Scholarship opportunities for Pacific Islands language study for 2014-15
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Earlier this week we received word that our application for Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarships (FLAS) had been approved. The awards will be available starting with the current 2014-15 academic year. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent resident degree-seeking full-time UH-Manoa students who combine modern Pacific Islands language training with area/international studies. Awards include tuition costs and stipends and both graduate and undergraduate students are invited to apply.
The application deadline is30 October 2014
For further information and application materials please go to
At the end of spring semester 2014, UHM Chancellor Tom Apple and Vice Chancellor for Students Francisco Hernandez provided funding to meet tuition differential of 50% for Pacific Islander students at UH Mānoa, thus bringing fees to the equivalent of resident tuition. By completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Pacific Islander students are automatically awarded the funding. Last semester, Dr Tina Tauasosi-Posiulai, Dr Lola Quan Bautista, and Dr Lufata Simanu-Klutz led an initiative with UHM Pacific Islander students to bring attention to the tuition differential.
Kapena Shim was born in Honolulu and raised in Southern California. After high school, Kapena returned to Hawaiʻi to study at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he began a journey of connecting with the stories of his ancestors. These stories are a grounding source of inspiration and transformation for his work as a librarian. He believes libraries are lifelines for our communities because the rich cultural repositories of ʻike (knowledge) can empower Hawaiʻi’s youth and families. In 2010, he completed concurrent bachelor’s degrees in Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian Language and a Master’s of Science degree in library and information science in 2013.
The Hawaiʻi Specialist Librarian position became vacant in January 2012 with the retirement of longtime Hawaiian Collection curator Joan Hori. Kapena will join librarians Dore Minatodani and Jodie Mattos in the Hawaiian Collection, where his job duties will include collection development and management, library instruction, and reference. CPIS MA candidate Kealiʻi MacKenzie also continues to work in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections as a reference librarian.
In collaboration with blackmail press in Auckland, the Center for Pacific Islands Studies recently published Baninnur: A Basket of Food, a special issue of the online poetry journal. The collection of creative works was guest edited by recent CPIS MA graduate Kathy Jetnil-Kijner and copyedited by CPIS GA Candi Steiner, this project was instigated and coordinated by CPIS Outreach Director Katherine Higgins. The special issue is available at http://www.blackmailpress.com/Index36.html.
Making Micronesia: A Political Biography of Tosiwo Nakayama, by CPIS affiliate faculty member David Hanlon (chair of the UHM History Department), is a biography of Tosiwo Nakayama, the first president of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Nakayama was born to a Japanese father and an Chuukese woman in 1931 on Piserach, part of an atoll northwest of the main Chuuk Lagoon group. He grew up during Japan’s colonial administration of Micronesia and the US-administered Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Nakayama studied at the University of Hawai‘i and in 1958 returned to Chuuk, where he quickly advanced through a series of administrative positions before winning election to the House of Delegates (later Senate) of the Congress of Micronesia. He served as its president from 1965 to1967 and again from 1973 to 1978. Nakayama was in the center of complex negotiations for FSM from local engagements wtih the US colonial presence to the creation of a nation-state against a fornidable array of local and external forces. Throughout the political story, Hanlon shares the remarkable story of the physical, political, and cultural distances that Nakayama negotiated. See Publications for more information.
Ancestral Places: Understanding Kanaka Geographies, by CPIS affiliate faculty member Kapāʻanaokalāokeola Oliviera (Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language), provides examples of how Kānaka utilize cartographic performances to map ancestral places and retain moʻolelo (historical accounts). In this book, Kapa offers a new framework in Kanaka epistemology and explores connections between Kānaka with their environment, tracing how moʻolelo and ʻāina inform a Kanaka sense of place. See Publications for more information.
Leilani Tamu, the 9th Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer in Residence, recently published The Art of Excavation, which was one of her writing projects during her 2013 residency at the center. This book of poems uses the creative metaphor of excavation for reframing and retelling Pacific stories from her perspective. Leilani draws from her experiences as a mother, historian, former New Zealand diplomat, and columnist to delve into the complexities of the Pacific region. For more infomation, see Publications.
