Center for Pacific Islands Studies Newsletter

No. 3. July-September 1998


PACIFIC COLLECTIONS: Developing Libraries for the Twenty-First Century

PACIFIC COLLECTIONS:Developing Libraries for the Twenty-First Century

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 feature presentations on the Pacific collections and archival activities at many regional institutions.

David HANLON, Professor of History, UHM, will speak on "The Chill of History: The Experience, Emotion, and Changing Politics of Archival Research in the Pacific," and Michael OGDEN and Alan HOWARD will address internet resources. Anne Perez HATTORI and Kanalu G Terry YOUNG will talk about their experiences researching the pasts of Guam and Hawai‘i, and Joan HORI will demonstrate a teaching presentation on myths of Hawaiian history. 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. For further information, contact Tisha HICKSON at the addresses and numbers on the masthead.

MOVING IMAGES: Film Guide In Print and Online

An extensively updated fourth edition of Moving Images of the Pacific Islands: A Guide to Films and Videos is now available in print and online at, thanks to the work of Alexander MAWYER. MAWYER'S updated guide of over 2300 entries contains more than twice the number of films and videos in the previous edition of the guide, compiled and edited by Diane AOKI and Norman DOUGLAS in 1994. Among the additions are feature films, travel and tourism videos, World War II films now available on video, and geographic films, as well as recently released ethnographic and documentary films and an expanded list of German films. The current guide also differs from the third edition in excluding Hawai‘i films, the inclusion of which would have nearly doubled the size of the project. Included in the guide are technical and descriptive information on each film and video as well as a list of distributors and their contact numbers. Scott KROEKER assisted in the production of the printed guide as well as the online version. The online version can be viewed in either a text or graphics mode and is searchable. Printed versions of the guide are available from the center for $20 plus postage. Contact Joan FLANNERY at


Island Towns: Managing Urbanization in Micronesia, by John CONNELL and John P LEA, is a study of the problems of urban growth in the Micronesian island states of the Pacific, where rapid rural-urban migration since the 1960s has produced unusually high urban population concentrations. The paper is copublished by the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific (RIAP) at Sydney University, which has focused its research activities on developing human resources skills that can support sustainability, including sustainable urban development. John CONNELL, a geographer at University of Sydney, and John LEA, a development specialist in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the same university, have collaborated on two other books dealing with urbanization in Melanesia and Polynesia.

The 200-page paper (ISSN 0897-8905) is available from the Center for Pacific Islands Studies for $20 plus postage. To order, contact Joan FLANNERY at or at the address on the masthead.


Maori Visiting Artist at UH Manoa

Artist and educator Robert JAHNKE is the Fulbright Visiting Artist in Residence in the UHM Department of Art for the 1998-1999 academic year. JAHNKE is affiliated with the Te Whanau a Rakairoa o Ngati Porou tribe and is senior lecturer and Coordinator of Maori Visual Arts at Massey University in Palmerston North, Aotearoa/New Zealand. The Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts degree at Massey is the only university degree that focuses on the language, art, and culture of the Maori as the conceptual basis for an art program. During the fall semester at UHM JAHNKE is teaching a seminar that examines indigenous practices of cultural representation that promote narratives influencing difference and self-determination in the visual arts.

UHM Library Receives $100,438 Grant

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced its 1998 National Leadership grant awards. UHM Library received $100,438 for its proposal for a two-year project to begin developing a digital library of Hawaiian and Pacific Islands materials. The project involves expanding access to three significant collections: Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI) Photo Collection, Hawaiian language newspapers on microfilm, and Hawai‘i War Records Depository (HWRD) Photographs. UH will convert over 6000 previously digitized TTPI images to web accessible formats. This will mean that the images currently available only through workstations in Special Collections will be accessible throughout the region, thus fulfilling a long-standing goal.

The grant will enable the library to purchase microfilm for 10 Hawaiian language newspapers (1834-1919) and process these to add to the existing webpages at The project includes scanning of 1325 HWRD photos that are used to teach about the WWII period in Hawai‘i. This grant is a major step forward in UH Library's ongoing work to serve information needs in Hawai‘i and the Pacific Islands region. The main participants in the project are systems librarian Martha CHANTINY, UH archivist Jim CARTWRIGHT, Hawaiian specialist Joan HORI, and Pacific Curator Karen PEACOCK.

Just Dancing to Show at HIFF in November

Just Dancing, a short film by Vilsoni and Jeannette HERENIKO had its world premiere to standing-room audiences at the Pusan International Film Festival in Korea in October 1998. Its United States premiere will be held on Saturday, 7 November at 6:30 pm at the Hawai‘i Theater in Honolulu as part of the Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF). Since there will be only one screening in Honolulu, anyone interested in attending is encouraged to get tickets early from the HIFF office, tel 808-528-3456. Just Dancing will also tour the Neighbor Islands after the O‘ahu screening. For more information on the festival, including other Pacific Islands and Hawai‘i films and videos, see the HIFF website at


For two weeks this past summer twelve student drummers from Te Vevo Tahiti no Manoa (UHM Music Department's Tahitian music and dance ensemble) traveled to Tahiti as part of a special music study trip and were warmly hosted by the people of the Protestant church in Puna‘auia. Members of the Galilea Parish arranged a choral greeting at the airport, opened up their meeting hall to house the students "island style," prepared daily meals with wonderful Tahitian fare, planned special outings and feasts, and did everything possible to insure that the students would have a memorable experience.

Under the direction of UHM music professor Jane Freeman MOULIN, and with the assistance of visiting professor Timi TAUPUA, the students participated in a full schedule of events. They had lessons with Tahiti's top drummers, visited the workshop of drum maker Eugene HAU‘A, observed rehearsals of outstanding dance groups, attended the Heiva music and dance competitions, and met many of the people who are important to music and dance performance in Tahiti. The students also had the opportunity to visit the island of Mo‘ore‘a and to try their hands at Tahitian crafts such as making coconut leaf baskets, repairing fish nets, and making bamboo fish containers. Feast upon feast provided occasions not only to learn about the preparation of traditional foods but also to share music and dance with their hosts and to build lasting friendships. At a final night tama‘ara‘a (lu‘au), students entertained the members of the parish and demonstrated the results of their hard work to visiting students from the island of Huahine. The goodbyes were tearful, but the music and dance at the airport were a once in a lifetime experience. Perhaps equally important to the musical growth, however, was the fact that students returned to Honolulu with a stronger idea of the fundamental significance of hospitality in Tahitian culture and the value of cooperative group effort.

This trip was part of a year-long drumming study project that brought drummer Timi TAUPUA from Tahiti to teach Tahitian to‘ere drumming and ukulele at the Manoa campus during the 1998 calendar year. Te Vevo Tahiti no Manoa has performed at KCC, WCC's Taro Festival, the EWC, and the UHM Music Department.


Under the sponsorship of Consortium for Teaching Asia and the Pacific in the Schools (CTAPS) and with the financial support of Hawai‘i's Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), a group of 18 teachers, specializing in Hawaiian and Pacific Islands studies, traveled to Pape‘ete and the islands of Raiatea, Tahaa, Huahine, and Moorea in June of 1998, Directed by Sigfried RAMLER of the East-West Center, the group had the honor of being accompanied by Professor Yoshiko SINOTO, Senior Archaeologist at the Bishop Museum and a noted pioneer in the discovery and documentation of key archaeological sites in Tahiti. The purpose of the visit was to explore the historical and cultural links between Tahiti and Hawai‘i and to learn about contemporary French Polynesia with particular attention to education, changes in the ongoing relationship with France, and everyday social and economic life. According to RAMLER, the group spent a remarkable two weeks in the islands where they experienced an incredibly warm welcome and many gestures of friendship. The trip also featured many opportunities for cultural exchange as the Hawai‘i group reciprocated their hosts' presentations with chants and performances of Hawai‘i.

The teachers who went on the trip were given the opportunity to gain graduate credit from UHM through the Pacific Islands studies program. They also prepared lesson plans which are available to all Hawai‘i teachers through CTAPS at the East-West Center. For more information, call 944-7768.


Nancy KWALEA, librarian for the Forum Fisheries Agency, a regional Pacific organization headquartered in Honiara, Solomon Islands, spent twelve days in September visiting and working with the Pacific collections at UH Library and other Hawai‘i institutions. While in Honolulu, Ms KWALEA'S itinerary included the National Marine Fisheries Library, where she discussed cataloging needs with librarian Sandra ABBOTT-STOUT, and visits to the Bishop Museum, Hawai‘i State Library's main branch, and the state fisheries library at the Anuenue research facility. Ms KWALEA also had extensive briefing sessions with UH librarians and staff in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections, Science Reference, Preservation, Cataloging, Gifts and Exchange, Acquisitions, and Serials departments. In addition to her library visits, Ms KWALEA was able to meet with faculty and staff at CPIS and the Sea Grant program at UH and collect numerous publications to take back to the Solomons.

