Center for Pacific Islands Studies Newsletter

No. 4. October-December 1997


"Moving Cultures" Plans Asia-Pacific Conference
Hereniko Wins Cades Literature Award
Hattori and Teaiwa Awarded First Heyum Scholarships
News in Brief
Fine Dancing has Guam Debut in October
Jolly Lectures on Pacific History and Gender
UH-American Samoa Dedicated Telelink
UH-Auckland Exchange
Timi Taupua to Teach Drumming and Ukulele
Asia Pacific Fest '98
Pacific Images Film Festival in July
Center Visitors
Staff Activities
Occasional Seminars
The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs
Sale of Back Issues: The Contemporary Pacific
Looking for News of the Pacific Islands?
Student and Alumni News
New Publications and Resources
Bulletin Board


Moving Cultures: Remaking Asia-Pacific Studies, an international and interdisciplinary conference highlighting new directions in collaborative area studies research and teaching about Asia-Pacific, will be held 10-13 June 1998 in Honolulu. The conference marks the culmination of the first stage of a project funded by the Ford Foundation as part of its initiative, Crossing Borders: Revitalizing Area Studies. The conference will feature reports on global-local interactions in the Republic of Palau, as well as presentations that will place the Palau material in wider regional and historical contexts. The conference convenor is Terence WESLEY-SMITH at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies.


Vilsoni HERENIKO, celebrated playwright and Pacific literature specialist at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, has been awarded one of two Elliott Cades Awards for literature for 1997. Hereniko was chosen for having produced "a significant body of work of exceptional quality." Hereniko, who began writing and directing plays as an undergraduate at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, is the author of five full-length plays and ten one-act productions. His latest play, Fine Dancing, was produced in Honolulu in August and as a part of the Stories of the Pacific Festival in Guam in October. In addition to his plays, Vilsoni has written short stories, children's books, and a monograph, Woven Gods, based on his doctoral dissertation on clowning in his home island of Rotuma.

Joseph STANTON, a poet and associate professor in arts and humanities at UH, received the second Cades award as "a writer not yet widely recognized who shows unusual talent and promise." Stanton and Hereniko were honored at a reception and reading at the Honolulu Academy of Arts on 20 November.


Anne HATTORI and Katerina TEAIWA have been awarded Heyum Scholarships for the 1997-1998 academic year. Hattori earned her MA in Pacific Islands studies in 1995 and is currently a doctoral student in history at UH Manoa; Teaiwa is a second-year student in Pacific Islands studies. They are the first scholarship recipients from the fund, which was started in 1994 by a generous gift from Miss Renee HEYUM, Curator Emeritus of the Pacific Collection at UH Manoa. After her death, the fund was augmented by contributions from many friends and colleagues of Miss Heyum. The purpose of the fund is to assist Pacific Islanders in their studies at the University of Hawai'i. Hattori's doctoral research concerns the history of the US Naval Government on Guam between 1898 and 1941, particularly as this government was experienced by the Chamorro people. She will use the scholarship to support her research in the naval archives and other collections in the Washington, DC area. Teaiwa's work focuses on contemporary issues affecting Banabans living on Rabi or on Banaba.

Each spring the fund normally awards one $3000 scholarship, based on merit and need, for the upcoming academic year. For application information, contact Graduate Chair, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, at the address on the masthead. Contributions to the fund are welcomed and may be sent to UH Foundation/Heyum Endowment, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, HI 96822.


ADB Grants Extend to Pacific Islands Studies

The Asian Development Bank, which offers opportunities to talented individuals from its developing member countries to pursue postgraduate studies through its Japan Scholarship Program, has approved the scholarship for the master's in Pacific Islands Studies at UH Manoa. The award covers full tuition and fees and provides for a monthly subsistence stipend and round-trip airfare among other items. For information and application forms, write to ADB Scholarship, Program on Education and Training, East-West Center, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96848-1601. Email:; tel: (808) 944-7595; fax: (808) 944-7070. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must be a citizen of a developing member country of the ADB and have two years of work experience. The application deadline for the 1999-2000 academic year is 15 October 1998.

