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Samoa sends its best to World Fire Knife Champs in Hawai'i

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(SAMOA) — Cyclone Gita's impact, rather the hard work of public servants at the Electric Power Corporation and Samoa Water Authority in the storm's aftermath — will be honoured at the World Fire Knife Championships set for May 10, 11 and 12, in La'ie.

As a token of appreciation for their dedication and responding effectively to the needs of Samoa after Cyclone Gita, two of Samoa’s contenders will carry the flags of EPC and SWA onto the global stage at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

This was announced in a statement issued by the Press Secretariat, Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, early this week.

Three of Samoa's top performers, dancers with Siva Afi, will be competing in the 26th Annual World Fireknife Championships at PCC on the North Shore of O'ahu in La'ie.

There is Vaelaa Iloa, a Pacific Arts Festival champion as well as Teuila Festival and Siva Avi International Champion who will be the flag carrier for SWA.

Alema Alema, also a Teuila Festival Champion, will represent EPC with Walter Leota, competing in the Intermediate Division.

The acknowledgment, according to Siva Afi Founder Leota Lene Leota "is not only a token of appreciation but also to profile commitment by public servants to serving the people of Samoa."

Now in its 26th year, the World Fireknife Championship was established by the Polynesian Cultural Center to showcase this proud Samoan tradition of dancing (siva) with fire (afi), and perpetuate it for future generations to embrace.