Pacific News from Manoa

No. 1, January-March 2002



This year's annual conference at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies focuses on "Myth, Justice, and Terrorism" in film and literature from the Pacific and Asia. The conference will be held 5-8 November 2002 in Honolulu in cooperation with the Hawai‘i International Film Festival, the UH Department of English's Fall Festival of Writing, and NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia/Pacific Film). In addition to films from the Pacific and Asia, including several Hawai‘i premieres, the conference will feature interviews with filmmakers and panels that explore themes of terrorism and justice in film and literature. Vilsoni HERENIKO and Ruth HSU are the conference convenors. Further information will be available later on the CPIS website at


Maori heads the list of Pacific courses to be offered in the UH Outreach College's summer sessions. The courses in introductory Maori (IP 101 and IP 102), taught by Robert WIRI, are tuition-free. They require only administrative and term fees.

Other Pacific-related courses, which have tuition fees, include archaeological field schools in Rapa Nui, Fiji, and Kohala, Hawai‘i; Art of the Pacific: Australia and Indonesia; Ethnobotany; Geography of Hawai‘i; Hawai‘i: Center of the Pacific; Maritime Archaeology Survey Techniques, and Samoan and Hawaiian language courses.

In addition to credit and noncredit courses, Outreach College puts on a number of public programs. Included among these this summer is a sneak preview of selected scenes from Fire in the Womb, a new movie by CPIS faculty member Vilsoni HERENIKO and Jeannette Paulson HERENIKO. The screenings, which are free of charge, are at 7:00 pm on 6 and 7 June in the Yukiyoshi Room (Krauss 12).

For information on UH summer session activities, see the website at or request a catalog by calling 808-956-5666.


The Center for Pacific Islands Studies welcomes the addition of two Pacific specialists to the UH Manoa faculty.

Maori specialist Robert WIRI is a new assistant professor of Maori in the Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures (DHIPLL). Of Tahoe and Te Arawa descent, Wiri was formerly a lecturer in Maori studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He will be teaching Maori language at UH Manoa during the summer session, which begins 28 May 2002. In the fall of 2002 he will teach courses in introductory and intermediate-level Maori language and a course on Maori society. Wiri's appointment is the culmination of several years of planning by CPIS and DHIPLL aimed at expanding the current Polynesia language program, which includes Hawaiian, Samoan, and Tahitian, to offer Maori.

Heather Young LESLIE, a Pacific medical and cultural anthropologist, is a new assistant professor with the UH Department of Anthropology. Prior to joining UH she was an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta, in Canada, where she taught courses dealing with Pacific ethnography, biomedicine, gender, theory in medical anthropology, and the social and cultural determinants of health. She has conducted research in Tonga on a variety of topics over the past ten years. She is currently teaching a cross-cultural course in folk medicine. In the fall of 2002, she will teach a course on Pacific Island cultures and a research seminar on ethnomedicine in the Pacific.


The Samoan Scholarship Conference, 21 January, at Leeward Community College, was a follow-up to last year's Fa‘a-Samoa 2000 conference in Honolulu. The purpose of the conference, which was supported by the UH President's Diversity and Equity Initiative, was to showcase undergraduate and graduate programs at UH Manoa and the UH community colleges in information sessions for the Samoan community. In addition the organizers want to make financial aid and application information more accessible for the Samoan community by identifying individuals in all the Samoan churches who can serve as liaison with the UH system. These and other initiatives, including a Samoan Scholarship Fund, started last year, aim to encourage Samoan high school students to attend UH. Former CPIS graduate Saili LILOMAIAVA-DOKTOR (MA 1993) was instrumental in the organization of this year's conference.

Donations to the Samoan Scholarship Fund in the form of a check to the UH Foundation, with "Samoan Scholarship Fund" designated in the memo section, may be sent to Samoan Scholarship Fund, c/o Kapi‘olani Community College Development Office, 4303 Diamond Head Road, Ilima 212, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96816.


