Brazil born, dancer and Yogi Andrea Torres is the Founder and Director of Hawaii’s only Aerial Company SAMADHI HAWAII. Andrea is the original aerialist/acrobatas Hina, the moon goddess, in the acclaimed 'Ulalena production at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina by ARRA Montreal. Torres' is a recipient of the Choreography Award by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Heraerial work has appeared with Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre, Tau Dance Theatre, Sonny Ching's Halau Na Mamo o Pu'uanahulu in Hawaii and Japan, I ka Wa Kahiko-Haleakala Productions, Honua'ula Luau at Maui Marriott Wailea, Nohelani Cipryano “Nostalgic Hawaii” Show at Hale Koa Hotel, Art Spree at TCM, Bank of Hawaii’s family Sunday at The Art Academy, Live from the Lawn at Hawaii State Art Museum, Youth Fair at The State Capitol, Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards, Raiatea Helm at The Hawaii Theatre and in collaboration with Hawaiian Musician Makana and Grammy nominee Jeff Peterson.
Jackie Pualani Johnson
Jackie Pualani Johnson is a tenured professor of Drama and Chair of the Performing Arts Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (UHH) since June of l979. While at the UHH, she has developed and taught courses in: Introduction to Theatre; Beginning and Advanced Acting; Acting Troupe; Directing; Stage Makeup; Costuming; Lyric Theatre; Oral Interpretation of Literature, and Survey of Dramatic Literature. She has also been the Program Coordinator for the Arts, Nā Pua No'eau, Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children and has been nominated for Ke Kūkui Mālamalama Education Award, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Spring 2000. She was the first Recipient of Faculty Community Service Award in 1996, from Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation for outstanding service among UH System faculty. She has been featured in national Humanities magazine article, entitled, Dreaming of a Nation Within a Nation, March 1995. Ms. Johnson was an invited attendee at President Clinton’s White House for ceremony honoring recipients of the National Arts and Humanities Awards in September of 1994, on behalf of the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities. She was also awarded in UHH Chancellor's Lecture Series, Performer/Lecturer, A Woman's Influence: Hawai‘i Nei in 1990. Ms. Johnson has received scholarships for; Hoʽokupu: An Offering of Literature by native Hawaiian Women; as Co-editor for Book Review of Victoria Nālani Kneubuhl’s collection, Hawai‘i Nei: Island Plays, The Contemporary Pacific, a journal of the University of Hawai‘i Press; Professor Vilisoni Hereniko’s play, Fine Dancing; and for the Afterword to the publication of Pacific playwright John Alexander Kneubuhl’s trilogy of plays, Think of a Garden. She received her M.A. degree in Theater from the University of Colorado, 1978. Ms. Johnson has also taken classes in Hawaiian language and culture at the University of Hawaii at Hilo from 1982-1999.
Kaʽenaalohakauʽikaukehakeha Hopkins, Hula
Kaʻenaalohaokauʻikaukehakeha Aoe Hopkins, from as far back as she can remember, grew up around hula as her father and mother both danced for Nā Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazimero of Hālau Nā Kamalei and Leināʻala Heine Kalama of Nā Pualei o Likolehua. At the early age of 5 and a half, Kaʻena formally started her hula training with Hālau O Nā Maoli Pua, under the direction of Kumu Hula, Alicia K. Smith & her daughter, Piʻilaniwahine Smith. As a performing arts student at Kamehameha, she was a dancer in the yearly hōʻike program all four years. She was also a member of Hawaiian Ensemble (hula) & Concert Glee Club (singing) her sophomore, junior and senior years, where she was the alakaʻi or line captain for both groups her senior year. Kaʻena was fortunate to travel to Waikoloa, Aotearoa, Tahiti and Rapa Nui as a student while at Kamehameha Schools.
In 1998, Kaʻena started dancing hula for her father, Karl “Veto” Kamaluikauakokohaʻaheoināpali Baker and Michael Nālanakilaʻekolu Casupang, Nā Kumu Hula of Hālau I Ka Wēkiu. She will soon begin training in a special class that will culminate in a traditional graduation or ʻūniki ceremony in 2013. As a member of Hālau I Kā Wēkiu, Kaʻena has travelled to Japan & the East Coast where she had the honor of performing at the prestigious dance venue, Jacobʻs Pillow in Massachusetts. She has danced in the Merrie Monarch Festival since 2001, and in 2006 she was chosen to represent her hālau in the Miss Aloha Hula competition, where she was 3rd runner up & the winner of the ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi or Hawaiian language award for excellence.
