A little bit of politics involved Pacific Islanders have declared a climate emergency, calling for stronger action by the world's developed nations, including Australia - which has so far, refused to strengthen its emissions targets, even as it robustly protects its coal mining industry.
Pacific nations have been increasingly vocal in the lead-up to the meeting in their demands for Australia to take stronger action on climate change.
Mr Hawke described the strategic competition as "healthy" for the Pacific.
In a statement, Morrison said the funding "highlights our commitment to not just meeting our emissions reduction obligations at home but supporting our neighbours and friends".
'It will not fix Australia's reputation with our Pacific neighbours that has been damaged by this government's reactionary stance on climate change, ' labour climate change spokesman Pat Conroy said.More news: Iran warns of war if Israeli warships enter Persian Gulf
Mr Bainimarama welcomed efforts by Australia and New Zealand to improve relations with Fiji and the region more broadly, but that did not stop him pushing for them to do more domestically to limit climate change.
"I think there's going to be more investment into the Pacific than we've seen for a long time", he said.
But Pacific leaders already in Funafuti appear more focused on making their case directly to their counterparts, Mr Morrison and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, on Wednesday.
While Pacific states are focused squarely on climate change, the Australian delegation is keeping an eye on China's growing influence in the region.
Australia has always been the biggest donor of aid and development funds in the region, but China is making in-roads through both loans to governments and investment in the private sector.More news: Liam Hemsworth finally breaks his silence over split with Miley Cyrus
"A number of Pacific island countries, not all of them, have access to other partners, including China, which can provide them with as much finance as they may need".
Labor has lashed the prime minister for ignoring the climate change concerns of Pacific Island nations, saying a push to crack down on ocean plastics still leaves a "giant hole" in the Coalition's environment policy.
Papua New Guinea's new Prime Minister James Marape will be looking to establish relationships, along with the new Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogovare.
The announcement was made before the minister schedule travel to the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in Tuvalu, where island nations threatened by rising seas have vowed to put global warming at the top of the agenda.
But host Tuvalu will be ensuring their visitors can't avoid their biggest challenge: climate change and its threat to the nation's fragile reefs.More news: Chris Cuomo Confronts Guy Who Called Him Fredo