Center for Pacific Islands Studies Newsletter

No. 3 July–Sept 2010


Celebrating Connections—An Art Exhibition
A Museum for the Marquesas
Memorial Meeting Held for Karen Peacock
Steven Winduo to be Andrews Chair in 2011
CPIS Occasional Serminars
Student and Alumni Activities
Faculty and Staff Activities
The Contemporary Pacific, 22:2
Conferences and Meetings
Bulletin Board


Kukakuka, by Carl Pao
Kukakuka,Carl F K Pao

An exhibition of cover artists for the Center for Pacific Islands Studies journal, The Contemporary Pacific, was held during the month of November 2010 at The ARTS at Marks Garage in Honolulu. The exhibition, curated by Carl Pao, arts editor of the journal, was held in conjunction with the center’s sixtieth anniversary conference, Celebrating Connections, held 4–6 November. Conference participants and community members toured the exhibition on 3 November, when the gallery hosted a panel presentation by three of the artists, Jewel Castro, Meleanna Meyer, and Carl Pao. The artists talked about the ways they approach their own work and responded to questions from the audience. Artists who were included in the exhibition, in addition to Castro, Meyer, and Pao, were Kapulani Landgraf, Larry Santana, Sue Pearson, Albert Wendt, Michel Tuffery, Ake Lianga, and Lingikoni Vaka‘uta. The purpose of the exhibition was to bring attention to the vibrancy and diversity in Pacific art. Many of the artists that have been featured on the covers of The Contemporary Pacific are well known in their home countries but lack exposure in Hawai‘i.



Museum team 2010
Tehaumate Tetahiotupa and the 2010 museum
summer team

Very few islands have their own museum. This is true in the Marquesas, where archaeological finds are typically sent to Tahiti for curation in French Polynesia’s Musée de Tahiti et des Îles. Tahuata, one of the smallest and most isolated of the Marquesas Islands, is an exception. There, archaeologist Barry Rolett (UH Department of Anthropology), a member of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies affiliate faculty, is collaborating with the Tahuata community to develop a museum in the village of Vaitahu. This past summer Rolett, project codirector Emily Donaldson (US National Park Service), and a group of students teamed up with native Marquesan leaders in Vaitahu to work on the project.

The museum, which sits between Vaitahu’s school and its town hall, was built in 1997 at the initiative of Tahuata’s former mayor Tehaumate Tetahi Tetahiotupa. The museum’s mission is to serve as a cultural center, linking the present to the past while publicly celebrating and safeguarding Tahuata’s heritage. At first the displays consisted of pearl-shell fishhooks and other artifacts from local excavations directed by Rolett. These excavations began in 1984 and have trained two generations of Marquesans and numerous American students. The excavations are ongoing, but this year the priority for Rolett and his team, who spent the month of July on Tahuata, was to redesign and expand the museum exhibits. The museum is not all about artifacts. The new displays also showcase contemporary pieces, such as a three-hundred-pound wooden tiki carved by Vaitahu artists. Labels for the exhibits are trilingual (Marquesan, English, French), but the primary language is Marquesan.

The museum’s visitors include the eight hundred inhabitants of Tahuata (all native Marquesan), as well as about two hundred tourists per month, who arrive aboard the freighter Aranui from Tahiti. A number of local families, led by Tetahi and the current mayor (Fere Barsinas), presented heirloom artifacts, including stone tiki and poi pounders, to the museum, either as outright donations or as pieces on long-term loan. By publicly honoring individuals and families who contribute to the museum, the community hopes to encourage further and increasingly broad-based support for the preservation and celebration of Tahuata’s cultural heritage.

In addition to receiving support from the Tahuata community, the museum has received funding from the Andover Foundation for Archaeological Research, with notable contributions from the Morgan Family Foundation and the Clay Family Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Participants in this year’s project included UHM students Wendy Leicht, Ren MacDonald, Amy Mueller, and Shingo Suzuki; Tahuata community members Tehaumate Tetahi Tetahiotupa, Hio Timau, Joseph Barsinas, and Manuhi Timau; and codirectors Barry Rolett and Emily Donaldson.

(Contributed by Barry Rolett, UHM Department of Anthropology)


Karen Peacock and Carmina Lihpai
Karen Peacock and Carmina Lihpai

On 10 September 2010, more than two hundred family members, friends, students, and colleagues gathered in UHM Hamilton Library’s Hawaiian & Pacific Collections reading room to pay tribute to the late Dr Karen M Peacock, professor emeritus and retired curator of the library’s Pacific Collection, who passed away in her sleep on 13 August 2010. The gathering included addresses by Dr Robert Kiste (professor emeritus and former director, Center for Pacific Islands Studies), Dr Byron Bender (professor emeritus, Department of Linguistics), and Interim University Librarian Paula Mochida. A special highlight of the memorial was the performance of one of Karen’s favorite Palauan songs, Meringel Emel, by students, graduates, and friends. Also providing music at various points in the ceremony were Dr Jon Osorio (professor, Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge) and cellist Dayna Furusawa. It was an evening of tears and laughter, and a fitting tribute to a beloved scholar, librarian, instructor, mentor, and friend.

