Ka Pu'uwai o AlohaEmbracing the Love, the Harmony, the Beauty of Aloha
through the Way of the Heart
Your Body Tells A Story
"Thank you so much Kaleo...When I left class last night I was so relaxed and just at peace. It is so wonderful, to learn the culture of Hawaii and the beautiful dances that you are sharing with us of telling the wonderful island stories. I look forward to coming back again and again, I felt so beautiful and peaceful last night. The spirit of Hawaii just came into my soul and lifted me. I am so grateful that you came into my life and brought this wonderful gift with you."
“Kaleo is an incredible guide to the wonderfully rich culture & traditions of the Hawaiian people...one feels oneself being transformed by this sensuous, graceful moving meditation. Hula has helped me overcome physical limitation and injury, feeling empowered and radiant.”
Improve your self image and confidence through experiencing your body moving with more grace, vitality and mobility
Learn how to “talk story” through descriptive hand gestures & rhythmic
movement of your feet & hips
Experience a rich & beautiful culture that is all about community and caring for each other
It is Embodied Spirituality, balancing Heart, Mind and Spirit.
- there is no right or wrong way to do it.
- no prior dance experience is necessary
- the basic 6 movements are simple & not stressful to the body—and great exercise for the hips, knees, legs & arms
- almost anyone can learn it regardless of age and most physical conditions
- each person dances at the level that is comfortable for them, either sitting or standing
- enjoy playfully exploring your own creative expression
A sacred dance meditation, Hula is also an energy dance, with its slow and fluid movements similar to the Chinese Tai Chi. Medical studies are showing the therapeutic physical benefits produced by the tempo, style and movements of the dances.
When learning Hula, you learn the language and about the culture as well. It is all interwoven. The structure of the language embodies Hawaiian values about family and kinship. Through the arm movements, used to interpret the words of the song or chant, it helps us to understand the inter-connectedness of all life - from the past to the present to the future. The legs and hips are about feeling grounded and connected to the earth. It brings our Heart, Mind and Spirit into balance to reconnect us to who we are and to the feeling of moving with the flow and energy of Nature.
The movements are graceful; and the dances are structured in a way that enhances the sense of balance, harmony and dynamic. Hula can be characterized as a universal language. It is everything that makes up the universe. With its roots going back to prehistoric times, this graceful and flowing dance is ancient storytelling and the living history of the Hawaiian people, telling their myths and legends,stories and values through songs, chants and music accompanied by dance with descriptive hand gestures and rhythmic movement of feet and hips. It is truly the heartbeat of the Hawaiian culture.
It also can resonate with anyone, not just Hawaiians. It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, for as long as you have love for hula, you belong here. Hula is the language of the heart!
Kaleo shares an ancient lineage of Hula that comes from her teacher, Kawaikapuokalani Hewett. He is not only a world-renown teacher with endless accolades. His teachers include: Emma DeFries, Edith Kanaka’ole and Iolane Luahine.
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“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
Weekly Hula Classes available in Hendersonville NC and Spartanburg SC
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Hula for Adolescents Girls and Young Women
Workshops, classes and programs available to help young women to feel more confident in themselves and improve their self body image and confidence in how they move and interact with others in their world
Hula for Seniors
a Different Way to Exercise that Is Creative, Fun & perfect for the senior community
Those residents who have had the opportunity to visit the Hawaiian Islands will find themselves relieving their pleasant memories of when they were there.
HAVE HULA—WILL TRAVEL - Contact Kaleo to schedule a class for your independent living residence or in your private community. Group, Private or Semi-Private Classes available for you, your friends or your community
A Traditional Hawaiian Hula Dance Party
Would you like to create a unique and unforgettable memory of fun and sisterhood for you & your friends?
Would you like to have fun in exploring your creative expression through an ancient form of storytelling using graceful & flowing movements?
- A truly unique and unforgettable experience and a fun & creative way to liven up the typical party, such as a Bachelorette, Birthday, Bridal shower, and Girl’s Night Out.
- It’s also a great means to provide a positive, uplifting activity for Cancer Survivors, Mom's Groups, Retreats, Corporate Events, Farewell Sendoff’s.
- Any event can be a Sacred Art of Hula Party…even greater fun for Holidays and In-Home-Party’s and much more.
YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL SELF LIES WITHIN YOU NOW - LET IT FLOW!!!!!!
Dare to Dance, leave your embarrassment at home
The Art of Traditional Hawaiian Hula weekly classes, workshops and parties are currently available in Asheville and Hendersonville NC, Spartanburg SC and on Skype. Kaleo also travels and offers workshops and parties in other parts of the US. Workshops are often combined with a Hawaiian Musical Storytelling Concert as an introduction to the workshop.
In the Hawaiian tradition, "Spirituality" is about actively pursuing the qualities of character that constitute a life of goodness and love. It is about one who goes to great lengths to cultivate the qualities of loving-kindness, compassion, forgiveness and mercy in their lives. A "spiritual person" is one who has grown to appreciate profoundly the complexities and uniqueness of each person's particular path.
In having the opportunity to go back and reconnect with this ancient knowledge and ways of living, that is all about family ('ohana) and caring for each other, we have a wonderful opportunity to learn how to go forward by looking deep within to our spiritual understanding and empowerment of ourselves. It is a precious resource in our modern world that is punctuated with so much stress, chaos and uncertainty, by helping us to remember through Love that we are all one people - one family, regardless of the country, culture or background that we originate from. It helps us to maintain harmonious relations with our heart, mind & spirit, the sacred land and the human family to co-create the world and the life we want in our every day reality.