May 21, 2009
By Phil Manson, First Army PAO
Nellie Torres wears an ornate seashell and feather Tahitian "Otea" headdress.
Faleni Mageo decides to have a hot meal for lunch. Mageo was performing with "The Magical Fires of Polynesia Dancers" during First Army's Asian-Pacific heritage celebration May 8 at Fort Gillem. The dance troupe has entertained First Army personnel...
Semeatu, left, blows a conch shell as Torres, dressed in a traditional Tahitian "Otea" costume, performs a Polynesian dance.
Dressed in traditional Samoan garb, Mageo, front, Reuben Torres, center, and Chris Semeatu get the crowd fired up.
Lillian Hula Mageo, left, and Torres perform a traditional New Zealand "Poi Ball" dance. As explained by hostess Lehua Kalili, the dance involves rhythmic movements while swinging the poi balls in various figure 8s and arm crosses, as shown.