Center for Pacific Islands Studies Newsletter

No. 4 October-December 2001


Pacific Islands, Atlantic Worlds: A New Era for Pacific Studies in the US
John Pule is Visiting Writer at UHM
Pacific Islander American Studies at U Michigan
Robert C Kiste to Retire in July 2002
Rapa Nui Exhibit at the Metropolitan
Linley Chapman Retires
Occasional Seminars
Faculty Activities
Students and Alumni
The Contemporary Pacific:Spring 2002
Publications and Videos
Bulletin Board

Pacific Islands, Atlantic Worlds: A New Era for Pacific Studies in the US
by Adria L Imada

Symposium coorganizers
 Tupuola, Adria L Imada, J Kehaulani Kauanui, and John Kuo Wei Chen.
Symposium coorganizers Anne-Marie Tupuola, Adria L
Imada, J Kehaulani Kauanui, and John Kuo Wei Chen.

With the support of University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s Center for Pacific Islands Studies, New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute hosted the first Pacific Islands studies symposium on the US East Coast. Pacific Islands, Atlantic Worlds was held in New York City, 25–27 October 2001. The symposium served as CPIS’ twenty-sixth annual conference. Pacific Islands, Atlantic Worlds was also cosponsored by a number of New York programs: NYU American Studies Program, NYU Department of Anthropology, NYU Center for Culture, Media & History, and the City University of New York’s Center for Place, Culture, and Politics.

The symposium was convened by myself and co-organized by Dr J Kehaulani Kauanui, Dr John Kuo Wei Tchen, and Dr Anne-Marie Tupuola. We shaped this event to address our needs on the East Coast. My thanks to Dr Robert C Kiste who generously offered CPIS’s resources to make this landmark project possible and Tisha Hickson who provided organizing and logistical expertise.

Speaking to the audience, Dr Vilsoni Hereniko of CPIS declared that “Pacific Studies will no longer be the same” after this groundbreaking symposium. One of our goals was to facilitate a gathering of island-based scholars and US-continental scholars doing Pacific studies. We also wanted to provide an introduction to Pacific Islands studies to an East Coast audience. We were successful in both areas. Despite the impact of September 11, we had over two hundred participants and guests in attendance during two days of academic panels, three days of film screenings, an art opening, and an exciting evening of performances called “Salt Water.” People traveled to New York City from as far away as Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Ontario, North Carolina, and Washington, as well as from the greater New York metro area.

The members of the organizing committee and I had encountered various institutional obstacles on the East Coast in our attempts to introduce Pacific studies courses, integrate Pacific Islands materials in our classes, and conduct academic research on Pacific topics. The NYU A/P/A Studies program is primarily an Asian-American studies program with a “P” inserted in the middle. Aware of this absent “Pacific,” the program has tried to explore connections between the experiences of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the Americas. Writer Sia Figiel was invited to NYU as the A/P/A Studies artist-in-residence in April 2000. A year later, A/P/A Studies sponsored a public lecture by Dr Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard of University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, “Women of Oceania: Weaving the Sails of Waka.” Both talks were well attended by the public and the NYU community.

Pacific studies initiatives have also developed on the West Coast over the past few years. Pacific Islands, Atlantic Worlds built on Native Pacific Cultural Studies on the Edge, a symposium convened by Dr J Kehaulani Kauanui and Dr Vicente Diaz at University of California, Santa Cruz in February 2000. Dr Kauanui lent her organizing energies to the NYU Pacific project after she began a professorship at Wesleyan University. The panel “Identifying the ‘Native’ in Pacific Studies” developed out of discussions at UC Santa Cruz around disciplinary and institutional constructions of “Native” and “Pacific.”

Pacific Islands, Atlantic Worlds produced a surge of excitement among participants and audience members. Scholars and students in the US who had been teaching or learning about the Pacific in isolation were particularly glad to meet each other. I personally was pleased to talk to other Pacific researchers on the East Coast with whom I had only been in email contact. This face-to-face contact at the symposium produced the exciting range of ideas and dialogues that Vilsoni Hereniko alluded to.

Dan Taulapapa McMullin
Dan Taulapapa McMullin talks about the
inspiration for his video, which was part
of the Coming of Age in Amelika exhibition.