Kaʻena moved to Hilo in 2003 to go to University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo where she is soon to get her B.A in Hawaiian Language and a minor in Anthropology. She is currently a Special Education Assistant at Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo, a charter school in Keaukaha.
Brett Fouvargue, Sound Design & Technical Production
Brett has produced sound design for such local artists as ‘Ekolu, O-shen, Jon Yamasato, Keahiwai, Lāhaina Grown, and Starr Kalahiki. He has also worked with the acclaimed show on Maui, ‘Ulalena as their sound engineer for 9 years. Following ‘Ulalena, he was sound engineer Waikiki Nei in O ‘ahu, ‘Ulalena’s sister show.
Wailana Simcock, Aerial Dance, Modern Dance
Born in Angeles City, Philippines to a Filipina mother and Kiwi father, he was raised on O'ahu from age five. His multi-cultural identity and immigrant status has critically influenced his dance and art. In 1995, he became principal dancer for the award winning modern dance company Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians (PUDM) of San Francisco, traveling with them to New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Philippines. While in the San Francisco Bay Area, he had the opportunity to work and study with such innovators as: Steamroller, Kunstoff, Terry Sendgraff, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Joe Goode, and Barbra Dilley of Naropa University. Through his full time work with PUDM, he also became Artist Teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District teaching creative movement to children and later for the Hawaii Public School System upon his return in 2000. He then joined and performed with Iona Dance Theater, Tau Dance Theater and the pre-eminent aerial dance troupe, Samadhi Hawai‘i. Wailana graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo in 2006 with a Liberal Arts degree he penned, “Culture and Performance in Contemporary Hawai’i”--bridging Hawaiian Studies with the Performing Arts. In June of 2007, he joined the ground breaking production of ‘Ulalena by ARRA Montreal in Lāhaina, Maui. In 2008, he was part of the original cast of Waikiki Nei, the sister show to 'Ulalena. Through his studies, he has been using the Hawaiian language exclusively to teach creative movement. He has taught at the Hawaiian Immersion Ka ‘Umeke Kāʽeo and now at Nāwahīokalaniʽopuʽu. Since 2001, he has taught aerial dance, modern dance, yoga, Hawaiian studies and language classes at Kalani Honua in Kalapana where he currently lives. He has choreographed for the Puna Men’s Chorus, Stargate Theater, Samadhi Hawai‘i and has created solo and group works. In January 2011, Wailana founded his own performing arts group Wai Company with mission to inspire and educate dance theater me nā mea Hawaiʽi through classes and performances. He is also the Artistic and Project Director of the annual Kalani Performing Arts Festival.
Rates for the Puna Music Festival are Kalani Experience rates. Fee includes classes, meals, lodging, cultural excursions and Festival activities. Come for entire 14 days (13 nights) and receive free airport shuttles.
Revitalize with a full week of Solstice & Lunar Eclipse as all of Kalani and the universe adds moon magic focus to your choice of forty activities, all meals, a 1 hr massage or wellness treatment and a variety of adventures.
Embrace nature, culture, and wellness as this rare solstice eclipse catalyzes the emergence of a more vital you.
About the Facilitator(s)
Jim Berenholtz is a multifaceted artist who has been training with native cultures in the living wisdom of the Earth for over thirty years.
Whether as musician or dancer, writer or speaker, painter or photographer, ritualist or bodyworker, he is devoted to bringing forth the organic intelligence that is natural to our species and forging a passionate blend of arts and activism, thereby celebrating unity in diversity and building bridges for peace.
My main motivation to create artwork is to find universal languages, searching for common truths that unite rather than separate. I feel that artwork, at its best, mirror society and our interior selves, raise questions, and presents communication and reflection. I try to make my messages human, poetic, inclusive, humorous, accessible and comprehensible to everyone.
Compassionate creativity unfurls from this peacemaker, poet, dancer, & art doctor.
