The Kakamora are a tribe of pirates that Moana and Maui encounter on their voyage.
The Kakamora are a diminutive race donning armor made of coconuts. They live on a trash-and flotsam-covered vessel that floats freely around the ocean. Despite their cute appearance, they can be quite menacing and will relentlessly persue materials they deem valuable. They are the first adversaries Moana and Maui meet, and fancies the former's rooster, Heihei.
A gigantic crustacean isn't the only foes our heroes meet — they also tackle the threat of these coconut monsters. The Kakamora may be cute, but they can be quite menacing as a team,. They are also the first challenge for Moana and Maui as they begin their voyage together.
The scene involving the Kakamora is said to be inspired by the 2015 film, Mad Max: Fury Road.
In early versions of the story, the Kakamora were more comedic. As the filmmakers wanted to raise the stakes, however, they were rewritten to serve as a serious threat to Moana's life.