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No. 1, January-March 2001



The Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute of New York University, in New York City, will host a Pacific studies symposium, "Pacific Islands, Atlantic Worlds," 25-28 October 2001. (This represents a one-day shift of dates since the last newsletter.) The Center for Pacific Islands Studies will be a cosponsor of this symposium, which will also serve as the center's twenty-sixth annual conference. The conference begins with a performance and reception on 25 October. There will be panel presentations throughout the day on the 26th and 27th. The 28th has been set aside for teaching workshops and informal tours for participants.

The NYU symposium will provide its East Coast audience with an introduction to Pacific Islands studies and in particular to Pacific cultural production and cultural politics. The symposium will bring together faculty from the Pacific region with Pacific Islands scholars and students on the US mainland, as well as interested persons in ethnic studies, American studies, anthropology, and history departments at various institutions in the New York area. The symposium convener is Adria L IMADA (NYU American Studies); symposium co-organizers are J Kehaulani KAUANUI (Wesleyan University) and Anne-Marie TUPUOLA (NYU and Columbia University).

Among the topics to be addressed at the symposium are the Pacific Islander diaspora in the United States; the politics of contemporary cultural production in relationship to migration, globalization, and activism; Pacific collections in museums and archives on the East Coast; and strategies for teaching Pacific studies on the East Coast. A gallery exhibit, films, and cultural performances will augment the formal sessions. 

In taking a critical cultural studies and transnational approach, the symposium builds on recent conferences at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, and elsewhere, which have looked at issues for the future of Pacific studies, the nature and implications of the Pacific diaspora, and representations of the Pacific in literature and film.

As a prelude to the conference, the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program sponsored a multimedia presentation on 5 April by poet and CPIS faculty member Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard. Her enthusiastically received presentation, "Women of Oceania: Weaving the Sails of Vaka in Poetry and Film," offered a "weaving of tales and images from recent film and poetry (re)created by Oceanic women," including the works of Tracey Moffatt, Pauline MacCleod, Justine Simei-Barton, Sima Urale, Teresia Teaiwa, Haunani-Kay Trask, and Jully Makini.

For conference information, contact Adria L Imada at or Fannie CHAN, institute events coordinator, at, or the NYU Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute, 269 Mercer St. Suite 609, New York, NY 10003; tel: (212) 998-3700; fax: (212) 998-4705.


The Center for Pacific Islands Studies is using funds from its US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant to cosponsor the teaching of Maori language and history during the UH Manoa Summer Session. The beginning two semesters of Maori language will be taught by Hurihia TUTEAO under the auspices of the Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures (DHIPLL) (IP 101 and IP 102). She will also teach a course in Maori history and culture and a course in Maori contemporary issues, under the auspices of CPIS (PACS 492-301 and PACS 492-401). These courses are tuition free. DHIPLL hopes to offer instruction in second-year Maori language beginning in August of 2001.

Other Pacific-related credit courses to be given in the summer through the UH Outreach College include: Art of the Pacific; Coral Reef Biology Workshop; Ethnobotany; Geography of Hawai‘i; Hawai‘i: Center of the Pacific; Hawaiian Mythology; Perspectives in Hawaiian Studies; Pacific Islands Information Resources; Hula/Chant Ensemble I; Hula/Chant Ensemble II; Archaeological Field School in Fiji; and Archaeological Field School on Easter Island. Three levels of Hawaiian language and intermediate Samoan Language will also be taught. Noncredit courses during the summer include Beginning Hawaiian Language and Continuing Hawaiian Language. UH Leisure Programs is offering Hula I, Hula II, and Tahitian Dance. For information and registration for credit courses, see the website at The website for noncredit courses is The Leisure Programs website is

A selected list of Pacific-related courses for fall semester 2001, compiled by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, is now on-line at

LOVE 3 TIMES Debuts in May

Love 3 Times, a new play by award-winning playwright and CPIS faculty member Vilsoni HERENIKO, debuts at Kumu Kahua Theater, in Honolulu, 17 May-17 June 2001.

Hereniko, whose last two plays, Last Virgin in Paradise and Fine Dancing, debuted in Honolulu to sell-out audiences, has written a comedy in which a Pacific immigrant filmmaker, living in Honolulu, involuntarily imports the pesky ghost of his father when he returns from a visit to his birthplace. However, he finds that this ghostly cultural presence is more a hindrance than a help in resolving his relationships with his haole wife and his precocious 15-year old son by an earlier marriage. Kumu Kahua was awarded its first grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to develop and produce Love 3 Times.

