Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Resembling a baton, the fireknife itself, called "nifo oti," replicates an ancient Samoan weapon that features a 14-inch blade with a hook on the end. To add fire, both ends are wrapped with Kevlar or a cotton towel tied with wire, then soaked in camp kerosene (white gas), which burns cleanly and vaporizes quickly. Before the addition of fire, the traditional Samoan knife dancer portrayed the movements of the warrior at battle. The custom eventually evolved into performance art, with the dancer slicing objects in mid-air.
Here in Kona, you can see fireknife dancers at the three different luaus held at resorts in Kailua-Kona. Our Holualoa Inn ohana will assist you in recommending a host of visitor activities during your Hawai‘i Big Island vacation, including "sharing sparks" with the incredible fireknife dancers of Samoa.
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