Karen was born 3 June 1948 in Richmond, Indiana, and raised in Micronesia—first in Palau; then Pohnpei, FSM; and later Saipan—where her father, Daniel J Peacock, was the director of library services during the Trust Territory era. In 1970 she received a BA in sociology from Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana), and, after a brief stint working as a proofreader for the Congress of Micronesia, she spent two years teaching social studies at Marianas High School in Saipan.

Karen did all of her graduate work at UH Mānoa, earning a masters of library science (1973), an MA in Pacific Islands studies (1978), and a PhD in history (1990). Her doctoral dissertation The Maze of Schools: Education in Micronesia, 1951–1964, ‘The Gibson Years.’ As a member of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies affiliate faculty, she was one of the few librarians at UH with full membership in an academic program. She was well known to a global contingent of Pacific scholars, many of whom greatly benefited from both the world-class library collection she helped to build and her own insightful research support. She was also an adjunct faculty member for the UHM Library and Information Science Program. (For more on Karen’s career, see her retirement announcement in the October–December 2009/January–March 2010 issue of Pacific News from Manoa.)

Karen was a lifelong member of the Society of Friends (Quakers). She is survived by her life partner, Kim Haines; father, Daniel J Peacock; sister, Paula Bertolin (brother-in-law Gordon); brother, Daniel L Peacock (sister-in-law Lisa); and nieces, Caroline and Beth Bertolin.

(Contributed by Stuart Dawrs, UHM Hamilton Library)


Steven Winduo
Steven Winduo

Author and poet Steven Edmund Winduo, senior lecturer in English at the University of Papua New Guinea, has been appointed the Arthur Lynn Andrews Chair in Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa for the first half of 2011. Winduo will teach a graduate seminar course, Unwriting Oceania: Studies in Pacific Literature and Culture. This interdisciplinary course will look at conceptual frameworks used in Pacific literary and cultural representations and the strategies and methods Pacific Islanders are using to articulate their experiences.

Winduo studied at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and the University of Canterbury, in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and received his PhD in English from the University of Minnesota. He founded the Melanesian and Pacific Studies Program at UPNG and edited the UPNG literary journal Savannah Flames for a number of years. Several of his collections have been published in Fiji and Papua New Guinea. At UPNG he teaches courses on the literature of the Pacific and on literary theory and criticism, as well as an advanced folklore course on ethnobotany and indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants.


Associate Professor David Chappell (History) gave a colloquium, Transnations in Oceania: Colonial States and Indigenous Identities, on 3 September 2010, as part of the History Department’s 2010–2011 series De-Centering the National State: Historical Methodology within a Pacific Geography.

CPIS Managing Editor Jan Rensel, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology Alan Howard, and Department of Anthropology Professor and Chair Geoffrey White gave a presentation on 7 September 2010, on the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO). They provided an overview of the ASAO meeting format and talked about ways student and faculty might participate in the upcoming annual meeting, in Honolulu, 9–12 February 2011.

CPIS cosponsored a UHM-EWC International Cultural Studies Certificate Program panel presentation on 8 September 2010, Merata Mita and the Idea of a Pacific Cinema. Panelists Marlene Booth, Anne Misawa, and Konrad Ng, from the UHM Academy for Creative Media, and Makerita Urale, 2010 Fulbright–Creative Aotearoa/New Zealand Pacific Writer in Residence at CPIS, explored their colleague Merata Mita’s life and work as a leading Maori filmmaker, teacher, and voice in cinema. Mita passed away unexpectedly, in Auckland, New Zealand, on 31 May 2010.

Masaya Shijo, a student at Tokyo Metropolitan University in Japan, gave a talk, Living in ‘Hawaiian Land’: Cultural Diversity in the Wai‘anae District, on 9 September 2010. The East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program hosted the presentation.

On 9 September 2010 Shingo Iitaka, research fellow at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, University of Tsukuba, Japan, gave a talk, Palauans Dancing to an Okinawan Folk Song: Memories of Japanese Imperialism and the Pacific War in Palau. The talk was hosted by the UHM Department of Anthropology and cosponsored by CPIS.

John E Terrell, Regenstein Curator of Pacific Anthropology, The Field Museum, in Chicago, Illinois, gave a talk on 15 October 2010, Using Social Network Analysis in Archaeology and Human Population Genetics. The talk was hosted by the UHM Department of Anthropology and cosponsored by CPIS.

Chai Blair-Stahn and Patrick Kaiku
Patrick Kaiku and Chai

In a presentation on 29 October 2010, CPIS MA students Chai Kaiaka Blair-Stahn and Patrick Kaiku, inaugural recipients of CPIS’s Na Nei Tou I Loloma Research Award, reported on their research experiences last summer. In Taku Haerenga ki Aotearoa/My Journey to the Land of the Long White Cloud: Connecting Dance, Nature, and Sustainability across the Pacific, Chai talked about the activities he took part in and the people he worked with as he researched the connections between haka and the natural environment in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In Youth Bulge Theory Reconsidered: How a Threat Discourse Informs Us of the ‘New’ Face of Papua New Guinea, Patrick, who is exploring the changing face of Papua New Guinea (PNG) through the eyes of young people, described his survey work and his visit with cultural center workers in PNG.

