Jeralee hits the hot spot in world dancing contest

Wednesday May 18, 2016 Written by Published in Local
Cook Islander Jeralee Galeai performs her item during the World Fire Knife Competition at the Polynesian Cultural Centre in Hawaii last Saturday. Galeai was placed second – an exciting achievement for the 16-year-old. Cook Islander Jeralee Galeai performs her item during the World Fire Knife Competition at the Polynesian Cultural Centre in Hawaii last Saturday. Galeai was placed second – an exciting achievement for the 16-year-old.

Jeralee Galeai stands a proud Cook Islander last week after coming second at the 2016 World Fire Knife Competition, Intermediate Category, Polynesian Cultural Centre in Hawaii last Saturday.

 

It was an exciting moment for Jeralee and her family as they celebrated the 16-year-old’s outstanding achievement.

She was among hundreds of talented dancers who took part in this year’s competition.

Jeri as she commonly known, said she had been taking part in the yearly event for about five years now but admitted to suffering from nerves before the big day.

“I’m always nervous whenever I take part.”

She said she was forever grateful to have two supportive parents and a family who were always there for her, “no matter what.”

Her grandfather, Rarotonga resident David Akanoa, said he was proud of her granddaughter’s achievement.

Akanoa said Jeralee and her parents moved to Hawaii in 2005 when she was only five. Jeralee’s father had also taken part in the competition in his younger days.

“I am proud my granddaughter is following her dad’s footsteps.”

He said Jeralee’s father, whose name is also David, had won the World Fire Knife Competition three times and was grateful his granddaughter had decided to follow her dad’s footsteps.

“It runs in her blood and I’m really proud of her achievement.

“I told my granddaughter that she does not represent her family, but the country as a whole.”

He said his granddaughter hoped to participate in the competition next year too.

The World Fire Knife Competition is a yearly event where fire knife dancers of all ages and differing levels of skill come together to compete in their respective divisions for the chance to win the coveted title of World Fireknife Champion. 

2 comments

  • Comment Link Takeieta Timon Friday, 20 May 2016 15:45 posted by Takeieta Timon

    Go jerri!!!

  • Comment Link Exham Akanoa.. Thursday, 19 May 2016 05:50 posted by Exham Akanoa..

    Kia orana cuz,we so proud of Jeri and what she has achieved..We in melbourne are so happy that we have a Cook islander Representing our nation at this event .
    Proud,proud we are ..Tei mua koe e Jeralee ieeekokooo xxx

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