In June, UHM Chancellor Tom Apple visited the Australian National University (ANU) and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ANU and UHM. The MOU enables programs for student exchanges and opens the way for research collaboration between the two universities, with potential collaboration between their respective libraries. The MOU was initiated by ANU faculty Dr Katerina Teaiwa (who is the Pacific Studies Convenor and a CPIS alum), Professor Margaret Jolly, and Nicholas Mortimer, with support from the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the School of Pacific and Asian Studies.
Dr Teaiwa said, “This formalization of cooperation between two internationally renowned centers of Pacific research will help inspire students to imagine a future dedicated to engaging Oceania.
In November 2014, Dr Teaiwa will bring fifteen undergraduate and three graduate students to UH Mānoa for a Pacific Islands field school. The students will collaborate with students and staff at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies in areas of arts, heritage, and social issues.
A special issue of The Contemporary Pacific (26:2), titled Global Sport in the Pacific, is forthcoming this semester. It is guest edited by CPIS affiliate faculty member Faʻanofo (Lisa) Uperesa (UHM Ethnic Studies and Sociology) and Tom Mountjoy (University of Bergen). This issue features a series of photographs by Greg Semu. Articles include:
The center would like to help establish an alumni network to help keep in touch, to host events in Honolulu and elsewhere, and to establish an alumni scholarship fund. If you are interested in helping to establish an alumni group and activities, please email Katherine Higgins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded funding to Andrea Berez (UHM Department of Linguistics) and Eleanor Kleiber (Hamilton Library Pacific Collection) for “Making Pacific Language Materials Discoverable: Identifying and Describing Indigenous Languages in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library Pacific Collection.” Andrea and Eleanor proposed the two-year project to develop precise catalog descriptors to improve discovery of materials held in the Pacific Collection. With more than 1,100 endangered Pacific languages represented in the Pacific Collection, the project aims to improve cataloguing for nearly 10,000 items and make this information accessible to language communities, documentary linguists, other catalogers, and the public.
This semester students, faculty, and staff launched an initiative for Pacific Islander students to pay in-state tuition rates at UH Mānoa. The Planning Committee for the Pacific Islander Students Tuition includes Loau Dr Luafata Simanu-Klutz, Dr Tina Tauasosi-Posiulai, Aumuagaolo Ropeti Ale, Samalaulu Chrissy Lam Yuen, Brian Alofaituli, and Dr Lola Quan Bautista.
The intake and retention of Pacific Islander students at UH Mānoa have been negatively affected by a policy decision by the UH Board of Regents that went into effect in 2007. For many years prior to that time, students from Island countries without their own colleges and universities paid in-state tuition rates. Today they pay 150% of resident tuition. At the time of the increase, the Regents assured that there would be access to alternative scholarship funds to pay for the differential. But many students have not received such assistance. Given escalating tuition costs and the lack of economic opportunities at home, the initiative to reinstate in-state tuition can only result in an increase in the number of Pacific Islander students attending and successfully completing a program of study at UH Mānoa.
Pacific Islander students collected more than 1,700 signatures in support of the initiative. Dr Tina Tauasosi-Posiulai at the UHM Office of Multicultural Student Services collected testimony from students, staff, and alumni to support the petition, which was delivered to the Board of Regents. In April, the planning committee and Pacific Islander students delivered an information session to the Board of Regents Committee on Student Affairs to request that they be again allowed to pay resident tuition. As the committee representative, Lola provided information on the current tuition rate for Pacific Islanders, graduation and retention rates, and percentage of students awarded scholarships, as well as how many Pacific Islander students recruit and actively encourage more of Hawaiʻi’s high school graduates to remain in the state and attend the college at the UH system campuses. Pacific Islander students at UH Mānoa also provide outreach to Pacific Island communities in Hawaiʻi, often focusing on some of the most underserved, such as those in Waipahu on Oʻahu.
Students, faculty, and staff after the April meeting. Photo by Zachary Villanueva.
