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Te Kā[1] is an antagonist in the upcoming Disney animated feature film, Moana. She is a goddess manifested entirely of fire and magma, and is an ancient rival of the demigod, Maui.


Te Kā has dwelled the earth for centuries as a powerful demon of fire and lava. She is massive in size, towering above all who encounter her, and is usually depicted with a hollow scowl. Always surrounding her slender form is a dense pyrocumulus cloud, coupled with bolts of lightning and volcanic ash.

She seeks ownership of the Heart of Te Fiti, which Maui stole thousands of years in the past, resulting in a battle between the two titans that ended in the loss of both the Heart of Te Fiti and Maui's magical fish hook. Once the gem is uncovered by a young teenager named Moana, who ventures off with Maui to restore the heart to its rightful place, Te Kā reemerges to retrieve it.[2]


  • Te Kā is depicted as one of Maui's tattoos, as their battle for the Heart of Te Fiti is illustrated on the latter's back.
  • Te Kā is made up almost entirely of effects animation. Art director of characters Bill Schwab described her as "the most challenging character to design in the film".[3]
  • In earlier designs, Te Kā's facial appearance was slightly more human; she appears as a more demonic figure in the final film.
  • Te Kā bares similarities to the religious Hawaiian figure Pele, the goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes.



  1. "'Moana': 10 things to know about Disney's most effects-filled movie ever". CNET (September 7, 2016).
  2. "Inside look at the making of Disney’s ‘Moana’". Attractions Magazine (September 7, 2016).
  3. Julius, J., Lasseter, J., Malone, M. (2016). The Art of Moana. Chronicle Books, page 113. 

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