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graduate assistants

Zakea Boeger
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Graduate Assistant
Center for Pacific Islands Studies

e-mail: zakea@hawaii.edu

Zakea Boeger

Zakea Boeger earned a BA in English and anthropology at Lake Forest College, just outside of Chicago, Illinois. After graduating, she moved to Hawai'i to enter the Department of Anthropology at UHM, where Zakea earned her MA and is now a PhD candidate in medical anthropology.

Zakea's research interests are in the relationship between health care and migration, with a focus on medical travel and noncommunicable diseases. To pursue these interests, she recently spent a year living in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, learning about Tongans' experiences seeking out various medical treatments in Australia, New Zealand, and the US. Although an anthropologist by trade, Zakea will also always be an English nerd at heart.


Candi Steiner
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Graduate Assistant , Write Oceania
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.


Dionne Malia Infiel
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Graduate Assistant
Center for Pacific Islands Studies

e-mail: dinfiel@hawaii.edu

Malia Dionne Infiel

Dionne Malia Infiel was born and raised in Kalihi, Oahu. She is a MSW candidate in the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work specializing in child and family. She was recently accepted as one of the Hawaiʻi Child Welfare Education Collaboration Scholars and looks forward expanding her skills and awareness of working with children and families.

Malia has over a decade of experience as a skills trainer for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and as a teacher of parenting and caregiver support classes for Native Hawaiian families impacted by incarceration.

Her BSW practicum involved helping Pacific Island families transition from homelessness to sustainable independence. This inspired her to become an advocate for child welfare and to educate Hawai'i's communities about issues of concern to Pacific Islanders.


Samalaulu Chrissy Lam Yuen
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Graduate Assistant
Center for Pacific Islands Studies

e-mail: lamyuen@hawaii.edu

Chrissie

Samalaulu Chrissy Lam Yuen was born and raised in American Sāmoa. She is a full-time MA candidate in the UHM Sociology Department with a special focus on ethnic and race relations. Over the past eight years she has worked closely with Pacific Islander high school students in Kalihi and Waipahu to increase awareness of college education and its benefits to their communities here in Hawai'i. Through this line of work, she has five years of experience in collaborating with local community organizations in identifying student needs, defining best practices, and developing and implementing student engagement programs through which Pacific Islander college students encourage high school students to pursue college education. She is passionate about working and helping Pacific Island families and communities here in Hawai'i.

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