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No. 3, July-September 1999


Pacific Diaspora Portrayed in Myriad of Guises Joint Commercial Commission Activities Pacific Islands Report People in the News UHM Hosts Pacific Writers The Thirty-Fifth World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM): A Report Center Visitors Occasional Seminars Faculty Seminars Students and Alumni Publications and Videos Conferences Bulletin Board


An enthusiastic audience of students, faculty, and community members joined presenters at the center's twenty-fourth annual Pacific Islands Studies conference "Out of Oceania: Diaspora, Community, and Identity" 20-23 October in Honolulu. The keynote speaker was distinguished Samoan writer Albert Wendt, Professor of English at the University of Auckland and Andrews Visiting Professor of Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Hawai'i. Professor Wendt launched the conference with a talk that combined themes from his novels and short stories dealing with diaspora and an examination of the situation of Pacific Islanders in Aotearoa New Zealand. Hawaiian cultural studies scholar J. Kehaulani Kauanui, University of California, Santa Cruz and Samoan writer Sia Figiel, who read from her new book, Those Who Do Not Grieve, joined Wendt as featured speakers.

The conference was notable for the wide range of perspectives on Pacific diaspora presented, including life history studies of first generation immigrants, consideration of changing notions of identity in second-generation Islanders, Islanders perceptions of movement and migration, and creative presentations featuring Samoan hip-hop and Islander-produced videos. The conference was also notable for the number of excellent student papers and presentations that many saw as a watershed event in Pacific studies. Although there have been other conferences on migration, this was the first time a significant number of scholars with an interest in Pacific Islander diasporas, from Melbourne to the east coast of the US mainland, gathered to share their views.

The conference program is on the CPIS website, Plans for a volume of selected papers are being discussed. In the meantime, a list of presenters and their addresses is also on the website following the program, so that interested persons can contact them.


The Joint Commercial Commission (JCC), originally proposed by President of the United States George Bush to identify and address commercial opportunities and trade concerns between the United States and the Pacific Islands entities, has been busy since its inception in 1993. Headquartered at the Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP), East-West Center, and meeting yearly since 1993, the commission held its first International Conference-Workshop on Business Opportunities in the Pacific Islands last year in Honolulu, cosponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, PIDP-EWC, and others. JCC Trade Links, the newsletter of the Joint Commercial Commission Secretariat contains information about these and other activities.

Mr. Ralph L. (Skip) Boyce, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific, has joined The Honorable Epel Ilon, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, FSM, as co-chair of the JCC Trade and Investment Working Group. Also joining the JCC is recent CPIS graduate Scott Kroeker (MA 1999) who has assumed the new staff position of Joint Commercial Commission (JCC) Project Officer. He will be PIDP's primary facilitator of all JCC related activities, including trade and investment workshops. He will also be responsible for the information technology infrastructure, strategy, and applications at PIDP/JCC.

The JCC has also announced two new electronic tools to enhance US-Pacific Islands business opportunities. Pacific Islands Business Network (PIBN), online at, has a comprehensive overview of all JCC member countries, including their political and economic climates. Jcc-bb is an email distribution list where registered users can send and receive messages to and from every other user of the service (membership is limited to businesses, government representatives, and nongovernmental organizations in JCC countries). For more information about JCC membership and other activities, contact Scott Kroeker at PIDP, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848-1601; tel: (808) 944-7670; email:

Interested in up-to-date news of the Pacific? PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT (PIR) produced by Al Hulsen as a collaborative project of the Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center, and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, is updated daily, Monday through Friday, on the Internet at In addition to supplying community members, teachers, businesses, and government organizations with daily news stories, Pacific Islands Report has expanded its site to include easily accessed archives of all PIR reports, plus information on weather and currency and a link to the University of the South Pacific's Department of Geography South Pacific Island Web Atlas, as well as links to newspapers, magazines, and other news sources in the region.


