Living Aloha: 6-Day Hawai'i Island Hula & Wellness Retreat

September 29 - October 5, 2024

Experience the transformative power of hula, the traditional dance from Hawai'i. Our immersive retreat will help you connect deeply with the heart and soul of Hawai'i's rich cultural heritage while surrounded by healing landscapes and breathtaking beauty.

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Retreat with us

Each day of the retreat is a journey of discovery and growth. Under the guidance of Kumu Hula Andrea Luchese, you'll learn the ancient art of hula—a dance form that embodies the spirit of aloha and tells stories of love, nature, and the Hawaiian people. Through its graceful movements and rhythmic chants, you'll immerse yourself in the traditions and wisdom of generations past, gaining a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things. Come experience the true essence of aloha and leave feeling refreshed, inspired, and deeply enriched by the magic of the islands and the healing power of hula.

Learn Hula & Hawaiian Chant

Our daily schedule includes classes in hula, as well as Hawaiian chant, known as oli. These sacred traditions hold profound healing and spiritual significance. Passed down through generations, hula and oli carry the mana (spiritual power) of the islands and serve as a means of connecting with the land, ancestors, and divine forces.

Relax and Rejuvenate

The retreat is also a chance to rejuvenate and reconnect with yourself and the natural world. With leisure time built into the schedule, you'll have the freedom to relax at the beach, swim in the ocean, visit the nearby towns of Hawi & Kapa'au, or simply bask in the serenity of our surroundings. Feel the gentle trade winds caress your skin as you find moments of peace, reflection, and connection with the land.

Nourish Mind, Body, and Spirit

Our carefully curated itinerary ensures that every aspect of your retreat experience is designed to nourish your body, mind, and spirit. From delicious meals made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients to guided excursions that unveil the hidden treasures of North Kohala, every moment is an opportunity for discovery and transformation.

Connect in Community

You'll experience the retreat in the true spirit of 'ohana—living together as a supportive community where laughter, learning, and shared moments create lifelong bonds and cherished memories. Join us for a journey of cultural immersion, spiritual upliftment, and a respectful connection to the land and people of Hawai’i. Come and discover the true meaning of aloha with us.

What awaits you

  • Learn Hula: Learn both traditional and modern styles of hula, delving into the rich storytelling of this ancient cultural dance form.
  • Learn Hawaiian Chants: Experience the power of chant (oli) to bring inspiration and healing.
  • Explore Cultural Sites: Huaka’i (journey) to sacred sites and immerse yourself in the mo’olelo—the stories, myths, and legends—of the area, shared by esteemed cultural practitioners.
  • Create Lei: Gather materials from the ‘aina (land) and learn the art of lei-making, crafting beautiful adornments for the body that hold deep cultural significance.
  • Connect with Nature: Relax and rejuvenate at the beach or explore the mountains, both just a short drive away, offering opportunities for scenic hikes and tranquil moments in nature.
  • Reconnect and Revitalize: Take this time to reconnect with yourself and community to rediscover your vitality for life and find peace in the embrace of Hawaii's landscapes.
  • Live Aloha: Embrace the Aloha Spirit in all that you do, fostering love, compassion, and harmony in your interactions with others… carrying this essence with you as you return to daily life.

What's Included

Accommodations

In the spirit of community, our retreat offers shared lodging in a beautiful North Kohala home with ocean views, situated on 23 acres. Single and double occupancy options available.

Food

Three delicious, healthy meals will be provided daily, with a focus on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Carefully crafted by Chef Dana Marie, our island-inspired meals will deeply nourish you.

Classes & Excursions

In addition to classes in hula, chant, and lei-making, we'll journey to sacred sites, where you'll learn from esteemed cultural practitioners about the significance of these special places.

E Komo Mai!

Whether you're a seasoned hula dancer or a novice, we welcome participants of all levels with open arms and open hearts.

Location & Accommodations

Our retreat will be held at a vacation rental on Hawai’i Island's North Kohala coast. Set on 23 acres with pastures, orchards and stunning ocean views, this lovely home is the perfect setting to relax, unwind, recharge, and draw on the energy of North Kohala’s powerful and sacred land. The towns of Hawi and Kapa’au, with local boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and farmer's markets, are less than a mile from where we'll be staying and are well worth the visit for a taste of local Hawaiian culture.

Choose from spacious ocean or garden view rooms with queen beds that offer single or double occupancy, or shared occupancy in a room with two twin beds, or a full futon for single occupancy. There are two full bathrooms and a half bath, which will be share amongst the 6-10 participants. All rooms are fitted with Hawaiian style furniture. Linens and towels, including beach towels are provided.

We'll also have the opportunity to spend time at Pu’ukōlea, the land where Kumu and her husband live. Set on 9 acres, their home is just a short walk from historic and beautiful Kapanai’a Bay.

Sample Tentative Schedule

This is a tentative schedule only! The activities and times may be adjusted depending on availability and scheduling.

