Music

Kalani Performing Arts Festival - Performer Intensive

Yannis Adoniou, Blue Star Octave, Kenny Elliot, Joule L`adara, Wainani Leialoha Makuakane Hansen, Wailana Simcock, Andrea Torres

3rd Annual Kalani Performing Arts Festival
Performer Intensive

Kalani Performing Arts Festival HawaiiAwaken your creative potential in this 7 day performance workshop and festival.  Participants from all levels, beginners and professionals alike, are welcomed to KPAF who have a passion and interest in the performing arts.

About the Facilitator(s)

Yannis Adoniou and KUNST-STOFF Dance Company, Modern Dance

In 1998 Yannis Adoniou founded the critically acclaimed dance company, KUNST-STOFF with longtime collaborator Tomi Paasonen to explore the intersection of multiple art forms and aesthetics, employing dance as the central medium. With KUNST-STOFF dance company, his works have toured throughout the USA and internationally with critical acclaim. Since 2010 Adoniou, runs the performing and visual arts space KUNST-STOFF arts, located in down town San Francisco, California USA, where he teaches, curates and creates works for KUNST-STOFF dance company.

www.kunst-stoff.org

Raj Olson & Blue Star Octave, Music

Raj Olson, always looking for something artistically unique and original, is a multimedia artist residing in the Puna District on Hawaii Island. Trained in classical guitar technique in Singapore, West African percussion in Hawaii and influenced by his East Indian background Raj has a unique style of guitar and composition. At 18 years old in Colorado Raj released "Selected Guitar Sequences" an album combining classical style guitar with alternate tunings. At 19 years old he met critically acclaimed writer/theatre director Kate Veihl and with a Federal grant they formed a very successful percussion group to work with rehabilitating senior citizens through music. After moving to Hawaii in 2001 Raj and Kate Veihl formed Stargate Academy of Performing Arts in which Raj has starred, played music, and written for most of their original acclaimed productions. In 2009 while starring and writing the score for the esoteric play "Conference of the Birds" he got to train with Hawaii's amazing choreographer Wailana Simcock. Raj has since worked with Wailana's dance company "Wai Company" as a musician. Currently Raj is playing and writing music with the unique band "Blue Star Octave" a fusion gypsy rock and roll dance band that plays around the Big Island.

Kenny Elliott, Acting

Since his beginnings, Elliott has had the privilege and opportunity to perform on many stages across the U.S., including Disney's RedCat Theatre, Stages Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. As a co-star on television, he has made appearances on Lost, Cold Case, Strong Medicine and the Wayan's.  He has travelled the U.S. with the national tour of The Exonerated, where he originated the role of Robert Hayes, in which the Los Angeles Times claimed the production, "...a riveting Actorsʻ Gang staging examining capital punishment and the justice system in chilling terms." He also originated the role of Ned in Batboy, the Musical, which eventually went to Broadway.

Ken traveled to the Island of Hawaiʻi in 2005 to assist longtime friend Jason Scott Lee, in inaugurating his Ulua Theatre, in Lanford Wilson's play, Burn This, in the role of Larry, which consequently sold out for three weeks.

He is also Artistic Director and co-founder of GASP Theatre Company with which he directed and produced, "Tape" at the East Hawaii Cultural Center (2009), and "The Laramie Project - 10 Years Later" (2010) at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.  He is also slated to direct UH Hilo's Fall 2012 production of August Wilson's play, "Joe Turners Come and Gone" at the Performing Arts Center. In 2009, he enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and this summer earns his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a Certificate in Elementary Education.

Ken's membership in Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and Actor's Equity Association, combined with his professional training and experience over the past 25 years, has prepared him to share his knowledge of exploring the "Power of the Voice" through the heightened emotional states of Happiness, Sadness, Fear and Anger.