CPIS faculty member, Dr. Nancy Davis Lewis, associate dean of social sciences and professor of geography at UH Manoa, was elected Secretary General Treasurer of the Pacific Science Association (PSA) in July. She will serve a four-year term, from 1999 to 2003. Lewis was recognized for her involvement in the PSA's Division on Human Resources for the Future: Women and Young Scientists in Asian and Pacific Science. According to Lewis, PSA is committed to capacity building for science and technology in the region.

Anthropology graduate student Kehaunani Cachola-Abad has been awarded $10,000 as the first recipient of the American Anthropological Association's Minority Dissertation Fellowship Award. Cachola-Abad's dissertation is an attempt to create a comprehensive, precontact history of Hawaiian society. In order to do this, she is using Hawaiian oral histories recorded by Hawaiian and western scholars in the 1800s as well as analyses of heiau (Hawaiian temples). According to Cachola-Abad, an understanding of political development between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries and the roles of the ali'i (Hawaiian chiefs) will be important as Hawaiians come closer to their goal of regaining sovereignty.


The 1999 fall semester was a good time to be at UH Manoa, particularly for those interested in Pacific literature. During the months of September and October the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies, hosted Samoan writer Albert Wendt, as Andrews Distinguished Visiting Professor of Asian and Pacific Studies, and Reina Whaitiri, Maori poet and teacher. Professor Wendt and Ms. Whaitiri are on the faculty of the Department of English, University of Auckland. In addition to their readings and seminars on the UHM campus, Wendt spoke at Kapi'olani Community College and University of Hawai'i at Hilo.

Professor Wendt was also the keynote speaker for Out of Oceania, the center's twenty-fourth annual conference, where he was joined by the award-winning Samoan writer Sia Figiel. Figiel read from her newly published They Who Do Not Grieve, a novel that features the voices and lives of women who are part of the Samoan diaspora.

Figiel, who was returning from Europe and about to embark on a book tour in New Zealand, also did readings at Brigham Young University-Hawai'i Campus and UH Hilo. She will be a writer-in-residence at UH Hilo for two months during the early part of spring semester 2000, a residency made possible by the UHM School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies.

Albert Wendt also helped launch Tatou Tusi Tala-Let's Write Stories: An Anthology of Samoan Writings, the inaugural issue of the official literary publication of the Samoan Language and Culture Program and the Fealofani O Samoa Club at UH Manoa. The publication in Samoan and English, edited by students Noralynn Schubert Kanemura and Eveline Woo, is a collection of poems, stories, and essays, many of the pieces giving voice to the experiences of Samoans away from their homeland. Featured readers at the launching in addition to Wendt were Aumua Mataitusi Simanu, a teacher of Samoan oratory in the Samoan language program, and Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard, a CPIS faculty member and assistant professor of English at UH Manoa. Other readers included, Vita Tanielu, Meghann Otineru, Noralynn Schubert Kanemura, Seuamuli Mataio Fiamalua, Tia Seloti, and Fata Simanu-Klutz. Local playwright Victoria Kneubuhl read works by absent contributors Bill LeGalley and Mark Kneubuhl.

Copies of Tatou Tusi Tala are still available free of charge from John Mayer, head of the Samoan language program, who was a catalyst for the project. He can be contacted by telephone at (808) 956-3558 or by email at The reading was sponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, the Hawai'i Literary Arts Council, the UHM Samoan Language and Culture Program, and the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts. It was organized by Naomi Losch and Fata Simanu-Klutz.

Grace Molisa, poet, educator, and cultural worker from Vanuatu was on campus the last week of September as part of the Third Annual Hawai'i Fall Celebration of Writers, organized and cosponsored by the UHM Department of English. Ms. Molisa gave a talk on Language, Gender, and Human Rights and read from her poetry. This first visit to Hawai'i by the distinguished author was made possible by a grant from the Hawai'i Committee for the Humanities.


A Report by Barbara Smith Chair, ICTM-Studies Group on Musics of Oceania

The 35th World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music was held in Hiroshima, Japan, 19-25 August 1999. With "peace" an appropriate theme for a conference in this host city, one plenary session, with papers by three Australia scholars, was devoted to reconciliation in Australian Aboriginal culture: "Music, Dance, and Reconciliation in Australia" by Stephen Wild, "The Passing of the Rainbow and the Emergence of the Bat: Regeneration and Reconciliation through the Performance of Wongga in Contemporary Australian Contexts" by Allan Marett, and "Maggio as Symbol, Metaphor and Enactment of Reconciliation" by Linda Barwick.

