Healing with Hula
The Hawaiian Way of the Heart

Restoring Your Heart, Mind & Spirit

What is Healing with Hula?

"To the physical eye, it is a dance class.

To the soul, it is a venue to vibrate joy.

Metaphorically, it is a platform upon which one's life is guided to be Pono - being in alignment with what is true.  It is a process of planting seeds of love.  It is a way of learning how to nourish these precious seeds so they can grow and blossom."                                      -Kumu Kaipo

“I love how Healing with 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.”

 If you have just gone through a breakup or loss, going through a career change, recovering from depression - or already thriving and would love to experience and receive more flow, confidence and synchronicity in your life or just have a desire to dance, E Komo mai - come join us for fun and sisterhood through Healing with Hula.


"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."   

To an observer, Healing with Hula classes appear to have a format similar to most dance classes - Warm ups, reviewing basic steps, learning choreography, and learning how to move the body along with the music or chant.

In taking a closer look, it is much more.  Hula is:

  • an energy dance, similar to the Chinese Tai Chi, in how it releases muscular tension and energic blocks in the body through the slow and flowing movements
  • a therapeutic dance that can help you to both restore your heart, mind and spirit from the stresses of the day, and gently support women in healing their relationship with their body from physical and emotional trauma.   
  • a way to have fun in exploring your creative expression with this ancient form of Storytelling through movement
  • a spiritual practice and moving meditation, being the physical embodiment of prayer and poetry that places the values of community above all else

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.

Hula is something that needs to be experienced in order to be appreciated.  Reading or hearing words about it … is just that…words.  Experiencing it brings that feeling of joy and well being.

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.          - Kumu Kaipo                         

Sharing Hula at the Upstate International Women's Group

Sharing Hula at the Upstate International Women's Group

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.  It is their ancient Storytelling through Movement and Sacred Dance that 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.  

 Hula is called the "Language of the Heart", in how it shares 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. Because of that, it is also called “the Heartbeat of the Hawaiian people” and the glue that holds their culture together.  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, 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  

Hula touches hearts as well as minds, and it fills the soul and pleases the eyes. It is loved worldwide because it is a celebration of beauty, of people, of the land; of nature with its winds, soft rains, waterfalls and surf.    Learning Hula is great fun; and when you acquire even just a little skill, it allows you to fully experience your connection with your own Inner Essence.

No former dance experience is necessary.  The movements are graceful

  • It it is structured in a way that enhances the sense of balance and harmony. 
  • It is a low-impact exercise, wonderful especially for the hips, legs, knees and arms.  
  • It helps develop coordination, flexibility, self-confidence, good health and a better self-image
  • Connects you to your inner essence to express your creative expression.
  • Anyone can do hula
  • Medical studies are showing the therapeutic benefit of hula, especially for cardiovascular rehabilitation

The key elements addressed are:

  • The physical need for exercise (movement) in a fun mode.
  • The ongoing quest to keep the brain/mind active.
  • The soul’s hunger to grow and blossom in a nurturing and safe environment.


Healing with Hula group classes and workshops for women, are offered through the Halau Hula Pu'uwai O Aloha at the River House at Glendale Shoals in Spartanburg SC and in Greenville SC, where women come to learn hula and heal together with other hula sisters.   Private sessions and one-on-one Hula for Health transformational programs are also available at the River House and on Skype.    Opportunities to share hula with others are also available for the more advanced students (haumana). 

"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

Kaleo and Haumana sharing hula at a Sacred Traditions and Rituals (S.T.A.R.) Service in 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. 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


"Thank you so much for the wonderful hula class! The movements were so gentle and relaxing. I felt as if I were a part of the scenery we were describing:"  -Morgan Jordan,  Wofford College, Spartanburg SC


"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


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


Healing with Hula Classes and Workshops in Spartanburg SC

An Introductory Healing with Hula Workshop 
Saturday, July 20       Fee: $30
   10:00am - 12:00pm   

Location: The River House at the Glendale Shoals in East Spartanburg SC

To Register: Introductory Workshop

Weekly Basic Classes are also available

Schedule a Private Session 
In person at the River House at Glendale Shoals and 
Online on Skype

   Schedule a class or workshop for your private group as well

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