Tickets will be sold at the Kumu Kahua Box Office at 46 Merchant Street; reservations: 808-536-4441, starting 7 May. Curtain time is 8 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and 2 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $15 general on Fridays-Sundays, $12 for seniors and groups of 10 or more buying at the same time, and $10 for students. Thursday tickets are $12 general, $10 seniors and those not employed, and $5 for students.


Pacific Second Language Research Forum (PacSLRF) 2001, 4-7 October, will be hosted by the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and sponsored by the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC), the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, the Department of Second Language Studies, and the College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature. Deadline for paper proposals is 30 April 2001. The conference will focus on the acquisition of second languages in instructed and naturalistic settings, particularly in East Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific languages.

The PacSLRF organization was established in 1991 to provide a forum for dissemination of second language acquisition research in the Asia-Pacific region. Among the plenary speakers are Noeau WARNER, of the Hawaiian language program at UH Manoa, and Karen WATSON-GEGEO, University of California, Davis, a former affiliate faculty member of CPIS. See the PacSLRF website at or contact the organizers by email at



On 19 March Jane BARNWELL joined the staff of the Pacific Collection at UH Library to work in the areas of acquisitions, reference, and instruction. Ms Barnwell has a BA in anthropology from Justin Morrill College and an AMLS from the University of Michigan.

From 1985 to 1994, she was Reference Librarian and Subject Specialist for Pacific Islands Studies, Southeast Asian Studies and Anthropology at the University of Oregon. She served as Librarian at Palau Community College from 1994 to 2001.

Ms Barnwell has played an active role in the Pacific Islands Association of Libraries and Archives (PIALA) and was a founding member of the Palau Association of Libraries (PAL). Her bibliography on economic development in the Republic of Palau was published in the Fall 2000 (Vol 12:2) issue of The Contemporary Pacific. She is most familiar with current publications from the Micronesian region and is especially interested in working with Pacific Islands scholars to identify materials for Web accessible projects.


In January 2001, the University of Hawai‘i Library moved to the Voyager system. The Trust Territory Archives digitized photo images database, which contains images representing the history of the US administration of Micronesia, are now a part of that system and are accessible through the Internet at

Interested individuals can search for images using a keyword strategy, ie, "Palau legislature." Searching retrieves citations with thumbnail images that can be expanded to full size for better viewing. Those wishing to obtain prints from the UH Library's Pacific Collection can do so for a fee. For information, contact Pacific Curator Karen PEACOCK at (Photo archives access will be unavailable this summer; the rare vault will not be accessible until fall 2001.)

The index to the documents on microfilm that make up the bulk of the Trust Territory Archives can be found at The microfilm that is indexed is available at the UH Library, at the archives of each of the governments of Micronesia, at the US National Archives, and at the National Library of Australia. The Micronesian Area Resource Center (MARC) at the University of Guam has some holdings.


Starting 14 May 2001, the Pacific Collection will be closed for several months for asbestos removal and renovations. However, during most of the summer library staff will be able to page (retrieve) books from the Pacific (and Hawaiian) Collection(s) for patrons' use. The exception is Rare collections, which will not be available during the summer.

The Special Collections Department will be operating from a secure reading room on the first floor of the new addition to Hamilton Library (the only floor to be open to the public during this period). You may submit requests for Pacific Collection items to be paged and check out books that are allowed to circulate. Library use only items will be available for use in this reading room.

There may be brief periods during the summer when construction will make it impossible for the staff to page materials, but retrieval will be ongoing most of the time. Librarians would like to ask for assistance in alerting colleagues and researchers who may be planning travel to Honolulu regarding the reduced services during this construction period. For those who require reference assistance, librarians will be available in the new building to help with queries. Consultations with Special Collections staff (Hawaiian, Pacific, UH Archives, and Charlot Collections) can be arranged by appointment.


CPIS is joining with the East-West Center Consortium for Teaching Asia and the Pacific in the Schools (CTAPS) and Hawai‘i Geographic Alliance to offer a two-week intensive institute this summer for K-12 teachers on the geography and cultures of Asia and the Pacific. Fifty teachers from Hawai‘i, Australia, and the US mainland have signed up to take the course, which runs from 18-29 June 2001. The program is designed to improve the teaching of Pacific and Asian studies and help teachers design an action plan for integrating this training into their home institutions. Speakers will provide teachers with overviews of the Pacific Islands, and East and Southeast Asia, as well as topics such as population and migration; security; agriculture, food, and nutrition; and maritime issues. Curriculum demonstrations and cultural performances will round out the program.


