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Moana Waialiki is actually a Maori name. So, given that that is just about all we know about her, maybe you could draw Moana as Maori? The dresses are absolutely BEAUTIFUL :)



No, Moana is Maori (it is also Hawaiian), however Waialiki is more Hawaiian than anything because there is no L in the Maori alphabet.

I actually did a post about this let’s see …

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Absolutely! I will research some when I get the chance [having PC problems so cant draw anymore :c ] and maybe, if you anon, had a link to a fave dress, I could even use that in honor for you :)

Moana is also a Hawaiian name and Waialiki can be translated into Hawaiian as well. “Liki” means “to boast”, while “aliki” means to “hold tight”. I’m not sure if that was their intent. “Wai” means “water” here as well. The “a” between “wai” and “liki” can correlate an action or type. More than likely here the surname (at least here) name means “Boastful Water”? There are several meanings for all of the words. So it can be tricky.

… But even then I would hesitate to say she is Hawaiian because they said “South Pacific” and in the Polynesian triangle Hawai’i is the northernmost point??? Maybe they mean South Pacific as the literal ocean term. As a Hawaiian I would speculate between Rapa Nui and Aotearoa. If she is from those two Disney has already made an offense by giving her a “Northern” South Pacific name.

Do I have any other Polynesians that can correlate translations?

… Really all my post does is point out some pretty serious problematic language issues Disney has already created.

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