Aloha! My name is Kari Nishioka and I am born and raised in Hawai’i. My family has lived in the islands for 5 generations now. I hold a BA in Anthropology and MA in Archaeology.
As an undergraduate I studied Anthropology at the University of Hawai’i West Oahu. Later I completed my Masters degree at the University of Hawai’i Manoa in Archaeology with a focus in cultural resource management. I started my career as an archaeologist but today I work as a geospatial analyst and project manager.
My life is simple. I love the beach, traveling, animals, the McRib, and beauty. The latter is where my passion for breast cancer research, and education and awareness started. The issue of Body Image is one I hold especially close to. I found in treatment plans the concept of beauty was often overlooked, as was the devastating impacts it could have on a young survivors quality of life.
I am honored and eager to learn and work aside other RISE advocates who are empowering all young survivors.