Another aim of the symposium was to make Pacific studies initiatives accessible to more than a scholarly audience. Three nights of contemporary Pacific Island films and videos, open to the public free of charge, preceded the symposium. The opening of the art exhibit, Coming of Age in Amelika, in the NYU A/P/A Studies gallery served as the symposium kick-off. The performances in “Salt Water” allowed academic and nonacademic audiences to engage with the contemporary Pacific. We received highly favorable responses from attendees and presenters alike for the conversations and networks that resulted from these programs.

The symposium actively encouraged the sharing of resources. Two enthusiastically received sessions were the open sessions on resources and teaching. For the resource-sharing session, audience members gave short reports about Pacific developments at their respective institutions. We had reports from Cornell University’s Pacific reading group; Te Wananga-o-Raukawa (Aotearoa/New Zealand); University of California, Santa Cruz’s Pacific research cluster; Borough of Manhattan Community College; Rutgers University; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

For the teaching session, we distributed syllabi for Pacific Islands courses at Cornell University, Rutgers University, University of Vermont, and Borough of Manhattan Community College. We also heard from instructors about their experiences designing and teaching some of these courses. Scholars from the islands were gratified to see their work being taught in innovative ways on the eastern seaboard, and the speakers were excited to meet scholars whose work they had admired and taught.

Symposium participants peruse the 
book display.
Symposium participants peruse the book display.

Among some of the ideas generated during the symposium and discussed at our closing session—a Pacific Studies listserv; graduate student networks; Pacific Islands panels at professional conferences like the American Studies Association or Modern Language Association; East Coast workshops on a variety of topics (eg, developing Pacific studies courses, sovereignty and political activism, literature); fieldtrips to Pacific collections at East Coast museums; and a Pacific studies conference on the US continent with a call for papers.

The organizing committee and I hope that the energies and enthusiasm generated by Pacific Islands, Atlantic Worlds will carry these ideas to institutions beyond New York University. We look forward to ongoing dialogues and gatherings focused on developing Pacific Islands studies on the eastern seaboard. To access the program for Pacific Islands, Atlantic Worlds, please see the website at

Adria L Imada, the convenor for Pacific Islands, Atlantic Worlds, is a PhD candidate in the American Studies Program at New York University.


John Pule is spring semester’s Distinguished Visiting Writer in the UHM English department, a position that is made possible by a US DOE Title VI grant to the UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies. Pule, who was born in the village of Liku, Niue, emigrated to Auckland when he was two years old. Self-taught as an artist, he has become renowned as a painter, printmaker, novelist, and poet. His books include The Bond of Time, an epic love poem; The Shark that Ate the Sun, a novel; and Burn My Head in Heaven, also a novel. While Pule is at UH he will be teaching two courses, ENG 411 Poetry Workshop and ENG 416 Studies in Creative Writing: “Poetry on the Canvas.” He will also take part in the outreach programs of the English Department and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies.


Under the auspices of Asian/Pacific American Studies, the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce the formation of a faculty cluster in Pacific Islands and Pacific Islander American studies. In addition to Dr. Amy Ku‘uleialoha Stillman (Polynesian ethnomusicology and dance ethnology), newly-appointed faculty are: Dr Vicente Diaz (Native Pacific Cultural Studies), Dr Susan Najita (Pacific literature), and Dr Damon Salesa (history, comparative colonialisms in the Pacific), who join
Dr Scott Kurashige (Asian/Pacific American history and urban studies), Dr Phillip Akutsu (Asian/Pacific American psychology), and Ms Emily Lawsin (Asian/Pacific American women’s studies, spoken word performance).

The cluster of four Pacific specialists represents an unprecedented intervention in both Asian/Pacific American studies specifically, and American studies generally, by addressing Pacific Islander issues within an American (post?)colonial frame. Asian/Pacific American Studies is one of three ethnic studies programs housed within the interdisciplinary Program in American Culture. Courses of study lead to the BA, MA, and PhD degrees in American Culture. Please direct inquiries to Amy K Stillman, Director, APA Studies, Program in American Culture, 2402 Mason Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3085; e-mail: Additional information is available on-line at


After 24 years at the helm, CPIS Director Robert C Kiste will retire in July 2002. Kiste will continue to be engaged in the region and will join the East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) as an Affiliate Research Fellow to pursue his own research and writing projects. He has been associated with PIDP since its inception in 1980. His last sabbatical leave was spent at PIDP where much of the work on his most recent book, American Anthropology in Micronesia: An Assessment (co-edited with Mac Marshall, University of Hawa‘i Press, 1999), was completed. As a consultant to PIDP’s advisory committee, Kiste chaired a review of PIDP’s overall program in 1997.