Other important papers about music and dance in Oceania were: "Patrons, Composers, Performers, and Beholders of Music and Dance in Tonga" by Adrienne Kaeppler (USA), "Everything is Teempraa: Yapese Dance and Music in the 1990s" by Junko Konishi (Japan), "Hawaiian Hula in Contemporary Japan" by Yoko Kurokawa (USA), "Music, Dance and Conflict in Christian Practice among Torres Straits Islanders" by Helen Lawrence (Papua New Guinea), "Learning Music, Learning Dance: Traditional Tahitian Performing Arts in the Conservatory" by Jane Moulin (USA), "From the Exotic and Erotic to the Patriotic and Nostalgic: Changing Japanese Images of the Pacific in Popular Song" by Don Niles (Papua New Guinea), and "Learning Skills, Mastering Knowledge: Modeling Performance Competence and Expertise in Hawaiian Hula" by Amy Stillman (USA). Barbara Smith (USA), Yoichi Yamada (Japan) and Osamu Yamaguti (Japan) were also involved with presentations about Pacific Islands music and dance.

The ICTM Study Group on Musics of Oceania met on 26 August immediately following the World Conference. The program included presentations on contemporary music of Belau by Howard Charles (Palau), Kantan Chamorrita by Judy Flores (Guam), an archive of Yapese music and dance by Junko Konishi (Japan); the process of planning the Oceania component of WASSHOI! 2000 (the UNESCO World Performing Arts Festival for the UN International Year for the Culture of Peace) by Ryuichi Tai (Japan); video resources by Helen Lawrence (Papua New Guinea), Barbara Smith (USA), and Stephen Wild (Australia); and discussion of format for the Study Group's new "Oceania Music and Dance: Sound Recordings, Film/Video Recordings, and Multimedia CD-ROMS" project headed by Amy Stillman (USA), as well as the significance of the Australia and Pacific Islands volume of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music and Dance (1998). There were also informal reports on recent activities of members and other researchers in the field, and relevant activities of other scholars and scholarly organizations. One of the announced themes, "Research in the Next Millennium," will be continued at the Study Group's next meeting in Australia in 2001.


Mr. Clayton "Rick" Ruebensall, Jr, Senior Economic Adviser, and Mr. A. Gisser, Deputy Legal Adviser, Officer of Compact Negotiations, East Asia and the Pacific, US Department of State, returning from visits to the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, stopped at the center on 27 July for discussions with director Robert C. Kiste concerning developments in the early negotiations with the FSM and Marshalls regarding renewal of their Compacts of Free Association.

Malcolm and Goldie Rivkin, Rivkin Associates Inc., Planning and Development Services, Bethesda, Maryland, also stopped on 27 July en route back to the Washington area from the Marshalls. Both have been consultants for several years regarding plans for the cleanup and resettlement of Bikini Atoll. Discussions with Dr. Kiste concerned the background of the Bikinians' several relocations and possible scenarios about a future return to their ancestral homeland.

On 28 July, Mr. Tahu Potiki, Faculty of Humanities, Christchurch Polytechnic visited the center to get acquainted with the scope of its activities. Mr. Potiki is involved with a variety of Maori programs in Christchurch and is working on a project with Dr. Robert Franco, Kapi'olani Community College. He was on his way to the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) at Hilo. Dr. Dennis Foley, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, University of Queensland, visited the center on 9 August to learn about its activities and explore possible relationships with his program in Australia.

Professor Nobuo Kobayashi, International Economics, University of Hamamatsu, Tokyo, Japan, spent several days on the UH Manoa campus in mid-August to conduct research in the Pacific Collection, Hamilton Library. Discussions with Dr. Kiste focused on United States' relations with Pacific Island nations and regional organizations, past and present.

