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.
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!
Now you can rent the New FIREKNIFE Documentary from Australia, “HEART OF FIRE,” featuring Mauga Mu and fire knife warriors from around the World!
Click on the link >> https://vimeo.com/ondemand/heartoffire << $5.99 to rent for 48 hours or $14.99 to purchase
Watch the Trailer: https://vimeo.com/175810134
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!
Congratulations to our Mauga Mu students who have participated in the fire knife competition at the Aso o Tupulaga Festival! We are so proud of you guys!
1st place – Toa Milford
2nd place – Mose Lilo
1st place – Matagi Lilo
2nd place – Kekai Nielsen
1st place – Natalie Oloa
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)
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
2016 MAUGA MU COMPETITIVE TEAM
Makoa Nielsen Cabagason
Hunter “Huntamon” Nery
Kekai Nielsen Cabagason
Ages 18 and Up
Kuinise Leiataua (founder of Le La O Leiataua)
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 email@example.com or (808) 782-5025.
Every year Kahuku High School holds a competition amongst the students of the Pasefika Club. The competition, known as “Tausala” or “Fiafia Night,” is held to not only raise funds for the club, but to also see who will be the group’s Taupou or Manaia at the “We Are Samoa Festival” held at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Here is a passage from Lagi Oloa, her sister-in-law who assisted with choreography and history.
Our vision was to showcase not only our Samoan culture, but to pay tribute to the late Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III, the very man who laid out the path of Independence for Samoa. Nanz Piotaufinu’u (Taupou) dressed in an all red fala and natural fala. The red represents the colour of royalty in Samoa and according to Salamasina Oloa, the red is also a representation and reminder of the of the blood that was shed due to their great sacrifice.
Natalie was our princess who danced in his Honour and to serve the great sacrifice he made for our country (Thats where the Ava ceremony came in)..The song Arise/Tu i luga (written by Lole) was a key reminder to us all that we must remember where we came from and the sacrifices that were made before us and that we must stand, remain strong and carry on traditions that have made us who we are today.
The Nifo oti spinning and dancing was in representation of “Toa ole Mau” and their fight for our freedom, as you can see in the video the men are not dancing/they are still (no aiuli) this was because they are the soldiers protective of our Taupou (Princess) and also showing stillness of peace as Tupua Tamasese Was all about fighting for his country in Peace, also as you can see the men all dressed in the uniform that “le Mau o Samoa” wears.
The song “Tamasese” is about the man himself and how he was shot and killed in the fight for our independence..This was not your typical Samoan Taualuga and the aim was to tell a story about our History that some of the younger generation don’t know much about today, we as a family wanted to create a platform of great knowledge and understanding in our culture and had the help of each other and a lot of research was done to recall the events that took place during that time, we also had a lot of knowledge from stories that were told to us from grandparents/parents as we grew up and this is why we wanted to tell this great story 😊 From every little detail of costuming, to the people that were asked to help, to the song choices to the props that were used,it was all taken into consideration, for us it no longer became a competition but a message of courage, peace, independence, culture, tradition and our love and passion for our Samoan ancestors..We thank you all..Our Taupou did an amazing job and also took away the win which was a bonus but we pray the message got through..sorry for the long one this is for those who are wondering 😊😊😊💯
Natalie Oloa, along with two other High School Seniors, put their creations head to head in their Taupou presentation. Congratulations, Nati, for winning this year.