Born in Hawaii, I trace my genealogical ties to Tahiti (French-occupied Polynesia), I was raised in Taravao, a lush and small-town of Tahiti. I left for Paris at 17 where I earned a BA and MA from the Sorbonne (Paris IV). I am an Indigenous Tahitian graduate student at the Center of Pacific Island Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, in the final year of my MA program. My research focuses on the histories and legacies of French nuclear tests in French Polynesia. When I am not reading or researching, I am either in the archives or in the ocean.