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"We Know the Way" is a song from the Disney animated feature Moana.

It was the first song written and composed for the film by Mark Mancina, Opetaia Foa’i, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. It serves as a celebration of voyaging, and the pride that comes with South Pacific natives being the world's first great navigators.

Lyrics

Tatou o tagata folau vala'auina
Le atua o le sami tele e o mai
Ua la ava'e le lu'itau e lelei
Tapenapena

Aue, aue
Nuku i mua
Te manulele e tataki e
Aue, aue
Te fenua te malie
Nae ko hakilia kaiga e

We read the wind and the sky when the sun is high
We sail the length of the seas on the ocean breeze
At night, we name every star
We know where we are
We know who we are, who we are

Aue, aue
We set a course to find
A brand new Island everywhere we roam
Aue, aue
We keep our Island in our mind
And when it's time to find home
We know the way

Aue, aue
We are explorers reading every sign
We tell the stories of our elders in a never-ending chain
Aue, aue
Te fenua, te malie
Nae ko hakilia
We know the way.

We are voyagers summoned by the mighty gods,
Of this mighty ocean to come,
We take up the good challenge,
Get ready.
 
Aue, aue
There is land up ahead,
A bird in flight to take us there,
Oh! oh!
This beautiful land,
The place I was looking for, we will make our home.

We read the wind and the sky
When the sun is high
We sail the length of sea
On the ocean breeze
At night we name every star
We know where we are
We know who we are, who we are

Away! Away!
We set a course to find
A brand new island everywhere we roam,
Away! Away!
We keep our island in our mind
And when it's time to find home,
We know the way.

Away! Away!
We are explorers reading every sign
We tell the stories of our elders
In a never-ending chain,
Oh! Oh!
This beautiful land,
The place I was looking for,
We know the way.

Aue, aue
We set a course to find
A brand new island everywhere we roam
Aue, aue
We keep our island in our mind
And when it's time to find home
We know the way

Aue, aue,
We are explorers reading every sign
We tell the stories of our elders in a never-ending chain
Aue, aue,
Te fenua, te mālie
Nā heko hakilia
We know the way.

Oh! Oh!
We set a course to find
A brand new island everywhere we roam,
Oh! Oh!
We keep our island in our mind
And when it’s time to find home,
We know the way.
 
Oh! Oh!
We are explorers reading every sign
We tell the stories of our elders
In the never ending chain,
Oh! Oh!
This beautiful land,
The place I was looking for,
We know the way.

Trivia

  • The song was first revealed at the 2015 D23 Expo, and was performed, live, by Opetaia and his band. It can also be heard during the teaser trailer of the movie.
  • In earlier versions of the movie, "We Know the Way" was played during the opening of the movie, which showcased Moana's birth. It was eventually moved to a later portion of the film.


v - e - d
Moana Logo 2
Media
Film: MoanaVideoGone Fishing

Soundtrack: Soundtrack
Video games: Moana: Island LifeMoana: Rhythm Run
Books: The Art of MoanaAdventurer ActivitiesHearts and HeroesSpirit of Adventure

Disney Parks
Entertainment: Moana: A Homecoming CelebrationSummer Blast

Parade: Mickey's New Year's Eve Parade
Firework: Happily Ever After

Characters
MoanaMauiGramma TalaTuiSinaHeiheiPuaMini MauiTamatoaKakamoraTe Fiti/Te KāOceanMatai Vasa
Locations
MotunuiMaui's IslandLalotaiTamatoa's LairTe Fiti
Songs
Tulou TagaloaAn Innocent WarriorWhere You AreHow Far I'll GoWe Know the WayYou're WelcomeShinyLogo Te PateI Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors)Know Who You AreUnstoppable (outtake)More (outtake)Warrior Face (outtake)
Objects
Maui's Fish HookHeart of Te FitiMoana's NecklaceMoana's Boat
See Also
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