Dr. Nancy Pollock, Department of Anthropology, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, paid a brief visit to the center and the Pacific Collection in conjunction with a research project related to nuclear issues in the Marshall Islands.


Epeli Hau'ofa, Director of the Oceanic Center for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, spoke to a packed house on the evening of 14 July, on mythic storytelling practices in the contemporary Pacific. Dr. Hau'ofa was in Honolulu to speak at the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Reimagining Indigenous Cultures: The Pacific Islands.

Elizabeth Inia, retired schoolteacher and authority on Rotuman language and culture, gave a presentation on Preserving Indigenous Knowledge on 2 September. She was in Hawai'i to attend the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) and to work on a cultural preservation project with Alan Howard, Professor Emeritus in the UHM Department of Anthropology.

Ambassador Pierre Garrigue-Guyonnaud, France’s Permanent Secretary for the Pacific, spoke on 15 September on France in the Pacific: Evolution and Perspectives, a seminar cosponsored with the Pacific Islands Development Program, EWC, and Alliance Français of Hawai'i.


Murray Chapman, Chair and Professor of Geography, had his long-term work on population mobility recognized with the publication of a special issue of Asia Pacific Viewpoint in his honor. In the introduction to Population Mobility in the Asia Pacific (Volume 40, Number 1, April 1999), guest editor Graeme Hugo noted Chapman's "seminal contribution in shaping the ways we conceptualize and study population mobility" and "his generosity and commitment to the development of this field in Asia and the Pacific." The issue contains contributions from Chapman's colleagues and students Richard Bedford, Yvonne Underhill-Sem, Rosie Majid Ahsan, Nasreen Ahmad, Ammatuz Zohra Eusuf, Jagonnath Roy, Tommy Firman, Ida Bagoes Mantra, and Anchalee Singhanetra-Renard.

Congratulations to the following four CPIS affiliated faculty who received promotions in 1999. They are, with their new titles: Michael Ogden, Associate Professor of Communication; Marion Kelly, Professor of Ethnic Studies; Lilikala Kame'eleihiwa, Professor of Hawaiian Studies; and Michael Hamnett, Researcher in the Social Science Research Institute.

Robert C Kiste, Director of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, is on leave from the center. He will return on 1 January.


The center welcomed thirteen new graduate students at a reception held on 24 September. The reception was also held in honor of visiting colleagues Albert Wendt and Reina Whaitiri. Joining us in the MA program are:

Robert Baraka, from Aitape, Papua New Guinea, a graduate of the University of Papua New Guinea with a BA in linguistics;

Donald Bunnell, from Hawai'i, a graduate of Leeward Community College and West O'ahu College, with a BA in humanities and a specialization in Pacific studies;

Jadean Carvalho, from Hawai'i, a graduate of Leeward Community College and Chaminade College, with a BA in English;

Tracie Kuuipo Cummings, from Hawai'i, a graduate of UH Manoa with a BA in Hawaiian studies;

Keoki Faria, from Hawai'i, a graduate of Windward Community College and UH Manoa;

Kimberlee Gaylord, from Hawai'i, a graduate of Kapi'olani Community College and the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a BA in law and society;

Matthew Kaopio, Jr, from Hawai'i, a student at Kaua'i Community College and UH Hilo, and a graduate of West O'ahu College with a BA in Pacific Islands studies;

Keoni Kuoha, from Hawai'i, a graduate of University of Notre Dame, with a BA in government;

Enid McKay, who received a BA in psychology from Chico State College and an MA in psychology from California State University, Chico, and who lived for many years in Micronesia, in Chuuk, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, and the Marshall Islands;

Keao NeSmith, from Hawai'i, who was a student at Brigham Young University-Hawai'i Campus, graduated from UH Hilo with a degree in Hawaiian studies, and currently teaches Hawaiian language in the UHM Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages;

Joaquin Sablan, from Guam, a graduate of UH Manoa with a BA in English;

Holoua Stender, from Hawai'i, who graduated with a BA from UH Manoa and an MA in education from University of Colorado, Boulder, and who has taught at Kamehameha Schools and Windward Community College; and

Leihinahina Sullivan, from Hawai'i, a graduate of UHM with a BA in Hawaiian studies.

