Category: KPO News

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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Mikaele Oloa Wins the Fire Knife Title a Record 5th Time!

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!

WFKC Stats:
– 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)

Mauga Mu Sweeps the Junior Division at the World Fire Knife Championship

Friday marks the 2nd night of the World Fire Knife Championships! Tonight, we will see the top 6 competitors compete for the top 3 spots for tomorrows finals, BUT FIRST we will see the Junior and Intermediate Divisions compete for their single-round competition.

Mauga Mu had a clean sweep of the Junior Division taking all three spots! For the Intermediate division, Mauga Mu nearly cleaned out that category as well taking 1st and 3rd Place. It is such an honor to have witnessed all of the youth at the competition doing what they love to do! It’s very apparent they have a passion for this craft, which is definitely not for the faint of heart. Excellent job to all the Junior and Intermediate Competitors this year! Manuia!!!

JUNIOR Division (Ages 6-11 yrs)
1st Place – Isaako Milford
2nd Place – Mose Lilo
3rd Place – Matagi Lilo

INTERMEDIATE Division (Ages 12 – 17 yrs)
1st Place – Hale Motupuaka
3rd Place – Hunter “Huntamon” Nery

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2016 MAUGA MU COMPETITIVE TEAM
Ages 6-11:
Lohiau Guillory-Kinimaka
Matagi Lilo
Mose Lilo
Mamalu Lilo
Isaako Milford
Toa Milford
Makoa Nielsen Cabagason

Ages 12-17
Laamea Guillory-Kinimaka
Hale Motupuaka
Hunter “Huntamon” Nery
Kekai Nielsen Cabagason

Ages 18 and Up
Tuika Faumuina
Kuinise Leiataua (founder of Le La O Leiataua)
Mikaele Oloa

New Tutorial: Installing Your Fire Knife Boards

CLICK HERE TO WATCH!

We came across a few customers that were not familiar with using boards as the “wick” for the fire knife. On top of that, they were also not sure how installing them would work. So, with everyone in mind, we’d like to present a tutorial that we hope will help! Mikaele Oloa, also shares a trick that can be useful no matter which “wick” you choose: boards, kevlar or towel.

If you have any questions for Mikaele, please feel free to contact him directly at maugamu@gmail.com or (808) 782-5025.