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No. 2, April-June 2000

Published quarterly by The Center for Pacific Islands Studies School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies University of Hawai‘i at Manoa 1890 East-West Road Honolulu, HI 96822 USA Phone: (808) 956-7700 Fax: (808) 956-7053 Email: [email protected]  Website: 

Robert C. Kiste, Director Letitia Hickson, Editor

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Annual Conference: Pacific Studies 2000 Heyum Scholarship Winner Janet Bell Prize Winners News in Brief Faasamoa 2000 Conference UHM Hosts Witi Ihimaera Joint UHM-USP Course Postponed Useful Pacific Film Websites Occasional Seminars and Readings Faculty Activities Students and Alumni Publications and Videos Conferences Bulletin Board

Annual Conference

Pacific Studies 2000: Honoring the Past, Creating the Future, 14-18 November 2000.

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. It is an opportune time to honor the hard work of past directors, faculty, staff, and students who have passed through the Center’s doors at the School of Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Studies. It is also fitting that at the end of fifty years, and the beginning of a new millennium, we take time to reflect on the study of the Pacific, to discuss what has worked well in the last fifty years, and what changes could be made that will keep the Center’s programs relevant and dynamic. To this end, the Pacific Studies 2000 conference will bring together a team of scholars of international stature to discuss and debate contemporary issues of concern.

The three main issues that will come under scrutiny at the Pacific Studies 2000 conference are: (1) Decolonizing Pacific Studies, (2) Interdisciplinary Approaches to Pacific Studies, and (3) New Technologies and Pedagogies. There will be two speakers for each of the topics, one involved with the teaching of Pacific Studies within the Pacific region and another from outside the Pacific. The speaker from the Pacific will provide local and regional perspectives on the topic while the speaker from elsewhere will share global or international experiences and perspectives.

This tension between the local and the global for each of these topics will then be explored further by a panel of international scholars. Among those invited to give featured presentations are Konai Helu Thaman (University of the South Pacific), Edvard Hviding (University of Bergen, Norway), and Marsha Kinder (University of Southern California).

Another important focus during the conference will be the setting up of a consortium of Pacific Studies programs around the world. The Director of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Robert C. Kiste, will give the keynote address for Pacific Studies 2000. He will explore how Pacific Studies programs worldwide might link up more efficiently in the future, as well as share human and physical resources. His address will be followed by a panel consisting of directors of Pacific Studies programs worldwide.

By the middle of August, information about the conference will be available on the center’s website at Also beginning in August, in preparation for the conference, the center will hold a series of panel discussions on the three topics (decolonizing Pacific studies, interdisciplinary approaches, and new technologies and pedagogies) that will provide the focus for presentations and discussion at the conference. Vilsoni Hereniko is the convener for the conference.

Heyum Scholarship Winner

Rodney Powell has won the Heyum Endowment Scholarship for 2000-2001. Powell, who is of Fijian, Samoan, Welsh, and Tongan descent, is working toward his Bachelor's of Social Work at UH Manoa. In addition to maintaining a high grade-point average, Powell has expressed his strong sense of community responsibility by working for the Life Foundation, Hawai‘i’s largest and oldest nonprofit AIDS service organization. For the past year he has worked to build a community-level HIV prevention program with high-risk Pacific Islander youth and adults.

The Heyum Endowment Fund was established by the late R. Renée Heyum, former Curator of the Pacific Collection, Hamilton Library, to help Pacific Islanders receive education and/or training in Hawai‘i. Annually, qualified individuals are invited to apply for a scholarship in the amount of US$ 3000.

Trustees of the endowment welcome contributions to honor the memory of Renee Heyum and further the mission she initiated. Donations may be sent to UH Foundation/Heyum Endowment, University of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822.

Janet Bell Prize Winners

Julianne M Walsh and Eric W West, graduate students in anthropology at UH Manoa, were winners of the 1999-2000 Janet Bell Prize. Walsh, who has worked in the Marshall Islands for a number of years, won for her paper "Adoption and Agency: American Adoptions of Marshallese Children." West, who has been working with anthropology professor Barry Rolett, won for his paper "Prehistoric Voyaging and the East Polynesia Homeland: An Analysis of Adzes from Eiao Island in the Northern Marquesas." Their papers are being catalogued for the UHM Pacific Collection. Congratulations to both winners!