Upon her return to Honiara, Ms KWALEA wrote to thank her Hawai‘i hosts and said, "The program helped me to open up a whole new world of knowledge, and make new friends and acquaintances that will be beneficial for my job here as the sole person responsible for effectively and efficiently collecting and disseminating information and resources to 40-50 staff who work for FFA and the many out there in regional member countries." According to Karen PEACOCK, Pacific Curator, who organized Ms KWALEA'S schedule, "having a visitor with such keen interest and professional dedication was a great pleasure for all the Honolulu librarians." PEACOCK also expressed her gratitude to Murray CHAPMAN, Department of Geography, for the help and liaison work that began this site visit.


The University of Hawai‘i will offer a full archaeological field school in Fiji, 21 June to 31 July 1999. Under the direction of UH archaeologist Terry HUNT, students will conduct archaeological survey work and excavations on the island of Waya in Fiji's northwestern Yasawa group, in order to learn more about the settlement of Fiji and, by extension, the southwestern Pacific. Excavations will take place at the early habitation site of Olo, adjacent to the village of Yalobi. Olo, one of the earliest settlements on the island, has yielded decorated Lapita pottery approximately 2800 years old, numerous shell and stone artifacts, and some evidence for early cannibalism.

Students will spend the first week in Honolulu in an intensive orientation program at UH. They will learn survey and laboratory skills and attend a series of lectures on Pacific archaeology and Fijian culture, village protocol, language, prehistory, and environment. Five weeks will be spent on Waya, where they will learn archaeological excavation methods, surveying, and field laboratory procedures and also have the opportunity to enjoy hiking, swimming, and diving.

No previous field experience is necessary, although previous course work in archaeology and anthropology is desirable. The deadline for application is 10 April 1998. For more information, contact Dr Terry HUNT, Department of Anthropology, UH Manoa, 2424 Maile Way, Soc Sci 346, Honolulu, HI 96822; tel: 808-956-7310; email:


At least two campuses in the UH system may someday serve the research and outreach needs of Pacific-based agriculturists. On the Manoa campus, the Agricultural Development in the American Pacific (ADAP) Program has been serving the region for ten years, while at the Hilo campus, planning will soon begin for a new Pacific Basin Agriculture Research Center.

ADAP was initiated in 1988 by the five US Land Grant programs in Hawai‘i and the US-affiliated entities of the Northern Marianas, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, and American Samoa. Its mission is to promote the research, extension, and instruction activities of these programs and to enhance the impact of the land grant institutions on agriculture and communities. Current projects include the introduction of leaf blight-resistant taro into American Samoa, enhanced database systems dealing with production, import/export, and bibliographic information, and new cooperative relationships with non-US regional partners. ADAP also has funds to assist high school students and regional government employees interested in gaining agricultural experience and pursuing agricultural degrees. Information on ADAP programs and publications, which are funded primarily by the US Congress and the US Department of Agriculture, is available by phone at 808-956-8140 or through its website at

Funds for planning the UH Hilo Pacific Basin Agriculture Research Center were recently approved by the US Senate in the amount of $4.5 million. The center would serve Hawai‘i, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Marianas. It will be built at the UH-Hilo technology park and is expected to attract private agricultural companies to the park. It is expected to provide some part-time employment for students as well as facilities for laboratory research.


William GRAHAM, Public Advocate, Nuclear Claims Tribunal, Republic of the Marshall Islands, visited the center on 14 July to discuss pending cases now under review by the Tribunal. Mr GRAHAM'S position is that of an advocate for Marshall Islanders who are filing claims for personal, property, or other damages derived from the US nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands.

Maureen KATTAU, Librarian for Pacific Collections, Australian National University, visited CPIS and the Pacific Collection on 16 July. An American citizen who served in the Peace Corps in Fiji and later as a professional librarian in Papua New Guinea, KATTAU was returning to Australia after a visit to the US mainland.

Professor Timoti S KARETU, Maori Language Commissioner, Government of New Zealand, Wellington, was a participant in a summer program sponsored by the UH's National Foreign Language Resource Center. He consulted with Robert C KISTE on 22 July about the possibility of introducing instruction in the Maori language at UH.

