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Alegi and Samala'ulu doing their thing with our Nonosina girls ✨ Someone once said, "So you guys dress AND train your girls." Although a lot of our past clients have been former siva samoa students of ours before hiring us, we train some but for the most part we typically only dress our clients.
Siva samoa is an art & deserves to be respected as such. Arguably people would say there are no rules to siva samoa- that you just dance from the heart but like anything that differentiates itself from others, there are definitely guidelines. There's a certain finesse & understanding along with those rules that are necessary to be a great siva samoa dancer. These things can't be taught but they can definitely be realized through discipline, education and an exposure to the culture. We don't JUST teach dance steps and counts, we share with people pieces of our cultural life and upbringing & tactics we've acquired as performers and allow them to experience it. TAMA'ITA'I isn't just tuigas, laei and pretty taupous. We're really about that life. And we try to instill that in the people who trust us to mentor them. Once we've trained you, no matter where you go or who you dance for, when the time comes for you to execute a ma'ulu'ulu or taualuga- it shows. And I would hope people aren't just praising your ability to siva samoa well but also your character. ❤
Like I always say, scan your audience & smile. Make them eat it.

#Samoan #TAMAITAI #KuegisKreations #SivaSamoa #LaeiSamoa #Taupou #Tuiga #Mauluulu #Nonosina

I've been getting messages and comments regarding this 'detour' lol The detour isn't me quitting--- 👀 I've just begun honey. The detour is me broadening my horizon, taking on new endeavors while still maintaining what I started. I'm here to stay my loves. No one snuffs out the Queen of Long Beach. No one 🚬😎 #HeyShuanda lol

#Samoan #TAMAITAI #KuegiKreations #LaeiSamoa #SivaSamoa #Taupou #Tuiga

For those who know me... I don't siva Samoa because I’m not good at it lol But I come from a line of Royalty with my Grandfather composing this song which he eventually used to sway my nana 😂This dance was dedicated and in honour of my beautiful beloved namesake ....my nana the original Taupou of my family, Alalagafa Tuigamala Lapiti! Congratulations again @jezzxh and @leta.tuigamala wishing you both a life time of happiness ❤️ #J&;L #Taupou #TuigamalaLapiti

A candid photo stolen from the lovely mother of this beautfiul taupou. Featuring Miss Tori Tua, our last taupou for the year. I had the honor of also choreographing her taualuga as my niece Sammie assisted me with instructing her. Tori and her mother, the lovely Laura, wanted to surprise Tori's dad (who is Samoan) with a traditional taualuga at her Sweet 16 birthday ball. Laura didn't know who to turn to being that she is of Mexican lineage, so she acquired her husband's sisters who in turn were so generous in referring me (Thank you ladies 😘) Thank you Tua family for welcoming us into the family and entrusting us with such a task. Tori you were amazing, for a first timer and only 2 days of practice? You nailed it mamas. Happy Sweet 16 ❤

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

🎵 Auoi aiuli ane 🎵 🌺😍 #Samoan
#SivaSamoa
#Tuiga
#Taupou
#Manaia

"SHES ROYAL...SO ROYAL..." 🌺. 🎶And I need her in my life.🎶🌺


Our sis LENORA SATELE @lenorasatele @satele64

TAUIVI DESIGNS
MAPUANA REED PHOTOGRAPHY
#tuigafau #tuiga #taualuga #samoa #taupou

Foster City Polynesian Festival🌺 #TifaIMoana #Taupou #Samoa

I couldn't be more proud of these beautiful girls!!! You all did an amazing job! We are so blessed as a club to have each and everyone of you lead this family into victory! We are one family with one heart and one mind! Love you my Aeto beauties! #federalwayhighschool #lelumanaiolepasefika #taupou #TausalaNight

MOST RECENT

Earlier This Year I Had The Pleasure Of Celebrating and Being A Host For The Creative New Zealand Pacific Arts Awards.
#PacificArtsGrowth #CreativeNewZealand #Awards #Wellington #AwardsRecipients #Siva #Taupou #Tuiga

The bond between tufuga & taupou is special. One of the first things you are asked about your malu/sogaiimiti is “Who is your tufuga?” He is mine. From the first day we met and spent time together, I knew I had chosen wisely. He understood my journey and my desire to express my love for my father. He in turn gifted me with a malu that I am proud of. No matter where I go, I will always represent not only my late father & grandfathers, but I represent my tufuga as well. My actions are a reflection on him, so I will live my life in a way that honors and respects his name. My life changed the day we took that journey to my malu together. I laid down a shy, timid woman, and got up a completely different person. Allow me to introduce my beloved tufuga, Sulu’ape Si’i Liufau. #suluapesiiliufau #suluape #tatau #malu #samoa #samoanmalu #samoantatau #tataumarksofpolynesia #tufuga #taupou #malofie

