Tiare is like a virtual tour guide of Hawaii’s past through the present, with her presentation of chant, mele (poetry or song), and hula. Before Western colonization, and written documentation, everything we know about Hawaii’s history, religion, the land, and its people was passed down from generation to generation through “mo’olelo” (storytelling).
Since 2006, Tiare Kahana has performed throughout New England, enlightening audiences of all ages with stories about Hawaii’s past, its culture, people, mythology, and the true meaning of Aloha, with the sacred Hawaiian oral tradition of storytelling, known as hula.
Her shows are fun, interactive, entertaining, as well as educational. Her warm, informal style is influenced by the Hawaiian “talk story” tradition of sharing stories in a personal and conversational manner, as she narrates the dances that she performs, and describes her experiences being raised with Hawaiian culture. Audiences are encouraged to sing along, follow her hand motions, and even dance a hula or two.
As a yoga teacher, Tiare utilizes Hawaiian and Hindu wisdom and mythologies to enhance mindful movement with storytelling to help students utilize imagery and metaphors, to increase awareness of their bodies, their minds, and their personal potential to achieve peace, happiness and well-being.
Tiare is a performing and teaching artist on the rosters of the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Arts For Learning of Connecticut, Hartford Performs, Connecticut Storytelling Center, Connecticut Library Consortium, and Connecticut Recreation and Parks.
Her programs are enjoyed by preschoolers through senior adults, in schools, libraries, summer programs, senior centers, and residential care facilities, and more.