The anthropologist who dedicated her life to keep Palauan culture alive

The late Katharine Kesolei, or Kathy as she was better known, devoted more than 30 years of her life to the cultural, educational and economic advancement of the Palauan people. “In today’s world, people are beginning to reconsider these indigenous cultures. They now realize that this ‘white’ society that imposes some of their values on us is a kind of oppression…I’m not saying it in … Continue reading The anthropologist who dedicated her life to keep Palauan culture alive

The Fijian Women’s National Rugby team shows the men how it’s done

The Fijian Women’s National Rugby Team Fijiana made history in 2016 when they became the first women’s rugby team from the Pacific region to qualify for the Rio Olympics. They were only one of 12 national teams in the world to qualify to complete in the women’s rugby sevens competition at Rio despite facing countless adversities to get there. Fijiana’s journey is representative of women’s … Continue reading The Fijian Women’s National Rugby team shows the men how it’s done

Meet Fiame (chief) Naomi Mata’afa of Samoa

Fiame Naomi Mata’afa made history as the first woman Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa after the 2016 elections. She first entered politics in 1985 as a member for Lotofaga under the Human Rights Protection Party. She became a Cabinet Minister in 1991 and held the Education, Youth, Sports, Culture and Labour portfolios from 1991 to 2006. After the March 2006 General Elections, Honourable Mata’afa continued … Continue reading Meet Fiame (chief) Naomi Mata’afa of Samoa

Nature is silently getting its legal rights back!

All around the world, the Environnement is getting increasing legal recognition and support. And this year things have started moving at a much higher pace, especially around the Pacific Ocean. July 2017 Oregon, USA – The Siletz River rallies the fight Last battle to date: a few weeks ago, a river of Oregon finishing its course in the Pacific Ocean, the Siletz River “filed to … Continue reading Nature is silently getting its legal rights back!

She defends Samoan culture in Hawaii

Elisapeta Tuupo‐Alaimaleata is an American-Samoan educator and passionate advocate for the Samoan language and culture in Hawaii. She is the founder of the Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center in Honolulu. Peta, as she is better know, started out as a classroom teacher in American Samoa, where she later worked as a teacher coordinator for the University of Hawai’i’s Manoa teacher training program. Prior to launching … Continue reading She defends Samoan culture in Hawaii

Meet Teima Onorio, first vice-president of Kiribati

Teima Onorio made history when she became the first female Vice President of Kiribati in 2003, a position she served in for three consecutive terms until 2016. Onorio first entered politics in the Parliament in 1998. During her time in government, Ms Onorio held various ministerial posts including Minister for Internal and Social Affairs; Minister for Education, Youth and Sports Development; and Minister of Commerce, Industry and … Continue reading Meet Teima Onorio, first vice-president of Kiribati

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner Poet

The poet from the Marshall Islands who moved the world powers to tears

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner burst onto the world stage through a poetry performance that moved many world leaders to tears at the opening of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York in 2014. The then 25-year-old poet and climate activist demonstrated the impact a poem can have. In a piece titled “Dear Matafele Peinem,” she managed to capture the stark reality of climate change in just … Continue reading The poet from the Marshall Islands who moved the world powers to tears

Portrait of Yoslyn Sigrah, women’s right advocate in Micronesia

Yoslyn Sigrah has dedicated her life’s work to the recognition of women’s and children’s rights in the Federated States of Micronesia. A longtime advocate for gender issues in Micronesia, Yoslyn has taken on the lack of elected women in politics, in government and parliament, and violence against women and girls.  She was instrumental in the passing of the Family Protection Act in Kosrae in 2014, … Continue reading Portrait of Yoslyn Sigrah, women’s right advocate in Micronesia

What a Tahitian thinks of Moana [Video]

Is Moana a faithful representation of the Polynesian people and their culture? On the one hand, the coconut people came from nowhere and the giant crab passing as Tamatoa is very foreign to our culture. But for Pacificans.com editor Taema, this is all redeemed by the effort from Disney to make a Tahitian and a Maori version, combined with the fact that Moana characters seem … Continue reading What a Tahitian thinks of Moana [Video]

Kiki Stinner: Entrepreneur and woman leader from Micronesia

As President of the Chuuk Women’s Council, Christina (or as she is better known “Kiki”) Stinnett leads an umbrella organisation of more than 60 women’s organisations in Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia. Founded in the late 1980s, CWC runs programs to inform, educate, and empower women of all ages on a wide range of topics. CWC promotes gender issues such as women’s leadership, education … Continue reading Kiki Stinner: Entrepreneur and woman leader from Micronesia