On 3 November 2010, as part of the events being held in conjunction with CPIS’s sixtieth anniversary conference, Celebrating Connections, alumnus Keao NeSmith (CPIS MA, 2002) and Winifred Crombie, Diane Johnson, and Sophie Nock, from University of Waikato, Aotearoa/New Zealand, gave a talk, Teaching and Learning Indigenous Languages. The presenters described research findings from classrooms that help explain some of the difficulties that have plagued the teaching and learning of language; they also modeled some of the lessons they have developed in response to these problems. Keao is completing his doctorate at the University of Waikato.

Also part of the Celebrating Connections activities was a presentation on 4 November 2010, “Without Boundaries: Contemporary Oceania Artist—A Movement Happening Now,” by Jewel Castro, associate faculty member at MiraCosta College in California. Castro, a visual artist, sculptor, and curator, described some of the difficulties Oceanic artists face in getting their art before the public and into the mainstream of art criticism. She illustrated her talk with images produced by Pacific artists from the region and from the US continent.

Before heading home to Aotearoa/New Zealand following the Celebrating Connections conference, April Henderson (CPIS MA, 1999) and Teresia Teaiwa, program director and postgraduate coordinator respectively for Pacific studies at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), presented information at an 8 November 2010 colloquium on PhD opportunities in Pacific studies at VUW. They provided an overview of their program and discussed the advantages and opportunities associated with living and studying in Wellington.

April Henderson also presented a talk on 10 November 2010, based on her research. In Fleeting Substantiality: The Samoan Giant in US Popular Discourse, part of the UHM/EWC International Cultural Studies Certificate Program’s Fall 2010 Speaker Series, she looked at representations of Samoan men in the United States and the discursive terrain that Samoans negotiate.

On 18 November 2010, CPIS cosponsored an East-West Center brown-bag seminar, 2010 Bougainville and Solomon Islands Elections: Observers’ Observations, with Gerard Finin and Scott Kroeker (CPIS MA, 1999), of the EWC Pacific Islands Development Program, and Karen Knudsen (CPIS MA, 1989), director of the EWC Office of External Affairs. The speakers discussed their multinational election observation missions in Bougainville and Solomon Islands earlier this year.


Congratulations to our two newest graduates—Chamoru poets Anghet Hoppe-Cruz and Kisha Borja-Kicho'cho'—who worked together on a joint portfolio project, I Kareran I Palåbran Måmi: The Journey of Our Words. Anghet and Kisha, who are from Guåhan (Guam), were inspired to work on a collaborative MA portfolio project by a series of poetry readings they gave in 2009–2010 and by their work together as Chamoru women, poets, activist researchers, and community organizers. Their portfolio project includes not only many of their poems but also their reflections on their poetry readings and a discussion of the themes and issues that characterize their poetry. These themes include Chamoru culture and identity, tools of resistance, health and health care, and the impact of militarization.

Kisha is currently on Guåhan, teaching English at the University of Guam (UOG) and drama and English at George Washington High School. She has started the Master of Arts in Teaching program at UOG and she is active with the We Are Guåhan coalition, which is raising awareness of the military buildup in Guåhan. Anghet is a junior specialist with the UH Center on Disability Studies.

At the beginning of fall semester, the center welcomed three new students into the MA program:

CPIS students Brian Alofaituli and Jessica Garlock were part of a Fulbright-Hays Advanced Samoan Language Abroad panel presentation on 23 August 2010, which was sponsored by the UHM Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures. Brian and Jessica traveled to Samoa for research and study as Fulbright-Hays scholars in the summer of 2010.

CPIS student Kamoa Quitevis, research analyst in the Land, Culture, and History Program in the State of Hawai‘i Office of Hawaiian Affairs, was an invited speaker at the 2042 Today: Young Leaders Re-Imagining Conservation retreat held in Fayston, Vermont, in July 2010. Kamoa talked about the work that is going on in his program and how the program is connecting with communities. The retreat was the first part of a larger fellowship program that focuses on emerging conservation leaders under the age of thirty-five.

Congratulations to CPIS alumnus Gregory Dvorak (MA, 2004) who recently received a grant from Toyota for five million Japanese yen (approximately US$60,000) for a collaborative project, Transoceania: Pacific Approaches to War, Empire, and Globalization between the Islands of Japan and Micronesia. The purpose of the project, which will involve two or three workshops a year in Micronesia and on small islands of Japan, is to strengthen ties between Japan’s small islands and its former Micronesian colonies by exploring themes of history, culture, and environmental sustainability. The project will culminate in a symposium in Tokyo in 2012.

Congratulations to alumna Noe Noe Wong-Wilson (CPIS MA, 2007). Noe Noe was awarded a 2010 Mellon-Kohala Center Hawai‘i Fellowship to assist her in completing her PhD in philosophy in the School of Maori and Pacific Development at the University of Waikato. Her dissertation is “Achieving the Dream at Hawai‘i Community College: An Initiative in Native Hawaiian Student Success.” She is on leave from her position as Paepae ‘Ohua Native Hawaiian Success Center Coordinator/Instructor at Hawai‘i Community College.