Marya discovered the Laws of Creativity after more than 20 years of inquiry in indigenous cultures, through "cellular dancing," principles of quantum physics, and drawing from the work of Plato, Christ, Buddha, Leonardo DaVinci, Martha Graham, and Ernest Holmes, as well as other yogis, sages, and geniuses who not only achieved their own creative power and enlightenment, but inspired others.
Cass Phelps teaches an innovative body of work that is simple, potentiating and revelatory. A gifted, clear, calming Presence whose guidance births one into their true Self-Knowing. Cass specializes in movement meditation healing work while honoring 7 years of teaching Continuum Movement, Structural Integration, Reiki, and A Course In Miracles as major influences. He's a Reiki master, musician of 13 years, and sound healing therapist. He offers workshops globally, tele-dives focused on Eros & Inspiration as well as deep internal cleansing programs. He also holds a private practice in LA working with clients with complex neurological disorders. His unique approach to sound, breath and movement unifies the creative and healing arts as ONE.
We invite you to drink in some fun this winter! Join us for a new, dynamic collaboration where Melina’s Seasonal Vinyasa Ayurvedic insights, Chiara’s core-awakening style of yoga, and Lara’s Afro-infused Wassa Dance (Afro-infused blend of elemental movement) come together to nourish your body, lift your spirits, and shake your bootie to kick off the winter season. Melina, Chiara, and Lara each bring over 15 years of dedication to their practice, and together they will help you free up vitality and luminosity.
About the Facilitator(s)
Chiara is a licensed massage therapist, practicing since 1983, teaches Anatomy for Yoga Teacher Trainings, and is certified w/Ana Forrest and Shari Friedrichsen. Chiara cultivates balance, awareness of center, and stillness within movement.
Melina has been exploring yoga and nutrition for over 16 years. She is the author of the Art of Sequencing, and produced, Yoga for the Seasons DVD. Robert Svoboda, Scott Blossom, and Sarah Powers continue to influence her practice.
Lara is a teacher, choreographer and performer whose curiosity and deep love of music, movement and culture are the muses for her life work. Lara explores rhythm, spirit, craft and community to unlock movement potential and inspire the dancer in each person.
Please join us for for "Wassa Dances with Aloha" at Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center on the Big Island, Hawaii!!
About the Facilitator(s)
LARA MCINTOSH believes that anyone who moves is already a dancer. She has danced all her life. As a performer, teacher, and choreographer, Lara explores rhythm, spirit, craft, and community to unlock the movement potential in others. An active member of the Seattle drum-and-dance communities for many years, her Afro-infused dance style is inspired by travels to Brazil and Mali, West Africa. “Wassa” is the Bambara name Lara received during one of her visits to Mali. It means “one who acts for joy and fulfillment.” Her curiosity about movement and cultures, combined with a deep love for music, are lifelong muses. She offers residencies in local schools and intensive retreat-style workshops internationally.
(Photo by Michael Harthorne)
MARIE CHONG has been teaching various movement-related disciplines for over 20 years: Ballet, Pilates, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®. Marie was a professional ballet dancer which fostered a lifelong interest in healthy movement. Her knowledge of the body, kinesthetic movement, and various therapeutic modalities is an asset that she continues to develop and pass on to her students and clients. She is the Director/Owner of ARC School of Ballet and the Artistic Director of ARC Dance Company in Seattle, Washington, USA where she also works with private clients that include musicians, singers, actors, dancers, elite athletes, as well as non-professional movers to design individually-tailored healthy postural and kinesthetic improvements.
Included in this 7-day sweet island style retreat are: daily dance intensives, 3 delicious buffet daily meals and use of Kalani’s grounds, Olympic size pool, sauna and 2 hot tubs. Registration requires $500 deposit. Final payments are due March 25, 2011.
Non-dancing companions are welcome, based on available space at Kalani.
Please call Kalani's Guest Services at 800-800-6886 to book airport shuttles. $65 for individual ride and $45 shared.
Fees per person:
9 - Ocean Cottage
8 - Ocean Loft
7 - Tropical Cottage
6 - Tropical Loft
5 - Tree House Room
4 - Bungalow Room
3 - Lodge Room (private bath)
2 - Lodge Room (shared bath)
1 - Campsite
*** Airfare, car rental and incidental ground travel expenses are not included in the price of this retreat. If you decide to arrive early or stay longer, you will need to make your own lodging arrangements at the place of your choice.
