The World Fireknife YouTube Series – 29th Annual World Fireknife Championship is here – and so is “We Are Samoa!”

Flyer details how to get tickets, what events are happening and how to apply to be a fireknife competitor at the 29th Annual World Fireknife Competition


Even during our COVID-19 restrictions, last year’s 29th Annual World Fireknife Championship was held at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Ingenuity and safety measures were combined in order to provide our fans with an exciting 2-day competition that many were able to view life through their Internet.

Due to the reduction in COVID-19 state restrictions and guidelines, we are thrilled to announce that we will return to our full schedule of competition and events, including the popular We are Samoa high school exhibition. Once again, for those who cannot make it to the live competition we will be streaming through Live Feed, available through our Facebook page.

Click on THIS LINK on any performance night and select “Follow” for access to the live feed. 

Joe Milford's face is illuminated by the lit of the fireknife that he holds above his head

Joe Milford, our Junior winner of last year’s 28th World Fireknife Championship


Be amazed by our Junior and Intermediary competitors on Wed, May 4th, 6pm in the Pacific Theater 

 Our first night will highlight our amazing youth in the Junior and Intermediary competition. Think the adult competitors are amazing? Wait until you see the young people! You’ll keep asking yourself “how did they do that”? These contestants leave nothing on the table – every knife skill has been practiced over and over. You can tell by the pride in the eyes of their parents, and the loud “CHEEEEEEHOOOOOO” how much these youth are nurtured and supported. Its an experience you’ll never forget!

Isa’ako Milford spinning a Fireknife

Isa’ako Milford, winner of Intermediate Division for the 28th World Fireknife Championship in 2021


Feel the team spirit of the many proud island based Samoan Clubs on Fealofani Day. Saturday, May 7th

Starting at 9am, our local high schools send their Samoan Clubs to enjoy hands-on workshops held throughout our Island Villages. The public event where ticket holders will be able to cheer on their favorite club members as they participate in friendly competitions and exhibits will begin at 11:00 in the Pacific Theater. Don’t delay on obtaining tickets for this event – due to enthusiastic family members, these tickets go very quickly.

Kapolei High girls in We Are Samoa Festival

The Kapolei High girls perform a Samoa traditional dance called maulu’ulu. It is known as Rain Dance in English


One week later, on Wednesday, May 11th, 2World Fireknife Championship – Schedule022 it’s the Women’s and Men’s turn

Prepare for a long night of drum pounding, heat blasting excitement as we hold both the Preliminaries and Finals for our Womens and Mens division of the 29th World Fireknife Championship. These tickets are also limited and reservations are open. You don’t want to miss your chance to see courage, skill and strength in action, so grab those reservations as soon as possible. 

For those who cannot make it to the live competition, we will be streaming through Live Feed, available through our Facebook page. Click on THIS LINK on any performance night and select “Follow” for access to the live feed. 

Photo of 2019 Womens Fireknife Competitors 2019

Our last women’s competition was held in 2019. Jeri Galeai (in the black t-shirt) was crowned champion of the Women’s Division, Moemoana Schwenke (far left) of Sydney, Australia was first runner-up; and Huang Sih Ping (middle) of Taipei, Taiwan was 2nd runner-up. 

The finale, held on Thursday, May 12th in the Pacific Theater is where the real heat happens

Our three finalists will take the stage during a special intermission during the Polynesian Cultural Center’s nightly show “HA: Breath of Life” where years of practice, blood, sweat, tears and BURNS cumulate in a competition you’ll never forget. Immediately following the 2nd half of HA, our victor will be crowned, presented with a beautifully hand-carved fireknife and crown and carried around the stage to receive their well-earned standing ovation. It’s a heart-pounding experience you do not want to miss. 

Are you interested in applying as a fireknife competitor?

Competitor Applications are available online 

Registration must be completed no later than APRIL 17, 2022 

 Tickets are available on our website or by calling 808-293-3333. Remember, there will be limited seating, so call NOW! 

Photograph of Samoan drummers performing at the 27th Annual Worlds Fireknife Championship

A special fa’afetai (thank you) to our drummers, who perform every night of competition for hours


Read more about the History of Fireknife Dancing

Learn the Rules of Fireknife Dancing  

View videos from past competitions

To view our live feeds, click on THIS LINK on any performance night and select “Follow”.