Meet the Team

We are a diverse team from Hawai’i with the common goal of reducing diseases that disproportionately affect communities in the state. We are committed to sharing the results of our study with the participants and the community at large.

Ruben Juarez, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Economics and UHERO

University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Mathematical Economist researcher with expertise in Social Networks and Behavior

Alika Maunakea, PhD

Assistant Professor

John A. Burns School of Medicine

University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Native Hawaiian, born and raised in Wai’anae, biomedical researcher with expertise in epigenetics

MA’O Organic Farms

Located in Waiʻanae, Hawai’i

Empowering youth with catalytic educations and entrepreneurial opportunities

HMSA Foundation

Main sponsor of this research project

Providing access to cost-effective health care services; health promotion, education and research; and the promotion of social welfare

Kamehameha Schools

Co-sponsor of this research project

With a mission to fulfill Pauahi’s desire to create educational opportunities in perpetuity to improve the capability and well-being of people of Hawaiian ancestry.