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.

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

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

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