Flex and Stretch

Community Contributed

By Alison Place

Looking to flex and stretch your mind and body? You might want to consider one of these free 21st Century classes being offered: Hula, Tahitian Exercise, Yoga and Kempo. All four are fun yet require some stretching – both physically and mentally.

The hula classes are offered on Mondays at the Mitchell Pauole Center. Val Tamehaga is the kumu for this and she is a patient, encouraging and gifted hula teacher. She offers three classes: a 4 p.m. class for beginning children, a 5 p.m. class for kids a little older; and an adult class at 6 p.m. You don’t have to have any experience dancing hula to join these classes.

Tahitian Exercise is a fun and exhilarating way to get some exercise.  Tere Neuhart combines the steps and movements of Tahitian dance with fun routines that are sure to bring smiles and increase that heart rate! The classes meet at the Kaunakakai School cafeteria on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children’s classes run from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. and adult classes are from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Yoga master Karen Noble offers a two yoga classes per week at the Kilohana School cafeteria. Yoga is an excellent vehicle to promote self discipline and good health. Families are encouraged to participate together.  Classes are on Mondays from 2 – 3:15 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Kempo is a form of martial arts that requires precision and discipline. Sifu Randy Foley will hold this class on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at Kilohana School from 4 – 6 p.m. Call the school for the start date and location.

These classes are free and offered through the 21st Century Grant “Molokai’s 3Ms: Me, My Mind and My Mana`o.” For more information on these or other 21st Century classes, call Joshua Adachi at 553-1730.


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