When 2016 brought us a new Disney animated classic, Moana, the world knew pretty quickly we got something special. Moana, the daughter of the village chief, is a free-spirited girl with an obsession with the ocean, tasked with saving her people.
She sets out to get help from the legendary demigod, Maui, so that together they can restore the heart of the Goddess Te Fiti, saving not only her people but the world, too!
With songs, you can't resist singing along to and characters you can look up to, it's no surprise that Moana was an instant classic for children and families everywhere!
Recently, two little girls in Hawaii appear to have found one of their Moana heroes at a local Costco!
William Va’ana is a cashier at Costco in Hawaii and when eight-year-old Ryley and her sister five-year-old Rylyn glanced over to see him in the store they were completely convinced they were staring at the real-life Maui! Truthfully, it's not hard to see how the girls got confused. William does look an awful lot like the Maui character voiced by Dewayne 'The Rock' Johnson!
It started out as just another day when the sisters were shopping at Costco with their mom. When they spotted William they were absolutely convinced that he was Maui and began chanting Maui's name! They pretty quickly got William's attention that way!\
"Moana" was deemed a highly successful movie, instantly gaining millions of fans. So, it's really not hard to see why two kids might see someone who looks SO much like one of their favorite characters would end up getting SO excited!
And the girls mom? Well she was pretty excited to see how happy her daughters wee and William appeared more than happy to indulge for the girls! So mom did what moms do, she pulled out her camera and recorded the precious encounter!
In the video that mom recorded we see William ask the two girls who they think he is. The girls, giddy with excitement, enthusiastically respond that he surely must be THE Maui, so William invites them over to his station!
The two girls joined William and together the three of them let out the classic, Maui call, "CHEE-HOO!"
Astonishingly, William made an AWESOME Maui. But it turns out that makes plenty of sense, because he's actually kind of used to being mistaken for the Disney version of the demigod.
William says that children see Maui in him all the time and he is always a good sport about it. He is always happy to do the Maui "chee-hoo" with any children who are sure he is Maui himself!
But as cute as the story is, the video is even cuter. It's definitely one you need to check out for yourself: