Staff Bios

Meet our amazing staff!

Meda Brown // Finance and Office Manager

Meda has been with HCH since March 2016; she has a versatile background in accounting and office management. She has held a variety of administrative positions with organizations in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Originally from Oregon (Portland and Eugene), she moved to Honolulu in 2009. Meda earned a B.S., Anthropology/Special Education minor, from the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; A.A., Business/Accounting, Lane Community College, Springfield, OR; Salesperson, Real Estate License; Honolulu HI 2014–2020.  Meda strives to be a good listener and to exemplify an efficient work ethic. Her favorite story is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery, favorite song “It’s A Wonderful World” Louis Armstrong, favorite wonder of the world is butterflies* Monarch miracle*

Robert Chang // Director of Reading and Discussion Programs

Robert, who was born and raised on Kauaʻi, moved to Oʻahu to attend the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to pursue his degree in Hawaiian Studies. Rob graduated from UH-M in 1997 and became a part of the HCH family in 1999. As the Director of Reading and Discussion Programs, Rob is able to pursue his desire to provide outreach to underserved communities by implementing programs such as Motheread/Fatheread© , Literature & Medicine©,  and Standing Down© , and piloting programs such as Try Think.  Rob loves to engage in meaningful discussion about these programs, the humanities, or local music in between bodysurfing sessions with his young son, or simply over a good plate lunch.

Alita Charron // Director of Development and Public Affairs

Alita was born and raised in Honolulu. She is interested in the public aspects of the humanities and how it connects us to ourselves, each other, and the wider world. She sees how the humanities feed our souls and minds and believes that a good belly laugh is always a good thing.

Shannon Cristobal // Director of Hawaiʻi History Day and K–12 Humanities Programs

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.

Stacy Hoshino // Director of Grants and Special Projects

Stacy has been working on grant-making and community engagement projects with the Council since 2011. He has participated in the local arts & culture and humanities community in various capacities. Stacy was born and raised in Honolulu, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in art history from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and a Master’s degree in visual culture: museum studies from New York University.

Aiko Yamashiro // Executive Director

Aiko was raised in Kāneʻohe and her families were raised in Kāneʻohe, Puʻunēnē, Yanbaru, and Agaña Heights. She has taught decolonial Pacific literature and community-engaged poetry for the UH Mānoa English Department as well as in partnership with community organizations and events, and has worked as an editor, researcher, and event planner for the Center for Biographical Research. Aiko is a former Board President of Hawai‘i People’s Fund, and has worked as a peacebuilder with Women’s Voices Women Speak. She coedited The Value of Hawaiʻi 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions (UH Press, 2014), and her poetry and essays can also be found on Ke Kaupu Hehi Ale, blackmail press, Spiral Orb, and on the radio with It’s Lit with PhDJ. Aiko is grateful for jam sessions, pool tables, over-easy eggs, Okinawan dance, the Koʻolau mountains, the richness of our shared ocean, the strength of nā pua, and all of their protectors.