Congratulations to new CPIS graduate Scott Kroeker (MA 1999), whose thesis is entitled "Sechou of Deroech: Local Impacts and Social Responses to Globalization in the Republic of Palau." While he was in Palau doing research he taught computer classes at the Palau Community College and worked with the Palau Conservation Society on an environmental education plan. He is now the Joint Commercial Commission Project Officer at the East-West Center where he formerly worked on the Pacific Islands Report.

Congratulations, too, to Christy Harrington (MA 1994) who received her doctorate in anthropology from University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Christy's dissertation is entitled "The Seams of Subjectivity and Structure: Women's Experiences of Garment Work in Aotearoa New Zealand and Fiji." She is currently a part-time lecturer at San Francisco State University, teaching two courses, Racism: Cross Culture Analysis and Anthropology of Women.

The center welcomed a visit from Jane Reeves (MA 1992). Jane earned an MA in television and radio from Syracuse University after graduating, and then worked in cable television in New York. She now works for Television New Zealand in Auckland where she is the associate producer for United Travel Getaway.

Mariana Ben writes that she is teaching in the Social Science Division of the College of Micronesia in Pohnpei as she finishes writing up her MA research. Her courses include History of Micronesia, Introduction to Political Science, The Compact of Free Association, and Geography of the Pacific


UH Press Publications

Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree, by Albert Wendt, is now back in print. This early collection of eight short stories and a novella conveys the unease of a traditional island community caught up in the rapid changes of the modern world. Wendt is well known throughout the Pacific and the world as a poet, novelist, short story writer, and playwright. He is Professor of English at the University of Auckland. Paper, ISBN 0-8248-1822-9, $16.95.

Pana O'ahu: Sacred Stones, Sacred Land, edited and compiled with photographs by Jan Becket and Joseph Singer, with contributions by Kehaunani Cachola-Abad, J Mililani Ho, and Kawika Makanani. The sixty heiau photographed here - many of which are small fishing, agricultural, craft and family shrines - provide a compelling argument for the preservation of Hawaiian sacred places. Also included are the portraits of twenty-eight Hawaiian men and women who shared their knowledge with archaeologist J Gilbert McAllister during the 1930s. The introductory text provides important contextual information about the definition and function of heiau, the history of the abolition of traditional Hawaiian religion, preservation issues, and guidelines for visiting heiau. A Latitude 20 Book; cloth, ISBN 0-8248-1828-8, $42.

Emma: Hawai'i's Remarkable Queen, by George Sanford Kanahele, is a definitive biography of Hawai’i’s beloved Queen Emma, whose legacy includes The Queen's Medical Center, St Andrew's Priory, 'Iolani School, and St Andrew's Cathedral. Cloth, ISBN 0-8248-2234-X, $29; paper, ISBN 0-8248-2240-4, $19.95.

Thirty Years in the South Seas, by Richard Parkinson, translated by John Dennison, with an introduction by Jim Specht, is a record of Parkinson's travels in western Melanesia. Published in 1907, Dreissig Jahr in der Südsee was a landmark ethnography of the Bismarck Archipelago. His observations covered a range of activities from village religious life and ceremonies to artifacts and languages. Cloth, ISBN 0-8248-2245-5, $75.

Pacific Images: Views from Captain Cook's Third Voyage, edited by Eleanor C Nordyke, combines pictorial and selected textual descriptions from the voyage to give a fresh perspective on the findings of Cook's voyagers. Nordyke is a population specialist and author of The Peopling of Hawai'i. Cloth, ISBN 0-945048-04-1, $45. Distributed for the Hawaiian Historical Society.

UH Press books can be ordered through the Orders Department, University of Hawai'i Press, 2840 Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96822-1888;

Other Publications

Albert Wendt's readers in New Zealand now have the opportunity to read many of his classic stories published in Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree, Birth and Death of the Miracle Man, and elsewhere, in a collection that also contains new works. The Best of Albert Wendt's Short Stories, a new collection, is a Vintage Book, available only in New Zealand, from Random House New Zealand, 18 Poland Road, Glenfield, Auckland. Paper, ISBN 1-86941-392-X, NZ$24.95.


