Hannalee Lewis-Vaike

Image: Steve Lilly

Image: Steve Lilly

Hanalee Vaike is 17 years old and proud to descend from the beautiful nations of the Cook Islands (Mangaia, Rarotonga), Samoa (Apiia, Aleipata) Tonga and Aotearoa as well as having Asian and European ancestry. A performing artist and like her mother before her, she dances professionally having being taught since birth. Growing up in the UK she was raised by her mother in as many of the Cook Island ways and values as is possible with other family members also giving insight into a new/contemporary way of Pasifika culture.

EXHIBITION Mana Moana | Mana Wahine, May 2019 Raven Row, London

Samoan Siva, Performance, 2019 Hanalee: Being a part of this collaboration is a means of connecting with my Samoan side, a culture I have not been immersed in. Ashleigh’s poem talks of being a Samoan woman, of what it means to be Samoan woman. As a part Samoan young woman, her word touched my heart. I am blessed and honoured to be given the opportunity to bring her words to life through movement, through siva Samoa, to be in that moment with my tupuna as they would want.