Joule L`adara, Voice

Joule L’adara MFA, is a classically trained vocalist whose music integrates western and eastern spiritual traditions utilizing extended vocal techniques. She is a Sound Healing and Reiki practitioner, holding a Masters in Multi-Focus Vocal Performance, a BFA in Acting, and a Diploma in Audio Engineering. She has sung in Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, and professional musical theatre and opera companies in the United States and in Europe, as well as performing her original music worldwide. As the founder of Sounding Circles LLC, she joyously leads workshops and retreats throughout the US featuring group improvisational vocal methods designed to bring about emotional release and promote the idea of community building through group resonance. Joule is the host of Sounding Circles Radio, a bi-monthly show airing on the Contact Talk Radio Network, featuring interviews with leading edge sound healing practitioners and conscious musicians. Her Sounding Circles Intensive will take place for the third year at Kalani Oceanside Retreat in July 2012.

http://www.soundingcircles.com

Wainani Leialoha Makuakane Hansen, Hula

Wainani was Maui born and raised in Kailua, O`ahu.  Her first kaholo began when she was 5 years old and she has been dancing hula ever since.  She has had the honor of studying with amazing Kumu Hula – Karen Aiu, Holoua Stender, Randy Fong, Wayne Chang, and Kaleo Trinidad.  Her passion for dancing led her to study many other forms of dance and movement – ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, tap, pilates, yoga, GYROTONIC ® and aerial dancing; but her roots and true love will always be hula.

Wailana Simcock, Artistic Director

Born in Angeles City, Philippines to a Filipina mother and Kiwi father, Wailana 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 Director of the annual Kalani Performing Arts Festival.

Andrea Torres, Aerial Dance

Brazil born, dancer & yogi Andrea Torres is the Founder and Director of Hawai‘i’s only Aerial Company SAMADHI HAWAII. Andrea is the original aerialist/acrobatas Hina, the moon goddess, in the critically acclaimed 'Ulalena production at the Maui Theatre in Lāhaina by ARRA Montreal. Torres is a recipient of the Choreography Award by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Her aerial work has appeared with Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre, Tau Dance Theatre, Sonny Ching's Hālau Nā Mamo o Pu'uanahulu in Hawai‘i and Japan, I Ka Wā Kahiko-Haleakalā Productions, Honua'ula Lūau at Maui Marriott Wailea, Nohelani Cipryano “Nostalgic Hawai‘i” Show at Hale Koa Hotel, Art Spree at TCM, Bank of Hawai‘i’s family Sunday at The Art Academy, Live from the Lawn at Hawai‘i State Art Museum, Youth Fair at The State Capitol, Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, Raiatea Helm at The Hawai‘i Theatre and in collaboration with Hawaiian musician Makana and Grammy nominee Jeff Peterson.

Contacts

To Register:

Kalani Reservations Desk
Phone: 
(800) 800-6886 (toll-free)
Phone: 
(808) 965-7828 (front desk)

For More Information:

Wailana Simcock
Phone: 
808-965-0468 x108

Workshop Fees

Kalani is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity. Your stay here supports our educational mission, preservation of ancient Hawaiian cultural sites, and the development of a model sustainable community.

Included: Accommodation in a lodge room with private bathroom, all meals at Kalani, use of Kalani facilities, regular classes (over 50 per week), airport transfers, and all feature dinners and evening events.

Not Included: Flights to/from Hilo airport (ITO.)

Performer Intensive Package (8 nights):

$1212 triple - shared bath

$1495 double - private bath

$1895 single - private bath

$1175 camping - shared bath

All packages are priced per person and include tuition.

A very limited number of room upgrades are available. Inquire for details.

Kama'aina tuition is available at $350, and does not include meals or lodging. $25 daily & $50 weekly pool/spa passes will also be available.

3rd Annual Ecstatic Dance Retreat

Sita Devi, Craig Kohland & Tyler Blank

Ecstatic Dance RetreatThe Ecstatic Dance Retreat is a week long intensive, held in the healing heart energy of the Big Island of Hawaii at Kalani Retreat Center. This retreat is a safe, ceremonial container for all of us to explore, expand and offer our unique, creative expressions and gifts.  