Cracks in the Mask, a film by Frances Calvert, follows Ephraim Bani, a Torres Strait Islander, as he sets out on a voyage of discovery to the museums of Europe where part of his cultural heritage, elaborate turtle shell masks from Torres Strait, now lie. The film looks at the history of this collecting endeavor and questions the role of museums and the way they decontextualize cultures. 1997, 58 minutes, color, in video, distributed by First Run/Icarus Films, 153 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10014; website: Other recent films on the Pacific distributed by First Run/Icarus include Advertising Missionaries, Mabo: Life of an Island Man, and Taking Pictures.

Selo! Selo! Bigfala Canoe documents the inaugural arrival of a cruise ship on the coast of a village community in Vanuatu. The 26-minute video, directed by Randall Wood and produced by Axis Productions, explores the experience of a small community coming to terms with cultural change, negotiated contracts, and a visit by 1050 tourists. The video is not yet in distribution but programming availability is being handled by Jennifer Cornish Media, 142 Cathedral Street, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011, Sydney, Australia; email:; website:


Native Pacific Cultural Studies on the Edge

A symposium will be held 11-12 February 2000 at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Oakes College Learning Center. Invited speakers include, Teresia Teaiwa, Geoffrey White, Donna Matahaere, Mike Perez, Margaret Jolly, Dana Takagi, Jonathan Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio, Chris Connery, Glen Mimura, and others. James Clifford and David Gegeo will be the keynote speakers at this symposium that looks at power, representation, and indigeneity in critique and inquiry in Pacific studies, particularly as this critique and inquiry engages traditions in the Pacific from geographic and discursive places (Hawai'i, California, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and Australia) not usually considered within the domain of the Islands. For more information, contact the organizers, J Kehaulani Kauanui, at,  and Vicente Diaz at

Resource Management, Compensation, and Indigenous Land Claims

Michael Pretes is organizing a special session of the Remote Regions and Northern Development section of the Western Regional Science Association, which will meet on Kaua'i, in Hawai'i, 26 February-1 March 2000. The topic is resource management, compensation, and indigenous land claims in the Pacific region. For more information, contact Pretes at Department of Human Geography, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia; email:

Melanesia 2000 and Beyond

Melanesia 2000 and Beyond: Empowering Village and Rural Development will be held 13-16 March 2000, at the Travelodge, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The conference goal is to provide a forum to discuss a vision for Papua New Guinea and Melanesia in the twenty-first century and to develop a framework for realizing that vision. For more information, contact John Evans, South Pacific Centre for Communication and Information in Development, University of Papua New Guinea, Box 320, University PO, Papua New Guinea; email:

Rights Claims in the Twentieth Century

Between the Global and the Local: Making Rights Claims in the Twentieth Century will be held 28-29 April 2000 on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Organizers are seeking proposals for papers that deal with one of the following themes: citizenship and rights claims, colonialism and human rights, truth commissions and the making of truth claims, social movements and human rights, and the representation of rights claims in photography, film, and television. Prospective participants should send a one-page, typed paper proposal and a brief biography, by 1 December, to Mark Bradley, Human Rights Conference, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Center for International Studies, Garland 102, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201; fax (414) 229-3626; email:; website:

Sovereignty 2000: Locations of Contestation and Possibility

The Native American Studies Research Cluster at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), is holding its Sovereignty 2000 conference on 19 May at the UCSC campus. The conference will address recent attacks on indigenous sovereignty struggles in the Americas and in the Pacific and will be followed by a UCSC pow-wow on 20 May.

In conjunction with the conference, an anthology of essays and artwork is being put together, and the organizers are seeking submissions from indigenous writers and artists that provide a critical examination of the legal, economic, political, or cultural aspects of sovereignty struggles in the Americas and the Pacific. Two copies of submissions can be brought to the conference or sent to Joanne Marie Barker, Sovereignty 2000, History of Consciousness Program, University of California-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California 95064.

