(LA'IE, Hawai'i)--The We Are Samoa High School Cultural Arts Festival took place Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Polynesian Cultural Center in La'ie on O'ahu. Six Polynesian clubs from six high schools competed in the event that included cultural games of banana peeling, basket weaving and fire making, plus competition in Samoan oratory and Siva Samoa (dance).
Radford High School placed first; Kapolei High School placed second and Farrington High School finished in third place. Waipahu High School, Castle High School and Kahuku High School also competed in the event.
Radford's group was comprised of students not only from Radford but also students from Kamehameha, Punahou, 'Iolani and other schools that do not participate in We Are Samoa. Radford dedicated their winning dance performance to the late Kumu Hula O'Brian Eselu, a winner and the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival and founder of the We Are Samoa festival. We Are Samoa was created especially for Samoan youth living in Hawai'i.
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