The Center for Pacific Islands Studies welcomes two new affiliate faculty members, Yuko OTSUKA, assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics, and Will MCCLATCHEY, assistant professor in the Department of Botany. Otsuka has a DPhil in linguistics from Oxford University. Her interests focus on the syntax of Tongan and other Polynesian languages and language planning in Polynesia. McClatchey's doctorate in botany is from the University of Florida. His interests include the flora, ethnobotany, and prehistory of the Solomon Islands and Rotuma; Polynesian and Melanesian ethnobotany and economic botany; and theoretical ethnobotany. He has done research in Palau, Chuuk, and Yap and is on the graduate faculty of the Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Program at UH Manoa.

McClatchey will be teaching courses in advanced ethnobotany in the 2001 UH summer session, in conjunction with the Building Bridges with Traditional Knowledge conference, an international summit meeting on issues involving indigenous peoples, conservation, sustainable development and ethnoscience, 28 May-2 June, in Honolulu


In February, departments across the UH Manoa campus competed individually and jointly for eighteen new positions. When the competition was over Hawaiian and Pacific studies had garnered four of the positions. These positions included:


American Ambassador Michael J Senko visited the center on 23 January en route to his new posting in Majuro. A career foreign service officer since 1977, Senko was appointed as the United States' new Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Kiribati in December of last year. Ambassador Senko is no newcomer to the Marshalls. He served in Majuro for a couple of years in the mid-1980s when he opened the US Status Liaison Office in Majuro and assisted in the implementation of the Compact of Free Association between the RMI and the United States.

Mr James Matayoshi, Mayor, and Mr Randy Thoma, Council Member, Rongelap Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands, visited the center on 21 February 2001 for discussions about the resettlement of their home atoll. They were accompanied by Dr Failautusi "Tusi" Avegalio, Director, Pacific Business Development Center, UH College of Business Administration. Avegalio is heading a group of UH faculty and students who are interested in rendering technical assistance for planning the resettlement of Rongelap.

Richard SCAGLION, professor of anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, spent February and March at the center, while on sabbatical leave. He was doing archival research in the Pacific Collection as well as finishing several articles, including one on legal pluralism in Papua New Guinea and one on directions for Melanesian research.


Susan B PHILIPS, visiting professor of anthropology at UHM and professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona, gave a talk on 1 February on Gender Ideology in and around Tongan Love Songs. Dr Philips talked about the different contexts for love songs as well as generational and intracultural differences and what these might mean.

Terry HUNT, associate professor in the UH Department of Anthropology, spoke on 8 February about Rethinking Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Prehistory.

Phyllis HERDA, senior lecturer in women's studies at the University of Auckland, gave a slide lecture on Cook Islands Quilts: Tivaevae and the New Zealand Diaspora on 22 February. Dr Herda was on leave and in Hawai‘i briefly to conduct interviews on women's quilting in Polynesia. In her talk, she examined how tivaevae embody notions of the Cook Islands feminine self as well as the relation of that self to kin, migration, history, and identity.

Heather Young LESLIE, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta, presented a paper on Pushing Children UP: Maternal Obligation, Health, and Illness in the Tongan Ethnoscape on 22 March. She examined the ways in which expectations of women as mothers, and the limited income options available to Islanders, leave village women susceptible to particular health problems, including diabetes, circulatory diseases, and osteoporosis.


Center director Robert C KISTE gave a talk at the twentieth anniversary meeting of the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders, hosted by the East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP). Kiste talked about the history and decolonization of the region since WWII.

Rob WILSON, who taught English and Asia/Pacific literatures at UH Manoa for 24 years, has relocated to become professor of transnational/postcolonial literatures at University of California at Santa Cruz. He is teaching courses in globalization and localization dynamics, literatures of Hawai‘i, and Pacific Rim Discourse, among others, and working on a collection of poetry/prose called Automat: Un/American Poetics. In his new position he will have support for building up Asia/Pacific literatures and trans-Pacific workshops. He can be contacted at



Houses Far from Home, by anthropologist Margaret Critchlow RODMAN, features houses in Vanuatu, which from 1906 to 1980 was the Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides. In this "multi-sited ethnography" of the social history of the New Hebrides, Rodman tells the stories of these houses, exploring the profound differences of perspective, experience, and power that domestic spaces reveal. ISBN 0-8248-23207-9 cloth, $47.00; ISBN 08248-2394-X paper, $24.95.

