Not everyone has access to the materials necessary to make costumes so Pola Teriipaia is now providing a customized Tahitian dance costume service to those who are unable to make their own costumes. She loves working on new designs and coming up with innovative ideas.
Pola is not only an accomplished costume designer and artisan, she is a respected and established ra'atira (teacher) of Tahitian dance in Hawaii. Her award-winning dance group, Manutahi Tahiti, is known for their elaborate and culturally sensitive performance costumes.
At an early age, Pola was exposed to the dance. Later, after retiring from Tihati Productions, and under the tutelage of her father-in-law, Iaona Teriipaia, she began teaching Tahitian dance and costume making. She is known for paying attention to details and bringing natural themes to vivid life.