Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander CAP
Kunane has been working in the HIV care and prevention field for more than 15 years at the Life Foundation, Hawaii’s oldest and largest AIDS Service Organization in Hawaii. Kunane oversees various HIV prevention programs including outreach services, HIV & HCV testing and the PrEP navigation program. During this time, Kunane has also served as the Community Planning Group Chair for Hawaii, has been involved with the Hawaii Harm Reduction Conference planning, statewide PrEP strategic planning group and many other community engagement groups. Kunane also provides capacity building training throughout Hawaii and the 6 Pacific jurisdictions especially focusing on LGBTQ cultural competency and HIV/HCV counseling.
My name is Kekoa and I am from the Big Island of Hawai’i. As a Native Hawaiian and as a gay man, I am passionate about fighting the injustices that affect me and the various communities I am a part of because I witness intersectionality in every moment of every day. I have been working in HIV care and prevention for nearly three years and I am currently a student at the University of Hawai‘i. I am also part of the leadership committee for the Hawai‘i Statewide PrEP Working Group and a member of the Hawai‘i HIV/AIDS Community Planning Group.
Carolyn Kuali`i (Hawaiian/Apache) is a life-long HIV advocate whose involvement spans three-decades. Carolyn established one of the first Native Hawaiian Case Management programs in 1993, and served as a CPG member during the inception of Community Care Planning Groups. In 2002 she joined the capacity building team at the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center and helped to launch the first National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Carolyn currently serves as a member on the State of California Office of AIDS CPG and a CAB member for the University of California, San Francisco, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, Prevention Research Center.
Bianka Kumi Waiau Pono Kahele Tasaka was born and raised on the north shore of Kauai Hawaii. Bianka has been with Malama Pono Health Services more than 15years. As a member of the community, Bank utilized services, and became a volunteer/leader at the agency. In October 2004, Bianka joined the prevention team and currently serve as the Prevention Supervisor. Bianka is a Native Hawaiian Trans female, active advocate, leader and member of the Transgender community of Hawaii. Bianka has served on the Transgender Community Advisory Committee, Women at Rick Advisory Committees in Hawaii and is part of a wonderful culturally sensitive community of Trans Men and Woman of Hawaii seeking for Social Justice for my communities.
Kristina Barcelona Wong, MPH
Kristina has over 8 years of experience in the HIV/AIDS field working with women of color at Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Diseases (WORLD). With a Masters in Global Health, focusing on reproductive health, she has worked with sex workers and trafficked girls in South Africa and Sweden. In her current role, Kristina serves as Program Manager at Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership (APPEAL), a national organization working towards social justice, parity and empowerment for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders through advocacy and leadership development on critical public health issues.