Tiare Kahana of Kahana Hula
About Tiare Kahana of Kahana Hula
Hula dancer, teaching and performing artist, Tiare Kahana is committed to developing children’s programs that provide fun, interactive, kinesthetic, and sensory learning experiences through Hawaiian dance, movement, music, sing-along, and storytelling. Her teaching style is warm, gentle, and playful, making her programs engaging to boys and girls of all ages. As a professionally certified fitness instructor for over thirty years, Tiare is also a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher and certified Mindfulness Educator. She is attends workshops with the CREC Mindfulness Council and is a volunteer at the Copper Beech Institute at various mindfulness retreats. Tiare’s background as a hula dancer and yoga teacher expands her ability to present creative strategies that inspire mindful thinking as well as mindful movement, imparting self-awareness, self-confidence, self-respect, and self-control. She is also trained to teach Yoga for Arthritis and Yoga for Cancer, providing compassion for students with physical limitations, and equipped with knowledge of safe modifications of yoga postures that help to strengthen and heal not just the body, but the mind and emotions. She volunteers with the Make A Wish Foundation, helping child cancer patients’ experience Hawaii with her performances, giving hula lessons, and appearance as “Moana”. When hula meets yoga, it stimulates curiosity about diversity and the need for living in harmony with all living beings and the elements of nature, and how they can take an active part in making the world a better place. As part of her Hawaiian heritage, Tiare learned the ancient and sacred art of hula and oral language of storytelling in early childhood. She continues to study hula under Kumu Hula (Hula Master) Kawika Alfiche of Halau ‘O Keiki’ali’I of San Francisco and was honored as a guest dancer in his production of “The Sacred Hula: Ka Wa Hula - Hula Through Time" at Symphony Space in New York City, which won critical acclaim in The New York Times. She is the founder of Kahana Hula, a Polynesian Dance Company, presenting Hawaiian culture and dance performances throughout the Northeast, in schools and universities, community, private and corporate events; and has made appearance on local and national television. Tiare Kahana is on the rosters of performing and teaching artists for the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Arts for Learning of Connecticut, Connecticut Library Consortium, and Connecticut Recreation and Parks.