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HONOLULU, Hawaii (May 14, 1999 PIDP/CPIS/Hulsen)---"Pacific Passages," a Hawai‘i-produced half-hour video that introduces students and other viewers to the peoples, arts and cultures of the Pacific Islands recently received a Gold Apple award from the National Educational Media Network in Oakland, California.

One of the producers of the video, Caroline Yacoe, said the award is given to educational media in recognition of both production excellence and educational value.

"Pacific Passages" depicts contemporary Pacific Islanders, their lives, and their art, as they pass through the universal stages of life from birth to death. Included are scenes of such significant events as coming of age rituals in Papua New Guinea and funerals in Tonga.

The video’s narrator is teenage Pacific Islander-American Susan Hullerman,

Joining Yacoe as co-producer-directors were Wendy Arbeit and GB Hajim.

Support for the video’s production was provided, in part, by PREL – Pacific Resources for Education and Learning – the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, the Hawai‘i Committee for Humanities and the Polynesian Cultural Center.

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