9th Island’s Local Girl
Taylor Makakoa is an international model, entertainment hostess, fitness trainer, and hula dancer. Taylor was born on the island of Oahu, Hawai’i and raised in the Hawaiian Polynesian community in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a child, Taylor was heavily involved in traditional Polynesian dance such as Hawaiian hula, Tahitian and fire poi balls. Being Hawaiian, hula was top priority in her parents house.
Modeling & Entertainment Career
Cultural wisdom from Polynesian dancing landed Taylor her first paying performance at the young age of eight. This exposure led her to become a part of a professional dance troupe that toured through various western states as a young teenager. Taylor’s dancing progressed to her first modeling job – a runway show model. Not too soon after, she was walking the runway for several world-renowned fashion and style icon brands. Magazine spreads soon followed, appearing in glamour and entertainment publications. Taylor’s modeling background lies within fashion but more recent shoots have been in swimsuit and lingerie attire.
As Taylor’s modeling career expanded from Europe to Asia it provided for career expansion, entertainment TV hosting. Taylor has hosted many entertainment/nightlife TV shows in Las Vegas and around the nation. She has also made several TV show appearances.
Taylor Makakoa is currently the On-Stage Assistant in the Las Vegas Strip headline show, Terry Fator: Ventriloquism in Concert at The Mirage Resort & Casino.
The Mirage Resort and Casino, Las Vegas – WNFR ads
Las Vegas Magazine (covers and spreads)
Image Magazine (covers)
Las Vegas Weekly (cover)
Las Vegas Sun (various)
Luxor Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas – ad campaign
Lovely Lady of the Day – Sports Illustrated
Larry King Live
The Today Show
Sean Hannity’s Freedom Tour
Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Brand – Projects
Saks Fifth Avenue
Kim Taylor Reece
Chick by Nicky Hilton
JLO by Jennifer Lopez
Fredricks of Hollywood
Fitness & Training
FitGirlKoa – Taylor Makakoa is a NASM certified personal trainer and fitness guru. She loves health and wellness, and has great pleasure sharing it with other people. Taylor offers online personal training with client unique customized plans for those who enjoy working out at home, outdoors, in a fitness facility or a mix of all.
Taylor Makakoa has degrees in nutrition and liberal arts. Taylor says that her mom has been one of her biggest influences in her life. Taylor is most proud of being a spokesperson for Heaven Can Wait Animal Society in Las Vegas. Even with all the success that Taylor has experienced, she has never forgot who she is, where she came from. Taylor Makakoa, 9th Island Las Vegas Hawaiian hula girl.