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So normally I would be very excited to bring this to light for my upcoming designs but in all honesty this makes me so nervous. I have been wanting for sometime to design & have photographed Toa Sāmoa (Samoan warrior) & Mānaia (Chiefs son). But my mind would always slowly back away from it. The idea is always wonderful but the execution is another story. And I refuse to put work out that cannot be executed correctly or with the correct foundation. With a Toa Sāmoa or Mānaia, I knew that no matter what, this needs to be powerful. Designing Taupous are natural for me because of course I'm a woman. I possess all things instinctually that is woman. But to be able to create something masculine & powerful will be interesting. Thanks to Mapuana Reed, @mapuanareed we will be taking on this series together and I know she will capture this so well. I am both terrified & hopeful.🌺 #ToaSamoa #Manaia #TauiviDesigns #MapuanaReed

Amongst some gorgeous POLYNESIAN beauties 👏🏽💜🙌🏽 @mapuanareed @tauividesigns Such an amazing photo shoot filled with culture, tradition, creativity, and fun •


#tauividesigns #mapuanareedphotography #polynesian #samoan #taupous

On a daily basis, I'm delving into my Samoan culture. Out of curiosity for what Google images had, I typed in "tuiga fau" and in popped three inspirational artists of the laei Samoa. A majority of which I had already seen here on Instagram. I applaud their work and it inspires me to work harder to perpetuate our one of a kind culture. @queen0flongbeach562 @tauividesigns @peej0065 You guys are amazing! I love your works!

#SamoanCulture #LaeiSamoa #TuigaFau #KuegisKreations #TauiviDesigns
I need a hashtag for peej0065 🤔 lol

Meet Lenora Satele. She was raised in Hawaii. She is 31 years young. She is a wife. She is mother to 4 boys and she is beautiful. The portrait in the middle shows a powerful yet graceful Taupou. It shows strength and beauty all at the same time. The portrait on the right depicts a refined, confidant and elegant woman. All three of these represent who Lenora is. As Polynesian women we are all three of these photos. We are beautiful. We are strong. We are graceful. We are sophisticated. We are mothers. We are daughters. We are fearless and fearful at the same time. We come from a line of women before us that were warriors and that warrior spirit will forever live within us. ⠀

Photography: www.MapuanaReed.com⠀
Hair & Makeup by @contour.couture.hi
Cultural Taupou wardrobe by @tauividesigns

#MapuanaReed #MapuanaReedPhotography #Contour.Couture.HI #TauiviDesigns #OahuPhotographer #Taupou #SamoanTaupou #Culture #Samoa #Tuiga #ProudToBePolynesian #CelebrateYOU #PortraitPhotographer

Another appreciation post ❤ Mrs. Tehina messaged me in need of some help. Her support and love touched my heart. Anyone who is worried about their tuiga hair and it's presentation speaks my language. After a few messages guiding and giving her a few tips BAM! She nailed it. And now she has started her own business Instagram and Facebook page. Look her up and follow her: @tauividesigns also on Facebook under Tauivi Designs. Go show her some support and tell her Kuegi sent you with lots of love!

#Samoan #TAUIVIdesigns #TAMAITAI #KuegisKreations #inspired #LaeiSamoa #SivaSamoa #Taupou #Tuiga

Another great meet-up this past Sunday with the amazing Owner & Operator of @tauividesigns Tehina Mataele Tafiti. Tehina creates custom made, hand crafted & personal yet traditional cultural costume for all of our Polynesian Princesses. It was definitely inspiring to hear how this designer started her journey to designing cultural costumes & how her designs have inspired many Island Princesses to discover and/ or re-discover their roots. Goals set and I am so excited to work with this hardworking, goal getter mama. Check her out if you are looking for costuming in traditional costume OR any ideas you have. #PacificIslanders #TauiviDesigns #Support #Community #PasefikaPR #LadyPasefika #PasefikaMedia

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So normally I would be very excited to bring this to light for my upcoming designs but in all honesty this makes me so nervous. I have been wanting for sometime to design & have photographed Toa Sāmoa (Samoan warrior) & Mānaia (Chiefs son). But my mind would always slowly back away from it. The idea is always wonderful but the execution is another story. And I refuse to put work out that cannot be executed correctly or with the correct foundation. With a Toa Sāmoa or Mānaia, I knew that no matter what, this needs to be powerful. Designing Taupous are natural for me because of course I'm a woman. I possess all things instinctually that is woman. But to be able to create something masculine & powerful will be interesting. Thanks to Mapuana Reed, @mapuanareed we will be taking on this series together and I know she will capture this so well. I am both terrified & hopeful.🌺 #ToaSamoa #Manaia #TauiviDesigns #MapuanaReed

You are looking at the new Miss American Samoa 2017-2018. Congratulations Matauaina To'omalatai @matauaina. So very proud of you. I knew you could do it!! #MapuanaReedPhotography #missamericansamoa #TauiviDesigns #ContourCoutureHI #Taupou #SamoanTaupou #Samoa #Samoan #taupouSamoa #Tuiga

FINAL EDIT. " MY SIAPO, MY HISTORY"🌺 (swipe😌)


• I've always been someone that wasn't as fond of creating things out of Siapo (Ngatu). Then Once I understood & learned the actual process of making it, I will never alter Siapo. The history of the people is bound to these Siapo as well as the 'ie koga or fala mats. The amount of time that these women have given their lives to in this process...The sacrifice. It takes WEEKS TO MONTHS TO YEARS just to make one piece. The stories the women share about their families, about their villages,laughter, love, and heartache they share while sitting & working this Siapo...they aren't just binding these fibers together. They're binding THEIR history to it as well. This Siapo is your people. Made by from beginning to end. It belongs to your people & no one else. I would love to have a piece of Siapo in my home that was made over the period of the Mau movement. The conversations of it's people while binding those Siapo together would be priceless. Treasure your Siapo. It holds so much history. It represents the love & sacrifice of the people of Samoa.
This is my big hittah wearing this piece so proudly. She deserves the world. I love you Kimmie😘🌺.



