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(1)


“What Now, Fishgate?” Scandal, Marae Moana, and Nation Making in the Cook Islands, Trevor J Durbin

“Living Other-wise”: The Bushmen Farming Network as an Example of “Alter-native” Counter Practices to Agriculture and Development, Michael Spann

Repackaging Tradition in Tahiti? Mono‘i and Labels of Origin in French Polynesia, Kate Stevens


Making Pacific Languages Discoverable: A Project to Catalog the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library Pacific Collection by Indigenous Languages, Eleanor Kleiber, Andrea L Berez-Kroeker, Michael Chopey, Danielle Yarbrough, and Ryan Shelby


Micronesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017, Michael Lujan Bevacqua, Elizabeth Ua Ceallaigh Bowman, Monica C LaBriola, Clement Yow Mulalap

Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017, Peter Clegg, Lorenz Gonschor, Margaret Mutu, Chris Nobbs, ‘Umi Perkins, Steven Ratuva, Forrest Wade Young


Moana [feature film], Reviewed by Vilsoni Hereniko, Tagi Qolouvaki, J Uluwehi Hopkins, and Candice Elanna Steiner

Making the Modern Primitive: Cultural Tourism in the Trobriand Islands, by Michelle MacCarthy, Reviewed by David Lipset

Artefacts of Encounter: Cook’s Voyages, Colonial Collecting, and Museum Histories, edited by Nicholas Thomas, Julie Adams, Billie Lythberg, Maia Nuku, and Amiria Salmond, Reviewed by Maggie Wander

The White Possessive: Property, Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty, by Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Reviewed by Maile Arvin

Mothers’ Darlings of the South Pacific: The Children of Indigenous Women and U.S. Servicemen, World War II, edited by Judith Bennett and Angela Wanhalla, Reviewed by Lamont Lindstrom

The Battle over Peleliu: Islander, Japanese, and American Memories of War, by Stephen C Murray, Reviewed by David Hanlon

For a Song, by Rodney Morales, Reviewed by Susan Y Najita

From “Stone Age” to “Real Time”: Exploring Papuan Temporalities, Mobilities and Religiosities, edited by Martin Slama and Jenny Munro, Reviewed by Clare C Cameron

Summer Pops with the Modern Māori Quartet [performance], Reviewed by Jesi Lujan Bennett

Honolulu Biennial [exhibition], Reviewed by Jaimey Hamilton Faris

Iep Jaltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter, by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Reviewed by Emelihter Kihleng