MĀLŌ E LELEI! – HELLO!

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.

Building a Healthier Community Together: COVID-19 and Beyond

Although Governor Newsom has ended California’s State of Emergency as a result of COVID-19, MALO continues to recognize the efforts of local organizations that have helped their communities from 2020 to now, as we continue to support the Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander populations affected by this crisis.

LEARN MORE ABOUT IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON NHPI

Additionally, we are continuing to celebrate the beautiful blend of culture between the Inland Empire community and Tongan and American identities. Scroll down to see all the work we’ve been doing.

“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.”

Early 2017
March 2017
May 2018
May 2018
July 2018
Early 2020
April 2020 – Present
January 2021 – Present
July 2022
October 2022 – Present
Spring 2023 – Present

Early 2017

MALO est.

 

 

Tongan American community members come together to create an organization that serves the

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.

 

May 2018

NAISA Opening

 

 

MALO community members opened for the annual Native American Indigenous Studies

Association with a speech and māʻuluʻulu performance.

 

July 2018

First Ontario Independence Parade

 

 

MALO organizes community members to proudly represent the Tongan American identity

for the first time at the Ontario Independence Day Parade.

 

Early 2020

Census Efforts

 

 

We boost the 2020 Census counting in hard-to-count Tongan and Tongan American

populations in the Inland Empire.

 

April 2020 – Present

Pandemic Assistance

 

 

MALO began collecting donations (PPE and Food) to distribute throughout the Inland Empire

to help Tongan families with day-to-day needs as we fight COVID-19.

 

January 2021 – Present

Vaccine Clinics

 

 

MALO continues to do COVID testing and vaccine outreach as we fight for immunity

for all our community members.

 

July 2022

IKUNA Backpack Distribution

 

 

MALO held its 5th annual IKUNA backpack distribution in July 2022!

It was combined with a vaccine site and a wellness fair, and

MALO was so ecstatic to see all the love and support.

 

October 2022 – Present

Zumba Socials

 

 

MALO begins to hold Zumba socials three times a week for the community

to come together, exercise, enjoy light refreshments, and socialize!

 

Spring 2023 – Present

Kisina Health

 

Bridging the gap between our community, our data, and local resources for Tongan and Pacific Islander communty in the Inland Empire region.

Ko hono fakafehokotaki‘i ‘a e vā ‘o hotau komiunitī, hotau talaʹ, mo e ma‘u‘anga me‘a
fakakolo ki he Tongaʹ mo e komiunitī kakai Pasifikiʹ ‘i he vāhenga Inland Empire.

 

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7 days ago
MALO

Potatoes are versatile and nutritious root vegetables that come in various colors and types, including russet, red, yellow, and sweet potatoes. They are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making them a valuable addition to a balanced diet.

Some health benefits of potatoes include:

Rich in Vitamin C: Potatoes contain a significant amount of vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system, promote healthy skin, and improve iron absorption.
High in Potassium: Potatoes are a good source of potassium, an essential mineral that helps regulate blood pressure, nerve function, and muscle contractions.
Provides Fiber: Potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion, promotes satiety, and helps maintain a healthy weight.
Contains B Vitamins: Potatoes contain various B vitamins, including vitamin B6, which plays a crucial role in metabolism, brain function, and nervous system health.
Source of Antioxidants: Potatoes contain antioxidants like flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acids, which help protect the body against oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Overall, when prepared in a healthy manner (such as baking, boiling, or roasting without excessive added fats), potatoes can be a nutritious addition to any diet, providing a wide range of health benefits. #health #heal #potatoes #delicious #Versatile #malotongaie #ontarioie #community
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Potatoes are versatile and nutritious root vegetables that come in various colors and types, including russet, red, yellow, and sweet potatoes. They are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making them a valuable addition to a balanced diet.

