Dynah (@dynah.tui) is a young Pacific Islander who is always looking to share culture, smiles, laughs, and PI values on TikTok. She started out on the app simply inspired by others to get up and dance, and realized she loves having a positive impact on those near and far through content creation.

What does it mean to you to be part of the API community?

It’s incredibly surreal to have a profound voice on TikTok. Being a part of the API community means a lot, and it’s been an honor to share my culture, whether that be through food, storytelling, or dance, while also learning from the TikTok community.

How has the TikTok community inspired you?

The TikTok community always inspires me to get up and participate for the fun of it. To this day, I’m motivated by them to create new content, pursue new hobbies and practices, and participate in communities that move me. TikTok has become a platform that allows me to feel so many things and connects me to new people and opportunities!

What is your favorite TikTok video that you've created and why?

While I have a few, my favorite to date is a dance video I created with my cousins. We had a really good time practicing the dance, putting our unique twist on the moves, and creating behind-the-scenes footage. I also loved the positive feedback from the viewers, saying that they were surprised yet delighted by our little twist, which in hindsight, we didn’t think much of, and their reactions made us appreciate it that much more.

What are some of your passions on and off of TikTok?

School and sports have been top priorities for me. When I’m not with my family, I’m studying or hitting the gym. I grew up playing volleyball and dabbled in basketball and paddling, so the gym has become an essential part of my routine. I’m a STEM girl, but I’ve always loved the arts! At one point, I had a fleeting dream of acting, and in hindsight, I’m pursuing that by expressing my creativity on TikTok.

What is your dream opportunity? What are some other communities you identify with / are a part of?

My dream opportunity would be to act and be on a show. Being a part of something that will live on forever has always been a dream. I also love the creativity involved in the production process and connecting with people in front and behind the camera. I’d love to combine my interests in content creation and entertainment in amplifying the API and mental health community.

What is something important that people should know about your culture and home?

I love incorporating my home, my people, and my culture in my videos! It’s a privilege to live on this beautiful island, and it’s been an honor to have a platform that allows me to showcase my identity with the community. I hope that when I share my background in my TikTok videos, whether that be through fashion or dance, people see it as more than just a Disney character, instead, it's my identity and what makes me, me!