Mikaele Oloa, along with other gifted Samoan Fire Knife Dancers entered in the 24th World Fire Knife Dance Championship held at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The competition lasted three rounds: Preliminaries on May 12th, Semi-Finals on May 13th and the Finals on May 14th.
On the first 2 days he performed a perfect routine– where he did not drop his knives. Not only that, but he has also showcased a few new moves of his own. Mikaele is known for crafting his own motions and premiering them every year at the world renown competition that brings in competitors from Japan, Tahiti, Samoa, Hawaii, California, Florida and more. On the third day, he dropped his knife only once; however, his routine and top-notch moves proved enough to take the top place for the record-breaking 5th time!
– Mikaele’s last time winning this title was in 2010.
– He is now the ONLY fire knife champion to have won this title for the 5th time.
– He is STILL the YOUNGEST competitor to have won the title at the age of 15 (2005)
– He is the FIRST dancer to have performed with 3 and 4 fire knives (2005)