In anticipation of his retirement, the center is advertising for an associate or full professor to serve a limited-term (three to six years) as director of the center. At the end of his/her term the successful applicant will return to regular senior faculty service. To fill the position, the center seeks a dynamic, visionary leader who can help guide the center in new directions, while continuing the center’s strong record in publication, extramural grants, graduate education, and outreach. In particular, the center would like to explore establishing a PhD program in Pacific Islands studies incorporate new technologies in outreach, publications, and instruction; engage with Pacific Islander communities in Hawai‘i; expand undergraduate offerings; and join with other Pacific studies programs to share resources and engage in collaborative teaching and curricular projects.

For further information, contact Willa Tanabe, Dean, School of Hawaiian, Asian & Pacific Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, 1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 309, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822; e-mail: Closing date is 15 February 2002. A description of the position is on the CPIS website at


Splendid Isolation: Art of Easter Island, opened on 11 December 2001 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, with over fifty works of art examining the island’s diverse artistic heritage. The exhibition will continue through 4 August 2002. The exhibition features objects from the Metropolitan’s collection as well as loans from museums and private collectors in the United States and Canada, many on public display for the first time. Dating from the thirteenth to the late nineteenth century, the works range from one of the island’s renowned stone moai to wooden sculpture, rare bark-cloth figures, and example of rongorongo, the island’s unique script.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication. Visitors to the museum website at can view some of the works of art and learn more about the exhibition. The exhibition is curated by Dr Eric Kjellgren, Evelyn A J Hall and John A Friede Assistant Curator for Oceanic Art at the museum. Kjellgren, who has published articles on Aboriginal Australian art, as well as articles on Borneo, Easter Island, Hawai‘i, and Rotuma, has a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Hawai‘i, where he also earned a graduate certificate from the Center for Pacific Islands Studies.


Linley Chapman retired as the manager and editor of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies publication program on 31 October 2001. Linley played a crucial role in the program’s development, and her efforts were largely responsible for its success.

As a freelance editor in the early 1980s, Linley helped launch the publishing program when she edited the first volume in the Pacific Islands Monograph Series (PIMS), Francis Hezel’s The First Taint of Civilization (1983). As the publishing program expanded, Linley’s position evolved into a full-time position. PIMS was joined in 1987 by South Sea Books, a series of popular titles. The first issue of the twice-yearly journal The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs appeared in 1989. At the time of Linley’s retirement, eighteen PIMS volumes had been produced, South Sea Books had five titles, and Volume 13, Number 2 (the twenty-sixth issue) of The Contemporary Pacific was just off the press. In addition, about twenty titles in an Occasional Papers Series were publishing during Linley’s tenure.

Linley was active in the larger intellectual life of the center, and she was always on hand when help was needed in other center activities. Her record of achievement was distinguished. On the occasion of her retirement luncheon, many of the authors with whom Linley worked sent messages expressing their gratitude and praise for her impressive editorial talents. Her contribution to the center over the years is much appreciated by all of us.

As reluctant as we are to lose Linley, we are delighted to announce that our new center editor is Dr Jan Rensel. Jan has her doctorate in anthropology from UH Manoa. She has conducted research in Rotuma and is the coeditor, with Margaret Rodman, of Home in the Islands: Housing and Social Change in the Pacific. She has also co-taught Pacific anthropology at UH Manoa with her husband, Alan Howard. She has worked as a freelance editor with Linley Chapman and others at the center for a number of years, and we welcome her warmly as a full-time member of the staff.


Dennis Foley, visiting Fulbright Scholar from Australia with the UHM College of Business, gave a talk on “Indigenous Epistemology: The Right of an Indigenous Scholar,” on 4 October. He is the author of Repossession of Our Spirit, published by Australian National University.

Keala Losch (MA 1999), lecturer at Kapi‘olani Community College, and CPIS MA students Hau‘oli Busby and Micky Huihui talked on 12 October about their participation in the Simulated Pacific Island Conference of Leaders (SPICOL) at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

David A Chappell, associate professor in the UHM Department of History, gave a talk on “Restoring and Implementing Autonomy in Kanaky New Caledonia: Pendulum Swings, ‘Consensual’ Accords, and Nation-Building,” on 18 October. The talk was based on his sabbatical research on the 1970s period in New Caledonia.

