Center for Pacific Islands Studies Newsletter

No. 4 October–December 2002



CPIS Welcomes Katerina Teaiwa to the Faculty
The Maori Merchant of Venice Wins HIFF Audience Award
NEH Summer Institute on the Pacific in 2003
Friends and Colleagues Honor R C Kiste
Larry Thomas will be Visiting Artist
Robert Underwood to Speak
News in Brief
Pacific Scholarships and Awards at UH
Pacific Film Website Updated
Occasional Seminars and Presentations
Faculty Activities
Student and Alumni Activities
Publications and CDs
Bulletin Board





The Center for Pacific Islands Studies is very pleased to welcome new faculty member Katerina Teaiwa, who was selected to fill a position created to enable the center to expand in the area of cultural studies with an emphasis on gender and diaspora. She joins David Hanlon, Vilsoni Hereniko, and Terence Wesley-Smith as an instructional faculty member. Teaiwa, who is of Banaban, Gilbertese, and African-American descent, grew up in Fiji and earned her MA in Pacific Islands studies from the center in 1999 and her doctorate in anthropology from The Australian National University. She is currently teaching a graduate seminar, Women in Oceania, and coteaching an undergraduate honors seminar in Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific studies. Teaiwa is also interested in visual and dance studies, multi-sited ethnography, and helping to shape and define “Pacific studies” more specifically as a discipline.





Photo of Shylock from
<i>The Maori Merchant of Venice</i>

The Maori Merchant of Venice won the Blockbuster Video Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2002 Louis Vuitton Hawai‘i International Film Festival. The film was featured as part of the center’s annual conference, “Myths, Terrorism, and Justice: Themes in Pacific and Asian Literature and Film,” in November, in collaboration with the film festival.

Maori Merchant
is a production of He Taonga Films and was directed and produced by Don Selwyn. The associate producer was Ruth Kaupua. Renowned Maori scholar Dr Pei Te Hurinui Jones translated Shakepeare’s poetic sixteenth-century English into formal, poetic Maori in 1945. Selwyn directed Jones’s translation on the stage in 1990 and has spent the past ten years seeking funding for a film version.


Members of the cast and crew for the film traveled to Honolulu to take part in the conference and festival. In full costume, they opened the film and responded to audience questions following the showing. As the award indicates, the audience responded enthusiastically to all aspects of the production. They also applauded Selwyn’s passion for the preservation and promotion of the Maori language and He Taonga’s mission to give Maori and Pacific people the technical skills to enable them to tell their own stories.


Other Pacific films at this year’s 2002 HIFF included

Tongan Ninja, a feature film out of New Zealand, directed by Jason Stutter


Tatau Samoa, a German documentary directed by Gisa Schleelein that retraces the life of Samoan tattoo master Paulo Sulu‘ape


Georgie Girl, a documentary, directed by Annie Goldson and Peter Wells, that examines the life and role of Maori and New Zealand Member of Parliament Georgina Beyer


Who Am I?, an intimate portrait, by Anna Sierpinska, of a young Samoan boy, Tony, who feels compelled to take his own life.




“Re-imagining Indigenous Cultures: The Pacific Islands” is the topic for an East-West Center–UH Center for Pacific Islands Studies National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College Teachers, 30 June–1 August 2003. This five-week institute will bring together 25 participants for a program of talks and discussions focusing on the cultural and political formations of indigenous identities in the Pacific Islands.


The institute is directed by Geoffrey White, senior fellow at the East-West Center and professor of anthropology at the UH Manoa. Institute faculty include Barry Barclay, Vicente Diaz, Epeli Hau‘ofa, Margaret Jolly, J Kehaulani Kauanui, Teresia Teaiwa, and Albert Wendt, as well as UH faculty.


Participants will receive a stipend of $3,250, provided by NEH. Participation is limited to full-time faculty at colleges and universities in the United States or associated Pacific states. Applicants must be US citizens or have taught in the United States full-time for a minimum of three years.


