The Hawaiian Dance of the Heart

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Harmonizing Your Body, Mind
& Spirit
for Health & Wellness
through Hawaiian Hula

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.

“I love how Hula makes me feel….so relaxed and at peace....it builds body confidence without changing a thing about you....I feel indescribably beautiful in a wholesome natural way.”
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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 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.

“The hula is Hawai’i.  The hula is the history of our country.  The hula is a story itself if it’s done right.  And the hula, to me, is the foundation of life.  It teaches us how to live, how to be.  It is the ability to create one’s inner feelings and no one else’s.”   - Uncle George Na’ope, Kumu Hula  
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  • 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.

“Hula is a gift to be shared because it can do so much to heal, cheer, and cleanse the soul. Hula is for the soul.  There are many people who can derive happiness and joy from the hula, just as they derive joy and happiness from other activities.  But hula is more….It can free the mind and unburden the soul, allowing for the creativity of expression that can be highly spiritual in nature.”           -Auntie Aloha Dalire, Kumu Hula
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“Hula connects its dancers to music, earth, the present, the past, and to each other. It’s a way to build body confidence without changing a thing about you. It’s a way to feel indescribably beautiful in a wholesome natural way. Like any art, it has its discipline, but love and respect are the foundations. Thank you, Aunty Kaleo Wheeler, for teaching the first hula class in Greenville! When you go to her class, you learn so much more than just dance. You learn about the culture, the history, the real art form of hula. Looking forward to more classes and aloha to share with friends, new and old. - Shelley Tanner, Greenville SC
“The Hawaiian legacy, connecting to the sacred through story and human form, is beauty in motion. What a unique gift in being able to share such interpretation of Love through and with the body.” - Jan Harding, Hendersonville NC
“Learning to live Aloha has brought profound changes in my life, within a very short time. The Hawaiian Hula is grounding and balancing to the mind and body - many physical “aches and pain” have been greatly reduced. My self esteem has increased....Hula is supportive of curvaceous femininity. I have made peace with my body, finally. My health and body image are improving day by day. The ‘Ohana or family of sisters in the Halau under the direction of our Hula Instructor, Kaleo, is truly supportive and loving. Being a part of The Heart of Aloha is definitely enhanced my life’s journey.”    - Ka’imi Hakim, Spartanburg SC
I was thrilled to discover the beauty and sacredness of the Hawaiian Hula and it’s traditions! It is like a moving, flowing, dancing meditation, honoring Life, Love and the Great Spirit. Kaleo is a wonderful dedicated teacher with much passion for sharing the tradition with the stories, chants, and beautiful dance. I want to keep learning more hulas as each seems to be more beautiful and inspiring! - Jane Smolnik,, Ultimate Healing   Asheville NC
“Kaleo is an incredible guide to the wonderfully rich culture and traditions of the Hawaiian people. Her passion for hula is infectious and one feels oneself being transformed by this sensuous, graceful moving meditation. Hula has helped me overcome physical limitation and injury, feeling empowered and radiant.”      - Christine Schober, Asheville NC
“Aloha e Kaleo. It was wonderful to re-connect and to get to know each other and our current hopes and dreams for each of our non-traditional Halau. My alakaʻi D Kainani Porter expressed joy in meeting you and your haumana, and especially in making more island connections who may possibly even be ohana. Mahalo nui loa for accepting us into your classroom and sharing the Spirit of Aloha with us. You are indeed a wonderfully spiritual leader and I look forward to many years of deep appreciation for each other and our collaborative efforts! Me ke Aloha Pumehana,”   - Mapuana Kaleoaloha Beauregard, Kumu Hula at Halau Hula Ke Alohalani   •  Columbia SC

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