Research in the Pacific was well represented at the 2002 UH School of Hawaiian, Asian & Pacific Studies Graduate Student Conference, 18-22 March. The following students, from a variety of departments, presented Pacific-related papers:

Michael WYSONG (Botany)-"Lau Atule: Traditional Purse-Net Fishing in Manu‘a, American Samoa"

Betty ICKES (History)-"Homeland Initiatives and the Emergence of a Transnational Tokelauan Identity"

Isebong ASANG (Education)-"Writing Palauan Epistemology is a Messy Endeavor"

Luafata SIMANU-KLUTZ (History)-"O Ai ‘Oe? Samoan Identity in Encapsulating Marginality"

Trisha WATSON (Law)-"Preservation of the Land, Preservation of the People: Broadening the Environmental Justice Model to Protect Multicultural Societies"

Takashi MITA (Political Science)-"Formation of 'Imagined Community' in Colonial Micronesia: Palauan National Identity Imagined as a Japanese?"

Brian DIETTRICH (Ethnomusicology)-"Singing Our Faith: Catholic and Protestant Church Music and Identity in Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia"

David KAMMERER (Ethnomusicology)-"A Hawaiian Cultural Icon Remembered: The Slack Key Virtuosity of Leonard Kwan"

Monique MIRONESCO (Political Science)-"Feminist Consciousness and Identity: Women's Studies in Hawai‘i"

Masami TSUJITA (Geography)-"Becoming a Factory Girl: The Impact of a Japanese Wiring Factory on Young Samoan Women's Lives"

Toshiko ARAI (Sociology)-"Dynamics of Assimilation and Discrimination in the Japanese Occupation Period, 1914-1945, in Palau"

Simanu-Klutz, Mita, and Tsujita are graduates of the CPIS MA program. Asang is working on a Certificate in Pacific Islands Studies while she is a doctoral student in the College of Education. Congratulations to all the participants!


Jon OSORIO, assistant professor in the UHM Center for Hawaiian Studies, gave a talk titled "What Kine Hawaiian are You?" on 23 January at Native Books and Beautiful Things. The talk was based on his recent article by the same name, which was published as part of the recent special issue of The Contemporary Pacific on Native Pacific cultural studies. Osorio has just completed his first book, Dismembering Lahui: A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887, which will be published in June 2002 by UH Press.

Greg FRY, Hedley Bull Fellow in the Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, gave a talk on 25 January on "The 'Pacific Solution': Australia's Regional Approach to 'Border Protection.'" Fry is a political scientist who has written extensively about regional issues.

Robert WIRI, newly appointed assistant professor of Maori in the UHM Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literature, gave a talk on 28 January on "Matauranga Maori: Maori Knowledge and Maori Ways of Knowing." His talk covered the five categories of Maori verbal knowledge: korero (oral narratives), waiata (songs, chants), whakapapa (genealogies), whakatauki (proverbial sayings, tribal aphorisms), and kupu whakaari (prophecies). In a second talk on 11 February, "From Hawaiiki to Aotearoa: The Migration of the Maori People to New Zealand," Wiri covered several theories of Maori migration.

Brij V LAL, Professor of History and Director of the Centre for the Contemporary Pacific at the Australian National University, gave a talk on 31 January titled "In George Speight's Shadow: Fiji's Constitutional Conundrum." Lal was one of the architects of the 1997 Fiji Constitution. He concluded his talk with some thoughts on where Fiji is heading.

Vilsoni HERENIKO, associate professor in the UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies, gave a talk on "Talk Story: Fact, Fiction, and Faction" on 13 February. Hereniko, who is a well-known writer and playwright, talked about, and showed footage from, his new film, Fire in the Womb.

John PULE, novelist, poet, painter, and multimedia performance and video artist, gave a slide talk on the importance of family and place in his work. Pule is Visiting Distinguished Writer for spring 2002 in the UHM English Department, a position funded in large part by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies' National Resource Center grant. A new solo exhibition of his paintings, I Once Had a Mind as Visible as Light, is currently showing in Auckland.

