Community Health Worker
Lahaina, or as you may know her as Maymay is from the state of Chuuk, representing Uman - the island of the legendary warriors and the village of Tunnuk - home of the notorious musicians.
Lahaina joined the MIC staff in September 2016, working as the Civic Engagement Specialist. She shifted gear in January of 2017 to become Community Health Worker for the Pacific Island diaspora in Oregon. As a community health worker, she supports community members in providing referrals for social services, as well as conduct outreach and workshops promoting healthy living within the community. She is also an ambassador for the COFA Premium Assistance Program with CANN Oregon.
Lahaina is also a medical interpreter and translator for the Chuukese language and has been providing interpretation/translation services to the communities in Oregon and Washington for over 6 years now. In 2016, she started her own translation business, which she named CP Language, dedicated to her late father - one of her life mentors and greatest inspirations.
When she's not working for the community, she is an adventurer and a food explorer. She fits right into the Portland foodie scene; there's a good chance that she has tried 80% of what Portland has to offer in the food department. She also enjoys the great outdoors and loves to escape the city life and go camping in the wilderness with her equally crazy life partner. Lastly, she has an eagerness to learn about indigenous cultures and languages, so once in a while you will hear her talk about an unknown tribe somewhere in a far away land that most people have no idea about.