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Nani in Lilo and Stitch
Nani Pelekai
Background information
Feature films Lilo and Stitch
Stitch! The Movie
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch
Leroy and Stitch
Short films
Television programs Lilo and Stitch: The Series
Video games Lilo & Stitch: Trouble in Paradise
Lilo & Stitch 2: Hämsterviel Havoc
series (townsperson)
Park attractions World of Color
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Stéphane Sainte-Foi
Mark Henn
Robert Bryan
Anthony Wayne Michaels
Lilo & Stitch 2:
Robert Mason (supervising animator)
Voice Tia Carrere
Grey DeLisle (as Baby Nani in "Baby-fier")
Vanessa Marshall (in the video game)
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Feisty, devoted, caring, loving, stressed, crafty, mischievous, hardworking, motherly, protective
Appearance Slender, tan skin, wavy black hair, brown eyes
Occupation Surfboard rental clerk
Alignment Good
Goal To raise Lilo
Home Lilo's House in Kauai, Hawaii
Relatives Unnamed parents (deceased)
Lilo (younger sister)
Ani Pelekai (niece; Stitch! only)
Allies Lilo, Stitch, Jumba Jookiba, Pleakley, David Kawena, Cobra Bubbles, Moses Puloki, Grand Councilwoman
Enemies Captain Gantu, Dr. Hamsterviel
Likes Surfing, Lilo, being with her family, pizza, hula, chocolate
Dislikes Bad luck, anyone disobeying her in her family, losing Lilo, losing jobs, Cobra's brooding aura, yelling at Lilo, Jumba's inventions, Lilo and Stitch's shenanigans
Powers and abilities
Weapons Tree branch (Lilo & Stitch), broom ("Frenchfry")
Fate Retains custody of Lilo
Quote "Are you lolo?!"
"Watch where you're going, stupidhead!"
I like you better as a sister than a mom...
―Lilo to Nani

Nani Pelekai is the tritagonist of the Lilo & Stitch franchise. She is the older sister and legal guardian of Lilo.


Nani's the older sister of Lilo Pelekai, and after Nani and Lilo's parents were unexpectedly killed in a car accident one night during a storm, Nani, as Lilo's closest living relative and due to being a legal adult, was appointed as her legal guardian. In the movie, Nani is said to be nineteen and Lilo is said to be six, making them at least thirteen years apart in age.

As a result of having to support herself and Lilo, she is often stressed and busy. Her intense schedule often interferes with her friendship with David, who also holds an obvious crush on her. He makes several attempts to treat Nani on a date, only to meet rejection due to her busy schedule. Despite their sometimes rocky relationship, Nani and Lilo care deeply for each other, and this strong bond is shown continuously throughout the film. Through her sister, Nani is shown to have a motherly side, and often makes decisions based on Lilo's best interest, alone. In the original film, her custody over Lilo was put to the test at the hands of social worker Cobra Bubbles, who, despite regretting the thought of having to separate the two sisters, is looking out for Lilo's best interest, as well, knowing she needs a figure who can handle the task of raising a child.

Two things that Nani is known for are her inability to hold down a full-time job, partly due to the antics of her sister and Stitch, and for being a terrible cook, although she excels greatly in mathematics and chemistry.


Nani is a kind, mature, caring individual. Unfortunately, as a result of her busy job and the stress of taking care of and providing for her ohana (at first Lilo and then including Stitch, Jumba, and Pleakley), she tends to be fairly temperamental and sarcastic with everyone. Jumba at one point refers to her wrath as scarier than Hämsterviel's. While this is usually reasonable, considering how Lilo and Stitch tend to disobey rules and get into trouble, at times her temper gets the better of her and jumps to conclusions, which causes her not to listen to the whole story. An example is the time Lilo and Stitch were talking with Mertle's mother in front of the movie theater, which made Nani think they were going to the movies when she said not to (when in reality they were actually experiment hunting). Nonetheless, she is protective of her family, particularly Lilo, and will attack anyone and defend them from any threat. She loves Lilo more than anyone or anything in the world and does all she can to keep her from harm. She is kind and hardworking, and she proves she can also be understanding as she usually forgives Lilo and Stitch for their antics. Just like her baby sister, she loves and misses her parents very much and is usually depressed on the anniversary of the day they died.