Ten hours of hearing the sausau tap the ‘au. One week out, I am healing well. I laid down a shy, timid woman, and got up a completely different person. I know who I am, I know where I come from. I wear it proudly on my skin. I miss my four horsemen, the men that have helped me honor my late father & grandfathers. My beloved Tufuga Sulu’ape Si’i Liufau, Kioni, Tim & Hawk. I love my A-Team. #atowntattoo #malusamoa #malu #samoanmalu #tatau #samoan #teinesamoa #suluapesiiliufau #aukoso #sausau #au #tufuga #taupou #tataumarksofpolynesia #salelei #alofau #aumua #maneafaiga

A candid photo stolen from the lovely mother of this beautfiul taupou. Featuring Miss Tori Tua, our last taupou for the year. I had the honor of also choreographing her taualuga as my niece Sammie assisted me with instructing her. Tori and her mother, the lovely Laura, wanted to surprise Tori's dad (who is Samoan) with a traditional taualuga at her Sweet 16 birthday ball. Laura didn't know who to turn to being that she is of Mexican lineage, so she acquired her husband's sisters who in turn were so generous in referring me (Thank you ladies 😘) Thank you Tua family for welcoming us into the family and entrusting us with such a task. Tori you were amazing, for a first timer and only 2 days of practice? You nailed it mamas. Happy Sweet 16 ❤

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

My life was changed Friday, December 8th. Receiving my malu has brought my family together, and has given many the courage to mend relationships, allowing old wounds to heal. I never thought that this would be more than just honoring my late father & grandfathers. It has opened a door that has long been shut. Bridging generation gaps, teaching the younger generations of who we are. We are so much more than rugby players, footballers, security & bodyguards. We are a culture built on humility & respect. We are by no means perfect, but every day I strive to represent who we are with dignity and grace. I am proud to be a Samoan woman. I am honored to wear the very same designs that my Samoan ancestor women have worn for thousands of years before me. Learn who you are, embrace who you are, love who you are, live who you are. 💛 Alo ia i ou faiva ia manuia. #malu #taupou #samoanmalu #suluapesiiliufau #tufuga #samoan #teinesamoa #aumua #maneafaiga #salelesi #alofau #malutatau #tatau #atowntattoo #samoanwoman #malofie #measina #measinasamoa

No pants for about a week, but I'm healing nicely. #malu #samoanmalu #teinesamoa #taupou #malofie #suluapesiiliufau #suluape #measina #measinasamoa

All my digital files, calendar & notes were wiped CLEAN. No contacts, no messages, no calendar-- NOTHING.
Most of my dates for next year's upcoming events I have written down: all my clients who have made deposits or have fully paid- fret not, I've got you covered. I always have a physical file folder for you.
I'm referring to the ones who made reservations & were interested. I have some of your inquiries saved in my e-mail & social media messages however, in the case I do miss it please just shoot me an update & I will kindly get to you as soon as I can.
If you or someone you know is interested or in need of a tuiga, an entire ensemble or would like to rent our services feel free to e-mail me at tamaitai.kuegi@gmail.com or message me on my business page on Facebook @ TAMAITAI KuegisKreations. I look forward to hearing from you.

See you all next year 😍

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

Authentic and captivating all in one beautiful shot. Wrapped in finely woven mats, the taupou is graceful in her movements and confident in her execution of the solo dance representing the Samoan way of life.
Happy Monday to all!
#tihatiproductions #hawaii #samoa #taupou #taualuga #hawaiilife #travelhawaii #travelblogger #instagood #instatravel #instahawaii #polynesian

A setup fit for a #Taupou. #FlyHighKiki 💜💜💜 #efksonehunga

Twelve of the best hours of my life was spent at @a_town_tattoo with my Tufuga Sulu'ape @siiliufau this past Friday, December 8th. I am honored to wear his work, as his hands blessed me with my malu. I know I have chosen wisely. Thank you so kindly to my Tufuga, Sulu'ape Si'i Liufau, and his aukosos, Kioni, Tim & Hawk for their mana in bringing my malu to fruition. Thank you to my sisters @moswifey1 & @vkeliikoa16 for executing my day and taking great care of my crew. The entire A-Town Tattoo family, thank you for the love and respect you showed us in our time there. I am truly humbled and grateful. I love you all, my A-Team. #atowntattoo #malu #malofie #tatau #teinesamoa #taupou #tataumarksofpolynesia #samoa #samoamosamoa #aumua #salelesi #maneafaiga #alofau #tufuga #suluape #ateam #samoanmalu #samoamoni #teinesamoamoni #malutatau #measina #measinasamoa