Alumna Ann Marie Kirk (CPIS MA, 2010) was the creator and codirector of the ‘Oiwi Film Festival: From Their Own Eyes, held at the Honolulu Academy of Arts in May 2010. The festival featured films directed and produced by Native Hawaiian filmmakers. Two films by Ann Marie were screened, and she was part of a panel of Hawaiian filmmakers who discussed the state of Hawaiian filmmaking. A write-up of that discussion appeared in Honolulu Weekly in August of 2010. It can be read online at Although there are several obstacles to the emergence of Hawaiian filmmaking, the greatest obstacle, according to Ann Marie, is the lack of recognition of the importance of Hawaiians telling their own stories.


In October 2010, CPIS Director Terence Wesley-Smith presented a paper, Changing Partners: Power, Politics, and the Rise of China in Oceania, at a three-day symposium held at Divine Word University in Madang, Papua New Guinea. The Pacific-Asia Partnerships in Resource Development symposium was organized as part of an Australian Development Research Award project based at the Australian National University (ANU) and funded by AusAID. Terence was one of a group of invited speakers who also traveled to Canberra to meet with staff at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and to participate in a symposium on Asian investment in the Pacific held at ANU.

Congratulations to CPIS Assistant Professor Lola Quan Bautista whose book, Steadfast Movement around Micronesia: Satowan Enlargements beyond Migration, has just been published by Lexington Books (see Publications).

Congratulations to affiliate faculty member Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio, a professor in Māno’s Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, who was honored with the University of Hawai‘i’s Robert W Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service. The award was presented at the university’s annual convocation ceremony on 14 September 2010. Virginia S Hinshaw, UH Mānoa chancellor, praised Jon for his inspirational work and contributions as an insightful, caring, and intellectual leader. Jon is known widely for his leadership in teaching, research, writing, and advocacy, as well as in music. One of his most recent initiatives is a new book, The Value of Hawai‘i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future, which he edited with UHM Department of English Professor Craig Howes (see Publications).

Congratulations to CPIS affiliate faculty member and alumnus (CPIS MA, 1989) Puakea Nogelmeier, associate professor, Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, whose book Mai Pa‘a I Ka Leo: Historical Voice in Hawaiian Primary Materials, Looking Forward and Listening Back has just been published by Bishop Museum Press (see Publications).

David Chappell, associate professor of history, has published two recent articles on the political status of New Caledonia: Federalism, Association and Independence: Discourses on Future Status in New Caledonia appeared in A Angelo and Y-L Sage (eds), Governance and Self-reliance in Pacific Island Societies: Comparative Studies, and Historical Perspectives on Independence appeared in E P Gueselin and M Joyau (eds), States and Constitutions of the South Pacific.

Mary Boyce, assistant professor of Māori and co-leader of the Legal Māori Project at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) in Aoteaāori available online for linguistic and legal scholars and others. The project team, led by Mary and Māmarry Stephens of the law faculty at VUW, is using the corpus as a basis for a legal Māori dictionary, due to be completed in 2012. The legal corpus can be accessed at

Congratulations to Department of Anthropology Professor James Bayman; he has been awarded a National Science Council Fellowship to spend January–June 2011 teaching in the Anthropology Department at National Taiwan University.

Finally, congratulations to Department of Anthropology Professor Emeritus Alan Howard, who received the UHM College of Social Sciences Award for Distinguished Retired Faculty for 2010–2011. The award includes a $500 cash prize and recognizes a retired faculty member who has continued to maintain an active and outstanding scholarly life.


The current issue of The Contemporary Pacific, which was launched at the recent Celebrating Connections conference, is a special issue, Flying Fox Excursions: Albert Wendt’s Creative and Critical Legacy in Oceania, guest edited by Teresia K Teaiwa and Selina Tusitala Marsh. In their introduction, Teaiwa and Marsh say the collection’s aim is not to supplant the many thoughtful literary analyses of Wendt’s work, but to illustrate some of [his] wider intellectual and cultural impacts.

The Contemporary Pacific cover

The artist featured on the cover and throughout the volume is acclaimed printmaker and multi-media artist Michel Tuffery, of Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Tuffery, who is of Samoan, Cook Islander, and Tahitian descent, had his first exhibition, a series of wood-cuts, at the Tautai Gallery/Maota Samoa in Auckland in 1988. His current work is grounded in urban communities and involves large-scale installations, movement, sound, and cinema. In 2008 Tuffery was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Honours List for services to the arts. The artwork on the cover (pictured here) makes use of one of Tuffery’s series of color-reduction woodblocks picturing moths and butterflies.