Day of Arrival

  • 3-4 pm Arrivals
  • 4:30 pm Opening Circle & Intention Setting
  • 6 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Oli (Hawaiian chant) Class

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8 am Breakfast
  • 9 am: Hula Class and/or Local Activity (Legends and Lore talk story; or excursion to nearby sacred or historical site)
  • 12 pm: Lunch
  • 1 pm: Free Time and optional Pololu Valley + Beach Hike; explore Kapa’au and Hawi towns; or local beach outing
  • 4 pm: Living Pono talk story time; Oli (chant) Class; or Lei-Making Workshop
  • 6:30 pm: Dinner

Alternate full or half day Huaka’i (excursions) to sacred or historical sites or cultural activities with local practitioners (ex: Kukuipahu Heiau, Kohala; Mo'okini Heiau, Kohala; Halema'uma'u, Volcano National Park).

Option to kōkua (provide hands-on service work) to give back to the local community (ex: Kahua Pa'a Mua, Kohala; Konea O Kukui, Kohala).

Day of Departure

  • 7 am Breakfast
  • 8 am Hō’ike to share what you’ve learned
  • 9 am Closing circle
  • 11 am Check Out and Departures

Getting There & Transportation

The closest airport to our accommodations is Kona International Airport (KOA), which is about 50 miles and approximately 1 hour drive. The cost of airport transfer to the retreat is not included, however we are happy to help coordinate shared transport. We will share the home address and a list of private taxi companies and drivers with all participants approximately 2 months prior to the start of the retreat. You may choose to rent your own car as well. Discount Hawai’i Car Rental is a reputable, affordable company. You could consider renting from Turo or other company as well.

We will provide transportation to and from any activities off-site. If you end up renting a car and would like to be a driver and have other participants ride with you, please email our team at [email protected] to let us know.

If your budget and schedule allow it, we recommend arriving a day or two early to acclimate and adjust to a new time zone. Similarly, if you can stay a day or more after the retreat, that will give you time to integrate your experience before returning home. We are not able to offer accommodations for any additional nights, so regardless of your travels, please plan for the check-in and check-out times at our accommodations, as specified in the sample tentative schedule above.

Cost and Sign Up

All participants must be 21 or over.

A $500 deposit is required to secure your spot or you may pay in full. The balance is due by July 15, 2024. Each room type has the option to make three additional payments (May 1, June 1 and July 15) or you can pay any amount amount when making a payment until the retreat is fully paid. You will receive reminder emails a few days prior to your balance due date. If you register after July 15, 2024, the full amount is required.

If you would like to share a room with a friend who is booking separately please mention their name on your registration form. If you are traveling solo and would like to be matched up with other travelers of the same sex in a shared room, you are welcome to register for your preferred room type with the agreement that you may need to upgrade if we are unable to fill the room with others closer to the retreat date, subject to availability at that time. 

Retreat limited to 10 participants. Register by August 15, 2024 to secure your spot!

All prices are per person, not per room.

  • Ocean View with Queen Bed (2 rooms available) - Double Occupancy (1 Queen Bed) - USD $2,385 per person (Early Bird rate: USD $2,146.50 per person)
  • Garden View with Queen Bed (3 rooms available) - Single Occupancy (1 Queen Bed) - USD $2,945 per person (Early Bird rate: USD $2,650.50) per person
  • West Wing Garden View with Twin Beds (1 room available) - Double Occupancy (2 Twin Beds) - USD $2,560 per person (Early Bird rate: USD $2,304) per person
  • Garden View Futon in Private Office (1 room available) - Single Occupancy (1 Queen Bed) - USD $2,560 per person (Early Bird rate: USD $2,304) per person

Meet your guides

Our intention is to help you truly retreat from your busy schedule by dropping into a place of serene beauty and connection, to nourish your mind, body, and soul. The retreat team includes our kumu hula, our kōkua, our chef, and other cultural practitoners. Plus, special guest, Hoku the dog!

Our Kumu Hula
Andrea Luchese

Andrea is the founder and Kumu Hula (master teacher) for Hālau Hula Ka Pi’o O Ke Ānuenue, a hula school based in Ashland, Oregon, and Ha'a Hula 'Ohana, an online hālau hula with students from all over the world. She is a 2014 ‘uniki (graduated) kumu hula (hula instructor), under Raylene Haʻaleleʻa Kawaiaeʻa and Keala Ching, and the hula traditions of Halau ʻO Haʻaleleʻa and Na Wai ʻIwi Ola, respectively..."My greatest joy is getting to share the light of hula and seeing how it transforms and elevates people's lives." Read more about Kumu Andrea.

 

Our Kōkua
Renée Tello Spencer

Renée is Indigenous Mexican and was born and raised in southern California, where studied various forms of dance. As an adult, she learned under kumu hula Ryan McCormack in Hilo, Hawai'i, and more recently with Kumu Andrea. We are blessed by Renée's gracious and generous spirit, which she pours into her role as a primary kokua for Kumu's local hālau and online classes. "Hula helps support my own indigenous reclamation, bringing the sacred into daily life. I am honored to carry these cultural practices, and I hope to share them with reverence, respect, and much aloha!".

Our Chef
Dana Marie

Chef Dana Marie has been a private chef for almost 20 years, serving families and communities in Hawai'i and all over the US. She offers a Farm-to-Fork experience that reflects the land, the seasons, and the region’s organic farms and farmers. Chef Dana supports the slow and organic food movement as a way to protect our natural resources, sustainability, health, and wellness. Her culinary work is deeply intuitive, custom, creative, and prayerful. "I love curating special events and retreats by preparing food that provides deep nourishment for body and soul."

Retreat with us!

We look forward to sharing this amazing journey with you in Hawai’i!

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