For the first time since the center’s BA program began in 2011, the senior capstone ran as a course (PACS 401) rather than as a one-on-one project with faculty. PACS401 requires BA candidates to complete community-based research projects and give presentations on their processes and outcomes. Dr Lola Quan Bautista and Dr Julie Walsh designed the course to build on service-learning experiences gained through 200- and 300-level courses. At the beginning of the semester, representatives from local Pacific Islander and Hawaiian organizations came to the PACS 401 class to discuss potential projects. Hamilton Library’s D Kealiʻi MacKenzie (CPIS MA candidate) played an important role, as he described:
“This semester I had the privilege of volunteering my time as the embedded librarian for PACS 401, in which students have a capstone project combining research with service learning. The class consists of ten students from various backgrounds and connections to the Pacific region. I worked with Professor Bautista to come up with ways I could support the class. First, along with Dr Julie Walsh and Malia Nobrega-Olivera, I was on a panel that provided feedback and commentary on student projects. Second, I conducted a library instruction session on search strategies and standard Pacific studies resources. Third, I created a library guide for PACS 401, based on my instruction session with students and a survey they took. Finally, they were each required to meet with me twice for hour-long sessions to develop research strategies as they encountered difficulties in their research process, such as finding relevant sources for their papers. This has been a highly rewarding experience and it was a real pleasure to get to know the PACS 401 students, their academic interests, and their service-learning interests.”
In September, the center will welcome the 2013 Fulbright–Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer-in-Residence Leilani Tamu. Leilani is a poet, magazine columnist, Pacific historian, former New Zealand diplomat, and dedicated mother. Born in New Zealand to a Samoan mother and Pākehā (European descent) father, Leilani’s mixed cultural heritage has played an important role in shaping both her creative and professional career. Her first book of poetry, The Art of Excavation, traverses the interconnected themes of Pacific history, colonization, cosmology, and genealogy and is due out in early 2014. During the three-month residency in Hawaiʻi, Leilani will work on another collection of poetry, Cultural Diplomacy. She is particularly interested in learning about the life of Princess Kaʻiulani, whom she regards as an inspirational Polynesian ancestor. She will also focus on the ways that cultural heritage has shaped the work of Hawaiian poets.
Associate Professor Lola Quan Bautista recently launched the website for the half-hour educational documentary Breadfruit & Open Spaces (2012), which she produced and directed. The documentary provides a more personal view into research Lola has published in her 2011 book, Steadfast Movement Around Micronesia.Breadfruit & Open Spaces explores the journey of the residents of the Gill-Baza subdivision in Guam and their challenge to hold their ground and find a voice on a new island, while also maintaining their ties to their families on their home islands in the Federated States of Micronesia. Shot in an intimate, backyard style, this film offers a rare look into the personal stories and open living spaces of the Chuukese and Yapese people who live, work, and attend school on Guam, the land where they now grow and prepare their traditional foods.
Breadfruit & Open Spaces won Guam International Film Festival’s 2012 Best Documentary–Short.
Over the summer, Lola has been preparing a version for national public television broadcast on PBS with funding from Pacific Islanders in Communications; air dates will be announced on the CPIS Facebook page.
CPIS graduate assistant Candi Steiner worked with Lola to edit the website. Visit the website for more information and to purchase the film: http://breadfruitopenspaces.com.
In January 2013, I was hired as a resident services associate for Mutual Housing Association of Hawaiʻi at Pālolo Homes. Even before my employment, however, I initially got involved with the community in Spring 2011 doing a service-learning project along with my PACS 603 classmates and our professor, Lola Quan Bautista. Over the course of several months, we gathered information about education and occupation from 87 households made up on Native Hawaiians, Samoans, Tongans, and more recent Pacific Islander migrants from Chuuk, Pohnpei, and the Marshall Islands.
Then, in Fall 2012, I was invited by Dr Ulla Hassager (UHM) and Veronica Ogata (KCC), as well as the resident manager of Palolo Homes, Ms Dahlia Asuega, to help develop the agenda for what became my favorite activity, the Pālolo Ohana Program. Known in the neighborhood as the “POP Session,” this is a time when the community comes together and “talks story” about issues facing the community, feelings of discrimination and stereotypes as well as and desired activities. Throughout Fall 2012, students from UHM and KCC came to the learning center and showcased films about the Pacific, which were well attended. In Spring 2013, we took on new activities like college preparedness, financial planning, and even parenting classes. We also scheduled fun stuff like Bingo nights with prizes!
This year Pālolo Homes was selected to be surveyed to represent Mutual Housing Association of Hawai‘i in partnership with Neighbor Works America, a national org-anization that provides financial and resource support to Mutual Housing. I’m out in the field again, gathering inform-ation from residents about how to improve the community and how families feel about living in this community. I am also mentoring a BYU intern from Kiribati, Marewea Auatabu, as part of a service-learning activity administered by Lola Quan Bautista.