The application deadline is 1 March 2003. For further information and application materials contact Darlene Spadavecchia, East-West Center, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848-1601; tel (808) 944-7731; email Information is available on the institute website at




Robert C Kiste

Friends, colleagues, and students past and present gathered to honor Robert C Kiste at a retirement luncheon on 4 October. It was an afternoon filled with warm reminiscences and glowing accolades, as well as moving and heartfelt tributes. The culmination of the official program was a traditional oration by longtime friend High Chief Afioga Pulefa‘asesina Palauni Mariota Tuiasosopo (MA 1994), who came from American Samoa for the occasion. Amelia Pasi, CPIS student, community volunteer, and mother of seven, also honored Kiste with an extraordinary presentation of Tongan mats, tapa, and quilts. She gave an engaging account of how Kiste had welcomed her into the program and supported her desire to get a master’s in Pacific studies.


Kiste retired on 31 July 2002 after twenty-four years as director of the center. He has joined the East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program as an affiliate research fellow to pursue his own research and writing projects.




Larry Thomas, playwright, filmmaker, and lecturer in the Literature and Language Department at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, will be a visiting artist with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies in Honolulu for ten days in April 2003. His film Compassionate Exile traces the lives of four former leprosy patients who lived on the leper colony of Makogai in Fiji. His film A Race for Rights (2002) documents the May 2000 coup in Fiji through interviews with a wide range of individuals within the community. His current film project, with Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka, is a documentary about the crisis in the Solomon Islands. A collection of his plays, To Let You Know and Other Plays, was recently published by Pacific Writers Forum. Thomas will be featured in several public presentations during his visit to the center.




The Honorable Robert Underwood, Guam’s delegate to the US House of Representatives from 1992 to 2002, will speak on the UH Manoa campus on 21 March 2003. Prior to joining the congress, Dr Underwood was academic vice president at the University of Guam. A career educator, he has been a passionate activist, dedicated to preserving Chamorro language and culture. His talk,“The Survival of Pacific Languages in the 21st Century: Improbable or Just Impossible?” will explore the relationship between language policy and indigenous language survival in the United States. His visit is being cosponsored by the National Foreign Language Resource Center and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies.




Tagata Pasifika Now On-Line

Tangata Pasifika, a weekly half-hour television news magazine show from New Zealand covering the six major Pacific Islands groups in that country, is now available on-line. It includes field reports from various Pacific Islands as well as from around New Zealand. Each program is archived for one week, from Thursday to Thursday. The website is


Retrospective at the Moana Hotel in Honolulu


UH Manoa ethnomusicology students U‘ilani Bobbitt, Tim Ho, Aaron Sala, and Masaya Shishikura were awarded an Ethnomusicology Outreach Grant to coordinate a musical retrospective honoring Hawai‘i’s musicians who have performed at the historic Moana Hotel. They will work in conjunction with the hotel for the March event.

2002 Kiriyama Prize Winners Announced


Two Pacific books featured prominently in this year’s Kiriyama Prize competition. Brij V Lal’s Mr Tulsi’s Store: A Fijian Journey (Pandanus Books, Australia) was named a “Notable” book. Lal was a CPIS faculty member at UH Manoa, and more recently was director of the Centre for the Contemporary Pacific at the Australian National University. Robert Barclay’s book, Melal, was a finalist for the 2002 prize. Barclay, who grew up in the Marshall Islands, has written a compelling story that interweaves the contemporary situation in the Marshalls with figures from Marshallese legends. He is a graduate student in English at UH Manoa. The Kiriyama Prize is awarded in recognition of outstanding books that promote greater understanding of and among the nations of the Pacific Rim and of the South Asian subcontinent.





FLAS Fellowships for 2003–2004


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships will be awarded for the study of Samoan, Tahitian, or Maori at UH Manoa. The academic year award includes a $14,000 stipend and tuition up to $11,000. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, classified graduate students, and enrolled in a program combining area/professional studies and modern foreign language training. The application is available in Moore Hall 321 and at Applications are due by 3 March 2003 to Director, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, 1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 215, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822.


