CAKALELE is a journal devoted exclusively to publishing the results of research in and about Maluku, as well as the Maluku communities scattered through Indonesia and the Netherlands. The past years have witnessed the rapid growth of Maluku as an area of study in many diverse scholarly fields, in both the humanities and the sciences. Despite this increase in research and analysis there is no forum for exchange of information and theory. The absence of an area-focused academic journal in this critical period of growth and exchange inhibits the development of muliti-disciplinary scholarship. CAKALELE is based on the notion that by restricting the scope of coverage to one geographical area, scholarly perspective can expand to encompass the results, notions, and methodologies of other fields of study. There are points of intersections which become all the more important in the confines of an area-focused medium of exchange.