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Remembering Boso Levu

Remembering Boso Levu Epeli’s Quest: Essays in Honor of Epeli Hau‘ofa The news of Epeli Hau‘ofa’s passing on the morning of 11 January 2009 spread rapidly. It first came to me in the form of a somber weekend phone call from Tarcisius Kabutaulaka, followed shortly by an e-mail from Vijay Naidu, Epeli’s longtime colleague at the University of the South Pacific. Tributes soon flooded in from across the great Ocean he loved so much. They spoke of a person who touched many lives, a man open and inclu- sive in his embrace. They testified to the profound influence of Epeli’s ideas, and, perhaps above all, to the inspiration he provided for Oceani- ans everywhere, including scholars, creative writers, artists, students, and activists. As Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi put it, Epeli Hau‘ofa was “this finest Pacific Islander of our times.” It will long be a matter of regret that Epeli was too ill to travel to Honolulu in April 2008 to attend a book launch in his honor. We were eager to host again this towering figure in Pacific studies, to honor the newly published volume of his selected works, We Are the Ocean, and to celebrate his long-standing connections with this part of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Remembering Boso Levu

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 22 (1) – Feb 21, 2010

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2010 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-9464

Abstract

Epeli’s Quest: Essays in Honor of Epeli Hau‘ofa The news of Epeli Hau‘ofa’s passing on the morning of 11 January 2009 spread rapidly. It first came to me in the form of a somber weekend phone call from Tarcisius Kabutaulaka, followed shortly by an e-mail from Vijay Naidu, Epeli’s longtime colleague at the University of the South Pacific. Tributes soon flooded in from across the great Ocean he loved so much. They spoke of a person who touched many lives, a man open and inclu- sive in his embrace. They testified to the profound influence of Epeli’s ideas, and, perhaps above all, to the inspiration he provided for Oceani- ans everywhere, including scholars, creative writers, artists, students, and activists. As Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi put it, Epeli Hau‘ofa was “this finest Pacific Islander of our times.” It will long be a matter of regret that Epeli was too ill to travel to Honolulu in April 2008 to attend a book launch in his honor. We were eager to host again this towering figure in Pacific studies, to honor the newly published volume of his selected works, We Are the Ocean, and to celebrate his long-standing connections with this part of

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Feb 21, 2010

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