Kimberlee KIHLENG, Research Project Coordinator for the Hawai‘i Outcomes Institute at the John A Burns School of Medicine, gave a talk on "Globalizing Situations: Women, the Nation-State, and Economic Change in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia" on 14 March. She discussed the ways in which women in Pohnpei resist marginalization by the economic and political forces of global capitalism.

Katerina TEAIWA, PhD candidate in anthropology at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, gave a talk titled "Between Islands and Archives: A Cinematic Approach to History and Anthropology" on 21 March. She explored cinematic montage as a methodology for dealing with temporally and spatially disparate moments in Pacific Island lives and events.


The select performing group of music professor Jane MOULIN's Tahitian Ensemble was among the invited guest performers at the Kapi‘olani Community College International Fair the third week of March. This is the third year the group has participated in the festival, where their stellar performance earned them an enthusiastic "standing invitation" for the future.

Congratulations to historian and UH Pacific Curator Karen PEACOCK on the publication of her book (with Nicholas J GOETZFRIDT), Micronesian Histories: An Analytical Bibliography and Guide to Interpretations! And to Aumua Mata‘itusi SIMANU, Samoan language instructor, on the publication of her book, ‘O Si Manu A Ali‘i: A Text for the Advanced Study of Samoan Language and Culture (See the Publications section.)

History associate professor David CHAPPELL traveled to New Caledonia the first week of March to serve on the dissertation committee of a local scholar who wrote his thesis on the Japanese in New Caledonia. Japanese came to New Caledonia as indentured workers but were dispossessed and deported during World War II. Their metis descendants grew up in their local mothers' cultures, but they have their own local association. While he was in New Caledonia, Chappell was interviewed by the local television station's staff about the United States' treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. He will be presenting a talk on non-western seamen on Euroamerican ships for the North American Society of Oceanic History conference in Honolulu in mid-May.

Robert C KISTE and Tisha HICKSON traveled to Washington, DC the first week in February to attend the US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) directors' meeting to prepare contenders for the next three-year cycle of NRC grants.

Several CPIS faculty members have received significant research grants during the past year. Archaeologist Michael GRAVES received a Skaggs Foundation grant to support a research project on a maritime archaeology and history investigation of civil war activity in Pohnahtik harbor, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. He is also working on an NSF-funded subgrant from University of California, Berkeley, to explore the dynamic historical ecology of the Hawaiian Islands during the period from 1200 to 200 BP.

Barry ROLETT, also a UHM archaeologist, is working with Chinese archaeologists on a grant from the Harvard Asia Center to look at the possible origins in Fukien Province, China, of Austronesian seafaring cultures.

Historian David HANLON received a grant from the Bank of Guam in support of his biography of Tosiwo Nakayama, the first president of the Federated States of Micronesia.

Education associate professor Margaret MAAKA received several large grants from educational granting agencies in support of her work on education reform and comprehensive curriculum on the leeward coast of O‘ahu.

Ethnobotanist Will MCCLATCHEY is the co-PI for grants from Japan and the National Science Foundation to support biodiversity research linked to the Pacific-Asia Biodiversity Transect Network (PABITRA), a collaborative program for investigating the function of biodiversity and the health of ecosystems in the tropical Pacific Islands. The grants are largely for training Pacific Island researchers and for meetings to develop collaborative research.

Lu Eldredge, Executive Secretary of the Pacific Science Association, received grants, from the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, National Ocean Service, MacArthur Foundation, International Council of Scientific Unions, and the Packard Foundation, for research on the introduction of marine species in Hawai‘i and marine biodiversity and biogeographic classification in the Asia Pacific region.


Congratulations to alumnus Joakim PETER (MA 1994), who has been appointed Chuuk Campus Director for the College of Micronesia-Federated States of Micronesia. Peter assumed his post on 25 March. His former position was Project Director of Chuuk Culture and Education Studies Projects.

Congratulations also to Scott WHITNEY (MA 1986) who has been named Editor of Pacific Magazine. He was most recently associate editor for Honolulu Magazine, where he covered the Hawaiian community, arts and culture, and other issues. He has also worked in the Marshall Islands and American Samoa. Pacific Magazine, which is the only magazine to cover the entire Pacific region, has a circulation of 16,000.