The most exciting part of my work with the Pālolo community is that I get to speak Chuukese and work with Chuukese families, though I especially enjoy bonding with other Pacific Islanders and learning about their cultures as well. I’ve noticed that we eat similar traditional foods and that other Pacific Islanders also have large family gatherings and show respect for elders.
I’d say one of my biggest challenges is figuring out how to get residents to commit to community projects. It’s hard because there are language barriers and cultural differences. Even when I work with Chuukese residents, sometimes it is hard speaking with older people and even men.
Editor’s note: Kathy Martin is featured in Breadfruit & Open Spaces. She was born and raised in Chuuk, moved to Guam to attend University of Guam, and came to Hawaiʻi for graduate studies. In 2011, she earned a Masters in Social Work from UHM. Kathy’s contribution was invited to continue highlighting the service-learning programs that KCC and UHM students are involved with and to add the perspective of a program developer and community member (see Pacific News from Mānoa 13–1).
On Saturday, 17 May 2013, Marshallese students, parents, teachers, and service providers in Honolulu attended the 6th annual Marshallese Education Day at the New Hope Leeward Church in Waipahu. The yearly event, which began in 2008, recognizes Marshallese honor students, encourages parents to become more involved in education, and challenges students to aim for college.
According to US Census Bureau statistics collected in 2010, as many as 6,316 Marshallese are registered as living in Hawai‘i.
“It’s important that we continue this event because it lets our students know that we support them,” says Gloria Lani, chairperson of the Marshallese Education Day Committee. “It’s important our students know that they’re not alone, and that there are others who’ve faced the same challenges they’ve faced.”
Litha Joel Jorju addressed these racial tensions in her article for Honolulu Civil Beat entitled “For Marshallese, Hawaii Is the Only Home We Have Left” (1 May 2013): “Those of us from Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau know that we are not yet accepted in Hawaii. We know that some people don’t like our traditional dresses and skirts, call us all “Micros” and think that we don’t know how to fit in,” writes Jorju. “We are trying. We are trying hard to get an education for our kids, get medical care for our elders, and jobs that will allow us to be self-sufficient.”
Marshallese families came together once again to honor and appreciate the many success stories of our Marshallese students.
Hawaiʻi Senator Jill Tokuda was the keynote speaker and helped to distribute the awards to the honor students. CPIS Specialist Julie Walsh, advisor to the Marshallese Education Day committee, and several CPIS students were involved on the day. I performed poetry for the group and my mother, RMI Minister of Education Dr Hilda Heine, was also an invited speaker. Senior BA student Cynthia deBrum also worked with the committee to record the students’ breakout sessions.
Marshallese Education Day was sponsored by the Republic of the Marshall Islands Government, New Hope Leeward, the Marshallese Education Day Committee, Waikiki Marshallese Assembly of God, and a UHM College Access Challenge Grant.
The East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program welcomes participants from Pacific Island nations for two new leadership programs. The Pacific Island Leadership with Taiwan (PILP) aims to enhance individual leadership skills and development of regional expertise and a people-to-people network in the Asia-Pacific region. The program intends to help develop human resources in the Pacific Island nations that will contribute to the development of their home countries and strengthen relations with Taiwan. Each year, up to 25 early to mid-career professionals will be selected from Pacific Island nations to participate in this fellowship. The 13-week program begins in August with 8 weeks of intensive cohort learning at the East-West Center’s campus, followed by a month-long field study in Taiwan. The program will place emphasis on law of the sea, community-based resource management, geopolitics, climate change, alternative energy development, small business development, cultural diversity, and telecommunications.
The Pacific Islands Women in Leadership Program is a three-week intensive residential program, starting in October, followed by a year of network peer support to effect positive regional change on gender issues by empowered young women leaders through specific projects. The program is aimed at women in their early thirties from a cross-section of Pacific Island communities and diverse sectors. Participants will be paired with mentors in Hawaiʻi and elsewhere who can provide empathetic, knowledgeable sounding boards to develop strategies and approaches that are applicable to the participants’ situations back home. Two main objectives are (1) the development of a network of women leaders working on Pacific women’s empowerment issues and connected to supportive institutions, and (2) development of applied leadership projects designed within and for specific communities. The program draws elements from the East-West Center’s decade-long “Changing Faces Program” (a leadership program for Asia-Pacific women) to address issues and challenges for Pacific women in educational and health care access, domestic violence, and marginalization from social and economic and political power.
