We are honored to announce the return of the most elite Fireknife competition in the world! Like our mighty coconut trees, the storms may bend us, but we will not be broken! Steve Laulu, Islands Director at the Polynesian Cultural Center and co-host of the 2021 World Fireknife Championships

It’s time for the 28th World Fireknife Championship! 

Last year, just as we were preparing for our annual fireknife extravaganza, the world came to a screeching stop. Wanting to be a part of the solution, and not the problem, the Polynesian Cultural Center made the difficult, but necessary decision to cancel the 2020 event. 

Recognizing that health and safety is still the most important consideration, management put their heads together and mapped out various ways we could avoid another year of disappointment for our loyal fireknife fans and amazing competitors. We are very pleased to announce that we will be holding our competition while maintaining the regulations and recommendations of state and federal agencies. Some changes were necessary, but we are ready to provide another exciting competition with four competing categories: Womens, Mens, Intermediate (12 – 17) and Juniors (5 – 11). 

Mose Lilo

Moses Lilo captured the title of the Junior Division 27th Worlds Fireknife champion

Two nights of action skill and artistry! 

Wed, Apr 28th, 6pm Pacific Theater 

Our first night of competition, which will be April 28th will be for our Junior and Intermediate Competitors. Tickets to the Pacific Theater will be limited to assure physical distancing requirements, and reservations are open so act now! 

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 now, and select “Follow” for access to the live feed on both nights of the competition. 

photograph of Matagi Lilo, winner of the Intermediate Section of the 27th Annual World Fireknife Competition

Our Intermediate winner at the 27th World Fireknife Championship, Matagi Lilo

 

Competitor Applications are available online 

Registration must be completed no later than APRIL 17, 2021 

 

Tickets are available on our website or by calling 808-293-3333 

Geri Galeai performs with two fireknifes at the 27th Annual World Fireknife Competition

Jeri Galeai, winner of the Women’s Division, 27th Annual World Fireknife Championships

 

Wed, May 5th, 5pm Pacific Theater 

One week later, 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 28th World Fireknife Championship. These tickets are also limited and reservations are open. You don’t want to miss your chance, 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 now, and select “Follow” for access to the live feed for both nights of the competition. 

 

Photograph of Falaniko Penesa, 2019 Champion of the 27th World Fireknife Competition

Our Men’s winner at the 27th Annual Fireknife Competition, Falaniko Penesa of Samoa

 

Competitor Applications are available online 

Registration must be completed no later than APRIL 17, 2021 

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


Leading the way in safety, artistry and excitement!

photograph of two island villagers at the Polynesian Cultural Center ukulele shaka northshore oahu hawaii

 

The Polynesian Cultural Center, Hukilau Marketplace and World Fireknife Championship are committed to the health and welfare of our competitors, staff, volunteers and guests. 

  1. All guests and staff will wear CDC approved masks at all times. 
  2. Seating will follow current Hawaii distancing regulations.
  3. Expect temperature and bag checks for everyone attending the event. 
  4. All participants, staff, volunteers and guests are expected to adhere and support these standards. Anyone not following these regulations will be asked to leave the Center.   

 


 

Read more about the History of Fireknife Dancing

Learn the Rules of Fireknife Dancing  

View videos from past competitions

 

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.

 

 

Nina Jones, a mainland gal from way back, is now a transplanted Islander. With her husband of 44 years, she has lived in Laie since volunteering at the Polynesian Cultural Center from 2014 – 2016. She now serves as the blog manager for the Center. Her blogs focus on the Polynesian history, beliefs, practices and oh so delicious food! Polynesia is not just a place to visit, it is a way to live and she is very honored to be able to be a part of their amazing world.

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