Japan Continues Support to PIDP

The government of Japan awarded the East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) $400,000 as part of its continuing financial support for the program. The award will help support scholarships for Pacific Island undergraduate and graduate students, as well as other PIDP activities. In announcing the contribution, Japan's Consul General in Hawai'i, Kishichiro AMAE, said, "This contribution expresses the strong commitment of the Japanese government to the sustainable development of the countries and the improvement of the people's well-being in the Pacific region." Since 1978, Japan has contributed over $3.2 million to the EWC and PIDP.

Michael Hamnett to Head SSRI

Michael HAMNETT has been appointed director of the Social Science Research Institute at UH Manoa. Hamnett, who has been acting director since 1996, has served as Deputy Director of the Pacific Islands Development Program, EWC, and as a senior policy analyst with the Pacific Basin Development Council. His recent work has focused on coastal resource management in Hawai'i and American Samoa; disaster mitigation in Hawai'i and the Pacific Islands; marine resource management in American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam; the tuna industry in the Pacific; and climate variability and change.

The Social Science Research Institute is supported largely by contracts and grants from public agencies and private organizations. It facilitates and supports applied interdisciplinary research addressing critical social, economic, and environmental problems, primarily in Hawai'i and the Asia-Pacific region. For more information, see the SSRI website at


Author Vilsoni HERENIKO, producer Jeannette PAULSON, and the entire cast of Fine Dancing were in Guam to open the second annual Stories of the Pacific Festival at a Gala Dinner Theater on 8 October. The play, which was originally produced on the beach at Ala Moana Park in Honolulu in August and adapted for the production in the Hyatt Regency Guam Ballroom, was enthusiastically received by festival goers. Rena OWEN, theater and movie actress best-known for her role in Once Were Warriors, reprised her role as Hina, the moon goddess, in Fine Dancing.

In addition to opening the festival, the play had two public performances, and two cast members, Rena Owen and Timi TAUPUA, master drummer from Tahiti, conducted workshops for festival participants. According to Hereniko, it was a wonderful trip, during which the cast and staff were beneficiaries of the warm Guam hospitality, exchanging songs and dances long into the night.

The Stories of the Pacific Festival is a celebration of storytelling through dance, film, theatre, music, print, and narration. CPIS students Lee PEREZ (MA 1997) and Fata SIMANU-KLUTZ, from Pacific Resources in Education and Learning, also took part in the festival, which was sponsored by the Guam Humanities Council.

Those who missed Fine Dancing in Hawai'i and Guam can look forward to seeing it on the big screen. In May, Hereniko was awarded seed money from the Hubert Bals Fund committee in Rotterdam to create a screenplay.


Margaret JOLLY, senior fellow and convenor of the Gender Relations Project, Research School of Pacific & Asian Studies, Australian National University, will present four lectures this semester as the occupier of the Burns Distinguished Visitor Chair in History at UH Manoa. The series, An Ocean of Difference, features the following talks:

Feb 26 Women of the East, Women of the West: Representations of Pacific Women on Cook's Voyages;

Mar 5 Infertile States: Person, Collectivity, and Nationality in the Rhetoric of Pacific Population;

Mar 12 Fraying Gauguin's Skirt: Gender, Race, and Liminality in the Pacific;

Mar 19 Resisting Paradise: Anticolonial and Feminist Arts in the Contemporary Pacific.

The talks will take place from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Architecture Building, Room 205.

Jolly, who has written on gender and the politics of tradition, particularly in Vanuatu, is currently working on European representations of Oceanic difference-gender, race, and sexuality-from Cook's voyages and in later travel writing, literature, and cinema. Her most recent book is a volume of essays coedited with Leonore MANDERSON, Sites of Desire, Economies of Pleasure: Sexualities in Asia and the Pacific (University of Chicago Press).


A new telecommunications link between the University of Hawai'i and American Samoa has been established through the PEACESAT (Pan-Pacific Education and Communication Experiments by Satellite) program. The new hookup, which is a 24-hour-a-day link for distance education and telemedicine applications between UH and the LBJ Tropical Medicine Center in Pago Pago, is the highest quality link for video teleconferencing that has been established for the Pacific. It is also the first sustained link for the network.

The link is similar in concept to HITS (Hawai'i Interactive Telecommunications System), but does not require the personnel infrastructure that HITS requires; the camera tracking and focusing can be controlled by discussion leaders on either end via a small keyboard connected through an infrared link.