The issue’s contents include poetry, essays, and short fiction:

Albert Wendt’s Critical and Creative Legacy in Oceania: An Introduction
Teresia Teaiwa and Selina Tusitala Marsh

Sega 1
Dan Taulapapa McMullin

He Mele Aloha
Brandy Nalani McDougall

E-mailing Albert
Selina Tusitala Marsh

Not E-mailing Albert: A Legacy of Collection, Connection, Community
Alice Te Punga Somerville

Monica Ka‘imipono Kaiwi

Song of the Banyan Tree
Sia Figiel

Marisa Maepu

Inside Us the Dead (The NZ-born Version)
Karlo Mila

Vārua Tupu
Robert Sullivan

He Aloha no Na Kalo
ku‘ualoha ho‘omanawanui

After ‘Aoga
Lily Laita

Letter to the Editor [a work in progress]
Cresantia Frances Koya

Where it is all AT
Tracey Tawhiao

Gifted Flows: Making Space for a Brand New Beat
April K Henderson

Monsieur Cochon
Dan Taulapapa McMullin

I dream of Nahnep and the blue-eyed sailor
Emelihter Kihleng

Keith L Camacho

Te Awaroa (The Valley of the Long River)
Serie Barford

Cowboys in the House of Polynesia
Damon Salesa

In the Shade of the Banyan Tree
Susan Y Najita

Against Tradition
Sean Mallon

A Search for the New Oceania
Graeme Whimp

The New Oceania: A Selected Bibliography
Graeme Whimp

Pouliuli 8
Doug Poole

Sione Tapili
Ant Sang

The issue also includes political reviews for the region and Melanesia and book, exhibition, and performance reviews.


Available from UH Press

Moving Images: John Layard, Fieldwork, and Photography on Malakula since 1914, by Haidy Geismar and Anita Hurle, is a collection of anthropologist John Layard’s photos and field notes from Malakula. The authors explore the place of Layard’s images in the intellectual history of anthropology and illuminate the social history of the discipline at the same time that they provide a record of the elaborate ritual and culture of Malakulans in the first part of the twentieth century. 2010, 308 pages. ISBN 978-0-8248-3503-3, cloth, US$90.00.

Lines That Connect: Rethinking Pattern and Mind in the Pacific, by Graeme Were, head of Teaching and Research Collections at University College London, treats pattern as a material form of thought that provokes connections between disparate things through processes of resemblance, memory, and transformation. Were explores how pattern facilitates the connecting of new and old ideas and how pattern carries new materials and technologies. 2010, 216 pages. ISBN 978-0-8248-3384-8, cloth, US$38.00.

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The Value of Hawai‘i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future,is edited by Craig Howes, director of the UHM Center for Biographical Research, and Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio, professor of Hawaiian studies in the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Timed to come out before the most recent Hawai‘i state elections, The Value of Hawai‘i examines Hawai‘i’s current challenges and offers points of departure for a Hawai‘i-wide debate on the future of the state. The brief essays address a wide range of topics—including education, the environment, Hawaiian issues, media, tourism, political culture, law, labor, economic planning, government, transportation, and poverty—and express a range of perspectives. 2010, 248 pages. ISBN 978-0-8248-3529-3, paper, US$19.99.

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

Other Publications

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Steadfast Movement around Micronesia: Satowan Enlargements beyond Migration, by geographer and CPIS faculty member Lola Quan Bautista, examines how people from Chuuk State in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) move about and how they interpret this movement. Bautista also investigates the ways in which movement to Guam by Chuuk citizens and others from the FSM reflects historical circumstance and current political and economic considerations. 2010, 194 pages. ISBN 978-0-7391-3477-1, cloth, $US65.00. Published by Lexington Books.

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Mai Pa‘a I Ka Leo: Historical Voice in Hawaiian Primary Materials, Looking Forward and Listening Back, by M Puakea Nogelmeier, associate professor of Hawaiian language in the UHM Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, examines the formation of the canon of Hawaiian source texts and their relationship to the larger body of Hawaiian primary material recorded in the Hawaiian language newspapers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The author is the director of Awaiaulu, an organization dedicated to fostering Hawaiian knowledge through the training of translators and the publication of legacy texts. 2010, 286 pages. ISBN 978-1-5817-8086-4, cloth, US$26.95 (also available in paper). Published by Bishop Museum Press.

Tatau: Samoan Tattoo, New Zealand Art, Global Culture, photographs by Mark Adams, with essays by Sean Mallon, Peter Brunt, and Nicholas Thomas, had its beginnings in an exhibition at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. In addition to presenting contemporary images that illuminate the tradition of tattooing, the book tells the story of Sulu‘ape Paulo II, the preeminent figure of modern Samoan tattooing. 2010, 192 pages. ISBN 978-1-8773-8555-1, paper, NZ$80.00. Some of the images are online at

Several books from Aotearoa/New Zealand were winners of the 2010 Nga Kupu Ora Mori Book Awards. The awards, sponsored by Massey University, honor Maori publications. The awardees were

Papua Road Map: Negotiating the Past, Improving the Present and Securing the Future, edited by Muridan S Widjojo, looks at the conflict in Papua in terms of the marginalization of indigenous Papuans, the failure of development, contradictions between Papuan and Jakartan constructions of political identity and history, and the issue of accountability for past state violence toward Indonesian citizens in Papua. 2010, 211 pages. ISBN 978-9-8142-7900-0, paper, US$24.90. Copublished by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore and Yayasan Pustaka Obor Indonesia.

Dreams, Madness, and Fairy Tales in New Britain, by Papua New Guinea anthropologist Andrew Lattas, examines everyday forms of creativity in a contemporary Papua New Guinea influenced by Westernization. Lattas analyzes popular visions of utopia and dystopia as rural Papua New Guineans imagine new ways to be Melanesian and new ways to be White. 2010, 394 pages. ISBN 978-1-5946-0727-1, paper, US$50.00. Part of the Ritual Studies Monograph Series published by Carolina Academic Press.

