Vilsoni Hereniko is Rotuma's first professor and its only playwright and filmmaker. He is now a professor at the University of Hawaii's Academy for Creative Media. His first feature film "The Land Has Eyes" was the first narrative feature made by a Fiji citizen, and had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. He is a former director of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies in Hawaii and the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture, and Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.
Lorraine Shannon is a writer and editor. She has a PhD in postcolonial literature from Trinity College, Dublin and a non-traditional PhD in writing and ecology from UTS. She has published in a range of journals such as The Australian Humanities Review, PAN, Island, TEXT and Societies. She edited a collection of writings by Val Plumwood entitled The Eye of the Crocodile and is writing a book on gardening philosophy while establishing an eco-arts garden in Wentworth Falls.
Mary Heather Jingco is currently an undergraduate student majoring in Integrative Biology at the University of Guam. Born and raised on Rota, she is interested in returning to the Mariana islands to study their threatened and endangered species. Her long-term goal is to become a part of conservation efforts within the Marianas, and with the passion she holds for protecting her island resources, she hopes to inspire other Pacific Islanders to do the same.
A naturalist by birth, living and working at Nong Nooch Botanical Garden, Thailand for almost 30 years, especially among the Cycads.
Nicholas Evans is Laureate Fellow and Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the Australian National University. He directs the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL) and has carried out wide-ranging fieldwork on the indigenous languages of Australia and Papua New Guinea. The author of Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us, he has also published book-length grammars and dictionaries of several Aboriginal languages (including Kayardild, Bininj Gun-wok, Dalabon). He has also worked as a linguist, interpreter and anthropologist in two Native Title claims, as a promotor and interpreter of Aboriginal art, and as a translator of Aboriginal oral literature.
My name is Magnolia. I am 11 years old and I live in Hawaii. I love writing and want to become a journalist.
I'm a graduate student in marine biology at the University of Hawaii. I study how coral reefs respond to and recover from climate change-related disturbances.