Sia throws up shakas after crossing the Great Aloha Run finish line

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Sia Figiel celebrates crossing the finish line at today's 29th annnual Great Aloha Run in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
Faletuiga/Tina Mata'afa-Tufele

(Honolulu, HAWAI'I)--After passing the finish line in the 8 kilometer Great Aloha Run today, Samoan novelist Sia Figiel threw up a pair of shakas in victory, celebrating her success in meeting a goal set before she shed 80 pounds in the course of seven months.

"Crossing the finish line at Aloha Stadium has convinced me that if your heart is in it, you are unstoppable!," she told tautalatala.com. "Another epiphany: if I can do it, anyone can too!"

Figiel expressed her gratitude to her support group "Sia has diabetes. It doesn't have her."

"I wish to thank all our supporters at 'Sia Figiel Has Diabetes. It Doesn't Have Her'," she said. "Team work means dream work. And yes, we can do it. As a community! We are DO Warriors! We stand against Diabetes and Obesity! Aloha!"

Figiel will address diabetes and lifestyle changes when she joins Fata Simanu-Klutz, Mehanaokala Hind and Alice Te Punga Somerville during ‘Mana Wahine’, a Native Voices reading happening tomorrow. Mana Wahine is set for 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Halau o Haumea Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus.

To learn more about Sia Figiel's fight against diabetes and obesity, please see separate story here on tautalatala.com.

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