The Pacific is a constantly shifting domain of cultures, encounters, and natural
phenomena. As such, histories of the Pacifi c are marked by transits, circuits,
and displacements, both intentional and unintentional. By sketching out examples
from the sailing voyages of the open-ocean canoe Hokule‘a, to the enslavement
of a South Asian woman transported on the Spanish galleons, to the
Australian government’s contested policy for dealing with seaborne refugees,
to the challenges posed to low-lying islands by rising sea levels, we see how
peoples in motion underscore so much of global history.