Pacific Islands


Archaeologists Think These Volcanic Glass Tools Were Used for Tattooing

Did ancient Pacific Islanders use volcanic glass tools for tattooing?
Sarah Emerson
Pacific Islands

Cooking Underground on Rapa Nui

Commonly known as Easter Island, the tiny Pacific island of Rapa Nui is famous for its massive moai statues, but it's also home to a centuries-old cooking method that involves slow-cooking meat underground.
Nima Green

How to Lead a Nation That Will Be Swallowed by the Sea

The president of low-lying Kiribati has spent nearly a decade trying to save his people from rising sea levels. There’s a good chance he will not succeed. This is how he leads a nation that will likely not exist in 100 years.
Brian Merchant

Notes on Eating the World's Largest Living Arthropod

I was on Atafu, an atoll far into the blue nowhere of the South Pacific, when I was offered a taste of the rich, massive coconut crab—which I later found out is endangered.
Alice Driver
Hell or Salt Water

How a Small Island Nation Is Saving the Humble Sea Dick

The humble sea cucumber, an animal oft-adorned with the most undignified of common names—donkey dung, burnt hotdog, sea dick—is among the world’s most valuable fisheries.
Andrew David Thaler

Mark Hunt and the History of Broken Hands in the Pacific

Samoan fighter Mark Hunt hit Antonio Silva so hard that he broke his hand, joining a long tradition of ancient Pacific Island martial artists in the process.
Fightland Staff

Pacific Islanders Threatened By Climate Change Face a Legal Black Hole

For Ursula Rakova, climate change isn't a theory—it's a tangible threat that has been encroaching upon her ancestral home on the Carterets Islands for decades now.
Beenish Ahmed