Latest Polynesia Stories
By Roger Dobson It was the first and most extreme ecological disaster. Easter Island, in the south Pacific, once lush with subtropical broadleaf forest, was left barren and vast seabird colonies were destroyed after the arrival of man.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two members of the royal family of Tonga died in a car accident near San Francisco, according to media reports on Thursday.
By Elaine Lies NAGO, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi courted leaders of Pacific island nations in a summit on Friday with pledges of support for greater prosperity a month after China offered its own sweeping economic aid package.
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (Reuters) - A strong earthquake measuring 6.0 hit the islands of Tonga on Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey Web site monitored in London.
By Mary Fonua NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck the South Pacific islands of Tonga on Thursday, generating a tsunami, but there were no reports of damage. The quake, measuring 8.1, struck 95 miles south of Tonga's Neiafu island at 4.26 a.m. local time (1526 GMT), the U.S.
SUVA, Fiji (Reuters) - An earthquake measuring 8.1 hit the Tonga islands, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Web site said on Wednesday and a tsunami warning was issued for Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand and other South Pacific states.
A researcher at Rochester Institute of Technology is unraveling a mystery surrounding Easter Island. William Basener, assistant professor of mathematics, has created the first mathematical formula to accurately model the island's monumental societal collapse.
According to folklore, Polynesians originated from a mythical homeland called Hawaiki. Their origins and the existence of such a place, however, have been the subject of much speculation. In a new study in the premier open access journal PLoS Biology, Jean Trejaut and colleagues now provide the first direct evidence for the common ancestry of Polynesians and indigenous Taiwanese.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A genetic study helps confirm thetheory that Polynesians, who settled islands across a vastswathe of ocean, started out in Taiwan, researchers reported onMonday.
The National Park of American Samoa is located in the American territory known as American Samoa. The park is actually divided into three different areas comprised of the islands of Ta‘ū, Tutuila, and Ofu-Olosega. This park was legally established by Public Law 100-571 in 1988, but the land could not be acquired due to the traditional communal land system of its native inhabitants. However, in 1993, the National Park Service signed a fifty-year lease with Samoan village councils to acquire...
The Pacific Rim is a reference to places around the edge of Pacific Ocean. The term Pacific Basin includes the Pacific Rim and the islands within the Pacific Ocean. It roughly overlaps with the geologic Pacific Ring of Fire. These countries are generally considered to be a part of the Pacific Rim, since they lie along the Pacific Ocean: North/East Asia Russia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand,...
The Polynesian Triller (Lalage maculosa), is a passerine bird belonging to the triller genus Lalage in the cuckoo-shrike family Campephagidae. It has numerous subspecies distributed across the islands of the south-west Pacific. The breeding range extends through Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Wallis and Futuna, Vanuatu and the Santa Cruz Islands. It occurs in a wide variety of habitats including man-made habitats such as plantations and gardens. It is about 6 inches to 6.25 inches long. The...
- A ceramic container used inside a fuel-fired kiln to protect pots from the flame.