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We Are Samoa Festival featured at Polynesian Cultural Center this month

Fireknife dancer 'eating' fire

Honolulu, HAWAII — Samoa’s largest cultural event in Hawaii lights up the Polynesian Cultural Center this weekend with the high school Samoan Cultural Arts Festival and culminating next week with the World Fireknife Championship finals.

The world’s most talented fireknife dancers are coming together at the Polynesian Cultural Center in four nights of heated competition. Fireknife dancers from as young as six years old to the most experienced and celebrated performers competed in their respective divisions for the chance to win the coveted title of World Fireknife Champion. Attendees were treated to a cultural experience unlike any other, and the best of the best will be crowned a World Champion in both Junior and Senior Divisions later on this weekend.


Students from across Hawaii will demonstrate their knowledge of Samoan culture by competing in a series of traditional practices including protocol and speech making, basket weaving, coconut husking and fire making, costuming, poise, dance movements and interpretation.

For those who cannot make it to the live competition we will be streaming through Live Feed, available through the Polynesian Cultural Center Facebook page.

Click on THIS LINK on any performance night and select “Follow” for access to the live feed.