Heyum Endowment Scholarship 2003–2004


Qualified individuals are invited to apply for a Heyum scholarship in the amount of $3,000 for the 2003–2004 academic year. The Heyum Endowment Fund was established by the late R Renee Heyum, former Curator of the Pacific Collection, Hamilton Library, to assist Pacific Islanders in receiving education and training in Hawai‘i. Applicants must be indigenous to the islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, or Polynesia and enrolled for academic credit as graduate or undergraduate students at a campus of the University of Hawai‘i. Pacific Island students enrolled in non-credit education and/or training programs may also be considered for assistance. The selection committee will review each applicant’s academic performance, potential to make a contribution to their country of origin, and need for financial support.


Applicants must submit a letter of application that includes a statement describing academic interests and a plan of study for the 2003–2004 academic year; relevant transcripts of previous academic work; and three letters of recommendation. Please note that applicants must have been accepted into a program of study at UH before they can be considered for this award. Applications are due on 15 May 2003 and should be addressed to Terence Wesley-Smith, Heyum Committee Chair, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, 1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 215, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822.


Janet Bell Pacific Research Prize


Two $100 awards for papers written on the Pacific Islands area are offered each year by the UH Library in cooperation with the University of Hawai‘i Foundation. There are two categories of prizes: one for a graduate student and one for an undergraduate student. Any student currently enrolled at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa may submit a paper, and any original research on the Hawaiian or the Pacific Islands may be submitted with the exception of graduate theses and dissertations in synopsis or completed form, and published materials. Full details of competition rules and form of entry are available at the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections Reference Desk, 5th Floor, Hamilton Library. The deadline for submission of papers is 16 May 2003 at the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections, 5th Floor, Hamilton Library by 4:00 pm.


Norman Meller Research Paper Award


The Norman Meller award of $250 is given annually to the best MA research paper at UH Manoa that is in the social sciences or humanities and focuses on the Pacific Islands. Both Plan A and Plan B papers are eligible. Submissions may be made by students or by nominations from the faculty and are not limited to students in the Pacific Islands studies MA program. Dr Norman Meller, political scientist and former CPIS director, who passed away in 2000, bequeathed the gift to the center that makes this award possible. To be eligible for the next award, papers completed during the 2002–2003 academic year must be submitted by 30 September 2003 to Vilsoni Hereniko, Meller Committee Chair, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, 1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 215, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822.




Photo from Mutiny on the Bounty

Moving Images of the Pacific Islands, the Pacific film and video on-line database of the UH Center for Pacific Islands Studies has been updated. The database now contains information on 2600 films and videos related to the Pacific, excluding Hawai‘i. These include films about the Pacific Islands or Pacific Islanders; films made on the islands; and films written, directed by, produced by, or starring Pacific Islanders. The site also includes ordering information for many of the items. The website address is



Merata Mita in <i>Utu</i>

Thanks to the work of Robert Valliant, the database can now be browsed by title. The searcher also now has the option of receiving search results as a list titles only or receiving the full text of each title. We hope this will make the film location process easier and more efficient. The center will continue to update the database—to add new films as they become available and locate old ones we’ve missed. Please contact Tisha Hickson at with your comments, corrections, or suggestions.





Ms Pratisha Budhiraja of the Hawaii Public Health Association and Ms Ann Davis of the UH Globalization Studies Center discussed the center’s participation in the 2003 Global Public Health Conference on Hawai‘i and the Pacific.


Professor Ian Campbell of the University of Canterbury Department of History discussed publishing issues and scholarly matters affecting the study of Pacific Islands history.


Writer and poet Sia Figiel who talked about future projects and her semester of residence as a visiting writer with the UHM Department of English.


Professor David Hegarty, the former Convenor of the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Project at ANU’s Research School of Asian and Pacific Studies and now head of the ANU Centre for the Contemporary Pacific, also at ANU, discussed the general state of Pacific studies in the region and possible areas of collaboration between the two centers.


Dr Sela Panapasa of the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan considered demographic issues affecting the Pacific region and Pacific Islanders living in the continental United States.


