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Acknowledgments This book is dedicated to my wife Roselyn, without whose unrelenting encouragement it could never have been written. The support of my children—Rachel, Warwick, and Petra —sustained me in bleak times. The University of the South Pacific granted me a year free of other responsibilities to focus on this book, for which I am grateful, and the Kagoshima University Research Center for the Pacific Islands gave me a base for four months to write the book. I wish to thank the staff of the center—Shinichi Noda, Tetushi Hidaka, Shunsuke Nagashima, Kei Kawai, and Hiroko Kusumoto—and Hiroshi Moriwaki for providing an environment conducive to writing this book. For particular help, I am grateful to Bill Aalbersberg, Wal Ambrose, Dalsie Bani, Russell Blong, Edward Bryant, Rajesh Chandra, Marjorie Tua‘inekore Crocombe, Ron Crocombe, Terry Crowley, Simon Day, William R. Dickinson, Anne Felton, Robert Fernau, Paul Filmer, Lawrence Foana‘ota, James Goff, Gary Greene, Michael Heads, John Hosack, Kerry Howe, Toshio Kawana, Barbara Keating, Masaaki Kimura, John Lynch, Nic Maclellan, Bruce Masse, Sepeti Matararaba, Clare Morrison, Dieter Mueller-Dombois, Alain Nicolas, Robert Nicole, Ralph Regenvanu, Barry Rolett, Robert Schoch, Sandra Tarte, John Terrell, Marika Tuiwawa, Gerard Ward, Marion Ward, Michael White, Esther Williams, and Steve Wyatt. The oral traditions reported for the first time in this book were collected over the past ten years as part of my research projects concerned with myths by Mary Baniala, Vicky Claude, Morris Harrison, Tony Heorake, Teena Kum Kee, Elia Nakoro, Alifereti Nasila, Bronwyn Oloni, Kori Raumea, Kellington Simeon, Esther Tegu, Samuela Tukidia, Sereana Usuramo, and Lysa Wini. A number of research assistants have worked on these projects, including Francis Areki, Roselyn Kumar, Tamara Osborne, Wainikiti Waqa-Bogidrau, and, most recently , Maria Ronna Pastorizo, Tammy Tabe, and Ledua Traill Kuilanisautabu. The help of Paul Geraghty is gratefully acknowledged. These research projects were funded mostly by the University of the South Pacific and the Government of France. I have been fortunate to work with a superb copy editor, Eileen D’Araujo, and with Keith Leber at the University of Hawai‘i Press. The following informants are acknowledged for sharing their oral traditions. In the Cook Islands: on Mangaia, Mataora Harry, Tuaiva Mautairi; on Rarotonga, Ioane xii acknowledgments Kaitara, Raumea Koroa, William Powell, Ngatoko Rongo, Sonny Tatuava, Tangianau Upoko, and Tony Utanga. In Fiji: on Moturiki, Rusiate Balevusa, Timoci Boso, Timoci Bukasoqo, Eremasi Cokoisau, Jone Golea, Simione Kaikai, Manueli Lutu, Manu Malamala, Viliame Misipa, Samisoni Qereqere, Semi Ravuaceva, Savenaca Tagarekece, Apisai Taqaratu, Tevita Tui, Rusiate Tuinarabe , Marika Vakacakau, Viliame Vunalia, Peni Wainilagi, Josua Waqatabu; on Matuku, Ratu Osea Banuve, Ratu Jeremaia Coriakula (Tui Daku), Isireli Temo, Emitai Vakacegu; on Totoya, Rokosau Ratu Timoci Batila Lakeba, Ratu Netani Bolatolu, Rasalato Cama, Reverend Colati, Joni Dalutua, Josaia Daulako, Tukai Jesa, Ratu Viliame Lutu, Isikeli Moce, Temo Sobutilau, Cama Tiko, Inoke Tokalau, Suliano Tuicakau, Sogotubu Turaga, Telu Turaga, and Semi Vuniwaqasau. In Kiribati: on Butaritari, Kakiaman Bebeia, Maria Ioane, Tinaua Ioane, Mareweata Kiata, Beniamina Kiboboua, Motirake Kiboboua, Tamuera Nakoro, Tekiniman Nataake, Kautu Rabangalii, Mariana Tabuaka, Ioteba Te Mauku; on Kiebu, Babo Mabubu, Kaireti Nakabobouea, Taobura Tamoa, Tim Taom; on Makin, Taenibeia Kabaua, Bakoko Kaitaba‘a, Karianako Katia, Teata Koriri, Barbara NaKairoro, Kobebe Tanaua, Tim Tebakabo, Neneaki Tetabo, Moanteata Tetaeka, Taake Tikam; on Tarawa, Bwere Eritaia, and Captain Edwin Mange. In Solomon Islands: on Maramasike, Houaniuwaha, Thomas Houkilo, Philip Hou‘uwa, Olota, Phillip Masura‘a, Andrew Suraru; on Santa Catalina, Rev. Matthew Manae, Gaius Mananga, Gordon Ringikoro, John Ringikoro, Chief Francis Sao, Joseph Sugu; on Ulawa, Isaac Aduadu, Michael Harara, John Palm Haununumanii‘e, Georgina Saulusu Houniala, Hudson Houniala, Basil Poki, Cecil Sautehi, Jimmy Sautehi, Selwyn Sautehi, Rolland Titiulu, Thomas Titiulu, Ulute Titiulu, and Levi Uwomatawa. In Vanuatu: on Ambae, Edward Banga, Oscar Leo, Willie Levu, Daniel Moli, Peter Tagaro, Johnstill Tari, Hadson Vugi; on Atchin, Hosea Andrew, Meltetamat John, Martino Metsal, Tony Rowsy, Boneface Taly, Marcela Tavunwo, Ruruvanu Terry; on Malakula, Tite Malvanu, Claude Telukluk, Early Telukluk, Iferem Telukluk; on Pentecost, George Boemaruru , Olivea Daruhi, Mark Gaviga, Lengas Rara; on Maewo, Gideon Bani, Erick Boe, Harold Finger, John Mark Sine, Chief Jonah Toakanase; and in Port Vila, George Goose, Cyriaque Metsan, Jean Marie Metsan, Edmond Rory, Georgy Bernard Rowsy, Paul Telukluk , and Reubennie Ulnaim. Vanished Islands and Hidden Continents of the Pacific ...


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Subject Headings

  • Geographical myths -- Oceania.
  • Oceania -- Geography.
  • Lost continents -- History.
  • Geographical myths -- Pacific Ocean.
  • Pacific Ocean -- Geography.
  • Islands of the Pacific -- History.
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