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Congratulations to Viavia (VJ) Tiumalu for claiming the 2011 World Fireknife Championship Title

For more information, click through the links on the left for:

  • The ancient orgins of the nifo oti ["deadly tooth"] as an actual battle weapon.
  • How the 'ailao afi has evolved into the most exciting form of Polynesian entertainment today, one that requires exceptional talent and abilities.
  • Yes, those are real flames...and the only thing between them and the competitors are outsttanding courage and skills.
  • More about the Samoan High School Festival, a competition among Samoan clutural clubs and organizations at Oahu schools in traditional arts and crafts. The level of competition is a mix of fun, pride in cultural heritage and wonderful costumes, songs and dances of Samoa.
  • And more...

For the first two days, the events will be held in the PCC's Hale Aloha dinner theater. Firday's evening event and Saturday's day and evening events will be held in the Pacific Theater. Purchase your tickets online now to secure a seat.

May 11
7:45pm- Hale Aloha

Preliminary senior competition , with nine semi-finalists to be named at the end of the evening.

May 12
7:45pm- Hale Aloha

Junior and Open Duet Competitions with winners named that evening.

Senior Semi-finals, with three finalists to be named at the end of the evening.

May 13
7:30pm- Pacific Theater

WFK Championships: Round 1 The three finalists perform before judges and the audience during intermission of the evening show.

May 14

9am-2pm- Pacific Theater
Samoan Festival High School Competitions, including oratory, traditional skills such as fire making, coconut husking, songs and dances by high school students from throughout Oahu, with the winners named at the end of the event.
May 14
7:30pm- Pacific Theater
WFK Championships Finals: The three finalists perform before judges and the audience during intermission of the evening show, with the results announced during a special ceremony at the end of the show.
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For Tickets:
Tickets may be able to purchase online or through contacting the Polynesian Cultural Center Box Office toll free from the U.S. mainland at 1-800-367-7060, or 808-293-3333.
Tickets can be purchased for each event individually, or can be included as part of a PCC ticket package. Annual Kamaaina Season Pass holders qualify for FREE admission to special events such as this one.

Follow this link to the results of previous competitions >>>

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Listen to Pulefano Galea'i — PCC's retired Director of Cultural Islands, a former knife dancing champion and the originator of the Center's World Fire Knife Dance competition — as he provides an introduction to the competition and how it ties into Samoan culture..

New pictures and information are occasionally added to this site. Check back . . . and then plan to join us for a future World Fire Knife Dance Championship and Samoa Festival.

Fa'afetai tele lava (thank you very much)

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