Mapuana C.K. Antonio, Dr.P.H. Candidate
Graduate Research Assistant
Research Division, Kaholokula Research Program
Phone: (808) 692-1038
Mapuana is currently a graduate research assistant with the PILI ‘Ohana Project in the Research Division at the Department of Native Hawaiian Health. Mapuana received her master’s degree in Education Leadership Counseling Psychology from Washington State University and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Public Health at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her practice has centered on health promotion counseling, mental health services for children and youth, and mental health services for diverse populations. Her research uses principles of community-based participatory research and focuses on topics relating to indigenous health and wellbeing, obesity, chronic disease prevention, mental health, and resilience. In addition to PILI ‘Ohana, Mapuana has been involved with the following research projects: the Hawaiian Homestead Health Survey, Promoting Optimal Native Outcomes (PONO) by understanding women’s stress and coping experiences, and Hawai‘i’s Caring Communities Initiative for Youth Suicide Prevention (HCCI). Mapuana is originally from Wahiawa, Hawai‘i and an alumnus of Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama Campus. In her spare time, Mapuana enjoys traveling and giving back to her community.