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.


Scan QR code to make an appointment or Walk-in! All are welcome!
Click on link! Register by April 26, 2021

Click below for more info about the COVID Vaccine San Bernardino County:

Click below for more information about the COVID Vaccine Riverside County:
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.


1 week ago

Good morning MALO family and friends!We're excited this morning to share a video on the current vaccines that are out right now ( ie Pfizer, Moderna and J&J). We hope that it is helpful for families that have any questions about the vaccine. bit.ly/VaccineInfoMALO Special thanks to our MALO volunteers Janelle Li, Sujay Singh & our partners in Health Bridges program at the Draper Center and the Asian American Resource Center at Pomona College. Through this partnership, we were able to develop a video that has not only the information about the vaccines, but it is shared in a way that is accessible to our families. At the time the video was made, JJ was at a pause. However, JJ is back and this video still covers what is in the vaccine. We'll continue to share vaccine clinic info. as it becomes available within in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Stay safe everyone! Malo 'aupito. ...
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2 weeks ago

Vaccine site if you are near Upland stop in! Free! No Insurance needed! Walk ups welcome! All are welcome! MALO will be on site at 3:30 pm if Tongan translation is needed. MALO working to connect some resources. One city and one family at a time! Blessed! On the road to immunity! #ietime2heal #malotongie #tauhiLelei#whenReadyVaccineMe ...
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3 weeks ago

If you’re looking to get your first or second shot of the vaccine, join us on Friday. We will be in Riverside on Friday supporting this event and offering resources at our table. Share this post with your families and friends! ...
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4 weeks ago

Hi everyone! No MALO Virtual hour for this week, but we will be hosting one next week with a special guest. Michelle Tran, MALO Intern for the Spring 2021 semester, will be leading a mask-making 😷 workshop next week. Please make sure you contact Lolofi to let her know that you and your family will be joining. We will drop off the mask making kit to your house before our next MALO Virtual Hour. Have a wonderful evening and we’ll see you next week! ...
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