About TCP

An Interdisciplinary Journal

The Contemporary Pacific: An Interdisciplinary Journal provides a publication venue for interdisciplinary work in Pacific studies with the aim of providing informed discussion of contemporary issues in the Pacific Islands region. It features refereed articles that examine social, economic, political, ecological, cultural, and literary topics. This award-winning journal also includes political reviews, book and media reviews, resource reviews, and a dialogue section that allows flexible publication of diverse genres of writing, including interviews and short essays. Issues also highlight the work of Pacific Islander artists. The Contemporary Pacific has its own editorial board as well as an international board of correspondents who advise on editorial matters and generally further the aims of the journal. Copublished by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies (of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa) and the University of Hawai‘i Press (UHP), the journal follows the UHP Journals Department ethical guidelines.

Special Issues

Occasional special issues focus on a particular current issue or series of events, sometimes under guest editorship. Eleven have appeared to date: the Fiji Coups (2:1, 1990); the crisis in Bougainville (4:2, 1992); logging in the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu (9:1, 1997); migrant labor and tourism in Palau (12:2, 2000); Native Pacific cultural studies (13:2, 2001); decolonizing Pacific studies (15:1, 2003); mining in Melanesia (18:2, 2006); Oceanic masculinities (20:1, 2008); a collection of essays, short stories, poetry, and art in honor of Albert Wendt (22:2, 2010); global sport in Oceania (26:2, 2014); the French-speaking Pacific (27:2, 2015); repossessing paradise (30:2, 2018); experiencing Pacific environments (32:1, 2020); and schooling journeys in the southwestern Pacific (33:2, 2021).


Image shows art in the style of oil on canvas, depicting three bird-like figures in red on a black background with Pacific motifs
Kohai, Koau, Ko Momo (Who, Me, and Momo), The First Human Beings of Tonga (2006),
by Lingikoni Vaka‘uta