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.
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.
WHAT WE DO
“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.”
Tongan American community members come together to create an organization that serves the
Tongan and Pacific Islander populations of the Inland Empire.
MALO hosts its first annual event celebrating Tongan culture.
Ontario Park Performance
MALO gives an opportunity for Tongan American youth to perform and share their culture
at a new Ontario park.
MALO community members opened for the annual Native American Indigenous Studies
Association with a speech and māʻuluʻulu performance.
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.
We boost the 2020 Census counting in hard-to-count Tongan and Tongan American
populations in the Inland Empire.
April 2020 – Present
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
MALO continues to do COVID testing and vaccine outreach as we fight for immunity
for all our community members.
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
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
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.