Dr Alan B C LATIMER, Foreign Service Career Officer, US Department of State, called at the center on 24 August en route to take up the post of Deputy Chief of Mission, American Embassy, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. He has 23 years' experience as a diplomat and recently completed a tour of duty at the American Embassy, Nairobi, Kenya. Dr LATIMER, who is new to the Pacific region, visited Honolulu for briefings at UH and the East-West Center. He is scheduled to serve a three-year posting in PNG.

Mr Ian LEGGAT, Chancellor, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, called at the Center on 25 August to discuss possible collab-oration and student exchanges with UH. He was particularly interested in connections between faculty and students working in Pacific Islands, Hawaiian, and Maori studies. LEGGAT'S visit was arranged by Dr Ueantabo NEEMIA-MACKENZIE, Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre, which is the locus for Pacific Islands studies at Canterbury.

Dr Laura ZIMMER-TAMAKOSHI, Professor of Anthropology at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, visited the center on 26 August to discuss her sabbatical project. She is interested in designing a Pacific Islands course, or courses, that would link students and professors in different locations, through the Internet. She was spending two weeks at the East-West Center as a visiting fellow, interviewing UH faculty on their web-based activities.

Ambassador Pierre GARRIGUE-GUYONNAUD, France's Permanent Secretary for Pacific Affairs, called at the center on 31 August after attending the meeting of the Pacific Forum on Pohnpei. The Ambassador divides his time between Paris and Noumea. During his visit to Honolulu, he called on a number of people at UH and the East-West Center, including presidents of both institutions. He would like to promote a working relationship between French universities and UH.

Mr Mark CALAMIA, PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado, visited on 3 September to discuss his plans for field research on marine tenure in Kadavu, Fiji. He will be affiliated with the Marine Studies Programme, University of the South Pacific, over the next year and a half.

Allen NUGENT, Charge d'Affaires, US Embassy, Koror, Republic of Palau, a foreign service veteran of 22 years has recently taken up his new assignment in Koror. He was making the rounds in Honolulu, and stopped by on 21 September to get acquainted with CPIS and discuss Palauan and regional affairs. NUGENT was accompanied by Major O J PAPUCCI, US Air Force, Pacific Islands Country Director, Headquarters, CINCPAC.

Professor Hanns J BUCHHOLZ, Department of Geography, Hannover University, Hannover, Germany, is in the United States conducting research. The Pacific Islands are one of his major interests, and in addition to his visit to the center on 23 September he spent time at the Pacific Collection, Hamilton Library, and other archival sources in town. Professor BUCHHOLZ regularly attends the annual meetings of the Pacific Community (formerly the South Pacific Commission).


Barry ROLETT and his archaeology students were recently featured in news stories about their archaeology project in the Marquesas Islands and the new community-based museum that the project has spawned. ROLETT is currently on sabbatical and teaching at Harvard University where he is the first person to teach Pacific archaeology in the history of that institution.

E Alison KAY, professor of zoology, received a 1997-1998 UH Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching. The Presidential Citation recognizes Manoa faculty members who have made significant contributions to teaching and student learning. KAY is a world-renowned expert in marine mollusks who also coteaches a course on the natural history of the Hawaiian Islands. She was honored along with six other teachers.

Vilsoni HERENIKO is on sabbatical and will return to UH in August 1999. He is spending his sabbatical year traveling, attending film festivals, and working on Pacific film and literature projects.

Terence WESLEY-SMITH gave a paper, "Narratives of Progress in the Cambridge History of the Pacific Islanders," at the Pacific Representations: Culture, Identity, Media conference at the University of Canberra, 22-25 September. The conference featured keynote speakers Greg DENING, Epeli HAU‘OFA, Don AITKIN, and Tracey BUNDA, along with other academics and writers concerned with conceptual and theoretical issues relating to identity and the politics of representation.

Letitia HICKSON attended the 1998 Pacific Resources for Education and Learning conference, Voyaging with a Vision, in Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i, 4-6 August. The conference featured Hawaiian navigator Nainoa THOMPSON as keynote speaker and delegations of K-12 educators from all of the American-affiliated Pacific Islands. Special guests were a group of Alaskan Native educators who carried through the navigation theme with their presentation on "Navigating across the Tundra."


