Resources and Opportunities for Teachers

Selected Pacific Films for High School
and College Teaching

This guide contains a selection of films used in courses about the Pacific, at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and other universities. The films are grouped in categories that range from films on navigation and settlement of the Pacific to contemporary and early feature films. Included are links to online reviews of each film where these are available.

Pacific Island Economies (pdf format)
by James Mak. Illustrations by Julianne M Walsh.

Pacific Island Economies was created as a classroom tool for seventh-grade teachers in Hawai'i who are teaching Pacific Islands Studies. In simple, engaging language, it defines what an economy is, compares statistical information on different Pacific nations, and discusses the kinds of resources that make up Pacific economies. It is accompanied by charts, photos, glossary, and a list of additional resources. The module was introduced in a summer course for teachers at the University of Hawai'i in 1999 and modified along the lines suggested by teachers.

The module is in PDF format. Downloading it requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader Program

The production of the module was made possible by Title VI funding from the US Department of Education, in the form of a National Resource Center grant to the UH Center for Pacific Islands Studies. Please send comments on the module to Katherine Higgins, Outreach Director, UH Center for Pacific Islands Studies.

Political Statuses of the Pacific Islands:
Chart (pdf format)

The Political Statuses of the Pacific Islands chart, created by Robert C Kiste, provides, in visual form, a concise conceptualization of the current political statuses of the major Pacific Island countries and territories, their colonial associations and dates of independence, their commonwealth connections, and their membership in the Pacific Community (formerly the South Pacific Community) and the Pacific Islands Forum.

Pacific Worlds Website

The Hawai'i Geographic Alliance and the University of Hawai'i Center for Pacific Islands Studies invite K-12 teachers to view a new Pacific geography website for students and teachers. The website, created by geographer Doug Herman, at Towson University, features sites in Hawai'i, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Yap, and Palau. Other locations in Hawai'i and the Pacific will be added to the site.

To view the site, go to


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