Healing with Hula
Harmonizing Your Mind, Body & Spirit
The Hawaiian Dance of the Heart
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.”
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.
What to Expect in a Class
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.
Hula can also be described as:
- 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.
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
Hula is loved worldwide, because of how it touches hearts as well as minds, and it fills the soul and pleases the eyes. No former dance experience is necessary. The movements are graceful
- It 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
- It 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.
If you have just gone through a breakup or loss and feeling alone and isolated, 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 and experience this sacred dance with our hula 'ohana (family)
Classes and Activities Currently Available at the Halau Hula Pu'uwai O Aloha, a non-traditional school of Hula and the Hawaiian Healing Arts located at the River House at the Glendale Shoals in Spartanburg SC.
- Level I Weekly Class available on Monday evenings from 6:15p to 7:45pm - an hour and a half class for the committed hula student (haumana) who wants to have an in depth study of this sacred and indigenous dance of 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 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 Dance Troupe - for advanced students to have an opportunity to share Hula with others
- In Greer SC - A Healing with Hula Basic Weekly Class on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at The Spinning Jenny at 107 Cannon Street - an hour class that focuses more on hula just as a dance form and storytelling, with some culture included as it pertains to the hula being taught and the story within that hula.
- A Closed Private Facebook page - where students can stay in touch and interact with each other and where the Instructor, Kaleo Wheeler, will be sharing a little more information on additional things pertaining to the Hula
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
Kaleo and Haumana sharing hula at a Sacred Traditions and Rituals (S.T.A.R.) Service in Spartanburg 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
"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