Moana is adrift at sea after failing at her mission and being abandoned by the demigod Maui. At her lowest moment, she is visited by the spirit of her grandmother, who gives her just the musical pep talk she needed.
Then Moana, voiced so beautifully by 14-year-old Hawaiian Auli’i Cravalho, delivers her own song, moving from a whisper to a bellow as she fully embraces her role as the heroine her people need.
This is the sound of a young woman finding her voice, both literally and metaphorically, and it never fails to put a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye.
I know a girl from an island
She stands apart from the crowd
She loves the sea and her people
She makes her whole family proud
Sometimes the world seems against you
The journey may leave a scar
But scars can heal and reveal just
Where you areThe people you love will change you
The things you have learned will guide you
And nothing on earth can silence
The quiet voice still inside you
And when that voice starts to whisper
“Moana, you’ve come so far”
Moana listen, do you know who you are?
Who am I?
I am a girl who loves my island
And the girl who loves the sea, it calls me
I am the daughter of the village chief
We are descended from voyagers
Who found their way across the world
They call me
I’ve delivered us to where we are
I have journeyed farther
I am everything I’ve learned and more
Still it calls me
And the call isn’t out there at all
It’s inside me
It’s like the tide
Always falling and rising
I will carry you here in my heart
You’ll remind me
That come what may
I know the way
I am Moana!