Pacific Basin Communications, Inc, publisher of Hawai‘i Business and Discover Hawai‘i, has acquired Pacific Magazine from Pacific Magazine Corp, which has produced it for the past 24 years. According to new group editor and publisher Floyd Takeuchi, changes to look for in the future include an updated look, a regionally based website, and more detailed coverage of the South Pacific. Founding publisher Bruce Jensen continues as a publisher, with Bud Bendix as editor.



By Luafata Simanu-Klutz

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies was one of the cosponsors of the Faasamoa 2000 Conference, the first event of the new millennium by, for, and about Samoans, particularly those residing in the state of Hawai‘i. On Friday evening 31 March and Saturday 1 April, the O‘ahu Samoan community turned out in fair numbers to celebrate faasamoa (Samoan way) and to discuss how it can be a positive force in shaping a future in Hawai‘i and other homes abroad. Faasamoa is often (and unfairly) labeled as a hindrance to a successful transition of Samoans to new homes. Not so, say many Samoans who are well versed in both faasamoa and faapalagi (modern/western way). Therefore, Faasamoa 2000 was a forum through which those who continue to value their culture offer ways that Faasamoa may be an ingredient for surviving in a new land. Much support was garnered from the Samoan churches. The cultural program on Friday night would not have been possible without their participation.

The conference began with the Friday cultural celebration in which many church and cultural groups performed dance and music and threw money on the stage in celebration. Also on Friday, The Honorable Afioga Fiame Naomi Mataafa, Minister of Education of Samoa, presented a keynote address on the value of culture in education. On Saturday morning, a blend of traditions characterized the opening ceremonies-an ‘ava ceremony, welcome remarks, and keynote addresses. In attendance were Governor Benjamin Cayetano and representatives from various government departments. Afioga Fiame Naomi Mataafa, in the absence of Samoa’s Prime Minister, offered opening remarks, and Dr. Sili Sataua Kerisiano, the director of Education in American Samoa, offered a few words on behalf of Governor Tauese Sunia and the people of American Samoa. Other off-island presentations included those by Dr. Tafea Faauma, a member of the Amerika Samoa Humanities Council, Dr. Unasa Leulu Felise Vaa, Mrs. Maria Tatupu Kerslake, and Tofa Maulolo Leaula Tavita Amosa from the National University of Samoa.

Concurrent sessions followed the opening ceremonies. Local and off-island presenters provided sessions on the faasamoa and education, faasamoa and criminal justice, faasamoa and social services, Samoana vafealoai, youth, and faasamoa and language. Participants were involved in passionate and insightful sharing facilitated by Samoan professionals from Hawai‘i, American Samoa, and Samoa. Poet and novelist Sia Figiel participated and gave a reading from her work. Local professionals included Judge Faauuga Tootoo (Family Courts), Fituina Tuanaitau (Federal Probation Officer), Dr. Maumalo Loia Fiaui (State Department of Public Health-Diamond Head Center; Education America), Tofa Dixie Samasoni (Education America), Dancette Iuli (Consultant in Social Social and Mental Health), Afioga Lasei John Mayer (UH Manoa Samoan Language), Reverend Fuamaila Soa, Jr. (Waimanalo Congregational Christian Church), Reverend Sualauvi Tuimalealiifano (UCC), Bishop Too (LDS Moanalua Ward), Iva Tiave (Farrington High School), Poe Suaava (Wai’anae High School), Karapani Karapani, Jr. (Wai'anae High School), Merina Sapolu (Kokua Kalihi Valley Clinic), Tofa Aumua Mataitusi Simanu (UH Manoa Samoan Language), Dr. Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard (UH Manoa English Department), Tenari Maafala (Honolulu Police Department), Tiva Aga (Urban Housing), Sailiemanu Lilomaiava-Doktor (UH Manoa Geography Department), and Etuale Suafoa (Moanalua High School).

The co-chairs of the conference were Provost Sharon Narimatsu, Leeward Community College; Dr. Paul LeMahieu, Superintendent, Hawai‘i Department of Education; the Office of State Representative Nestor Garcia; and Dr. Maumalo Loia Fiaui, Samoa Malo Ua Maua, a local organization working at the grassroots level in the Samoan community. Other committee members were Afioga Galumalemana Taiaopo Tuimalealiifano, Luafata Simanu-Klutz, Ofisa Tanuvasa, Eddie Fola, Tiva Aga, Reverend Fuamaila Soa, Jr., Reverend Senisese Fuataga, Eddie Marcus, Lisa Dowling, Kathleen Cabral, Ivona Mills, and Dancette Iuli.

