There was a time, not too long ago, that I lived in da big city…Honolulu. As I hopped around on Facebook each night, I saw post after post of all things Zumba from Maui friends. A quick google, a few YouTube videos later and I was intrigued. So I googled again, searching for classes in Honolulu and only one class popped up but it wasn’t at a time which worked with my schedule 🙁 However a quick search of Maui proved that the Valley Isle was shaking their booties and donning cute cargo pants from mauka to makai.
A search for classes on Zumba.com now shows Honolulu has caught the Zumba bug (600+ classes!) and Maui is still going strong. I asked Noreen Tan, one of those Zumbaing FB friends, how she started and how Zumba has made a difference in her life. She attended her first class in 2009 to exercise in an effort to lose weight. Hanging out at the back of the class in a big T, she stuck it out for a few classes and quickly discovered Zumba was a good workout and fun. As Noreen lost weight, she gained self-confidence and friendship. Working out and having a supportive circle of friends at class also helped her through a difficult time in her life. She is now at the front of the class, inspiring others as an instructor at La Tinas in Kahului. You can read her story and join one of her classes here.
I’ve met many women on Maui that love Zumba. Breaking a sweat, having fun with your girlfriends while wearing a cute outfit is not only good for your health, it’s also good for your soul.
Maui Go Red for Women is putting on their dancing shoes and wants you to “party hearty” with them at their Zumbathon at the UHMC Wellness Center on Saturday, July 14th. For a $10 donation you can Zumba with the best of Maui and support the American Heart Association in your community. Reserve your spot today!
I’m a longtime supporter of the American Heart Association. The education and awareness that they provide to our communities is something we should all value. Click on any of the “cool posts” below and learn how they have inspired me to live a heart healthy life or for a peek at the great events hosted by the American Heart Association that I’ve had the pleasure of attending.