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Oct 24, 2019

Kiona, Ph.D., M.S, M.A. is the strategic curator of the educational platform How Not To Travel Like A Basic B****. She holds a unique space in the travel industry because she is an Asian-American, born and raised on the Hawaiian Islands. Because she’s an academic influencer and approaches social media as a classroom, her travel content consists of conducting research, overseeing documentation, providing exclusive history, rare event coverage, and global information by redefining the expert and showcasing the voices, struggles, and triumphs of marginalized groups.

Her research is packaged into compelling storytelling with a modern and fun spin that attracts a highly intelligent and diverse community from all over the world. She has won World’s Best Influencer by Fodor’s Travel and Content Creator of the Year at Audacity Fest and has been featured in publications like Huffington Post, Washington Post, Pop Sugar, and more.


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