FACULTY AND STAFF ACTIVITIES

Congratulations to Lola Quan Bautista, who was awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in May 2013. She also launched the website for her film Breadfruit & Open Spaces (see page 2). Lola will continue to develop complements to the film project including a curriculum and resources for teachers and students.
Terence Wesley-Smith was an invited speaker at the 48th University of Otago Foreign Policy School held in Dunedin, New Zealand, 28–30 June 2013. The conference addressed the topic “Pacific Geopolitics in the 21st Century,” and Terence’s paper was called “Islands on the Move: China and Changing Relations of Power in Oceania.” In Auckland, Terence hosted a dinner for newly hired CPIS faculty Moana Nepia, 2012 Fulbright–Creative Pacific Writer-in-Residence Daren Kamali, and former UH Professor Robert Sullivan. Terence also met with Leilani Tamu, who will join the center in September as the 2013 Pacific Writer-in-Residence, and discussed plans for a joint conference to be held in Tahiti in June 2014 with Eric Conte (President, Université Polynésie Française), Leopold Mu Si Yan (Université Polynésie Française), and Steve Ratuva (University of Auckland). In Wellington, Terence made a short visit to Victoria University’s Vaʻaomanu Pasifika to catch up with Pacific studies colleagues Teresia Teaiwa and April Henderson, as well as CPIS BA student Ronia Auelua, who is there on a summer exchange program.
CPIS Managing Editor Jan Rensel and her husband, UHM Anthropology Emeritus Professor Alan Howard, presented two papers at the 2013 meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO) in San Antonio, Texas, in February. In a symposium titled “Photographing Islanders,” Jan and Alan’s presentation was “The Valuation of Visual Repatriation: Rotuman Responses.” Stu Dawrs, Senior Pacific Specialist Librarian at the UHM Hamilton Library and CPIS affiliate faculty member, was the discussant for the symposium. 
In another session called “Mobilities of Return,” Jan and Alan gave a paper on “The Rotuman Experience with Reverse Mobility.” Jan and Alan are ASAO officers—archivist and membership chair/website manager, respectively.
CPIS affiliate faculty member Fa‘anofo Lisaclaire Uperesa (UHM Ethnic Studies & Sociology) co-organized an ASAO session titled “ Contemporary Sporting Formations in Oceania,” in which she gave a paper on “Community Histories of Sport and the Political Economy of the ‘Polynesian Pipeline.’” Lisa also serves on the ASAO Board of Directors and is now chair-elect of the association.
Jan Rensel presented a paper at the 19th annual conference of the New Zealand Studies Association, held 27–29 June at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and cosponsored by the Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies there. The conference theme was “New Zealand and the South Pacific,” and Jan’s presentation (coauthored with Alan Howard) was titled “Rotumans in New Zealand: Adaptation and Identity.”
CPIS specialist Julie Walsh, along with CPIS TA Josie Howard, participated in a symposium at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association (APA) held in Honolulu in August 2013, “Implementing Cultural Competency: Mental Health Service Delivery for Micronesian Populations and Implications for Multicultural Communities.” Other participants in the symposium included Robyn Kurasaki, PhD; Sheldon Rikon, MD; Brocula Palsis, RN; Barbara Tom, RN; and Patrick Uchigakiuchi, PhD
Julie Walsh and Josie Howard also serve as ongoing members of a Diocese of Honolulu committee regarding integration of Catholics from Micronesia into Hawaiʻi’s parish churches. They jointly presented a cultural orientation for clergy to an audience of 65 deacons and priests on 8 August 2013. The description and video of their presentation, “‘Who is My Neighbor?’ Chuukese Catholic Immigrants in Hawaiʻi” may be found at http://www.catholichawaii.org/news-events/events-calendar/2013/august/cultural-orientation-for-clergy.aspx and https://vimeo.com/album/2487134.
A group of SPAS faculty, including CPIS specialist Julie Walsh, Eric Harwit (UHM Center for Chinese Studies), and Carl Hefner (Kapi‘olani Community College) served as consultants with the US Navy’s Center for Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture in the preparation of its Operational Cultural Awareness Training for a limited number of Asian and Pacific Island nations.
Julie was also invited to provide eight hours of cultural competency training to the Hawaiʻi State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ One-Stop Service Center staff on 12 and 14 August 2013.
In July, CPIS Associate Professor Tarcisius Kabutaulaka attended the World Bank Praxis discussions in Sydney, Australia. Tarcisius spoke on a panel, “Conflict and Transition,” with Rebecca Byrant, Assistant Director-General at AusAID; Joseph Foukona, Australian National University; and Professor Anthony Zwi, School of Social Sciences UNSW, which can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUvK0bfYu30. He then went to Cairns in Northern Queensland to attend the annual meeting of the International Advisory Board for the Cairns Institute at James Cook University. Tarcisius has served as a member of the advisory board for the past three years. He was also there to celebrate the opening of the Cairns Institute building.
Tarcisius has been working on a library project for Avuavu Secondary School, at his home on the Weather Coast of Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands. In the past year he has organized the collection of books from Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaiʻi. More than 100 boxes of books have been shipped to this secondary school in the remote Weather Coast.
Over the coming year, Tara will continue working with Fijian filmmaker Larry Thomas to complete a film about the Solomon Islands conflicts. A preview of the film may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTuFUikq7xE.
CPIS Administrative Assistant Charlotte (Coco) Needham has completed a Bachelors of Social Work Myron B Thompson, School of Social Work (MBTSSW). At commencement, she proudly wore the Phi Alpha Nu Sigma Honor Society stole earned from the MBTSSW Honor Society. She is currently completing her research project with support from an Honors Program Undergraduate Research Opportunity Grant. Coco is participating in the Ka Huli Ao LSAT Preparation Course through the Center for Native Hawaiian Excellence in Law.
Congratulations to CPIS affiliate faculty who were awarded promotion in May 2013. Caroline Sinavaiana (English) promoted to professor. Jaimey Hamilton Faris (Art/Art History) was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor. Alex Golub (Anthropology) was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor.
Congratulations to Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua (Political Science), who received the Chancellor’s 2013 Citation for Meritorious Teaching.
Congratulations to David Hanlon, who has been appointed chair of the UHM History Department, and to Ty Kāwika Tengan, now chair of the UMH Ethnic Studies Department.
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The Center for Pacific Islands Studies, in the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies, is both an academic department and a larger home for initiatives that bring together people and resources to promote an understanding of the Pacific Islands and issues of concern to Pacific Islanders.