core faculty
   • terence wesley-smith
   • tarcisius kabutaulaka
   • lola quan bautista
   • alexander mawyer
   • moana nepia
   • julie walsh
   staff
   • managing editor
   • outreach director
   • administrative asst
   • graduate assistants
   • affiliate faculty
   • graduate students

graduate assistants

Leora "Lee" Kava
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Graduate Assistant
Center for Pacific Islands Studies

e-mail: lkkava@hawaii.edu

Lee Kava

Lee Kava is a master's candidate at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. She graduated with a BA in East Asian studies with a focus on Chinese language and history from Brown University, where she started her work on Chinese and Tongan migration to California. At UH Mānoa, she plans to expand the scope of her research to focus on Tongan and Chinese migration in both Tonga and the United States. Born and raised in Sacramento, California, Lee is extremely grateful for the family and community that she has come to know in the Pacific.


Candi Steiner
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Graduate Assistant for Publications
Center for Pacific Islands Studies

e-mail: candices@hawaii.edu

Candi Steiner

Candi Steiner earned a BA in music composition from Centre College of Kentucky. While at Centre, she was selected for the school's prestigious John C. Young Scholars Program and, as a part of the program, conducted a year-long independent study of Hawaiian music and the 1970s Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance. Though the program only lasted one year, her interest in the Pacific Islands continues to this day. Far from her native Kentucky, she has earned an MA in ethnomusicology at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, where she is now pursuing a PhD in the same field. Her research focuses on the relationship between music and diaspora in Tokelauan communities.

Though she spends most of her time researching and listening to other people's music, Candi continues to compose her own. Her primary instruments are piano, guitar, and voice, and her specialties are children's music and digital music production.



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