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Sai Furukawa – Māhina 2017

Sai Furukawa, was a student trainee in the 2017 program.

Sai Furukawa (Native Hawaiian): BS in biochemistry with honors, University of Hawaii
Aloha. I was born and raised on Maui, and have lived through the fight for water between Native Hawaiians and businessmen. This serves as a catalyst for my interest in researching the social, cultural, and historical determinants of indigenous health, and indigenous research ethics and protocols. I volunteered with ‘Aha Kāne, a Native Hawaiian organization that advocates for Native Hawaiian men to fill their roles and responsibilities. I am also studying Lā‘au Lapa‘au and am interested in continuing research in this area as well. I plan to go to medical school to pursue my research interests and to become a surgeon serving Maui.


Māhina is supported by funding from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number T37MD008625-01.