“Words in the World: Literatures, Oratures, and New Meeting Grounds” was held at UHM on 7–9 February and featured Albert Wendt, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Pualani Kanakaʻole Kanahele, Kimo Keaulana, Hosam Aboul-Ela, Francesca Orsini, and Chantal Spitz. The symposium bought together literary critics, performance artists, and cultural practitioners to discuss the situations of literatures and oratures, both in relation to the earth and to each other. Throughout the program, the presenters endeavored to trace the movements within literary, cultural, and performance circles to reconceptualize the field of “world literature.” Working from a location in Hawaiʻi and Oceania, the symposium pursued an alternative vision of “words in the world” that foregrounds perspectives and cultural forms from around the world that the field of “world literature” previously peripheralized. Visiting scholars and UH faculty members and students discussed need for the literatures and oratures of the world to engage indigenous aesthetics and ethical traditions of speaking from and for particular places, while developing lines of connection and affiliation among disparate communities of writers and scholars.
Portraits of Al (2008), a film by filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly, was shown on 5 February in a pre-conference event. Portraits of Al pays tribute to Wendt and the impact of the artwork he began painting during his tenure teaching poetry as UH Mānoa’s Citizens Chair of English from 2004 to 2008. In the film, Kelly interviews those inspired by his work and paintings. Vilsoni Hereniko’s Drua: The Wave of Fire (2012) was presented on the first evening of the symposium and was followed by a discussion of the film, which was produced while Dr Hereniko was director of the Oceania Center for Arts, Culture, and Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji.
On February 28, the Center for Biographical Research and CPIS cosponsored the lunchtime brownbag “Life Writing and Pacific Islands Studies: Student Perspectives.” Aiko Yamashiro, moderator and English PhD candidate, proposed the session to provide Pacific Islander students an opportunity to examine how their lived experiences influence their academic work. Kenneth Gofigan Kuper and Jesi Lujan Bennett, CPIS MA students, spoke from a Chamorro perspective. Gofigan Kuper discussed dealing with Chamorro language oppression within the Mariana Islands and his journey to fight for language revitalization. Lujan Bennett spoke from her background as a native woman raised in the Chamorro diaspora. She discussed her family’s migration story and San Diego’s Chamorro community through the lens of militarization. Leonard Leon, a student in the Academy for Creative Media and the Anthropology Department, discussed his experiences as a Marshallese man dealing with identity politics and authenticity in the Marshall Islands, Saipan, and Hawaiʻi. The panelists presented complementary stories about how they keep their indigenous perspective in the forefront of their research.
On 2 March, UHM’s Marianas Club hosted the Humåtak Project as part of the Mes Chamoru (Chamorro Month) activities. Austin Shelton, a Chamorro marine biologist at the Kewalo Marine Laboratory and PhD candidate with the Department of Biology, reconnected the club members with the natural resources and geography of the Mariana Islands. Through lecture, group discussions, interactive activities, and film, Shelton emphasized the importance of natural resources as the foundation of Chamorro culture. He discussed his graduate work, the Humåtak Project, which engages communities in Guam, specifically the village of Humåtak, to help stop local environmental stressors and accelerated erosion. Shelton taught the club that erosion takes place with poor land-use practices and goes hand and hand in with the depletion of forests and the sedimentation of coral reefs, which kills the corals. His presentation discussed community efforts to maintain the island’s watersheds in order to preserve coral reefs, nearshore fisheries, and native forests. Shelton ended his workshop by challenging attendees to get involved in caring for the Mariana Islands through planning, acting, maintaining, and sustaining. Due to the large turnout and student enthusiasm, the Marianas Club and the Humåtak Project are creating a video, “Coral Reef Smack Down.” The video will to stress the importance of preserving coral reefs. http://humatakproject.org/.
