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  • Betty

    Betty a resident of the Lakewood Senior Living, Boiling Springs SC

    I speak for everyone here. Thank you for giving us the most wonderful afternoon we have ever had, experiencing such grace and beauty. We could sit here for hours, listening to your stories and watching you share your hula.

    I speak for everyone here. Thank you for giving us the most wonderful afternoon we have ever had, experiencing such grace and beauty. We could sit here for hours, listening to your stories and watching you share your hula.

  • Sekou McMiller, The Alvin Alley Dance Theater

    Sekou McMiller, The Alvin Alley Dance Theater SCDance Festival 2018

    "When watching Kaleo dance, you experience being totally involved with her as she is fully present in the world of the story she is sharing.  She draws the audience in to open their hearts and be a part of that story with her.  She is a wonderful example to dance students of all dance forms on how to be a storyteller through their dance. Absolutely beautiful!."                                                                         - Sekou McMiller, The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

    "When watching Kaleo dance, you experience being totally involved with her as she is fully present in the world of the story she is sharing.  She draws the audience in to open their hearts and be a part of that story with her.  She is a wonderful example to dance students of all dance forms on how to be a storyteller through their dance. Absolutely beautiful!."                                                                         - Sekou McMiller, The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

  • Shelly Tanner

    Shelly Tanner Greenville 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.

    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.

  • Amanda Stonesifer

    Amanda Stonesifer Woodruff Elementary School, Woodruff SC

    My school hosed a Diversity Day celebration each year, and this year I asked Kaleo to come and present about the culture of Hawaii and teach a hula to the students. She did much more than that! She lead a child appropriate lesson on what the Hawaiian culture was all about. The students were engaged and could easily connect to her message. She then introduced the hula by reading part of a wonderful children's book. Kaleo mesmerized the students when she demonstrated a traditional hula, and then taught them some of the basic movements. The students loved having the opportunity to move around and dance along with Kaleo. Overall, the presentation was wonderful! I would highly recommend Kaleo and would love to have her come again.

    My school hosed a Diversity Day celebration each year, and this year I asked Kaleo to come and present about the culture of Hawaii and teach a hula to the students. She did much more than that! She lead a child appropriate lesson on what the Hawaiian culture was all about. The students were engaged and could easily connect to her message. She then introduced the hula by reading part of a wonderful children's book. Kaleo mesmerized the students when she demonstrated a traditional hula, and then taught them some of the basic movements. The students loved having the opportunity to move around and dance along with Kaleo. Overall, the presentation was wonderful! I would highly recommend Kaleo and would love to have her come again.

  • Kerri and Lori, the Heart Matters Support Group

    Kerri and Lori, the Heart Matters Support Group Spartanburg SC

    Thank you for sharing your passion to heal our hearts through hula!

    Thank you for sharing your passion to heal our hearts through hula!

  • Morgan Jordan

    Morgan Jordan Spartanburg 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.

    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.

  • Ka'imi Hakim

    Ka'imi Hakim 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.

    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.

  • Jane Smolnik

    Jane Smolnik Asheville NC

    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!

    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!

  • Christine Schober

    Christine Schober 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.

    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.

  • Mapuana Kaleoaloha Beauregard, Kumu Hula at Halau Hula Ke Alohalani

    Mapuana Kaleoaloha Beauregard, Kumu Hula at Halau Hula Ke Alohalani Columbia SC

    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,

    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,