Congratulations to new CPIS graduates Keith Lujan CAMACHO and Ruhiyyah Napualani SPOCK! CAMACHO'S thesis was "Enframing I Taotao Tano': Colonialism, Militarism, and Tourism in Twentieth-Century Guam." SPOCK'S Plan B Paper was "Pro-Annexationist Propaganda in the Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 1898."

As we say aloha to departing students, the center staff is pleased to welcome into the program the following students. Entering in spring semester 1998 were:

Mariana BEN, BA in political science from UH Hilo; and

Paul SOUFL, a teacher at St Andrew's Priory in Honolulu who is also a PhD student in political science.

Entering in fall semester 1998 were:

Janet Kaealani BRADFORD, BA with a focus on anthropology and Pacific studies at UH West O‘ahu;

Takashi MITA, BA in liberal arts from International Christian University in Japan;

Matthew Kapaliku SCHIRMAN, BA in Hawaiian studies, UHM; and

Thomas Keali‘iahoni STONE, BA in Hawaiian studies, UHM.

Two students, Katerina TEAIWA and Michele Kamakanoenoe NELSON joined Terence WESLEY-SMITH in presenting papers at the University of Canberra conference Pacific Representations: Culture, Identity, Media, 22-25 September. TEAIWA'S paper, with her sister Teresia TEAIWA, was "Disconcerting Issues: The Politics of Performance, Appropriation, and Personalising in a Postcolonial Banaban Context." NELSON'S paper was "Cultural Imperialism vs Cultural Custodianship: Finally Telling Our Own Stories through Film."


Laura ZIMMER-TAMAKOSHI, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, gave a talk on entitled "Using Web-Based Technology in Teaching the New Pacific." In a seminar cosponsored by the Department of Anthropology, she talked about the software she is using to create a new course using the Internet and her ideas for linking to faculty and students at other institutions.

Sitiveni HALAPUA, Director of the Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center, spoke on 8 September on some new directions for the South Pacific Forum, in his report on the August meeting in Pohnpei.

David A CHAPPELL, Associate Professor of History, UHM, gave a talk on 17 September titled "The Noumea Accord: Establishing a Neo-Caledonian Nationality." In a seminar cosponsored by the Pacific Islands Development Program, EWC, he reported on interviews he conducted in Noumea following the signing of the 1998 accord.


Thanks to the efforts of Guest Editor Kathleen BARLOW and the generosity of several units of the University of Michigan, a special issue on Logging the Southwestern Pacific: Perspectives from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu has been reprinted. Volume 9, number 1 of The Contemporary Pacific (Spring 1997) is available from the Orders Department of University of Hawai‘i Press at a cost of US$16 (Pacific Islands excluding Hawai‘i and New Zealand) or us$23 (all other addresses), including surface postage. Add $6 per copy for airmail postage.

Contents of the issue include:

Feature articles
Forest Exploitation in Papua New Guinea, by Simon SAULEI
The Struggle for Control of Solomon Island Forests, by Ian FRAZER
Changing Forestry Regimes in Vanuatu: Is Sustainable Management Possible? by Ralph REGENVANU, Stephen W WYATT, and Luca TACCONI
Regional Dynamics and Conservation in Papua New Guinea: The Lakekamu River Basin Project, by Stuart KIRSCH
Incremental Agroforestry: Enriching Pacific Landscapes, by William C CLARKE and Randolph R THAMAN

Dialogue articles
Regulating the Forest Industry in Papua New Guinea: An Interview with Brian D Brunton, by Kathleen BARLOW
Solomon Island Nongovernment Organizations: Major Environmental Actors, by John ROUGHAN

Bibliographic Review Essay by Jamon HALVAKSZ and Elizabeth HOCHBERG.


UH Publications

An American Anthropologist in Melanesia: A B Lewis and the Joseph N Field South Pacific Expedition, 1909-1913, edited by Robert L WELSCH, is a two-volume work that contextualizes Field's expedition diaries and provides a wealth of visual materials. The set offers a firsthand account of anthropology in Melanesia before the First World War as well as insights into how prominent natural history and ethnological museums built their collections. Cloth ISBN 0-8248-1644-7, $125.

Bridging Mental Boundaries in a Postcolonial Microcosm: Identity and Development in Vanuatu, by William F S MILES, takes a look at the long-term effects of the joint Franco-British Administration in public policy, political disputes, and social cleavages in post-independence Vanuatu. Miles, a political scientist who teaches at Northeastern University in Boston, adds to his analysis by including comparisons with other colonized ocieties such as Niger, Nigeria, Martinique, Mauritius, and Pondicherry. Cloth ISBN 0-8242-1979-9, $47.00; paper ISBN 0-8248-2048-7, $22.95.