About the Facilitator(s)

Visit the EcstaticRetreat.com website to see a full listing of the facilitators.

Contacts

Workshop Fees

Pricing available at the Ecstatic Retreat website.

Fees include workshop, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna.

Prices subject to change without notice.

Singing with Courage

Jon Arterton

January 15, 2013 - January 20, 2013

"I'm discovering that lots of people were told not to sing as children - can you imagine?! I'm sure many of them heard far more than "Don't Sing"; they heard "Don't Speak. Don't really be." Singing is a very scary experience for many of us - it's so fraught with opportunities to make a fool of oneself. For those of us who were encouraged to sing as children, singing has always been magical haven, and yet a bit of a mystery.

About the Facilitator(s)

JON ARTERTON began his musical journey as a choirboy at Washington's National Cathedral. He was twice a Tanglewood Vocal Fellow at the Berkshire Music Festival, and holds a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from The New England Conservatory of Music. He also holds an MFA in Acting from Smith College, and has performed in hundreds of plays and musicals, including one night on Broadway in The Utter Glory of Morissey Hall. He was the founder and musical arranger of The Flirtations, the proudly gay a cappella group seen on HBO and in the film Philadelphia. He conducts The Outer Cape Chorale, a 140-voice community chorus in Provincetown, Massachusetts he began in 2002. He also serves as the Director of Music at The U.U. Meeting House in Provincetown and gives periodic Singing Workshops. He recently took fifth place in a national online competition to collaborate with cellist Yo-Yo Ma in a performance of Dona Nobis Pacem. He and his husband James Mack have recently released their first CD together entitled Legally Married … and the sky didn’t fall!

Contacts

To Register:

Dennis Dehler
Phone: 
(808) 965-0468 x122

For More Information:

Jon Arterton
Phone: 
(508) 487-0477

Workshop Fees

Fees include workshop, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna.

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
9 - Ocean Cottage n/a n/a
8 - Ocean Loft n/a n/a
7 - Tropical Cottage $ 1250 $ 1775
6 - Tropical Loft n/a n/a
5 - Tree House Room $ 1050 $ 1375
4 - Bungalow Room n/a n/a
3 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 875 $ 1175
2 - Lodge Room (shared bath) n/a n/a
1 - Campsite n/a n/a

Price for Children (ages 3-12) is $350.00 and the price for local community is $350 (does not include meals).

Kalani requires a $200 deposit to hold a space in the program once you register. The remaining balance will be due upon arrival. $50 cancellation fee.

Prices subject to change without notice.

Kalani Performing Arts Festival - Huliau 2012: The Turning Point

Yannis Adoniou, Blue Star Octave, Kenny Elliot, Joule L`adara, Wainani Leialoha Makuakane Hansen, Wailana Simcock, Andrea Torres

3rd Annual Kalani Performing Arts Festival

Kalani Performing Arts Festival HawaiiThe Kalani Performing Arts Festival is heralded by local artists and media as one of the most innovative collaborations in the state. This year's theme is Huliau 2012: The Turning Point. 2012 is a riveting time in the world, exciting times for art and expression. Huliau means the turning point. Time of Change.

About the Facilitator(s)

Yannis Adoniou and KUNST-STOFF Dance Company, Modern Dance

In 1998 Yannis Adoniou founded the critically acclaimed dance company, KUNST-STOFF with longtime collaborator Tomi Paasonen to explore the intersection of multiple art forms and aesthetics, employing dance as the central medium. With KUNST-STOFF dance company, his works have toured throughout the USA and internationally with critical acclaim. Since 2010 Adoniou, runs the performing and visual arts space KUNST-STOFF arts, located in down town San Francisco, California USA, where he teaches, curates and creates works for KUNST-STOFF dance company.

