Wassa Dance with Aloha | February 11, 2018 - February 18, 2018

Wassa Dance with Aloha

Wassa Dance with Aloha

Join us this winter for a new season of inspiration, easy and joyful vitality. Come as you are, let the rhythms dance you deeper.

This sweet 7-night island style intensive features daily sessions of movement meditations and personal tuning leading into spirited dance segments in Wassa’s unique ways. Most afternoons and evenings are purposefully left open for participants to enjoy their own experience of the many delights and resources of Kalani and the island
. Delicious daily buffet style meals, accommodations and use of Kalaniʼs grounds, pool and spa are included.

We will be:

– cultivating fresh vibrancy in our physical wit and wisdom.
– immersing ourselves in afro-infused dance inspired by some of the best music the world has to offer.
– engaging our senses in the complex natural and cultural beauty that IS the Big Island. Ocean meets lava, mongoose, wild pigs, tree frogs, bird song, hula, solar power, compost, and not so far away strip malls all co-existing while Pele makes the newest earth in the world.


As we breathe, we are already dancing.
World rhythms blend seamlessly with traditional and contemporary steps in this lively afro-fusion dance form Lara McIntosh created to deepen and expand a dancer’s movement skills, body awareness and music appreciation.  Based on guided movement with an organic fitness component, Wassa invites a natural way of moving that feels good and invites dancers of all levels to be expressive, strong, joyful, and grounded.

Wassa Dance is offered as ongoing classes with curated mixes and live music sessions, as well as in residencies, intensives and collaborations. In all of these, what ultimately draws people together is finding a common rhythm. Through these vibrations comes joy and the power to transform.


To Register: Lara McIntosh

Phone: 206.284.9473
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: http://wassadance.com/2016/04/wassa-dances-aloha-2017/

Retreat Fees

Kalani is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your stay here supports our mission to provide transformational experiences via nature, culture, and wellness.
Kalani retreat rates are all-inclusive and provide access to meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's amenities including our clothing-optional 25-meter pool and hot tubs.  Kalani cannot pro-rate fees for late arrivals or early departures. Registration for the full retreat experience is required.

  • A deposit of 20% holds your space
  • Prices subject to change without notice for unregistered participants.
  • Non-dancing companions are welcome based on available space at Kalani. There is a $50 administrative fee for non-dancers.
Fees Per Person
Lodging Type Single
Cottage $2705 $1970
Loft Sold Out Sold Out
Treehouse Room $2180 $1725
Bungalow Room Sold Out Sold Out
Lodge Room (Private Bath) Sold Out Sold Out
Lodge Room (Shared Bath) $1620 $1368
Commuter* $1200
Kama'aina Commuter** $694

*Offsite Commuter: Does not include accommodations.
**Kama'aina Commuter: Does not include accommodations. A valid Hawaii state-issued ID or driver's license must be presented at check-in to receive the kama'aina rate.

Extend Your Stay at All-Inclusive Retreat Rates!

Book your early arrival or extended stay at all-inclusive retreat rates. Contact a registrar for rate information and availability.

Airport Transportation

Kalani offers shuttle service from Hilo International Airport (ITO), which can be arranged via Kalani Guest Services, [email protected] or 808.965.0468. Please send flight details, including airline carrier and flight number with your shuttle request. We also pick up from the downtown Hilo bus station and hotels. Shuttle service is subject to availability; one-way pricing is $50 per person for shared rides and $75 per person for single bookings. If you require airport shuttle service, please contact us to make your reservation a minimum of one week in advance.

Taxi service is available from ITO or Hilo Downtown for a one-way fare of approximately $125.


Cancellations up to 7 days in advance of arrival incur a $75 administrative fee. Cancellations within 7 days of arrival incur forfeiture of fees paid up to $250. No refund will be provided for no-shows or cancellations within 24 hours of scheduled arrival, 4:00 pm on check-in date. No refund will be provided for early departures from retreat programs. Participation in any parts of programs at Kalani Honua is completely voluntary.


Kalani Honua reserves the right to dismiss a participant at any time before, during or after a program if one:

  • Becomes dangerous or harmful to self, others, or property
  • Behaves disruptively or inappropriately
  • Is not able, for whatever reason, to be present for learning
  • Breaks the law
  • Refuses to cooperate with program leaders or Kalani Honua management
  • Does not pay accordingly for program or services provided


  • Facilitated by: Lara McIntosh
  • Dates: February 11, 2018 - February 18, 2018
Lara McIntosh
Lara McIntosh
LARA MCINTOSH has studied dance all her life and is an active member of Seattle dance, music and public art communities. Lara is the originator of Wassa Dance which is inspired by dances and music from the African diaspora. She has been teaching independently in this afro-fusion style since 1997. Travels to Brazil and Mali, West Africa and ongoing study with locally based teachers are great influences in her work. “Wassa” is the Bambara name Lara received during her first visit to Mali. It translates as “one who acts for joy and fulfillment.” Lara's curiosity about movement and cultures are combined with a deep love for music and community building. She has a long history of collaboration for performance, event production and movement education which include ten years with THREAD DANCE, multiple collaborations with artist Cameron Anne Mason and the Fremont Arts Council for parade and pageant presentations. During her six years on the Board of Directors of the Seattle World Percussion Society (SWPS), she helped oversee the production of the World Rhythm Festival at Seattle Center, which is one of the largest free percussion festivals in the country. Lara is an adjunct faculty member of the ARC School of Ballet. She also offers school residencies and conducts annual intensive workshops in Washington State and Hawaii. www.wassadance.com (Photo by Michael Harthorne)
Phone: 206.284.9473
Email: [email protected]
Website: [email protected]