Puna man dances his way into popular Cirque du Soleil show

Kekuahiwi Woods performs in the Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson ONE show in Las Vegas. (Photo courtesy of Kekuahiwi Woods/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Pahoa High alum Kekuahiwi Woods is a permanent dancer in the Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE show in Las Vegas and is on a two-week break from the show. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

Like so many young people from Hawaii, Kekuahiwi Woods left for Las Vegas to pursue better career opportunities than he could find here at home.