www.kunst-stoff.org

Raj Olson & Blue Star Octave, Music

Raj Olson, always looking for something artistically unique and original, is a multimedia artist residing in the Puna District on Hawaii Island. Trained in classical guitar technique in Singapore, West African percussion in Hawaii and influenced by his East Indian background Raj has a unique style of guitar and composition. At 18 years old in Colorado Raj released "Selected Guitar Sequences" an album combining classical style guitar with alternate tunings. At 19 years old he met critically acclaimed writer/theatre director Kate Veihl and with a Federal grant they formed a very successful percussion group to work with rehabilitating senior citizens through music. After moving to Hawaii in 2001 Raj and Kate Veihl formed Stargate Academy of Performing Arts in which Raj has starred, played music, and written for most of their original acclaimed productions. In 2009 while starring and writing the score for the esoteric play "Conference of the Birds" he got to train with Hawaii's amazing choreographer Wailana Simcock. Raj has since worked with Wailana's dance company "Wai Company" as a musician. Currently Raj is playing and writing music with the unique band "Blue Star Octave" a fusion gypsy rock and roll dance band that plays around the Big Island.

Kenny Elliott, Acting

Since his beginnings, Elliott has had the privilege and opportunity to perform on many stages across the U.S., including Disney's RedCat Theatre, Stages Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. As a co-star on television, he has made appearances on Lost, Cold Case, Strong Medicine and the Wayan's.  He has travelled the U.S. with the national tour of The Exonerated, where he originated the role of Robert Hayes, in which the Los Angeles Times claimed the production, "...a riveting Actorsʻ Gang staging examining capital punishment and the justice system in chilling terms." He also originated the role of Ned in Batboy, the Musical, which eventually went to Broadway.

Ken traveled to the Island of Hawaiʻi in 2005 to assist longtime friend Jason Scott Lee, in inaugurating his Ulua Theatre, in Lanford Wilson's play, Burn This, in the role of Larry, which consequently sold out for three weeks.

He is also Artistic Director and co-founder of GASP Theatre Company with which he directed and produced, "Tape" at the East Hawaii Cultural Center (2009), and "The Laramie Project - 10 Years Later" (2010) at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.  He is also slated to direct UH Hilo's Fall 2012 production of August Wilson's play, "Joe Turners Come and Gone" at the Performing Arts Center. In 2009, he enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and this summer earns his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a Certificate in Elementary Education.

Ken's membership in Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and Actor's Equity Association, combined with his professional training and experience over the past 25 years, has prepared him to share his knowledge of exploring the "Power of the Voice" through the heightened emotional states of Happiness, Sadness, Fear and Anger.

Joule L`adara, Voice

Joule L’adara MFA, is a classically trained vocalist whose music integrates western and eastern spiritual traditions utilizing extended vocal techniques. She is a Sound Healing and Reiki practitioner, holding a Masters in Multi-Focus Vocal Performance, a BFA in Acting, and a Diploma in Audio Engineering. She has sung in Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, and professional musical theatre and opera companies in the United States and in Europe, as well as performing her original music worldwide. As the founder of Sounding Circles LLC, she joyously leads workshops and retreats throughout the US featuring group improvisational vocal methods designed to bring about emotional release and promote the idea of community building through group resonance. Joule is the host of Sounding Circles Radio, a bi-monthly show airing on the Contact Talk Radio Network, featuring interviews with leading edge sound healing practitioners and conscious musicians. Her Sounding Circles Intensive will take place for the third year at Kalani Oceanside Retreat in July 2012.

http://www.soundingcircles.com

Wainani Leialoha Makuakane Hansen, Hula

Wainani was Maui born and raised in Kailua, O`ahu.  Her first kaholo began when she was 5 years old and she has been dancing hula ever since.  She has had the honor of studying with amazing Kumu Hula – Karen Aiu, Holoua Stender, Randy Fong, Wayne Chang, and Kaleo Trinidad.  Her passion for dancing led her to study many other forms of dance and movement – ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, tap, pilates, yoga, GYROTONIC ® and aerial dancing; but her roots and true love will always be hula.