I've spent a lifetime wondering about the kind of men you were. From every story I've heard, you were all loved, respected and sometimes feared. In tbose stories I found bits and pieces of me. I learned that I come from a long line of warriors, and the blood that runs through my veins define not only my own strength, but yours as well. Your legacy is alive and well in me. I know who I am. I am the daughter of Aumua Pemasa Aumua from Salelesi. I am the granddaughter of Aumua Fualaau Taluā of Salelesi & Gatai Malemalo Vaolo Maneafaiga of Alofau. Today, I honor you. 💙 #aumua #maneafaiga #tatau #malu #malofie #salelesi #alofau #teinesamoa #taupou

Blessings From Melvina. Serving you that clean and slick look. Little bit about me.., I really love fashion just as much as I wish I could be someone's stylist one day. Anyways. .never be afraid to make your self fabulous, after all we are our own temple and don't be afraid to try different things and looks. It's fun! We was born naked so don't be scared to dress it up. Have fun! Anyways. .good evening everyone. #Samoans #Swag #Selfies #stylist #Goodtimes #Seattle #hair #Polynesian #ethnic #Samoa #Gay #istagay #certified #Taupou #Alao #winterfashion #fashion #style #menofcolor #queens #Cookies #Gays #Makeup #Glam #BeYou #men #Seattle #Christmas #winter

Dealing with culture can be tricky. But as long as we remind ourselves of our "Why" then all else should fall into place if our cards are well played.

Respect yourself then you will respect your people. Educate yourself first then you may educate others.

Educate then perpetuate.
Always check yourselves otherwise me being as passionate as I am, will have no problem doing so myself.

#CallingASpadeASpade

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

#Repost of our shoot yesterday from Mapuana Reed Photography @mapuanareed ・・・
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Yesterday we celebrated Serena's 43rd birthday in the studio with a Mother and Daughter shoot. Her sister Renon set it up and booked the shoot for her as her birthday gift. It was such a wonderful day celebrating their Samoan culture and celebrating her as a mother with her daughters. I just love knowing that these photos will be in their family for many generations to come. When the girls are celebrating their 43rd birthday I hope that they look at their portrait and remember this day. How do you want to be remembered? These photos are not only for us but they are what we will leave our children with. What photos will we leave your children? ⠀

www.MapuanaReed.com⠀

Photography by Mapuana Reed ⠀
Makeup by @contour.couture.hi
Design by @tauividesigns

#MapuanaReedPhotography #PortraitPhotographer #OahuPhotographer #Photography #TauiviDesigns #CountourCoutureHI #Samoan #Samoa #Tuiga #Taupou

Yesterday we celebrated Serena's 43rd birthday in the studio with a Mother and Daughter shoot. Her sister Renon set it up and booked the shoot for her as her birthday gift. It was such a wonderful day celebrating their Samoan culture and celebrating her as a mother with her daughters. I just love knowing that these photos will be in their family for many generations to come. When the girls are celebrating their 43rd birthday I hope that they look at their portrait and remember this day. How do you want to be remembered? These photos are not only for us but they are what we will leave our children with. What photos will we leave your children? ⠀

www.MapuanaReed.com⠀

Photography by Mapuana Reed ⠀
Makeup by @contour.couture.hi
Design by @tauividesigns

#MapuanaReedPhotography #PortraitPhotographer #OahuPhotographer #Photography #TauiviDesigns #CountourCoutureHI #Samoan #Samoa #Tuiga #Taupou

For the Nonosina Vaihi show I needed to change the ava song ma'ulu'ulu and in doing so I needed 3 girls to carry it through. Unfortunately a week before the show I was told the girls who were chosen were leaving to Tahiti the day of the show 😱 With literally only days left to the show & the entire dance group already with enough on their plate, I knew I had only one option. I called my babies. These are my eldest sister Regina's daughters. From left to right you have Malani, Chealsy & Sammie-Jo. Their mom practically raised me and til this day she still has my back- her girls are no different. Whenever I need them they're down with the get down. They learned the dance in a couple hours & the rest was history. I'll post the video soon but until then show my babies some love ❤❤❤ Thank you Lani, Cheals & Sam 😘😘😘 also thank you Tiana and Nonosina for welcoming my babies with love and allowing them to share the stage. Mauruuru 😘😘 #Samoan #TAMAITAI #KuegisKreations #Nonosina #TianaNonosina #LaeiSamoa #SivaSamoa #Taupou #Tuiga #Lanisha #Shaniqua #Laquanda

