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

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
Graduate Assistant for Publications
Center for Pacific Islands Studies

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 is now pursuing her MA in ethnomusicology at the University of Hawai'i at M_noa. 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
Graduate Assistant
Center for Pacific Islands Studies

Terava Kaʻanapu Casey earned a bachelor of science degree in political science with a minor in Pacific Islands studies at Brigham Young University-Hawaiʻi. As an MA candidate at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, she is researching contemporary Tahitian dance in Hawaiʻi, as well as issues of cultural diversity, authenticity, and identity. Terava hopes to share knowledge about the diversity of the Pacific region through her graduate assistantship at the center.








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