Science Congress

The nineteenth Pacific Science Congress will be held at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, 4-9 July 1999. A number of symposia and workshops are planned, and each organizer has specific deadlines. For further information contact Congress Secretariat, GPO Box 2609, Sydney, NSW 2110, Australia; email:

Bulletin Board

'Olelo Seeks Hawaiian Videos

'Olelo: The Corporation for Community Television would like to increase its programming related to Hawaiian culture, language, and issues. Members of the Hawaiian community are being asked to submit any noncommercial videos they have made that might be aired. 'Olelo also provides training in video production and editing for those who would like to produce Hawaiian-related videos to show on 'Olelo. For information, contact Kamana'olana Mills at (808) 834-0007, ext 115.

Selected Fiji-Published Books Available at CPIS

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies has a limited number of the following books for purchase in its office at Moore 215: Sina and Tinilau, by Vilsoni Hereniko (US$15); With Heart, Nerve, and Sinew: Post-Coup Writing from Fiji, edited by Arlene Griffen (US$12); Musings on Niue, edited by Larry Thomas (US$5); The Bond of Time: An Epic Love Poem, by John Puhiatau Pule (US$8); Dreadlocks: In Oceania, Volume 1, 1997 edited by Sudesh Mishra and Elizabeth Guy (US$10); and Mana, Volume 11, Number 2, 1994 (US$7). For information, call Tisha Hickson at (808) 956-2652.

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The Center for Pacific Islands Studies
School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1890 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822 USA
Phone: (808) 956-7700
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Robert C Kiste, Director
Letitia Hickson, Editor

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