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The 2017 World Fire Knife Championship is Nearly Here!

May is just around the corner and you know what that means? Intense training for Samoan Fire Knife Dancers that are competing in this year’s World Fire Knife Championship at the Polynesian Cultural Center in La`ie, HI!

Every year, dancers from around the world come together to a tiny town on the North Shore of O`ahu and compete in this prestigious event. Being at the cultural center is just beyond belief… and watching competitors come from Japan, Tahiti, Samoa and throughout the United States is truly a humbling experience.

This year, Mikaele Oloa will be defending his title yet again. He is the current Champion and also currently holds quite a few records in the Samoan Fire Knife Dance World:

  • The youngest to win the senior title at age 15 in 2005
  • The first to compete with 3 and 4 knives simultaneously (2005)
  • First to compete with the double-hooked knife founded by his father, Isitolo Oloa (2005)
  • First to win the World Title 5 times (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2016)

Not only that, but the Mauga Mu Fire Knife Dance School continues to be arguably the most decorated school in the World nearly cleaning out two of the three divisions held at the event last year.

Yes, the pressure is on, but regardless of the results, this is not an easy competition! It’s cultural core is deep rooted in primal warrior instincts; therefore, we must also take a deep breath and spend a moment to say our deepest prayers for a safe competition.  Although what you see on stage is an intense competition between the best dancers in the world, back stage is truly a different story. The mood is that of an elite Brotherhood (and Sisterhood). Each competitor may come from a different cultural background, religion, gender or speak a different language, but there is no barrier that will keep them from expressing their love and respect for each other.  Each competitor understands the dangers of what they do and what each other will put on the line once they reach the stage– a dynamic experience that only the brave few will ever know. Truly “Brothers-in-Fire.”

See you in La`ie!

Fun at the Waialua Fitness Fair!

Kalena’s made a presence across the board at the Fitness Fair in Waialua, HI. This was the organization’s first event and we were very glad to have been a part of it. There were a total of 29 vendors and numerous demonstrations ranging from zumba, fitness, pilates, cross-training and of course Polynesian entertainment provided by us.

We featured each part of our company today: Isitolo brought his BBQ lunch plates of Kalena’s Hut, Charlene (founder of Kolila Beast Clothing) and Sala (founder of Toa Couture)  collaborated with a mini fashion show, we had a vendor table open for students to register for classes and Kalena’s/Mauga Mu provided entertainment throughout the day.

We are again thankful for this wonderful opportunity to serve the community and we look forward to being involved in next year’s festivities!

For more information on our following services and products, click on the links below:

Kalena’s Hut – http://kpohana.com/blog2/kalenas-hut/
Kolila Beasthttp://shopkalenas.com
Toa Couture – online availability is currently under construction; however, you can contact Salamasina directly via email at masinasamoa@yahoo.com

 

Now Enrolling for Koko Isle, Oahu!

Aloha!

Quick announcement: We are currently enrolling for classes that will begin February 1st, 2017 in Koko Isle, HI. We have included the information below; however, if you need additional assistance or have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly!

Class: Polynesian Dance (ages 4-13)
When: Wednesdays*, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Tuition:  $45 per mo.
Plus $30 yearly registration fee
Class: Polynesian Dance (ages 14 and up)
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Tuition:  $45 per mo. || $8 per class
Plus $30 yearly registration fee
Class: Mauga Mu: Samoan Fire Knife (4yrs and up)
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Tuition:  $65 per mo.
Plus $30 yearly registration fee

Family Rate: family members of 2 or more in the same household will receive a discount of $5 off the monthly rate per child.

*Classes are every Saturday EXCEPT the 3rd Saturday of each month. Please not that all class schedules and times may be subject to change at any time.

Location:

Koko Isle Clubhouse
315 Koko Isle Circle
Honolulu, HI 96825

Mauga Mu featured in Channel OC16’s “All The Things We Are”

Mauga Mu was blessed to be chosen by local channel OC16 to do a segment on the television series, “All The Things We Are.” Not only did it feature the men and women of Mauga Mu, but also well known accomplished fire knife dancers throughout the world.

Watch the live Facebook feed of the segment below:

Mauga Mu Sweeps the Junior Division in California Competition!

September 10-11 marked the 2016 ITO Fire Knife Competition held in California. Three of our junior fire knife warriors flew from Hawaii to compete in this competition and not only did all three placed, but since they were in the same division, they made a clean sweep! Congratulations to Toa for winning 1st place, Kekai for winning 2nd and Makoa for winning 3rd place. We are so proud of you guys and all of your hard work is paying off! Have fun in California and return home safely.

Kalena’s Wins Third Place in Heiva i Waikiki

This weekend marked the First Annual Heiva i Waikiki hosted by Tahiti Mana, a well renown Tahitian dance group in Oahu, HI. Many groups from around the island and beyond came together for this event and in all this weekend turned out to be a wonderful experience!

Kalena’s Polynesian ‘Ohana placed 3rd and we are so proud of our students’ hard work and effort! Our very own Chasmine won 3rd place in her solo division as well. BRAVA ladies and we look forward to next year. Excellent job to all who entered!

Mauga Mu wins top spots at the 1st Annual Toa Afi Competition

This past Sunday, Floridians gathered together to share their passion for the Samoan Fireknife Dance. With competitors coming in from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando, the support for each competitor was definitely a community affair!

Congratulations to brothers Toa Milford (1st Place Little Warriors Division) and Isaako Milford (1st Place Junior Warriors Division) of Mauga Mu for their win! Their hard work is definitely paying off.

Congrats to all who placed and kudos to all who have participated. It’s not easy being a fire knife warrior and it is so encouraging to see the culture thrive on the east coast. Wonderful job to Matuni Vaiaoga, Jr. on a successful event!

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