She is the breadwinner of her family, but at times is ashamed she didn't make more of her life. From the number of surfing trophies she has in her room, it is possible that she could've had a successful career in surfing or even had gone to college had it not been for the death of her parents. As a result of their death, she decided to devote her time to taking care of Lilo which resulted in her having to put Lilo's future over her own, which includes giving up her chances of a huge surfing career for Lilo's sake, proving how devoted she is to the one she loves. Since Lilo is the love of Nani's life, her worst fear, in fact, is Lilo being taken away from her or losing Lilo in any way possible. She has the most common sense and is the most normal of her "unconventional" ohana.

She is very mature and wise for someone her age and the voice of reason, possibly as a result of having to grow up and be independent at a young age, as she is shown to teach Lilo important life lessons, such as taking responsibility for her actions, not making fun of people based on their appearances, and having friends like you for who you are, not your appearances. Nani also is concerned that Lilo thinks Mertle, Elena, Teresa and Yuki are her friends, despite the fact they hate her and are mean to her (which she points out in one episode).

Physical appearance

Nani is a beautiful young woman; voluptuous, though fairly slender, with olive-brown skin, large hips, black hair that reaches a little passed her shoulders, and brown eyes. Throughout the film, she can be seen wearing a number of outfits, though her most prominent (in the film) tends to be a pinkish beige short-sleeved belly shirt with a heart designed onto it, blue jean shorts, white socks, brown hiking boots, blue (sometimes brown or dark yellow) sandals (on her occasion). In subsequent appearances in the franchise, and in certain points of the original movie, Nani is often seen wearing a blue belly-shirt, beige calf-long pants, and sandals. One of her more iconic outfits is her blue and green bikini, which she dons during the "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" scene.


Lilo and Stitch

Nani appears in the film, having become Lilo's sole guardian after their parents' recent death. Nani is visited by a social worker named Cobra Bubbles who is concerned that Nani cannot adequately take care of Lilo. He is considering putting Lilo in foster care, but Nani refutes this by citing that she is the only family (A.K.A. "ohana") that Lilo has left. However, Nani will have to prove that she is capable of caring for Lilo in order to prevent Lilo from going to a foster home, a task that proves to be a difficult one. When Cobra leaves, both sisters get into a huge argument. That night, Nani comes up to Lilo's room to apologize.

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Nani surfing with Lilo and Stitch.

After realizing that Lilo has no friends (Mertle Edmonds and the other girls bully her), Nani allows Lilo to get a pet from the pound. Lilo chooses Stitch, who, unknown to either girl, is actually an alien. Later, Nani is forced to take Lilo and Stitch with her as she tries to find a new job. Unfortunately, Stitch's attempts to evade capture by Jumba and Pleakley keep ruining her chances. Nani's friend David, having seen Nani, encourages Nani to take Lilo surfing with them to improve their mood. However, Jumba makes an attempt to capture Stitch from underwater. To everyone, it appears that Stitch had tried to drown Lilo. Mr. Bubbles sees the whole thing and tells Nani that he will come for Lilo in the morning.

While waiting for Mr. Bubbles the next morning, Nani is informed of a job offer by David. Nani orders Lilo to stay at home while she goes to apply. While she is gone, a fight between Stitch and Jumba results in the house being destroyed and Lilo calls Mr. Bubbles for help. Nani returns at the same time as Mr. Bubbles arrives and the two have a brief argument over Lilo's well-being. When Lilo is kidnapped by Gantu, Nani accompanies Stitch, who has revealed his alien origins, in Lilo's rescue. At the end, Nani and Lilo are appointed as Stitch's wardens by the Grand Councilwoman while Cobra Bubbles, who is revealed to be a former CIA agent, is enlisted to supervise the new family.

Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch

Nani in Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch.

Taking place some time after the events of the first film, Nani has adjusted to life with an extended family, now living with both Stitch, Jumba, and Pleakley. Her regular occurrences include keeping the house in order, despite the color cast of characters that inhabit it, raising both Lilo and Stitch, working her job at the beach, and spending time with David, who she is said to have been dating for three weeks by the beginning of the film.

On an ordinary day, Nani is preparing "Family Night" at the Pelekai household, asking Jumba and Pleakley for assistance, though she faces denial on rather nonsensical accounts. Later that day, Nani is visited by Moses, Lilo's hula instructor, who reports a recent altercation between the latter and Mertle Edmonds. Nani invites Moses inside to talk over Lilo's behavior, but she is interrupted by a meddling Jumba and Pleakley, who disguises themselves as the Pelekai sisters' uncle and aunt, respectively, and try to convince Moses that Lilo's behavior was merely a misunderstanding. Nani is then approached by David, who makes an attempt to strike a date with the former, only to face rejection due to Nani's hectic schedule. Having enough of Jumba and Pleakley's attempts to help, Nani takes Moses and Lilo outside, where Lilo is given a warning: should her attitude remain low, she will be banned from an upcoming hula competition.

Over the course of the following days, preparation for the competition, as well as odd behavior with Stitch's programming (said to be a malfunction by Jumba that, if not rectified, will result in Stitch losing his life) begin to cause a rift in the relationship between Lilo and Stitch. When Nani comforts Lilo one night, asking why the competition is so important to her, the older sister learns Lilo's stress and desire to win the competition is a result of the sisters' deceased mother, who won the same competition when she was Lilo's age. Now with an understanding of Lilo's pain, Nani assures her younger sister that their mother would be proud of the former, just for being her. In turn, Lilo assures Nani that their mother would be proud of her efforts at parenting, moving the older sibling. Also occurring throughout the days is a side story with David who, because of Pleakley's poor advice, believes his relationship with Nani is dwindling and struggles to save it.

Stitch! The Movie

When Dr. Hämsterviel demands a ransom of Jumba's first 625 experiments, Nani contacts Mr. Bubbles for assistance while Lilo and Stitch set out to capture Experiment 221.

Lilo and Stitch: The Series

Nani is usually seen working a variety of jobs to support herself and Lilo. As always, she is concerned for Lilo's well-being, though she does allow Lilo to capture the rogue experiments. The episode "Retro" features Nani's middle school friends, who mistakenly believe that she is the Vice President of the company she works for. She sometimes helps with the experiment-hunting, such as in the episode "Phantasmo" where she saves Lilo and Stitch from a ghost-like experiment. She also rescued Lilo from being annihilated by Gantu in "Fibber", where she also briefly pretended to be Pleakley's fiancée.

Leroy and Stitch

Nani in Leroy and Stitch.

Nani is seen after Lilo, Stitch, Jumba and Pleakley return from the Galactic Federation with awards for the successful extraction of the 625 experiments. Stitch, Jumba and Pleakley turn down their awards at first to stay on earth, so as not to break Lilo's heart. However, Lilo notices that they really do want their dream rewards and Nani convinces her that she's doing the right thing and showing aloha spirit by letting them go. Later on, after an evil clone of Stitch named Leroy arrived on earth to kidnap the experiments, he sneaks into the house and pretends to be Lilo when Nani almost notices him. At the end of the film, Nani is seen alongside David, Lilo, Jumba, Pleakley, Stitch, Mertle and all the experiments, taking an ohana picture.


Nani appears briefly in flashbacks in "Reunion with Lilo!", including a brief scene where she, Jumba, Pleakley and Stitch see Lilo off to college. Somewhere during this time period, she had a child or was about to have a child, which delayed Lilo when she planned to come back from college to visit Stitch, leading him to leave Earth.