CANCELLATION POLICY: If you find yourself unable to attend, we will refund your money, pending the ability to replace your reservation for this trip. All cancellations include a $30 fee.
*For island residents or vacationers wishing to attend the daily dance intensive without Kalani residence or meals, drop-in rates per class and weekly options are available as space allows. Pre-registration is strongly suggested for this option--which also includes a Kalani day pass with each class/series purchased. Lodging and meal options at Kalani may be purchased separately through Kalani.
Kalani Honua Retreat Center: Kalani means Harmony of Heaven and Earth and is located on 19 coastal acres of tropical beauty on the SE coast of Hawaii. Dramatic lava cliffs provide a haven for sunbathers, stargazers, whale watchers and those seeking a deep connection with the earth and sea.
Other offerings at Kalani at additional cost include:
Hawaiian and Thai massage, Yoga, Bodywork, Watsu (water-based bodywork) and Hawaiiana/Hula Classes.
For more info on Kalani: www.kalani.com
Nia gives me the opportunity to live my dream and create a sacred livlihood that inspires everyone I meet to live into their greatness. As of December 3, 2009 - my dream is now activated in the Hawaiian Islands - both on Maui and in the jungle of Puna. I found Nia in 1997 after many years of searching for a way to move my body with passion and ease. My backround is in Theatre Arts, West African Dance, Modern Dance, Contact Improvisation, Contemplative Dance and early years riding horses and jumping hurdles both on and off of the horse. I have managed three Nia studios, created my own Movement/theater practice and company, become one of 16 Nia Educational Trainers and most recently worked inside of the Nia Technique company as in house White Belt Trainer, StudioNia Director and Guest Teacher. I have worked with Debbie Rosas on the Awakening The New Feminine Spirit Art Project as well as Nia 5 Stages certification and training. My personal work, beingLoved, a somatic movement meditation process, is being offered as a support and enrichment of the Nia work. I am passionate about healing, the creative process, and empowering people to find the life that most wants to live through them.
For the Performer in You! The Performing Arts Festival Intensive.
Performing Arts Aficionados: Beyond the wonderful Kalani Experience and other Festival activities, you have opportunity to have a great nature-culture-wellness week and get, for free, both the opening July 5th Ho’olaule’a (Hawaiian party) and the finale July 10th PERFORMANCE!
About the Facilitator(s)
Andrea Torres, Aerial Dance
Brazil born,dancer & yogi Andrea Torres is the Founder and Director of Hawaii’s only Aerial Company SAMADHI HAWAII. Andrea is the original aerialist/acrobatas Hina, the moon goddess, in the acclaimed 'Ulalena production at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina by ARRA Montreal. Torres' is a recipient of the Choreography Award by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Heraerial work has appeared with Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre, Tau Dance Theatre, Sonny Ching's Halau Na Mamo o Pu'uanahulu in Hawaii and Japan, I ka Wa Kahiko-Haleakala Productions, Honua'ula Luau at Maui Marriott Wailea, Nohelani Cipryano “Nostalgic Hawaii” Show at Hale Koa Hotel, Art Spree at TCM, Bank of Hawaii’s family Sunday at The Art Academy, Live from the Lawn at Hawaii State Art Museum, Youth Fair at The State Capitol, Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards, Raiatea Helm at The Hawaii Theatre and in collaboration with Hawaiian Musician Makana and Grammy nominee Jeff Peterson.
Daron Scarborough, Voice
Daron Scarborough received his B.A. in Music from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he focused on choral and instrumental music. Daron has performed with and/or directed several professional and non-professional ensembles which include Musasa Marimba Ensemble, the Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Honolulu Symphony, various UH instrumental and vocal ensembles, and Trilogy. He is very excited to participate in this one of a kind festival!
