Contests for the World Fireknife Competition are set to begin Thursday, May 18 and the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawai`i. The event runs until Saturday.
More than 40 competitors will compete for the title of world's best fireknife dancer won last year by Mikaele Oloa.
The dance form, which originated in Samoa, is now practiced by dancers coming from many different cultures.
A flaming knife is whirled around at high speeds as the dancer performs acrobatic dance moves and gyrations.
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