Islands VI Conference

Small Islands in the Third Millennium: Sharing Solutions to Common Problems, the Islands VI conference, will be held on the Isle of Skye, 16-20 October 2000. The registration fee is 450 pounds and will include, among other things, hotel accommodations with breakfast, as well as lunches on conference days. For more information, contact Graeme Robertson, conference organizer, in Scotland after 1 December 1999 at his email address: or see the website at

Conferences announced in previous newsletters:

PTC2000: A New Vision for the 21st Century-The twenty-second annual Pacific Telecommunications Conference (PTC), 30 January-2 February 2000 in Honolulu. Proposal forms can be obtained through their website at or by contacting PTC at tel: (808) 941-3789, fax: (808) 944-4874, email:

Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania-Annual meeting will be held 15-19 February 2000 at the Best Western Chateau Granville in Vancouver BC, Canada. Preliminary information about the meeting is on the ASAO website at

Pacific History Association (PHA) Conference in 2000-Bursting Boundaries: Places, Persons, Gender, and Disciplines-will be held at the Australian National University in Canberra, 26-29 June 2000. For information, contact Donald Denoon by email at

Pacific Rim Conference on Higher-Education Planning and Assessment-Conference to be held in Hilo, Hawai'i, 3-7 June 2000. Proposals should be submitted to Dr. Larry Kelley, Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, Northeast Louisiana University; fax: (318) 342-1028; email:

The Fifth International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific, sponsored by Pacific 2000 and the Easter Island Foundation, will take place 7-12 August 2000 at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy, Waimea, Hawai'i. Send abstracts by December 1999 to Pacific 2000, Easter Island Foundation, PO Box 6774, Los Osos, California, 93412.

The Eighth Festival of Pacific Arts will take place 23 October to 3 November 2000 in several towns in New Caledonia: Noumea and Mont-Dore in the South, Koné and Poindimié in the North, and Wé on Lifu in the Loyalty Islands.

Building Bridges with Traditional Knowledge II: An Exploration of Issues Involving Indigenous Peoples, Conservation, Development and Ethnosciences for the New Millennium, will be held 28 May-3 June 2001 in Honolulu. For information, contact the organizers at UH by fax at (808) 956-3923 or by email at


Learning Media Seeks Pacific Language Education Contributions

Learning Media, a New Zealand Government-owned educational publishing company that also publishes in Pacific Islands languages for a number of other Pacific ministries of education, seeks submissions for an extensive New Zealand Ministry of Education language resources publishing program. Since the 1980s the Ministry of Education has been publishing educational resources in Samoan, Cook Islands Maori, Tongan, Niuean, and Tokelauan for use in its Pacific languages programs. Its Tupu series-published in these five Pacific languages-includes over 350 separate books, audio cassettes, and teachers' notes. Its Samoan journal for students, Folauga, edited by Galumalemana Afeleti Hunkin and Mercy Leao Brown, is in its third year of publication. Resources range from stories read to preschool children in Pacific Islands language nests through complex texts in Pacific Islands languages at advanced levels in secondary schools.

Pacific Islands writers who have their work accepted for publication are paid for their work and retain copyright. Genres include fiction, nonfiction, short plays, and poems for children in Pacific Islands languages taught in New Zealand schools. Pacific Islands illustrators and photographers are invited to submit portfolios of recent work for consideration. Work should be sent to Learning Media, Box 3293, Wellington, New Zealand; fax 64-4-472-6444. For more information visit

The New Zealand Ministry of Education allows its language resources to be sold in the Pacific. The distributor is Read Pacific, Box 15339, New Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand; fax 64-9-817-9706.