Sin, Sex and Stigma: A Pacific Response to HIV and AIDS, by medical anthropologist Lawrence Hammar, explores Papua New Guinea’s impressive multisectoral response to the serious health problem of HIV and AIDS and the many factors preventing successful intervention. Hammar conducted ethnographic research and worked alongside Papua New Guinea colleagues in a multiyear study of HIV, AIDS, STDs, and sexual health and behavior. 2010, 444 pages. ISBN 978-0-9556-4004-9, cloth, US$129.00. Volume 4 of the series Anthropology Matters, published by Sean Kingston Publishing.

Three volumes of Education for Sustainable Development, edited by Cresantia F Koya, Unaisi Nabobo-Baba, and Teweiariki Teaero, have just been published by the University of the South Pacific School of Education and the Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO. Continuity and Survival in the Pacific, volume one (ISBN 978-9-8201-0870-7), documents Pacific notions and examples of adaptation and survival. Pacific Stories of Sustainable Living, volume two (ISBN 978-9-8201-0868-4), challenges conceptions that compartmentalize the environment and the economy from the personal and cultural life experiences. An Annotated Bibliography, volume three (ISBN 978-9-8201-0862-2), is a resource on what education for sustainable development is about, as well as a resource for taking action. 2010. The first two volumes are US$15.00 a piece; the third volume is US$10.00.

Gender, Ritual and Social Formation in West Papua: A Configurational Analysis Comparing Kamoro and Asmat, by Jan Pouwer, describes the substantial differences as well as the striking similarities between the cultures of the Kamoro and the Asmat, both living on the south coast of West Papua. Distributed for KITLV Press. 2010, 312 pages. ISBN 978-90-6718-325-3, paper, US$44.00.

Person and Place: Ideas, Ideals, and Practice of Sociality on Vanua Lava, Vanuatu, by Sabine C Hess, an anthropologist at the Institut für Ethnologie, University of Heidelberg, presents an account of Vanua Lavan’s engagement with modernity, and examines how they relate to the past, make sense of the present and anticipate the future. Published by Berghahn Books. 2009, 252 pages. ISBN 978-1-8454-5599-6, cloth, US$95.00.

Towards a Theology of the CHamoru: Struggle and Liberation in Oceania, by Jonathan Blas Diaz, interweaves a history of Chamoru experience in the Mariana Islands with Roman Catholic scripture and social teaching. 2010, 273 pages. ISBN 978-9-7105-1162-9, paper, US$25.00. Published by Claretian Publications. For ordering information, contact Diaz at

E Publications

Lihir Destiny: Cultural Responses to Mining in Melanesia, by anthropologist Nicholas A Bainton, provides an account of the social structural and cultural transformations produced by large-scale gold mining activities in the Lihir Islands of Papua New Guinea. In the process, it contributes to our understanding of what development means in contemporary Melanesia. The author is a research officer at the University of Queensland Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining. 2010. ISBN 978-1-9216-6685-8. Available online from ANU E Press at Asia-Pacific Environment Monograph 5.

Steep Slopes: Music and change in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, by Kirsty Gillespie, is a musical ethnography of the Duna of Papua New Guinea. It show how, through musical creativity, the Duna maintain a connection with their past and their identity, while simultaneously embracing the challenges of the present. 2010. ISBN 978-1-9216-6643-8. Available online from ANU E Press at Audio examples are available at

Anthropologist Petra Autio’s PhD dissertation, Hard Custom, Hard Dance: Social Organisation, (Un)Differentiation and Notions of Power in a Tabiteuean Community, Southern Kiribati, analyzes social organization on the island Tabiteuea and analyzes the intertwining of hierarchical and egalitarian traits, with a focus on the meetinghouse institution and traditional dancing. The dissertation is available through the University of Helsinki E-thesis service at 2010. Research Series in Anthropology 18. Helsinki University Press.

Folktales and Fairy Tales: Translation, Colonialism, and Cinema, edited by ku‘aloha ho‘omanawanui, Noenoe Silva, Vilsoni Hereniko, and Cristina Bacchilega, is a collection of papers that emerged from the 2008 international symposium of the same name at UH Manoa, 23–26 September 2008. The collection, which contains writing from Oceania and elsewhere, can be accessed at

The State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program at the Australian National University has a number of new papers available at

Selected papers, poems, visual presentations, and photos from the symposium An Oceanic Imagination: A Tribute to the Life and Mind of Epeli Hau‘of a are online at The symposium, coordinated by Jenny Bryant-Tokalau and Patrick Vakaoti, was held at the University of Otago, Aotearoa/New Zealand, on 21 October 2009.

Confronting Environmental Treaty Implementation Challenges in the Pacific Islands, by Pamela S Chasek, a political scientist at Manhattan College in New York City, is Pacific Islands Policy 6 in the East-West Center’s Pacific Islands policy paper series. The paper can be downloaded from 2010, 42 pages. ISBN 978-0-8663-8222-9.

