Rev Kaleo Wheeler
Director and Hula instructor, the Halau Hula Pu'uwai O Aloha, a non-traditional school of Hawaiian Hula
Director, the Heart of Aloha Dancers
Director, Ka Pu'uwai O Aloha Hula Ministry
Ordained Spiritual Minister through the Sanctuary of the Beloved, the Order of Melchisedek
Hawaiian Cultural Advisor and Consultant, Hawaiian Culture Awareness Education Program
Kaleo's passion in working with women comes from her own personal life experiences and wanting to help women to reach their full potential in life. Her journey in her own personal healing took her to study and explore several different indigenous cultures, as well as several modern body/mind integration techniques. They include her being Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure authorized senior teacher and certified acupressurist since the 80's, a certified therapeutic music practitioner since 2005, and she is an ordained spiritual minister since the late 80's. She also apprenticed to a Native American Shaman for 14 years, and has conducted Moon Ceremonies since the late 80's in helping women, through ceremony, to connect to their Divine Feminine.
When she was introduced to the ancient Hawaiian culture in the late 80's, she knew she had "come home". Since then, she has been fortunate and blessed to have lived and studied with Hawaiian Master Teachers, Kumu Hula and Kahunas, both in Hawai'i and on the Mainland. In learning how to live this Way of the Heart, she lived and studied Hawaiian Spirituality through Living the Aloha Spirit with Kahiliopua Wong Bretlinger in the early 90’s, Huna with Serge Kahili King since the late 80’s and Huna Mua with Phil Young in the late 90's.. She has been offering workshops and classes in these teachings since the mid 90’s.
As a dancer and singer, she has also been fortunate to have learned an ancient form of storytelling unique to the Hawaiian Islands, what is called the Heartbeat of the Hawaiian people – their traditional Hula. She has taken workshops and studied Hula with several different Kumu Hula since the late 80’s. They include Keith Awai, Uncle George Na’ope, Olana ‘Ai, Ellen Gay Dela Rosa and Chinky Mahoe. Since 2003, her main teacher and influence in hula has been LehuaKawaikapuokalani Hewett. Her Kumu Hula under him is Susan Pa’iniu Floyd. Kaleo has traveled extensively to study with them in Hawai’i. She also studied Hawaiian Chant privately with Aloha Dalire at her Halau in Kane’ohe, and what she learned from Auntie Aloha is the foundation of her chanting today. She has been teaching workshops and classes in Hula throughout the US and Canada since the early 90’s.
Kaleo is currently the Director of the Heart of Aloha Center and Instructor of the Halau Pu’uwai O Aloha, a non-traditional school of Hawaiian Hula, located in Spartanburg SC. She teaches hula classes and and facilitates other workshops and events at the Heart of the Aloha Center and online through Skype. She has been part of World Dance Program and summer camp for kids through the Lawson Academy of Arts at Converse College in Spartanburg SC and has taught hula at the Montessori Academy in Spartanburg. She is also a member of SCDancing, which is associated with SCAHPERD, the South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. SCAHPERD is an association for professionals involved in health, physical, and dance education in South Carolina.
Kaleo is also a Cultural Awareness Consultant, offering learning opportunities in how this beautiful culture about living in a peaceful coexisntence with each other and the land can help and support those of us on the mainland in dealing with all the stressed and challenges in our world. She brings this message to both adults and young ones (keiki) through presentations and classes at schools and libraries,community and healing centers and in her hula ministry in churches and spiritual centers.
Kaleo has been a professional vocalist and singer for over 25 years, sharing these same messages of love and the heart through her songs since 2005. It is her passion to honor what has been given to her and share it by bringing it to others, especially women, here on the Mainland and in the Southeast, where she is currently lives -- and at the time when it is now so needed in the world around us.
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