I’m JT, and I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Oahu in Hawaii.

The Hele Life is the love child of my two passions: fitness & aloha. I grew up on the wrestling mat and have been a working fitness professional for over 10 years. After high school I attended the University of Northern Colorado, University of Illinois Chicago, The University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, and Concordia University Chicago to create a well rounded and expert knowledge base, as well as a nice sized student loan. And so, Hele Strong (Hele = “to move” in Hawaiian)  became my nom de plume in the fitness world.

My creative journey began much later in the winter of 2016 on a snowy day in Chicago, Illinois, lying on the couch recovering from reconstructive hip surgery. Wishing I was home on the beach, I began sketching little images that reminded me of home. From there, Aloha de Mele was born. I hope that my art brings you a little joy and aloha like it did me on that snowy day in Chicago.