The link will be used during spring semester 1998 to deliver two University of Hawai'i courses to students at American Samoa Community College: Public Health 792, a survey of telehealth systems and technologies taught by Dean NEUBAUER and Norman OKAMURA, and a Maui Community College nursing course on EKG training. It also offers the possibility of courses or guest lectures delivered in Samoa for Hawai'i students. When the link is not being used for teleconferencing or telemedicine applications it can be used for electronic mail and internet access.

The system is part of a larger plan developed by the American Samoa Government (ASG) Distance Education, Learning, and Telehealth Applications (DELTA) Consortium and PEACESAT. The consortium was established by the Governor of American Samoa and is intended to coordinate the sharing of telecommuncation and information technology resources. The consortium includes officials from all major education, health, emergency management, and other government agencies.

The ASG DELTA network will interconnect government, education, and health agencies to a high-speed fiber network. The current link and the proposed network were designed by Norman Okamura, Social Science Research Institute at UH Manoa; Aleki Sene, Director of the American Samoa Telecommuncations Authority; and Alex Sene, Chief Engineer. The links and plans were made possible in part by grants from the US Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the US Department of Agriculture's distance learning and telemedicine program.

PEACESAT currently has 53 earth stations, principally for voice and data transmission. Okamura and his staff are in the process, however, of testing a new technology that will enable them to broadcast video images at a lower cost than the dedicated link with American Samoa. PEACESAT also offers the possibility for Pacific entities such as Niue, which currently do not have electronic mail access, to get on line at a cost far below what is available commercially. For information on the new system, contact Norman Okamura (tel: 808-956-2909; email: or Christina HIGA, Assistant Director of PEACESAT (tel: 808-956-7224; email:


University of Hawai'i and University of Auckland students and faculty whose studies or research focus on Hawaiian, Maori, Pacific Islands, and Asian Studies will find exchange opportunities enhanced and facilitated by a cooperative arrangement that has been worked out by the two universities.

Exchanges are arranged on a case-by-case basis. UH faculty going to Auckland will be expected to conduct research, teach, give lectures or seminars, or act as a resource person. Individuals doing research in areas of interest to both universities or those with expertise not currently represented at Auckland are especially encouraged to apply.

UH undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in the Asia/Pacific region are also eligible to apply for an exchange. They will remain enrolled at UH and must be recommended by their department. For information, contact Edgar Porter, Associate Dean of SHAPS, at (808) 956-9197.


Timi TAUPUA, master drummer from Tahiti, will be in Hawai'i throughout 1998 teaching classes in the Department of Music at UH Manoa. Thanks to the efforts of Timi and Jane MOULIN, associate professor of music, there are now over 70 students studying Tahitian music, either through Taupua's drumming class or through the Tahitian Ensemble, with which he is assisting.

Taupua will be teaching accelerated courses in Tahitian drumming and Tahitian ukulele during first session of summer school 1998. The intensive, three-week courses run from 26 May to 12 June. He will also offer the drumming and ukulele courses during the fall semester, beginning in August 1998.

Timi Taupua, visiting master drummer , poses with three of his drums.


A magical evening of dance and performance will be presented free of charge to the public on Saturday, 4 April, by the UH School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies (SHAPS) and the East-West Center. Asia Pacific Fest '98 will feature Australian Aboriginal ancestral dance and art; Kathakali music, dance and theatre of India; Tahitian drumming and dance; Balinese Dance; and Bon dancing. Other performances include the UH Balinese/Gamelan Ensemble, Chinese lion dance, Tongan choir, Kendo demonstration, Korean Kayagum, Phoenix Dance Troupe, UH hula ensembles, and Chinese Astrology.

The exhibit "Cultural Portraits of India" will be open at the East-West Center's Art Gallery, and Japanese tea ceremonies will be presented every 30 minutes. Booths will feature Asian and Pacific foods and folk arts for sale. The fair will take place from 5 to 9 pm on the campuses of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and the East-West Center. For more information, call the SHAPS office at 956-2699.