The conference was made possible with financial support from public organizations and private businesses such as the Bank of Hawai‘i, Sprint Hawai‘i, Department of Housing and Community Development MOA, Outrigger Hotels, Hawaiian Electric Company, Matson Navigation, Castle and Cooke, Farrington Adult School, Dance Exhibition, Friends of Nestor, Samoa Malo Ua Maua, Tesoro Hawai‘i, Windward Samoan Church. Support also came from individuals such as Sharon Narimatsu, Loia Fiaui, Dancette Iuli, with in-kind assistance from various individuals and organizations. Conference proceeds will fund two $2000 scholarships with priority given to residents of the Leeward and Central O‘ahu districts who have been accepted as full-time students at Leeward Community College for the school year 2000-2001.

What is the future of the Faasamoa 2000 Conference? The committee would like to see the conference become an annual event, drawing participants from around the world. Windward Community College would like to host the conference next year, and the committee looks to UH Manoa as a possible host in 2002. Meanwhile, special thanks to Representative Nestor Garcia (Leeward District), Sharon Narimatsu, Paul LeMahieu, and the congregations and individuals that gave up their time for this millennial first for the Samoan community. Faafetai tele le alofa ma le foa'i. Ia toe faatutumu e le Atua ni mea ua gaogao ona o lenei faamoemoe.

UHM Hosts Witi Ihimaera

Witi Ihimaera, one of New Zealand’s leading writers was selected to deliver the annual Joseph Keene Chadwick Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the UHM English Department. Ihimaera’s lecture, "Masculinity and Desire: Rewriting the Polynesian Body," took place on 18 April. His visit, which was cosponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the Hawai‘i Literary Arts Council, was a very rewarding one for all of his audiences, as Ihimaera was extraordinarily generous with his time and energies while he was here. In addition to the Chadwick lecture, Ihimaera gave a reading of poetry and other works, as well as a public seminar, "Writing the Pacific: A Creative Writing Class." He also visited UH Hilo where he gave a public reading under the auspices of the Pacific Islands program.

Ihimaera, Distinguished Creative Fellow in Maori Literature at the University of Auckland, is a novelist, short story writer, essayist, librettist, and playwright. His books include Whanau, The Matriarch, The Whale Rider, Nights in the Gardens of Spain, and The Dream Swimmer. In addition to his own fiction works, he co-edited two collections of Maori writing, Into the World of Light: An Anthology of Maori Writing and the five-volume set Te Ao Marama: Contemporary Maori Writing. He also edited Growing Up Maori, a collection of the memories and stories of 38 Maori writers.

Joint UHM-USP Course Postponed

Because of recent events in Fiji, the UHM fall 2000 course PACS 492 Moving Cultures: Entanglements and Transformations in Asia Pacific has been postponed. This interactive, multisited course was jointly developed by faculty at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, Canterbury University in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and the University of Hawai‘i. It was to be taught simultaneously on the Laucala and Manoa campuses, with Canterbury University joining in for part of the semester. The course was to explore historical connections between societies and peoples in Asia and the Pacific and examine the ways that local and global processes are being negotiated in Hawai‘i, Fiji, and Aotearoa/New Zealand.

As a result of the postponement, Terence Wesley-Smith will be teaching PACS 491 The Contemporary Pacific. This course will now incorporate a four-week interactive learning segment with Canterbury University.

Useful Pacific Film Websites

The following is a selected list of websites that may be of interest to people seeking information on films about Hawai'i and the Pacific: Na Maka o ka ‘Aina

Na Maka o ka ‘Aina, headed by filmmakers Puhipau and Joan Lander, has produced over fifty videos focusing on Hawai‘ian and Pacific topics in the areas of culture, environment, the arts, language, history and sovereignty. Spirit of the land, and teaching and learning. Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is a Minority Consortium funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a nonprofit media organization, whose primary purpose is to increase national public broadcast programming by and about Pacific Islanders. Members receive the publication Storyboard three times a year. Their films and programs deal with Hawai‘i and the broader Pacific. Moving Images of the Pacific Islands

Moving Images of the Pacific Islands is a searchable database of over 2,300 films and videos about the Pacific Islands (excluding Hawai‘i). Produced and maintained by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, it is due for an update in early September. The distributor’s list is a useful guide to producers of films about the Pacific. A hard copy of the guide as of 1998 is available for US$ 20 plus postage from the address on the masthead.

