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  • UNICEF USAVoice: Alex And Ani, Giving Joy By Design
    ALEX AND ANI teamed up with UNICEF back in March 2016 with a goal of improving early childhood education for 6,000 toddlers in Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam. ...
    By Maryanne Murray Buechner, Unicef Usa.  Forbes.  Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:00:00 -0500.
  • Penguins were once as big as Sidney Crosby, suggest awesome new fossils
    A recent fossil discovery in New Zealand reveals that penguins may have been as tall as humans.
    Coleman Bentley.  Golf Digest.  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:56:17 +0000.
  • New Toolkit Helps Students and Teachers in the Fight Against Marine Debris
    Located in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument protects the most remote region of the most remote archipelago on Earth. ...
    NOAA.  Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:14:00 -0400.
  • England retain Six Nations
    England retain the Six Nations title and Calcutta Cup and equal New Zealand's record of 18 straight Test wins as they hammer Scotland.
    BBC News.  Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:59:40 GMT.
  • Hawaii Kids to 'Kick Butts' on March 15
    WASHINGTON, March 10, 2017 -- Kids in Hawaii will unite against tobacco use on March 15 as they join thousands of young people nationwide to mark Kick Butts Day. ...
    PR Newswire.  Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:00:00 EST.
  • US Judge Allows Hawaii to Challenge Trump's New Travel Ban
    The state of Hawaii can sue over President Donald Trump's new executive order temporarily banning the entry of refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. U.S. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:42:36 -0500.
  • Invasive snakes threaten forests on Pacific island of Guam
    The Brown tree snakes that have almost wiped out bird populations on Guam may also be damaging its tropical forests.
    BBC News.  Wed, 08 Mar 2017 10:59:03 GMT.
  • Hawaii Plans to Fight Revised Travel Ban
    A day after President Donald Trump signed a revised travel ban, attorneys for Hawaii said the state plans to challenge that order as well. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:33:53 -0500.
  • Go Hunt, Hawaii: Hawaii’s Official Hunting Resource
    HONOLULU--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Hawaii Hunter Education Program launched a new website designed to improve the overall registration and certification experience for Hunter Education students and graduates.
    Business Wire.  Mon, 6 Mar 2017 13:00:00 UTC.
Papua New Guinea map, showing Port Moresby, the PNG capital, and other PNG cities
New Zealand map, showing Wellington, the capital city, and other New Zealand cities

Facts About Pacific Island States

The Pacific Islands of Oceania are grouped into three regions:  Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.  The island nations of Melanesia include Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.  The nations of Micronesia include the Federated States of Micronesia as well as Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, and Palau.  The Polynesian nations include New Zealand plus Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu.

More news and information about selected Pacific Island nations is available at the official government websites listed below.

The Republic of Fiji's capital city is Suva, and its national currency is the Fiji Dollar.  English is the primary language used in Fiji, and in 2007, the population of Fiji was estimated at 919,000.

The Republic of Kiribati's capital city is Tawara, and its currency is the Australian Dollar.  English and Kiribati are the primary languages used in the Republic, and in 2007, the Republic's population was estimated at 108,000.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands' capital city is Majuro, and its currency is the US Dollar.  English and Marshellese are the primary languages used on the islands, and in 2007, the islands' population was estimated at 62,000.

The Federated States of Micronesia's capital city is Palikir, and its currency is the US Dollar.  English is the primary language used in Micronesia, and in 2007, the islands' estimated population was 108,000.

The Republic of Nauru's capital city is Yaren District, and its currency is the Australian Dollar.  Nauruan and English are the primary languages used in Nauru, and in 2007, Nauru's estimated population was 14,000.

New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, and its national currency is the New Zealand Dollar.  English and Maori are widely used languages in New Zealand, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 4,116,000.

The Republic of Palau's capital city is Koror, and its currency is the US Dollar.  Palauan and English are the primary languages of Palau, and in 2007, Palau's estimated population was 21,000.

Papua New Guinea's capital city is Port Moresby, and its national currency is the Kina.  English, Tok Pisin, and Hiri Motu are the primary languages of PNG, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 5,796,000.

The Independent State of Samoa's capital city is Apia, and its national currency is the Tala.  Samoan and English are the primary languages used in Samoa, and in 2007, Samoa's estimated population was 214,000.

The Solomon Islands' capital city is Honiara, and its national currency is the Solomon Islands Dollar.  English is the primary language of the Solomon Islands, and in 2007, the islands' estimated population was 567,000.

The Kingdom of Tonga's capital city is Nuku'alofa, and its national currency is the Tongan Dollar.  English and Tongan are the primary languages of Tonga, and in 2007, Tonga's estimated population was 117,000.

Tuvalu's capital city is Fongafale, and its currency is the Australian Dollar.  Tuvuluan and English are the primary languages used on Tuvalu, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 12,000.

The Republic of Vanuatu's capital city is Port-Vila, and its national currency is the Vatu.  Bislama, English, and French are the primary languages spoken on Vanuatu, and in 2007, the Republic's estimated population was 212,000.


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