Welcome to MALO, or Motivating Action Leadership Opportunity, a nonprofit organization that serves Tongan Americans in the Inland Empire area through youth mentorship, job readiness, resource literacy, and cultural gathering events.


Amidst a pandemic, MALO recognizes the efforts of local organizations supporting their communities. We are supporting the Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander populations affected by this crisis.


We are continuing to celebrate the blend of culture between the Inland Empire community’s Tongan and American identities.
WATCH our annual July 4th parade video

“MALO takes action towards positive change throughout Ontario and rest of the Inland Empire.  We nurture connections between Tongans and their long time cultural community to keep the Tongan culture alive.
Through motivating actions, radical leadership, and learning opportunities, MALO continues to develop ways to share the beautiful culture of Tonga. Our positive change is fueled by the community’s collective desire to not lose our identities as proud Tongan/Tongan Americans.”



MALO est.

Tongan American community members come together to create an organization that serves Tongan and Pacific Islander populations of the Inland Empire.

March 2017

Cultural Annual Event

MALO hosts its first annual event celebrating Tongan culture.

May 2018

Ontario park Performance

MALO gives an opportunity for Tongan American youth to perform and share their culture at a new Ontario park.

July 2018

First Ontario Independence Parade

MALO organizes community members to proudly represent the Tongan American identity at the Ontario Independence Day Parade for the first time.

Early 2020

Census Efforts

We boost 2020 Census counting in hard-to-count Tongan and Tongan American populations in the Inland Empire.

April 2020

Pandemic Assistance

MALO collected donations (Produce,bread, food boxes, PPE) and funds to send to Inland Empire Tongan families during these difficult times from the global COVID-19 crisis April- currently.


COVID-19 Testing Site in Riverside for the IE NHPI and ALL that can benefit from this testing site. For appointment: http://bit.ly/RivNHPITesting


Virtual MALO Zoom
The gifted and talented Sisiuno will join MALO virtual hour. She will share the importance of Tongan Culture, especially as it relates to the making of our treasured Tongan gifts known to Tongans as Koloa.

NHPIs are the leading ethnic group/race with the highest COVID cases. If you would like a FREE COVID 19 test NOVEMBER 21&22 we will also be handing out Free Food for the Holiday.
Checking in, learning about culture and meeting new friends virtually with our MALO families during COVID-19. If you have any suggestions, please let us know.


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On behalf of MALO - Motivating Action Leadership Opportunity we would like to share some Christmas cheer and uplift our work during 2020.
Thank you all that continues to be apart of MALO.
This has been a tuff year for many and we will never forget those who we have lost due to the COVID19 pandemic. Your support and love will forever be cherished.
May your families find peace and comfort during these hard times and during this Holiday Season.

#malotongaie #MaskRMedicine #ListosCa #fightthevirus

MALO 2020 Christmas Video
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1 month ago


🚨 THIS WEEKEND 🚨 in Riverside we will be hosting another COVID-19 Testing Site for the IE NHPI community (but open to all)!

There will be free giveaways for EVERYONE who gets tested, and Native Hawaiians & Pacific Islanders will receive a $25 gift card upon completing our NHPI Household Survey! More details in the flyer.

To schedule an appointment: bitly/RivNHPITesting

#covid19 #freetesting #nhpi #inlandempire #riverside #morenovalley #moana #covid19responseteam #pacificislander #melanesian #micronesian #polynesian #oceania #contacttracing ​#MALOTongaIE #MALO #TYS #IslandGrad #IEOceaniaMovement #IEPICRT #RUHealth #RUHS

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1 month ago


The surge in California’s COVID-19 cases is real, it’s happening right now all around us and we can do something about it - stay home.
CA has issued a Regional Stay at Home order to stop the surge of COVID19 cases & prevent a strain on our health care system. This action will help protect critical care for patients.
Let’s all do our part. Wear a mask. Don’t gather. Physically Distance. Stay home.
Information regarding the regional stay-at-home order can be found at covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.
#StoptheSurge #malotongaie #NofoMa'u #Mahuinga#famili-fanau#Kaha'u

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2 months ago


During the COVID-19 pandemic, we've hosted MALO Virtual Hour weekly. As a part of our weekly gathering, we've hosted our "Kupesi Sessions" and it has been a blessing to share Tongan culture and time with our children and families. As we close out our first semester of MALO Virtual Hour, we'd like to celebrate by hosting a session with a special guest.

We're excited to host Ilaisaane Sisi'uno Helu, co-founder of Nuku’alofa Film Festival and President since 2015, to share her insights. As an important platform for storytelling for our people, Sisi'uno uplifts the voices of our Tongan community, centers Tongan knowledge and perpetuates Tongan cultural practices in her art. Sisi'uno will be leading a virtual workshop with us on the importance of Tongan Culture, but especially as it relates to the making of kie Tonga.

If you're in the U.S.:
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020
Time: 6pm-7:30pm Pacific Standard Time
RSVP for zoom link: bit.ly/MALOSisiunoHelu

If you're in Australia:
Date: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm (Sydney)
RSVP for zoom link: bit.ly/MALOSisiunoHelu

For questions on the event, feel free to DM us. We're looking forward to spend time with you soon!
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