Wailana Simcock, Artistic Director

Born in Angeles City, Philippines to a Filipina mother and Kiwi father, Wailana 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 Director of the annual Kalani Performing Arts Festival.

Andrea Torres, Aerial Dance

Brazil born, dancer & yogi Andrea Torres is the Founder and Director of Hawai‘i’s only Aerial Company SAMADHI HAWAII. Andrea is the original aerialist/acrobatas Hina, the moon goddess, in the critically acclaimed 'Ulalena production at the Maui Theatre in Lāhaina by ARRA Montreal. Torres is a recipient of the Choreography Award by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Her aerial work has appeared with Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre, Tau Dance Theatre, Sonny Ching's Hālau Nā Mamo o Pu'uanahulu in Hawai‘i and Japan, I Ka Wā Kahiko-Haleakalā Productions, Honua'ula Lūau at Maui Marriott Wailea, Nohelani Cipryano “Nostalgic Hawai‘i” Show at Hale Koa Hotel, Art Spree at TCM, Bank of Hawai‘i’s family Sunday at The Art Academy, Live from the Lawn at Hawai‘i State Art Museum, Youth Fair at The State Capitol, Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, Raiatea Helm at The Hawai‘i Theatre and in collaboration with Hawaiian musician Makana and Grammy nominee Jeff Peterson.

Contacts

To Register:

Kalani Reservations Desk
Phone: 
(800) 800-6886 (toll-free)
Phone: 
(808) 965-7828 (front desk)

For More Information:

Wailana Simcock
Phone: 
808-965-0468 x108

Workshop Fees

Kalani is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity. Your stay here supports our educational mission, preservation of ancient Hawaiian cultural sites, and the development of a model sustainable community.

Special package rates are available for the Kalani Performing Arts Festival - a tremendous value!

Included: Accommodation in a lodge room with private bathroom, all meals at Kalani, use of Kalani facilities, regular classes (over 50 per week), and all feature dinners and evening events.

Not Included: Airport transfers, performer immersion tuition, and flights to/from Hilo airport (ITO.)

Weekend Package (3 Nights): 
$495 per person, double occupancy ($675 single)

7 day / 6 night Package (Complimentary wellness treatment included):
$990 per person, double occupancy ($1350 single)

Extended Stay Package (Two complimentary wellness treatments included): 
$1395 per person, double occupancy ($1995 single)

A very limited number of room upgrades are available. Inquire for details.

Performer Intensive:
$500 tuition per person ($350 kama'aina). For more details about the Performer Immersion, click here.

Big Island Music and Adventure Retreat 2014

Anne Weiss, Connie Cohen, Eric von Beck

February 2, 2014 - February 8, 2014

Big Island Music and Adventure Retreat

About the Facilitator(s)

Anne Weiss (guitar, voice, theory, adventure) has been performing and teaching internationally for over 25 years. Known for her enormous bluesy voice, great musicianship, and community building, she has appeared with everyone from Joan Baez to Taj Mahal and has taught workshops from Hawaii to Vermont.

Connie Cohen (ukulele, travel sketching) is a creative musician, songwriter, teacher, and award winning watercolorist. Her unique blend of talent and insight, and her ability to communicate with passion and fun have made her a favorite at festivals, coffee houses and special events across the nation.

Contacts

To Register:

Catherine May
Phone: 
808 965-0468 x120
Email: 
cat@kalani.com

For More Information:

Anne Weiss
Phone: 
503-232-1720
Email: 
likapika@aol.com

Workshop Fees

Workshop Price: Includes all classes, activities, gorgeous lodging, pool, sauna, and hot tub and includes organic meals! Plane ticket separate.  Triple occupancy options are also available depending on your budget. Local residents (staying off site): $90/day.

