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Helping Tongans Affected by the Volcanic Eruption

The full extent of the impact of the Tongan volcanic blast and subsequent tsunami remains unknown, and communications remain largely severed between the Pacific nation and the outside world. Tonga was covered with volcanic ash and the uninhabited volcanic island … Continue reading

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Solomon Islands Panpipers

Recently Jimmy Nolan wrote a short article for the Solomon Times about how panpipes were the sounds of Solomon Islander ancestors… One of the unique features of the Solomon Islands is the talented panpipers, melodic tunes created from bamboo pipes, … Continue reading

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Cook Islands’ ‘Akatara on Exhibit in Venice

Rod Dixon wrote a feature for the Cook Islands News about an exhibition in Venice that explores the sculptural beauty of command clubs from Oceania, including the Cook Islands. The Palazzo Franchetti in Venice is currently hosting an exhibition entitled Power & Prestige: … Continue reading

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Vanuatu Scores High in Happy Planet Index for 2021

Let’s kick-off the new year with some good news for Vanuatu from last year… The Vanuatu Daily Post reported that The Vanuatu National Statistics Office (VNSO) has applauded the results of the 2020 Happy Planet Index (HPI) which was launched on … Continue reading

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Solomon Islands “Ukulele” Song is a Global Hit

This will be the last post of the year and we’ll end on a positive with a global hit from the Solomon Islands!  It has a been a great pleasure to share the cultural news from around the Pacific Islands … Continue reading

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Vanuatu Language Department’s Inaugural Website

Journalist Jason Abel of the Daily Post recently reported that the The Language Service Department (LSD) based at the Prime Minister’s Office compound has officially launched its first official website in Vanuatu.  The launching of the new website by LSD … Continue reading

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The Future of Pacific Languages

Pasifika in New Zealand are being urged to take part in a survey, and share the importance and value they place on their own languages. The government launched the Leo Moana o Aotearoa Pacific Languages Survey last month – a … Continue reading

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Solomon Islands’ Indigenous Diplomacy

Writer, Gordon Leua Nanau, recently wrote an interesting article for the Solomon Times about how Pacific leaders should look to Guadalcanal’s system of popo and supu diplomacy as examples of how to utilize local practices to address national problems. As … Continue reading

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A Modern Retelling of CHamoru Legends

Journalist Lindsay Nash wrote an article for the Pacific Daily News about a new book that was recently published… Stories have the unique ability to connect storytellers to listeners, writers to readers, people to their culture, and the present to … Continue reading

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16th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Festival

The Samoa News reported that a strong support of women with Malu (female-specific tattoo), Laei a Samoa and their mothers from across the sea, was felt throughout the organic venue of The Tatau Festival 2021 at village Alega a few … Continue reading

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