Imperial Benevolence: Making British Authority in the Pacific Islands, by Jane SAMSON, is an analysis of British imperialism and the cultural roots permeating Britons' attitudes toward Pacific Islanders. In the course of the book, Samson explores the impulses behind British calls for the protection and "improvement" of Islanders, from kingmaking projects in Hawai‘i, Tonga, and Fiji to the "anti-slavery" campaign against the labor trade in the western Pacific. In doing so, she reveals deep division over the issue of "gunboat diplomacy." Cloth ISBN 0-8248-1927-6, $35.

Patricia GRACE'S Cousins is the latest reprint in the Talanoa: Contemporary Pacific Literature series. This novel, from one of the foremost writers in New Zealand, follows the paths of Mata, Makareta, and Missy, three Maori cousins, who, in following quite different paths, offer insights into the lives of contemporary New Zealand women. Paper ISBN 0-8248-2074-6, $16.95.

Mapping the Godzone: A Primer on New Zealand Literature and Culture, by William SHAEFER, is the author's attempt to relate New Zealand's mental and moral landscape to that of the United States by looking at a range of contemporary novelists, including Witi IHIMAERA, Albert WENDT, Patricia GRACE, Alan DUFF, Keri HULME, and Janet FRAME, and filmmakers, including Jane CAMPION, Peter JACKSON, and Vincent WARD. SHAEFER is professor of English at Berea College in Kentucky. Paper ISBN 0-8248-2016-9, $23.

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


Indigenous Women in the Pacific is the title of the Spring 1997 special issue of Women's Studies Journal, University of Otago. The issue contains articles and poems by and about Maori and other Pacific women, looking at representation, education, gender and work, and an analysis of the personal and the political in Pacific women's poetry. For information, contact University of Otago Press, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Other Publications and Film/Video Resources

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. ISBN 0-943549-57-4 (paper); $25. Published by Thomas Jefferson Press, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO 63501-4221; email:; website:

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$30.00 per volume, US$55 a set. Contact SSED, USP, Box 1168, Suva, Fiji; email:

"Gone Native" in Polynesia: Captivity Narratives and Experiences from the South Pacific, by I C CAMPBELL, is a study of the lives and experiences of Europeans and Americans in the age of early industrial expansion overseas who became detached from their own societies and lived, sometimes for many years, as integrated members of Pacific Islands communities. These men included castaways and deserters, some abandoned by their captains and others kidnapped by the islanders, who survived by applying European knowledge and skills to local situations. CAMPBELL teaches Pacific and world history at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Cloth ISBN 0-313-30787-3, $55. Published by Greenwood Press; website:

Nation Within: The Story of America's Annexation of the Nation of Hawai‘i, is a new book and video by independent writer and media producer Tom COFFMAN. COFFMAN reexamines a critical period in Hawai‘i's history, the years from 1893 to 1898, a time when events in Hawai‘i attracted attention worldwide. Published by Tom Coffman/Epicenter, 44-114 Bayview Haven Place, Kane‘ohe, HI 96744. Paper ISBN 1-892122-00-6, $20. Video, $30.

Bougainville-Our Island, Our Fight is video about the people, and the island, of Bougainville and the war that has raged there for the past decade. Prepared for Australian television, it includes an interview with Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) President Francis ONA. The video won the Golden Plaque award at the 1998 Chicago International Film Festival in the video section. The 52-minute film was produced and directed by Wayne Coles JANESS and is distributed by Jennifer Cornish Media, email:

Several new videos have been produced by Blanca AMADEO and Francis X HEZEL with the assistance of the Micronesian Institute. The Strangers among Us (28 minutes) describes the situations of Asians who have come to Micronesia to work. It includes discussion of exploitation and discrimination as well as the support groups and services that are available for these workers, many of whom are supporting relatives in their home countries. The Upside Down Economy (19 minutes) features government officials and business leaders giving their views on how the Micronesian economy will need to change when the Compact of Free Association expires in 2001. A third video from the Micronesian Seminar, Take Me to the Island, Part 1, The Mehn Wai: A Story of Race Relations in Micronesia (60 minutes), was written and produced by Matt MIDDLETON.