Occasional Seminars

Barbara and Dietrich Treide, from Leipzig, gave a talk on "Studying Life Histories on Yap," on 7 April. Barbara Treide is the former Oceania curator for the Museum für Völkerkunde and Dietrich Treide is professor emeritus in the Ethnological Institute, University of Leipzig. They traced their interest in studying life histories, in part, to the twists and turns their own lives had taken as inhabitants of the former East Germany.

Edvard Hviding, associate professor of social anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway, visited the Center for Pacific Islands Studies for two weeks in April in conjunction with his research in the Pacific Collection. During his visit he gave two seminars. "Taro Irrigation, Arboriculture, and Ranked Polities in Melanesia: Regional Systems in New Georgia, Solomons," on 17 April, was based on archaeological research conducted with geographer Tim Bayliss-Smith. "Landowners, Loggers, and NGOs in the Solomon Islands: Postcolonial Entanglements," on 20 April, argued that encounters between representatives of global organizations in the Solomons and other places should be analyzed from a specific grounding in detailed ethnographic material, rather than addressed through general notions of globalization, disruption, and hybridity.

On 18 April, Peter Onedera, playwright from Guam, gave a talk on "Oral History and Modern Theater in the Chamoru Culture." Onedera, former director of Guam’s Chamoru Language Commission and teacher of Chamoru at the University of Guam, talked about the suppression of the Chamoru language and his efforts to keep the language alive through storytelling, writing, poetry, and sometimes controversial theater.

CPIS joined the Center for Hawaiian Studies and the UH College of Education on 1 May to present "Mauri Tu! Mauri Ora! Maori Women Discuss Their Research." This symposium on decolonizing education and developing indigenous research methodologies featured speakers Arohia Durie, Chair of the Department of Maori and Multicultural Education, Massey University; Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Director of the International Research Institute for Maori and Indigenous Education at the University of Auckland; and Ms Huia Jahnke, Department of Maori Studies, Massey University. It was coordinated by Margaret Maaka, CPIS affiliate faculty member, UHM College of Education.

On 9 May, Allen P Stayman, U.S. Department of State, gave a talk on "Renegotiating the Compact of Free Association: The Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands." Stayman is Special Negotiator, Office of Compact Negotiations, and was director of the Office of Insular Affairs at Department of Interior before moving to his current position. He talked about the reasons the United States has for renegotiating the compact financial package, as well as the areas targeted for funding: education, health, infrastructure, economic development, and protection of resources.

Lopeti Senituli, Pacific Concerns Resources Centre, Suva, Fiji, was joined on 19 May by Nic MacLellan from Australia, Jimmy Naunaa from New Caledonia, and Sitiveni Ratuva, University of the South Pacific to talk about the UN Decolonizing Committee’s Pacific Regional Seminar, which was held in May in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Because the day of the seminar coincided with the day of the most recent coup in Fiji, the speakers made a last-minute change and also dealt with the events in Fiji and the implications for the future. The seminar was coordinated by the Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center.

Faculty Activities

Vilsoni Hereniko went to the second Auckland Writers' Festival, 19-21 May, and took part in two events, including a session on Pacific Theatre. Pacific playwrights Toa Fraser, Victor Rodger, and Hereniko joined Oscar Knightley to discuss people and events that had influenced and inspired them. Hereniko also chaired a panel, "Here the Passions Cramp’d No Longer Shall Have Scope and Breathing Space." Also on the panel were Sia Figiel, John Pule, and Stephanie Johnson, who talked about what makes a Pacific writer - do Pacific writers share a sensibility by virtue of centuries of travel in the Pacific or has the experience of colonialism brought about a segregation? Other Pacific writers involved in the festival included Witi Ihimaera and Alan Duff.

Students And Alumni

Congratulations to CPIS’s five new graduates as of May 2000! With the titles of their theses or Plan B papers, they are:

Mary Chun, "One Person, Two Worlds? Two Worlds, One Person? Cultural Identity through the Eyes of New Zealand-Born Samoans;"

Junko Obayashi, "Hawai‘i in the Japanese Tourist Gaze: A Reflection on Imaginary Hawai‘i;"

Gina Kanai Taliaferro, "Ke ho‘i a‘ela Ka‘opua i Awalau (The Rain Clouds are Returning to Awalau);" Michelle Tupou, "Pacific Voices’ through Film: Film as a Vehicle in Uniting Oral and Written Traditions in Polynesia;" and

Audrey Vance, "Iolani Palace: Is It a Symbol of Hawaiian Identity?"