Joakim Peter (MA 1994), director of the College of Micronesia’s (COM) Chuuk campus, and Alex Rhuwoniong, an education and culture specialist at COM's Chuuk campus, visited the center to discuss educational issues in the Federated States of Micronesia.


Professors Amy Ku‘uleialoha Stillman and Susan Najita of the University of Michigan’s Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Studies program talked with the director about issues of mutual interest, including the possibility of a jointly sponsored conference in 2004. Stillman is the director of the APIA program, and Najita is a faculty member.


Dr Robert Tucker, Executive Director of the Pacific Islands Health Officials Association (PIHOA), discussed Pacific Islander health issues.


Dr Howard Van Trease, who currently holds a one-year appointment in the history department at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, visited to talk about the teaching of Pacific Islands history.


Professor Manami Yasui of the Department of Archaeology and Folklore at Tenri University in Japan updated the director on her research in Hawai‘i this semester.




Sia Figiel, novelist, poet, and Distinguished Visiting Writer with the UH Manoa English Department for fall semester 2002, gave a reading for a standing-room-only crowd on 1 October. She read from Girl in the Moon Circle and performed several of her poems, as well as introducing the audience to the two novels she is currently working on.


A crowd also enjoyed the reunion of Figiel and Teresia Teaiwa in a presentation, “Poetree in Motion,” on 3 December. Figiel and Teaiwa, who is a poet as well as the head of Pacific studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, entertained everyone with old and new pieces. Figiel was also joined on stage by guitarist and anthropology student Daniel Williams, and they treated the audience to some wonderful bossa nova. Figiel and Teaiwa last performed together in Hawai‘i in November 2000 when their CD Terenesia was launched.


Terry Hunt, UHM archaeologist, gave an anthropology colloquium on 3 October on the current status of his research in Rapa Nui (Easter Island), where he is looking at palaeoenvironmental transformations and positing the context for the dramatic social changes that unfolded on the island.


CPIS students Louisa Anthony and Noelani Lee, geography student Kali Fermantez, and Hawaiian and Tahitian instructor Keao NeSmith (MA 2002), participated in a session, chaired by Keala Losch (MA 1999) on SPICOL 2000 in Fiji in October. SPICOL (Simulated Pacific Island Conference of Leaders) is a conference organized by the students of the University of the South Pacific, in Suva, Fiji, and held annually. This is the second year that the center has sent students to the conference. Support for the delegation was provided by the SHAPS Moving Cultures Project, funded by the Ford Foundation.


Samoan filmmakers Siana Burgess and James Gurr showed their short films on 22 November and talked about their experiences as participants in the summer 2002 PIC (Pacific Islanders in Communi-cations) Digital Media Initiative. Burgess’s project was a promotional video for the Samoan Service Providers Association (SSPA), and Gurr’s video highlighted the art and history of making and using the Samoan octopus lure, ma‘ata‘ife‘e. The digital media initiative was designed to train Pacific Islander producers who can have an impact on cultural and environmental preservation efforts in the Pacific. Other awardees were Andrew Murphy, who explored his Chamorro heritage in a documentary on Gef Pa‘go Chamorro Cultural Village, and Christina Ludewig, whose video focused on the environmental and cultural efforts of Na Hoa ‘Aina o Makaha.


Robert Wiri, assistant professor for Maori language and culture, was host to Te Whanau o Waipapa, the University of Auckland kapa haka group. The group performed and explained different genres of Maori performing arts for very appreciative audiences at UH Manoa, Windward Community College, and the campuses of two Hawaiian immersion schools during the first week in December. Members of Te Whanau o Waipapa form part of the tangata whenua or hosts of the University of Auckland marae.


Keao NeSmith (MA 2002), instructor in Tahitian, also hosted Pacific Islands visitors the first week in December. Sabrina and Dorothy Levy, cultural and political activists from Tahiti and Huahine, took part in forums highlighting political and cultural activism in French Polynesia, as well as the life and art of Bobby Holcomb. Holcomb was a Hawaiian who settled on Huahine Island and became famous for his paintings and his advocacy of indigenous culture and language.




