Ancient Polynesians are considered to be some of the greatest navigators in history. Without modern equipment or technology, these “Wayfinders” ventured out into the vast unknown sea and colonized various islands. But nearly two millennia ago there was a thousand year pause in their explorations. Neither why they stopped nor resumed is known for sure. Based on various cultural deities and fables, “Moana” offers one possible explanation.
Since she was a child, Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) has been drawn to the sea. Her father, Chief Tui (Temuera Morrison) has forbidden their tribe from traveling beyond the reef, and has banned her from even leaving the shore! The Chief has just cause for what Moana sees as unreasonable restrictions. He recognizes the longing for adventure in her eye and fears for her safety. But when a strange sickness overtakes life on the Island, Moana ignores his rules and sets out on a journey that she hopes will save her tribe.