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


Edvard HVIDING, an anthropologist at the University of Bergen, Norway, and Tim BAYLISS-SMITH, a geographer at the University of Cambridge, UK, are the authors (not the editors) of Islands of Rainforest: Agroforestry, Logging and Eco-tourism in Solomon Islands, which was mentioned in the previous newsletter. The book is an analysis of modern initiatives in the tropical rainforests of the Solomon Islands. The authors consider issues such as logging, eco-timber, and eco-tourism from the local people's viewpoint, in terms of a long history of rainforest uses. It reveals how processes of "impact" are actually two-way interactions, as local communities incorporate industries like logging into a rapidly evolving postcolonial society and economy. The book is available from Ashgate ( ISBN 0-7546-1233-3 cloth, 404 pages, pounds 47.50.

Tangata O Te Moana Nui: The Evolving Identities of Pacific Peoples in Aotearoa/New Zealand, edited by Cluny MACPHERSON, Paul SPOONLEY, and Melani ANAE, is a collection that gives voice to some of the Pacific writers and scholars who are thinking and writing about identity. It also examines some of the contributions these communities are making to the emerging postcolonial institutions, values, and practices of Aotearoa New Zealand. Intended as a tertiary text, it looks at the changing social and economic characteristics of Pacific populations in Aotearoa and the implications for groups and institutions. Published by Dunmore Press. ISBN 0-86469-369-9 paper, 325 pages, NZ$44.95.

Pa‘a Taotaotano: Chamorro Chants and Dances of Guam, by Ron CASTRO, tells the story of the re-creation of Chamorro dance, spearheaded by the Master of Chamorro Dance, Frank RABON. The 32-page book, soft-bound in color, is published by Island Type & Art, PO Box 56, Hagatna, Guam 96932. $25.00.

Pacific Linguistics announces the publication of three books, all concerned with the Oceanic Austronesian languages of southern Vanuatu:

The books may be ordered from Pacific Linguistics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia. Email: T el: 61 2 6249 2742.

The latest News from Native Books lists several books from the Pacific that may be of interest to newsletter readers. They are: Searching for Nei Nim‘anoa, a collection of writings by Teresia Kieuea TEAIWA; Where We Once Belonged, the award-winning novel by Sia FIGIEL; and Easter Island: Rapa Nui, a Land of Rocky Dreams, by Jose Miguel RAMIREZ and Carlos HUBER, a coffee table publication with information on the people, customs, history, geology, and archaeology of the island.

Native Books, which has two retail locations on O‘ahu, offers more than 1500 book titles with a Hawai‘i focus, as well as other books on the Pacific. Native Books seeks out and encourages Hawaiian authors, reprints out-of-print materials and launches titles aimed at increasing knowledge and appreciation of Hawai‘i. A Pacific Literature Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at noon at the Kapalama warehouse at 1244 North School Street. For information on Native Books, call 808-845-8949 or 1-800-877-7751 or see the website at

JOURNALS Issues in Pacific Island populations is the theme of the June 2000 issue (Vol 15:2) of Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ), edited by Murray CHAPMAN, chair of the department of geography at UH Manoa, and Kesaia SENILOLI, senior lecturer in population studies at the University of the South Pacific. Four papers, on the broad dynamics of island populations, population and good governance, family planning in Tonga, and generational change in people's movement in Malaita, Solomon Islands, appear in the June issue of the journal with a paper on gender, mobility, and urbanism in Fiji to appear in the September 2000 issue and a paper on the elusive nature of the "brain drain" among Samoan professionals to appear in the December 2000 issue. The authors of the articles are Peter PIRIE, Margaret CHUNG, Henry IVARATURE, Nicholas GAGAHE, Raymond YOUNG, and Asenati LIKI. Another article on population movement, "Chuukese Travelers and the Idea of Horizon," by Joakim PETER, will appear in Asia Pacific Viewpoint 41(3).

Asia-Pacific Population Journal is published by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). For information, contact John Loftus at

The ten-year index of The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs, is now on-line at It was compiled by Linley Chapman and Heather Stanton.