Alumnus Ted Stepp (MA 1989) writes that after 22 years on the faculty of Maryknoll High School in Honolulu, he is leaving to join the faculty of the College of the Marshall Islands in Majuro. He begins a two-year contract in August teaching in their English developmental studies program. Ted, who also has an MA in Teaching English as Second Language, has been involved with high school student programs in the Marshall Islands for a number of years. He is delighted to be working for and with CMI president Alfred Capelle.

Alumnus Floyd Takeuchi (MA 1977), Editor and Publisher of Hawai‘i Business, has been named Journalist of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. He accepted his award in a ceremony in Washington in May.

Takeuchi formerly worked for the Honolulu Advertiser, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Guam’s Pacific Daily News, Hawai‘i Public Radio, and The Daily Post in Fiji. He also covered Asian financial markets for Bloomberg News based in Tokyo. Recently he was named Group Editor and Publisher of Pacific Magazine.



Remembrance of Pacific Pasts: An Invitation to Remake History, edited by Robert Borofsky, is designed to open up space in which to consider and debate Pacific histories and the writing of Pacific histories. The book’s 34 contributions, which include pieces by some of the region’s best-known authors such as Albert Wendt, Greg Dening, Epeli Hau‘ofa, Marshall Sahlins, Patricia Grace, and Nicholas Thomas, are organized in four sections. Briefly, the sections deal with frames of reference, early Islander-western contact, the colonial dynamics of the region, and the region’s postcolonial politics. Borofsky is Professor of Anthropology at Hawai‘i Pacific University. ISBN 0-8248-2189-0, cloth, US$ 56; ISBN 0-8248-2301-X, paper, US$ 24.95.

The Traditional Pottery of Papua New Guinea, by Patricia May and Margaret Tuckson is a comprehensive and authoritative survey of pottery-making, pottery exchange routes, and the cultural importance of pottery throughout Papua New Guinea. May is a former lecturer in the history of art at the Australian National University. Tuckson is an associate of the Australian Museum, Sydney. ISBN 0-8248-2344-3, cloth, US$ 50.

Kula: Myth and Magic in the Trobriand Islands, by Jutta Malnic, with John Kasaipwalova. Photography and explanations of the symbolic meaning of myth and magic in the Trobriands. Malnic has been documenting the Kula trading for over a decade. Kasaipwalova is a prominent Papua New Guinea poet and writer. ISBN 0-646-34617-2, cloth, US$ 49. Distributed for Cowrie Books.

UH Press books can be ordered through the Orders Department, University of Hawai‘i Press, 2840 Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96822-1888. Website:

Other Publications

Hula, Haka, Hoko! An Introduction to Polynesian Dancing, by Ad and Lucia Linkels, is an extensively illustrated presentation of the poetry, music, forms, styles, and costumes of Polynesian dance and its place in Polynesian cultures. Includes a discography. The Linkels have researched and photographed dance around the world. ISBN 90-72840-13-5, paper. Published by Mundo Etnico; website:

For Francophones, there is a new book on Wallis and Futuna, 101 Mots Pour Comprendre Wallis et. Futuna, compiled by d’Atoloto Malau, Atonio Takasi, and Frédéric Angleviel. The book begins with Administration and ends with Vespa and includes appendixes with proverbs and a select bibliography on Wallis and Futuna. ISBN 2-912429-09-9. Editions Ile de Lumière; email: [email protected]

Also in French, Les petites activités de pêche dans le Pacifique Sud, by G. Blanchet, is a new book from IRD Editions Diffusion, Centre de recherche d’Ile de France, 32, avenue Henri Varagnat, F-93143 Bondy cedex, France. ISBN 2-7099-1438-7. It is devoted to South Pacific inshore fisheries and the human aspects of these activities. The authors aim to find answers to development constraints faced by small-scale fisheries in the Pacific. Website: 70 FF.


Kilim Taem explores the lives of young people living in Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu. Hoping for work and other opportunities, many young people attracted to the capital instead find themselves kilim taem (killing time) while waiting for work. The young unemployed have become known as SPRs-those who sperum public rod (hit the road). The film, directed by Anthony Mullins and Randall Wood, was made by a group of young filmmakers from Griffith University in Australia. Filmmaking was done in conjunction with, and at the invitation of, the Vanuatu Young People’s Project (VYPP).

