Meet the Dancers ~Puatea~

Heather is a Colorado native who graduated from Denver School of the Arts where she studied music, and then ventured to the Big Island for a college education. After graduating from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2004, Heather has missed the aloha of Hawaii and it’s people a great deal. Heather began dancing with Kalama in May of 2008, looking for a way to get back into shape after having a baby. It soon became more than an “after baby workout” and Heather became a dedicated member of the Halau. Performing with Kalama is her way of sharing the beauty of the islands with others who also miss Hawaii or perhaps have never been.  Dancing with Kalama has exposed her to a wonderful group of ladies as well as dances. She enjoys the challenge of the Poi in Maori, the subtle movements of Samoan, the flashiness of Tahitian, and the soft flow of Hula dances as well as learning tid bits of history and culture. Heather is Gary’s wife and they have three beautiful children. She hopes her children will see this window into their own culture and hopefully pursue dance as a way to learn about and share their own cutlure with others

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