When watching Kaleo sharing the Hawaiian ancient form of Storytelling - Hula or hearing her trained voice soar with a chant, you experience being totally involved with her as she is fully present in the world of Aloha and the Hawaiian story she is sharing. She draws the audience in to open their hearts and be a part of that story with her by also learning a hula that enhances the enjoyment. You and your guests will have a memorable experience to always remember. As a Cultural Awareness Consultant, she offers learning opportunities through schools, libraries and community centers, to understand the Hawaiian culture and how it can help us in today's world to maintain a peaceful coexistence.
My school host 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.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 90 minutes
Languages: English, Some Hawaiian
Insurance: $1,000,000 - General Commercial Liability
Kaleo was introduced to the ancient Hawaiian culture in the late 80's. 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 the 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 Lehua Kawaikapuokalani. 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.
Additional Booking Notes
Kaleo has her own sound system if it is needed.
Upcoming Booked Events
|June 30, 2018 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Personal Occasion|
A sound system with microphone, if they have it. Otherwise, Kaleo will bring her system.