Lahaina Fire Dancer

Lahaina Fire Dancer

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. Originally performed with war clubs by warriors and daughters of high chiefs, the fire dance is now commonly done with sharp knives demonstrating intensity and passion of the Samoan people and the skill of all those who perform it.

Although the fire dance has been around for hundreds of years, it didn’t become well known until around the last twenty or thirty years when it was added to professional competitions and put into Luau demonstrations. Since then, this titillating show of courage and talent has literally caught fire.



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About Michael Keel

Photographer, Writer, Traveler and Watcher. Sharing how I see the world, and promoting preservation through my lens. "These images are seen through my eyes with the help of my camera. I do not manipulate my photos with graphic design wizardry and only 'develop' them from raw files, bringing out the colors that were captured, and the natural essence of the scene. My intention has always been to put the viewer in the moment, of actually feeling like they are in the photo, standing at the viewpoint, gazing, and leav ing it up to the viewer to interpret their own feelings. I want to find the camera angle from which this feeling can be the most that they can be – whatever that is."