Oceania Rising is a newly registered independent organization at UH-Mānoa. Oceania Rising is made up of students from around the Pacific who are working in solidarity for a peaceful and just Oceania. To recognize the 59th anniversary of the dropping of the nuclear bomb “Bravo” on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the students organized the Oceania Rising event on 1 March 2013. The occasion was used to inform and empower members of the community about the atrocities brought about by the nuclear testing. A candlelight vigil paid honor to Marshallese nuclear test survivors and those who have passed away. Marshallese community members spoke about their thoughts on the catastrophes that took place within their islands. Oceania Rising and student participants from Brigham Young University–Hawaiʻi gave tribute to the Marshallese community through short presentations on different Oceanic national heroes and the struggles they supported, and through performance art including music and poetry. Through these activities, Oceania Rising promoted the spirit of Pacific solidarity. Due to the support of the attendees, the sign-in sheet was unanimously voted on to become a petition to restate Maʻohi Nui (otherwise known as French Polynesia) back onto the United Nations’ list of non-self-governing territories. Watch the event on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VqPBds5uhcc.
By Fata Simanu-Klutz, UHM Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures Assistant Professor
Pacific Islander filmmakers, poets, musicians, and actors converged at the UH Mānoa campus to share talents and to enjoy meeting new people or reconnecting with friends and acquaintances through the arts for the PACITA showcase, 18–20 April 2013. PACITA included three evenings of artistic expressions by emerging and seasoned artists of Pacific Islands ancestry, most were UHM students majoring in various disciplines.
The showcase featured visiting performers such as Hawaiʻi-born and raised Kalala Pasi, an opera singer of Tongan ancestry who is studying music at Utah University, and William Giles, a poet of Samoan ancestry who recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin. Also featured were the Hui Poly, a Christian chorus, who shared their blend of gospel and Pacific sounds at the opening ceremony on Thursday evening. They were followed by a marvelous ensemble of traditional dances by the Fealofani o Sāmoa (FOS) club. Hui Poly also performed at the Friday evening extravaganza of poets and musicians at Mānoa Gardens. To round up the showcase, students from the Samoan classes and FOS club presented Tamaʻitaʻi Sa, a play delivered in the vernacular about women and politics in ancient Sāmoa. Tamaʻitaʻi Sa was written by Tofa Aumua Mataʻitusi Simanu Papaliʻi (Samoan Program at IPLL) and co-directed by Fata Simanu-Klutz and Misa Tupou. Tamaʻitaʻi Sa promises to be an attraction for the UHM campus in the future.
PACITA was made possible with funding from UHM’s Student Activity and Program Fee Board (SAPFB) and Sociology Department, and through collaboration among faculty and staff from many departments at UHM and Kapiʻolani Community College, most of whom are Pacific Islanders. PACITA promises to be an annual event to create and sustain a space for Islanders to develop skills and nurture a passion in any art form of their choosing. This passion—for the aspiring artists in particular and Pacific Islander students in general—is often thwarted by the pragmatics of family obligations and the high cost of education and living in Hawaiʻi.
Special thanks to Dean Robert Bley-Vroman (College of LLL) and CPIS Director Terence Wesley-Smith, chair of IPLL Dr John F Mayer, Dr Takiora Ingram (Pacific Writers Connection), Dr Lisa Uperesa and the Sociology Department, Laura Shimakuboro and the technicians at Campus Center Facilities, Jennifer at SAPFB, Ahmad and Ako of Da Spot restaurant, and the Island elders for their mana. Mahalo nui loa, faʻfaetai tele lava.
By Alice Te Punga Somerville, UHM Department of English Associate Professor
The “Taukaea Māori” symposium on 26 April brought together and celebrated Māori students, scholars, and community members based on Oʻahu and beyond. The day was envisioned by organizers Alice Te Punga Somerville (English Department), Raukura Roa (Māori Program), and Marata Tamaira (PhD candidate ANU/CPIS MA, 2008) as a “first” of many such gatherings that will bounce annually between UH-Mānoa and Brigham Young University–Hawaiʻi (BYUH) and the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) in Laʻie. A taukaea is a rope to which a hook is attached; this provides the central metaphor that foregrounds our connections with each other as Māori but also, more broadly, with our relatives from all around the Pacific; it recognizes where we are currently located and also the possibilities of nurturing our long-standing regional links. Held at Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, the day began with an appropriate interaction of Kanaka Maoli and Māori protocols, and the first session featured two kuia (women elders), Vernice Wineera and Alice Unawai, who reflected on their many years as educators, cultural practitioners, and artists. Following this, three panels featured Māori (and some Kanaka Maoli) presenters who talked about their research projects and experiences. The speakers were a mixture of undergraduate and graduate students, scholars, and artists; those from UHM and BYUH/PCC were joined by Māori scholars from the University of California–Los Angeles, Syracuse University, and University of Alberta. More than sixty people attended the event, including faculty, staff, and students based at UH Mānoa as well as members of the Māori community based in Hawaiʻi. There was singing, there was eating, there was scholarship, there was laughter, there were tears… and we’re ready to do it all again next year at BYUH/PCC in April 2014.