Disney Parks

Nani makes a brief appearance in the finale of World of Color with Lilo and Stitch, despite the film not having any other role in the show.


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  • It is quite possible that Lilo and Nani were both named after Queen Liliuokalani, the last ruling monarch of Hawaii. Lilo has the same first three letters of the monarch's name, while Nani has the last three letters of her name.
    • Liliuokalani
    • Lilo & Nani
      • If this truly is indeed the case, then that would make their connection to the song "Aloha `Oe" that much more meaningful, as they, as a whole, represent the last Queen of Hawaii, the one who wrote the song.
  • In the original movie, Nani is shown to have a Mulan poster.
  • She initially worked as a Rental Hut worker, but later moved up to rental pavilion worker at the Birds of Paradise Hotel under Mr. Jameson.
  • According to Lilo in the episode "Sinker", once Nani starts eating chocolate, she doesn't stop, implying she likes chocolate.
  • One of the experiments, Belle, acts as her alarm clock.
  • When Nani thinks someone is doing something crazy (particularly Lilo), she refers to them as "lolo."

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Films: Lilo & Stitch | Stitch! The Movie | Lilo & Stitch: The Series (Episode List) | Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch | Leroy & Stitch | Stitch! | The Origin of Stitch
Soundtracks: Lilo & Stitch: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack
Video Games: Lilo & Stitch (PS1) | Lilo & Stitch (GBA) | Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626 | Lilo & Stitch 2: Hämsterviel Havoc | Kingdom Hearts II | Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep | Disney INFINITY | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition
Books: Disney's Wonderful World of Reading

Disney Parks

Stitch's Great Escape! | The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents Aloha e Komo Mai! | Stitch Encounter | The Golden Mickeys | Disney's Wishes | Mickey and the Magical Map


Lilo Pelekai | Stitch | Nani Pelekai | Jumba Jookiba | Pleakley | David Kawena | Captain Gantu | Jacques von Hämsterviel | Grand Councilwoman | Galactic Armada | Mertle Edmonds | Elena, Teresa and Yuki | Susan Hegarty | Cobra Bubbles | Moses Puloki | Mr. and Mrs. Pelekai | Ice-Cream Man | Mrs. Edmonds | Officer Kaihiko | Mrs. Hasagawa | Keoni Jameson | Mr. Jameson | Victoria | Sara | Mr. Cooper
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Video Game Characters: Dr. Habbitrale
Experiments: List of Experiments | Reuben | Sparky | Angel | Felix | Sample | Kixx | Richter | Cannonball | Yin | Yang | Mr. Stenchy | Phoon | Sprout | Clip | Shortstuff | Splodyhead | Slushy | Melty | Snooty | Skip | Shoe | Dupe | Fibber | Remmy | Poxy | Retro | Poxy | Tank | PJ | Houdini | Wishy-Washy | Topper | Belle | Holio | Spooky | Phantasmo | Bonnie | Clyde | Slick | Spike | Finder | Bugby | Nosy | Heckley | Frenchfry | Drowsy | Yaarp | Ploot | Babyfier | Gigi | Hannerface | Heat | Thresher | Plasmoid | Swapper | Sinker | Swirly | Hunkahunka | Amnesio | Elastico | Slugger | Checkers | Spats | Lax | Morpholomew | Doubledip | Hamlette | Gotchu | Forehead | Hockey | Zawp | Mulch | Shredder | Pix | Boomer | Cloudy | Manners | Woody | Wrapper | Blowhard | Derrick | Backhoe | Poki | Deforestator | Squeak | Ace | Glitch | Woops | Snafu | Link | Zap | Fudgy | Nosox | Stamen | Tickle-Tummy | Clink | Jam | Digger | Mary | Huggo | Slimy | Stopgo | Splat | Kernel | Sproing | Mashy | Butter | Choppers | Millie | Kingpin | Weasel | Carmen | Nodesserto | Vialet | Cooler | Crystallene | Precious | Chopsuey | Blake | Shrink | Twang | Mrs. Sickly | Stank | Pop | Dorkifier | Wormhole | Toons | Hertz Donut | Welco | Lorider | Witch | Sproutling | Evile | 628 | Leroy | Cyber | Dark End
Other: Elvis Presley | Pudge | Jimmy the Cockroach | Various Aliens | Various Robots | Tantalog language