UHM anthropologist Terry Hunt has announced his summer 2003 archaeological field school on Easter Island (Rapa Nui). This is the third year for the field school. Details are available on the website at


CPIS director David Hanlon, historian David Chappell, and librarian Jane Barnwell attended the Pacific History Association (PHA) Conference at the National University of Samoa, 9–13 December 2002. Chappell’s paper was titled “The Black and the Red: The Radicalization of Anti-Colonialism in New Caledonia in the 1970s.” Barnwell convened a session on the management of grey literature in Pacific collections. Robert Franco, anthropologist at Kapi‘olani Community College, Naomi Losch, associate professor for Hawaiian language at UH Manoa, and retired CPIS faculty members Linley and Murray Chapman also attended the conference. Franco’s paper was “Samoan Multilocality: A Structural Analysis of Identity Intersections.” The next PHA conference will be held in Noumea in 2004.


Geographer Nancy Lewis is organizing a symposium on “Gender, Science and Sustainability” for the Pacific Science Congress in Bangkok in March 2003 (see Conferences). The coorganizer for the symposim is Dr Malee Suwana-adth. Eileen Shea from the East-West Center is also organizing a symposium, on “Climate and Extreme Events in the Asia-Pacific: Enhancing Resilience and Improving Decision Making.”


Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio, an assistant professor for Hawaiian studies, was honored on 14 November at a celebration at the UH Manoa Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, to mark the launching of his book, Dismembering Lahui: A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887. Congratulations, Jon!




Congratulations to our two December graduates! Richard Keao‘opuaokalani NeSmith’s plan B paper was “Tutu’s Hawaiian and the Emergence of a Neo-Hawaiian Language.” In it, he looks at the differences in traditional Hawaiian speech and neo-Hawaiian. Duchess Sa‘ili Sophia Steffany’s plan B paper was “Time is the Space i-we Keep: Samoana Time Consciousness through the Samoan Language.” In the paper, she takes an intimate, creative, and affectionate look at the Samoan language and notions of time. NeSmith is a lecturer in Hawaiian and Tahitian at the UH Manoa. Steffany is working on her PhD in history at UH Manoa.


Several UH students attended the Pacific History Association Conference in Apia. Masami Tsujita (MA 2002, currently a geography graduate student) gave a paper on “Becoming a Factory Girl: Young Samoan Women and a Japanese Factory.” Sa‘iliemanu Lilomaiava-Doktor (MA 1993, currently a geography graduate student) gave a paper on “Global Movers, Local Lives: The Power of Place.” Asenati Liki-Chan Tung (geography) gave a paper titled “Traveling Daughters, Moving Histories: Stories of Travel among the Melanesian-Samoan Women in Samoa.”


UHM ethnomusicology student Brian Diettrich has written his MA thesis on the music of Chuuk. “Traditionalism and Modernity in the Performing Arts of Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia” is the first ethnomusicological study of Chuukese music, including the Western Islands and the Mortlocks. Diettrich, who has taught music at the College of Micronesia–Chuuk Campus, is currently working on his PhD in ethnomusicology at UH Manoa.


Alumna Christy Harrington had an article in the November issue of Islands Business. In “Globalisation Not Neutral for the Pacific,” she looks at the impacts globalization and trade agreements are having on women’s rights and women’s lives, topics that were explored at the Ninth Forum of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development held in Guadalajara, Mexico, in October 2002. Pacific Magazine and Islands Business articles are available on-line at


The new United States–South Pacific Islands Scholarship Program students at the East-West Center are: Mr Ashwin Raj of Fiji, who is pursuing a master’s degree in political science at UH Manoa; Mr Jude Kohlhase of Samoa, who is pursuing a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at UH Manoa; Ms Mona Palu of Tonga, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at UH Hilo; and Mr Donald Kiriau of Solomon Islands, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science at UH Hilo.




