Category: moana

As a young girl, it’s so empowering to s…

As a young girl, it’s so empowering to see princesses from so many different
cultures. I’m a POC and it really made me smile to see that there are princesses
from everywhere. It makes me think that maybe I might be viewed as beautiful too.

This is going to sound crazy, but I can actual…

This is going to sound crazy, but I can actually relate to Hei Hei from Moana. At first, he’s seen as ultimately useless, but when he successfully manages to get the heart of Te Fiti, his worth is (sort of) realized. Plenty of people have thought that I could never really do anything right, yet graduating from HS has changed their minds and made me realize I’m more than what people say I am. Plus, I found out Hei Hei translates to “differing from the norm,” and hearing that made me more happy, because it proved to me that just because I didn’t fit in and made some dumb decisions doesn’t mean I’m worthless.

Moana is my favorite Disney movie of all time!…

Moana is my favorite Disney movie of all time! It really resonated with me because my family wants me to follow a specific path, but I’m not so sure about it and deep down I’m longing for something else/more. I also adore the ocean, it’s my favorite place to be when I have time off from work and studying, it’s just so calm and peaceful. Both Moana and Lilo & Stitch made me really interested in Hawaiian/Polynesian culture which I have been reading and learning about.

Every time I feel down, I listen to Hunchback’…

Every time I feel down, I listen to Hunchback’s or Moana’s soundtrack. They help me get through really bad moments, giving me strength.

I recently lost my grandma a couple of months …

I recently lost my grandma a couple of months ago.. I watched her pass away. It’s something I can’t forget. A few days after I couldn’t get the lyrics “I will carry you here in my heart, you’ll remind me that come what may…  I know the way!” out of my head.  The song has such a deeper meaning to me now and I try to remember it when I’m grieving. 

When all seemed lost, using Tomatoa as a role …

When all seemed lost, using Tomatoa as a role model stopped me from committing suicide, helped me get rid of abusive people in my life and finally learn to love myself.

When Moana came out I was in high school and h…

When Moana came out I was in high school and had this friend that was basically the real life version of Moana. When I told her how excited I was for the movie she said that I shouldn’t be that excited and to “let her enjoy this moment that was for her”. She told me to watch something more related to me, like Frozen. It hurt a lot, and after that, I cant watch Moana without a part of me remembering her words and feeling guilty.

Where I’m from in the Philippines, light-skinn…

Where I’m from in the Philippines, light-skinned Filipinos are always in the foreground of representation in the media. Others with darker skin are being pressured to be insecure about their skin color. That’s why I loved Black Panther and Moana so much. They have strong, heroic POC’s who don’t see their color as something bad, heroes who I look up to (even though I’m not African or Polynesian). I feel jealous and sad too, hoping our media would do the same.

I live on an island and always took it for gra…

I live on an island and always took it for granted until I saw Moana. Moana learning where she came from made me want to learn where I came from and the history of my island, because like in Moana, it isn’t taught or anything and they just encourage you to stay and never leave. But I went to the mainland and read history and archaeology books and learned our rich history going back tens of thousands of years. But I wouldn’t know it, or be into history, if it wasn’t for Moana.

I have no hope left. I have emotional, school,…

I have no hope left. I have emotional, school, and job struggles and fail a lot. Despite my best efforts, every day I get into another ugly fight with my family without meaning or wanting to. When I’m crying, I listen to the part of Moana when she turns Te Ka with her compassion. It’s silly at almost 21, but I like to imagine I had a friend like her who, unlike others, sees past the scary fire monster who is trapped in her own destruction and gently says, “this is not who you are.”