UH Press Publications

‘O Si Manu A Ali‘i: A Text for the Advanced Study of Samoan Language and Culture, by ‘Aumua Mata‘itusi SIMANU, is the first comprehensive guide for teachers of Samoan oratory and the Samoan language of respect. An authoritative resource book for students of Samoan, it contains information necessary for understanding the social contexts for these important speech registers. Simanu, a life-long educator and scholar of Samoan language and culture, has taught Samoan oratory and history at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa for the past fourteen years. Jointly published with Pasifika Press. ISBN 0-8248-2595-0; paper, US$35.00.

Pacific Art: Persistence, Change, and Meaning, edited by Anita HERLE, Nick STANLEY, Karen STEVENSON, and Robert L WELSCH, deals with several key themes that are currently shaping studies of Pacific art. The contributors explore the complex relations among artists, patrons, collectors, and museums over time, as well as the different meaning given to art objects by each. ISBN 0-8248-2556-X; cloth, $48.00.

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

Micronesian Histories, An Analytical Bibliography and Guide to Interpretations, by Nicholas J GOETZFRIDT and Karen M PEACOCK, has been published by Greenwood Press. With over 500 annotated citations, this book provides a critical summary and analysis of the scholarship on Micronesian history as it has been constructed through both standardized European approaches and the more recent integration of indigenous viewpoints. Goetzfridt is collection development librarian at the University of Guam. Peacock is Pacific Curator at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Hamilton Library. ISBN 0-313-29103-9; cloth, $79.00.

Mr Tulsi's Store: A Fijian Childhood, by Brij V LAL, represents the author's attempt to "revisit a time and a place I have taken for granted or ignored, to reflect on an experience not recorded in written texts but which was, at the time, profoundly important in shaping the life of the post-war generation of Indo-Fijian children. . . . I have tried to recall the past creatively, imaginatively, rendering factual, lived experience through the prism of semi-fiction." ISBN 1-74076-007-7. International price: paper, AU$26.00 plus postage. Published by Pandanus Books, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. The website is

Ni-Vanuatu Role Models: Women in Their Own Right, edited by Shirley RANDELL, is a collection of two-page biographies, with color photos, of twenty distinguished women from every major island and province of Vanuatu. The book is designed especially for use as a text for secondary school students, but should appeal to a wider audience. The entries, written in the women's own words, emphasize career choices, but they also recount significant personal life experiences. Published by Blackstone Publishing and available from SRIA, PO Box 1702, Port Vila, Vanuatu; e-mail: 60 pages, $AU30.00.

Government by the Gun: The Unfinished Business of Fiji's 2000 Coup, by Robbie ROBERTSON (La Trobe University) and William SUTHERLAND (Australian National University) is an account of the long, drawn-out events of George Speight's coup in Fiji and an analysis of its immediate relevance to other multiethnic countries. Published by Zed Books ( ISBN 1 84277 114 0; cloth, US$65.00; ISBN 1 84277 115 9; paper, US$22.50.

The University Book Centre at the University of the South Pacific (USP) lists the following new books:

On Eitei's Wings: Poetry, Prose and Artwork, by Teweiariki TEAERO, is published by the Pacific Writing Forum. Teaero, who is from Kiribati, is one of Oceania's promising new artists who are working with more than one medium to tell their stories. ISBN 9823660077; paper, US$12.00.

Niu Waves: Contemporary Writing from Oceania, is a collection of contemporary poems, short stories, commentaries on Pacific art, music, and literature, by new and aspiring writers from the Pacific. Niu Waves is a creative writers' collective formed in Fiji in 1995 to take a "niu" approach. Experiments with unusual forms, words, and ideas characterize their writings, which also aim to reach a wider public audience. ISBN 9823660093; 168 pages, paper, US$20.00. 

20th Century Fiji, edited by Stewart FIRTH and Daryl TARTE, and published by USP Solutions, tells the story of twentieth-century Fiji through the lives of the men and women who did the most to shape Fiji. They include political leaders, poets and artists, business people, trade unionists, soldiers, and others. ISBN 9820104211; paper, US$27.00.

