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Mauga Mu Wins at the 2018 Toa Afi Orlando Competition

After the success at the 2018 World Fire Knife Championship at the Polynesian Cultural Center, the Mauga Mu team decided to go to the far side of the United States to participate in the 2018 Toa Afi Orlando Fire Knife Competition located in Orlando, FL. The Samoan Fire Knife Culture on the East Coast has been known to be a craft of an exclusive group of people, but its popularity has been growing steadily as the new generation shows their interest in the cultural craft.

Our competitive team this year consisted of a tight crew: Nati Oloa, Isaako Milford, and Toa Milford who are returning to this competition for a second year; and also jumping in for their Orlando Competitive debut are brothers Kekai and Makoa Nielsen, Toa and La’i Tevaga as well as Joe Milford, the 3rd brother of the Milford brothers.

We had so much fun in Orlando and the young men and women truly did a wonderful job! It was such a great event full of Aloha!


2018 Intermedia Division (12-17)
Isaako Milford – 1st Place
Toa Tevaga – 3rd Place

2018 Junior Division (6-11)
Toa Milford – 1st Place
Joe Milford – 2nd Place
Makoa Nielsen – 3rd Place

Mauga Mu takes top honors again at the 2018 World Fire Knife Championship

Hale Motupuaka wins 1st place!

May is buzzing for Mauga Mu! Our boys train extremely hard throughout the year for this moment and they have not disappointed!

2018 Senior Division
Hale Motupuaka – 1st Place

2018 Intermediate Division (12 – 17)
Isaako Milford – 2nd Place

2018 Junior Division (6 – 11)
Mose Lilo – 1st Place


We want to recognize the entire 2018 Competitive Team as we are so proud of each and every one of you! Your undying passion for this dangerous art is has grown each year and we are so blessed to be able to witness your growth and your love for this tradition. Mahalo Nui Loa to the friends and especially the parents who have also made sacrifices for their sons to come to all the practices and training sessions. Your support means everything to us! We are truly blessed for all of the love you have outpoured to the boys and it shows in how much they’ve grown each year!

OUR AMAZING MAUGA MU OHANA!

Labor Day Field Trip

It’s been a while since we were able to take a day to just enjoy the day with the student’s and family of Kalena’s and Mauga Mu. Although not everyone was able to make it today, we want to send a “Thank You” to all who were able to make it. Thank you for taking time to spend with us and each other… and for those who weren’t able to come, you were all with us in spirit!

Our trip consisted of an amazing, gut-busting, fun-filled day with Chief Sielu’s group that tour at the Tropical Farm’s Macadamia Nut Farm followed by lunch at Kalena’s Hut.

Matagi Lilo – 1st Place Junior Champion is Interviewed on KITV4!

11 Year Old Matagi, winner of the World Fire Knife Championship Junior Division, had the opportunity to be featured on KITV4 for his amazing performance at the PCC Competition just earlier this month. Click on the link below to watch as he talks about how it was performing at the competition, his signature move, and what he would like to pursue in the future. Amazing job Matagi!

>> CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE INTERVIEW!

Mauga Mu Does it Again at the World Championship!

The 25th Annual World Fire Knife Championship is now over and what a weekend it was! Mauga Mu truly made a presence this year and not only were we successful as competitors, but our vendor booth was also a popular pick with new school gear, accessories, dresses and athletic wear by Shopkalenas.com.

Our school swept the Junior division yet again with Matagi taking first, his younger brother Mose taking second and Isa’ako taking third. Hunter Nery’s strong, warrior presence and persistent charismatic performance allows him, yet again, to walk away in top three of the intermediate division and places 3rd. Mikaele’s heartfelt, groundbreaking performance took second place this year with just a one point difference behind the first place winner as claimed by the awards committee. We are so proud of everyone who participated. The level of talent that steps on that stage is always impressive!

Bravo warriors! Bravo!

2017 Mauga Mu Competitive Team – WFKC
Mikaele Oloa, Hunter Nery, Kekai Nielsen, Makoa Nielsen, Isa’ako Milford, Toa Milford, Matagi Lilo, Mose Lilo and Mamalu Lilo.

RESULTS
Junior Division
1st Place – Matagi Lilo
2nd Place – Mose Lilo
3rd Place – Isa’ako Milford

Inermediate Divison
3rd Place – Hunter “Huntahmon” Nery

Senior Divison
2nd Place – Mikaele Oloa

2017 MAUGA MU GEAR RELEASED!

LIMITED SUPPLY AVAILABLE!

**These shirts will make their debut at the 2017 World Fire Knife Championships at the Polynesian Cultural Center on May 11th! They will not be offered on our apparel website until after the competition. Contact us directly for ordering details. (Payments can be made via PayPal)


2017 Mauga Mu Unisex Mesh Jersey – B&W

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2017 Mauga Mu Unisex Mesh Jersey – Red & Blue

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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