Volume 8:1 (2010) of Conservation & Society, an open access journal, includes the article Forbidden sea turtles: Traditional laws pertaining to sea turtle consumption in Polynesia (Including the Polynesian Outliers), by Regina Woodrom Rudrud. It is available at


The September 2010 issue of the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 16:3, contains an article on Pentecostal Christianity, morality, and illness in New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

The 1 October 2010 issue of Science magazine contains an article on the initial human habitation of the New Guinea Highlands and an article on human adaptation and plant use in Highland New Guinea 49,000–44,000 years ago.

The Journal of Pacific History, 45:2, contains articles on the naming of places in Oceania by Europeans, the elder sibling–younger sibling relationship in ancient Mangaia and Aotearoa/New Zealand, the land purchaser as ethnographer in early twentieth-century Aotearoa/New Zealand, and the multiracial Union Calédonienne in Koné, New Caledonia.

Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 15:7, includes the article Listening to Local Voices: Tuvaluans Respond to Climate Change.


Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania

The 2011 Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania annual meeting will be held 9–12 February in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. For information on the session topics and presenters, see

Maritime Archaeology and History of the Pacific

The twenty-second Symposium on Maritime Archaeology and History of Hawai‘i and the Pacific, Ecology and Maritime Archaeology in the Pacific, will be held in Hilo, Hawai‘i, 18–21 February 2011. Jack Frazier, a researcher with the Conservation and Research Center at the National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., will be the keynote speaker. His talk is titled Applying Archaeological Models to Ecology. For more information, see the website at

Language Documentation and Conservation

The second UHM International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, “Strategies for Moving Forward,” will be held 11–13 February 2011 in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. The conference aims to build on the momentum created by the first conference, by discussing research and revitalization approaches that will benefit speech communities and the field of language documentation. An optional two-day field study to visit Hawaiian language revitalization programs on the Big Island of Hawai‘i will take place 14–15 February. Two days of optional technical training will precede the conference on 9–10 February. For conference information, see The Center for Pacific Islands Studies is a cosponsor of the conference.

Mapping and Unmapping the Pacific

The Taiwan Society for Pacific Studies will hold a two-day conference, Mapping and Unmapping the Pacific: Island Perceptions of an ‘Oceanic Continent,’ 16–17 February 2011, in Taipei. The conference’s subtopics are routes and migrations, methods of mapping, sacred elements in traveling and mapping, and alliances and conflicts. For more information, e-mail

Emerging Trends in Pacific and Asian Studies

Crossing Borders: Emerging Trends in Pacific and Asian Studies, the 2011 UHM School of Pacific and Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference, will be held 3–5 April 2011 in Honolulu. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 28 January 2011. Limited travel subsidies to the conference may be available. For more information, see

Reading and Writing in the Pacific

SPACLALS (the South Pacific Association for Common-wealth Language and Literary Studies) will host a three-day conference, Reading and Writing in the Pacific, in Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand, 23–25 June 2011. The conference will address topics such as who is writing and reading, what and how are they writing and reading, and what hasn’t yet been written or read. The conference will include a mix of panels, workshops, and creative presentations. The final day will focus on teaching and pedagogy. Abstracts of 250 words should be e-mailed to by 1 February 2011.

Sir Joseph Banks and the Great Pacific Ocean

A two-day conference, Exploring Empire: Sir Joseph Banks, India, and the ‘Great Pacific Ocean’—Science, Travel, Trade & Culture 1768–1820, organized by Nottingham Trent University and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, Great Britain, will be held 24–25 June 2011. The conference aims to bring together a diverse array of scholars who are interested in the cultures of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain, India, and the Pacific. For more information, see

Pacific Islands and Hawai‘i Museum Associations

The Pacific Islands Museum Association and the Hawai‘i Museums Association will cohost the 2011 annual meeting of the Western Museums Association, to be held in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, 23–26 September 2011. For more information, see the Hawai‘i Museums Association website at

Conferences Announced in Previous Newsletters


Tahitian Instructor Position at UH Mānoa

The University of Hawai&# 145;i at Mānoa Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature, is advertising a position for a Tahitian instructor, to begin 1 August 2011. The duties include teaching Tahitian language and culture courses, first- through fourth-year levels. The position is part of a broader cross-disciplinary initiative on French-speaking Oceania and Asia being developed jointly by the Division of French and Italian, the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and other units. Minimum qualifications include an MA (or near completion, with degree in hand at time of hire). Details of the position can be found at

To apply, candidates should send a letter of application with current curriculum vitae; relevant publications in Tahitian, French, or English and related fields; three current letters of recommendation; summaries of student and peer teaching assessments; and a brief statement outlining the ways in which they meet the minimum and desirable qualifications to Dr John Mayer, Chair, UH Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, 2540 Maile Way, Spalding Hall 255, Honolulu, HI 96822. Inquiries may be sent to Dr Mayer at The closing date is 14 March 2011.

Assistant Curator of Anthropology, AMNH

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), in New York, is inviting applications for an assistant curator position (tenure track) in the Division of Anthropology, to begin 1 July 2011. The museum is particularly interested in applicants with expertise in Pacific/Oceania. AMNH positions are defined as research positions; prior experience with museum collections is not a requirement, though it is considered a positive attribute. The museum is particularly interested in candidates whose research relates to issues of general significance in anthropology and who apply their findings to challenges confronting the modern world, especially in the face of globalization, degradation of the environment, threats to human health, political conflict, uneven resource distribution, or other problems of broad societal concern.

