Meet the YMCA Fitness Instructors

Fitness classes are offered daily at the Y. All Y classes are available FREE to active Island of Hawaii YMCA Gym Members, we are also accepting fitness center Drop-Ins for fitness classes at $5/class. Check out our fitness class schedule here.

  • All
  • Cardio
  • Dance
  • Hula
  • Senior Fitness
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Zumba

Amanda Alvarado


Amanda will be teaching Yoga Blend, a custom class that incorporates breathwork, gentle movements, and sweat! ; This class is for anybody, whether you are new to yoga or have a dedicated practice, Yoga Blend has something for you! Amanda has been teaching Yoga in the Hilo community in a wide range of settings, from …

Andie Kunimura YMCA Fitness Instructor

Andee Kunimura

Soul Line Dancing

Andee loves line dancing to Soul, Pop, Hip Hop and Ballroom. She has a passion for fitness and dance. Join Andee at the YMCA!!

Ash Tsuji YMCA instructor

Ash Tsuji

Dance Fitness

Ash Tsuji’s passion for musical theatre allowed him to perform internationally before returning home to Hilo. He shares his love of the arts in the Y’s Dance Fitness Class, where he combines moves from the stage with hip-hop, Zumba, and everything in-between. Join him weekly in-person or on-line. Contact Ash for more information!

Charlene Lagrimas YMCA fitness

Charlene Lagrimas

Hula & Cardio

Family, friends, hula, fitness, teaching – these are my passions. They all come together at the YMCA where I have been teaching a variety of classes in the last few years. My students and the staff have become friends and family as we share our love of hula, of fitness, and of the “Y.”

Cheryl Sarme

Cheryl DeMello


Cheryl is a working mom with 4 incredible sons, She is a grandma of a little boy that she adores! Her dream was always to become a Zumba Instructor. Cheryl’s hard work, dedication and Faith got her to fulfill her dream. She feels truly blessed to be an instructor at the YMCA. Her motto “no …

Harreit Rocha

Harriet Rocha

Gold Toning, Zumba Gold Chair/Toning, Senior Fitness Specialist

Zumba Gold Toning, Zumba Gold Chair/Toning, Senior Fitness Specialist. Certified instructor of 11 years. Harriet loves teaching and loves her students!

JoYi - YMCA Zumba instructor

JoYi Rhyss

Zumba, Zumba Strong

JoYi attended her first Zumba Fitness class on her 40th birthday and felt a mixed plate of feelings: joy of dance, frustration at 70 extra pounds, embarrassment, hope and possibility. A year later and a lot fitter, she knew that teaching would be her way to keep the love alive and her health in check. …

Liz Kahea YMCA Fitness Instructor

Liz Kaeha


Join Liz for Zumba classes!  She will motivate you with good ‘ole fashioned cardio workouts!  No judgement, just good fun and a good workout.  She looks forward to having you in her classes!

Marcia L. Timboy

Step Classes, Drums Alive!, Pilates

Marcia L. Timboy is a Personal Trainer & Group Exercise Instructor with over thirty years of experience in the Health & Fitness industry. Her specialties are Pilates Mat, Yoga, Cardio & Strength Boot Camp classes. Marcia has been the Physical Activity Educator for the University of Hawai`i, CTAHR’s Nutrition Education for Wellness Project, Healthy Lifestyles …

Maryline Kettavong

Maryline Kettavong


Maryline is a licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor. She has been certified since 2016 in Zumba, Zumba Gold, Toning and Strong Nation. Growing up in France, she started at the age of 9 with Ballet and continued her journey with Jazz and Contemporary in her teens years. She loves sharing her passion for dance “There is …


Maxine Barrere


Meet Maxine Barrere! Maxine is a wife and mother of 2 energetic boys! Zumba has always been her “zin”, a place where she can just let loose. Max hopes to see you at her classes, she promises to bring a sweat to your workouts! She offers workouts during the lunch hour and the afternoons!

Michelle - YMCA Fitness Instructor



Yoga has been a powerful tool that has supported me on my health & wellness journey. My hope is that it can also help you on yours! Aloha- my name is Michelle & I’m excited to be offering yoga classes at the YMCA. A world traveler who has planted roots here in beautiful Hawai’i, I …

Tommy YMCA Instructor

Tommy Hanohano

Country Line Dancing

Join Tommy Hanohano on Friday nights for some good ‘ole Country Line Dancing! Tommy promises to make this a fun evening with country music and boot-scootin’ moves!

Vivian YMCA fitness instructor

Vivian Stein

Tai Chi

Vivian is a Tai Chi descendent and Tai Chi culture researcher. Her classes consist of gentle movements that can promote well-being, energy, strength and balance. You will learn standing meditation, Tai Chi basic movements, and traditional Tai Chi form. Join Vivian at the YMCA!

Yolanda YMCA Zumba Instructor

Yolanda Tansley

Silver Sneakers, Tabata Boom!

Aloha, YMCA family I’m Yolanda Tansley. I teach Silver Sneakers, Senior Circuit, Cardio-kickboxing and hopefully soon more classes. I like to spend time with my husband, my two young adult children, and my dogs. I have been in the fitness industry for a little over 10 years and I love helping people feel better through …