UH Press Publications


Samoan Art and Artists, by Sean Mallon, is a broad contemporary survey of art in Samoa, drawing on the extensive research base that exists and reintroducing this information in a fresh and accessible style with extensive illustrations. It includes profiles of living practitioners from within and outside of Samoa. Mallon is Curator History/Pacific at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. ISBN 0824826752, 2002, 216 pages, paper US$19.95. (Copublished by Craig Potton Publishing in New Zealand, NZ$49.95)


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


Other Publications


The latest edition of the University of the South Pacific (USP) Book Centre Browser lists the following new books:

Good Governance in the South Pacific, edited by Kim Gravelle, is a compilation of diverse views on the best way forward for the South Pacific, politically, economically, and socially. Published by USP, 2002, 78 pages. ISBN 9820103046, paper, US$7.50.


Vanua: Towards a Fijian Theology of Place, by I S Tuwere, is a theoretical reflection on the links between the Fijian vanua and theology. Published by the Institute of Pacific Studies, USP, 2002, 245 pages. ISBN 9820203384, paper, US$26.00.


Island Kingdom Strikes Back, by Kalafi Moana, the founder and publisher of Tonga’s first independent weekly, chronicles the vicissitudes of this newspaper and Tongan society over the past fifteen years. Published by Pacmedia, 2002, 303 pages. ISBN 0473086875, paper, $US39.95.


Diaspora and the Difficult Art of Dying is a collection of poems by the well-known poet Sudesh Mishra. The diverse poems trace a diasporic odyssey that ranges across Fiji, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Malta, and Italy. Published by University of Otago Press, 2002, 78 pages. ISBN 1877276189, paper, US$25.00.


Pacific Lives, Pacific People, edited by Brij V Lal and Peter Hempenstall, is a collection of papers from the 2000 Pacific History Association conference, “Bursting Boundaries: Places, Persons, Gender, and Disciplines.” Published by Australian National University, 2001, 190 pages. ISBN 0958586314, paper, US$36.95.


Participation for Peace, by Steven Ratuva, describes a pilot study on intercultural and interreligious perception among various ethnic groups in Fiji. The study was part of a process of peace building by the Ecumenical Centre for Research Education and Advocacy (ECREA). Published by ECREA, 2002, 60 pages. ISBN 9829058034, paper, US$20.00.


The University Book Centre e-mail is The website is Prices do not include postage.


Creative Writing in Memory of Grace Molisa, edited by Shirley Randell, was put together to celebrate the memory of the late Grace Mera Molisa, poet, author, publisher, activist, and stateswoman from Vanuatu. In the collection, poets, authors, and artists from the Pacific and elsewhere pay tribute to her life and to the issues she cared deeply about. The writing is primarily in English with some French and Bislama. Published by Blackstone, 2002, 108 pages. ISBN 9823290253. Available from SRIA, PO Box 1702, Port Vila, Vanuatu; email: The overseas price is US$12, plus postage and handling.


The Accidental Missionary, by Michael Goldsmith and Doug Munro, documents the Cook Islands evangelist Elekana, who was instrumental in the introduction of Protestant Christianity in Tuvalu. Published by Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury, 2002. The website address is ISBN 1877175331, NZ$24.95 in New Zealand, NZ$29.95 overseas.


Culture and Progress, edited and published by Divine Word University Press in Madang, Papua New Guinea, is the product of a week-long symposium held in 2001 to look at cultural perspectives on land issues and development in PNG. A number of prominent academics, land experts, government officers, and landowners, including Bernard Norokobi, Mel Togolo, Michael Rynkiewich, and the late Otto Nekitel, took part in the symposium. The book is available from Divine Word University for K40. Inquiries can be emailed to


Atlas of the Pacific Islands, by Max Quanchi, provides readers with a comprehensive guide to the geography of the Pacific Islands and seven continents. It includes two-page spreads covering every Pacific nation and territory and high-quality illustrations, including photos, block diagrams, satellite images, and graphic displays. Published by Bess Press, 2002, 144 pages. ISBN 1573061549, cloth, US$34.95; ISBN 1573061530, paper, US$24.95.


