Shannon Cristobal is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the College of Education-Educational Foundation. She is a fifth generation Filipino American woman born and raised in Hawaii. Her great grandparents and grand parents worked on plantations across the state.She grew up in Kalihi and is a proud Farrington Alumni. She received her BA in English from UH West Oahu, her MA in American Studies at UH Manoa. Her work throughout her academic career has focused on Filipino/a literature, foodways, culture, politics, and identity. Specifically, she is exploring foodways as a means of grappling with the complexities of Filipino American identity and experience in Hawaii. Her goal is to contribute to the growing decolonial scholarship, resources and literature available to teachers and institutions of education and learning. Thus, her passion is to explore the way education, food, and culture are inextricably tied, and the ways it contributes to individual and social memory that inform cultural capital and production.