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The Fit side of HULA

by Ho'omalamalama on 08/03/17

Hula Fitness: Old School


There’s no school like old-school! Especially with all the fitness trends that are spinning out of control. When I run into a new dance fit craze I check to see…

  1. Who’s culture has this evolved from?
  2. What is their claim to fame?
  3. How can the average person benefit from it?

However there’s one dance style, that in it’s OG form, you would have to be at the peak of your game. In other words are you physically, mentally and emotionally ready to take on Hula? [OG: slang for original gangster.]

In it’s original form you were expected to devote your life to memorize song genealogy. Talk about fitness for the mind. And practice for hours on the sand in the heat of the day. Truly physical and grueling. Finally, portray the story through facial expressions which connects the viewer to the soul of that particular Hula. Fitness for the mind, body and soul. 


A typical practice might be an hour of basic steps followed by learning or perfecting a song. Each step has an origin and each Kumu [teacher] has their preference. Basically it’s similar to martial arts. Each form has a purpose and you can add them together to create fight sequences. But in this case it’s choreography.


Speaking of martial arts there was a time when a student devoted their life to the craft. Yet, today I see 3 year olds with black belts. The practice became diluted with the lure of quick and easy. Form, history and protocol went right out of the window. This is what I see happening to Hula, but it can be so much more.


This past weekend I taught a session during 3 DAYS OF ALOHA in Vancouver, WA. The participants danced their muscles into a tired and happy frenzy. The Na Kumu [teachers] are some of Hawaii’s finest. 


If  your Kumu tells you to hold a position you don’t ask, “How long?” You just do it. And heaven forbid you have to do the Hula sequence over and over again. But if you do make sure you’re smiling. ????


Why do we torture ourselves? For the Love of Hula and the gift of storytelling. If you truly want to challenge your fitness levels while maintaining grace and finesse learn to Hula. Seek out a Kumu with an amazing history and genealogy. 

Hula is fitness when taught by a master and practiced daily. It doesn’t need to be diluted or modernized to techno-beats. Hula is both art and fitness uniting. This is MANA: strength that is generational. PEACE Be the Journey ????

July's Fitness Challenge

by Ho'omalamalama on 07/11/17

July’s Fitness Goals

I’m challenging all MANA WAHINE to plank, yes I said PLANK, during the month of July.

[Why?] There are so many benefits when holding a properly aligned plank. Muscle’s, cells, hair follicle are all participating. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating by a hair. Lol, sorry about the weak pun.

[Can beginners participate?] Anyone who wants to, and has medical approval, can participate. Below is the info-pic I created as a guide. Pin-it and use it daily. I hope you have fun with this challenge and join me. Comment below if you are.

I’ll be on Facebook Livestreaming daily with my MANA WAHINE. We checkin at 5:30am daily to follow the chart above. Talk about dedication!  We’re starting off will smaller increments that will increase daily.

I also have a new workout schedule for July. It’s going to be a fun month. So have a safe 4th and stay hydrated. PEACE Be the Journey.

I like to swap off fitness styles to give my MANA WAHINE a full body workout. Which is your favorite?

 

Healthy OHANA Snacks for Summer

by Ho'omalamalama on 06/26/17

DIY Yogurt Bar

The natural probiotics that occur in the finest Greek Yogurt is amazing, but finding a good one isn’t so amazing. Unfortunately almost anyone can add Greek in front of their yogurt label. Since there aren’t regulations regarding this ancient food it can be a sketchy marketplace. That’s why I’m writing this FOOD & FITNESS post.

Apparently even Abraham enjoyed the benefits of yogurt; according to Persian traditions.

I did a previous YouTube video that addressed this issue. Basically it’s all about the first two ingredients. [You can learn more here and forward to 2:05 in the video]


Luckily there’s Ellenos Greek Yogurt from Seattle’s Pikes Place Market. And you can tast the quality. ??

For my yogurt bar I used:

  • 3 Fruits – Frozen organic blueberries, dried mangos, local strawberries. 
  • 3 Toppings – Hemp hearts (hemp seeds), walnuts, mango & guava purée (jam). 
  • 2 Yogurt Flavors – Lemon Curd & Marionberry.  
  • 5 oz Mason jars – to hold this delicious treat.


Making your own yogurt parfait is healthier because you control the ingredients. This idea is perfect for  summer time gatherings or snacks-on-the-go. In fact it’s also cheaper. The last time I bought a Greek yogurt parfait, for an after workout snack, I spent $5.85, not including tax. The issue I had was the quality, it definitely wasn’t Greek yogurt! However a 16oz tub of Ellenos is about $6.00 and I can make about 2-3 parfaits. 

The 5oz Mason jar is the perfect portion control. Adding the frozen berries gave it a refreshing taste. Along with the dried mangoes that was a fun chewy texture. And topping it off with strawberry chunks was the perfect combination.

I actually did a YouTube video about all the ingredients. Unfortunately it’s taking longer to upload than I expected. So stay tuned. 

Update since the original post. Here’s the tutorial post

PS: Check out the pic-spiration I made. If you want to see more click on the image and it’ll take you to my Instagram page.

Coming Soon...

by Ho'omalamalama on 05/22/17

More info here. This is a limited time event. Only during the summer of 2017.

Malama Honua

by Ho'omalamalama on 05/17/17

Hawaiian mindset: MALAMA HONUA - Take care of the land and the land will take care of you.

When fitness becomes holistic.

I’m a kid at heart and a naturalist by birth. So when I was asked to teach a workshop atNorthwest Indigenous Youth Day for Climate Justice NIYDCJ (longest title ever!) I thought about our relationship to nature as it pertains to health. 

 

My goal was to teach the youth that little things matter and to take time appreciating it. My project involved moss. Yes, the very same moss we step on or totally bypass. The little bits of nature that can be amazing.

 


We used rocks and recycled old jar covers as the foundation. Than they went to town decoupaging (is that a word?) their own eco-creation. This was the best idea I ever came up with. I had little ones from 2-years old and beyond creating their own oasis.  

 

To DIY

 

  1. Discuss our relationship & responsibility to nature. How the health of our land reflects our own health.
  2. If possible, take them on a hike with gloves, grabbing sticks & trash bags to collect discarded trash that pollute the landscape. Once the trash is in it’s proper place they can move on.
  3. Gather small bits of nature. The goal is to find vegetation that grows quickly and is plentiful. (Aka: moss) Than use decoupage glue on their rocks or recycled lids. 

 

There were other instructors who taught weaving with cedar and other materials. The day was filled with guest speakers, food and storytelling. Overall I hope they had fun and continue the conversation of home/life sustainability.
The instructor featured above, which happens to be my cousin Mahealani, was teaching lauhala weaving using cedar. Before she would allow the children to participate she taught them about the significance of the material. The purpose was to build awareness of natural resources and to MALAMA HOUNUA. Take care of the land. (Hawaiian saying.)

 

 

The best part was munching on these delightful treats called TANKA BARS. OMG ??!!! Just the type of protein bar that I’ve been looking for and wish I had more right now.

 

 

TANKA BAR website 

 

PS: Start your own holistic practice here with a challenge I created to boost your overall health. (Clean eating & intentional fitness.)