The Inheritance of Hope, John Hunt: Apostle of Fiji, by Andrew THORNLEY, is published by the USP Institute of Pacific Studies. It is the story of Wesleyan missionary John Hunt, whose work in Fiji took place between 1839 and 1848. ISBN 9820201594; paper, US$24.00.

The Pacific Journalist: A Practical Guide, edited by David ROBIE, is a look at regional careers in the media. It covers items such as news writing and style, news values, media law and ethics, radio and television journalism, photojournalism, and political reporting. ISBN 9820103851; paper, US$25.00.

The University Book Centre e-mail is The website is Prices do not include postage.

Papua New Guinea Yearbook 2002, a comprehensive review of events and developments in Papua New Guinea, is available from Robin BROMBY, Specialist Books, PO Box 481, Edgecliff, NSW 2027, Australia; e-mail: It contains articles on the integrity law and the 2002 elections: developments in the PNG economy: environment, health, welfare, and education; mining and oil: and industry and new investments. This is the first publication of its kind since the 1970s. ISBN 9980-85-391-3; US$40.00, plus $8.00 air shipping.

Pacific Voices Talk Story: Conversations of American Experience is a new publication focused on Pacific Islanders becoming American. The first volume in a projected series, the book contains the words of fourteen islanders from Samoa, Guam and the Philippines, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, Tonga, and Hawaii, speaking out about their Americanization. $17.95. Margo KING-LENSON is the editor and publisher at Tui Communications, Vacaville, California, e-mail: The website is

A Personal Tour of Palau, by Ann KITALONG with numerous wonderfully reproduced photographs by William E PERRYCLEAR, has just been published. It begins with a brief history before covering the natural environment of the islands and Palauan art and architecture. Copies are available through Bill Perryclear, e-mail: Cloth, US$30.00; paper, US$25.00. For shipping, add $5.00.

Kalahele: Poetry and Art, by Imaikalani KALAHELE, has been published by Kalamaku Press in Honolulu. Kalahele is a collection of 55 poems and 23 pen and ink drawings expressing a maka‘ainana's (Hawaiian citizen's) consciousness of his Hawaiian roots and culture and his fight to keep them alive in a colonial society. 90 pages, $9.95. For more information, contact Dennis KAWAHARADA by e-mail at

Pacific Linguistics at ANU announces the publication of eight new titles: A Grammar of Tetun Dili, by Catarina WILLIAMS-VAN KLINKEN, John HAJEK, and Rachel NORDLINGER

The Lolovoli Dialect of the North-East Ambae Language, by Catriona HYSLOP

A Grammar of Limilngan: A Language of the Mary River Region, Northern Territory, Australia, by Mark HARVEY

Taba: Description of a South Halmahera Austronesian Language, by John BOWDEN

The History and Typology of Western Austronesian Voice Systems, edited by Fay WOUK and Malcolm ROSS

Pijin: A Dictionary of the Pidgin of the Solomon Islands/Un Dictionnaire du Pidgin des Iles Saloman, compiled by Christine JOURDAN

Languages of Vanuatu: A New Survey and Bibliography, by John LYNCH and Terry CROWLEY

The Boy from Bundaburg: Studies in Melanesian Linguistics in Honour of Tom Dutton, edited by Andrew PAWLEY, Malcolm ROSS, and Darrell TRYON.

Inquiries (but not orders) about these linguistic texts should go to the publications administrator of Pacific Linguistics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, e-mail: For a catalog and ordering information see the website at

Historical Dictionary of Polynesia, second edition, by Robert CRAIG, an emeritus professor of Pacific history at Alaska Pacific University, is available from Scarecrow Press ( It brings together historical reference data on personalities, treaties, organizations, political parties, and other items, for fourteen Pacific Island entities. ISBN 0-8108-4237-8; 408 pages, $65.00.


