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Nisqually Tribe's Wave Of Wellness

by Ho'o 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 Center (NYC)
1937 Lashi St. SE
Olympia, WA. 98513

Nisqually Youth 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

Please share this event! We want to fill this space.

Homemade Granola! Ohana time snacks.

by Ho'o on 12/14/15

Watch the vlog HERE.

This was created by my friend & nutritionalist Bernita. We chatted about collaborating and finally did something about it. I was so pleased by the results and it was a delicious experience. I hope you try it for yourself, the recipe is below.

If I were you I would watch the vlog and develop a recipe that works for your tastebuds. Have fun with this and let us know know it goes on Facebook or Twitter. Take care & PEACE be the Journey. 


by Ho'o on 12/03/15

First of all let me share with you five benefits of doing a granola DIY. (Do It Yourself)
  1. Fresh is better.
  2. No preservatives.
  3. Try new flavor combinations.
  4. Perfect for parties.
  5. Awesome source of fiber.
How to host.
  • Write out your guest list.
  • Choose one basic recipe then create a few variations as in dried mangos and papaya or blueberry with cherries.
  • You can save the image to your laptop, iPad, tablet or mobile phone.
  • Open up the image in your favorite annotations app. I use A+Signature or iPhone.
  • Fill out the information and embellish with stickers and fonts.
  • Save and send or create a Facebook event and invite your guest through that platform.
Share your pics on Instagram and hash #drop7more so that we can find you. Live heart happy.