The Twenty-Second Annual University of Hawai‘i

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Pacific Islands Studies Conference

FEATURING PARADISE Representations of Pacific Islanders in Film and Video

Honolulu, Hawai‘i 11–13 November 1997

Tuesday, 11 November

Honolulu Academy of Arts

9:30 am Welcoming Chant Momiala Kamahele, Center for Hawaiian Studies, UHM

Welcoming Remarks Robert C. Kiste, Director, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, UHM Vilsoni Hereniko, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, UHM

Keynote Address: Barry Barclay Barry Barclay is a film director of M ori descent, involved in the struggle for "M ori image sovereignty." He is the director of two highly acclaimed feature films, Ngati and Te Rua, and the author of Our Own Image.

"Paradise" 11:00 am Song of the Islands. 1934, Hawai‘i, 40 minutes, Bishop Museum Archives.

Lunch Break

2:00 pm Waikiki Wedding. 1937, United States, 90 minutes.

Imin Conference Center, EWC

Representation 5:30 pm Sacred Vessels: Navigating Tradition and Identity in Micronesia. 1997, Guam, 30 minutes, video, US Premiere.

Writer-director-co-producer Vicente Diaz in person.

7:00 pm Taking Pictures. 1996, Australia, 56 minutes, video, US premiere. After-film discussion on representations of Melanesians with Geoffrey White.


WEDNESDAY, 12 November

Imin Conference Center, EWC

8:30 am Panel: Representing "Paradise" Chair: Glenn Man, University of Hawai'i at M noa

Advertising Hollywood's Pacific Paradise

DeSoto Brown, Bishop Museum Constructing Paradise

Caroline Vercoe, University of Auckland

The Role of Hollywood's Designers in the Creation of Paradise Karen Stevenson, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

10:30 a.m. Panel: Race and Gender Chair: Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard, University of Hawai'i at M noa

Photogenics: Racism as an Art Form in the Film History of the Pacific Teresia Teaiwa, University of the South Pacific James Mellon, University of Hawai'i at Hilo

Race and Gender in the Hollywood South Seas Film Glenn Man, University of Hawai'i at M noa

Gendering a Colonial/Postcard Space Glenda Mather, University of Adelaide

Lunch Break

1:15 pm Panel: Representation in Film and TV -- Hollywood and Aotearoa/New Zealand

Chair: Karen Stevenson, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

The Presentation of the Tahitian People within the Mise En Scene of the Mutiny on the Bounty Trilogy Keith Tishken, Towson University, Maryland

Subversion and Ambivalence on the Small Screen: Pacific Islanders on New Zealand Prime Time Sarina Pearson, University of Auckland

3:00 pm Panel: Micronesia and Australia Chair: David Hanlon, University of Hawa'i at M noa

Virtual Canoes: Micronesian Canoe Culture in Film and Video Vicente Diaz, University of Guam

Ghosts of the Colonial Encounter: Tracey Moffat's beDevil and Australian Historical Presentation Glen Masato Mimura, University of California, Santa Cruz

5:00 pm Manu Tupou and His Work Manu Tupou is an award-winning actor-director-producer from Fiji whose credits include Broadway and national tours, film, and television. Mr. Toupou is also the founder and artistic director of the American Repertory Company.

Honolulu Academy of Arts


8:00 pm Broken English. 1966, Aotearoa/New Zealand, 90 minutes, Hawai'i premiere.

After-film discussion.


Thursday, 13 November

Imin Conference Center, EWC

8:30 am Glynnis Paraha and Her Work

Glynnis Paraha is a film producer, actress, teacher, and student of M ori descent whose work has focused on images of M ori women and whose current work focuses on anti-colonial filmmaking.

10:00 am Images of Hawai‘i—Past and Present Panel Chair: Jonathan Okamura, University of Hawai‘i at M noa War and Paradise: Imagining Hawai‘i in Pacific War Films Geoffrey M. White, East-West Center and University of Hawai‘i at M noa Jane Yee, East-West Center and University of Hawai‘i at M noa

Taking Control: Hawaiians Making Their Own Films Lurline McGregor, ‘Olelo: The Corporation for Community Television , Hawai‘i

Lunch Break

12:30 pm Open Forum on Representation of Pacific Islanders

2:00 pm Refreshments on the lanai


Sponsored by


Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i at M noa

The Hawai‘i International Film Festival

The East-West Center

The Honolulu Academy of Arts

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