Traditional Stories from Southern New Zealand: He Korero no te Waipounamu, by Christine Tremewan, is a collection of eighteen Maori stories that tell of Rangi and Papa, Maui and Rata, and other great figures of Polynesian narratives. Each story has its own introduction, notes, and English translation. Published by Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury, 2002. ISBN 1877175188. The price for Australia and the Pacific is $NZD49.95, and the price for the USA and Canada is $NZD52.95. For more information see the website at


The West New Guinea Debacle: Dutch Decolonisation and Indonesia, 1945-1962, by C L M Peters, is a history of the end of Dutch colonial rule, the early years of independent Indonesia, and the emergence of Papuan nationalism. The book concentrates on Dutch policies and perspectives. Published by Crawford House Publishing, 2002, 490 pages. ISBN 0824824709. Aus$49.95. (Copublished by KITLV Press.)


Akekeia! Traditional Dance in Kiribati, by Tony and Joan Whincup, documents the dances of Kiribati, the costumes, and the intense emotions of the performers. Copies are available from the Sydney and Tarawa offices of Tobaraoi Travel; email:


Remaking the World: Myth, Mining, and Ritual Change among the Duna of Papua New Guinea, by Pamela J Stewart and Andrew Strathern, explores how the Duna have remade their rituals and associated myths in response to the outside influences of government, Christianity, and large-scale economic development. Published by Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002, 240 pages. ISBN 1588340120. US$45.


Creating a Culture of Peace: A Training Manual for Pacific Peace Builders, by Arlene Griffen, focuses on the principles of “conflict transformation,” which is an ideology and theory that peace builders have developed over the years. Published by Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy (ECREA), 2002. Copies are F$30.00, plus F$15 for overseas postage and handling. For more information email There is a 25-minute training video produced by Wildlight Productions that accompanies the training manual.


Pacific Linguistics at ANU announces the publication of two new books. Dictionary of Kyaka Enga, Papua New Guinea, by Norm and Sheila Draper. Kyaka Enga is a highly distinctive dialect of Enga, the largest language of Papua New Guinea with close to 200,000 speakers. ISBN 085883510X, 709 pages, 2002, Aus$99.00.


Representing Space in Oceania, by Giovanni Bennardo, investigates linguistic, mental, and cultural representations of spatial relationships in Oceania. ISBN 0858834545, 260 pages, 2002, Aus$59.00. For information on Pacific Linguistics publications, email




The Micronesia Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the Northern Marianas College’s first electronic publication. A semiannual publication, the first issue contains articles on a spy in Micronesia, psychic currents in the Marianas, erotic Chuukese legends, early voyaging in the Western Carolines, and Micronesian oral traditions. The website is




The Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture at the University of the South Pacific (USP) has launched its second CD album of music. Panpipes across the Ocean is a rendition, through the haunting sounds of the indigenous Oceania panpipes, of some old and well-loved songs from Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Samoa, and Tonga.  Once widespread from Papua New Guinea to Fiji and Tonga, the panpipe disappeared or declined through most of the region until its recent revival in the Solomon Islands. The new album aims to revive interest in this ancient, almost lost musical instrument. The CD is US$16.00 (F$30) and is available from the USP Book Centre (email: or the Oceania Centre ( email:




20th Pacific Science Congress


The 20th Pacific Science Congress will be held 17–23 March 2003 at the Sofitel Central Plaza Bangkok Hotel in Bangkok, with the theme “Science and Technology for Healthy Environments.” The three subthemes are natural resource challenges, social challenges, and science and technology challenges. Several plenary and keynote speakers have confirmed their participation. Check the website at for full details. For direct information contact Ms Wanasri Samanasena at


2003 Global Public Health Conference


The 2003 Global Public Health Conference, presented by the Hawai‘i Public Health Association and the UH Globalization Research Center, is the second annual conference on this topic. The objectives of the conference organizers are to build on the 2002 conference, which explored public health issues, and develop consensus statements that will help guide Pacific Islands public health policies. The conference will be held 4–6 June 2003 in Honolulu. For more information, see the website at