The fifth annual Pacific Images Film Festival, the only film festival in the world devoted exclusively to showcasing the work of indigenous filmmakers from the Pacific, will take place in Hawai'i in July 1998. (This represents a change from dates previously announced.) The festival is sponsored by Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, and University of Hawai'i at Manoa Summer Session. Last year's festival included an array of recent work from Hawai'i, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Tonga, and the Samoan community on the US west coast. Further information will be included in the next newsletter.


Francois Lavigne DELVILLE, a journalist and filmmaker based in Paris, visited the university on 22 October to talk with Robert C KISTE and Ben FINNEY. He was on his way back from the Pacific where he has been making a documentary on Wallis and Futuna and consulting with Paul DE DECKKER in Noumea.

Jojo PETER (MA 1994), College of Micronesia, Chuuk Campus, visited the center on 14 November to discuss a proposed project to interview Micronesian leaders. Peter was in Honolulu for the center's Featuring Paradise conference.

Fran HEZEL, from Micronesian Seminar in Pohnpei, dropped by the center on 17 November to discuss possible collaboration on upcoming research projects. Hezel was en route to meetings in California and Saipan.

Larry DINGER, Charge d'Affaires, American Embassy, Suva, was in Honolulu to attend a heads of missions meeting for US diplomatic posts in the Pacific and East Asia. He visited the center and PIDP on 3 December to talk to Robert C Kiste and Sitiveni HALAPUA about Pacific programs at UH and the EWC and current developments in the region.

Judith HUNTSMAN, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Auckland, was in residence at the center for four weeks in October and November. Huntsman, who is on study leave, was in Hawai'i to use the Pacific Collection at Hamilton Library.


Congratulations to Vilsoni HERENIKO, who was promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. Hereniko teaches classes in Pacific literature, film, and drama, as well as Pacific and American identities.

Paula MOCHIDA, Head of the Public Services Division, UH Manoa Libraries, has received a two-month Research Visitor Fellowship to the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. She has been invited by Pacific historian Peter HEMPENSTALL to begin cowriting the biography of Wilhelm Solf, German colonial governor of Samoa from 1900 to 1911. Hempenstall and Mochida have been conducting research on Solf independently for the past 15 years.


Terence WESLEY-SMITH, political scientist and associate professor at the center, attended the thirty-seventh South Pacific Conference in Canberra and reported on the meeting in a seminar on 30 October. He attended the conference as the official observer from the University of Hawai'i.

Judith HUNTSMAN, Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Auckland, spoke on "Resisting Decolonization in Tokelau" on 7 November. Her talk entailed a brief examination of colonial history as well as recent political situations and events in which Tokelauans have expressed their wishes regarding the possibility of decolonization.

Donald DENOON, Professor in the Division of Pacific and Asian History at Australian National University, spoke on "Incidents at Rorovana: Decolonizing Australia" on 14 November. The title of the talk refers to incidents that took place on Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, in 1969, in which a confrontation between local and colonial interests was caught on audiotape.

"The 1918 Influenza Epidemic in Fiji: Colonialism's Disease or Diseased Colonialism?" was the topic of a talk by Phyllis HERDA on 25 November. Herda, who teaches in the Women's Studies Department at the University of Auckland, compared colonial governments' reactions to the epidemic in several Pacific areas. She is working on a monograph on the 1918 influenza epidemic in Western Polynesia and was in residence at the East-West Center's Program on Population during the latter part of 1997.


The spring 1998 issue of The Contemporary Pacific (10,1) is now available.


Creating Their Own Culture: Diasporic Tongans


The Stench of the Past: Revisionism in Pacific Islands and Australian History


Should We Hate or Love MIRAB?


Do Migrants' Remittances Decline over Time? Evidence from Tongans and Western Samoans in Australia

Richard P C BROWN


An interview with Patricia Grace


Conspiracy, Class, and Culture in Oceania: A View from the Cook Islands



Micronesia in Review: 1 July 1996-30 June 1997


Polynesia in Review: 1 July 1996-30 June 1997

Ron CROCOMBE, Marjorie Tuainekore CROCOMBE, Kerry JAMES, Lilikala KAME'ELEIHIWA, Stephen LEVINE, Margaret MUTU, Asofou SO'O, Karin VON STROKIRCH, Tauaasa TAAFAKI


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Pacific Islands Report, an online service of the Pacific Islands Development Program, EWC, and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, is updated daily with news items from Hawai'i as well as PACNEWS, Samoa News, Papua Niugini Nius, Agence French-Presse, Marshall Islands Journal, and Radio Australia. Al HULSEN, Timeon IOANE, Winis MAP, and Katalina TOHI are the site's reporters and compilers.

