Akina Chargualaf

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  • University of San Francisco

  • Akina Marie Chargualaf, originally from Guam, is a remote-based freelance writer and editor with expertise in lifestyle, personal enrichment, and spiritual wellness.
  • Akina has written for publications including Vox MediaLifehack, Bustle, Thought Catalog, United Guam Marathon Magazine, P.S. I Love You, and other digital and print publications.
  • Akina is passionate about story sharing, which led her to some of her passion projects, including co-founding the Dear Gorgeous Letters podcast, a podcast dedicated to amplifying the voices of Asian and Pacific Islander women, and Collective Culture, a multi-media documentary company.


Akina has been a writer for over a decade, often inspired by her solo travels, deep conversations with others, and her experience growing up as half Japanese and CHamoru.

She also worked as the marketing coordinator at an award-winning publishing house in Guam and assisted in numerous short films as a production assistant.

Akina has traveled to over 23 countries and has lived in numerous destinations, including Guam, San Francisco, Bali, Hawaii, Japan, and the United Kingdom. She is working on her first book, a memoir exploring grief and the beautiful complexities of growing up with two cultural backgrounds. 

In her other line of work, she helps clients with spiritual mentorship and past-life readings.


Akina graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor's degree in media studies and a concentration in journalism.

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