Center for Pacific Islands Studies

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The Center for Pacific Islands Studies, in the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies, is both an academic department and a larger home for initiatives that bring together people and resources to promote an understanding of the Pacific Islands and issues of concern to Pacific Islanders. Its innovative instructional program is regional, comparative, and interdisciplinary in nature. The university’s Pacific Collection, one of the most comprehensive collections of Pacific materials in the world, attracts a worldwide audience, as do the center’s international conferences, its Web-based resources, its Pacific Islands Monograph Series, and its award-winning journal, The Contemporary Pacific. Working with scholars at institutions in the region and elsewhere,[1][2][3][4] faculty at the center are seeking new ways to encompass a deeper understanding of a region whose boundaries are constantly expanding.


  1. ^ Hereniko, Vilsoni; Terence Wesley-Smith (2003). "Special Issue: Back to the Future: Decolonizing Pacific Studies". The Contemporary Pacific. 15. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  2. ^ Firth, Stewart (2003). "Future Directions in Pacific Studies". The Contemporary Pacific. 15: 139–148. doi:10.1353/cp.2003.0007. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  3. ^ Hviding, Edvard (2003). "Between Knowledges: Pacific Studies and Academic Disciplines". The Contemporary Pacific. 15: 43–73. doi:10.1353/cp.2003.0013. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  4. ^ Thaman, Konai Helu (2003). "Decolonizing Pacific Studies: Indigenous Perspectives, Knowledge, and Wisdom in Higher Education". The Contemporary Pacific. 15: 1–17. doi:10.1353/cp.2003.0032. Retrieved 2012-02-23.