The staff encourages submission of articles, commentaries, and letters, representing a diversity of viewpoints on Pacific Islands issues and events, for inclusion on the site. They also welcome, and will endeavor to answer, questions about the Pacific Islands from media representatives, teachers, students, and others.


The center welcomed eight students into the MA program in Pacific Islands Studies at a reception on 3 October:

Krissy KAHIKINA, BA, Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian Language, and Certificate in Secondary Education, UH Manoa;

Dawn Aloha KEKOOLANI, BA, Hawaiian Art, UH Manoa;

Daniel Keola NAKANISHI, BA, Economics, Occidental College;

Barbara Pregil PATRIA, BA, English, UH Manoa;

Melinda Healani SONODA, BA, Hawaiian Studies, UH Manoa;

Lono A'a Holoua STENDER, BA, Hawaiian Studies, UH Manoa;

Summer Lee Haunani SYLVA, BA, Political Science, Columbia University-Barnard College; and

Gina Kanani TALIAFERRO, BA, Hawaiian Studies, UH Hilo.

Also at the center for a year is Yoko KOMAI, who is on leave from her anthropology doctoral program at Seijo University, Tokyo, where she is working in Micronesian studies. These students are joined in January 1998 by:

Mariana BEN, BA, Political Science, UH Hilo;

Shannon DALIRE, BA, Hawaiian Studies, UH Manoa; and

Paul SOUFL, MA, Political Science, San Diego State University and doctoral student in Political Science at UH Manoa.

Welcome to everyone!

We also wished aloha to seven students who graduated with MAs in 1997. With their theses or Plan B paper topics, they are:

Linda (Noenoe) BARNEY-CAMPBELL, Ho'okena, South Kona: A Study in Change in a Rural Hawaiian Community;

Brandon BRECKENRIDGE, Waste Not, Want Not: A History of the Proposals to Import Nuclear Waste into the Marshall Islands;

Sarah KENNEY, All Aflutter or A Tale of Two Worlds: The Cultural Safety Component in New Zealand Nursing and Midwifery Education;

Alexander MAWYER, From Po to Ao: A Historical Analysis of Filmmaking in the Pacific;

Cecelia (Lee) PEREZ, Signs of Being: A Chamoru Spiritual Journey;

Wilson (Manuwai) PETERS, Towards a Kaiapuni Philosophy: Articulating a Model of Hawaiian Language Immersion Education; and

Jeffrey STOVER, The Legacy of the 1848 Mahele and Kuleana Act of 1850: A Case Study of the La'ie Wai and La'ie Malo'o Ahupua'a, 1846-1930.



Keimami sa Vakila na Liga ni Kalou (Feeling the Hand of God): Human and Nonhuman Impacts on Pacific Island Environments, third edition, by Patrick D NUNN, has been published by the School of Social and Economic Development (SSED), The University of the South Pacific. The 72-page publication describes the nature and likely causes of environmental changes on Pacific islands both before and after their initial human settlement. Nunn is Professor and Head of Geography at the University of the South Pacific. US$12 (airmail included) outside the USP region; ISBN 982-01-0318-5. Contact Publications Officer, SSED, University of the South Pacific, PO Box 1168, Suva, Fiji; email:

Papua New Guinea: The Struggle for Development, by John CONNELL, a geographer at the University of Sydney, Australia, is the first book to explore the economic development of this nation from both an economic and sociological perspective. Subjects discussed include rapid economic growth and political conflict, civil war on Bougainville, population growth and urbanization, mining and environmental conflicts, and uneven development and social divisions. £50, published by Routledge and distributed in Australia by Jacaranda Wiley; ISBN 0-415-05401-X. The Routledge website is

A Handful of Emeralds: On Patrol with the Hanna in the Postwar Pacific, by Joseph C MEREDITH, describes the experiences and observations of the author as captain of the destroyer escort Hanna throughout Micronesia, and in the Bonin and Volcano Islands, under navy administration. Published by Naval Institute Press, 2062 Generals Highway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401; website:

