In all of our incomplete fragments of human history, none is as wonderful and mysterious as our story of the peopling of the Pacific. Those islands, strung out over a vast oceanscape, all have a common history of human migration and navigation. What makes this massive region so interesting to me is the fact that we know so little about the long history of the people who populated the Pacific.
And as we enter an age of rising seas and declining fisheries, these islands face a common future. I want to learn about the cultures of specific islands, the future of Pacific reefs and fish populations, the fate of the birds that migrate from around the world to distant islands each year. Here I will document this constellation of islands known collectively as Oceania in this new section of the site. In the mean-time, here are a few stories and sketches on the Hawaiian Islands, with sketches of Hanalei on Kauai.