ISLAND STATE SECURITY 2001 The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu will host a three-day conference, Island State Security 2001, 5-7 June 2001. The conference will bring together US and Pacific Islands representatives to discuss various security issues including compact negotiation, climate change, and transnational crime. For more information, see the website at  PACIFIC ARTS ASSOCIATION (PAA) SYMPOSIUM The sixth international PAA symposium, Creative Arts in the Pacific Today: Expression of Continuity or Rupture? will be held 23-28 July 2001 in Noumea and Lifou, New Caledonia. For more information on the symposium see the PAA website at The proposed session themes include: museums and collecting; the influence of cultural festivals on contemporary art, cultural revival, and cultural representation; Pacific artists in the international art world; and voices of contemporary artists. Those interested in attending or presenting papers should contact the symposium organizer, Emmanuel KASARHÉROU, by 15 May 2001. The mailing address is Emmanuel Kasarherou, Cultural Director, Tjibaou Cultural Centre, BP 318, 98846 Noumea, New Caledonia; email: emmanuel.kasarhé PACIFIC REGIONAL MEETING ON COMMON PROPERTY The International Association for the Study of Common Property (IASCP), in association with the Australian Property Institute (Queensland Division) is seeking papers for its inaugural Pacific Regional Meeting to be held 2-4 September 2001 in Brisbane, Australia, at the Queensland University of Tech-nology. Papers should focus on the theme of Tradition and Globalization: Critical Issues for the Accommodation of Common Property Resources in the Pacific Region. Abstracts are due 31 May 2001. For information, contact John SHEEHAN by email at or by telephone (61 7 3832 3139) or fax (61 7 3839 0438). AUSTRONESIAN LINGUISTICS AND OCEANIC LANGUAGES The ninth International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics (9ICAL) will be held in Canberra, at the Australian National University, 8-11 January 2002. The fifth International Conference of Oceanic Languages (COOL5) will be held at the same venue, 14-16 January 2002. The conferences are being hosted by the Linguistics Department, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies. Individuals interested in presenting papers at either conference should submit their abstracts by 1 May 2001. Correspondence concerning the conferences can be sent to Austronesian Conference, Linguistics Department, RSPAS, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia, or emailed to The website at has information on registration fees and accommodation. CONFERENCES ANNOUNCED IN PREVIOUS NEWSLETTERS BUILDING BRIDGES WITH TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE. An International Summit Meeting on Issues Involving Indigenous Peoples, Conservation, Sustainable Development and Ethnoscience, will be held 28 May-2 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 or view the website at http://www.10psicguam.html.  THE CORAIL SYMPOSIUM ON CULTURE AND NATURE IN THE PACIFIC, which embraces literary, scientific, technical, philosophical, anthropological, medical, and artistic aspects of Islanders' relationships with nature, will be held 3-5 December 2001. For information, contact Hamid MOKADDEM by email at



Kagoshima University Research Center for the Pacific Islands seeks to appoint a visiting foreign researcher, at the rank of professor or associate professor, to be in residence and engage in collaborative research with center staff members. The research center aims to promote interdisciplinary research on islands and island-zones in Oceania and surrounding areas. The center's five project areas are: people-nature interactions, physical geography, social and cultural changes, medical approach to human ecology, and political and economic functions of island nations in international communities.

Candidates must be able to engage in research activities for six to eleven months between 1 May 2002 and 25 March 2003. Inquiries regarding the position should be addressed to Kagoshima University Research Center for the Pacific Islands by mail (1-21-24, Korimoto, Kagoshima, Japan 890-8580), by fax (81-99-2856197), or by email ( The center website is


Na Maka o ka ‘Aina (The Eyes of the Land), an independent video production team that focuses on the land and the people of
Hawai‘i and the Pacific, plans to make transcripts of some of their videos available on their website at (the last issue of Pacific News from Manoa
listed the wrong website). They can also be reached at PO Box 29, Na‘alehu,
Hawai‘i 96772-0029.


Pacific Linguistics will soon launch a sub-series, Pacific Linguistics Shorter Grammars, devoted to languages of Aboriginal Australia, New Guinea, the Pacific, and southeast Asia, as well as minority languages of northeast, east, and south Asia. Linguists are invited to submit manuscripts or proposals for manuscripts they would like to prepare for this sub-series.

The goal of Pacific Linguistics Shorter Grammars is to encourage linguists to publish descriptions of endangered and other languages that are not full reference grammars but that provide data in a well-analyzed and well-presented form that others should have access to. The grammars will range between about 80 and 250 pages. For more information, contact Malcolm ROSS, at the Department of Linguistics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia, or by email at


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

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