Mark Your Calendars:
Samoan Fireknife Championships, Festival


The Polynesian Cultural Center will stage the 23rd annual We Are Samoa World Fireknife Championships…

  • May 7, 2015 (Thursday), 7 p.m. in the Hale Aloha: junior (ages 6-11), intermediate (12-17) and senior division preliminary rounds.
  • May 8, 2015 (Friday), 7 p.m. in the Hale Aloha: junior (ages 6-11), intermediate (12-17) division finals; and the senior division semi-finals round.
  • May 9, 2015 (Saturday), 7:30 p.m. in the Pacific Theater: The three senior finalists will face-off during the intermission of PCC’s evening show, Hā: Breath of Life. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the show.

…and the High School Samoan Cultural Arts Festival:

  • May 9, 2015 (Saturday), 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Pacific Theater:

Tickets for…

  • May 7 and 8: $10 each day for adults and $6 for tamaiti (children, ages 5-11).
  • Kamaaina Annual Pass holders and full-day general admission ticket holders receive free admission for May 7 and 8 events as well as the May 9 high school festival.
  • Tickets for the Hā: Breath of Life evening show to watch the senior division finals start at $19.95 for kamaaina (proof of Hawaii residence required) and $49.95 for regular guests.

To make reservations, call the PCC box office toll-free from Canada and the U.S. mainland, 1-800-367-7060, or 808-293-3333; or go to

For more information on the PCC’s annual World Fireknife Championships, and video of the 2014 senior finals.

Story and pictures by Mike Foley


Mike Foley, who has worked off-and-on

at the Polynesian Cultural Center since

1968,  has been a full-time freelance

writer and digital media specialist since

2002, and had a long career in marketing

communications and PR before that. He

learned to speak fluent Samoan as a

Mormon missionary before moving to Laie

in 1967 — still does, and he has traveled

extensively over the years throughout

Polynesia and other Pacific islands. Foley

is mostly retired now, but continues to

contribute to various PCC and other media.