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MANAIA's first fitness event.

by Ho'omalamalama on 08/17/16

There were two events our team participated in, one we co-hosted and the other we sponsored. This is my take-a-way from both events. First off this post will describe how we co-hosted a wellness movement. The agenda was simple and the idea was to get the community to try different types of fitness styles.

I’ll be the first to admit that 7am yoga is for the truly dedicated. Personally my favorite time to practice is at 6am but that’s after years of training. Yet this crew was pretty awesome because it was a first attempt for many. Impressive!

This style was completely new to me and it consisted of pow-wow music & movements. The two leading the session are a father & son team who have competed in different pow-wow venues throughout North America. This was intense & motivating.

HIIT felt like a bootcamp session but it had a predetermined list of targeted movements that were on a whiteboard while being timed. I would challenge anyone taking their fitness to the next level to try it.

We also had local businesses such as Curves join us. Each resource vendor donated items to our raffle and were able to gather new leads for their businesses. They were an important component of community outreach. 

The highlight was having a representative from a local farmers market share products that are grown & made in Washington state. It was full of delicious berries and so much more.

How to host a Wave Of Wellness or Fitness event in your community.

  1. Gather of team of like minded people who are service driven.
  2. Set up regular meetings and possibly a “private” Facebook page to share any questions, progress or developments.
  3. Pick a place, date, time, budget, teams (set-up, break-down, kitchen, security & registration) and determine resources needed.
  4. Plan your marketing strategy and have everyone share on their social media pages.
  5. Host & have fun. Remember to take lots of pics.

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Who's shoes would you walk in?

by Ho'omalamalama on 07/24/16

Whose shoes would you walk in, so that you can understand what they’re going through? Sometimes the world of fitness can be so judgmental and mean. Labeling people because their body type doesn’t match up to a magazine’s standard. What if we took time to understand a persons health struggles before judging them? Maybe we should walk a mile with them?

Why not start a wave of wellness in your community. All you have to do is gather a few fitness fanatics, find a place, create an event, print out some registration forms and invite people to join you. Below is the agenda for the Nisqually Tribe’s Wave Of Wellness and you can keep it simple or extravagant, it’s up to you. We’re ending our event with a Heart Happy Walk

Before you step a foot on the one-mile trail dedicate your walk to someone special. Write their name on the poster provided and step to honor them. It could be for someone you want to heal, a memorial or a display of gratitude. It’s their mile that you’re walking so choose wisely.

 Nisqually Tribe’s Wave Of Wellness
August 1, 2016 @ 7am-12pm
Nisqually Youth & Community Center (NYCC)
1937 Lashi St. SE
Olympia, WA. 98513
Agenda
Nisqually Youth & Community Center 
7am – 10am Registration 
7am – Sunrise Yoga: Maja Brickner
8am – Breakfast: Welcome & Guest Speaker: David Bean
9am – HITT Workout: Kareem Gannie
10am – Intertribal Fitness: Melvin Blacketer 
11am – Zumba® Fitness: Ho’omalamalama
12pm – Heart Happy Walk
(Each session about 45min with 15min transition)
 
Game Rm – Nisqually Garden Learning sessions with the garden team.
  • 9am  
  • 10am
  • 11am
Leschi Rm – Nutrition with Bernita Learning sessions with the nutritionalist. 
  • 9am
  • 10am
  • 11am

Mezzanine Walking track above gym for resource vendors who specialize in health and wellness will be setting up tables for non-participants to stroll and collect info. If you would like to be a vendor email fit@hoomalamalama.com


Nisqually's W.O.W. event will kickoff STRONG WARRIOR CHALLENGE and we hope that every tribe will be represented in this competition. So get your teams together and email Leilani. (Info on the flier below.) 


Nisqually Tribe's Wave Of Wellness

by Ho'omalamalama on 07/20/16


In 2015 Puyallup council member (David Bean) & Youth Director (Lisa Earl) got a bunch of fitness fanatics together to plan, organize & host a Native American WAVE OF WELLNESS. The goal was to start a health wave within native community by hosting an event where people can gather and experience different fitness styles. 

I got involved after hearing the reason behind it, to get native community healthy. Let's be honest, we've all felt the brush of diabetes, cancer & heart disease but what if we could be proactive about our health. In fact I want to dedicate my workout to my sister who made it through stage4 cancer.  That's her in the center...





This AUGUST 1st, 2016 we're at it again... both Amanda Rae (above left) & Mrs. McGee, a.k.a. Liz, (above right) attended the past Native American WOW events and wanted to bring it to Nisqually. With the help of Stacey Gouley, Facility Director of NYC, the planning team includes Nisqually's Fitness Director, Nisqually Garden Team, Nisqually's Nutritionalist and me, Zumba with Hoomalamalama. I have to mention Otellie, who's also in the picture, she  played soccer with my sister back-in-the-day and rocked her Zumba moves with the rest of us.



Nisqually Tribe's Wave Of Wellness
August 1, 2016 @ 7am-12pm
Nisqually Youth & Community Center (NYCC)
1937 Lashi St. SE
Olympia, WA. 98513

Agenda
Nisqually Youth & Community Center 
7am - 10am Registration 
7am - Sunrise Yoga: Maja Brickner
8am - Breakfast: Welcome & Guest Speaker: David Bean
9am - HITT Workout: Kareem Gannie
10am - Intertribal Fitness: Melvin Blacketer 
11am - Zumba® Fitness: Ho'omalamalama
12pm - Heart Happy Walk
(45min with 15min transition)

Game Rm - Nisqually Garden Learning sessions with the garden team. 
  • 9am  
  • 10am
  • 11am
Leschi Rm - Nutrition with Bernita Learning sessions with the nutritionalist. 
  • 9am
  • 10am
  • 11am    
Mezzanine Walking track above gym.
Resource vendors who specialize in health and wellness will be setting up tables for non-participants to stroll and collect info. If you would like to be a vendor email fit@hoomalamalama.com



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We no longer live on the islands but that doesn't change our island perspective. We chose to carry the ALOHA spirit in the Pacific Northwest and opened our arms to embrace it's diversity. Our goal is to enlighten our community through Polynesian performing arts and wellness programs. In fact Ho'omālamalama means to enlighten and brighten. Be inspired, stay connected and walk in beauty.
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