The third volume, issue one, of the Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal has just been published. The journal claims to be the first fully functional, web-based, American legal journal dedicated to issues facing Asia and the Pacific. The current issue includes an article on the political status of Chamorros of Guam and their rights to self-determination, by Anthony QUAN. The journal website is


A Race for Rights, by filmmaker Larry THOMAS, documents the May 2000 coup in Fiji through interviews with people from all walks of life. In doing so it contributes to a discussion aimed at reconciliation and reconstruction in Fiji. The video, in PAL format, is 53 minutes. Further details and costs are available from the filmmaker through e-mail:


Aotearoa-Land of Hope is volume sixteen in the series Anthology of Pacific Music produced by Mundo Etnico. In addition to Maori music, it includes Scottish bagpipe music, Samoan dance music, Tuvaluan church singing and dance music, and music of Pukapuka, Tokelau, Rotuma, Niue, Rarotonga, and Korea. More information is available on the website at

Muo Remé: Dance of the Cassowary. The Anceaux Collection 1954-1961, Anthology of Music from West Papua 1, has just been released by Pan Records, in collaboration with the Royal Tropical Institute. It contains examples from a number of northern West Papuan languages, as well as parts of song texts in Tok Pisin. It is available from Pan Records, PO Box 155, 2300 AD, Leiden, The Netherlands; e-mail:


Book Reviews Now On-Line

Thanks to UH Press Journals Director Joel BRADSHAW, book reviews published in The Contemporary Pacific are now on-line, in PDF format, for the current issue, spring 2002, and all issues since fall 1999. The reviews, as well as the tables of contents for these and other issues, can be accessed through the journal's website at Click on Issue Contents to get to all issues.

Special Offer!

The recent special offer from The Contemporary Pacific: Journal of Island Affairs is still in effect. All new subscribers will receive the popular fall 2001 special issue, Native Pacific Cultural Studies on the Edge, edited by Vicente M DIAZ and J Kehaulani KAUANUI, free of charge. This important new work explores notions of Pacific indigeneity in the face of diaspora and globalization. To order, contact the Journals Department at UH Press by e-mail at The mailing address is 1840 Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822. The website at  has ordering information. Excellent student rates are available. The current issue, spring 2002, has articles on women in Vanuatu, mining in Melanesia, Freeport and the Suharto regime, and cultural memory and World War II in Pohnpei.


Global Public Health in Hawai‘i and the Pacific

The focus of the first annual Global Public Health Conference, presented by the Hawai‘i Public Health Association and other organizations in Hawai‘i, is "Global Public Health: Issues and Strategies for Hawai‘i and the Pacific." It will be held 12-13 June 2002 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. The conference will promote discussion of public health issues specific to the Islands. A limited number of conference registration scholarships are available for students and neighbor island and Pacific Island participants. The conference website is

Samoan Pedagogy Workshop

Ia Faalaulele Lau Gagana: Samoan Pedagogy Workshop will be held 24-28 June 2002 in Honolulu. The workshop will bring together experts in Samoan language teaching, teacher training, materials development, and Samoan language content areas to share information and discuss curriculum development issues. For more information see the website at

Environment, Culture, and Community

The Australian Studies Centre at the University of Queensland is sponsoring a conference on "Environment, Culture, and Community," 2-5 July 2002 in Brisbane, Australia. The conference will explore the role of social and cultural processes in relation to environmental awareness. For more information e-mail to or see the website at

Indigenous Art and the Politics of Identity

Te Putahi-a-Toi, The School of Maori Studies, Massey University, New Zealand, is organizing a conference on "Indigenous Art and Heritage & the Politics of Identity," as well as an exhibition, "Genus Pacifica." The conference, to be held 6-9 July 2002 in Palmerston North, New Zealand, will examine the current state of indigenous interventionist policies relative to sites of visual art practice, delivery, dissemination, promotion, and discourse. It has been conceived as an opportunity to strengthen links between tangata whenua artists and art commentators with their counterparts in other areas of the Pacific and beyond. For more information contact Robert JAHNKE by e-mail at or see the website at

Pacific Development Symposium

The Foundation for Development Cooperation in Brisbane, Australia, invites abstracts for "Development Research Symposium: South Pacific Future," 22-24 July 2002. The session topics are governance and democracy, sustainable development, managing conflict, and human resources and capacity building. Assistance is available for a limited number of younger researchers who are citizens of, and normally reside in, Pacific Island countries. For more information contact the foundation by e-mail,, or by telephone, 61-7-3236-4633.

