The Spiritual Wisdom of Hawai’i
through Hula, the Sacred Dance of Heart
Harmonizing & TRansforming your Your Body, Mind
for Health & Wellbeing
How does your body want to move?
Would it like to experience more fluidity and creative expression?
How does it want to express your joys, your sorrows and your deepest desires?
It is time for all of us as women to be absolutely in love with our bodies, our sensuality and our femininity—to connect to our deepest desires to create the life we want. Many women now are searching for physical activities to help our bodies to have more fluidity and creative expression—to experience our deep inner essence as a woman through the movement of our body.
Dance is a vehicle that many women are looking to—and the indigenous Hawaiian Hula, an ancient form of storytelling through movement, is an incredible gift that is being shared with us from this ancient age culture.
The true beauty of Hula is that there is no right or wrong way to do it once you learn the simple basic steps. No prior dance experience is necessary, and through the movements each women can enjoy experiencing the embodiment of your true inner essence and your own creative expression. Hula helps us to experience the interconnectedness of all aspects of life, grounding it into our body. It inspires us, elevating us from our present state.
A woman may arrive for a Healing with Hula class feeling fatigued, or may be a bit frazzled, or may be a bit annoyed with something or someone. By the time the class ends, she will have evolved into a better feeling place, experiencing calmness, peace and a sense of “sisterhood” with her other hula sisters.
During the class, the movements can be quite vigorous or as gentle as wanted by the participant. It’s her choice. So, it is quite a nice option for exercise…for any age. What keeps the participant moving is the rhythmic energy provided by the instruments and the chanting. The rhythmic energy…the beats…the melodic chanting…combined into a storytelling mode adds romantic spice to the session.
It is also important to know what a unique and wonderful opportunity we have to experience this Gift of Hula from the Hawaiian people. Hula is one of the most important and sacred parts of their culture. As their ancient Storytelling through Movement and Sacred Dance. it is unique to the Hawaiian islands. With not having a written language until the 1800’s, when the missionaries arrived, Hula became the living history of the Hawaiian people. The Hawaiian Culture is called “The Way of the Heart”, with family and community including their ancestry, their connection to each other, and to the earth, the air and down to each grain of sand.
It is also called “the Heartbeat of the Hawaiian people” and the glue that holds their culture together, because of how it shares the myths and legends, stories and values of the Hawaiian people through songs, chants and music accompanied by dance with descriptive hand gestures and rhythmic movement of feet and hips, And in sharing it now with non-Hawaiians, it is giving us an opportunity to understand, honor and respect who the Hawaiians are as the indigenous, original people of Hawai’i and their way of living, called Living Aloha; while also giving us the opportunity to have Hula to help us to create a better relationship with our Heart, Mind and Spirit, the sacred land and the human family.
Level I Classes for the New Student
Weekly on Monday evenings from 6:15p to 7:45pm - a 90 minute class
Saturday morning classes the 1st & 3rd of the month - a two hour class
Each classes gives the student an opportunity to explore and have fun learning this indigenous dance from the Hawaiian culture, and it gives you an opportunity to be part of a sisterhood as a member our Hula 'Ohana (family).
Level II Advanced Weekly Class on Tuesday evenings, that a student can move into for a deeper study and understanding of hula and the Hawaiian culture after they have completed the training in the Level I class and
A Closed Facebook Group - where haumana can interact with their other hula sisters from both classes and where Kaleo Wheeler, as the hula instructor, will be sharing more information to deepen their knowledge of hula and the culture.
'Ohana Pa'ina/Ho'ike Gatherings - Both classes also come together on a regular basis, usually about every other month, for potuck/meal and sharing to be able to get to know each other better in person.
The Heart of Aloha Performing Arts Troupe - for advanced students to have an opportunity to share Hula with others
Private sessions are also available at the River House and online
Hula For Health - low-impact therapeutic fitness classes are available for rehabilitation centers, exercise centers, senior residences or community centers.
As a Wellness Practitioner, Kaleo collaborates with counselors and psychologists in working with young women who have experienced physical trauma or are suffering with a low body and self image, using hula as therapeutic movement as part of their treatment program.