Seventh Symposium of the Pacific Arts Association


The Seventh Symposium of the Pacific Arts Association will be held 23–26 June 2003 in Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand. During the symposium the new Christchurch City Gallery will host a major exhibition of Kai Tahu artists, and the Canterbury Museum will exhibit some of their Pacific treasures. During the symposium, scholars, professionals, students, and artists will address the theme “REpositioning Pacific Arts: Artists, Objects, Histories.” Keynote speakers include Brenda Croft, Adrienne L Kaeppler, Darcy Nicholas, and Ralph Regenvanu. The conference website at lists session topics.


Indigenous World Women and Wellness


The sixth Indigenous World Women and Wellness Gathering will be hosted by Nga Wahine Tuakiri O Te Ao Maori, the indigenous women of Aotearoa, and held in Rotorua, New Zealand, 13–18 November 2003. The conference theme is “Celebrating the Heartbeat of Indigenous Wharetangata.” Under this theme are a number of subtopics dealing with land and its relationship to people, whakapapa, reo, wairua, natural rhythms, te wharetangata, traditions, and navigation. Information is available at or by emailing Moira Neho at


Conferences Announced in Previous Newsletters


The 2003 meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania will be held 12–15 February 2003 in Vancouver, British Columbia. For information see the ASAO website at


An international conference on “Melville and the Pacific” will be held on Maui, 3–7 June 2003. The website is




PAMBU News On-Line


The Pacific Manuscript Bureau Newsletter is on PAMBU’s website at The current issue, November 2002, has information on new archive collections in Canberra; archives at the South Australian Museum; newly digitized pictorial material from the Frank Hurley and Margaret and Terrence Spencer papers; archive projects at the Melanesian Institute in Goroka, Papua New Guinea; Susan Cochrane’s Contemporary Pacific Art Archives; and the Fiji Oral History Project Part 1: Part-Europeans and Europeans.


Photos of the Pacific On-Line


The Australian National Library lists the picture collections of sixteen contributing libraries, many of which contain photos from the Pacific that can be accessed on-line. The website is


University of California Press Books On-Line


Through its eScholarship program, University of California makes available on-line a wide range of research and scholarly output including electronic editions of academic monographs of interest to both scholarly and general-interest readers. The over 300 University of California monographs available at include monographs on the Pacific by James Carrier, Christopher Healey, James F Weiner, Theodore Schwartz, and Victoria Katherine Burbank.


PIC Scholarship Fund


Pacific Islanders in Communications offers scholarships to Pacific Islanders pursuing certifications or degrees in media or communications from accredited institutions. Applications and guidelines are available on the Web at The applications deadline for the 2003–2004 school year is 3 March 2003.


Pacific Islands Forum Scholarships for 2003


Citizens of Forum Islands Countries (FICs) are invited to apply for scholarships under the Taiwan/ROC–Pacific Islands Forum Scholarship Scheme. UH Hilo is on the list of approved institutions to which scholarship awardees may apply. Scholarships are awarded only for full-time under-graduate and postgraduate studies in the listed priority fields. Priority fields for each country are available on-line at


College of the Marshall Islands Seeks Dean


The College of the Marshall Islands is accepting applications for dean of the Kwajalein campus. The dean serves as chief executive officer of the campus, with responsibility for the implementation of sound policies in all administrative, fiscal, and academic affairs. For more information, contact Jane Sam at PO Box 1258, Majuro, MH 96960; email: The college website is


College of the Marshall Islands Seeks Cataloguer


The College of the Marshall Islands has advertised the position of cataloguer in its library system. The cataloguer will play an important role in the selection and implementation of a new integrated library automation system. Qualifications include an ALA-accredited MS in library sciences or information sciences and two years post-MS cataloging experience, preferably in an academic setting. Applicants are asked to send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Maxine Becker, Director of Library Services, College of the Marshall Islands, PO Box 1258, Majuro, MH 96960, Republic of the Marshall Islands; email: The college website is



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Pacific News from Manoa
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