Women in recovery at The Salvation Army’s Family Treatment Services have found a powerful source of pride and inspiration in dealing with their drug addiction: hula.

Kumu hula Kilohana Silve has generously shared her love of the hula by teaching these women the art of hula once a week.  “It’s wonderful how they’ve come to lift up their lives by turning to, and for some, recapturing the hula,” she says. 

“Hula is a very spiritual art that builds strength and self-esteem in men and women who need to restructure their lives in the program that The Salvation Army offers,” she adds.

Kilohana is proud to be their kumu by teaching them ancient chants that hold such precious knowledge about the culture and the heritage of the islands.

Mahalo, Kilohana, for being a shield!

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