Some health benefits of potatoes include:

Rich in Vitamin C: Potatoes contain a significant amount of vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system, promote healthy skin, and improve iron absorption.
High in Potassium: Potatoes are a good source of potassium, an essential mineral that helps regulate blood pressure, nerve function, and muscle contractions.
Provides Fiber: Potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion, promotes satiety, and helps maintain a healthy weight.
Contains B Vitamins: Potatoes contain various B vitamins, including vitamin B6, which plays a crucial role in metabolism, brain function, and nervous system health.
Source of Antioxidants: Potatoes contain antioxidants like flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acids, which help protect the body against oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Overall, when prepared in a healthy manner (such as baking, boiling, or roasting without excessive added fats), potatoes can be a nutritious addition to any diet, providing a wide range of health benefits. #Health #Heal #Potatoes #Delicious #Versatile #MaloTongaIE #OntarioIE #Community
1 week ago
MALO

Tomatoes offer a myriad of health benefits due to their rich nutrient profile. They are packed with vitamins C and K, potassium, folate, and antioxidants such as lycopene, which has been linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers and heart disease. Additionally, tomatoes contain fiber, which supports digestive health and aids in weight management.

When it comes to storing tomatoes, it’s essential to keep them at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, until they reach optimal ripeness. Once ripe, they can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days to extend their shelf life, but it’s best to bring them back to room temperature before consuming for optimal flavor.

Tomatoes can be used in various ways in cooking:

Fresh: Enjoy tomatoes raw in salads, sandwiches, or as a topping for bruschetta or crostini.
Cooked: Tomatoes are versatile in cooked dishes such as soups, stews, sauces, and pasta dishes. They can be roasted, sautéed, or simmered to enhance their flavor and texture.
Canned: Canned tomatoes are a convenient pantry staple for making sauces, salsas, and soups year-round.
Preserved: Tomatoes can be preserved through methods like canning, drying, or making sauces and jams to enjoy their flavor long after the harvest season.
Incorporating tomatoes into your diet adds vibrant color, flavor, and nutritional value to meals while providing numerous health benefits. #wellnessjourney #MaloTongaIE #OntarioCA #InlandEpmire #Tomatoes #vitamins #HealthBenefits #Community #Polynesian
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Tomatoes offer a myriad of health benefits due to their rich nutrient profile. They are packed with vitamins C and K, potassium, folate, and antioxidants such as lycopene, which has been linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers and heart disease. Additionally, tomatoes contain fiber, which supports digestive health and aids in weight management.

When it comes to storing tomatoes, it’s essential to keep them at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, until they reach optimal ripeness. Once ripe, they can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days to extend their shelf life, but it’s best to bring them back to room temperature before consuming for optimal flavor.

Tomatoes can be used in various ways in cooking:

Fresh: Enjoy tomatoes raw in salads, sandwiches, or as a topping for bruschetta or crostini.
Cooked: Tomatoes are versatile in cooked dishes such as soups, stews, sauces, and pasta dishes. They can be roasted, sautéed, or simmered to enhance their flavor and texture.
Canned: Canned tomatoes are a convenient pantry staple for making sauces, salsas, and soups year-round.
Preserved: Tomatoes can be preserved through methods like canning, drying, or making sauces and jams to enjoy their flavor long after the harvest season.
Incorporating tomatoes into your diet adds vibrant color, flavor, and nutritional value to meals while providing numerous health benefits. #wellnessjourney #MaloTongaIE #OntarioCA #InlandEpmire #Tomatoes #vitamins #HealthBenefits #Community #Polynesian

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Did you know they are healthiest once peeled and deseeded? There are actually little gluten proteins in the seeds and the peels of night shade veggies (tomatoes are one of those “night shades”)!!

1 week ago
MALO

Rice is a staple food in many cultures and offers several health benefits. It’s a good source of energy due to its carbohydrate content and provides essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Brown rice, in particular, is rich in fiber, which aids in digestion and helps maintain bowel regularity. Additionally, rice is gluten-free, making it suitable for individuals with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.

