Hawaiian Sacred Dance
Bring Hawai'i to Your Hips & Aloha to Your Lips
Aligning Heart, Mind & Spirit
Sacred Hawaiian Dance, Hula, is an ancient form of storytelling through movement, and unique to the Hawaiian culture. It is 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. Grounded in Hawaiian Spirituality, the stories and values embody a system of living the ancient Hawaiians created, called Living Aloha.
Sacred Hawaiian Dance is also a form of therapeutic dance and healing for the physical body. Through its flowing movements, each woman experiences how she can express her creativity through telling a story with the movements of her body, creating a better relationship with her body and her body image. Through aligning your mind, emotions and spirit, you can find find healing and resolution with past emotional and physical trauma.
Hawaiian Sacred Dance classes are now being offered at the River House in Spartanburg SC
10:30am to 12:00noon
“I love how Hawaiian Sacred Dance makes me feel....so relaxed and at peace....The Spirit of Aloha just comes into my soul and lifts me....It is so wonderful, to learn the culture of Hawai'i through this moving meditation....It makes me feel beautiful.
Hawaiian Sacred Dance enables us to better understand our lives, and touches us in a way that deepens our understanding of ourselves and connects us to our true inner essence, especially as women. It is symbolic of how we move in the world and interact with others.
The storytelling of hula teaches us to respect the environment and to recognize the sacredness of life. Hula is a way of being with the dancer learning to live in kinship with nature and our place within it and being an instrument in conveying the beauty of the world.
there is no right or wrong way to do it, with you creating your own relationship with it
no prior dance experience is necessary
in its basic form, the movements are simple and not stressful to the body
it helps develop muscle tone, coordination, self-confidence and good health.
And you do not have to be Hawaiian to experience hula. Whatever your ethnic heritage or dogma, it provides a way for you to interpret the world that you occupy more fully and authentically in the way you perceive it. And it can inform you of the positive way in which you regard your body, no matter the size or shape, as an instrument capable of describing the beauty of creation. In this way, it reveals the sacred in all things.
Hawaiian Sacred Dance classes, private sessions and events are offered through the Halau Hula Pu'uwai O Aloha in person at the River House at the Glendale Shoals in Spartanburg SC and on zoom.
"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!"
-Dr. Jane Smolnik Boyd. Naturopath at Ultimate Healing, Asheville NC
"Learning to live Aloha has brought profound changes to 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. Being part of the ‘Ohana or family of sisters in the Hula Halau Pu'uwai O Aloha under the direction of our Hula Instructor, Kaleo Nahenahe, is truly supportive and loving and has definitely enhanced my life’s journey.”
-Ka'imi Hakim, Spartanburg SC
"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...to feel indescribably beautiful in a wholesome natural way...with love and respect as the foundation."
-Shelly Tanner, Greenville SC
"The Hawaiian legacy, connecting to the sacred through the 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
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