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PACS 108: Start Here

PACS 108 is an introduction to the geography, societies, histories, cultures, contemporary issues, and arts of Oceania, including Hawaiʻi.


This guide was created for students in Dr. Kirkendall's PACS 108 course. It includes links to readings and other resources useful to research on Oceania.

Photo: Sapou Village (image provided by Dr. K)


Recommended/Supplementary Readings


Hauofa, E. (1993). Our Sea of Islands. The Contemporary Pacific, 6(1), 148-161.


Meyer, M. A. (2001). Our own liberation: reflections on Hawaiian epistemology. The Contemporary Pacific, 13(1), 124-148.


Teaiwa, T. (2005) The classroom as Metaphorical Canoe: Cooperative Learning in Pacific Studies.

Background Information

To view a list of cultures available for Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia - 1) Open the eHRAF World Cultures database, 2) choose the "Browse CULTURES" tab, 3) then choose "by Region" and 4) click "Oceania" .


CIA World Factbook
Contains information for every country, dependency, and geographic entity in the world. Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, transportation, communication, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

The World Bank: Pacific Islands
Provides economic information for the Pacific Islands as a whole and by country.


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