New Zealand poet Robert Sullivan, Distinguished Visiting Writer with the UHM Department of English, gave a reading on 18 October. Sullivan taught courses on poetry writing at UHM during fall semester 2001 and participated in the department’s fall festival of writing in November.

Peter Larmour, a political scientist with the National Centre for Development Studies at Australian National University, talked about “Power, Conditionality, and Policy Transfer: The World Bank in Papua New Guinea and the Asian Development Bank in the South Pacific” on 1 November. Larmour conducts research on governance issues throughout the Pacific.

Barbara Johnston, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Political Ecology, and Holly Barker, Senior Advisor to the Ambassador, Republic of the Marshall Islands Embassy, gave a talk 6 November on “Subsidizing Nuclear Détente: Considering the Consequential Damage of the US Nuclear Weapons Testing Program and Human Radiation Experi-mentation Involving the People of Rongelap, Rongerik, and Ailinginae Atolls, Marshall Islands.”

Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka, political scientist at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, gave a talk on “The Peace Process in Solomon Islands” on 7 November.

Catarina Krizancic, graduate student in anthropology at the University of Chicago and US Fulbright Hays Fellow and French Chateaubriand Scholar, gave a talk on her ongoing research, “The Rise of the House of Salmon, of Tahiti,” on 26 November.

Julie Walsh, a doctoral candidate in anthro-pology at UH Manoa gave a talk on “Americanizing the Marshalls or Marshallizing America?” on 29 November. She is the program coordinator and co-founder of Small Islands Network, a nonprofit organization that works with Micronesian communities in Hawai‘i.

On 12 December CPIS Director Robert C Kiste reported on the second conference of the Pacific Community (formerly the South Pacific Commission) held in Noumea, 19–20 November. Kiste was the official observer from the center and UH Manoa.


Congratulations to Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard, assistant professor in the English department, on the publication of her first volume of poetry, Alchemies of Distance (see Publications section).

Deborah Waite, professor in the art department, was on sabbatical during the fall of 2001, visiting several museums in Europe and working on her book Shields and Ritual Shielding, Solomon Islands. The book deals with the multiple significatory roles of shields for outsiders and insiders, before and after independence; shield imagery in photographs, drawings, and postcards, and how shield imagery has been handled from early times to the present.

Vilsoni Hereniko, associate professor in CPIS, gave two presentations at Philadelphia Community College in October, a talk for the college as a whole and a workshop session for teachers who want to use Pacific materials in their teaching. The college has started a Pacific studies initiative, and Hereniko was invited as part of a series of events focusing on the Pacific. Leading this initiative is Ely Marquez, a former NEH summer seminar participant at the East-West Center.

The Tahitian and Samoan Ensembles, under the direction respectively of music professor Jane Moulin and ethnomusicology graduate student Kuki Tuiasosopo, performed at the music department’s closing semester presentation on 9 December 2001. Their next performance will be on Sunday, 5 May, at the UHM Music Building, from 3:00–5:00 pm. The ensembles also perform in outreach events in the community.

Terry Hunt, associate professor in anthropology, will be running archaeological field schools in Rapa Nui and Fiji in summer of 2002. Readers are invited to view the web pages for these schools at

Yuko Otsuka, assistant professor in the linguistics department, is teaching a new course in Polynesian languages during spring semester 2002. LING345 Polynesian Language Family is an overview of the Polynesian languages. Where did they come from? What is so special about them? What is their future? Ultimately, why do we want to study Polynesian languages? Otsuka will also be presenting papers at two conferences in January. She will present “Passive, pro-drop, and scrambling in Tongan” at the Ninth International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, and “To raise or not to raise: a puzzle in Tongan” and “Durational correlates of referential NPs in Tongan” (coauthored with Dr Victoria Anderson) at the Fifth Inter-national Conference of Oceanic Languages. Both conferences will be held at the Australian National University.

The economics department welcomes Dr T K Jayaraman, from the University of the South Pacific, in Fiji, as a visiting professor for spring semester 2002. He is teaching ECON 418 Pacific Island Economies, which focuses on the growth potential and constraints faced by Pacific Island countries.


