The Journal of Pacific History has reached its 50th year, and the editors have produced a “Virtual Special Issue” to commemorate this milestone with 26 previously published essays. Authors include the likes of Marshall Sahlins, Greg Dening, Neil Gunson, Judith Binney and others. Included among the luminaries is Te Tumu’s Professor Michael Reilly, with his essay, ‘Grief, Loss and Violence in Ancient Mangaia, Aotearoa and Te Waipounamu’, which appeared in Vol. 47 (2012). As the editors state, this ‘is a brilliant analysis of the language of emotion in vernacular texts by a prolific contributor to JPH.’ Congratulations, Michael, for this recognition of your great contribution to Pacific history.