Mission

The We Are Samoa Festival was established to perpetuate the values and traditions of the Samoan culture through learning and performance, thereby increasing knowledge, harmony and respect for self and others.

Samoa Festival

The Polynesian Cultural Center’s World Fire Knife Dance Competition is also part of a larger high school Samoan arts program called the We Are Samoa Festival that includes exhibitions of traditional customs and skills as well as songs and dances— such as speech making (lauga), coconut-leaf basket weaving, coconut husking and firemaking.

Results

2014 Changed from competition to festival format.
2013
Champion: Radford High School
1st: Kapolei High School
2nd: Farrington High School
The competition was brought back this year as part of the Polynesian Cultural Center’s 50th anniversary celebration (1963-2013). In addition, donations made during the respective taualuga dances as well as an honararium from the Polynesian Cultural Center went to each participating school.
2012- 2008 In the spirit of fealofani – friendship – no competitions were held.
2007
Champion: Kahuku High School
1st: Radford High School
2nd: Waipahu High School
2006
Champion: Kahuku High School
1st: Farrington
2nd: Moanalua High School
2005
Champion: Kahuku High School
1st: Farrington High School
2nd: Waipahu High School
2004
Champion: Farrington High School
1st: Kahuku High School
2nd: Waipahu High School
College Champion: BYU-Hawaii
1st: American Samoa Community College
2nd: Chaminade
2002
Champion: Kahuku High School
1st: Waianae High School
2nd: Radford High School