Meet Kaleo


Kaleo Wheeler  

Director and Hula instructor, the Halau Hula Pu'uwai O Aloha, a non-traditional school of Hawaiian Hula

Director of the Heart of Aloha Healing Ministry and Center

Ordained Spiritual Minister through the Sanctuary of the Beloved, the Order of Melchisedek

Hawaiian Cultural Consultant and Instructor, Hawaiian Culture Awareness Education Program

A Recording Artist, with her solo CD, Ulana, the Way of the Heart

A Contributing Author of the book, A Complete Guide to Acupressure

Kaleo's Story

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, starting from trauma early in her life, 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.

In helping her to heal and restore her body from the traumatic experiences she had, she was fortunate to have also learned the ancient form of storytelling unique to the Hawaiian Islands,  what is called the Heartbeat of the Hawaiian people – their traditional Hula. She had been barely able to dance in any way with how contracted and tight her body had become even though she had loved to dance as a young child. Through Hula and this beautiful culture, her body began to find that freedom and joy of movement again, and why she is now so passionate in wanting to share it with other women. She began taking workshops and studied Hula with several different Kumu Hula, starting in 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 Hewett.  Her Kumu Hula under him is Susan Pai'unii 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 in 1998, 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 and Instructor of the Halau Hula Pu’uwai O Aloha, a non-traditional school of hula 
currently located in Spartanburg SC.   She teaches adult hula classes and facilitates other workshops and events at the River House at Glendale Shoals in Spartanburg and online through Skype, and gives presentations, sharing her story in how hula can heal and change your life. She has been part of World Dance Program and summer camp for keiki (kids) through the Lawson Academy of Arts at Converse College and the Spartanburg Parks Department in Spartanburg SC and has taught hula at the Montessori Academies in Spartanburg and Greenville. She currently teaches weekly classes  through the Boys and Girls Clubs.  She is  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 and Instructor, sharing this beautiful culture that is all about maintaining the harmony of the family, with each other and the land, and how it can help and support those of us on the mainland in dealing with all the stresses and challenges in our current world..  She shares this with both adults and young ones (keiki) through school residential programs; presentations, classes and workshops at libraries, community and healing centers; and in her hula ministry in churches and spiritual centers.

Kaleo has been a professional vocalist and singer  since her early adulthood.  In 2005, she began sharing these same messages of love and the heart through her songs as a Musical Storyteller..   

It is her passion to honor what has been given to her and to help bring an awareness and love for the Hawaiian culture to non-Hawaiians, 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.