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

Mary Tuti Baker
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Graduate Assistant
Center for Pacific Islands Studies

e-mail: bakerm@hawaii.edu

Mary Baker

Mary Tuti Baker was born and raised in Kailua, O`ahu. She is a PhD candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a special focus on Indigenous Politics and futures Studies. Her research interest is the interface between political discourse and social and cultural practice in the Native Hawaiian movement for independence. Prior to life as a UH graduate student, Ms. Baker worked as a documentary filmmaker. From the rain forests of Pohnpei to taro plantations in Samoa, and the rural community of North Kohala in Hawai`i she has documented the cultural practices and political struggles of Pacific Island peoples. She has devoted her creative energies to making engaging programming that encourages positive cultural models for communities throughout the Pacific and looks forward to continuing those efforts as a scholar, teacher and filmmaker.


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.


Terava Ka‘anapu Casey
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Graduate Assistant
Center for Pacific Islands Studies

e-mail: terava@hawaii.edu

Terava

Terava Ka'anapu Casey is an MA candidate at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. Her research explores minority diasporic populations in Hawai'i, with a focus on the customary art forms of music, dance, and chants from French Polynesia. Terava is Native Hawaiian and Pa'umotu Tahitian. She is pursuing this research to better bridge cultural relationships through understanding and validating our traditional epistemologies through expressions of artistry.

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