A warm welcome to CPIS’s new students! The following students joined the center’s MA program at the beginning of 2002:

Susan Whitney Cooper Alletto graduated from California State Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Science degree and an interest in marine biology. She plans to continue her studies in marine sciences in the Pacific.

Kerry Ann Crouch graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a BA in environmental studies and geography. She has traveled and worked in the Pacific and has an interest in island ecosystems and a career as an environ-mental educator.

Noelani Kristine Lee graduated from Princeton with a BA in anthropology. She has an interest in law and native affairs, particularly as they relate to Hawai‘i.

Ngirdemei Erbai Uludong, from Palau, graduated from UH Manoa with a BS in travel industry management. He is particularly interested in Internet technologies in the service of Palauan tradition and culture.

Kathryn Louise Nalani Wilson graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a BA in ethnic studies. A Native Hawaiian born in Colorado, she is interested in an interdisciplinary approach to understanding Pacific indigenous peoples and their interaction with the environment.

Congratulations to alumnus Puakea Nogelmeier (MA 1989) on the publication of He Lei no ‘Emalani/Chants for Queen Emma Kaleleonlani. (See Publications section.)


The spring 2002 issue of The Contemporary Pacific, volume 14:1, marks a change in the editorship of the journal. Vilsoni Hereniko, associate professor and specialist in Pacific literature and film with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, is the new editor of the journal. Suzanne Falgout, professor of anthropology at University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu, is the new review editor. Hereniko, who is also an award-winning playwright and a filmmaker, succeeds Geoffrey White as journal editor.

The editors of the journal welcome scholarly articles on contemporary issues of concern in the Pacific Islands and particularly encourage articles that draw on the literature of more than one discipline. Information for contributors, as well as ordering information, is available on the journal’s website at Inquiries and submissions should be directed to the editor at The contents of the latest issue include:


Christian Citizens: Women and Negotiations of Modernity in Vanuatu, by Bronwen Douglas

Mining and the Environment in Melanesia: Contemporary Debates Reviewed, by Glenn Banks

Freeport and the Suharto Regime, 1965–1998, by Denise Leith

Time Traces: Cultural Memory and World War II in Pohnpei, by James West Turner and Suzanne Falgout



Women of the New Millennium: Tongan Women Determine Their Development Direction, by Clare Bleakley

Making History, Becoming History: Reflections on the Fijian Coups and Constitutions, by Brij V Lal

From the Sideline: An Interview with Brij V Lal, Historian and Constitutional Commissioner, by Vilsoni Hereniko


Political Reviews

Micronesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2000 to 30 June 2001, by Samuel McPhetres, Joakim Peter, Donald R Shuster, and Kristina E Stege

Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2000 to 30 June 2001, by Frédéric Angleviel, Kerry James, Margaret Mutu, Asofou So‘o, and Karin von Strokirch

plus book and media reviews.


UH Press Publications

Two books by award-winning Mori authors are the latest additions to the Talanoa Contemporary Pacific Literature series. The Uncle’s Story: A Novel, by Witi Ihimaera, and Dogside Story, by Patricia Grace, will be available in March 2002.

The Uncle’s Story is a love story set in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam and in present-day New Zealand and North America. Michael Mahana’s personal disclosure to his parents leads to the uncovering of another family secret—about his uncle, Sam, who fought in the Vietnam War. ISBN 0-8248-2576-4, paper, 384 pages, US$15.95.

Like Patricia Grace’s award-winning novel Potiki, Dogside Story is set in a rural Mori coastal community at the turn of the new millennium. The power of the land, the strength of the whanau, are life-preserving forces in this novel that also has a number of secrets. ISBN 0-8248-2584-5, paper, 302 pages, US$13.95.

Birthing in the Pacific: Beyond Tradition and Modernity? edited by Vicki Lukere and Margaret Jolly, explores birthing in the Pacific against the background of debates about tradition and modernity. Contributors include Ruta Fiti-Sinclair, Margaret Jolly, Vicki Lukere, Shelley Mallett, Helen Morton, and Christine Salomon. The Center for Pacific Islands Studies contributed support for this publication. ISBN 0-8248-2408-3, cloth, $44.00; ISBN 0-8248-2484-9, paper, $19.95; 264 pages.