E-mailed submissions should be sent to (to the attention of Anthropology Search Committee) by 30 January 2011. For additional information, see the online announcement at

Positions at Auckland War Memorial Museum

The Auckland War Memorial Museum is advertising for several vacant curatorial positions in applied arts, ethnology, archaeology, non-vascular plants, marine invertebrates, and social history. The closing date for all the positions is 21 December 2010. For more information, see

Language and Literature Positions at University of Goroka

The Department of Language and Literature at the University of Goroka is advertising for a lecturer or senior lecturer in the field of language, literature, and linguistics (position 621005) and a lecturer or senior lecturer in the field of linguistics (position 621013). Successful candidates for appointment at the senior lecturer level should have a PhD. For more information, please contact Ms Anne-Marie Wanamp at

Position in Asian American Studies at UC Davis

The Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis, invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track position, to begin 1 July 2011. The department is seeking a scholar, preferably in history or social sciences, with expertise in interdisciplinary, comparative research and a strong record for intellectually innovative and accomplished research within the field of Asian/Pacific Islander American studies. Review of applications begins on 8 December 2010. For more information, see the website at

Weaving from Micronesia

Weaving Heritage: Textile Masterpieces from the Burke Collection, at the University of Washington Burke Museum of History and Culture, includes textiles from Micronesia in its exhibition of weaving from the Pacific and the Pacific Rim. The exhibition runs from 2 October 2010 through 27 February 2011. For more information, see

University of Guam Journal Seeks Submissions

Storyboard: Journal of Pacific Writing and Culture is a multilingual journal at the University of Guam that focuses on Pacific writing and publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction written in English or other Pacific languages (with translations into English). The editors welcome art, works from writers in and from the region, and writings about the region. For more information, see

Journal of Pacific History Essay Prize

The Journal of Pacific History (JPH) and Routledge have announced an annual award for the best article published in JPH each year. The author of the winning essay will receive A$1,000. The selected article will be one that, in the eyes of the editors, adds most creatively to historical knowledge of the Pacific/Oceania region and is well supported by evidence from a range of relevant sources. For information on submissions and the aim and scope of the journal, see

International Competition to Launch USP Press

In May 2011 the University of the South Pacific (USP) will launch its publishing arm, which will be known as USP Press. To support this endeavor, the university has announced an international competition for literary manuscripts—in the categories of fiction, poetry, and drama or screenplay—and nonfiction manuscripts—in the categories of history, biography, and autobiography; the sciences; the social sciences and humanities; and children’s books. There is a monetary prize for each category and additional prizes for the overall winners in the areas of literature and nonfiction. For more information, see the announcement at, or write to Professor Vilsoni Hereniko, Chair, Board of the USP Press, at The competition closes on 15 February 2011.

EWC United States–South Pacific Scholarship Program

The United States–South Pacific Scholarship Program (USSP), funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, provides educational opportunities for individuals from South Pacific countries to pursue degree study at US institutions in fields relevant to the development needs in the Pacific Islands region. Citizens of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Sāmoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu are eligible. The deadline is 1 February 2011. For more information, contact

Pacific Scholarship at University of Oregon

The Maradel Gale/Florence Krummel Pacific Island Scholarship at the University of Oregon awards an annual scholarship of approximately US$3,000 to a new or continuing student from a Pacific Islands nation. The selection process will give priority to applicants who are fluent in a language indigenous to the Islands. The application deadline is 15 February 2011. For more information, contact Megan Sullivan at

Legal Governance PhD Scholarships at Macquarie University

The Legal Governance Concentration of Research Excellence, in the Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University, in Australia, is offering up to two full-time PhD scholarships. Pacific Islands legal systems, information law, the changing nature of legal practice, and the nature, methodology, and impact of modern institutional law reforms are just a few of the areas in which applicants may pursue doctoral studies. For information, see the website at, or contact Professor David Weisbrot at The application deadline is being extended to mid-January 2011.

Visiting Indigenous Fellowship at Victoria University of Wellington

The Toihuarewa Visiting Indigenous Fellowship at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) aims to attract indigenous scholars to the university for two to six weeks, in order to build indigenous research capacity and enhance indigenous engagement and collaboration with VUW’s Māori research program. For more information on the fellowship, contact Paul Meredith at The application deadline for the 2011 fellowships is 31 January 2011.


All University of Hawai‘i campuses will be closed to the public from 18 December 2010 through 2 January 2011. No library services, which include interlibrary loan and e-mail reference, will be available.


Pacific News from Mānoa is published quarterly by
The Center for Pacific Islands Studies
School of Pacific and Asian Studies
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
1890 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822 USA
Phone: (808) 956-7700
Fax: (808) 956-7053
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Vilsoni Hereniko, Director; Letitia Hickson, Editor

Items in this newsletter may be freely reprinted. Acknowledgment of the source would be appreciated. To receive the newsletter electronically, contact the editor at the e-mail address above. The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution

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