Family and friends are welcome too—as workshop participants or as co-vacationers!

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
9 - Ocean Cottage n/a n/a
8 - Ocean Loft n/a n/a
7 - Tropical Cottage n/a n/a
6 - Tropical Loft $ 1635 n/a
5 - Tree House Room n/a n/a
4 - Bungalow Room n/a n/a
3 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 1585 n/a
2 - Lodge Room (shared bath) $ 1329 n/a
1 - Campsite n/a n/a

Reserve Your Spot in the Workshop!

Triple Occupancy / Shared Bath available for $1269 each

Wassa Dances with Aloha #12

Lara McIntosh and Marla Simms

Wassa Dance Logo

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)

MARLA SIMMS started her love affair with the human body and it’s magic from the inside out. She experienced the boldness and explosive energy of a gymnast in her youth.

During her teens and beyond, she discovered qualities of movement under the loving and eclectic watch of teachers and choreographers. She then turned to the focus of exploration of other’s bodies through the study and practice of massage. She has been a massage practitioner and massage educator for 20 years. For Marla, the body continues to be a venue of art, joy, and discovery.

Contacts

To Register:

Lara McIntosh
Phone: 
206.284.9473

Workshop Fees

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 $250 deposit. Final payments are due February 15, 2012.

Non-dancing companions are welcome based on available space at Kalani. There is a $50 admin fee for non dancers.

Please call Kalani's Guest Services at 800-800-6886 to book airport shuttles. $65 for individual ride and $45 shared.

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
9 - Ocean Cottage $ 2015 $ 2715
8 - Ocean Loft n/a n/a
7 - Tropical Cottage $ 1875 $ 2575
6 - Tropical Loft n/a n/a
5 - Tree House Room $ 1700 $ 2155
4 - Bungalow Room $ 1560 $ 1875
3 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 1455 $ 1805
2 - Lodge Room (shared bath) $ 999 $ 1495
1 - Campsite n/a n/a
*** 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.


*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

Prices subject to change without notice.

The Pulse of the RADIANT Feminine Heart: A Woman’s Gathering OF Yoga, Ceremony, Hula Hoops and Drumming

Shakti Sunfire, Marni Sclaroff, Marla Leigh and Special Guest, Hareesh Wallis

January 23, 2012 - January 29, 2012

On the Big Island of Hawaii, we will honor the Goddess and doing so, honor ourselves. Shakti Sunfire, Marni Sclaroff and Marla Leigh will facilitate this week of wonder, of community, of discovery and of deep honoring as we sync up; strong spirit, strong body, strong mind, to the pulse of the feminine heart.

About the Facilitator(s)

Shakti Sunfire is a vibrant and passionate teacher of hoop dance and yoga. Now a resident of San Francisco, she draws on her own experiences and her heavy participation in the community to encourage unfettered self-expression centered in the heart. Her message is one of radical self acceptance. She teaches and performs internationally. www.shaktisunfire.com

Marni Sclaroff is an artist, bellydancer, and yogini. She teaches Anusara Inspired yoga as an act of service to the creative and ecstatic unfolding of the Universe. She holds a Masters Degree in Art Education which informs her yoga practice and teaching on many levels. She has appeared on the cover of Yoga Journal magazine, and her poetry is being published in the new book, "The Poetry of Yoga". She lives and teaches in San Francisco. www.yogaanahata.com

Marla Leigh Goldstein is one of the few leading female specialists in the ancient Middle Eastern frame drum. She carries the gift of being an inspiring, energetic and patient teacher who offers drumming workshops and retreats worldwide. She also accompanies many artists in the West Coast Kirtan and World Music scene, leads her own ensemble, ³RHYTHMJUJU², and performs a unique solo show. Her music has been featured on the movies "Bold Native" and "The Cellist", as well as on Hala Khouri's "Yoga for Stress Relief" DVD. Marla has released an instructional DVD, Time Zone² and designed her own signature series frame drum with Cooperman Drum Company, and is currently working on her debut album, ³Rhythms in Peace". www.marlaleigh.com

Contacts

Workshop Fees

Fees include workshop, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna. Also includes group yoga classes, hoop classes, drumming classes, dance parties, vision board materials and more.