To incorporate rice into your diet healthily, consider the following tips:

Choose whole grains: Opt for brown rice, wild rice, or other whole grain varieties over refined white rice to maximize nutritional benefits.
Balance your meals: Pair rice with protein sources such as grilled chicken, tofu, fish, or beans, along with plenty of vegetables to create a balanced and nutritious meal.
Use as a base: Use rice as a base for stir-fries, grain bowls, or salads, and top with a variety of vegetables, proteins, and flavorful sauces.
Enjoy as a side dish: Serve rice as a side dish alongside main courses like curry, stew, chili, or grilled meats for a satisfying and filling meal.
Experiment with different types: Explore different varieties of rice, such as jasmine, basmati, or black rice, to add variety to your meals and experience different textures and flavors.
Incorporating rice into your diet can contribute to a well-rounded and nutritious eating plan, providing energy, essential nutrients, and versatility in meal preparation. #MaloTongaIE #HealthBridges #Ontario #InlandEmpire #Community #Rice #Health #Food #Foodie #Meals #HealthyOption
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Rice is a staple food in many cultures and offers several health benefits. It’s a good source of energy due to its carbohydrate content and provides essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Brown rice, in particular, is rich in fiber, which aids in digestion and helps maintain bowel regularity. Additionally, rice is gluten-free, making it suitable for individuals with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.

To incorporate rice into your diet healthily, consider the following tips:

Choose whole grains: Opt for brown rice, wild rice, or other whole grain varieties over refined white rice to maximize nutritional benefits.
Balance your meals: Pair rice with protein sources such as grilled chicken, tofu, fish, or beans, along with plenty of vegetables to create a balanced and nutritious meal.
Use as a base: Use rice as a base for stir-fries, grain bowls, or salads, and top with a variety of vegetables, proteins, and flavorful sauces.
Enjoy as a side dish: Serve rice as a side dish alongside main courses like curry, stew, chili, or grilled meats for a satisfying and filling meal.
Experiment with different types: Explore different varieties of rice, such as jasmine, basmati, or black rice, to add variety to your meals and experience different textures and flavors.
Incorporating rice into your diet can contribute to a well-rounded and nutritious eating plan, providing energy, essential nutrients, and versatility in meal preparation. #MaloTongaIE #HealthBridges #Ontario #InlandEmpire #Community #Rice #Health #Food #Foodie #Meals #HealthyOption
2 weeks ago
MALO

🚨🚨FEBRUARY 10th 2024🚨🚨
S.T.E.P.
(Saturday Tongan Education Program) is in session!! Let’s elevate young minds through tutoring! Investing in
children’s education is key to unlocking their full potential.
Let’s make a difference together - one lesson at a time. Kindly refer to the attached flyer for comprehensive details and relevant information. #Tutoring
#ChildrensEducation #EmpowerYoungMinds #MaloTongalE #InlandEmpire
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🚨🚨FEBRUARY 10th 2024🚨🚨
S.T.E.P.
(Saturday Tongan Education Program) is in session!! Let’s elevate young minds through tutoring! Investing in
children’s education is key to unlocking their full potential.
Let’s make a difference together - one lesson at a time. Kindly refer to the attached flyer for comprehensive details and relevant information. #Tutoring
#ChildrensEducation #EmpowerYoungMinds #MaloTongalE #InlandEmpire
2 weeks ago
MALO

Selecting, storing, preparing, and cooking carrots is a breeze. When selecting carrots, opt for firm, smooth ones with vibrant color. Store them in the refrigerator in a plastic bag to maintain freshness. Before use, wash and peel if desired. Carrots can be enjoyed raw as snacks, grated into salads, or cooked in various dishes like soups, stews, and stir-fries. They are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body, promoting healthy vision and immune function. Additionally, carrots contain fiber, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients, making them a nutritious addition to any diet. #carrots #malotongaie #OntarioCA #inlandempire #WellnessJourney #health #pomona ... See MoreSee Less

Selecting, storing, preparing, and cooking carrots is a breeze. When selecting carrots, opt for firm, smooth ones with vibrant color. Store them in the refrigerator in a plastic bag to maintain freshness. Before use, wash and peel if desired. Carrots can be enjoyed raw as snacks, grated into salads, or cooked in various dishes like soups, stews, and stir-fries. They are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body, promoting healthy vision and immune function. Additionally, carrots contain fiber, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients, making them a nutritious addition to any diet. #carrots #malotongaie #ontarioCA #InlandEmpire #WellnessJourney #Health #Pomona
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