Jonathan Kimo Kaleikaukeha Lopez, Hula
Born and raised in Wai'anae, O'ahu, Kimo Lopez was first taught to dance hula at age 5 by his tutu Lucille Kaleikaukeha Kupau. He further studied under the tutelage of John Papa of Nanakuli, Hoku Rasmussen, Lydia Kauakahi, Frank Palani Kahala of the Gentlemen of Maluikeau, Michael Canopin of Halau Kealakapawa, and Ehulani Stephany of Halau Hula Ka Makani Hali'a Ala O Puna. Kimo has competed in the Merrie Monarch, Kamehameha Hula Competition, and was awarded Mr. Imperial Hula of 2002. At the Center Retreat's Conference of 2008 in Breitenbush Hot Springs, Kimo was hula ambassador, and in 2009, a facilitator for a hula and yoga conference with Michelle Anderlie of Priya Yoga in Dallas, Texas. He has been teaching hula for ten years and continues to do so at the retreat center Kalani Honua of Kalapana where he has been living since 2004.
John Signor, Musical Director
Multi-instrumentalist and composer John Signor has served as musical director for numerous productions including 'Ulalena and Waikiki Nei. He has created sound design for several hula drama's including Hanau ka Moku and Kahekili, and composed the music for Tau Dance Theater's Naupaka. He is a past recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and enjoys working on children's theatre productions, including projects for the Alliance for Arts Education (Honolulu), Theatre Theatre Maui (Lahaina) and Plaza de la Raza (Los Angeles). Dr. Signor holds graduate degrees from from the Juilliard School, the University of Miami and the California Institute of the Arts, and in addition to teaching at Leeward Community College, he creates music for theatre, film and dance.
Marcus Quiniones, Acting
Molokai born theater artist Marcus Quiniones has worked in many theaters and companies over the 13 years of creating and performing professionally. Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis), MU Performing Arts (Minneapolis), Theater Amoeba, Ragamala Music and Dance Theater (Minneapolis), The Childrenʻs Theater Company (Minneapolis) among many others. His own plays include Circle Around The Island, produced a second time at the Guthrie Theater in 2007. He was assistant director of Tony Kushnerʻs award winning Guthrie production of Caroline, Or Change. He has performed in ʻUlalena at Maui Myth and Magic Theater in Lahaina as well as being an original cast member of the show Waikiki Nei on Oʻahu. Marcus attended the two-year pedagogical program at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), a Jacques Lecoq-based actor-created theater school in London under the tutelage of master teacher Thomas Prattki. Marcus currently works at the Bishop Museum as a storyteller. Mahalo nui loa ia Kalani Honua ma Puna!
Wailana Simcock, Aerial Dance, Modern Dance
Wailana Simcock was born in Angeles City, Philippines and raised on O'ahu, Hawai’i since age five. In 1995, he became principal dancer for the award winning modern dance company Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians (PUDM) of San Francisco, traveling with them to New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Philippines. While in the San Francisco Bay Area, he had the opportunity to work and study with such innovators as: Steamroller, Kunstoff, Terry Sendgraff, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Joe Goode, and Barbra Dilley of Naropa University. Through his full time work with PUDM, he also became Artist Teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District teaching creative movement to children and subsequently for the Hawaii Public School System in O'ahu and in Pahoa, Hawai'i. Returning to the Hawaiian Islands in 2000, he performed with Iona Dance Theater, Tau Dance Theater and the pre-eminent aerial dance troupe, Samadhi Hawaii. Wailana graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2006 with a Liberal Arts degree he penned, “Culture and Performance in Contemporary Hawai’i”. While in Hilo, me ka ha'aha'a, he studied with Hawaiian teachers and cultural practitioners Dr. Kalena Silva, Larry Kimura and Hälau O Kekuhi. In June of 2007, he joined the ground breaking production ‘Ulalena by ARRA Montreal in Lahaina, Maui. In 2008, he was part of the original cast of Waikiki Nei, the sister show to 'Ulalena. Through his studies, he pioneered a program using the Hawaiian language exclusively to teach creative movement and developed a public performance in the Hawaiian immersion school, Ka 'Umeke Ka'eo in Keaukaha and most recently at Nawahiokalaniopu'u in Kea'au in 2010. On and off since 2001, he has taught aerial dance, modern dance, yoga, Hawaiian studies and language classes at Kalani Honua in Kalapana where he currently lives. He is now choreographing for the Puna Men's Chorus' ExtrABBAganza and is Artistic Director of the Kalani Performing Arts Festival this July 5 - 11, 2010.