Shannon Cristobal was born and raised in Kalihi and ‘Ālewa Heights. She is a Ph.D. student in the College of Education-Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her work is interdisciplinary and research interest include Critical Pedagogy, Memory/History, Oral History, Decolonial Pedagogy & Praxis, Ethnic Studies, Critical Food Studies, Foodways Pedagogy, Filipino American History & Literature, & Contemporary Literature of Hawai‘i. She is a passionate Pin@y scholar, educator, and advocate in the decolonial process that aims to educate and strengthen families, communities, and educational institutions in Hawai‘i. Shannon also enjoys coaching cross country and track, singing in the choir, cooking and eating, and spending time with her family and cat, Yaoyao.