Contemporary Migration in Oceania: Diaspora and Network, edited by Ken'ichi SUDO and Shuji YOSHIDA, is a collection of papers given at the First Symposium on Population Movement in the Modern World, sponsored by the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan. The papers deal with population movement in Palau and Papua New Guinea as well as with the wider Polynesian diaspora. Copies are free to interested scholars as long as they last. Write to Japan Center for Asian Studies, National Museum of Ethnology, Senri Expo Park, Suita, Osaka, 565 Japan; email:


Dreadlocks in Oceania is a journal devoted to new writing and cultural debates in Oceania and published annually by the Department of Literature and Language, University of the South Pacific. Volume 1 (1997) is edited by Sudesh MISHRA and Elizabeth GUY and features writing by the editors as well as Teresia TEAIWA, David ANDERSON, John O'CARROLL, SUBRAMANI, Robert NICOLE, Padric HARM, Seona SMILES, William CLARKE, Patrick CRADDOCK, Mohit PRASAD, Tweiariki TEAERO, Frances Cresantia KOYA-VAKA'UTA, Susan KOTOISUVA-SELA, Epeli HAU'OFA, Arlene GRIFFEN, Larry THOMAS, and Josua TUWERE. For information, contact Editor, Dreadlocks, Department of Literature and Language, University of the South Pacific, PO Box 1168, Suva, Fiji.

"Indigenous Women in the Pacific" is the theme for the spring 1997 special issue of the Women's Study Journal from the University of Otago. The volume focuses on linked issues of representation and identity, with articles by Jacqui Sutton BEETS, Clea Te Kawehau HOSKINS, Lonise TANIELU, D Helene CONNOR, Tamasailau SUAALII, Selina Tusitala MARSH, and Jacqui LECKIE and poems by Konai Helu THAMAN. The issue. edited by Phyllis HERDA, is NZ$19.95 (ISSN 0112 4099), available from University of Otago Press, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand; fax: (03) 479-8385.

The 1997 issue of the Hawaiian Journal of History features an article by Alison KAY on "Missionary Contributions to Hawaiian Natural History: What Darwin Didn't Know." Other articles deal with the activities of the Sandwich Island Institute, nineteenth-century opera in Hawai'i, nineteenth-century sugar plantation centers, and Mormon missionaries' responses to the smallpox epidemic of 1853. $12, available from Hawaiian Historical Society, 560 Kawaiaha'o Street, Honolulu, HI 96813; tel (808) 537-6271.

Other Publications

The Island Tribune, a new Micronesia newspaper, published its first edition on 4 December 1997. The Tribune promises balanced reporting of local events as well as regional and international news through the Pacific News Service and United Press International. The first issue focused on national news and Pohnpei, but the paper is working to improve its coverage of all four FSM states. For subscription information contact The Island Tribune, PO Box 2222, Kolonia, Pohnpei FM 96941; email

Two serial publications from the South Pacific Commission have articles for those interested in social issues in the Pacific. Volume 2, No. 2, of Women's News, the quarterly newsletter of the Pacific Women's Resource Bureau (PWRB) (ISSN 1017-3900) has a report of the bureau's triennial conference in June 1997 as well as other items on women's health, politics in PNG, the impact of sports on gender relations, and recent PWRB activities. The Pacific AIDS Alert Bulletin, No. 13, 1997, has articles on AIDS prevention, treatment, and incidence as well as the Pacific response to HIV and AIDS. Write to The South Pacific Commission, BP D5, 98848 Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia, or email

Empire Books: Books on Colonial Territories publishes a catalogue of its out-of-print publications on the Pacific Islands. Contact Colin HINCHCLIFFE, 12 Queen's Staith News, York, YO1 1HH, UK; email:


Education Conference at ANU in April

Education for Sustainable Development: Getting it Right is the topic for a conference at Australian National University, 23-25 April 1998. The conference will review the effectiveness of past and current education in development programs and projects to assess their cost effectiveness and their impact on sustainable development requirements. For information, contact Conference Secretariat, Education for Sustainable Development Conference, Australian Development Studies Network, National Centre for Development Studies, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia. Fax: (02) 6257 2886; email