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

Other Publications

Alchemies of Distance, poet Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard’s first volume of poetry, has been published by Tinfish Press and the Institute of Pacific Studies (IPS), University of the South Pacific. Her poetry “resonates with Samoan mythology, personal narrative, Beat rhythms, Buddhist prayers, and incisive humor.” Born in Tutuila, Smoa, she is an assistant professor of English at UH Manoa and a member of the affiliate faculty of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. For more information contact Susan Schultz at Tinfish Press, 47-728 Hui Kelu Street, #9, Kane‘ohe, Hawai‘i 96744; tel: 808-239-4426, or IPS at In the United States, the volume will be available from Small Press Distribution, on-line at ISBN 1-930068-10-7 and 982-02-0321-X, 80 pages, paper, $12.95.

Also from IPS is My Village, My World: Everyday Life in Nadoria, Fiji, by Solomoni Biturogoiwasa. The book paints an intimate portrait of everyday life in a Fijian village in the Rewa delta in southeastern Viti Levu and is illustrated with many photographs, as well as with the author’s own line sketches. ISBN 982-02-0160-8. US$11.00, paper.

The South Pacific, by Ron Crocombe, is based on the author’s fifty years of experience in the region. In 792 pages, he tackles topics such as environmental changes, population movement, health, language survival, values and ethics, education, property and production, traditional and colonial politics, independence, governance, regional identity, coercion, regionalism, and globalism. The book concludes with a look at prospects for the twenty-first century. Published by Institute of Pacific Studies (IPS), University of the South Pacific. ISBN 982-02-0154-3. The book is distributed by IPS and Pacific Book House, 17 Park Avenue, Broadbeach Waters, Gold Coast, Queensland 4218, Australia. Tel: 617-5539-0446. US$25 plus US$17 for air mail.

New from Asia Pacific Press at Australian National University is Land Mobilisation in Papua New Guinea, by L T Jones and P A McGavin. It investigates the issue of creating economic incentives to achieve and sustain land mobilization for agricultural uses, but it is also relevant to other issues of land mobilization. ISBN 0-7315-3658-4, 150 pages, A$30.00.

Also from Asia Pacific Press, Custom and the Law, edited by Paul de Deckker and Jean Yves Faberon, contains discussions of critical aspects of the relationship between indigenous custom and tradition and externally imposed western societal structures, particularly in the French Overseas Territories. ISBN 0-7315-3661-4, 186 pages, A$30.00.

The address of the Asia Pacific Press on-line bookshop is; e-mail: The mailing address is Asia Pacific Press, Asia Pacific School of Economics and Management, ANU, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia.

Historical Dictionary of Papua New Guinea, Second Edition, has been published by Scarecrow Press (website: It covers major economic, social, political, and cultural development; basic geographic information; and biographies. The author, Ann Turner, has taught in the History Department of the University of Papua New Guinea. ISBN 0-8108-3936-9, 416 pages, cloth, $85.00.

Body Trade: Captivity, Cannibalism and Colonialism in Australia and the Pacific, edited by Barbara Creed and Jeanette Hoorn and published by Pluto Press, examines the historical and cultural significance of the way in which the human body has been held captive, traded, and placed on display throughout the western world. In addition to the editors, contributing scholars from anthropology, literature, film, art history, and cultural studies include Paul Turnbull, Chris Healy, Yves Lefur, Mary Mackay, Gananath Obeyesekere, Robert Dixon, Paul Lyons, Susan K Martin, Julie E Carr, Kate Darian-Smith, and Freda Freiberg. ISBN 1-86403184-0, A$32.95.

Also new from Pluto Press is Government by the Gun: The Unfinished Business of Fiji's 2000 Coup, by William Sutherland and Robbie Robertson. It examines the twists and turns of the 2000 coup, arguing that Fiji’s problems will never be resolved until its leaders abandon scapegoating and confront the real causes of Fijian disadvantage. ISBN 1-86403-139-5, A$34.95. The Pluto Press website is

Te Ri Ni Banaba: The Backbone of Banaba, by Raobeia K Sigrah and Stacey M King, is a new history of Banaba. Over fifty photos, maps, and drawings are included. Published by Institute of Pacific Studies. Please direct inquiries to Miriama Kubuabola at or IPS, University of the South Pacific, Box 1168, Suva, Fiji.