ARIEL Seeks Island Literature

ARIEL (A Review of International English Literature) invites submissions for a special issue on the literatures of micro-states. Most English-speaking micro-states are former colonies; many are islands. For this special issue the editors invite essays on the literature of micro-states around the world, including the Pacific. They also invite essays that develop theoretical approaches appropriate to these literatures, and short poems by authors from these cultures. Completed essays due by 30 August 2000. For further information, contact Patricia Srebrnik ( . For general information concerning ARIEL, including guidelines for contributors, see the website at

Field School in Agroecology in Mo'orea

An interdisciplinary field school in agroecology will be held at the University of California's Gump Research Station in Mo'orea, French Polynesia, 18-31 March 2000. The course will combine intensive reading, lecture and discussion, and field excursions. Students with diverse and interdisciplinary approaches, e.g., an interest in women's roles in economic and ecological change, are invited to apply. Instructors are Miguel Altieri, professor of agroecology at UC Berkeley and Charles Stevens, visiting assistant professor, Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Anthropology at Miami University in Ohio. Deadline for applications is 24 January 2000. Those interested should send a one-page curriculum vitae to Diane Wolcott, Environmental Management, UC Berkeley Extension, 1995 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720-7012; email: Tuition for the two-week course is $1,750.

Women's Studies and Biculturalism

Contributions are invited for a volume of Working Papers in Women's Studies, edited by Lynne Alice, which will explore biculturalism and multiethnicity within women's studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The volume is intended to contribute to activism, research and thinking about practical implications of honoring Te Tiriti O Waitangi within the teaching practices of women's studies and feminist scholarship in New Zealand. Submission deadline is June 2000 for publication in October 2000. For more information, email Lynne Alice at Working Papers in Women's Studies is a peer-reviewed series produced by staff in women's studies at Massey University.

Imi Ho'ola Post-Baccalaureate Program

Participants are being recruited for the 2000-2001 Imi Ho'ola program, a twelve-month program that offers a wide range of educational experiences for prospective medical school applicants. Eligible candidates are those from a disadvantaged background who have strong potential and are highly motivated. Application deadline is 30 December 1999. For more information, call Agnes Malate or Dr. Nanette Judd at (808) 956-3466 or write to University of Hawai'i at Manoa, John A Burns School of Medicine, Imi Ho'ola Post-Baccalaureate Program, 1960 East-West Road, Biomed C-203, Honolulu, HI 96822.

Palau CC Library Seeks Micronesica

The Palau Community College Library has a very incomplete set of the journal Micronesica and is seeking donations to help fill the gaps. If you have any issues you would be willing to donate to the library's developing Micronesia-Pacific Collection, please contact Jane Barnwell, Librarian, Palau Community College, PO Box 9, Koror, Republic of Palau, PW 96940; email

Librarian Position at College of the Marshall Islands

College of the Marshall Islands is advertising for the position of Librarian I (Cataloging and Classification). Minimum qualifications are graduation from an accredited college or university in library science, Master's degree preferred, and three years of professional experience in original cataloging and classification. Salary is $16,000-$16,999, depending on qualifications. Please send resume and three letters of reference to Maxine Becker, Director of Libraries, PO Box 1258, Majuro, Marshall Islands 96960. Closing date is 15 November 1999 or until filled.

Travel Awards for Scholars Presenting at the New Zealand and Australia Section of WSSA

Fulbright New Zealand is calling for applications for travel awards for scholars presenting papers at the Meeting of the New Zealand and Australian Studies Section, Western Social Science Association, San Diego, California, 26-29 April 2000. The awards are intended to cover the costs of internal air travel within the United States and are unlikely to exceed NZ$1000. Preference will be given to New Zealand and American graduate students whose papers on New Zealand topics have been accepted for presentation. Applications will close on 31 January 2000. For more information on the application process, email queries to For information on the meeting, contact Dave Thiessen, Coordinator, WSSA NZ-OZ Studies, Business Division, Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, ID 83501; email

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies University of Hawai'i at Manoa 1890 East-West Road, Moore Hall 215 Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822 USA Phone: (808) 956-7700 Fax: (808) 956-7053 Email:

Robert C. Kiste, Director Letitia Hickson, Editor

Items in this newsletter may be freely reprinted. Acknowledgment of the source would be appreciated. To receive the newsletter electronically, contact the editor at the email address above. The University of Hawai'i at Manoa is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution

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