Ola Pono with Tic Tac Toe

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Photo: Liloa Pantohan

By Liloa Pantohan, Papa 3, Ke Kula Niʻihau O Kekaha Public Charter School

My favorite way to mālama i toʻu ola pono (take care of my health) is to go to CrossFit Kekaha. At CrossFit we play games and then work out on the machines. I like to hoʻoitaita kino (work out) to stay healthy and to get stronger. I love having fun at CrossFit with my classmates and making new friends there.

My favorite game to play at CrossFit is Tic Tac Toe. This game is played with two groups of three people.

To play Tic Tac Toe you need nine 10-pound weights set up into three rows of three. This makes up the Tic Tac Toe game “board.” Then you put three cones to the right and three cones to the left of the “board.” Each group of three lines up in front of the cones and each player takes turns racing against the other team to the cones and bringing them back to the next team member in line. That team member runs to the weights and puts our teamʻs cone in the best spot. The first team to get three cones on the board in a row (or Tic Tac Toe) wins.

I love this game because it not only challenges us in running, but it also challenges us to think about our strategy to get Tic Tac Toe. We all take the game seriously because we want to be on the winning team.

After we play games we workout on the different machines. I like this part because we get to strengthen our muscles and body in different ways. Our coach sets the workout plan for each day and we follow it. My classmates and new friends help to push me to get through the workouts, even when they are really hard. When I finish my workout I feel tired but I also feel good about staying healthy.

Since attending CrossFit I feel like I am getting stronger, faster and smarter from playing the games and doing the workouts that our coach tells us to do each day. CrossFit also helps me to remember my own ola pono (health) choices in what I eat and drink so that I can be ready to play the games and do the workouts for the day. I am excited to learn new games that challenge me and also new workouts that make me stronger because I have so much fun doing it.

This is how I mālama i toʻu ola pono.