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World Fireknife Championship this week

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Are you ready for some fire? The World Fireknife Championship takes place this week at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

World Fireknife Championships
Polynesian Cultural Center
Wed at 7:45pm: Prelim
Thu at 7:45pm: Competition
Fri and Sat at 7:30pm: Finals
Kamaaina prices available

Samoan Cultural Festival
Saturday, 9am-2pm
Polynesian Cultural Center
Pacific Theater

Lâ‘ie, HI – Feb. 12, 2010 – The Polynesian Cultural Center's (PCC) 18th Annual World Fireknife Championships will be held over the course of four days this year, from May 12 to 15. The world's most talented fireknife dancers will come together at the PCC to amaze the audience and once again turn up the heat as they battle to see who will be crowned this year's World Fireknife Champion. Dancers of all ages will tempt fate as they try to avoid the dangerous fireknives in a competition of skill and bravery. Acrobatic moves, death-defying stunts, rhythmic dancing and fireknives combine to make this a must see event.

Wednesday, May 12 – 7:45 p.m. (Hale Aloha)

  • Preliminary Competition

Thursday, May 13 – 7:45 p.m. (Hale Aloha)

  • Junior Division
  • Semi-Finals
  • Open Men-Duet Competition

Friday, May 14 – 7:30 p.m. (Pacific Theater)

  • Day One of World Fireknife Championship Finals (during intermission of Hâ: Breath of Life night show)

Saturday, May 15 (Pacific Theater)

  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Samoan Cultural High School Arts Festival
  • 7:30 p.m. – Day Two of World Fireknife Championship Finals and Crowning (during intermission of Hâ: Breath of Life night show, awards at 9:00 p.m.)

Where: Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Hwy., Lâ‘ie, Hawai‘i

Why: To share and educate others about the Samoan culture and challenging art of Samoan Fireknife while also crowning the world's best fireknife dancer.

Admission: Tickets are $10 for adults, ages 16 and up, and $6 for keiki ages five to 15. Kama‘âina Annual Pass holders and full-day ticket holders receive free admission for the first two nights as well as the Samoan Cultural High School Arts Festival on Saturday. To join in on the final two nights of festivities, visitors must purchase a reserved seating ticket to the Hâ: Breath of Life night show each evening. Ticket prices start at $45.

Information: For more information or to make reservations, please call the Polynesian Cultural Center ticket office at (800) 367-7060 or visit www.polynesia.com. In Hawai‘i, call (808) 293-3333.

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