Wakinekona Data Network comprises of a partnership led by PICA-WA with the Indigenous Research Wellness Institute (UW) and IREACH (WSU) to conduct NH/PI research where data is collected by the Pasifika community, owned by the Pasifika community and used by the Pasifika Community to advance our wellness in Washington State.

MASC UP: Moana Alternate Surveillance for COVID-19 in a Unique Population

This study, in partnership with Washington State University IREACH, involves completing online surveys and taking your temperature once a day for a year with a smart thermometer provided by the study.


To participate in this study, we ask that you:

  • are 18 or older
  • Self-identify as Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • Live in Washington State
  • Do not plan to move to a state other than Washington in the next year

If you are eligible, you may receive up to $175 for your time.


If you would like to participate or have any questions about this study, please contact:


Arleen Marston
arleen@picawa.org / 253.336.7469


Layla Afu
layla@picawa.org / 360.334.1322

Community-Led Programs that Foster Health and Well-Being Among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Families

This study, funded by Washington State University Health and Equity Research Center, aims to identify community perspectives regarding healthcare needs and barriers to access, health literacy, experiences of racial discrimination, trauma, healing and resilience through multi-generational family discussions and storytelling. This study also aims to assess physiological stress through hair sample and culturally responsive multi-generational family household discussion regarding physiological stress and sharing the body with science and to self regarding health.

To participate in this study:

  • Be a multi-generational family household from ages 7 – 60+

For participating, family households will receive $125 for your time.

If you would like to participate or have any questions about this study, please contact:

contact@picawa.org / 206.686.5221

Principal Investigators

Michael S. Spencer, PhD

Presidential Term Professor; Director, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander & Oceanic Affairs
PhD, University of Washington

Ka'imi Sinclair, PhD

Associate Professor and Co-Director, Partnerships for Native Health/Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH), WSU
Co-Leader, Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement Core, ADRC

The Pacific Islander Community Association of Washington and its partners are proud to present this community-led report as an initial step toward consistent dialogue and partnership, between State policy makers and Pasifika communities of the Pacific Northwest region.

This report is an iteration of the mana (power) of collective Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander/Pasifika (NHPI) communities and aims to provide necessary background and historical context in order to:

  1.  Emphasize the compounding impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the struggles of NHPI communities
  2. Provide policy recommendations that are informed by community efforts
  3. Continue advocacy for NHPI Autonomy in solidarity with Black, Indigenous and other Communities of Color holding institutions accountable to the communities they serve.

This report is snapshot that seeks to highlight, emphasize, analyze, critique and celebrate the different ways communities have been resilient in the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to establish support for greater access to resources, political voice and community autonomy for collective NHPI community. We look forward to continued co-stewardship of region’s resources with Governor, State legislators, and community leaders, elders, and young people.