HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The We Are Samoa festival kicks off today at the Polynesian Cultural Center with annual cultural events like the 22nd annual World Fireknife Championships and local high school cultural arts exhibitions.
Fireknife dancers will compete amongst the best of the best, crowning a World Champion in both Junior and Senior Divisions.
Those competing in the contests must showcase a series of traditional practices including protocol and speech making, basket weaving, coconut husking and fire making, costuming, poise, dance movements and interpretation.
Here is the Line-up:
Wednesday, May 7 at 7:45 p.m. – Hale Aloha
Senior Division Preliminary Competition
Thursday, May 8 7:45 p.m. – Hale Aloha
Junior Division Competitions (Ages 6–11 & 12–17) Senior Division Semi-Finals (Ages 18+) Group Competition (Open)
Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. – Pacific Theater
Senior Division Finals – Night One (during intermission of Ha: Breath of Life evening show)
Saturday, May 10 – Pacific Theater 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – High School Samoan Cultural Arts Festival 7:30 p.m. – Senior Division Finals Night Two and Crowning (competition during intermission of Ha: Breath of Life evening show, awards immediately following conclusion at 9:00 p.m.)
For more information or to make reservations, call the box office at (808) 293-3333 or click HERE.