Congratulations to Ronia Auela (CPIS BA student) for receiving one of the 2013 Sony Technology Awards. Sony donates cutting-edge technology to help young scholars to realize their dreams. Ronia has worked extensively with underprivileged Pacific Islander youth and she is passionate about social justice and ending racial stereotypes.
The 2013 Amos P and Edna Lee Leib Fellowship for the Study of Pacific Literatures has been awarded to Steven Gin. Steven is pursuing a PhD in English with a focus on Pacific literature. His dissertation seeks to explore the relationship between contemporary Pacific storytelling traditions in various media and narrative theories. Congratulations, Steven!
CPIS affiliate faculty member Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua recently published The Seeds We Planted (see Publications and Moving Images). Dr Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua was among a group of young educators and parents who founded Hālau Kū Māna, a secondary school that remains one of the only Hawaiian culture-–based charter schools in Honolulu. Goodyear-Kaʻōpua served as a teacher, administrator, and board member at various times during the school’s first decade. In this book, she tells the story of the school against the backdrop of the Hawaiian struggle for self-determination and the US charter school movement, revealing a critical tension: the successes of a school celebrating indigenous culture are measured by the standards of settler colonialism.
Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua asks: How does an indigenous people use schooling to maintain and transform a common sense of purpose and interconnection of nationhood in the face of forces of imperialism and colonialism? What roles do race, gender, and place play in these processes? Drawing from Native studies, history, anthropology, gender studies, cultural studies, and education, she provides a richly descriptive portrait of indigenous education at Hālau Kū Māna and offers practical answers steeped in the history of Hawaiian popular learning and literacy.
This uniquely Hawaiian experience addresses broader concerns about what it means to enact indigenous cultural–political resurgence while working within and against settler colonial structures. Ultimately, The Seeds We Planted shows that indigenous education can foster collective renewal and continuity.
Adria L Imada, Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at University of California, San Diego, was selected by the Organization of American Historians (OAH) to receive the 2013 Lawrence W Levine Award, which is given annually for the best book in American cultural history. The award was presented to Dr Imada for Aloha America: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire (2012) during the 106th annual meeting of the organization in San Francisco.
How Can Traditional Knowledge Best Be Regulated? Comparing a Proprietary Rights Approach with a Regulatory Toolbox Approach
Looking Good: The Cultural Politics of the Island Dress for Young Women in Vanuatu
“I Guess They Didn’t Want Us Asking Too Many Questions”: Reading American Empire in Guam
Valerie Solar Woodward
Pacific Research Protocols from the University of Otago
compiled and edited by Judy Bennett, Mark Brunton, Jenny Bryant-Tokalau, Faafetai Sopoaga, and Gary Witte, with an introduction by Stuart Dawrs
The artists featured on the cover and throughout the issue are part of Jaki-Ed Collective in the Marshall Islands. Terse Timothy, Susan Jieta, Patsy Hermon, and Ashken Binat are expert weavers involved with a program aimed at reviving the art of jaki-ed and training young weavers at the University of the South Pacific (usp) Marshall Islands. The initiative has resulted in revitalization of jaki-ed as well as contemporary interpretations of the customary techniques.
The issue also contains political reviews for Micronesia and Polynesia and book and media reviews.
The Contemporary Pacific (from volume 12 –present) is available to members of subscribing institutions via the Project MUSE database of journals in the humanities and social sciences. Back issues of the journal are freely available via UH’s ScholarSpace digital institutional archives. http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/2828