$600 non-refundable deposit due by November 1st and remainder due by December 1st

Please send Money Order or Check to:

Shakti

1211 Arguello Blvd San Francisco, CA 94122

Or pay online via paypal with a credit card.

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
9 - Ocean Cottage $ 1800 $ 2100
8 - Ocean Loft n/a n/a
7 - Tropical Cottage n/a n/a
6 - Tropical Loft n/a n/a
5 - Tree House Room n/a n/a
4 - Bungalow Room $ 1500 $ 1700
3 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 1350 $ 1550
2 - Lodge Room (shared bath) $ 1250 $ 1450
1 - Campsite n/a $ 1100

Prices subject to change without notice.

Singing with Courage

Jon Arterton

January 17, 2012 - January 22, 2012

Jon Arterton - Singing with Courage"I'm discovering that lots of people were told not to sing as children - can you imagine?! I'm sure many of them heard far more than "Don't Sing"; they heard "Don't Speak. Don't really be." Singing is a very scary experience for many of us - it's so fraught with opportunities to make a fool of oneself. For those of us who were encouraged to sing as children, singing has always been magical haven, and yet a bit of a mystery.

About the Facilitator(s)

Jon Arterton

Jon Arterton

Jon began his musical journey as a choirboy at Washington's National Cathedral. He was twice a Tanglewood Vocal Fellow at the Berkshire Music Festival, and holds a Master's Degree from The New England Conservatory of Music where he also served as Assistant Conductor of Choruses. He also holds an MFA in acting from Smith College, and has appeared in regional theater, Off-Broadway and on Broadway in The Utter Glory of Morrissey Hall. He was the founder and musical arranger of The Flirtations, the proudly gay a cappella group seen on HBO, Good Morning America and in the film Philadelphia. He lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts where he serves as Director of Music at The U.U. Meeting House and conducts the 135-voice Outer Cape Chorale which he founded in 2002.

Contacts

To Register:

Dennis Dehler
Phone: 
(808) 965-0468 x122

For More Information:

Jon Arterton
Phone: 
(508) 487-0477

Workshop Fees

Fees include workshop, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna.

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
9 - Ocean Cottage n/a n/a
8 - Ocean Loft n/a n/a
7 - Tropical Cottage n/a n/a
6 - Tropical Loft n/a n/a
5 - Tree House Room $ 1050 $ 1375
4 - Bungalow Room n/a n/a
3 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 875 $ 1125
2 - Lodge Room (shared bath) n/a n/a
1 - Campsite n/a n/a

Price for Children (ages 3-12) is $350.00 and the price for offsite is $300 (includes Kalani week facility use fee and workshop - does not include meals).

Kalani requires a $200 deposit to hold a space in the program once you register. The remaining balance will be due upon arrival.

Prices subject to change without notice.

English Country Dancing Week

Bare Necessities with Scott Higgs and Joanna Reiner hosted by George Marshall

March 23, 2014 - March 30, 2014

Hawaii Big IslandDURING THE DAY, diverse and beautiful attractions beckon you to explore: dramatic waterfalls, black sand beaches, lava deserts, and lush tropical rainforests evocative of the 'old' South Seas are just some of the wonders.  Here, uncommon beauty is commonplace.  You can set out to watch dolphins play, snorkel calm-water tide pools alive with colorful fish, or dip into warm springs.