Pacific Archeology

"Pacific Archeology: Assessments and Prospects" is the title for a conference in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the first Lapita excavation, in New Caledonia, in July 1952. The organizer of the conference, to be held 31 July-7 August 2002 in Koné and Noumea, New Caledonia, is Christophe SAND in the Department of Archeology, New Caledonia Museum. The schedule includes paper presentations and a visit to Lapita sites. Proposals are invited on the themes of "works in process in Pacific archaeology" and "new methods and research topics in Pacific archaeology." The English-language and French-language websites are  and

Melanesian Arts Festival

The Melanesian Arts Festival will take place 18-28 August 2002 in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The festival will bring together delegations from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Fiji. Traditional and contemporary Melanesian arts and crafts, including visual arts, films, and legend telling, will be featured. For information, contact the Vanuatu Cultural Center at

Print Cultures Across the South Pacific

The Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand has issued a call for papers for a one-day conference to be held in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 10 September 2002. "Expanding Horizons: Print Cultures across the South Pacific" will precede a three-day Australian library Conference (CONZUL), 11-13 September. For more information e-mail Shef ROGERS, conference convenor, at

The Local and the Global

The theme for the 2002 American Studies Association meeting, 14-17 November 2002 in Houston, Texas, is "The Local and the Global." The organizers invite ideas and presentations for sessions on a wide range of topics, including transnationalism, local identities, sense of place, and the gendering of constructs of the local and the global. For information see the website at

PIALA Conference

The Chuuk Association of Libraries is hosting the twelfth annual Pacific Islands Association of Libraries and Archives (PIALA) conference on Weno Island, Chuuk, the week of 18 November 2002. The theme is "Libraries, Museums, and Archives: The Coconut Tree of Life." Proposal abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to Lynn SIPENUK by 15 June. Her address is PO Box 91, Weno Island, Chuuk, FM 96942; e-mail: The website is

Food, Nourishment, and Lifestyle in Oceania

The theme for the fifteenth CORAIL symposium, 28-30 November 2002, is "Food, Nourishment, and Lifestyle in Oceania." The deadline for proposals is 15 June. Topics to be addressed include: From Food to Feast, Foodstuff and Recipes, Food Preservation and Consumption, Food and Social Rank, and Food and Gender Systems. The symposium is hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Noumea, New Caledonia. For more information, contact Sonia LACABANNE, chair, by e-mail at

Fabric(ation)s of the Postcolonial

The Institute for Identity and Cultural Difference (ICD) and the Institute for Social Change and Critical Inquiry (ISCCI) at the University of Wollongong, Australia, are sponsoring a conference on "Fabric(ation)s of the Postcolonial," 29 November-1 December 2002. The conference will focus on textile production and trade and their links with national, ethnic, and personal identity, as well as with literary studies, postcolonial theory, and globalization. For information, see the website at

PIPSA Conference

The Pacific Islands Political Studies Association (PIPSA) Conference will be held 4-6 December 2002 in Noosa, Queensland, Australia. The theme is "Pacific Islands Security: Old Challenges, New Threats." The host is the University of the Sunshine Coast, and the convenor is Dr Ivan MOLLOY, e-mail: A website for the conference is being planned.

