Marie Kainoa Fialkowski Revilla

Marie Kainoa Fialkowski Revilla, PhD, MS, RDN

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Faculty Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
Full Member, Population Sciences in the Pacific Program (Cancer Epidemiology), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
Shared Resources Director, Nutrition Support Shared Resource, University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center

Academic Appointment(s):
Associate Professor (Associate Researcher), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center

PhD, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Purdue University
MS, Food and Nutrition, Purdue University
Postdoctoral, Integrated Childhood Obesity Prevention, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


Registered Dietitian
Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor


2020 - College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Excellence in Teaching Award
2019-2021 - Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics Diversity Leader
2016 - Oceanic Nutrition Leadership Program Inaugural Course Attendee
2015 - American Society for Nutrition Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition Finalist
2011 - Purdue University’s “5 Students Who” Honoree
2011 - Iowa State University Dietetic Internship Cahill Scholarship

Research Focus

In order to improve health in diverse underserved populations, the need to have a better understanding of the factors that influence their health status is essential. This is especially important as these populations consistently display poorer health profiles in comparison to other populations such as non-Hispanic Whites. The contribution that Dr. Revilla has made to the evaluation of nutrition and health data in underserved minority populations can be used to inform future health promotion programs in these populations. Dr. Revilla has effectively worked with a group of researchers and stakeholders from across the Pacific region to develop and implement a multi-level community-based intervention to prevent childhood obesity. She is also making strides to foster workforce diversity. Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders are historically underrepresented in health degree fields. Nutrition education resources and training programs need to be developed and implemented that are culturally and regionally specific (place-based) for the Pacific region to increase the appeal of health degree fields to Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Through the development of Pacific nutrition education materials and training programs, Dr. Revilla has enhanced the Pacific’s workforce health capacity.

Selected Publications

Fialkowski MK, Kai J, Young C, Langfelder G, Ng-Osorio J, Shao Z, Zhu F, Kerr DA, Boushey CJ. (2022). An Active Image-Based Mobile Food Record Is Feasible for Capturing Eating Occasions among Infants Ages 3-12 Months Old in Hawai'i. Nutrients; Mar 3;14(5):1075. doi: 10.3390/nu14051075. PMID: 35268049; PMCID: PMC8912647.

Kai J, Chen JJ, Braun KL, Kaholokula JK, Novotny R, Boushey CJ, Fialkowski MK. (2022). Associations between Cultural Identity, Household Membership and Diet Quality among Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Filipino Infants in Hawai'i. Children (Basel); 2022 Jan 2;9(1):48. doi: 10.3390/children9010048. PMID: 35053673; PMCID: PMC8774442.

Campbell S, Chen JJ, Boushey CJ, Eicher-Miller H, Zhu F, Fialkowski MK. (2020). Food Security and Diet Quality in Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Filipino Infants 3 to 12 Months of Age. Nutrients; Jul 17;12(7):2120. doi: 10.3390/nu12072120. PMID: 32708904; PMCID: PMC7400901.

Fialkowski MK, Ng-Osorio J, Kai J, Swafford K, Langfelder G, Young CGL, Chen JJ, Zhu FM, Boushey CJ. (2020). Type, Timing and Diversity of Complementary Foods Among Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Filipino Infants. Hawaii J Health Soc Welf; 79(5 Suppl 1): 127 – 134.

Publication list via MyNCBI

Active Grants

M.K. Fialkowski Revilla, Co-I; L. Wilkens, MPI
U24 CA268228
"Traditional and New Dietary Assessment Methods (TANDAM) for Personalized Nutrition"
12/2022 – 12/2026

M.K. Fialkowski Revilla, Co-I; J. Shepherd, MPI
R01 HD103885
"Quantifying Pediatric Body Shape in Clinical Research"
7/2021 – 6/2026

M.K. Fialkowski Revilla, Co-PD; R. Novotny, PD
USDA AFRI 20216801235899
"Food System Resiliency for Children's Healthy Living (CHL Food Systems; Novotny: PD)"
9/2021 – 8/2026