I quietly followed his career for many years, and when I felt I was ready to receive my malu, he was one of the first artists I considered. I met and spent time with my Tufuga, Sulu'ape Si'i Liufau yesterday. He gifted me with this amazing catalog, which I am very honored to have. The more we got to know each other, I knew that by his hands, I will honor my late father & both grandfathers. In three days, we will embark on a journey that will bond us forever. I am truly grateful for his humility and passion for the sacred art of tatau. Thank you for taking on this task, thank you for the love and respect you bring to my journey, you truly honor me Si'i. 💛 #tatau #malu #tatausamoa #tataumarksofpolynesia #malofie #taupou #teinesamoa #aumua #maneafaiga #alofau #salelesi #tufuga

My first fashion show ❤ Featuring the lovely Sa, Tita, Chealsy, Malani & Ave

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

In studio shoot with the beautiful Summer Manumā
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Not all women are made to be dressed up in fancy clothes and diamonds. Some are meant to shine from a strength that comes from within. No diamond can every outshine what she has and no one can ever take it away. .
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Shot with the Profoto B1 on the Canon 5D Mark III.
Photography: www.MapuanaReed.com
Hair & Makeup by @contour.couture.hi
Design by @tauividesigns
#MapuanaReedPhotography #TauiviDesigns #CountourCoutureHI #PortraitPhotographer #Portrait #Tuiga #taupou #Samoa #tuigafau #Samoan

To place your orders and book our services for the coming year please refrain from direct messaging me on here unless of course it's your only option. Otherwise either e-mail me at tamaitai.kuegi@gmail.com or message me on my Facebook business page TAMA'ITA'I KuegisKreations & I'll accommodate you as best as I can. If I'm unable to fulfill your request I will always refer you to someone that can ❤ Happy Holidays everyone!! Featuring the adorable & talented Ivana Moi of Nonosina.

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

I see absolutely noone else but her when she is on the stage. I am bias but she captures my complete heart and full attention whenever she performs whether it be dancing or singing. Before @matavaipacificculturalarts Tavius used to be selfish when it came to sharing the spotlight. She didn’t want anyone else to shine but her. But a year with Matavai and @maryjanemckschwenke has surely changed her in that respect. She has learned to share the spotlight with her new found friends. She has learned that there truly is enough light for everyone to shine. She just has to work extra hard to stand out in a world already filled with young girls who are just as beautiful and talented. And I as her mother will be here beyond forever to provide her with the physical, emotional and financial support to help her develop her God given talents. I love you so much my beautiful little taupou. Mummy will always be proud of you! #matavaipacificculturalarts🌺 #taupou #teineSamoa #Samoa🇼🇸

#FlashBackFriday with our beautiful 🌺Mahealani Tekurio Tanielu❤️ With only 10 minutes to get her ready and dressed. I kid you not our team turned into mighty morphin speed racer mode. 😂😂 Still remember when Mahea walked off with a long rope dangling from the back🤦🏽‍♂️ Only to see Sarah literally throwing the scissors at me 😵 Good times! #HitiaOTeRa #HitiaOTeRaSTG #LOTOLINEFOALIMA #Taupou #Tuiga #Taualuga #SivaSamoa

Flashback to almost a decade ago when I took a leap of faith & actually did what I always wanted to do. I created my own dance group. I choreographed all the dances for them and designed and handmade all their costumes too- down to their hair pieces. I named the group: TAMA'ITA'I.
Featuring 2 of my favorite siva samoa dancers, my sisters Koe & Samala'ulu.

From being a student, to a performer then a designer to running my own dance group and now doing it all at once: I'm ready for a new mission. I think it's time that I tell the stories of our people using this niche I've discovered. I don't want to just tell the usual stories either but I want to tell their variations too; and their preludes. Also the consequences of them all that have long been under our noses this entire time. I feel a storm brewing. Even if at the end of the day I may not be suffice enough to tell our peoples story--- at the very least I'll still have mine to tell.
#Samoan #TAMAITAI #KuegisKreations #LaeiSamoa #SivaSamoa #Taupou #Tuiga

Happy 1st Yalls. It's officially December .who's ready for them holiday festivities? Well I am! So ready for them bake goods. Any who. .with the fabulous Faania. Love you sister serve her! #Samoans #Swag #Selfies #Goodtimes #Seattle #hair #Polynesian #ethnic #Samoa #Gay #istagay #certified #Taupou #Alao #winterfashion #fashion #style #menofcolor #queens #Cookies