Remaking Asia Pacific Studies

"Remaking Asia Pacific Studies: Knowledge, Power, and Pedagogy," is a conference hosted by the School of Hawaiian, Asian & Pacific Studies, UH Manoa, 4-7 December 2002. The conference seeks to remake Asia Pacific studies around a curriculum that better reflects movements of people and ideas across boundaries, as well as the complexities of global-local relations. The organizers welcome proposals for a limited number of panel presentations. Proposals are due 14 July 2002. For more information contact Terence WESLEY-SMITH by e-mail at  15th Pacific History Association Conference

The fifteenth Pacific History Association (PHA) Conference will be held at the National University of Samoa in Apia, 9-13 December 2002. The theme is "Addressing Past Differences and Easing the Tensions." Convenors are Asofou SO‘O, e-mail: or, and Morgan TUIMALEALI‘IFANO, e-mail: The host institutions are the Institute of Samoan Studies, National University of Samoa, and the Department of History and Politics at the University of the South Pacific. Some of the panel themes are histories of tribal ancestors and colonial hierarchies, progression of rights and values, village/district histories and governance, historical metaphors and mythical realities, diaspora, indigenized churches, gender and cultural identity, and negotiating indigenous identities. For more information, consult the conference website at

ASAO in 2003

The 2003 meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania will be held 12-15 February 2003 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Additional information is on the ASAO website at (See the call for papers on Pacific art under Bulletin Board in this issue.)

Melville and the Pacific

An international conference on "Melville and the Pacific" will be held on Maui, 3-7 June 2003. Copies of 1-2 page proposals should be sent (not as attachments) to both cochairs: Charlene AVALLONE ( and Carolyn KARCHER ( by 1 June 2002. For more information see the website at

Conferences Announced in Previous Newsletters

Australian Historical Association conference, 3-7 July 2002 at Griffith University in Brisbane. The website for the conference is

European Society for Oceanists (ESfO) conference "Recovering the Past: Resources, Representations, and Ethics of Research in Oceania," 4-6 July 2002 in Vienna. The conference website is

International Small Islands Studies Association conference, 26-30 June 2002, at the University of Prince Edward Island. The website for the conference is


UH Pacific Collection News

The Hawai‘i Pacific Journal Index is now a part of UH Hamilton Library's Voyager database. To access this invaluable index to magazines and journals published in or about Hawai‘i and the Pacific, go to Click through to the next page, select Hawai‘i Pacific Journal Index, and click Connect. Basic Search options with the index are very limited; Guided Search works best.

An updated list of University of Hawai‘i dissertations and theses related to the Pacific can be found on the Pacific Collection's website at The list includes all dissertations and theses completed from 1923 through 2000.

PIC Media Fund Deadline

Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) announces its Media Fund 2002 for the funding of public television programs that illuminate the indigenous Pacific Islander experience. PIC is particularly interested in innovative projects that bring untold stories to a broad American audience. Details and the application form are on the Internet at The application deadline is 2 August 2002.

Pacific Art Session at ASAO: Call for Papers

"The New Voyagers: Pacific Artists in the Global Art World" is a session proposed for the February 2003 Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO) meeting. The session will explore the range of arts being produced in Pacific societies today and the ways Pacific artists and their works engage and contest with forces within the global art system The organizers welcome participation by Pacific Island artists, members of regional museums and cultural institutions, and anyone engaged in promoting Pacific arts in the global area. Interested persons should contact Pamela ROSI, e-mail:, or Eric KJELLGREN, e-mail:

Hawaiian and Pacific Studies Chairman

The Bishop Museum, in Honolulu, seeks a Hawaiian and Pacific Studies Chairman. The chairman is responsible for directing and managing staff and operations in Hawaiian and Pacific studies, including collections-based research, contract archaeology, and collections management, care, and access. Resumes may be sent to Bishop Museum, Human Resources Department, 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, HI 96817 or e-mailed to Further information is available on the website at

Anthropology Position at University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, invites applications from social and cultural anthropologists for a continuing lecturer position in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in the field of kinship and family and a regional specialization in the Pacific, Southeast Asia, or East Asia. Closing date for applications is 31 May 2002. For more information, e-mail Nikki LUISETTI at

Kagoshima Seeks Visiting Pacific Researcher

Kagoshima University Research Center for the Pacific Islands seeks a visiting professor or associate professor for a six to eleven-month period between 1 May 2003 and 25 March 2004. The center aims to promote interdisciplinary research on islands in Oceania through five projects: people-nature interactions, physical geography, social and cultural changes, medical approach to human ecology, and political and economic functions of island nations. For more information e-mail the center director at

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