Since her mother is an Alolan Ninetales she got to know people from the reclusive clan. One of them is Alika who became her childhood friend.
Over the years their friendship was strained and Juanita got reluctant to even talk to Alika for currently unknown reasons.
Is actually liking Juanita more than just in a platonic way though never talked with her about it. she has a slight fixation on the woman, but never tried to be in the way of Juanita's love life.
After the death of Juanita's family and the womans disappearance she missed her too much and set out to find her.