A blog maintained by Tevita Kete, PGR Officer
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
This weblog documents the activities of Pacific Agricultural Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN), along with other information on plant genetic resources (PGR) in the Pacific.
The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
SPC also hosts the Centre of Pacific Crops and Trees (CEPaCT). The CEPaCT maintains regional in vitro collections of crops important to the Pacific and carries out research on tissue culture technology. The CEPaCT Adviser is Dr Mary Taylor (MaryT@spc.int), the CEPaCT Curator is Ms Valerie Tuia (ValerieT@spc.int).
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Mr Herman Francisco
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Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
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Sunday, June 10, 2007
Posted 3:09 PM by Tevita
Surveying in the Former Kingdom of Hawaii
From : The American Surveyor
What is now the 50th State was once the Kingdom of Hawaii. Archaeological studies reveal that the Hawaiian islands have been inhabited since about 400 A.D., having been populated by migrating Polynesians from the western Pacific Ocean. After centuries of isolation, history attributes discovery of these islands to the famous British explorer Captain James Cook who arrived in Hawaii in 1778.
Along with a sophisticated social structure, there was a system of land tenure and resource management in place at the time of Cook's arrival. Alii'aimoku or kings were the highest ranking individuals controlling the islands. Their territorial control was dependent on military success and could include portions of islands or entire islands. It was not until the end of the 18th century that the entire Kingdom was united under a single individual sovereign, King Kamehameha I, often referred to as Kamehameha the Great. His legacy was passed down to six more kings and a queen before the ancient system was overthrown and a western styled Republic of Hawaii was formed in 1893. By an Act of the United States Congress on August 12, 1898, Hawaii was annexed to the United States of America and became the Territory of Hawaii. It was in 1959 that Hawaii's citizens chose statehood and Hawaii was welcomed into the Union as the 50th State.
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