World Fireknife Championships
There are several reasons why the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu's North Shore is consistently ranked as Hawaii’s best attraction. The World Fireknife Championship is certainly one of them.
The 27th Annual World Fireknife Championship happens this week on Oahu’s North Shore, at the Polynesian Cultural Center, the only cultural tourist attraction of its kind in the world.
The Polynesian Cultural Center founded the World Fireknife Championship in 1993 with the primary objective to encourage the next generation to embrace and perpetuate this proud, ancient tradition of the Samoan culture. The World Fireknife Championship is the main attraction of the Polynesian Cultural Center’s We Are Samoa Festival, Hawaii’s largest annual Samoan cultural celebration on May 8-11.
Five More Ways to Explore the Magic of Polynesia
Located on Oahu’s North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center opened on October 13, 1963. Since then, it has progressively expanded in size and guest experiences over time, while remaining true to its original intent. It's anchored by six authentic island villages on
42 lushly landscaped acres, which is intersected by a scenic lagoon.
At the villages, guests enjoy exhibits, engaging presentations, and hands-on activities throughout the day while interacting with the native people of Hawai‘i, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, and Aotearoa (New Zealand). New guest experiences that allow visitors to discover Polynesian culture, traditions, food, music and dance are continuously being introduced, upgraded and planned.
Here are five ways the Polynesian Cultural Center takes visitors on a tropical journey through the South Pacific. While each is unique, you’ll witness the similarities that link these beautifully diverse cultures.
1) Six Polynesian Villages
Meander through the center’s six Polynesian villages to experience the unique culture that each shares through food, dance, art, games of skill and interactive food presentations. Villages include the islands of Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa, Tonga, Tahiti, and Samoa.
2) “Ha: Breath of Life”
“Ha: Breath of Life” shares the symbolic story of Mana and his beloved Lani, punctuated by Polynesian dance, music, and a blazing fireknife ceremony. More than 100 Polynesian natives, special effects, animation and surround sound highlight this Pacific isle saga of birth and death, love and family, tragedy and triumph.
3) “Hawaiian Journey” IMAX film
A great place to start a visit at the Polynesian Cultural Center is by seeing the 14-minute IMAX “Hawaiian Journey” film. Enjoy spectacular Hawaii scenery and special effects that allow visitors to feel the ocean spray and the rumble of a volcano.
4) Rainbows Of Paradise Canoe Pageant
Meandering throughout the villages is a canal of water and a lagoon that showcases a once-daily special performance featuring the different Polynesian regions. Each of the six villages features a double-hulled canoe with performers dressed in colorful traditional costumes while dancing and playing music from their region.
5) Ali'i Luau Buffet
While the Polynesian Cultural Center takes great pride in making its luau the most delicious, it also embraces the Hawaiian culture to make it the most authentic. Count on a sensory overload in this authentic “all you can eat” Polynesian buffet garnished by an island extravaganza of song, dance and celebration from across the Pacific.
2019 World Fireknife Championships Schedule
The world’s most talented (and seemingly fireproof) fireknife dancers come together for four nights of heated competition on May 8th with the final competition on 11th.
Wednesday, May 8th: Hale Ohana
Women's Open Division Preliminaries (a minimum of 6 competitors is required to hold the event)
Thursday, May 9th: Hale Aloha
World Fireknife Men's Open Division Preliminaries & Women's Open Division Finals
Friday, May 10: Hale Aloha
Junior (6-11 yrs) and Intermediate (12-17 yrs) Division , Men's Open Division Semi Finals (Top 6)
Saturday, May 11: Pacific Theater
Final Competition for the 2019 World Fireknife Championship to be held during intermission of the "Ha: Breath of Life" evening show. Awards immediately following the show.