23rd Annual fireknife competition fuels 'We Are Samoa Festival' - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

23rd Annual fireknife competition fuels 'We Are Samoa Festival' at the Polynesian Cultural Center

The world's most talented fireknife dancers come together at the Polynesian Cultural Center in three nights of heated competition. From as young as six years old to the most experienced and celebrated performers, all will compete in their respective divisions for the chance to win the coveted title of World Fireknife Champion. Attendees will be 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.

Students from across Hawai‘i will also 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.

The 'We Are Samoa Festival' will take place from May 7–9 at The Polynesian Cultural Center, with the final three fireknife competitors facing off during the intermission of Hä: Breath of Life and the winner announced at the conclusion of the evening show. Tickets for May 7 & 8 are $10 for adults and $6 for keiki (ages 5-11).

Kama‘äina Annual Pass holders and full-day general admission ticket holders receive free admission for the first two nights of competition as well as the High School Samoan Cultural Arts Festival on May 9.

Tickets for the Hä: Breath of Life evening show to watch the Senior Division Finals start at $19.95 for kama‘äina (locals) and $49.95 for regular guests.

For more information or to make reservations, call the box office at (800) 367-7060 or click here. In Hawai‘i, call (808) 293-3333.

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