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Jon Jonassen

Jon Tikivanotau Michael Jonassen  

Professor Jonassen is a graduate of BYU-Hawaiʻi and holds an M.A. in Pacific Islands Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. A former Cook Islands High Commissioner to Aotearoa (New Zealand), he has also served with the South Pacific Commission directing programs of economic development, population, environmental, cultural conservation, and other Pacific Islands concerns. A 1983 recipient of a United Nations Fellowship, he sees the Pacific Institute Board of Fellows giving cultural advisory support and facilitating the Polynesian Cultural Center's immersion in and influence of the wider Pacific in the 21st Century.

Inoke Suguturaga

Inoke Seru Suguturaga

A member of the Yatu Mabua tribe of Fiji, he was educated at Marist Brothers Schools and the Fiji Institute of Technology, he worked in New Zealand and the US before joining the Polynesian Cultural Center where he is the assistant manager of the Fiji "Islands". He learned by experience the ceremonies and significance of Fijian life as his mother was a teacher as well as Dau ni Vucu, respected expert in Fijian custom, protocol, and tradition. He sees the Pacific Institute as providing various avenues of cultural awareness through research, education, and hands-on experiences between the University and the cultural center.