From the island of Samoa, Hawaiians have adopted and adapted the Siva Afi–knife dance–and ailao–warrior’s demonstration. Here a luau performer in Hawaii simultaneously spins two knives on fire. For the obvious reasons of possible death and dismemberment, this performance is always a hit and often the most popular part of any luau.
Learning this skill takes years of practice, sometimes painful and bloody. It demonstrates prowess and agility to intimidate would-be attackers and modern day theater attenders alike.
A luau performer appears as a Hawaiian king (Mōʻī), part of the Ali’i (royalty) during an evening luau at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel at Kamakahonu Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii. read more
A Samoan-style fire dancer–called Siva Afi in Samoa–spins three-foot long knives set ablaze around his body in the dark of a Lahaina, Maui evening during a Luau performance. read more
A Samoan fire dancer using a nifo oti (war knife) lit afire performs a traditional ailao–knife dance–at the Kauai Grand Hyatt Luau. read more
Hawaii Christmas comes with decorations, holiday spirit, and family celebrations; albeit without snow. Hawaii has Christmas trees for instance, but instead of a Douglas Fir, they are often a Cook’s Pine as shown in the background of this picture. read more
A female storyteller is featured at this luau–Hawaiian feast–on the western coast of Maui. read more