Veteran Teaching Artist Tiare Kahana is offering lots of new programming! With a more pointed focus on Global Cultures and Mindfulness, Tiare will expose your students to the languages and cultures of Hawai'i and the South Pacific, the true meaning of Aloha, and how mindfulness can transform your daily life.
Language of the Hawaiian People
While learning to perform Hawaiian chants and dances, students learn that hula is a dance form of storytelling; requiring skills such as comprehension, imagery, mindfulness, posture, and spatial awareness. Also performed by men and boys, this oral language tradition has served as an effective means of preserving ancient wisdom and documenting Hawaiian history and mythology for centuries. Connections are made with language arts, history, geography, and social studies. Hawaii has the highest racial minority population in America. Students learn how they can apply the Hawaiian values of “aloha” (love, kindness, and compassion) and “ohana” (family) to create harmony by accepting and welcoming diversity.
From Mrs. Joyner’s 3rd Grade Class at Veteran’s School in Norwich, CT:
“Thank you for teaching us the Hawaiian dance. We learned so much about Hawaiian culture. You are an amazing dancer and teacher to us. You gave us confidence on the stage. Some of us had stage fright but we overcame it. You gave us happiness… Thank you for teaching us what “Live Aloha” means and how to treat everyone like they’re family.”
From Jennifer Furlong, Principal, Saint Bridget School, Cheshire:
“…We had a wonderful morning with you learning all about your beautiful culture. The language and dance still linger here. We enjoyed your presentation very much!” Songs, dances, choreography and terminology vary according to skill and grade levels.”
1 Workshop or Assembly Show: $520
2 Workshops or Assembly Shows Back to Back: $780
3 Day Residency (up to three 1-hour workshops per day- Solo Only) $2,925
South Pacific Island Rhythms, Storytelling, and Mythology
Polynesia in Greek means “many islands”, referring to a group of islands within three marking points: The Hawaiian Islands, The Easter Islands, and New Zealand, referred to as the Polynesian Triangle. Cultures and dances of other Polynesian islands are often misrepresented as Hawaiian. While learning to perform dances and chants of the South Pacific, students learn that Polynesian dance is a form of storytelling; requiring skills such as comprehension, imagery, mindfulness, posture, and spatial awareness. Also performed by men and boys, this oral language tradition has served as an effective means of preserving ancient wisdom and documenting the island’s history and mythology for centuries. Connections are made with language arts, history, geography, and social studies.
1 Assembly Show: $975
2 Assembly Shows Back to Back: $1,690
*Poi Ball Making Workshop with Tiare: Please inquire for rate and cost or list of materials*
The Mindfulness of Aloha for Teachers and Students
The mindfulness principles taught in this program are based on the real meaning of Aloha, which is unconditional love, kindness, caring, compassion, and respect for all. Yoga and Hawai'ian hula dance are not just physical exercises, nor just a form of entertainment, but are mindful movements that connect the body, mind, and soul, with the energies and elements of nature. Presenting mindfulness practices through a cultural lens, students experience the beauty and power of nature in one’s self, in all people, and in all things.
Drawing from wisdom of yogic and Hawai'ian philosophies, customs, and traditions for right living, this fun and unique mindfulness program will change one’s state of mind, and perhaps one’s life. Tiare Kahana translates these principles into habits and simple exercises to practice daily. The outcomes are reduced stress, increased energy, self-awareness, social-emotional development, self-regulation, and cultivating optimal personal health and well-being. This program is also strongly recommended as a personal development workshop for teachers to experience for themselves, with the ability to share the practices with their students.
1 Workshop: $325
2 Workshops Back to Back: $585
3 Day Residency (up to three 1 hour workshops per day) $2,340
About the Artist
Tiare Kahana has been a performing and teaching artist since 2006, presenting Hawaiian culture and dance to audiences throughout New England and the Tri-State areas. Teaching and performing for audiences of all ages, she enjoys the energy, creativity and spontaneity of working with young children and teens and making learning fun.
Tiare learned hula as a child as part of her family’s Hawaiian tradition. Her parents had moved from Hawai’i to California and Tiare learned hula from her first teacher, Tani Marsh who was recruited from the islands to appear in Hollywood films such as Blue Hawai’i and South Seas. A perpetual student of hula, Tiare is mentored by Kumu Hula (Hula Master) Kawika Alfiche. Tiare was honored as a guest dancer in Kumu Kawika’s New York Times acclaimed production of “Ka Wa Hula- Sacred Hula” at Symphony Space in New York City and at Wesleyan University.
Tiare has been a performing and teaching artist since 2006, presenting Hawaiian culture and dance to audiences throughout New England and the Tri-State areas. Being a trained professional dancer and fitness trainer, she has also a yoga practitioner for thirty years. Tiare earned Yoga Alliance Certification in 2017, attends mindfulness retreats at the Copper Beech Institute, Omega Instutute and The Kripalu Center, participates with the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) Mindfulness Council and completed a Mindfulness Educator Certification course through MissionBe®. For personal healing and well-being, she practices and studies Emei Qigong and has completed Level 1 Training. The profound connection between yogic wisdom, Hawaiian philosophy and Chinese medicine has inspired Tiare to integrate mindfulness practices into her dance and movement programs. Teaching and performing for audiences of all ages, she enjoys the energy, creativity and spontaneity of working with young children and teens, and making learning fun. Tiare finds joy in knowing that her programs positively impact the lives of children and is passionate about making her programs accessible to as many students as possible, especially children who struggle with anxiety, depression or any form of trauma. She is currently studying to complete a 95-hour Yoga Alliance Specialized Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification and also Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Certification.