Photography: @mapuanareed
Designs: @tauividesigns
Makeup: @contour.couture.hi

#tuiga #tuigafau #siapo #teine #teinesamoa #samoa #mapuanareedphotography #tauividesigns #tauivi #taupou #taupousamoa

Carry on the tradition and let the mana of your ancestors shine through ❤️...
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Photographed by @mapuanareed
Showcasing @tauividesigns .
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#Letuli
#mapuanareedphotography
#tauividesigns
#strengthened
#empowered
#samoan
#polynesian
#taupou

FINAL EDIT. ="MAMALU"= (swipe☺️)



As we hope to have more women dressed & photographed with the Malu, I was so honored to have Faith as our Malu this session. As I've said before, I am always interested in hearing everyone's journey to, through, and after their Malu but I don't believe it is anyone's business as to why. I feel this keeps the respect & admiration equal for all women brave enough to take on such a heavy responsibility. We give glory to the tattoo above all else. Faith wears hers so well & it is such a beautiful tradition to have captured. Just from speaking with her I could tell how much the experience helped mold her even more as a young Samoan woman. I hope I can find more & more women to photograph with their Malu as well. Thank you, Faith😘🌺. •

Photography- @mapuanareed
Designs- @tauividesigns
Makeup- @contour.couture.hi

#taupou #taupousamoa #malu #tatau #tuiga #tuigafau #tauividesigns #tauivi #mapuanareedphotography #teine #teinesamoa

The beautiful Tatienne Tugade-Sua who is currently in New York. Jen and Francis, I know you both miss her so much but you both have raised a strong, kind, humble.... and very beautiful young woman. Tati, it was such an honor to photograph you. Enjoy your journey in the big city. ⠀

www.MapuanaReed.com⠀
Cultural Taupou wardrobe by Tauivi Designs @tauivideaigns

#MapuanaReedPhotography #TauiviDesigns #OahuPhotographer #Taupou #SamoanTaupou #Culture #Samoa #Tuiga #ProudToBePolynesian #CelebrateYOU #PortraitPhotographer

When the smell of Siapo always reminds you of your grandfather.. "Always missing you Papa"
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Styled by: @tauividesigns
Photographed: @mapuanareed .
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#mapuanareedphotography
#tauividesigns
#polynesian
#samoan
#Letuli
#ChiefLetuliOlo

Meet Lenora Satele. She was raised in Hawaii. She is 31 years young. She is a wife. She is mother to 4 boys and she is beautiful. The portrait in the middle shows a powerful yet graceful Taupou. It shows strength and beauty all at the same time. The portrait on the right depicts a refined, confidant and elegant woman. All three of these represent who Lenora is. As Polynesian women we are all three of these photos. We are beautiful. We are strong. We are graceful. We are sophisticated. We are mothers. We are daughters. We are fearless and fearful at the same time. We come from a line of women before us that were warriors and that warrior spirit will forever live within us. ⠀

Photography: www.MapuanaReed.com⠀
Hair & Makeup by @contour.couture.hi
Cultural Taupou wardrobe by @tauividesigns

#MapuanaReed #MapuanaReedPhotography #Contour.Couture.HI #TauiviDesigns #OahuPhotographer #Taupou #SamoanTaupou #Culture #Samoa #Tuiga #ProudToBePolynesian #CelebrateYOU #PortraitPhotographer

On a daily basis, I'm delving into my Samoan culture. Out of curiosity for what Google images had, I typed in "tuiga fau" and in popped three inspirational artists of the laei Samoa. A majority of which I had already seen here on Instagram. I applaud their work and it inspires me to work harder to perpetuate our one of a kind culture. @queen0flongbeach562 @tauividesigns @peej0065 You guys are amazing! I love your works!

#SamoanCulture #LaeiSamoa #TuigaFau #KuegisKreations #TauiviDesigns
I need a hashtag for peej0065 🤔 lol

Apparently someone reported the original post and it was removed. I'm reposting it because I hate petty people like that and this photo is a beautiful expression of culture. #Repost @mapuanareed ・・・
I posted this last week but when I logged on today this photo was gone so I'm reposting! If you don't like this shot please don't report it... just keep scrolling. If you love it repost and share it. Thank you. ⠀

Proud to be Polynesian. ⠀
Costume by @tauividesigns

#MapuanaReed #MapuanaReedPhotography #Photography #OahuPhotographer #Tauividesigns #Samoan #Taupou #Samoan #Culture #Samoa ##Tuiga #SamoanTaupou #teinesamoa #PortraitPhotographer #ProudToBePolynesian

Can we just take a moment to appreciate THiS❤️👑. I'm so in love w/ this piece #Queens #Breathtaking #SamoanTaupou❤️😍 It is important to never forget your roots, never forget where you came from. Always be thankful for it because it made you. #StayRooted #ProudToBePolynesian #Samoan #TeineSamoa Beautiful work by @mapuanareed #MapuanaReed #MapuanaReedPhotography #TauiviDesigns

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