Staff and Board


Candice Steiner is the journal’s managing editor and a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her research interests include the music and dance of Tokelau and its diaspora and Pacific Islands representation in film music. Prior to becoming managing editor in 2019, she served as CPIS’s graduate assistant for publications from 2010 to 2016 and cofounded the center’s student writing program, Write Oceania, with former managing editor Jan Rensel.

Image shows a photographic portrait of assistant to the managing editor Zakea BoegerZakea Boeger is the assistant to the journal’s managing editor. A PhD candidate in medical anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, she joined CPIS as a graduate editorial assistant in 2017. Her dissertation research focuses on the relationship between health care and migration, with a focus on medical travel and noncommunicable diseases in the Kingdom of Tonga. Although an anthropologist by trade, Zakea will always be an English nerd at heart.

Mililani Ganivet is the intern to the journal's editor. An MA candidate in Pacific Islands Studies at UHM's Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Mililani Ganivet has served as an editorial intern with The Contemporary Pacific since spring 2019. Sustained by the Pacific Ocean and hailing from Taravao, Tahiti in French Polynesia, Mililani's research interests include the histories and legacies of nuclear tests in French Polynesia and in wider Oceania. Mililani proposed the idea of this interview series to the TCP Board and was instrumental in seeing it launched.


Director of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai'i: Tarcisius Kabutaulaka

Editorial Board

Editor: Alexander Mawyer, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai'i
Associate Editor: Monica LaBriola, Department of History, University of Hawai'i
Political Reviews Editor: Lorenz Gonschor, University of Hawai'i
Book and Media Reviews Editor: James Perez Viernes, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai'i
Arts Editor: Katerina Teaiwa, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University
Resources Editor: Stuart Dawrs, Pacific Collection, Hamilton Library, University of Hawai'i
Managing Editor: Candice Steiner, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai'i


David Hanlon, Department of History, University of Hawai'i
Mary Therese Perez Hattori, Education Program, East-West Center
Vilsoni Hereniko, Academy for Creative Media, University of Hawai'i
Scott Kroeker, Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program, East-West Center
Davianna McGregor, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Hawai'i
Lola Quan Bautista, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai'i
Craig Perez Santos, Department of English, University of Hawai‘i
Noenoe Silva, Department of Political Science, University of Hawai'i
Julianne Walsh, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai'i
Terence Wesley-Smith, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai'i


Keith Camacho, University of California–Los Angeles, United States
Vicente M Diaz, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, United States
Gerard Finin, Cornell University, United States
Stewart Firth, The Australian National University
Hilda Heine, President, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Edvard Hviding, University of Bergen, Norway
Brij V Lal, The Australian National University
Nic Maclellan, Researcher and Journalist, Melbourne
Cluny Macpherson, Massey University at Albany, New Zealand
Selina Tusitala Marsh, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Mac Marshall, University of Iowa, United States
Mālama Meleiseā, National University of Samoa
Margaret Mutu, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Margaret Critchlow Rodman, University of York, Canada
Donald H Rubinstein, Micronesian Area Research Center, University of Guam
Jacob Simet, National Cultural Commission, Papua New Guinea
Konai Helu Thaman, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
Eric Waddell, Université Laval, Québec, Canada


Barbara Pope is responsible for TCP's interior design and format and cover design for 1(1-2) -- 15(1).
Stacey Leong Mills has provided the journal's cover design from issue 15(2) through the present.


Image shows art rendered in opaque watercolor, depicting several persons making barkcloth in muted jewel tones and in a somewhat abstract style
Kapa Maker (2004) by Solomon Enos