May 23, 2016
The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) in Hawaii established the World Fireknife Championships 24 years ago, in part, to see this proud Samoan cultural tradition perpetuated by future generations. Based on the stellar performances on May 13th by 17 talented – and young – fireknife dancers, competitive fireknife dancing has a strong and vibrant future for many years to come. Youth ruled the stage at the World Fireknife Championships, as seven boys in the Junior Division (ages 6-11), and ten competitors, including one girl, in the Intermediate Division (ages 12-17), wowed a sold-out crowd at the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Hale Aloha Theatre. Fireknife dancing draws its roots from the Samoan ailao, a warrior’s knife dance, performed before battle with the nifo oti, or “tooth of death.” Winning the Junior Division was Isaako Milford, age 10, of Laie, HI, with Hale Motuapuaka, age 16, of Aiea, HI, winning the Intermediate Division for the third straight year. In the elite Senior Division (age 18 and older), three finalists will vie to be the 2016 World Fireknife Champion: Mikaele Oloa (Waialua, HI), Falaniko Penesa (Samoa) and Matuni Vaiaoga (Orlando, FL).
Tip of the Day
Championship, Competition, Fireknife, Hawaii, Polynesian Cultural Center, taking the kids