The film is reviewed by Lissant Bolton in the fall 2000 issue of The Contemporary Pacific. For more information contact the distributor, UNICEF, at [email protected]


Australian Anthropological Society

The twenty-first annual Australian Anthropological Society Conference will be held at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, 19-20 September 2000. Conference panels will cover a range of topics including contemporary issues in the Pacific, visual anthropology; the anthropology of sport and major events; land, culture, and identity; migration; new age and indigenous religion; medical anthropology; anthropology and public policy; culture and evolutionary theory, and multimedia technologies.

USP (Vanuatu) Law Conference

The University of the South Pacific School of Law and Ridgway Blake Lawyers, Vanuatu, will host Legal Developments in the Pacific Islands Region, 19-20 October 2000, at the Emalus Campus, Port Vila, Vanuatu. The conference is accredited under the Fiji Continuing Legal Education Programme. Justice Bruce Robertson of the New Zealand and Vanuatu Courts of Appeal will give the opening address. Topics to be addressed include copyright and legal protection of cultural property, land reforms in the Cook Islands and elsewhere, the development of financial service industries in Pacific countries; perceptions and responses to law and order problems in Papua New Guinea; and processes for resolving land claims in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Ausaid and New Zealand ODA have funds available to assist participants in attending the conference. For information see the USP website at

Centre for the Contemporary Pacific Conferences

The Centre for the Contemporary Pacific (CCP), Australian National University, is planning three conferences to be held in Canberra over the next nine months:

Urbanization in Oceania, 6-7 November 2000

The conference addresses the accelerated rate of urbanization and concomitant social transformations that are taking place in the Pacific. Conveners expect the conference to appeal to people across a wide range of interests, including academia, business, church, government, and NGOs.

Food in the Pacific and Asia, 30 November-1 December 2000

Participants at this conference, originally scheduled for 27-28 April 2000, will examine food as a mediator in intercultural relations. The conveners invite papers from scholars and people from the region with a special interest in food in social and cultural contexts.

Education in the Pacific, 7-9 March 2001

Conveners of this workshop-style conference, cosponsored by the Division of Pacific and Asian History, Australian National University, welcome papers on classroom theory and practice and its relationship to state education policy, textbooks and their histories, the influence of radio in education, oral histories from school-based experiences, situational analysis of current education projects, and policy reviews.

For information contact Greg Rawlings, CCP, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, ANU, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia; email: [email protected]; website:

Conferences Announced In Previous Newsletters:

Problems and Perspectives on Customary Land Tenure and Registration in Australia and Papua New Guinea will take place 11-15 September 2000 at Emmanuel College, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. For details, contact Lawrence Goldman at [email protected]

Walking About: Travel, Trade, Migration, and Movement in Vanuatu. A Cross-Disciplinary Discussion will take place 13-14 October 2000, at ANU. Many of the abstracts for the conference have been posted on the conference website at

Eighth Festival of Pacific Arts will take place 23 October to 3 November 2000 in New Caledonia. The festival website is

Eros and Thanatos in the South Pacific, 23-25 November 2000, is the CORAIL Association Colloquium 2000. For information contact Sonia Faessel by email at [email protected]

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. Website:

The Tenth Pacific Science Inter-Congress will be held at the University of Guam, 1-6 June 2001. The theme is "The Integration of Natural and Social Sciences in the New Pacific Millennium." For information, contact Joyce Marie Camacho at [email protected] or view the website at http://www.10psicguam.html

Bulletin Board

Special Issue Of Frontiers

Inez Hernandez-Avila and Gail Tremblay, invite submissions for a special issue they are co-editing on indigenous women, for Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. They invite articles, poetry, art, and fiction on native women’s strategies in relation to balancing activism, work, and family; pedagogy, representation of indigenous women in the arts; personal experiences that challenge stereotypes; and the indigenous women’s perspectives on homelands. Deadline is 1 October 2000. For more information contact Hernandez-Avila at Department of Native American Studies, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616; email: [email protected]

Tour To Festival Of Pacific Arts

The Pacific Islands Institute at Hawai‘i Pacific University in Hawai‘i is coordinating a tour to the Eighth Festival of Pacific Arts, 19 October-4 November 2000, in New Caledonia. Openings are limited. The price of US$ 3,300 from Hawai‘i (or US$ 3,500 from Los Angeles) includes airfare, lodging, ground transportation to and from airports, and some meals. Once the festival begins, participants will travel between program sites in New Caledonia on their own. For information see the website at  or email the institute at [email protected]

Letitia Hickson University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies 1890 East-West Road, Moore 215 Honolulu, HI 96822 Email [email protected]  Tel: (808) 956-2652 Fax: (808) 956-7053 Website: 

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