Facebook memories. A sponge painting I did a couple years ago .
#Samoan #TAMAITAI #KuegisKreations #LaeiSamoa #SivaSamoa #Taupou #Tuiga

I've been getting messages and comments regarding this 'detour' lol The detour isn't me quitting--- 👀 I've just begun honey. The detour is me broadening my horizon, taking on new endeavors while still maintaining what I started. I'm here to stay my loves. No one snuffs out the Queen of Long Beach. No one 🚬😎 #HeyShuanda lol

#Samoan #TAMAITAI #KuegiKreations #LaeiSamoa #SivaSamoa #Taupou #Tuiga

Last minute practice and touch ups before heading out to dance👑

#Lylas
#Taupou
#TaulagaPaia

Looking forward to my return to Maui🌺. I will be there for a week working with photographer Roselani Aiwohi & dressing families in their cultural attire. Thank you to @ipo_sweetheart. The sisterly Love is too real in this photo! Such a great moment captured of these two. Maui girls for sure❤️. #TauiviDesigns #RoselaniAiwohi #Tuiga #TuigaFau #Taupou #Samoa

Rydin' Heisenberg, getting my things ready for my upcoming malu. Ten days til my big day. #Heisenberg #dodgecharger #maoli #maolimusic #musclecar #horsepower #teinesamoa #taupou #malu #tatau

#Repost @tauividesigns with @appreposter FINAL EDIT.🌺 (Swipe 😌)
The beautiful Tatienne Tugade-Sua.⠀@chancecustoms @chancecustoms @tienne_sua @suacydesquad808 •⠀
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I just briefly met Tatis mother at the studio yesterday & she is just so proud of this young woman. So much to look forward to. I hope that this experience will be the first of many as a Taupou. We will see you soon Tati! ❤️⠀
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Design- @tauividesigns
Makeup- @contour.couture.hi
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#Tuiga #Tuigafau #Taupou #Teine #Teinesamoa #samoa #tauivi #mapuanareedphotography #polynesia #polynesian

There are people out there that call themselves designers but really just take my designs & ideas and either blatantly copy them or just add their own twist and slap their name on it. There are those I've let in to my personal space & heart who have stolen from me what took years of labor, trial and error to refine, and still have the nerve to smile at me. Then there are those who will take from me, steal from me, beg of me and ask of me but will never be caught-- celebrating me.
You all can go to hell.
What sets me apart from them is the education of what I do.
Now while there are a few who imitate the magic with this notion of perpetuating culture; painted colorfully with these fake notions of unity & beauty--- there are many like me, who see through it all.

They just so happen to be the majority who love me. Many who love what I do. And many who sincerely are my friends, my family and my supporters. Thank you my loves! From The Bay Area to here in Los Angeles, Orange County, the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Samoa, Am. Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, Japan! Tahiti! I appreciate you ALL ❤ I'm the type that if everyone takes one path, I trail off and create another. I despise the vernacular. I've already beaten that path to a pulp, now I've decided to take a detour. Where it leads? We'll soon find out 🙏❤😍 #Samoan #TAMAITAI #KuegisKreations #SivaSamoa #LaeiSamoa #Taupou #Tuiga #Trendsetter #Innovator #CallMeMuva #KeepTakingNotes #SettingTheRecordStraight

Fly High & Soar #Jerimiah29:11 #Anamua #Taupou #Tuiga #Samoa

Siva Samoa at my family thanksgiving. Had such an amazing time. #Melvina #Samoan #SivaSamoa #Taualuga #Taupou #Alao #FaleFa #SamoaMoni #Polynesian #Moana #Tuiga #Samoanculture #Dance #Southpacific #Samoa #Poly # Polynesians

Literally keu’d this chick in the parking lot raining & all 😂😂. But she still slay’d 💅🏼... thx Keu Squuaad @isshaax @beautifullsheeeks #Anamua #Tuiga #Laei #Taupou #Samoa

🌴 RAW FASHION FESTIVAL 🌴 Our beautiful Valasi from @heilaniproductions .. modelling for the amazing @luseexclusivestyles at @rawartists Showcase .. at @themetbrisbane 🌴 Come and see Valasi Dance in this costume at our End of Year Showcase in 2 weeks 🌴 PHOTO CREDIT Alan Gamble Photography

Come on guys! Support the only Polynesian on the list 🙌 Click the link in my bio, scroll down and vote for my niece Chastity "Malani" AhHong from Poly High School. It would mean the world to her and my sister. 😘 Not only does she aspire to be a talented Samoan but also a skilled volleyball player.

#Samoan #taupou #TAMAITAI #KuegisKreations #SivaSamoa #LaeiSamoa

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