Tiare Kahana is a performing and teaching artist presenting Polynesian dance and hula to audiences throughout Connecticut and New England since 2006. Her first Kumu Hula (Hula Master) as a child, was Tani Marsh, who was a former Miss Hula in the 1940's and recruited from Hawai'i to Hollywood. Featured as a hula dancer in numerous films and television shows, from "Blue Hawaii" to "The Liberace Show", Tiare was inspired and influenced by her teacher's alluring showbiz flair, while also learning the traditional art of hula.
A perpetual student of hula, Tiare is currently mentored by Kumu Hula Kawika Alfiche of San Francisco's Halau (Hula Academy) 'O Keiki'ali'i. She was honored as a guest dancer in his New York Times acclaimed production of "Ka Wa Hula - Sacred Hula" at Symphony Space in 2011.
Kahana Hula, Tiare's dance company, was comprised of a cast of captivating and talented hula dancers and musicians, performing for audiences throughout New England, New York, and on local and national televsion. In 2017, she officially relinquished the responsibilites of managing the Kahana Hula Dance Company, in order to work at a pace more manageable with her condition of Fibromayalgia.
As a 30-year yoga practitioner, and certified fitness trainer, she turned to the practice of yoga and meditation to manage the symptoms of chronic pain. Beyond grateful for the effectiveness of this ancient practice, she finally pursued and earned Yoga Alliance certification so that she could share the healing benefits of yoga with others.
With her restored health, Tiare continues to share the Aloha Spirit with children in schools, libraries, and camps. Her other favorite audience are "na makua" (the elderly), performing at senior centers, clubs, residential and health care facilities.
Tiare owes all of these blessings to Elizabeth Magie aka "Auntie Betty", her beloved, late mother, who was a dedicated hula dancer and Tiare's inspiration. She gracefully battled Multiple Myeloma cancer until January 23, 2000. Tiare's sister, Abella "Leialoha" Carroll, is also an accomplished Polynesian dancer in Los Angeles, California, and is a breast cancer survivor.
Tiare has been honored to participate in numerous Make A Wish events for pediatric cancer patients who are granted their wishes to visit Hawai'i with their parents and families. She is also a trained Yoga For Cancer teacher to help provide support to cancer patients and survivors to enhance their wellbeing and quality of life through the practice of safe, specialized, research-based yoga methodology.
Polynesian Cultural Enrichment - Arts Integration Programs
Basic Hula Dance Workshops
Mindfulness Education and Mindful Movement Programs
Solo Performances and Performances with the Kahana Hula Trio
TIARE KAHANA Body, Mind & Spirit of Aloha KahanaHula@gmail.com (860)620-7202