He Lei no ‘Emalani/Chants for Queen Emma Kaleleonlani, by UHM Hawaiian language teacher, writer, and translator Puakea Nogelmeier, has just been released by the Queen Emma Foundation in Honolulu. The book contains 204 chants for and about the queen, each one in Hawaiian with side-by-side English translation and footnotes that help bring the work into context for modern readers. 372 pages. ISBN 1581-7801-09, paper, $25.00; ISBN 1581-7800-95, cloth, $45.00. Available at Native Books in Honolulu (

Pacific Islanders in Communications and the Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation announce the publication of Holo Mai Pele, by Pualani Kanaka‘ole, with translations by Ku‘ulei Higashi, edited by D Mahealani Dudoit. The book is a companion to the special Holo Mai Pele, a masterwork of ancient hula that was presented on PBS’s Great Performances in October 2001. The book is available for $21.95 plus shipping, or on home video cassette for $19.98. In the United States, call 1-800-336-1917, or write to WNET, PO Box 2284, South Burlington, Vermont 05407. The book is available in Honolulu from Native Books.

Persistence of the Gift: Tongan Tradition in Transnational Context, by Mike Evans, provides a detailed ethnographic and historical analysis of how Tongan values continue to play key roles in the way the Tongans deal with the constraints, challenges, and opportunities of a changing world system. Published by Wilfred Laurier University Press, ISBN 0-88920-369-5, 220 pages, $45.00, cloth.

For more information on new publications on the Pacific Islands see the website of the Oceania Newsletter, published by the Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies at the Unversity of Nijmegen, Each issue contains lists of new books and recent publications on the Pacific compiled by René van der Haar.


Ka Ho‘oilina: Journal of Hawaiian Language Sources/Puke Heluhelu o n Palapala ‘lelo Hawai‘i, edited by Kalena Silva, is jointly published by the University of Hawai‘i Press and Alu Like, a private, nonprofit service organization that assists Native Hawaiians in their efforts to achieve social and economic self-sufficiency.

Each issue of Ka Ho‘oilina will contain archival materials including: The Hawaiian Ethnological Notes from Bishop Museum compiled by Mary
Pku‘i; government documents; Hawaiian-language newspapers; and cultural materials such as selected
mele (songs and chants). These materials will be published in two formats: in print and, eventually, on the worldwide web. The journal will be published quarterly beginning in January 2002. The journal website is

A recent issue (Sept/Dec 2000) of Pacific Studies, published by Brigham Young University—Hawai‘i Campus, contains articles on Pacific Islander pastors and missionaries, by Doug Munro and Andrew Thornley; black pearl farming in the Cook Islands, by Cluny Macpherson; and Westminster democracy in small island states, by Dag Anckar. A new issue is due out soon.

The May 2000 issue of Journal of Pacific Studies, published by University of the South Pacific, is a special issue on globalization and industrial relations in the South Pacific, edited by Satendra Prasad. See the website at The issue hopes to generate interest in promoting research in the area of industrial relations in the region.

The latest issue of Pacific Journalism Review, 7:1, published by the Asia-Pacific Network in association with the University of the South Pacific journalism program, highlights controversies and dilemmas over media coverage of regional crises during the past year. It is available from the University of the South Pacific Book Centre in Suva, Fiji, fax: 679-303265. Pacific Journalism’s website is

Volume one of a new publication, Pacific Voices Talk Story: Conversations of American Experience, is available from Tui Communications, Margo King-Lenson, editor and publisher. In this volume, fourteen Islanders from Guam and the Philippines, Hawai‘i, Cook Islands, New Zealand, American
Smoa, Tonga, and Smoa speak out on life on the “mainland,” expressing their views on the consequences, good and bad, of crossing the Pacific. See the website at for more information.

Rock Islander: The Magazine of Palau is a new quarterly magazine published by Jackson Henry, PO Box 1217, Koror, Republic of Palau, PW 96940; e-mail: The cost is $2.50 per issue (based on the cover price of volume 1, number 1).


Asmat: Time’s Forgotten People, a film by Jean Michel Gorillion and ZED/Odyssee, follows a twenty-year-old man who must perform an ancient ritual involving the capture and killing of a cassowary, before he can be married. Color, 52 minutes, 2002. Distributed by Filmakers Library. Sale $350; rental $75.