About the Facilitator(s)

 BARE NECESSITIES, a fine quartet renowned for its unique presentation of English Country Dance music, consists of Earl Gaddis and Mary Lea (violin and viola), Peter Barnes (flute and whistles), andBare Necessities Jacqueline Schwab (piano).  Performing music from the 17th through 21st centuries, they have played for concerts, festivals, workshops, balls and dance camps across the United States and in Canada, Scotland, England and beyond.   In the course of concertizing and dance playing, they have become increasingly free in their improvisatory explorations of these beautiful melodies.  The resulting sound is that of both chamber and folk music, yet extraordinary inventive and playful with its interweaving of harmonies and countermelodies.  

As a group, Bare Necessities has recorded more than a baker's dozen CD's to date.  Individually, Peter, Jacqueline, Mary and Earl are well-known and well-traveled musicians within the Contra and Scottish dance communities.       

Scott HiggsScott Higgs began dancing in college, and started teaching soon thereafter (when the knowledgeable dancers graduated !). For 25 years he has traveled the country (25 states and 6 foreign countries) calling for contras and English country dances. Dancers characterize Scott’s contras as “high-energy” and “swingy.” His English dance programs span the spectrum from exuberant to elegant. Scott has composed dozens of dances, and served as President of the Germantown Country Dancers. His first booklet of dance compositions, Early One Morning, appeared in the last century (!). Dances from that collection have been performed across the U.S. and Europe, and reprinted in anthologies in the U.S. and the U.K. In recent years, Scott has led weeklong workshops at Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, Mendocino, Ashokan, and Mainewoods Camps. From 2004-2006, CDSS hired Scott to design and lead special intensive courses for English Dance Leaders. In 2007 and 2008, Scott was Program Director for English American Week at Pinewoods. Scott’s latest enthusiasm: Renegade Morris, now entering its sixth season of high-energy dancing.

Joanna ReinerJoanna Reiner has taught English dance, Scottish dance and longsword for over a decade. Nationally supported for her clear, supportive, spirited calling, Joanna's calling has taken her from Amherst to Ann Harbor, from NEFFA to NOMAD, including several Pinewoods sessions. She co-leads Germantown Country Dance's English country demonstration team, is an avid dance gypsy, and in her spare time, works to support her dance habit.

George MarshallGeorge Marshall, originator and producer of Tropical Dance Vacation, is a full-time musician, caller and dance teacher, touring nationally year-round. His specialty is teaching and calling the New England-style contra dances he has collected throughout the country. George is renowned for his knack of matching music to dance and for smooth, concise teaching and presentation.

Contacts

To Register:

George Marshall
Phone: 
(413) 575.6283

Workshop Fees

Fees include workshop, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna.

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
9 - Ocean Cottage n/a n/a
8 - Ocean Loft n/a n/a
7 - Tropical Cottage n/a n/a
6 - Tropical Loft n/a n/a
5 - Tree House Room $ 1750 n/a
4 - Bungalow Room $ 1400 n/a
3 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 1275 n/a
2 - Lodge Room (shared bath) $ 1150 n/a
1 - Campsite $ 825 $ 825

Camping is only available indoors at Kalani, after January 1st, 2014.

Prices subject to change without notice.

Kalani Performing Arts Festival 2011

Andrea Torres, Jackie Pualani Johnson, Kaʽenaalohakauʽikaukehakeha Hopkins, Wailana Simcock

For the Performer in You...

About the Facilitator(s)

Andrea Torres, Aerial Dance

Andrea TorresBrazil 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.

Contacts

To Register:

Omkar
Phone: 
808-965-0468 ext120
Phone: 
800-800-6886 ext120

For More Information:

Wailana Simcock
Phone: 
808-965-0468 x108

Workshop Fees

Fees include workshop, meals, accommodations, a massage, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna.

Lodge triple occupancy shared bath is $1222.  Upgrades to single occupancy and private bath accommodations available, please call for pricing and availability.

Commuter rate is $400. $25 daily & $50 weekly Pool/SPA Pass available.

Prices subject to change without notice.

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