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Rev Kaleo Wheeler

Kaleonahenaheonalani (Kaleo) is a Heart-based Spiritual Guide & Teacher.  She is also Living Aloha Life Coach and Sacred Hula Instructor.  

Kaleo’s passion and dedication is to help women Step Into their Spiritual Greatness through opening the door to the incredible power within them to create a life of peace, calm and happiness.

Her dedication to this comes from her own personal experience of trauma early in her life that started her on a journey to find answers and healing for herself.  This led her to study and explore several different indigenous cultures, as well as several modern body/mind integration techniques.  What she shares now in helping other women is what helped her in her own life and healing in the last 30 + years.  

From 1985 until 1998, Kaleo apprenticed with Oh Shinnah Fastwolf, a Native American shaman.  She is a Ceremonialist, conducting and ancient moon ceremony and rites of passage ceremonies in helping women to connect to their “Divine Feminine”. She has also poured for sweat lodges and been a pipe carrier. She has shared this with women in both the US and Canada.

In the late 80’s Kaleo was drawn to Hula, the Hawaiian Sacred Dance of the Heart.  Hula helped her to heal her relationship with her body and her spirit from the early trauma she experienced.  This led her to an extensive study of the ancient Hawaiian wisdom, that continues into today, in learning their indigenous methods of healing emotional trauma and relationship challenges through Living Aloha. She has been fortunate and blessed to have lived and studied with Hawaiian Kumu Hula (Master Teachers of Hula)  both in Hawai’i and on the Mainland.  They include Aloha Dalire, Lehua Kawaikapuokalani (Hewett), Susan Floyd and Keith Awai.  She studied Huna with Serge Kahili King and Hawaiian Spirituality with Kahiliopua (Pua) Wong-Brentlinger, Aunty Pua gifted her with her name, which means "The Warm and Comforting Voice of the Universe". She is currently studying and sharing Hawaiian Spiritually and Ho’opono Pono Ke Ala through the teachings of Mahealani Kuamo'o Henry, Kumu 'Elele o Na Kupuna and a Kanaka Maoli - native Hawaiian. 

Kaleo is also a Professional Singer, Storyteller and Speaker with over thirty-five years of professional experience, and a recording artist with her solo CD, Ulana the Way of the Heart. From 1988 to 2007, she was an Authorized Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® Teacher and is a contributing author of the book, A Complete Guide to Acupressure. And she was a Voice Specialist in Somatic Voicework from 1985 until 2003.  

Kaleo is the Founder and Director of The Heart of Aloha, helping women to Step Into Their Greatness, through Ancient Indigenous Wisdom   She shares this through Native American Practices and Ceremony Celebrating the Divine Feminine, The Living Aloha Coaching Program, the Sacred Art of Hula, and Chant and Sound Healing.  She is the Director of the Halau Hula Pu’uwai O Aloha, a traditional school of Hawaiian Hula.  Kaleo is known nationwide for her ability to blend many creative and expressive forms of modern healing arts with the Hawaiian system of ancient practices and teachings, embodying a vision of life centered on embracing loving actions, compassion and harmony in her work with individuals, groups and communities. 

Kaleo is also a Professional Singer, Storyteller and Speaker with over thirty-five years of professional experience, and a recording artist with her solo CD, Ulana the Way of the Heart. From 1988 to 2007, she was an Authorized Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® Teacher and is a contributing author of the book, A Complete Guide to Acupressure. And she was a Voice Specialist in Somatic Voicework from 1985 until 2003.  

 

Kaleo is also a SC Artist-in-Residence and Teaching Artist, bringing an awareness of Living Aloha and the Hawaiian Cultural through Hula to children in schools and in the home schooling communities. Kaleo currently lives and has her physical school in Spartanburg SC, where she can meet with clients and students and teach classes in person. She also works with women nationally through online programs and sessions. 

Tessa Kidd

Tessa is an Editor/Writer and Assistant to Kaleo.  

As a young girl, Tessa lived on the island of Oahu.  She is so grateful for this experience of living with the influence of the Hawaiian culture and their way of Living Aloha at such an impressionable age. In her late teens and early adulthood, she lived in Florida and found herself connecting to the Hawaiian culture again.  

She became a part of a local Polynesian Revue dance group and performed with them for a number of years until she met her husband, Chris and the Navy made other plans for their future.  In 2000, while stationed in Monterey, CA Tessa was once again immersed in the Hawaiian culture as many of her colleagues and friends were from the islands. Even though she was not performing then, she continued to hula at social gatherings just for the love of the dance.

As fate would have it, Kaleo and Tessa met at an International Festival in October 2019, where Kaleo and her halau (dance group) performed. At the time, Tessa was part of a local salsa dance group who was set to perform after Kaleo's group. When Tessa caught Kaleo's group performance, she knew they had to meet. After the show, they connected instantly over their shared love of Hawai’i and especially of Hula.  

In 2012, Tessa had the opportunity to visit Africa and fell in love with the people and the culture in Rwanda. She and her husband adopted a son in Rwanda; but because adoption laws changed during the process, Bahati continues to live and go to school in Rwanda while Tessa and her family support him. Bahati was an orphan, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide of 1994 where his entire family perished. This has given her a deep connection and compassion for the African culture, that she also brings to the Heart of Aloha.

Tessa is an avid journaler and lover of words. Years before joining The Heart of Aloha, she wrote a personal blog for 8 years where she shared stories expanded from her journals - stories about her experience as a mom raising her three young kids. Now 17, 16 and 15 years old respectively, that blog about her children is no longer active. However, Tessa continues to write and is focused on helping others find compassion and joy in their everyday life.  It has been a natural segue for Tessa to now be a coach and editor/writer for the Heart of Aloha. Together, Tessa and Kaleo share the same mission and passion for helping other women find joy, acceptance and love in their daily lives through creating HeartFull Relationships with their heart/mind/spirit, their human family and the sacred land.