Season One: "Richter" | "Phantasmo" | "Clip" | "Mr. Stenchy" | "Spooky" | "Holio" | "Cannonball" | "Yapper" | "Yin-Yang" | "Kixx" | "Splodyhead" | "Amnesio" | "Swirly" | "Fibber" | "Tank" | "Sprout" | "Elastico" | "Yaarp" | "627" | "The Asteroid" | "Topper" | "Melty" | "Houdini" | "Sinker" | "Nosy" | "Finder" | "Slushy" | "Dupe" | "Shortstuff" | "Angel" | "Felix" | "Poxy" | "Hunkahunka" | "Sample" | "Babyfier" | "Bonnie & Clyde" | "Slugger" | "Bad Stitch" | "Drowsy"
Season Two: "Spike" | "Frenchfry" | "Swapper" | "Shoe" | "Slick" | "Skip" | "Checkers" | "PJ" | "Ploot" | "Snooty" | "Retro" | "Belle" | "Morpholomew" | "Spats" | "Heckler" | "Wishy-Washy" | "Phoon" | "Bugby" | "Rufus" | "Shush" | "Lax" | "Remmy" | "Mrs. Hasagawa's Cats" | "Ace" | "Glitch" | "Woops" | "Snafu" | "Link"


He Mele No Lilo | Heartbreak Hotel | Stuck on You | Suspicious Minds | Devil in Disguise | Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride | Aloha `Oe | Hound Dog | Burning Love | Can't Help Falling in Love | Rubberneckin' | I Need Your Love Tonight | A Little Less Conversation | Always | Aloha, E komo Mai | Jailhouse Rock


Hawaii | Honolulu | The Beach | Lilo's House | Animal Shelter | Hula School | Mertle's House | Mrs. Hasagawa's House | Birds of Paradise Hotel | Kilauea Lighthouse | Kauai Airport | Rental Hut | Beach Gym | Pineapple Water Tower | Farm | Bugopolis | Haunted House | Kiki's Coffee Hut | Japanese Restaurant | Beauty Parlor | Junior Dog Show | Pet Shop | Costumes | Hip Hop Fusion Studio | Orchard Falls Mall | Mart | Macki Macaw's | French Fry's | Shave Ice | World's Largest Sandwich | Jumba & Pleakley's Bed & Not Breakfast | Baseball Field | Golf Course | Observatory | Underwater Base | Waialeale Peak | Ali'i Trail | Kimo's Arcade | Onaona Skunk Farm | Kokaua Wildlife Preserve | Museu of Natural History Kauai | Kokaua Town Prison | Kokaua Town Lanes | Laundry Store | Gas Station | Cinema | Turo | Plorgonar | Prison Asteroid K-37 | Jumba's Lab | G.A.C.C. | Aloha Palooza | Lihue Airport | Izayoi Island | Okinawa New Town


Experiment Pods | Experiment Pod Container | Jumba's Computer | Plasma Cannon | Net Cannon | Galactic Cell Phone | Prison Capsule | Sample Extractor | Fusion Chamber | Projector | Time Machine | Protoplasmic Growth Ray | Plasmatic Englobulatron | Luggage | Scrump | Lilo's Experiment Book | Spiritual Stone


Jumba's Ship | Gantu's Ship | Manta Shuttle | The Red One | Police Cruisers | Dr. Hämsterviel's Ship | Tsunami Air Boeing 747 | Lilo's Ship | X-Buggy | Federation Ship | B.R.B. 9000 | G.A.C.C. Ship

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