Micronesian Resource Study Reports on the ethnography and archaeology of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau, funded through the National Park Service, are available free o f charge in limited quantities. A mailing list of libraries has NOT been developed for distributing these reports, so it is up to individuals to notify, or request copies for, their libraries. For a list of the reports and information on which reports are available from which offices, contact Mark Rudo by fax at the National Park Service in San Francisco, (415) 427-1484 or by email at Mark_Rudo@NPS.GOV.


War in the Pacific

The exhibit War in the Pacific features indigenous Pacific objects from prominent collections in Hawai‘i, curated by Jerome FELDMAN. The exhibit runs through 27 November, Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm, in the Art Gallery, Hawai‘i Pacific University, 45-045 Kamehameha Highway, Kane‘ohe, HI.

Pacific Food and Art

Pacific Food and Art, an exhibition at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) Library features Pacific artworks used in the growing, catching, preparation, and enjoyment of food, from serving implements to carvings created to ensure the successful growth of crops. It is sponsored by Pacific Pathways, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), and Outrigger Hotels and runs through 31 December. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings at the KCC campus, 4303 Diamond Head Road. For information, call 734-9259.

PTC'99: Broadening Access to Information

The Pacific Telecommunications Council's twenty-first annual meeting will be held in Honolulu, 17-20 January 1999. Faculty registration through 31 December is $550 and student registration is $125. The conference is designed to promote networking among communications executives, government officials, consultants, scholars, and researchers. For information contact PTC by email at or check their website at

Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania

The 1999 meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASA0) will be held at the Naniloa Hotel in Hilo, Hawai‘i, from 2-6 February. For information on meeting arrangements and individual sessions see the ASAO website at For information on the meeting, contact Laurence M CARUCCI, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717 USA, email: For information about ASAO membership contact Jan RENSEL, ASAO, 2499 Kapi‘olani Blvd #2403, Honolulu, HI 96826, email:

Education in the Global Environment

Sacramento City College's (SCC) International Studies Program will host its second annual conference, The Prospects of Education in the Global Environment, 18-20 February 1999 in Sacramento, California. The deadline for submitting a presentation prospectus is 30 November. For more information contact the International Studies Program at (916) 558-2309 or by email at SCC is a member of the Pacific Studies Initiative, a group of colleges and universities looking at ways to incorporate Pacific Islands material in their curricula.

World Congress on Coastal and Marine Tourism

The 1999 World Congress on Coastal and Marine Tourism, Rethinking Tourism: Choices, Responsibilities and Practices in Balancing Conservation and Economic Development, will be held 25-29 April in Vancouver, British Columbia. The conference website at has information regarding abstract submissions, registration, hotel accommodations, and field trips. For additional information contact Jan AUYONG, Oregon Sea Grant, Oregon State University; fax (541) 737-2392; email

Nineteenth Pacific Science Congress

The Nineteenth Pacific Science Congress will be held at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, 4-9 July 1999. For further information, contact Congress Secretariat, GPO Box 2609, Sydney, NSW 2001, Australia, or see their website at Anyone wishing to propose a paper or a panel should contact Professor W J O'SULLIVAN, School of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, UNSW, Sydney, Australia 2052; email:


Pacific Research Prize Deadline Extended

Enter by 18 December 1998! The Janet Bell Pacific Research Prize offers two library prizes of $100 each, one to a graduate student, the other to an undergraduate student, for the best papers based on research in the Pacific Islands area (Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia, including Hawai‘i and Aotearoa/New Zealand). Entries must be submitted to the selection committee by 4 pm, Friday, 18 December 1998. The prizes will be announced in January 1999.

For details on entry requirements, stop by the reference desk of the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections, Hamilton Library, to pick up an information sheet, or call Pacific Curator Karen PEACOCK at 956-285l, email: Any student currently enrolled at UHM may submit a paper! Winners will have their papers catalogued in UH Library in an internationally accessed system.

HIV/AIDS and STD Project

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) HIV/AIDS amd STD Project is calling for applications for its small grants program, with special consideration given to proposals that focus on community action. Information on this program and other HIV/AIDS situations, projects, and events is contained in the Pacific AIDS Alert Bulletin No 15, published by the SPC; email:; PO Box D5, Noumea Cedex 98848, New Caledonia.

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Robert C Kiste, Director
Letitia Hickson, Editor

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