The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs


With editorial offices at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, The Contemporary Pacific covers a wide range of disciplines with the aim of providing comprehensive coverage of contemporary developments in the entire Pacific Islands region and the global Pacific diaspora. It features refereed, readable articles that examine social, economic, political, ecological, literary, and cultural topics, along with political reviews, book and media reviews, resource reviews, and a dialogue section with interviews and short essays. Each issue highlights the work of one or more Pacific Islander artists.

Current Issue Contents 30(2)


Whose Paradise? Encounter, Exchange, and Exploitation, Kalissa Alexeyeff and Siobhan McDonnell

Beyond Paradise? Retelling Pacific Stories in Disney’s Moana, A Mārata Ketekiri Tamaira with Lealaitagomoa Dionne Fonoti 

Polyface in Paradise: Exploring the Politics of Race, Gender, and Place, Kalissa Alexeyeff and Yuki Kihara

Contested Paradise: Dispossession and Repossession in Hawai‘i, Margaret Jolly

Disaster, Divine Judgment, and Original Sin: Christian Interpretations of Tropical Cyclone Winston and Climate Change in Fiji, John Cox, Glen Finau, Romitesh Kant, Jason Titifanue, and Jope Tarai

Selling “Sites of Desire”: Paradise in Reality Television, Tourism, and Real Estate Promotion in Vanuatu, Siobhan McDonnell

Beyond a 3s Approach to Marketing Island Nations? Destination Marketing and Experiences from Timor-Leste, Sara Currie


The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2017, Nic Maclellan

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2017, Volker Boege, Mathias Chauchat, Alumita Durutalo, Joseph Daniel Foukona, Budi Hernawan, Michael Leach, James Stiefvater



The Power of the Steel-Tipped Pen: Reconstructing Native Hawaiian Intellectual History, by Noenoe K Silva, Reviewed by Hi‘ilei Julia Hobart

Archipelagic American Studies, edited by Brian Russell Roberts and Michelle Ann Stephens, Reviewed by Rebecca Hogue

Marking Indigeneity: The Tongan Art of Sociospatial Relations, by Tēvita O Ka‘ili, Reviewed by Maggie Wander

Postcards from Oceania: Port Towns, Portraits and the Picturesque during the Colonial Era, by Max Quanchi and Max Shekleton, Reviewed by Safua Akeli Amaama

Tautai: Sāmoa, World History, and the Life of Ta‘isi O. F. Nelson, by Patricia O’Brien, Reviewed by Brian Alofaituli

Mele Murals [documentary], Reviewed by David Lipset

Sinuous Objects: Revaluing Women’s Wealth in the Contemporary Pacific, edited by Anna-Karina Hermkens and Katherine Lepani, Reviewed by Marion Cadora

Oceanian Journeys and Sojourns: Home Thoughts Abroad, edited by Judith A Bennett, Reviewed by Amanda Sullivan Lee