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The ocean chose me for a reason!

Moana Waialiki is the protagonist of Disney's upcoming 2016 animated feature film of the same name.


Moana is the daughter of Chief Tui, living on the oceanic island of Motunui as the appointed heir to the chiefdom.[3] Since childhood, Moana has been deeply captivated by the rich legends and lore that have spread across the South Pacific islands over the centuries, most of which revolve around legendary gods and goddesses, such as the demigod Maui. Compelling Moana further into these legends is her always-supportive grandmother, Tala, who firmly believes Moana is destined to someday navigate and explore the seas, as her ancestors did before her. Tui, however, feels the world beyond the reef is far too dangerous for any exploration, and forbids his people (including Moana) from venturing off.[4]

As she grows, Moana is driven to leave the village in hopes of uncovering the secrets of her heritage, while also connecting with it; accompanied by a bumbling, stowaway rooster known as Heihei. Along the way, she meets Maui, himself.

Official description

Moana is a teenager who dreams of becoming a master wayfinder.[5]


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  • Her name means "ocean" in many Polynesian languages, including Hawaiian and Maori.
  • Animators put a considerable amount of effort into ensuring Moana's hair added to her performance. They did so by developing new software to give the hair a realistic look. They also changed her hairstyle in different scenes, depending on her current action (such as tying her hair in a bun as she sails).[6]
  • She will be the second protagonist of Polynesian descent in a Disney animated feature, the first being Lilo from Lilo & Stitch.
  • In some countries, she is renamed Vaiana due to copyright reasons.
  • Moana was originally going to be a playable character in the third installment of Disney INFINITY, but after the series was confirmed to have been discontinued in May 2016, it was implied that Moana was cancelled.[7]
  • Moana's story will not involve a love interest or romantic sub-plot.[8]
  • In Zootopia, a feline version of Moana can be seen on the cover of Duke Weaselton's bootleg copy of Meowna.


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Moana/Soundtrack | Moana: Island Life | The Art of Moana | Adventurer Activities | Hearts and Heroes | Spirit of Adventure
Moana Waialiki | Maui | Tui and Sina | Heihei | Pua | Mini Maui | Gramma Tala | Tamatoa | Kakamora | Te Kā
Motunui | Lalotai
We Know the Way | How Far I'll Go | You're Welcome
Maui's Fish Hook | Heart of Te Fiti

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Official Disney Princesses: Snow White | Cinderella | Aurora | Ariel | Belle | Jasmine | Pocahontas | Mulan | Tiana | Rapunzel | Merida
Future Disney Princesses: Moana
Other Princesses: Maid Marian | Leia Organa | Eilonwy | Calla | Ariel's sisters | Kiara | Melody | Kida Nedakh | Ting-Ting, Su and Mei | Giselle | Kilala Reno | Atta | Dot | Kairi | Princess of Gentlehaven | Charlotte La Bouff | Vanellope von Schweetz | Sofia | Elena | Anna | Elsa
Other Female Protagonists: Minnie Mouse | Daisy Duck | Faline | Alice | Wendy Darling | Tinker Bell | Pirate Princess | Shanti | Sally | Nala | Esmeralda | Megara | Jane Porter | Jane | Nita | Malina

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Video Games: Disney Princess | Disney Princess: Royal Adventure | Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey | Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure | Disney Princess Enchanting Storybooks
Home Video: Disney Princess Sing Along Songs - Once Upon a Dream | Disney Princess Sing Along Songs Vol. 2 - Enchanted Tea Party | Disney Princess Sing Along Songs Vol. 3 - Perfectly Princess | Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams
Books: Kilala Princess | Disney Princess | Disney Princess Beginnings | Princesses Through the Seasons | Disney Princess Comics Treasury | Disney Princess Treasury | A Royal Christmas | The Disney Princess Little Golden Book Library | The Art of the Disney Princess

See Also

Sofia the First | Disney Fairies | Princesses of Heart |Palace Pets | Princess Academy | Whisker Haven Tales

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  • Should moana marry maui at the end of the movie ?

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    • Papermaniac wrote:Sendaa wrote:We seriously don't need a Mulan situation. She can be strong and heroic and doesn't need to have a roma...
    • Ycrmao wrote:Papermaniac wrote:Sendaa wrote:We seriously don't need a Mulan situation. She can be strong and heroic and doesn't need to hav...
  • Moana Disney Princess Coronation

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    • Edward Zachary Sunrose wrote:Elsa and Anna are definitely part of the Disney Princess line-up in my mind. They may not have gotten officia...
    • I hope Moana gets a coronation and joins the line up! It would be so cool to see her with the other princesses.

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