SICHE-PHA Conference in Honiara in June

The Pacific History Association's twelfth conference will be held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, 22-26 June 1998. Panels include Participatory Approaches to Island Planning, The Pacific War, Photography and Imaging in Oceania, Nineteenth-Century New Caledonia, Forest History of Melanesia, "Blood" and Citizenship in the Pacific, Pacific Histories, Administrative History in Melanesia, Aesthetization of Traditional Cultures, Contemporary Solomon Island Histories, Anthropology and History, Intellectual and Cultural Property Rights for Indigenous/Native Peoples, 1998 in Pacific History: Two Centennials and a Referendum, and Aspects of Asia-Pacific Relations. For further information, contact Tom WAIHERE, Ruavatu College, PO Box 1371, Honiara, Solomon Islands; Max QUANCHI, School of Humanities, Queensland University of Technology, Beams Rd, Carseldine, Queensland, Australia 4034, email; or Julian TREADAWAY, Secretary SI Organizing Committee, School of Humanities and Science, Solomon Islands College of Higher Education, PO Box G23, Honiara, Solomon Islands, email

Asia-Pacific Borderlands Conference in June

"Managing Knowledge in Asia-Pacific Borderlands" will be a session at the International Convention of Asia Scholars, 25-28 June 1998, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. The session on the politics of knowledge in eastern Indonesia (Maluku)-western New Guinea (Irian Jaya) is organized by the ISIR Irian Jaya Studies program and is designed to promote discussion among graduate and undergraduate scholars on the cultures and languages of this region. Abstracts were due 1 February. For information, write to Miriam VAN STADEN and Jaap TIMMER, Irian Jaya Studies, Department of Languages and Cultures of Southeast Asia and Oceania, University of Leiden, Nonnensteeg 1-3, NL-23ll VJ Leiden, The Netherlands. Fax: +31 71 5272532; email

Pacific Arts Association in PNG in August

The theme of the Sixth General Conference of the Pacific Arts Association , 17-21 August 1998, in Port Moresby, is "Art, Environment, and Gender." The conference will be held at the Papua New Guinea National Museum and features panels on Art and Landscape, Environment Change, Technological Change, and Artistic Change, Artistic Representations of Gender and Gender Relations, Artists as Gendered Persons, The Consumption of Art: Who are the Consumers?, and Problems in the Production and Consumption of Non-Traditional Forms of Art. For information, contact either the convenor, Soroi Marepo EOE, or the organizer, Mark BUSSE, both at Papua New Guinea National Museum, PO Box 5560 Boroko, NCD, Papua New Guinea. Fax: (675) 325-1779; email:

Pacific Representations: Culture, Identity, Media

Pacific Representations: Culture, Identity, Media at the University of Canberra, 22-25 September 1998, is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on changing representations of culture and identity in the Pacific in the face of new global pressures and emerging local tensions. Participants from a variety of disciplines and institutions are expected to discuss cultural and political responses to globalization, lingering colonialism, and the emergence of new economic and political relationships, with a special focus on the media's role in perpetuating or contesting existing representations. For information, contact the conference director, Dr Alaine CHANTER, Faculty of Communication, University of Canberra, ACT 2602, Australia. Fax: (02) 6247 3406; email: Deadline for paper proposal abstracts is 31 March 1998.


Submissions Sought for Samoan Academic and Literary Anthology

The UH Manoa Samoan Fealofani Club and the Samoan Language and Culture Program invite papers about Samoans, written by Samoans and others, for a published anthology. The publication, which will include academic manuscripts, short stories, and poems, is designed as a contribution to the enhancement of equity and diversity on campuses in Hawai'i and elsewhere. The editors hope the publication will be of interest to educators and others who work with Samoans, as well as to Samoans residing in Hawai'i and elsewhere.

Papers in both English and Samoan are welcomed. The deadline for submissions is 13 April 1998. The projected publication date for the initial issue is July 1998. For more information and submission guidelines, contact Eveline WOO ( or Noralynn S KANEMURA ( or write to Samoans Abroad Publications, c/o Samoan Language Program, 2510 Maile Way, Spalding 153, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822; tel: (808) 956-2651; fax: (808) 956-2650.

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Robert C Kiste, Director
Letitia Hickson, Editor

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The University of Hawai'i at Manoa is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution

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