Phil Kafcaloudes

Phil Kafcaloudes

Phil Kafcaloudes

Phil Kafcaloudes


Over the course of his versatile career, Phil worked in South Africa just after Nelson Mandela came to power, was seconded to UNICEF in Vietnam and trained radio and TV journalists in PNG, Fiji and Samoa. He has also hosted live programs in Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.  Phil has written three books, including a journalism text, and has just published his first novel.


Solomon Islands Australian Football League players and other Australians clean up Honiara's White River Health Clinic after flooding. Photo credit: Australian High Commission, Solomon Islands.

Australian AFL football team cleans up hospital in flood-hit Solomon Islands

Updated 17 April 2014, 15:51 AEST

Members of the White River Demons football club and other Australians teamed up to clean a local medical clinic in Honiara.

Australia's Jessica Mauboy will be Eurovision's first solo performer outside the European Union.

Australia's Jessica Mauboy makes Eurovision history

Updated 16 April 2014, 14:13 AEST

For the first time, an Australian singer will become the first solo artist from a non-EU country to perform at the iconic European Song Contest.

Joe Camilleri marks his 50th anniversary

'Certified Blue' marks 50 years for Joe Camilleri

Updated 14 April 2014, 14:37 AEST
Australian musician and songwriter, Joe Camilleri celebrates 50 years in the music business, with the release of a new album, 'Certified Blue'.
Yul Brynner

Is it true? Why some facts are lies.

Updated 11 April 2014, 18:41 AEST

A new book explores the truth behind the many facts and beliefs we have always held to be true, but under closer examination aren't correct at all.

Beijing shaking hands

Melbourne and Beijing unite over mental health illness

Updated 11 April 2014, 16:29 AEST

Schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder will be among the mental health issues tackled by a new Peking University based, University of Melbourne backed research and training facility.



The little book that gives hope to stroke survivors and their caregivers

Updated 10 April 2014, 16:55 AEST
A humorous book with a slightly rude title, deals with the serious issue of stroke and gives hope to sufferers, their caregivers and anyone else facing adversity. 
Solomon Islands - Phil Kafcaloudes

Disaster personally affects Solomon Islands PM office

Updated 8 April 2014, 13:39 AEST
Flash floods and landslides caused by heavy rain and strong winds in Solomon Islands have left at least 23 people dead with the number expected to rise.
Daniel Mendola, Director of the Clearwater Sports Resort Limited (Sa'amoana Resort) and Farani, a surf guide at the resort.

Samoan resilience shines through after double disaster

Updated 4 April 2014, 17:56 AEST
The 2009 earthquake and ensuing tsunami was disastrous but it was Cyclone Evan only 3 years later that tested the resilience of Samoan resort owner Daniel Mendola, his staff, and his local community. 
Samoan weightlifter Mary Opeloge, speaking with Radio Australia in Samoa.

Samoan Commonwealth Games weightlifter flexes muscle

Updated 4 April 2014, 17:19 AEST
Samoa has always flexed its muscles on the weightlifting world stage and the pint sized Pacific nation is determined to do it again at this years Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. 
Plumbing students from the Australia Pacific Technical College, learning new skills under the building in Samoa.

Australia-Pacific Technical College training Pacific Islanders for the future

Updated 4 April 2014, 15:46 AEST
A training college based in Samoa and financed by the Australian government is training Pacific Islanders to be sustainable across a broad spectrum of areas.
Australian volunteers in Samoa join Phil Kafcaloudes on Radio Australia

Surprising roles for Australian volunteers in Samoa

Updated 4 April 2014, 12:47 AEST

Many Australians come to Samoa to work as volunteers and the types of people who come, and the way their contribute to the local community, can be varied and sometimes surprising.

A Samoan 'ava ceremony, c.1900-1930. Photographer unknown.

Samoa central in Polynesian history and culture

Updated 3 April 2014, 15:25 AEST

Samoa might be small but the size of the country isn't diminishing the strength and depth of its cultural history. 

Michael Donoghue (center) from SPREP in Samoa

Balancing Pacific tourism and conservation

Updated 3 April 2014, 15:17 AEST

The challenges of balancing tourism and conservation are being felt no more accutely than in the delicate ecosystems of Pacific Island nations. 

Chris Solomona from the Samoa Tourism Authority with Radio Australia's Phil Kafcaloudes

Tattoo in Samoa important for cultural identity

Updated 3 April 2014, 14:38 AEST

The intricate traditional full body tattoo of Samoa is recognised across the world. For Samoans like Chris Solomona his tattoos allow him to carry his culture wherever he goes.  And he is passionate about sharing his knowledge of tattoo with visitors to his country.

Traditional food from Samoa being cooked

Traditional feast served up live on Radio Australia

Updated 3 April 2014, 14:38 AEST

Fancy some palusami for lunch? If you haven't heard of palusami, chances are you haven't visited the Pacific islands of Samoa to take part in a traditional feast.

Sonja Hunter, CEO Samoa Tourism Authority. Speaking live wth Radio Australia.

Samoa's annual Tourism Exchange begins in Apia

Updated 3 April 2014, 14:13 AEST

The annual Samoa Tourism Exchange has begun in Apia, Samoa.  The CEO of the Samoa Tourism Authority Sonja Hunter told Radio Australia that the exchange is an important way to sell the "Samoan experience" to travel operators overseas.

A Samoan 'ava ceremony, c.1900-1930. Photographer unknown.

Samoa central in Polynesian history and culture

2 April 2014, 14:24 AEST

Samoa might be small in the whole scheme of things, but the size of the country isn't diminishing the strength and depth of their cultural history. 

Kate Ceberano - Life, music and a Pacific heritage

Kate Ceberano - Life, music and a Pacific heritage

Updated 28 March 2014, 15:39 AEST
One of Australia's favourite singer-songwriters, Kate Ceberano, releases warts and all autobiography, 'I'm Talking'. 
Former AFL legend Shane Crawford talks about life after footy

Former AFL legend Shane Crawford talks about life after footy

Updated 26 March 2014, 14:53 AEST

A new series of children's books with football themes have been co-authored by former AFL player and Brownlow medallist, Shane Crawford.   

Gomyo and Grigoryan play a double Paganini delight

Gomyo and Grigoryan play a double Paganini delight

Updated 25 March 2014, 17:02 AEST

World renowned musicians, violinist Karen Gomyo and Australian guitarist Slava Grigoryan put their talents on show with a performance of Paganini's - Centone di Sonate for violin and guitar.

Sam Rainsy in studio with Phil

Sam Rainsy to consider amnesty for Hun Sen

Updated 24 March 2014, 15:43 AEST

Cambodia's opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, says he will consider granting Hun Sen an amnesty, when and if the prime minister steps down.

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