Hula Background and Training

Amanda’s love of dance started at age 3. She was lucky enough to have a teacher willing to work with her at a young age. She spent her youth in ballet, jazz, tap, and even clogging classes. She discovered bellydancing as an adult when in a meditation she was guided to begin moving/dancing again. She performed with Three Graces Entertainment in Boone, NC (primarily raqs sharqi and occasionally flamenco/tribal). Upon desiring to find a more sacred connection to movement and dance, after several visits to Hawai’i, she witnessed up close a hula dancer performing in Aunty Maile’s living room and was mesmerized by the “feeling” this woman radiated while dancing. Amanda, wanted to know that feeling. Surprisingly upon returning to Charlotte, she met a hula/tahitian teacher and began learning. She soon began performing with the group at cultural festivals and for private events (birthday parties, senior centers, and luaus). She loved sharing the Aloha spirit through dance with others/audience and really feeling the connection to the music and movement.

Upon relocating to the Crystal Coast she realized there was a desire for others to learn hula and she began offering classes. She continues her studies in hula through workshops and travels to Hawai’i to study with her Kumu Kea of Nā Puakea O Ko’olaupoko hālau (hula school). As one who understands the bodies energy field, Amanda believes hula really helps women connect into their goddess self/feminine aspects and in opening the hips (sacral/root chakras). Hula is also about a connection to the heart  which naturally unfolds in connection to the dance. Because hula was originally done to “mimic” nature, hula is also about being one with the elements of nature and appreciating beautiful landscapes. (Have you ever listened to Hawaiian songs? The songs are all about love and the beauty of flowers, waves, mountains, and sacred places.)

Ehukailani is Amanda’s Hawaiian name. It has many meanings one being heavenly seaspray. There are many hidden meanings to the name as with most things in hula.

Hula (and Tahitian) Education

HOT HULA fitness® certified Instructor

Te Varua Ori Vahine: Tahitian O’tea and Aparima Workshop with Angela Liva’a

Intensive Hula Study in O’ahu: Nā Puakea O Ko’olaupoko hālau (hula school) with Kumu Kea

Visit Aloha Island Hula Girls for upcoming classes in Charlotte, NC area and/or to book your next event.

Visit Three Graces Entertainment for hula classes and events in the Winston-Salem, NC area.