The Gospel According to the Papuans, a film by Thomas Balmes, records the overlay of Christianity on native beliefs that occurs in the Huli tribe of Papua New Guinea. The film builds to the great baptismal ceremony of a chief, revealing the divisions among the tribe along competing missionary group lines. Color, 52 minutes, 2002. The film was part of the 2000 International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam and the 2000 Margaret Mead Film Festival. Distributed by Filmakers Library. Sale $350; rental $75. The website for Filmakers Library is

Alele Museum in the Marshall Islands advertises the following films through the gift shop on its website at

Welcome to the Marshall Islands. General information about the Marshall Islands for tourists. English and Japanese narration available­—$20.00.

Ep an ri-Majol: Marshallese Dance. Shows Marshallese-style traditional and modern dance. Marshallese narration only—$20.00.

Marshallese Tradition Knowledge: Sailing/Navigation. An overview of Marshallese navigation system and its history. English narration only—$20.00.

Waan AelonKein: Walap in Enewetak. Shows the process of creating a Marshallese traditional canoe—$20.00.

For more information, contact the museum by e-mail at

Reef Survivors, from Vanuatu, is a new video that shows women’s use of the reefs and discusses threats to this resource. It is available from the Vanuatu Cultural Center for 2000 vatu (about US$16.00) plus postage and packing; e-mail: PAL format, color, 16 minutes, 2001. In Bislama with English subtitles.

Micronesian Seminar, a nonprofit educational organization in Pohnpei, lists five new videos on its website at

FSM: The US Pacific Outpost is a brief overview of US relations with Micronesia over the years. This documentary surveys problems of development in the islands, focusing on FSM. 11 minutes, $10.00

Land: Investing in Our Future explores the ways in which land might be used as a resource. 26 minutes, $10.00.

It’s My Own Land, Isn’t It? includes two short spoofs that make a case for some government regulation of private land—zoning and eminent domain. 24 minutes, $10.00.     

The Way We Were follows two children as their favorite storyteller tells them about the contrast in body size and eating habits between people today and their Micronesian ancestors. 26 minutes, $10.00.

Just Blowin’ Smoke uses humorous vignettes to explore the reasons people give for starting to use tobacco and takes a strong stand against tobacco use. 23 minutes, $10.00.


Women in Motion, Cornell University

The English department graduate students of Cornell University are hosting a graduate conference 1–2 March 2002 in Ithaca, New York. “These Boots are Made for Walking”: Women in Motion will focus on gender(ed) mobilities—how fiction and poetry deal with the roles, insights, practices, and representations of women in motion. Graduate students are invited to contact Alice TePunga Somerville (, Andrea Rehn (, or Nadine Attewell ( with any questions.

 Australia and the Pacific Islands

The Australian Historical Association conference, 3–7 July 2002 at Griffith University in Brisbane, will include a panel presentation on “Australia and the Pacific Islands.” For more information, contact Dr Max Quanchi by e-mail at Some of the topics are Pacific communities in Australia, indentured labor in the Pacific, imaging Australians in the new Pacific, and identity and indigeneity in museums. The website for the con-ference is

Conferences Announced in Previous Newsletters

Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO) meeting, 20–23 February 2002, at the University of Auckland. See the ASAO homepage at links to the schedule and to site information.

European Society for Oceanists (ESfO) conference “Recovering the Past: Resources, Representations, and Ethics of Research in Oceania,” 4–6 July 2002 in Vienna. The conference website is

International Small Islands Studies Association conference, 26–30 June 2002 at the University of Prince Edward Island. The website for the conference is


Summer Institute for K-12 Teachers in Honolulu

CPIS and the Hawai‘i Geographic Alliance (HGA) are cosponsoring a summer institute for teachers, 24–28 June 2002, with a pre-institute day on 20 April. The Pacific through Geographic Eyes will feature professional development training from area experts and colleagues, including lectures, teaching strategies, field studies, and in-service lessons from fellow participants. For more information and a tentative schedule see the institute webpage at

Times and Distances in the Pacific

Ever wonder what day and time it is somewhere? Or how many miles it is from here to there? Thanks to Dr Robert Valliant, Russia specialist in the UHM School of Hawaiian, Asian & Pacific Studies, we now have a handy on-line chart of current times for Asia Pacific locations at and an on-line Asia Pacific Distance Calculator at


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