Born: Butte, Montana
Lives: Waialua, Oahu (North Shore)
- MS in Nutrition with a focus on farm-to-school (FTS) programs
- Partnering with local farmers, producers, and chefs to improve healthy food access for our community
- Working with legislators to further the Hawai’i farm-to-school (FTS) movement
- Working with state and local policymakers to improve Hawaii’s food system by restoring native foodways
- Sharing nutrition knowledge with everyone from Girl Scouts to corporations to our local military units!
First Introduced to ‘ulu: In 2011
By: At a small cafe on the North Shore
By way of: ‘Ulu hummus pupu. It was tasty and it helped me realize how versatile it can be.
Cynthia Archibald, or “Archy" as she is commonly known, has been a resident of Oahu's North Shore for over 20 years. Cynthia received an MS in Holistic Nutrition in 2017. Her final thesis focused on “farm-to-school” programs and their potential to vastly improve sectors such as public health, food security, the environment, and the economy. In the course of her research, Cynthia also studied indigenous Polynesian diets, and the role of canoe crops in ancient Hawai‘i.
In 2022, Cynthia completed a Graduate certificate through the renowned Gastronomy program at Boston University which allowed her to further her knowledge of Food Anthropology to include indigenous diets. In addition, Cynthia has studied US food policy and researched the role of the five senses in food procurement, preparation, and eating.
Now, Cynthia uses her education to provide new ways of connecting community members, and policy-makers. Her journey has motivated her to specifically help Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations that are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases. She is also a strong advocate for local agriculture, as an avenue to improve the state’s food security, sovereignty, and sustainability. In her current role, Cynthia offers one-on-one nutrition counseling, educational talks, and corporate workshops within her community.
Passionate about the intersection between nutrition, sustainability, food security, and restoring/preserving native foodways, Cynthia is committed to improving the health of our island community.